Guru Sant Kabir is considered to be one of the greatest Indian poets or mystics. He was born in 1398 AD and grew up in a Muslim household. Those were the years of communal riots between the Hindus and Muslims. However, Kabir, an avid peace lover never understood why people should fight in the name of religion. He called himself the child of ‘Ram’ and Allah’ . He was a disciple of the Guru Ramanand – who he admired and wanted to be like.
Guru Sant Kabir believed that human beings are equal and being one with God is the ultimate aim of every individual. His love and devotion towards the Supreme One clearly reflects in his poetry. The Holy Guru Granth Sahib contains over 500 verses by the great Saint Kabir.
The hallmark of Kabirji’s works consists of his two line couplets known as ‘Kabirji ke dohe’. The dohas reflect the deep philosophical thinking of the poet-saint. He believed in the Vedantic concepts of atma. He always advocated the Impersonal Aspect of God (Nirguna) and therefore, was against idol worship. He believed, all human beings are equal and the societal caste system that is so widely prevalent in our country is fallacious. He said that a true Guru is the one who can be attained through direct experience. Kabirji believed in humility. To illustrate this to his followers, he would give then the example of flowing water – water always flows downward and never upward. Kabirji’s verses or dohas are still read by people with awe and admiration.
Kabirji preached gentleness and politeness. His main teachings can be summed up as follows:
- Walk the humble way
- Recite the name of God as doing so purifies and heals
- Help as many people as you can