1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass. January 20, 2009

One of the most beautiful poems about seeking the truth and actually finding it by Kabir (translated by Rabindranath Tagore):

The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf  ears cannot hear it. 

So long as man clamours for the “I” and the “Mine”,  his works are as naught:
When all love of the “I” and the “Mine” is dead, then the work of the Lord is done.

 

For work has no other aim than the getting of knowledge:
When that comes, then work is put away. 

The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.
The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass.

 

10 Responses to “The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass.”

  1. When all love of the I and mine are dead…. you can actually see this attitude with the senior citizens. They are so mature without having to be all important!!

    Destination Infinity

  2. axinia Says:

    interesting note, DI, thanks!

  3. leafless Says:

    An excellent poem.

  4. Kanagu Says:

    This is really a wonderful poem which sums up the life. The day when the feel of mine & I dies, the job of the lord was done is perfect one 🙂

  5. axinia Says:

    Kanagu and DI, it is really interesting how everyone finds the gem for himself – for me the best line in this poem was the one I set up in the title…

    “The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself” – that is so typical human!!!….

  6. Sahaja Says:

    Wonderful Axinia!!
    “The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers”

    thats the simple way of putting the laws of Nature or should i say the way Nature works!!!

    Loved it…wonder how the actual Kabir poem is…..Kabir poems are generally nice and rhyming easy to hear and memorize coz his time, he wrote them for the common man in a language and style wherein even a uneducated person could understand and grasp the content!

  7. Molly Says:

    Axinia,
    Very Beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.
    Molly

  8. leelajesus Says:

    the picture looks like a painting 🙂

  9. axinia Says:

    oh, thank you! )


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