Photo: Rabindranath Tagore with Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi at Santiniketan in 1940.
Do not go to the garden of flowers!
O friend! go not there;
In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.
Quote Source and Recommended Reading:
'One Hundred Poems of Kabir'
By Kabir (Author), Rabindranath Tagore
'The lock of error shuts the gate, open it with the key of love: Thus, by opening the door, thou shalt wake the Beloved. Kabir says: "O brother! Do not pass by such good fortune at this.'
The poet Kabir, one of the most intriguing and celebrated personalities in the history of Indian mysticism, lived in the fifteenth century. He was a great religious reformer and left behind an exquisite body of poetry of enlightenment that weaves together the philosophies of Sufism, Hinduism, and the Kabbala. These poems express a wide range of mystical experience, from the loftiest abstractions to the most intimate and personal realization of God, and have become a classic Sufi text.