Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Who was Bhagat Kabir Ji?

I have always been so touched by the shabads of Bhagat Kabir Ji so I decided to read more about him. Bhagat Kabir Ji was a poet born in 1398 (dates of his passing are debated, but thought to be 1518). He was born to a Muslim family of weavers and went on to marry a woman name Loi. They had two children together and he practiced the life of a householder, like all of our Guru Jis. He spent much of his time trying to teach others to get out of ritualism, casteism, and superstitions. He was a disciple of Ramanand, who taught him to rise early in the morning to remember God. He practiced compassion and humility and encouraged others to do the same. Because he spoke against the empty rituals Hindus and Muslims were practicing at the time, this angered many people and he was tortured. Nonetheless he continued to express his loving devotion to God and speak the truth.
Bhagat Kabir Ji contributed 541 hymns to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad?(Ang 1349 Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)

"Kabeer, nothing is mine within myself. Whatever there is, is Yours, O Lord. If I surrender to You what is already Yours, what does it cost me?" 



  1. Clay jug = Human body


    by Kabir

    Inside this clay jug there are canyons

    and pine mountains, and the maker of

    canyons and pine mountains!

    All seven oceans are inside, and

    hundreds of millions of stars.

    The acid that tests gold is there, and

    the one who judges jewels.

    And the music from the strings

    no one touches, and the source of

    all water.

    If you want the truth, I will tell you

    the truth:Friend, listen:

    the God whom I love is inside

    One of the greatest living American Poets, Robert Bly reads Kabir(He translated Kabir and Rumi)



  2. Robert Bly again


  3. Kabir the Saint, poet, weaver