One after another,
Many births I took;
Many paths I followed
To escape this relentless cycle.
Only when I made my mind still
Did I attain the state
Of lasting repose.

I searched and searched for Him
In external pursuits,
But wasted the precious days
Of my human life,
When I became absorbed
In the realm beyond mind and maya.
Within my own body
I found the Lord.
Without knowing Him
I was base metal;
On realizing Him
Kabir became gold,
Precious and pure.

The Lord has revealed himself
To me within my body.

— Guru Kabir

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