Kabir

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

Illusion And Reality - Poem by Kabir

What is seen is not the Truth
What is cannot be said
Trust comes not without seeing
Nor understanding without words
The wise comprehends with knowledge
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Some worship the formless God
Some worship His various forms
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
That music cannot be written
How can then be the notes
Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion


Comments about Illusion And Reality by Kabir

  • Britte Ninad (4/7/2019 1:29:00 AM)

    so depth-
    What is seen is not the Truth
    What is cannot be said
    Trust comes not without seeing...//
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  • (9/22/2018 3:23:00 AM)

    Kabir Kabir Kabir you are a genius (Report)Reply

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  • (5/12/2018 1:54:00 PM)

    eh it is good i guess (Report)Reply

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  • Alex Adeoye (10/19/2017 4:40:00 PM)

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, KABIR, KEEP IT UP. (Report)Reply

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  • Sriranji Aratisankar (9/15/2016 3:39:00 AM)

    Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion (Report)Reply

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  • (1/5/2016 10:28:00 AM)

    kabir ke dohe padha krte the jab school me the.. ab kabir ke kavitaye padhkr acha lgta hei.. :)
    thank you poemhunter...
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  • (5/5/2006 5:04:00 PM)

    Here too is the ancient gnostic knowledge of direct experience of That, like the Masters of the East. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 2, 2012


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