Mindfulness poetry
I said to the wanting creature inside me

A beautiful poem from Indian poet Kabir. It’s called “I Said To The Wanting-Creature Inside Me.”

The poem resonates with so many different meanings. Which line or word is your mind drawn to? What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

I said to the wanting-creature inside me:

What is this river you want to cross?

There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.

Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.

There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.

There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!

And there is no body, and no mind!

Do you believe there is some place that will make thesoul less thirsty?

In that great absence you will find nothing.

Be strong then, and enter into your own body;

there you have a solid place for your feet.

Think about it carefully!

Don’t go off somewhere else!

 

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