Mercury Day poetry: Kabir’s ‘Do Not Go to the Garden of Flowers’

Kabir was one of India’s great poets during the five or so centuries that Muslims ruled the northern part of the country. He was from a low-caste family in Banaras — where we are now. Here is a translation of a short devotional poem of his:

Do not go to the garden of flowers!
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.

Posted by Steve

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