Kabir, the 15th-century Indian mystic poet, has left behind a rich legacy of poems and verses that explore themes of spirituality, love, and the divine. Although it’s challenging to attribute specific poems directly to Kabir due to the oral tradition of his poetry, here is a poem often attributed to him, known as “O Friend“:
O friend! hope for Him whilst you live
O friend! hope for Him whilst you live,
know whilst you live, understand whilst you live:
for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds be not broken whilst living,
what hope of deliverance in death ?
It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him
because it has passed from the body:
If He is found now, He is found then,
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.
If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter.
Bathe in the truth, know the true Guru,
have faith in the true Name!
Kabir says : ‘It is the spirit of the quest which helps;
I am the slave of this Spirit of the quest.’
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