One of my favorite mystic poets is the great Indian poet, Kabir. Born of Muslim parents around 1440, he became a disciple of the Hindu bhakt saint Ramananda and is revered by Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus, alike. Today, Kabir is one of the most widely quoted writers in India.
In one of his poems there are some lines that speak powerfully to our innate ability to deceive ourselves. We seem to have an endless capacity for missing, or even deflecting the deepest and most powerful truths.
Nowhere is this more true than in the way we can go through life “talking the talk, without walking the walk.” Kabir points to the futility of such self deception in these lines:
If saying Ram (God) gave liberation
saying candy made your mouth sweet,
saying fire burned your feet,
saying water quenched your thirst,
saying food banished hunger,
the whole world would be free.
Ending hunger will not come about by us talking about the poor and hungry. Studing the facts about hunger is important, but in itself accomplishes little.
We will end hunger when we realize that we have to act. As the writer of the Letter of James puts it in the New Testament,
If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on, and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,’ without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that?
There are literally thousands of ways we can work together to do something positive on behalf of the world’s hungry. And nothing we do is to small to make a difference.
Stop Hunger Now was founded with the vision of all of of working together to end hunger in our lifetime. So my prayer is simply that all of us would understand that,
our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.