Giving proper and correct form to your life is the real task, the real sadhana. When you feel that something is giving you trouble, is making you uncomfortable, is pinching you, don’t begin to condemn it, don’t begin to censure it – begin to think about it, begin to think deeply about it and find out if you have made some mistake, find out if you have been keeping it in the wrong place.
With these things in mind let us now enter these sutras of Kabir.
Lord of death turns into Ram.
Misery gone, I relax in joy.
Foe reversed becomes a friend;
friends are seen as gentle men.
Now, for me, all is blessed.
Knowing bhagwan, silence descends.
A million problems in the body
turn into joyful, simple samadhi.
A recognizing deep within my heart:
disease no more affects me.
Kabir says that which he considered as death, that person he considered as the messenger of death, has proven to be God himself. He says he has known that death itself is nectar, but that he made a mistake seeing death in this way. Death is nowhere to be seen. There is no death except in ignorance. Nobody has ever died; nobody can ever die. Death has no existence. It cannot have. Whatever is will remain forever.
How can that which is be destroyed? To be destroyed means that existence becomes nonexistence, that whatever existed became nonexistent, yet scientists say we cannot even destroy a particle of sand. No matter how hard we try, even if we blast a sand particle apart with an atomic bomb, it will not be destroyed. It will be broken into pieces, but it will not be destroyed. There is no device to destroy it – there is none to create it.
To destroy means that what was there now becomes nonexistent; to create means that what is now there has been caused by us. What we call creating is only rearranging things, and what we call destroying is only a scattering here and there.
For example, we construct a building. Everything was already there. The bricks, the stones, the water, the earth – they were already there. We simply arrange them, and the building is built. And now we pull it down. Then everything will still be there – bricks, stones, earth. The union among them is all that is broken.
Nothing is destroyed and nothing is created – only unions and scatterings take place. Union is life and scattering is death. As soon as you realize this you will see God standing behind death.
You remain afraid of death because you think it will obliterate you completely. There is no possibility whatsoever of your being obliterated. Death has visited you many times and you are still not canceled out. You have remained untouched. There is not even a mark of death to be found on you. Death has played all its tricks on you, has tried to blot you out, but you have remained invincible. And still you are afraid of it. It only appears as death, as obliteration, because of your ignorance. You have not looked at it in full consciousness.