O Fool, try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! O beggar, to come beg at thy own
Leave all thy burdens on his hands who can bear all, and never look behind in regret.
Thy desire at once puts out the light from the lamp it touches with its breath. It is
unholy - take not thy gifts through its unclean hands. Accept only what is offered by
Here is thy footstool and there rest thy feet where live the poorest, and lowliest, and
When I try to bow to thee, my obeisance cannot reach down to the depth where thy
feet rest among the poorest, and lowliest, and lost.
Pride can never approach to where thou walkest in the clothes of the humble among
the poorest, and lowliest, and lost.
My heart can never find its way to where thou keepest company with the
companionless among the poorest, the lowliest, and the lost.
Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads! Whom dost thou worship in this
lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut? Open thine eyes and see thy God is
not before thee!
He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground and where the pathmaker is
breaking stones. He is with them in sun and in shower, and his garment is covered with
dust. Put of thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil!
Deliverance? Where is this deliverance to be found? Our master himself has joyfully
taken upon him the bonds of creation; he is bound with us all for ever.
Come out of thy meditations and leave aside thy flowers and incense! What harm is
there if thy clothes become tattered and stained? Meet him and stand by him in toil
and in sweat of thy brow.
The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.
I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light, and pursued my voyage through
the wildernesses of worlds leaving my track on many a star and planet.
It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself, and that training is the
most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to
wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said 'Here art thou!'
The question and the cry 'Oh, where?' melt into tears of a thousand streams and
deluge the world with the flood of the assurance 'I am!'