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Saint Kabir - 15th-century Indian mystic
poet and saint, whose writings influenced
Hinduism's Bhakti movement and
had great influence on Hinduism.
Notably was his work towards pointing
that true devotion to God (Bhakti) is
the essense of both Hinduism and
Islamic religions - thus dispelling their
apparent differences. There are infinite
ways to God, and these roads have
different signs or names, but in the
end we all find the same destination -
The Ocean of LOVE!
Kabir also known as Kabir Das and
Kabira, was born and brought up in
a Muslim weavers family by Niru and
Nima. So he is known as a simple
He was a mystic poet and a musician
and was one of the important saints
of Hinduism and also considered a
Sufi by Muslims. He is respected by
Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. He was
a disciple of Ramananda. He was
never formally educated and was
almost completely illiterate. According
to legend, the only word that he
ever learned how to write was "Rama".
Kabir's verses were incorporated into
Adi Granth, the scripture of Sikhism,
with verses attributed to Kabir
constituting the largest non-Sikh
Some scholars state Kabir's ideas
were one of the many influences
on Guru Nanak, who went on to
found Sikhism in the fifteenth century.
Kabir inspired B. R. Ambedkar, the
first minister of law of India and the
architect of the Indian Constitution.
Ambedkar had acknowledged Kabir
as one of his three gurus.
Kabir literature legacy was championed
by two of his disciples, Bhāgodās and
Dharmadās. Songs of Kabir were
collected by Kshitimohan Sen from
mendicants across India, these were
then translated to English by
Like any true messenger of GOD,
Kabir was revolutionary and even
beyond these days ... we quote some
poems to show how deep his vision was:
“Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas,
not in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in synagogues,
nor in cathedrals:
not in masses,
not in legs winding around your own neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me,
you will see me instantly —
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.”
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“Many have died; you also will die.
The drum of death is being beaten.
The world has fallen in love with a
dream. Only sayings of the wise
We quote below a few references:
How Kabir Became a Disciple of
Ramananda The boy Kabir, in
whom the religious passion was
innate, saw in Ramananda his
destined teacher; but knew the
chances were slight that a Hindu
guru would accept a Muslim as a
disciple. He, therefore, hid on the
steps of the Ganges River, where
Ramananda came to bathe often;
with the result that the master,
coming down to the water, trod
upon his body unexpectedly, and
exclaimed in his astonishment,
"Ram! Ram!"—the name of the
incarnation under which he
worshiped God. Kabir then
declared that he had received
the mantra of initiation from
Ramananda's lips, which
admitted him to discipleship.
In spite of the protests of
orthodox Brahmins and
Muslims, both equally annoyed
by this contempt of theological
landmarks, he persisted in his claim.
Ramananda's Influence on Kabir's
Life and Works Ramananda
appears to have accepted Kabir,
and though Muslim legends speak
of the famous Sufi Pir, Takki of
Jhansi, as Kabir's master in later
life, the Hindu saint is the only
human teacher to whom he
acknowledges indebtedness in
his songs. Ramananda, Kabir's
guru, was a man of wide religious
culture who dreamed of reconciling
this intense and personal
Mohammedan mysticism with the
traditional theology of Brahmanism
and even Christian faith. It is one of
the outstanding characteristics of
Kabir's genius that he was able to
fuse these thoughts into one in his poems.
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