From January 17, 2014 Kabir and Mindfulness

When discussing the tenets of Buddhism with a close friend, we talked about the world of illusions and the meaning of “enlightenment” and “awakening” and “mindfulness” and then I remembered this poem by Kabir and thought I should pass it on.

Ecstatic Poem #38 (Kabir)

Translation by Robert Bly

Friend, please tell me what I can do about this world I hold to,

and keep spinning out!

I gave up sewn clothes, and wore a robe,

but I noticed one day the cloth was well woven.

So I bought some burlap, but I still

throw it elegantly over my shoulder.

I pulled back my sexual longings,

and now I discover that I’m angry a lot.

I gave up rage, and now I notice

that I am greedy all day.

I worked hard at dissolving my greed,

and now I am proud of myself.

When the mind wants to break its link with the world

it still holds on to one thing.

Kabir says: Listen, my friend,

there are very few that find the path!

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