Jyon Naino Mein Putli, Tyon Maalik Ghat Mahin
Moorakh Log Na Janhin, Baahar Dhudhan Jahin
(Like the pupil is in the eyes , Your God lives inside you,
The ignorant don’t know this, they search him on the outside.)
For some souls, their remembrance is enough to bring a breath of fresh air in this world. One such soul is Saint Kabir. Kabir’s tryst with the material world is that of a fish that swims in a muddied river, yet remains unblemished.
Kabir Das, a mystical poet and great Saint of India, was born in the year 1440. According to the Islam the meaning of the Kabir is The Great. There is no clue of the birth parent of the Kabir Das but it is considered that he was cared by a Muslim family. He was founded in Lehartara, a small town in Varanasi by the Niru and Nima (his care taker parents). His parents were extremely poor and uneducated but they very heartily adopted the little baby and trained him about their own business. He lived the balanced life of a simple house holder and a mystic.
Leaning on to spirituality
Kabir grew up to be a spiritually inclined young man and is widely believed to have become a disciple of the Bhakti poet-saint Swami Ramananda in Varanasi. In the beginning Swami Ramananda was not ready to accept Kabir Das as his disciple. Once upon a time, Sant Kabir Das lied down on the ladders of the pond and read the mantra of Rama-Rama, and in the early morning while Ramananda was going for taking bath, Kabir come under his feet. Ramananda felt guilty and then was forced to accept him as his disciple.
It is believed that Kabir’s family is still living in the Kabir Chaura in Varanasi.
The Kabir Math in the Varanasi houses a portrait where saints are busy in singing Kabir Ke Dohe. It is the place of giving real education of life to the people. It is located at the Kabir Chaura, Varanasi and Lahartara. Neeru teela was the house of his parents the Neeru and Neema. Now it has become the accommodation for students and scholars who study Kabir’s work and philosophies.
While Kabir was influenced by the concepts of Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, teachings of Nath yogis, and imageless God of Islam, he was strictly against the rituals and meaningless practices of organized religions.
Saint Kabir was prejudiced by the existing religious mood of that time like Hinduism, Tantrism as well as the personal devotionals mixed with the imageless God of Islam. Kabir Das is the first Indian saint who has coordinated the Hinduism and Islam by giving a universal path which could be followed by both Hindus and Muslims. According to him every life has relationship with two spiritual principles (Jivatma and Paramatma). His view about the moksha that, it is the process of uniting these two divine principles.
Read his works, discover the truth
His great writing Bijak has huge a collection of poems which makes clear the Kabir’s general view of the spirituality. Kabir’s Hindi was a dialect, simple like his philosophies. He simply followed the oneness in the God. He has always rejected the murti pujan in Hinduism and shown the clear confidence in bhakti and Sufi ideas. He had composed the poems in a concise and simple style resonating his admire for factual guru. Eeing an illiterate he had written his poems in Hindi mixing with Avadhi, Braj, and Bhojpuri.
All the poems and songs credited by the Sant Kabir exist in several languages. Kabir and his followers are named according to his poetic response such as banis and utterances. The poems are called variously as dohe, saloka and sakhi. Sakhi means to be memorizes and to remind the highest Truth. The memorizing, performing, and pondering over these utterances comprises for the Kabir and all his followers a way to the spiritual awakening.
Saint Kabir died in the year 1518 leaving his divine teaching to inspire the world. When it comes to Saint Kabir, every religions, every caste and every creed.