Osho mentions Kabir’s son, Kamal, who corrected his father’s sentence to “The dewdrop has not disappeared into the ocean, but the ocean has disappeared into the dewdrop.”
Kabir, one great Indian mystic… He was uneducated but has written such tremendously significant statements – they may not be grammatical. One of his statements he corrected before he died. He had written, when he was young, a beautiful statement. It was, ”Just a dewdrop slips from the lotus leaf in the early morning sun, shining like a pearl, into the ocean.” He said, ”The same has happened to me.”
His words are, ”I have been searching, my friend. Rather than finding myself, I got lost in the cosmos. The dewdrop disappeared into the ocean.”
Just before dying, as he was closing his eyes, he asked his son, Kamal, who himself proved of the same caliber and of the same status… And sometimes one thinks that he was a man of more courage than Kabir.
Kabir was very courageous against all traditions, orthodoxy, everything. But Kamal even criticized Kabir when he found something wrong in his statements. He told Kamal, ”Please change my statement, which has been praised all over, that ‘My friend, I have been searching for myself, but rather than finding myself, I got lost, just as the dewdrop disappears into the ocean.’ Change it.”
Kamal said, ”I had always suspected that there was something wrong in it.” And he showed him his own writing, in which he had already corrected it. The correction – even before Kabir realized – had been done already. That’s why Kabir called him Kamal: “You are a miracle.” Kamal means miracle. And the man was a miracle. He had changed the line that Kabir wanted:
“My friend, I was seeking and searching myself. Rather than finding myself I have found the whole world, the whole universe. The dewdrop has not disappeared into the ocean, but the ocean has disappeared into the dewdrop.” And when the ocean disappears into the dewdrop, the dewdrop is simply losing its boundaries, nothing else.
On the vertical line, you become less and less and less and less. And one day, you are no more.
Osho, Hari Om Tat Sat, Ch 27, Q 1 (excerpt)