a free version of Kabir’s poem 3/69
The Name that can’t be uttered is unique.
How then to comprehend the formless?
What name for a circle with no circumference,
or a square with no corners?
Name reflects form: form defines name.
Forms yield clarity: clarity amplifies form.
Duality and form have propagated the world:
yet the Name is within all.
The formless is seed: its fruit is form:
knowledge the branches: the Name a hidden root.
Throu form seek the formless:
within duality conceive unity.
Within the winter trunk nestles the summer leaf:
cause and effect being rarely linear.
Spirit is not in root alone, nor flower,
nor in the vital sap – yet life is within all.
Everywhere pleasure lies. Happiness
lies nowhere but in your unNameable root.
Seek where you are fertile, resolve your nature:
in each upheaval see growth husbanding you.
The unspelled Name pervades all matter:
yet is visible only by a beating heart.
Encountering the Name transcends language:
yet is known only by a beating heart.
The resolution of this paradox ends all enquiry:
yet the Name can be uttered only by a beating heart.