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Sant Kabir



Grur Kabir



A weaver by profession, Kabir ranks among the world's greatest poets. He is one of the most quoted author in India. The Holy Guru Granth Sahib contains many verses by Kabir. The Sikh community in particular and others who follow the Holy Granth, hold Kabir in very high reverence.


Kabir openly criticized all sects and gave a new direction to the Indian philosophy. This is due to his straight forward approach that has a universal appeal. It is for this reason that Kabir is held in high esteem all over the world.


Kabir's basic religious principles are simple. According to him, all life is an interplay of two spiritual principles. One is the personal soul (Jivatma) and the other is God (Paramatma). In Kabir's view salvation is the process of bringing into union these two divine principles. The social and practical manifestation of Kabir's philosophy represented a synthesis of Hindu, and Muslim concepts. Kabir accepts the concept of reincarnation and the law of Karma from Hinduism. From Islam he takes the outer practices of Indian Sufi ascetics and Sufi mysticism. Not only has Kabir influenced Muslims and Hindus but he is one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well.


His greatest work is the Bijak (that is, the Seedling), an idea of the fundamental one. His collection of poems demonstrates an universal view of spirituality. He often advocated leaving aside the Qur'an and Vedas and to simply follow the Simple/Natural Way to oneness in God.



Some poems


What a music of the flute!
It fills me with bliss.
No wick yet
a lamp lights up,
no roots yet
a lotus blossoms,
and myriad flowers
nod their heads.
As moon-bird
cries for the moon,
and rain-bird
pines for the rain-drop,
so longing for God,
I live forever with saints.
The restless mind
is put at rest, and
the heart is illumined.
In the forms I beheld
the Formless,
along with the Friend.
Breaking the shackles,
You set me free
from all the bondage.
Now Inaccessible
is accessible,
and soaked in love is Kabir.




Like seed contains the oil,
Fire in flint stone
Your inner temple seats the Divine,
Realize if you can




Slowly slowly O mind,
Everything in own pace happens
Gardner may water a hundred times,
Fruit arrives only in its season




I searched for the crooked,
But did not find a single one
When searched my own self,
I found the crooked one




When you were born in this world,
Others smiled as you cried,
Do such deeds in your life
That people cry when you die.




Desire remains even if one dies.
A person who expects pleasures
Through his wealth is tied in a bondage.
Whoever spends his wealth
For the well being of others
Is liberated from the bondage.




If you want to establish
A place in the minds of others
Be egoless, full of love
And without malice.


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