Bhukhe Bhagati Na Kijai
I cannot be a devotee when I am hungry:
Take this rosary of yours.
I ask for the dust of saints’ feet.
To none am I indebted.
Lord, how can I be with you;
If you do not give, I shall beg. [Pause]
I ask for four pounds of flour,
Half a pound of ghee, with salt.
I ask for a pound of lentils,
To eat twice a day and live.
I ask for a four-legged cot,
A pillow and mattress,
As well a quilt for cover.
You shall have my devotion.
I have not been covetous.
Your name is all I adorn.
Says Kabir, my heart be content;
For when my heart is content, the lord I shall know.