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A temple dedicated to Kabir at Kabirwad, Gujarat

As the followers of Sant Kabir (1440 - 1518) get ready to celebrate Kabir Jayanti or the birth anniversary of the great Indian mystical saint poet on Sunday, June 23, 2013, let's have a look at the life and teachings of Kabir.

Born near Benaras or Varanasi, of Muslim parents, in c.1440, he became in early life a disciple of the celebrated 15th century Hindu ascetic Guru Ramananda. Hindus called him Kabir Das, but it is impossible to say whether Kabir was Brahmin or Sufi, Vedantist or Vaishnavite. He is, as he says himself, "at once the child of Allah and of Ram."

He may or may not have submitted to the traditional education of the Hindu or the Sufi contemplative and never adopted the life of an ascetic. Side by side with his interior life of adoration, its artistic expression in music and words, he lived the sane and diligent life of a craftsman. Kabir was a weaver, a simple and unlettered man, who earned his living at the loom.

A beautiful legend tells us that after his death his Muslim and Hindu disciples disputed the possession of his body; which the Muslims wished to bury, the Hindus to burn. As they argued together, Kabir appeared before them. Read Full Article

Read Kabir's Dohas: Rabindranath Tagore's translation of Kabir

Photo: A temple dedicated to Kabir at Kabirwad, Gujarat


Comments
June 5, 2012 at 11:05 am
(1) Aju Mukhopadhyay says:

It was a great life, needs no probe as to his religious origin for he was beyond religion.
Kahata Kabir sune bhai sadho-
love to him
Aju Mukhopadhyay

June 5, 2012 at 11:36 am
(2) Sibaprasad Dutta says:

Kabir’s is an interesting life. He is not just a spiritual person, but a persona who could live in his own way with his own beliefs, refusing to conform to the faith of the community in which he born. Religion is the heaviest burden that is imposed upon an innocent soul by men on the basis of birth which is but an accident. Being born in a particular community of men should not be the principle on which one’s course of life should be determined.

October 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm
(3) p.csharma says:

religion is a cobination of traditions and costoms promoted bya section of society.kabir deveped his own philosphy.his thoughts have been accepted by preachers

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