If I Told You the Truth About God


Many people claim to have the truth about God. Millions of people on our planet are determined that they know God and that they are the only ones who do know God. They are so sure that wars are fought to prove their point. I think it must get difficult to be Divinity because you are supposed to guarantee both sides victory because they know all about you and you want them to win. Where do we go from here? Many mystics, over the millenniums, have had intimate experiences with God, cosmic consciousness, Divinity or whatever name is used, on the inner landscape. The following poem was written by Kabir, a eastern mystic centuries ago. Typically, he and his work were not accepted until after his death. He understood that most people wanted God on their terms; not its. He experienced the presence of the Beloved and was ridiculed by Muslims and Hindus alike until his passing. There is a unique irony in his poems. Many mystics have used poetry, music and nature to help explain the God experience. The following poem is one of my favorites.

I Just Laughed

“If I told you the truth
about God,
you might think I was an idiot.

If I lied to you about the Beautiful One
you might parade me through the streets shouting,
‘this guy is a genius!’

This world has its pants on backwards.
Most carry their values and knowledge
in a jug that has a big hole in it.

Thus having a clear grasp of the situation
if I am asked anything these days

I just laugh!
—Kabir

Photo by Barbara Mattio

Photo by Barbara Mattio

7 thoughts on “If I Told You the Truth About God

  1. Beautiful Post – Happy Tuesday:)

  2. Karen Wan says:

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem by Kabir. It was perfect for me to read this today!

  3. I still stick to the statue analogy… that we are all able to see part of the statue from different windows but we can’t see it all… only a small part of it… and of course, what I see will be different than what someone else sees…

  4. Never heard of Kabir. What’s amazing to me is you say this poem was written centuries ago. Yet to my ear it sounds like it could’ve been written an hour ago both in style and relevancy to the selfishness, greed, and deceit that surrounds modern American politics and business; particularly this section –

    “This world has its pants on backwards.
    Most carry their values and knowledge
    in a jug that has a big hole in it.”

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