GET Ten Poems To Change Your Life NOW

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.
Jump into experience while you are alive!  (excerpt from ‘The Time Before Death by Kabir’)


If you only get the book Ten Poems To Change Your Life for this poem alone, it will be money well spent!

But, the good news is you not only get this one, but ten, amazing poems in this little book!

Here’s the poem in its entirety:

(The translation is by Robert Bly and the book is one in a series of books on poems ~bundles of ten in every one~by author Roger Housden.)

 

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive!

Think . . . and think . . . while you are alive.

What you call “salvation” belongs to the time

before death.

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,

do you think

ghosts will do it after?

The idea that the soul will rejoin the ecstatic

just because the body is rotten—

that is all fantasy.

What is found now is found then.

If you find nothing now,

you will simply end up with an apartment in the

City of the Death.

If you make love with the divine now, in the next

life you will have the face of satisfied desire

So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is,

Believe in the Great Sound!

Kabir says this: When the Guest is being searched for

it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that

does all the work.

Look at me, and you will see a slave of that intensity.


This poem spoke to me.  And, it came to me at the end of what was a trying day–the reason for which hadn’t been obvious.

It called out to me to ‘live my life’, and not waste time being sad.  For that is what the poem is about–life–not ‘death’. It is about the time before death.

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,

do you think

ghosts will do it after?

What are we waiting for?  No one is going to do it for us!  We are the change we seek.  And, I’m all about ‘change’.  (Just look at my headline).

If you make love with the divine now,

in the next

life you will have the face of satisfied desire

Housden also points out how incredibly timely this 500 year old poem is today!

So, get this book.  Buy it.  Check it out. Every poem is a jewel.  A couple of my other favorites from this volume are:

‘The Journey’ by Mary Oliver

and

‘Last Night As I Was Sleeping’ by Antonio Machado

(version by Robert Bly)

Do you have a favorite poem?  Tell me about it in the comments section below and, LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Please Share!

Read more related posts

  • No Related Posts

jean


Fatal error: Uncaught Exception: 12: REST API is deprecated for versions v2.1 and higher (12) thrown in /home3/jeunesse/public_html/wp-content/plugins/seo-facebook-comments/facebook/base_facebook.php on line 1273