Do Not Go To The Garden Of Flowers

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.

by Kabir

Comments (6)

Save yourself time- -read Moira's lovely comment on this poem. Then read and reread and reread this poem because there are extraordinarily gorgeous lines in it. Sometimes a meal must be eaten slowly, very slowly, to get the most out of its diverse flavors.
Wow. I had to read this poem several times to understand it's power and beauty fully. And the more I read it, the more powerful and beautiful it feels. He is describing the ability of our eyes to shed tears; how that is a gift, marking us as unique among creatures who 'see and sleep'. There is a lot in this poem. The phrase, 'Distills the World with Chymick Ray' refers to the Greek mythological Chimera who was a fire breathing hybrid. I don't understand the reference in the line 'Nor Cynthia Teeming show's so fair'. Who is Cynthia? Anybody? My favourite verse is the one describing the scene where Magdalen washes the feet of Christ with her tears. The poet uses the phrase liquid Chains could flowing meet To fetter her Redeemers feet - powerful concept!
Give us a break! A poem from the 1600's with a footnote in Latin for poem of the day? And with a user rating of 5.3? Surely, Poem Hunter, you could have come up with something better. Oh, by the way, if you are interested, I put the footnote into Google Translate and this is what it gave me: Magdala, wanton, so when released Amantes, Chaste, keepers at the lights of the waters in the Fervidaque paid; Trapped in the watery tears locked in Christ, New wet feet and held sacred.
Mind blowing description and genesis of the greatness of human eyes and equally great couple of tears coming out through them..
These Tears which better measure all! Nice piece of work.
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