Hope for Him
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“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!
Kabîr says: “It is the Spirit of the quest which helps; I am the slave of this Spirit of the quest.”
(“Hope for Him”, a poem by Kabīr – mystic poet and saint of India, 1440-1518)
This man was preparing chai (tea) at Kedar ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He seemed to be happy, away and free from those things which usually make ordinary people endure pain and distress…