The musk is within the deer

by Dariya

English version by K. N. Upadhyaya


The musk is within the deer,
But he searches for it outside in the grass
     instead of searching within himself.
He runs back and forth,
Wondering where the fragrance comes from.
The fragrance is nearby,
But he knows it not.

Caught by delusion, he roams about.
So do all people wander in pilgrimages
     and outer observances.
If you wish to obtain your own true Home,
Then find it by looking within yourself
     and dwell therein.


The true Lord resides within this body,
Recognize Him through the manifestation of true love.
By churning this body,
And by entering within yourself,
See the manifestation of true wisdom.

-- from Dariya Sahib: Saint of Bihar, Translated by K. N. Upadhyaya

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