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

Tell Me Brother - Poem by Kabir

Tell me, Brother, how can I renounce Maya?
When I gave up the tying of ribbons, still I tied my garment about me:
When I gave up tying my garment, still I covered my body in its folds.
So, when I give up passion, I see that anger remains;
And when I renounce anger, greed is with me still;
And when greed is vanquished, pride and vainglory remain;
When the mind is detached and casts Maya away, still it clings to the letter.
Kabîr says, 'Listen to me, dear Sadhu! the true path is rarely found.'

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From: Songs Of Kabir
Translated by Rabindranath Tagore

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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