With the resurgence of new clusters of COVID-19 in areas which have been declared virus-free, the hope of recovery is getting dimmer. It seems as if the pandemic wants to hold us locked up for much longer. People want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but they are getting sick of the tunnel with no light in view. Are they looking for the light in the right direction?

“Apne ghat mein diyanaa baaroun re”

O Devotee! Light the lamp in your heart! Unless we have light within us, we will not be able to see anything. The light within us allows us to see what is real; light from the outside only leads us to see mirage. And if we trust the mirage to be the real vision, then we are totally lost. Satguru Kabir Saheb instructs us to light the lamp in our hearts, because it is where we can perceive our real being, our real path, our real destination.

“Ghat ke bhitar bahut andheraa, bramh agni oojiyaaraa re”

Unless we light the lamp in our heart, it is plunged in darkness; once it is lit, we are enlightened. Ignorance easily settles in people; the effort to remove it has to be made by them. It is very important to first learn from our Guru, and then put into practice His teachings so that we can experience for ourselves the presence of the divine. Enlightenment comes with self-realisation, which comes with practice. The more we allow the light (knowledge) to permeate us, the closer we will be to our goal.

“Jagmag jyot nihaaroun mandir mein, tan man dhan sab bhaaroun re”

By turning our vision inward (in our heart), we will see the light of God; then we realise that our physical body, our mind and all our possessions were obstacles in our way, blocking our vision. The shift from the physical to non-physical can only happen when we shift our orientation inwards.

“Kahein Kabir soono bhai Saadho, aapan kaaj savaaroun”

Kabir says : O brother Saadhu! Now is the time for you to take hold of your obligation. Satguru Kabir Saheb is teaching us that we should not procrastinate. Nor should we continue to go in the wrong direction, i.e. searching outside.

The light is not at the end of the tunnel, but it is within us. All the time. We have to tap into that light to find our way up. Illuminating our own path, drawing from the infinite source of light from within to forge our way ahead, is what we should do. Not rely on a faint ray of light coming from outside.

Mahant Jay Jaggessur, Kabir Association of Toronto.