Friday, December 3, 2010

The body as a vessel.

Kabir lived by the river Ganges, in Benares. So water is an important metaphor for Kabir, symbolizing the source of life. According to myth, the river Ganges has descended from the heavens to bring fertility to the parched countryside. To fetch water from the holy river, people would come with earthen vessels to carry the water to their homes. This earthen vessel Kabir related to the body itself. He said that though there are many types and shapes of vessels, the water they carry is the same. Finally the earthen vessel breaks. That is what happens to the body also.

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