Baba’s favorite Kabir poems

Baba (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) often mentioned the great mystic poet Kabir in many of his discourses.

Kabir lived in North India in the 15′th century. Very little is known about his life but his poetry still resonates deeply in our hearts.

He spent many years in Benares which was known as Kashi as well as Varanasi. Benares is also known as “Shiva’s city.” He belonged to a community of weavers in the Benares-Magahar region. He was born into a Muslim family. His community known as “julahas” probably converted to Islam few decades before he was born.

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Baba’s comments on Kabir’s fight against casteism is very significant:

“Kabir and Mahaprabhu launched open revolts against the casteism which had kept Indian society crippled by creating a tremendous complex of self-aggrandizement in one section of society and a terrible inferiority complex in another section. Although Mahaprabhu had been born into a well-known Brahman family, he suffered many insults because of his opposition to casteism. Despite this he remained steadfast in his ideology.” [1]

In the following excerpt Baba is commenting on Kabir’s spiritual leadership

“Generally there are three recognized means to bring about social welfare: 1) the rule of brute force, 2) the rule of reason, and 3) spiritual leadership.

1) The rule of brute force. Sometimes the members of a society are made to follow rules in accordance with the dictatorial decrees of their leaders. But these dictating authorities are far from being benevolent. Rather, they trick the members of society into believing that they are acting for their welfare but their sole concern is to promote narrow self-interest, power and privileges. Their guidance is not at all helpful for the growth of social welfare. For example, the British government ruled India for two hundred years, but how much real progress has there been in India? In most cases, their rule was based on their own self-aggrandizement.

The political leaders of so many countries have led their countries to the brink of war. The political history of Germany, Italy, Spain, Pakistan and China is a clear proof of this truth. Even though thousands of citizens hardly get enough food to fill their bellies, their leaders continue to spend vast amounts of money on arms.

History does provide some examples of benign, enlightened kings such as Ashok the Great and Alfred the Great who did some good for society, but they are few in number. Most were warmongers, such as Genghis Khan. They were so cruel that they stained the green earth under their feet with blood, and caused the sky to resound with the wails and tears of their innocent victims. The rule of a brutal dictator is no rule at all.

2) The rule of reason. What is reason or logic? There are three aspects of logic: váda, jalpa and vitańdá. In the battlefield an efficient general does not start the battle without strengthening his own army first. First he sends out his intelligence unit to find the weak points of the opposing army. Secondly, he stations his army in such a way that his own soldiers can mount a surprise attack on the enemy installations. Thirdly, the moment he gets the advantage he invades the enemy camp and attains complete victory. In exactly the same way a logician strives to detect the loopholes and weaknesses in his adversary’s argument. This part of the debate is called “váda”. In the next stage the logician formulates convincing argument to defeat the logic put forward by his opponent. This part of the debate is called “jalpa”. In the third stage the logician will present very clear views in such a way that his adversary is completely defeated. This part of the debate is called “vitańda”. When one’s mind is perfectly adjusted with these three phrases of logic it is called “yukti” or “reason”.

Reason is relative knowledge. Many people may come to the wrong conclusion along the path of reason because if the first premise is wrong, the conclusion is also bound to be wrong. For in stance, if a person studies old books on geography and argues that Allahabad is the capital of Uttar Pradesh or Cuttack is the capital of Orissa, that would be something ludicrous. Rice is also relative knowledge because we do not get rice directly from God, we get it indirectly. If one resolves this very moment to lead an honest life, that would be absolute knowledge because absolute knowledge comes directly from the Supreme and produces a certain awareness in the human mind.

3) Spiritual leadership.

Shásanát táraye yastu shástra parikiirtiitah.

“That which leads to liberation through discipline is called ‘scripture’.”

Common people usually live their lives according to absolute knowledge and become noble and great. That is why we see people like Kabir and Ramakrishna, who even without formal schooling, were highly regarded by tens of thousands of people. In fact, it is doubtful whether learned scholars could bring about even a small fraction of the spiritual progress these great people brought to society.” [2]

The following are the poems and sayings of Kabir that were recited most often by Baba:

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Jalameiṋ kumbhaka kumbha meiṋ jala hae,
Báhar bhitar pánii
Phat́á kumbha jala jala hi samáná
Yah tattva bujhae jiṋánii.

[Water in jar and jar in water
Waters both, yet separate surge;
None but the wise can see through better
Let the jar break, and the waters merge.]

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Mana ná ráuṋgáile ráuṋgáile yogi kápaŕá.

[Saffron and red do not a yogi make
With mind undyed he remains a fake.]

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Yo kál kare so áj kar
Yo áj kare so ab
Palme pralay hoyegii
Bahurii karoge kab?

“The work which you decide to do tomorrow, do it today itself. Why should you delay it until tomorrow? The sun’s rays may not penetrate into your life tomorrow. Do it today. And the work that you have decided to do today should be done immediately, this very moment.”

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Kambal varśe bhiiuṋge páni yah hi hyáy kabiir kii váńii

“The verse has two meanings. One meaning is: Saltwater is raining from the sky, everything is getting wet. The other meaning is: The spiritual aspirant is sitting with their two hands cupped in their lap and tears falling from their eyes from the thought of God (tears taste salty). The leaves of the hands, or the hands, are getting wet. If this kind of condition occurs the person gets Parama Puruśa.”

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[1] Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “The Vipra Age” (1967), published in Human Society – Part 2

[2] Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “Prapta Vakya and Apta Vakya” (1970), published in Discourses on Neohumanist Education

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About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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