Thursday, 23 June 2011

Sant Kabir - Mystic Poet of India

Kabirdas is the full name of Kabir. Kabir is also known as the Kabira. He is very popular person in Indian History. He was a poet and saint of India. He deserves a major credit for bringing about a revolution. He was a man of principles. He believed that all human beings are equal. People called him by different-2 names like Das, Sant and bhakta etc. Kabir is not easily considered as a sufi or a yogi while he is all of these. He says of himself that he is at once the child of Allah and Ram.

Sant Kabirdas

  • Full Name:-       Kabirdas
  • Date Of Birth:-  1440 or 1398
  • Place of Birth:- Varanasi(India)
  • Education:-       Completely illiterate(No formal education)
  • Guru's Name:-   Saint Ramanand                
  • Date Of Death:- 1518
  • Popular Names:-Sant Kabir, Kabira, Sant, Bhakta, Das etc

Early Life :-

Kabir's birth itself is a mystery. Some people say that he was born in 1398 in Banaras(Varanasi), some believe that he was born in 1440. Some say that he was born in a Muslim family. Well some say that he was found floating on a lotus leaf in a tank in Benaras by a Muslim Weaver named Nima and his wife. They gave him the name of Kabir meaning the great one.
He had not formally got any education so he was almost completely illiterate. He ever learned how to write was RamaKabir became a disciple of the Hindu saint Ramananda. It was a strange thing that time that a Hindu teacher will accept a Muslim student, but the young Kabir had  creative ways to overcome all objections.     

Ramanand Accepted Kabir as his Disciple:-

Kabir always wanted to become a disciple of Ramanand, But he was a Muslim and it is very impossible for him to be a disciple of Ramanand, a Hindu Saint. He tried a trick. The saint Ramanand daily went to take his bath. On this special day, Ramananda awoke before dawn and found his customary way down to the steps of the Ganges. As he was walking down the steps to the waters, a little hand reached out in the predawn morning and grabbed the saint's big toe. Ramananda was taken by surprise and he expressed his shock by calling out the name of God. Looking down he saw in the early morning light the hand of the young Kabir. After his bath in the early light he noticed that on the back of the little one's hand was written in Arabic the name Kabir. He adopted him as son and disciple and brought him back to his Ashrama, much to the disturbance of his Hindu students. 

Kabir Philosophy:-

Kabir's poetry is the mirror of his philosophy about life. His sayings were based on the fact of reincarnation and karma. Kabir has clear idea of philosophy of life. He liked to live in a very simplistic manner. He had strong faith that God is unique. He wanted to say that God is only one while you are Hindu or Muslim. God is the creator of this beautiful world. 

Kabir Poetry:-

Kabir was a very creative poet. He composed in a pithy and earthy style. His poems had the praise for the true guru who reveals the divine through direct experience. Kabir expressed his poems orally in vernacular Hindi. He is a very important person in Indian history. He is unusual in that he is spiritually significant to Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims alike.
He criticized all sects openly. He gave a new direction to the Indian philosophy. He touches the soul of all in both simplicity and style way. 

Kabir's Death:-

Kabir was died at Maghar near Gorakhpur. When he died, his disciples(Hindu and Muslim followers) started fighting for his body. the Muslims were wanting to claim the body for burial, the Hindus were wanting to cremate the body. Kabir appeared to the arguing disciples and told them to lift the cloth covering his body. When they lifted the cloth covering his body, they found fragrant flowers there instead of body. The flowers were divided between Hindu and Muslim followers, and the Muslims buried the flowers while the Hindus committed them to fire. 

Kabir's Dohas:-
  • Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Diya Kabira Roye
    Do Paatan Ke Beech Mein,Sabit Bacha Na Koye

  • Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
    Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye

  • Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
    Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

  • Aisee Vani Boliye, Mun Ka Aapa Khoye
    Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye

  • Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sub Kutch Hoye
    Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye

  • Sayeen Itna Deejiye, Ja Mein Kutumb Samaye
    Main Bhi Bhookha Na Rahun, Sadhu Na Bhookha Jaye

  • Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor
    Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor

  • Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag
    Tera Sayeen Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag

  • Mangan Maran Saman Hai, Mat Koi Mange Beekh
    Mangan Se Marna Bhala, Yeh Satguru Ki Seekh

  • Maya Mari Na Mun Mara, Mar Mar Gaye Shareer
    Asha Trishna Na Mari, Keh Gaye Das Kabir

  • Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair
    Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair

  • Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya, Jaise Ganga Neer
    Pache Pache Har Phire, Kahat Kabir Kabir

  • Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye
    Dhai Aakhar Prem Ke, Jo Padhe so Pandit Hoye

  • Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye
    Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Tau Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye

  • Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda, Saboo Sirjan Har
    Surti Sila Pur Dhoiye, Nikse Jyoti Apaar

  • Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe, Jeevat He Karo Aas
    Jeevat Karam Ki Fansi Na Kaati, Mue Mukti Ki Aas  

  • Akath Kahani Prem Ki, Kutch Kahi Na Jaye
    Goonge Keri Sarkara, Baithe Muskae

  • Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kat Kaleja Khaye
    Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, Kahan Tak Dawa Lagaye

  • Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Uncha Dekh Aavaas
    Kaal Paron Punyah Letna, Ouper Jamsi Ghaas

  • Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Kaal Gahe Kar Kes
    Na Jaane Kit Mare Hai, Kya Des Kya Pardesh

  • Kabira Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai, Ankiya Sab Hoye
    Jo Kiya Kutch Hote Hai, Karta Aur Koye

  • Jyon Naino Mein Putli, Tyon Maalik Ghat Mahin
    Moorakh Log Na Janhin, Baahar Dhudhan Jahin

  • Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein, Log Hanse Tu Roye
    Aise Karni Na Kari, Pache Hanse Sab Koye

  • Pehle Agan Birha Ki, Pachhe Prem Ki Pyas
    Kahe Kabir Tub Janiye, Naam Milan Ki Aaas

  • Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein, Dhuan Na Pargat Hoye
    So Jane Jo Jarmua, Jaki Lagi Hoye

  • Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye, Jo Aage Ko Hoye
    Sees Charaye Potli, Le Jaat Na Dekhya Koye

  • Aasa Jive Jag Marey, Log Marey Mar Jayee
    Soyee Sube Dhan Sanchate, So Ubrey Jey Khayee

  • Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin, Do Kahun To Gaari
    Hai Jaisa Taisa Rahe, Kahe Kabir Bichari

  • Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka, Khala Ka Ghar Nahin
    Sees Utaare Hath Kar, So Pasey Ghar Mahin

  • Maala To Kar Mein Phire, Jeebh Phire Mukh Mahin
    Manua To Chahun Dish Phire, Yeh To Simran Nahin

  • Kabir Maala Kaath Kee, Kahi Samjhave Tohi
    Man Na Firave Aapna, Kaha Firave Mohi

  • Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin, Jab Hari Hai Mein Nahin
    Sab Andhiyara Mit Gaya, Jab Deepak Dekhya Mahin

  • Moond Munddavat Din Gaye, Ajhun Na Miliya Raam
    Raam Naam Kahu Kya Karey, Je Man Ke Aurey Kaam

  • Keson Kaha Bigadia, Je Moonde Sau Baar
    Man Ko Kahe Na Moondiye, Jaamein Vishey Vikaar

  • Kabir Soota Kya Kare, Koore Kaaj Niwaar
    Jis Panthu Tu Chaalna, Soyee Panth Samwaar

  • Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
    Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas

  • Kabir Soyee Soorma, Man Soon Maande Jhoojh
    Panch Pyada Paari Le, Door Kare Sab Dooj

Kabir's Quotes:-
  • I am not a Hindu,
    Nor a Muslim am I!
    I am this body, a play
    Of five elements; a drama
    Of the spirit dancing
    With joy and sorrow

  • If you don't break your ropes while you're alive do you think ghosts will do it after?

  • There's a moon in my body, but I can't see it!
    A moon and a sun.
    A drum never touched by hands, beating, and I can't hear it!

  • I do not quote from the scriptures;
    I simply see what I see.

  • When the bride is one
    with her lover,
    who cares about
    the wedding party?

  • Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
    there you have a sold place for your feet.
    Think about it carefully!
    Don't go off somewhere else!

  • Serve your God, who has come into this temple of life!
    Do not act the part of a madman, for the night is thickening fast.

  • Your Lord is near:
    yet you are climbing the palm-tree to seek Him

  • All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.

  • Student, tell me, what is God?
    He is the breath inside the breath.

  • Now I have no caste, no creed,
    I am no more what I am!

  • Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.
    The one no one talks of speaks the secret sound to himself,
    and he's the one who has made it all.

  • As long as a human being worries about when he will die, and what he has that is his,
    all of his works are zero.
    When affection for the I-creature and what it owns is dead,
    then the work of the Teacher is over.

  • The purpose of labor is to learn;
    when you know it, the labor is over.

  • Man, here is your worth,
    Your meat is of no use!
    Your bones cannot be sold
    For making ornaments,
    And your skin cannot be played
    On an instrument!