Kabir Das “I went in search of the glory of the Lord,
But my eyes become so dazzled
That I myself become a part,
Of the glory of the Lord”
Kabir Das lived about five hundred year ago, too near to modern history to be a legendary figure, especially in India, where history runs into tens of thousands of years and where a span of five hundred years is a part of our living history. One difficulty in piecing together an account of Kabir’s life is that the saint do not usually write autobiographies, valuable as we think they might be to seekers; nor do they usually leave any record of their activities. The facts that can be found regarding their lives are mentioned incidentally in the course of their teachings or in accounts made by others.kabir Ke Dohe
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The exact year of Kabir’s birth is not known. According to legend, Kabir was born in 1438 and passed away in 1518. According to a prevalent legend, disciple of Swami Ramanand saw a strange light descend at Lahar Talao near Banaras. He mentioned this to Ramanand, who explained that it was the light of a child who would be a great Saint. Niru, a muslim weaver who was at that moment walking by the bank of the river in the company of his wife Nima, saw a beautiful baby floating on the river and suggested to his wife that since they had no child of their own they should take baby and bring it up. This baby was Great Kabir Das.
Many legends regarding Kabir’s childhood still prevail today. It is said that even in his childhood he would sing divine songs, and that people in the neighborhood were perplexed at this strange phenomenon. While at play he would keep on repeating “Ram Ram”, a Hindu name of God, and his Muslim playmates would tease him for this, calling him a “Kaafir”. Years later Kabir was to explain that oneness with the divine goes beyond religion and the holy words sacred to one tradition or another:
Vishnu is on my tongue,
Narayan is in my eyes,
Gobind is in my heart,
I contemplate on Hari.
Regarding Kabir’s precocity, an Indian proverb says:”A child shows his feet in the cradle”. These were his inborn qualities and they showed themselves quite early.
Kabir Das was a perfect Master. His teaching leave no doubt on this point. However, since even a param sant satguru lives like an ordinary human being while he is in this world of illustration, he also has to go to a Guru to receive initiation. This is a cardinal teaching of mysticism.
The perfect master submits to all the physical laws of the World, though they are quite capable of brushing them aside if they wish. The teachings of Kabir were full of lights and his poetry Kar Naino deedar mahal mein clearly illustrates his command over different internal planes of human body.
Kabir, it would seem, reached the highest stage of spiritual progress very soon after receiving initiation from his Guru. Making no secret of his spiritual position, Kabir explains in one of his poem that he has been coming to this earth and taking souls back to the Lord of ages. God is the only captain and everything works according to his instruction.
The writing of kabir and his poetry are commonly known and searched as “Kabir Ke Dohe”
Regarding Kabir’s precocity, an Indian proverb says:”A child shows his feed in the cradle”. Many a child gives sign of his future potentialities. Is there anything extra-ordinary in Kabir’s devotional tendencies in his childhood days? or in his charitable disposition and generosity as a boy?
These were Kabir’s inborn qualities and they showed themselves quite early.
Nima had a problem child on her hands in Kabir. Theirs was a poor family and keeping the home fires burning was a difficult job. If Kabir was a spiritual inclined child, he was even more spiritually inclined as a young man.
In the midst of his work, he would stop the loom and sit in meditation, and for hours the loom would be left idle. It mean so much less income to the house. Nima complained of the hardship to the family, but her complaints had no effect. Kabir composed some moving and beautiful song on this subject, and these are sung with great devotion even this day and known as Kabir Ke Dohe.
Kabir mother is distressed
And weeps saying, O God,
How shall I support my children?
Kabir has relinquished
The stretching of yarn and weaving,
And on his body he has written God’s Name
Kabir led a householder’s life. According to tradition his wife’s name was Loi and they had two children, Kamaal and Kamaali.
Loi had a very difficult time looking after such an other worldly husband. Since many sadhus used to collect at Kabir’s house everyday for spiritual discussions, the loom was kept idle for hours on end. When Loi complained that the sadhus, the shaven heads , had shaven their house clean. Kabir replied:
These Shaven heads are Supporters of the drowning,
Listen, O misguided Loi!
To these mendicants be devoted,
With them seek shelter.
Kabir speaks with the greatest reverence concerning the supreme role of a Guru or master in the spiritual progress of a disciple.
“If all the surface of the World were turned into paper, and all the forest into writing pens, and all the seven oceans into ink, they could never describe the glory of a Guru”
यह तन विषय की बेलरी, गुरु अमृत की खान।
सीस दिये जो गुरु मिलै, तो भी सस्ता जान॥
गुरु गोबिंद दोऊ खड़े, का के लागूं पाय।
बलिहारी गुरु आपणे, गोबिंद दियो मिलाय॥
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