Jeevan Darshan

Kabir Saheb Ke Jeevan Kathaa - The Story of Kabir Saheb’s Life…

15th century Kaashi, India – Appearance of Kabir Saheb

Kabir Saheb had appeared during the 15th century in Kaashi (also Banaras or Varaanasi), India. During those times, conflict was highly prevalent amongst the people; especially between the people of the two major religions of India at the time; the Hindus and the Muslims. In order to restore peace between these two groups, Kabir Saheb had appeared.

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Pragatya Darshan

“Aadee Naam Nih Akshar, Akhil Patee Kaaranam; So Pragate Guru Roop, To Hans Ubaaranam.” The Primal Name which cannot be expressed or described by letters, the Master of the Universe; That had manifested in the form of a Guru in order to free the Souls of devotees. On an early Monday morning on the day of Jyeshta Purnima of the 1455th Vikram year of the Hindu calendar (corresponding with 1398 AD), a light had appeared in the skies. Above the Lahartaaraa Lake in Kaashi, this light transcended and fell upon a lotus flower and eventually transformed into a baby. A student of Swami Ramanand (a famous saint), possibly Swami Ashtanand had been graced by this beautiful sight and had gone to tell his Guru.

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Neeru – Neema

Coincidentally, a newly-wed Muslim couple had been passing by the lake at that point; Neeru and Neema, two Jolaahas (weavers). The two had stopped to rest, Neema went to wash her face by the bank of the lake. Upon reaching the lake, she heard the noise of and infant crying, she called upon her husband. Hesitant at first, the two went to investigate to find the sound coming from a baby in a lotus flower! Being moved by the sight of this baby, they decided to take him home.

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Naam Kaaran

Upon reaching home, they decided to bathe and clean the baby and name him. They called upon local Qazis (Muslim priests) and Pundits (Hindu priests) to name him. The Pundits, refusing to name the child of a Muslim couple, did not bother to give him a name. The Qazis opened the Quran, they could only to find four names in the book: Kabir, Akbar, Kubra and Kiberia; all four too glorious to be given to the child of a poor weaver. Upon searching again and again, they were stunned to only find the same names. A voice from the heavens then proclaimed “The boy’s name is Kabir!” Ignoring the voice, they continued to search for other names, refusing to give the name to the boy, when decided it was completely hopeless to find any other names in the book, they all became embarrassed; to relieve the Qazis of their worries, the baby said to them: “Do not worry yourselves with my naming, I have already named myself Kabir’ Hearing this, the couple decided to name him Kabir, the Great.

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Youth

From a very early age, Kabir Saheb had been highly interested in attending religious gatherings and would often put forth questions before Pundits and Mullahs. He would say to the Mullahs: “Why do you yell His (the Lord’s) name so? Do you take him to be deaf? Why, the Omniscient can even hear the sound of an ant’s footstep!”   And to the Pundits he would say: “What for do you worship the stone? If stones are to be worshipped then why not worship the mighty mountains? Or better yet, why not worship the chakki (grinding stones) which grinds the grains on which you survive?” They would often leave his questions unanswered taking him for the son of a poor weaver, unsuited for the company of pious Mullahs. The Hindu priests would regard him as a Niguraa (one without formal Guru in Hindu tradition) with no place in religious discussions nor in religious or spiritual pursuit. Kabir Saheb then took it upon himself to find himself a Guru.

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Gurumukhi

Recognizing his wisdom, Kabir Saheb had chosen to make Swami Ramanand, a highly influential leader in the Hindu Vaishnava community at the time, to be his Guru. Knowing that the Swami would be hesitant to become his Guru after inquiring from his other disciples, Kabir Saheb had decided to make a plan… On an early morning, Kabir Saheb assumed the form of a baby at the banks of the Panchganga Ghaat, where Swami Ramanand used to perform his morning prayers. He was walking off the banks when his foot hit the head of the baby who then began to cry.  The sage bent down to pick up the baby when his maalaa (rosary) fell atop his head. Putting his hand on the baby’s head, the Swami said: “Do not cry my child, instead, say Raam Raam (Lord, Oh Lord)” Kabir Saheb again took his regular form and confronted the Swami, presenting himself as his disciple. He affirmed to him that he had given his talisman when the maalaa fell upon him, given aashirvaad (blessing) when he rubbed his head (as a baby) and given the updesh mantra (first teaching of the Guru to the disciple) when he told him to say “Raam Raam.” Swami Ramanand accepted Kabir Saheb as his disciple

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