Kabir : Wake up, you idiot

For more about the fifteenth century Indian mystic Kabir Das, see this earlier post.

Wake up, you idiot.
Shake off your long sleep.
Focus within, discover
The rare wish-fulfilling jewel.
You’re slept on and on,
Lost countless days to sloth;
Get up right now
So the plundering thieves
Leave empty-handed
From your house.

This is the sign, friend,
That you’re awake;
Vedas, Puranas, Koran
Appear to you like poison.

Kabir says:
I’ll never sleep again!
I’ve found God’s priceless jewel
Within my own body.

Translation Andrew Harvey

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