how to find that which you are

How do you stand firm in that which you are?

This poem tells you why it is so important to find a sense of being embodied. It gets to the heart of what it means to befriend the ‘Wanting-Creature’ inside you.

I said to the wanting-creature inside me: 

What is this river you want to cross?

There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.

Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.

There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.

There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!

And there is no body, and no mind!

Do you believe there is some place that will make the soul less thirsty?

In that great absence you will find nothing.

Be strong then, and enter into your own body;

there you have a solid place for your feet.

Think about it carefully!

Don't go off somewhere else!

Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.

The poem seems to say that inside of you is a wanting-creature, but that your ‘wantings’ are an illusion. There is no materiality, or reality, to the wantings that you have. Of course, you might dispute this and say, but I know I have needs, I know I have desires. And I want the one that I want! To which the poet says: well, where are these desires you talk about? He says: show me them! They are just in your mind. He says: do you think that there is a place that will make your soul less thirsty? This place does not exist. It is nothing more than a great absence.

The message seems to be: to be truly strong you need to be with the present moment. You need to accept the present moment. You need to let go of the illusions summoned up in the mind. 

That starts with entering into your own body. It starts with being able to come back to the body when you feel you are going off somewhere else.

Essentially, all thoughts are propaganda.

Therefore, when you feel yourself being pulled away by such propaganda.

Stand firm in that which you are.

The acceptance of this realisation opens the gate to your mindful life

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