So priceless is the birth, O brotherby Dadu Dayal
English version by K. N. Upadhyaya
So priceless is the birth, O brother,
That in it, the Supreme Lord can
The human body is the Door
If the meeting is not accomplished
If the contact is not made while alive,
If the Lord of the universe is not found
Then one is simply drowned.
The One who has made this temple
of our hearts,
He alone dwells in this temple.
None else but our Beloved is in our
With thee is thy Friend. Let thyself
Look not at a distance. Know Him
as thy reflection, O Dadu.
God is within all beings. He accompanies
all and is close by.
Musk is in the musk deer, and yet
it goes around smelling grass.
The self knows not God, although God
is with the self.
Being deaf to the Holy Sound of the
Master, sadly does he wander.
He for whom thou searchest in the world
dwells within thyself.
Thou knowest Him not, because the veil
of 'mine' and 'thine' is there.
He dwells within all beings, yet rarely
anyone knows Him.
He alone who is a devotee of God
will know Him.
A true Master unites us with God
And shows all within the body.
Within the body is the Creator,
And within the body is Onkar [divinity of the second heaven].
The sky is within the body, and close by
Is the earth within the body.
Air and light are within the body.
So is water contained within the body.
Within the body are the Sun and
And the Bagpipe is played within
By rendering service within the heart,
See thou the One who is indestructible
Having no limit either on this end
or on that end, sayeth Dadu.
After entering within, let one, O Dadu,
bolt the doors of the house.
Let one, O Dadu, serve the Lord at the
Door of Eternity.
God is within the self, His worship alone
is to be done.
Search thou for the Beloved close to the place
Wherefrom the Sound emerges, and thou
shalt find Him, sayeth Dadu.
There is solitude there, and there is luster
One who, turning the attention inward,
Brings it within the self,
And fixes it on the Radiant Form of
Is indeed wise, O Dadu.
Where the self is, there is God; all is
filled with Him.
Fix thine attention within, O valiant
So does Dadu proclaim.
Fix thine attention within, and sing
always within the self.
This mind then dances with ecstasy, and
beats with pleasure the rhythm.
God is within the self; He is close
to the worshipper.
But leaving Him aside, men serve
external constructions, lamenteth
This is the true mosque, this is the true temple.
So hath the Master shown.
The service and worship are performed
Destroy delusion, O mind, by means of
the Name of God and the Word
bestowed by the Guru.
The mind is then united with the One
untouched by karmas. Liquidate thereby
thy karmas, O Dadu.
If the mind stays with the Name of the
Supreme Lord even for a moment,
All its karmas will be destroyed then and
there, within the twinkling of an eye.
The aspirant who fills his pot with drops
of Celestial Melody, alone survives.
How can he die, O Dadu? He drinks the
The artistic Creator is playing
the instrument in perfect harmony.
Melody is the essence of the five [elements],
and through the self is the Melody
expressed, O Dadu.
By enabling people to hear the Sound,
the Master can awaken them at His will. He
may, at His pleasure, speak within them, and
merge them in his own form.
The knowledge of the Sound Current
imparted by the Guru merges one easily into
Truth. It carries me to the abode of my
Beloved, says Dadu.
|-- from Dadu: The Compassionate Mystic, Translated by K. N. Upadhyaya|