(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

I Burst Into Laughter - Poem by Kabir

I burst into laughter
whenever I hear
that the fish is thirsty in water.

Without the knowledge of Self
people just wander to Mathura or to Kashi
like the musk-deer unaware
of the scent in his navel,
goes on running forest to forest.

In water is the lotus plant
and the plant bears flowers
and on the flowers are the bees buzzing.
Likewise all yogis and mendicants
and all those who have renounced comforts,
are on here and hereafter and the nether world -

Friend, the Supreme Indestructible Being,
on whom thousands of sages meditate
and even Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh,
really resides within one's self.

Though He is near, He appears far away -
and that is what makes one disturbed;
says Kabir, listen, O wise one,
by Guru alone is the confusion curbed.

Comments about I Burst Into Laughter by Kabir

  • Rebecca Navarre (10/6/2016 8:22:00 PM)

    Thank You SO, for such wonderful Inspiration! ! ! Truly BEAUTIFUL! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (10/6/2016 7:44:00 PM)

    Kabir's verses are ever sweet, charming and deeply spiritual. (Report) Reply

  • Neal Beightol (10/6/2016 9:30:00 AM)

    It is a gift, that the Supreme Indestructible Being reveals Himself to those who will humbly take the time to listen. To discover that we do not have to spend a lifetime searching for HIm, for He is Emmanuel, God with us. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/6/2016 6:17:00 AM)

    Laughter heals the heart! ! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2016 5:11:00 AM)

    when he breathed life
    He really resides in us eternally (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (10/6/2016 4:55:00 AM)

    I Burst Into Laughter
    Lovely devotional song. God resides in the heart of a man but he, not aware of the truth, wanders from place to place in His pursuit. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2016 3:18:00 AM)

    Though He is near, He appears far away
    and that is what makes one disturbed.;
    It is the riddle faced by common man through out the world. Thanks for sharing it here.
    (Report) Reply

  • B.m. Biswas (10/6/2016 12:52:00 AM)

    What a lesson...

    kabir rightly says of the self-esteem and power....
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  • Robert Murray Smith (10/6/2016 12:45:00 AM)

    This poet was a mind supreme. He knew, as very few today know, that religiosity is in the mind of some men. He knew that those who meditate cannot reach beings that only exist in the mind.

    Stillness of mind can never hapoen because the mind is an electrical organism never still, and changes in milliseconds the whole of life to the end. Meditation is a phantom of the mind.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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