The Purpose of This Human Form — Verses of Sant Dadu Dayal, the Compassionate Mystic


The Purpose of This Human Form — Verses of Sant Dadu Dayal, the Compassionate Mystic
 

 
One dedicated to the immutable
is established in the immutable,
While one in pursuit of the transient
is lost in the transient.
Give up all things transient, says Dadu,
And be absorbed in the immutable.
 
 
What is the use of living for ten million years?
What is to be gained by being immortal?
Without the Nectar of love and devotion to God,
What worth is there in life, O Dadu? 
 
 
Eaten by rust day by day,
iron is slowly reduced to dust.
Without God – the philosopher’s stone – life,
like iron, is simply lost somewhere, says Dadu. 
 
 
Through contact with the philospher’s stone,
iron transforms its nature;
Through contact with one’s Beloved,
one is likewise converted into gold, says Dadu. 
 
 
Kicking aside the diamond,
one picks up a pebble.
Casting aside the Supreme Lord,
one is engrossed in worldly life. 
All are buying waste materials;
no one takes the diamond.
A jeweller will take the diamond
and will pay whatever price is asked. 
 
 
One is left with remorse that his life
could not be concentrated on its proper goal
This body is simply wasted
if not utilized in the service of God. 
 
 
Time was passes in useless rambling;
nothing was achieved.
Without devotion to the Lord
one repents, says Dadu. 
 
 
So priceless is this birth, O friend,
That by assuming it, the Supreme Lord can be met.
The soul herein drinks the Nectar of love
And enjoys the bliss of eternal union.
The soul comes to be absorbed in God and regains
The heritage of immortal treasure in its entirety.
She touches and sees the Lord directly;
On meeting the Supreme Lord, she merges in Him.
Such a birth cannot be obtained again, O friend.
Why do you waste this jewel? says Dadu.
 

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