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Aisa koi na mila, jaso rahiye laag. Sab jag jalata dekhiya, apanee-apanee aag.

I was searching for help, for love, someone where I could be myself being with him. But I couldn’t find anyone. Everyone here is going through his or her own hell. All are troubled by either way. How can someone find peace and happiness here? Some saints say we are actually seeking intimacy or love, which is our true nature, because at the core we are ONE, one consciousness in so many expressions! When we tend to create our own world of desires and thoughts, a thin layer covers our being, we feel separated from the ONE and miss and seek this intimacy in so many forms-wealth, name, fame or relations!! Had Kabir also searched an intimacy and couldn’t find?? The interesting thing is the more love grows within us, the more people feel intimate to us, and that is the reason people feel ultimate intimacy and bliss in the company of Saints!! Dil kaa maraham na mila, jo milaa so garajee. Kah kabir asmaan phate, kyokar seewe darajee. I couldn’t find the ointment to heal the wounds of my heart. Who so ever I met, are self-obsessed, and are no good for others. Kabir says – when the sky is torn, which tailor is capable to stitch it? So worse is the

condition of Kabir, and he is not able to find a healer!! I assume here Kabir is referring about his restlessness for realization and search for a true Guru. 2. Kabir speaks about the human body and its components............... Jheenee- jheenee beenee chadariyaa. Kaahe ke taanaa, kaahe ke bharani, kaun taar se beenee chadariya. Ingala-pingala taanaa bharanee, sushaman taar se beenee chadariyaa. Aath kawal das charakha dole, paanch tatva gun teenee chadariyaa. Saai ko siyat maas das laage, Thok-Thok ke beenee chadaryaa. So chadar sur-nar muni oDhee, oDh ke mailee keenee chadariyaa. Das Kabir jatan se odhee, jyo ki tyo dhar deenee chadariyaa. This body is nothing but clothing on the soul, as scriptures state it. In Bhagwadgita it is said that as we drop one old cloth and wear a new one, so our soul drops its body when it gets too old and torn and gets a new one. But what this cloth is made of? Kabir says this cloth (chadar, shawl) is made by thin linings. What are the Tana and Bana and which thread

is used to weave this cloth? Ingala ( one nadi of three main nadees) and Pingala are like taana and baana( linings of weaver’s tool on which he weaves cloths) and Sushmana thread is used to weave it. In this cloth, there are eight lotuses flowering (there is eighth lotus in Sant Mat – Surati Kawal), and ten doors ( charkha, exit organs of body), five elements( earth, water,air, fire and ether) and three gunas( SAT, RAJ and TAM). My Lord weaved this great cloth in ten months (pregnancy period of human being). He made it with great love and care. All deities, humans and monks wore this cloth and made it dirty. Blessed is Kabir who wore it with great care and put it down as pure as it was given to him by Lord. This clothing is not only this physical body but all layers of the soul. We get our body dirty and wash it with soap and water, but what about the filth of mind and heart?? We should keep cleaning them as well by doing meditation and devotion to Lord, so we could submit this soul as pure as he has made it. Dash dware kaa pinjaraa, taame panchhe paun. Rahibe ko acharaj hai, jaaye to acharaj kaun. This cage has ten doors (ten exit organs of body), and encaged bird (soul) is just like air. It is strange that it still remains in this cage; no wonder if it leaves it and flies away.

Mori chunaree me pari gayo daag piyaa. Panch tatt kee bane chunariya, sorah sai band mora laage jiyaa. Ye chunaree more maike te aai, sasure me manwaa khoy diyaa. Mali mali dhoyi, daag na chute, gyaan ko saabun laaye piyaa. Kahe Kabeer daag tab chhutihe, jab sahib apanaay liyaa. Oh my dear beloved!! I got my chunri dirty with spots. This chunari is made of five elements (earth, air, water, fire and ether), and there are sixteen designs on it( five sense organs, five work organs, three gunas, mind, ego, and prana - vital life energy). I got this chunari from my parents – and my mind got it lost at my inlaws house!! Now I try hard to wash it, but the spots are not washed away. O my dear beloved, please give me the soap of knowledge so I could get it washed. Kabir says – nothing will work on it, only when Sahib (Lord) hugs you and takes you by his side, only then all your filth and spots will be cleansed. Our Mayaka or Naihar(parents’ home, though sometimes Kabir takes it in opposite meaning, e.g. Naihar indicates this world) as Kabir calls it -is true home of the soul and in-laws house is this illusionary world where we get engaged so many wrong deeds. Our chunri or shawl is the layers of body on our soul

... it will vanish in ... We need to keep in mind this ultimate truth – the death..death. This human race (and this world as well) is nothing but like a bubble on the surface of the sea.. 3... Dekhat hi chhup jaayega. But our whole effort goes not to face... Sab tan jalata dekhakar. I saw the whole body burning in this way. bhaya Kabir udaas... I became very sad.. We feel this sorrow when we see someone dear leaving this world... He says – I saw the bones burning like wood.which gets dirty here. Kabir has said this sad truth so many times. and hairs burning like gross.. Only way to defeat this fear is to face it and then try to find a way to get out of it. Kabir on death scenes. kes jale jyu ghaas. jyu tare parbhaat. encounter and defeat this fear. HaaD jale jyo laakadee.. will die one day and the greatest fear in this world is the fear of unknown. how will we be able to meet our Lord? Only by applying knowledge we can make it clean.. Panee kera budbuda. and we feel this fear for ourselves as well. but to escape away from this reality as soon and as often we can. as manus ki jaat.. and Lord’s grace will help cleaning it.. The undeniable reality in this world is that who ever is born.

Kabir yah jag kuchh nahee. Dear why do you forget the death? It is unavoidable. Whom I saw under Mandap (Mandap – rectangle structure under which marriage ceremony is performed – under Mandap means getting married) yesterday. At the time of final journey. has to leave one day. aaj masaane deeTh. raja rank phakeer.little time like stars vanish when dawn falls. The day will come when Nadee of your body . one moment is so sweet and another moment it is just bitter. kou kaahu kaa naahi. Aaaye hai to jaayenge. accept it. Ek sinhaasan chadi chale. Ghar kee naaree ko kahe. everyone goes on the same cot tied by the same chain ( rope used to tie the dead body). khin khaara khin meeTh. ek bandhe janjeer. This world is nothing. a poor or a King. So short is this humans life and earth’s as well. Who ever has come here. tan kee naaree jaahi. Kaalh jo baitha mandape. it is so suffering and painful. Ek din aisaa hoyega. today he is dead). is lying in funeral today (yesterday he was enjoying his greatest joy. doesn’t matter he or she is a beggar.

Jantra bichara kya kare. TuTi gayae sab taar. gayaa bajaawanhaar. This body is unreliable. All wires are broken. Naa jaane kahn maarisee. don’t keep thoughts of . when death ceases life and soul leaves the body.will leave you. You never know where he will get you killed – in your house or in foreign land. Do HIS simaran as you take breathes. Saans-saans sumiran karo. Kyaa bharosa deh ka. not even your breaths (so try to be un-attached in this world and attach your soul to your Lord). it is now of no use. Kaal gahe kar kesh. what to say about Nadee( woman/wife) at your home? No one will go with you. ke ghar ke pardes. What will this instrument do when the player has left it alone? This instrument is body and the player is the soul. Kabir kaahe garabiyo. no one knows when it will cheat you. Now this instrument doesn’t play a bit. Kabir says what you are being so proud of? Time (Kaal) is standing nearby to grab your head by hairs in his hand. binas jaat chhan maanh. it is useless. Kabir jantra na baajai. when it will get destroyed by death. aur jatan kachhu naah.

Kabir wept when he saw the grinder running.anything else.. lai gayi pawan udaay.. diya kabira roy. Chalti chaaki dekhke. Dui paaTan ke beech me. raakhe apane saath.. Abake bichhaDe kab milenge. Kabir was so .. saabut bachaa n koy.. aisaa jeev man ke saath.... Two stones of grinder are assumed as Kal and Maya or the earth and sky. When a leaf breaks off from a branch. door parenge jay.. Nothing could escape from this grinder.. Nana naach nachaay kar. So are we souls. sorrow and happiness.. death takes us apart from all dear ones and we never return to them (always speak sweet and wear loving attitude). Tricks of the mind... doesn’t come back to the tree. it flies far away.. Like a Monkey performs so many acts by the order of his master. Bajigar kaa bandara.. so has this soul become with its mind. Mind keeps full control over it and makes it running from one desire to another thus never lets it be free. Patta TooTa daar se.. 4. the two stones grind everything into pieces.

. he often speaks about the trouble and pain souls get in this world. but more he tries to untie its knots.... tyo tyo arujhat jay. the fruits are broken and cotton is spread away.. So even being enlightened. leaving the parrot disappointed. Who is so strong. 6. jhooThe rang na bhool This world is like flower of Semal(red and very attractive flower)..... thinking that one day it will bear sweet fruit. which is attractive for few days. Like a deer falls in a net. Din das ke byohaar me.. jaisaa semal phool..... Kabir yah sansaar hai. Jyo jyo surajhi bhajyo chahe.. he used to feel for others like his own. tries hard to get out of it. Ko chhutyo ihi jaal pari. kat kurang akulay. so clever to escape out from the web of this world? This is the web of illusion (MAYA). Spider’s Net.. you keep working and guarding your business and relations that one day they will give you happiness and ... Don’t get misled by it..... but when this flower gets fully flourished.. Like a parrot keeps looking and waiting for this flower. and gets trapped more densely so is the net of this MAYA. more it gets tied. no one is able to cut its threads. So is this world..loving and full of compassion.

like a thieve stands silent in darkness (waiting to get a chance). Why do you wander so ignorant? Why do you waste your time in sleeping (sleeping is used here in both sense. kyu sotaa ghanaghor.satisfaction. Jap-tap deesai thotharaa. You will not be visiting this state. this kingdom and this street again (so it is better to make best use of it). richness and grandeur. they start going their own way leaving you alone and disappointed. Yah pur paaTan yah galee. play this drama of name and fame.sleeping physically and sleeping spiritually – not in awaken state of consciousness)? Yam (deity of death) is standing near your bed. tau jag chalyaa niraash. but when time comes. Suwe semal seviya. din das lehu bajaay. Beat your drum for ten days (very short period). Wake and save yourself from being slave at Yam’s hand. Find your true happiness. Kabir gaaphil kyo phire. Kabir naubat aapanee. Tere siraane jam kharaa. . don’t go for this illusion. Teerath-brat besaans. jyu andhiyaare chor. bahuri na dekhe aay. power and kingdom (Naubat – kind of drum which was used to announce new rules of King in his whole kingdom).

so you will be immortal. It doesn’t know this world is only snacks of Kaal. Sleeping is the sign of death. Uth kabiraa jaag. Going to holy places. no tap(couldn’t find exact word in English – similar to haThyoga or giving trouble to body in hope to find GOD) seems to work out. maanat hai man mod. moorakh bhugate roy. sab kahoo ko hoy. kachhu mukh me kachhu god. all seem worthless to me. . O Kabir! Wake and stand up. Aur rasaayan chhaDi ke. JhooThe sukh ko sukh kahe. Khalak chabenaa kaal ka. Like the parrot keeps looking on Semal flower in hope to get sweet fruit. at last we will have to be disappointed (GOD can’t be realized in this way). doing fasting is useless. naam rasaayan laag. some are in his mouth and some are on lap (he will eat it soon!!!) Neend nishanee maut kee. Leave all other medicines /drugs and take the drug of Naam. so are these ceremonies. This world enjoys in false things and becomes happy. Gyanee bhugate gyan kari.No jaap. Deh dhare ko danD hai.

they are still alive to keep us engaged in this illusionary world. our body died so many times. Why you are regretting it now? You saw seed of acacia (one tree with thorns only). Kabir says. Asha trishna na mui. Our hope and desires didn’t die. kahan na dei Raam. Karata tha to kyu raha. this illusion (Maya) is great sinner. The wise person bears this punishment knowingly and wisely. When you were doing all wrong deeds then you never thought about it. hari su kare haraam. how will . yo kahi gyaa kabeer. neither we are able to defeat this illusion. ab kari kyu pachhtaay. and ignorant ones keep crying. Kabir says. still we are not able to control our mind. Kabir maya papinee.All pains and sufferings are kind of the punishment of taking this body. Boye ped babool ka. mari mari gaya shareer. And our bad thoughts don’t let us do simaran. it does unfaithfulness to GOD. Mukh kadiyaalee kumati ki. amua kaha se paay.We have gone through so many incarnations. Maya mui na man muaa.

Kabir says this world is full of great problems. panee kera gang. O GOD. attachment and ego) are with me. greed. Kahe kabeer kaise phirun. now it is unable to fly in infinite which is its true nature. laalach buri balaay. The bee went to taste the sweetmeat. Now it regrets that greed is the cause of great danger. Kagad kero naav dee. and the river is full of water.you get mango fruits from it? What you saw. and got trapped in greed. how will I be able to cross this huge river?? Main bhawaraa tohi barajiyaa. got stuck in worldly pleasures. ban-ban baas na ley. how will I cross this river (bhavsaagar-world of illusion)? Here is the boat made by paper (body so vulnerable and easily perishable). ATakegaa kahun beli me. anger. So is the soul. Now it is stuck in the sweetmeat and is unable to fly. pankh rahe lipataay. Again five bad friends (lust. who try to lead me to wrong directions. Makhee gud me gari rahe. taDap-taDap jiy dey. so shall you reap. Hath male aur sir dhune. Kabir says – O my dear wasp! I forbade you so many . panch kusangi sang.

It might be that you will get hooked by thorns and will have to die there.. they just wasted their time and life. are a waste in this world. Jihi ghat preet na premras. and who don’t do simaran of Ram. Te nar is snsaar me.times not to go wandering in jungles and taste the sweetness of flowers.. are like cemetery.. Uper hi te gir pada. Those people who have hearts empty from love and devotion... They didn’t use their potentials. Manuaa to panchhi bhaya udke chalaa akaash. people are like ghosts and not a living being)........ like full of ghosts (empty of virtues. Normal Human Behavior.. . hari ki sewa naahi. The home where Saints are not welcome and praised and people are not at the service of GOD.. Te ghar marghaT saa dikhe. upaji bhaye bekaam.. The soul will get trapped and will not be able to progress further!! 7. yaa maya ke paas.... puni rasana nahi raam. Jo ghar saadhu na poojiye.. bhoot base tin maahi. The wasp is the soul searching for sensual pleasures and mostly seeking for lust.

it flies higher and higher in sky. O dear soul!! Your good days are passed away when you had energy and time to do love and devotion to GOD. Aache din pachhe gaye. but it is not certain that it will remain so high. it can go swinging to another extreme. hari se kiyo na het. You didn’t do it at that time. All your enemies-(five enemies – lust. phal lage ati door. Ab pachhataye hot kya jab chidiya chug gayi khet. greed. ego and attachment) have eaten all your potentials. so powerful is this MAYA. anger. when it gets full swing into positive thoughts. what if you have got enormous wealth and what if you are world famous if you don’t do any good for anyone? What are you worth of then?? You are like the date tree who is taller but neither travelers can get a shadow to rest for a while to protect them from heat neither they can get . What if you are a great personality. which is negative one. Panthi ko chhaya nahi. what is the use of regretting now? (Famous saying – what will you do when you didn’t keep guarding your farm and birds have eaten all your grains). Bada hua to kya hua jaise ped khajoor. can drop down to this worldly illusions.Our mind is like bird.

but no one loves him actually. Jab tum aaye jagat me. in fact he can’t help loving because he is made of love.their hands on fruits.myth is that it feels very bad coming in this world from the heaven) but people around the baby laugh with joy to welcome new soul. You spend whole night sleeping and whole day in eating (and taking pleasure in worthless things). O . Till people are attached with bodily pleasures and keep hope for that. Heera janam amol tha. kaoDee badle jay. jag roy. Kabir says -Oh dear soul! When you came in this world. they don’t serve the Lord. Kabir says – GOD almighty loves everyone. Hari ku bhaje na koi. tab lagi daas na hoi. jagat hansaa. Raat gawaai soy ke. you cried (a new born baby always cries. tum haanso. Aisee karanee kari chalo. Kabir Hari sabakun bhaje. diwas gawaya khay. tum roy. Jab jag aas sareer kee. Kabir says do such kind of work so you would leave this place laughing (because you did perform all work assigned to you and did some good to this world) and people weep for you (because you became so dear to them).

your life was like diamond (human life is said to be availed by great luck and it is not sure you will get it again soon) and you are trading it in exchange of seashells!! Heera wahan na kholiye. They get attracted to name fame and crowd. only true seekers are eligible to get this knowledge. uthi kar chalo baat. Tharhar kampe bala jeev. . As they like polishing and sparkling.dear. Bhawanr uDe bag baiThe aayi. so even glass work attracts them and not diamond. Chup kari bandho gaaTharee. Raini gayi mat din bhi jaai. Kanche karave rahe na paanee. Hanas uDaa kaaya kumhilaani. The same way. so better put your diamonds in bag and go ahead on your way. They will not evaluate it.Na jane ka kariho peev. Kaag udaawat bhujaa piraane. You shouldn’t open your gems in the market where people don’t differentiate between diamond and coal. janh KhoTee hai haat. So a true Guru should better keep mum and go ahead in his journey. Kabir is referring here about true knowledge – people are not able to understand reality and true knowledge. they don’t differentiate true Guru and so called Gurus – who keep a big disciples’ lobby and big ashram.

she is so young she doesn’t know how her husband will treat to her. now cranes are sitting here.the day is not spent in that way. Here Wasp refers to black hairs or youth and crane refers to whiteness in hairs means old age. means half the time to do devotion is gone doing useless things. how the Lord will treat her? Shall she have to drop her identity (fear of death or end of separate identity)? Again Kabir says immature people can’t keep the words of true . When Kabir says night is gone. watch whether the day would not be spent in this way. The young bride refers to new devotee of the Lord who wants to meet her beloved but is not mature and brave enough to walk on the path. Here is a chain of allegories unfolding so many meanings and truth.the night is gone. The soul has doubt how she will be able to progress. The young girl trembles in fear and distrust. This line says that even you have spent half your life doing worthless things. you should make better use of another half one. The swan flied away.Kahe Kabir yah katha siraanee. Kabir say. The bride calls the crows to ask about her husband. now the body is faded. her whole life was gone doing this and her story is finished. Kabir says water can’t be kept in unbaked pot. The wasps are flied away. He warns that you should take care that another half. This is again a beautiful example of high level poetry by Kabir.

The soul has to be strong enough to walk on the path. gyaa Kabeera kaaTi. . Sab jag to phande paryaa. Kabir says the soul remains in the state of indecision whether she should walk on the path or not. This is the common story of the people who want to walk on the path but don’t make firm determination and thus they die unfulfilled. Same way our divine father – the GOD has given us so many things in this world to get involved and thus forget about our true home and true father. When a kid runs to his father and grabs his legs showing his love.knowledge. gauhani laagyo dhaai. This way life is finished and the love story of the soul doesn’t have a happy ending. We shouldn’t fall in this illusion and grab his feet for his love. Kabir says we all are his children. Here Kabir is referring it to symbolize the soul’s waiting to get her beloved at home/in heart. Poot piyaarau pita ko. Lobh-miThaai haath de. the father. the devotion of Lord. Kabir maaya papinee. aapan gayo bhulaai. Phand le baiThee haaTi. The famous ritual – make a wish to crow to make the beloved come back home is done by village brides. being in a hurry to leave for some work gives some sweets to the kid thus makes him forget about his father.

Adopt Life Principles. This whole world has got trapped in this net. chori. byaaj. but Kabir was able to cut its threads and to fly away. earning interest. Juaa. paahan upar meh. mukhbiree. It is always ready with net in the market (world) to get you trapped. Be open in mind and heart and receive unlimited blessing from HIM. Kabir says if you want to meet your Lord.. please drop these things completely-betting. but those high mountains are remained the same. Nadiyan neeraa bhar gayee....... taking bribe and company . vacant souls (from ego). Jo chaahe deedaar ko.Kabir says this MAYA (illusion) is a great sinner. Those with firm ego couldn't keep it with them because they have filled themselves with unnecessary thoughts and ego and they simply slip it.. but only those get fulfilled by it who have empty hearts. acting approver. In these lines. It has been raining heavily..... etee vastu nivaar. stealing. it is always showering upon you. 1. no water harvesting for them.. Rivers are filled with water. what Kabir is trying to say is that his blessings are showering upon all.. paahan wohi teh. Jhirmir-jhirmir barasiyaa..... ghoos. par-naar.

where it is under everyone’s feet. RoDa bhaya to kya bhaya. tan saadhun ke sang. taji paakhanD abhimaan. you will not be able to get a color put on it. Kahe kabir karee gaji. be as humble as the pebble on the path. taahi mile bhagwaan. jyu dharani ki kheh. Those people who go to Satsang. Harijan aisa chaiye. their mind keeps chattering all the time. So is true for satsang.of other women. This is like if you want to dye a black cloth. Leave all kind of cheating and ego behind. will be able to meet the Lord. If you want to keep the love and devotion of your Lord in your heart. panthi ko dukh deh. They don’t get benefited from the company of Saints. you will have to clean your mind and heart first so it is dyed in the true color of love. O dear. who becomes humble like this. Man beena kuchh aur hi. you will have to get a white cloth. The person. but are not able to control their mind. so he says – even if you become like a pebble on the . RoDa hoi rahu baaT ka. kaise laagyo rang. Again Kabir thinks that being like pebble is not enough. Aisa je jana hoi rahe. If you want to get a particular color.

It is not good. uDi-uDi laage ang. which has no sharp edges and is very much soft. O dear. Panee bhaya to kya bhaya. Kheh bhayi to kya bhaya. Water sometimes gets hot with the heat and becomes too cold in winter. Again Kabir thinks all possibilities and says that being like water is still not good enough. still there is a chance that a traveler’s feet may be hurt by you. and there is no difference in your saying and actions. Hari jaiasa hi hoy. Jaisee mukh te neekase. taisee chaale chaal. it will not trouble anyone. Again Kabir says. jyu paanee sabrang. taataa-seeraa hoy. Harijan aiasa chahiye. Following the truth is the way which leads to HIM. Parbrahm neDa rahe. So Kabir says there is no other way for a true devotee (harijan) to meet him. So Kabir says that just be like water – it is without color. So be like the soil of the earth. but to be just like HIM. it is not enough. It flies with air and makes people dirty. If you act just like as you speak. pal me kare nihaal.pathway. Harijan aisa chahiye. be absolute true in your words.even if you become like soil. GOD will be pleased with you and will give . but it can be of any color if you mix a color in it.

Auran ko sheetal kare. jaha Kshama waha aap. and where there is greed. Jaha daya tah dharm hai. man kaa aapa khoy. they burn you to ashes (they hurt you to the core of your being). aapahu sheetal hoy Always speak so sweet that our heart feels the bliss and coolness and never be rude to anyone. Aisi vanee boliye.even we don’t like their attitude). there is religion. Jahan krodh taha kaal hai. Where there is kindness. (We should therefore never speak rude words to anyone. Loving and caring words of Saints are like cool water.you his grace. Speaking sweet words makes others cool and blissful and so it does to the speaker. Jase hot na chaar. Sadhu bachan jal roop hai. jaha lobh taha paap. Anger brings this Kaal or destruction. Rude words are worst kind of harm. and forgiveness brings godliness in us. . barase amrit dhaar. there is sin. Kutil bachan sabase buraa. they enter in your heart and heal all pain like the rain of nectar which turns even dead to living one.

Jag me bairee koi nahee, jo man sheetal hoy. Ye aapa to daal de, dayaa kare sab koy. No one can be your enemy if your mind and heart is cool and calm. It is your ego that creates all problems, just drop it. When you don’t think about you and think only the OTHER, true egoless ness happens. Following the forgiveness brings absolute calmness. Jaat na Poochho saadhu ki, poochh lijiye gyan. Mol karo talwaar ka, paree rahan do myan. Never ask a Saint about his or her caste, always ask about his or her knowledge. We evaluate a sword by the sharpness because it is the real thing and not by the beauty of sheath. This way the knowledge of a Saint is important and not his or her caste. Kabir Kshudha hai kookari, karat bhajan me bhang. Yako Tukra Darike, sumiran karo nishank. Kabir says that this hunger is like bitch, it will keep barking until you give it a piece of bread. So first feed yourself and satisfy this hunger, then sit to do bhajans. This body has its requirements and it needs its food. A cool and calm body is necessary to go into meditation. It is noticeable that everywhere in Gurudwara, there is

a system of lunger(free food to sangat). Sahaj sahaj sab koi kahe, sahaj na cheenhe koi. Jini sahaje vishiyaa taji, sahaj kaheeje soi. There is one way – sahaj Samadhi or natural meditation for spiritual journey. There are many explanations of Kabir’s “Sahaj Samadhi”. Here Kabir tries to explain it – People say opt for Sahaj. But no one understands its meaning. It is absolutely natural way. When we do different kind of devotion/meditation – we try to raise our consciousness to higher realms. At the time of meditation we are able to control our mind conflicts, desires and thoughts. When our meditation breaks, we come down to normal life. But when we become so much calm and controlled that every moment is like moment of meditation and there is no difference in waking state and meditative state in context of our desires and conflicts, then Sahaj or natural Samadhi happens. When all worldly attachments and pleasures are dropped naturally, this is the state of Kabir’s Sahaj Samaadhi. Kabir says whoever has dropped all desires and attachment to worldly pleasures naturally, is in real Sahaj state. Tan ko jogi sab kare, man ko birla koy. Sahje sab bidhi paaiye, jo man jogi hoy. People try to control the body and its needs. Even they

are successful doing it, their mind is uncontrolled and desires, pride and ego still occupy the mind. Kabir says true Yogi is who has made his mind Yogi… and he will get everything by controlling his mind and get it in contact with GOD. 2. Meditation is a must...................................................... Hari mor rahanTa main ratan piuriyaa. Hari ka nam le kaatal bahuriyaa. Chhau maas tag, baras din kukaree. Log kahe bhal kaatal bapuree. Kahahi Kabir sut bhal kaataa. RahanTa na hoy mukti kar daata. My Lord (Hari, Ram are few names by which Kabir calls his beloved) is RahanTa( weaver’s tool) and I am the Chunari embroidered with gold and gems woven on it. His dear beloved bride weaves the threads by his Name. She weaved threads for six months and then made Kukaree (piece of wood on which linings of threads are coiled to keep it safe -I am not able to find exact word in English) for one year. People say this poor lady has woven very nicely. Kabir says O dear, you have woven really very nice, but this weaving thing will not give you liberation!! Here Kabir is trying to explain that Karmas will not give you liberation, even if you do it on the name of GOD

and if you are doing good karmas. They will keep you busy here and you will not find a way out. Kabir yahu tan jaat hai, rakhi sako to bahor. Khali haathon wah gaye, jinke laakh –karor. Kabir says this body is running out of life. Try and save it if you can. You can only meet your Lord while you are in this body, so try to meet and save yourself. Even those people leave this earth with blank hands that had lacs and crores of wealth. Baahar kya dikhalaaiye, antar japiye Raam. Kaha kaaj sansaar se, tujhe dhanee se kaam. What are you looking for outside?? Go inside and keep doing simaran of Ram (Lord). What do you have to do with this world? You have only one job to be with your beloved (dhanee-husband), only keep remembering him. Jabahi naam hirde dharaa, bhayaa paap kaa naas. Mano chingaaree aag kee, paree puraanee ghaas. As soon as you put the Naam in your heart, all your sins are burnt. Just like a little burning coal put in the grass will soon burn all the grass to ashes. Jo darsan dekha chahiye, to darpan manjat

What ever you have been earning and collecting and think that that these are mine. No one has been seen to take all those treasures on his head in his final journey. thus we become aware of our true self and the ultimate reality gets reflected here. Kabira so dhan sanchiye. Main-Main baDee balaay hai. nikasi sakai to bhaaji. jo age ko hoy. When we give time to meditation. please collect the wealth which could go with you after death – wealth of good deeds. If you want to envision the reality. prejudices and pride and we are not able to see our true self. If mirror gets dirty. . Shees uthaye gaanThree. love. le jaat na dkhya koy. will not go with you. rooi lapeTi aagi.oh dear. Jab darpn laage kaai. 3. Drop the Ego and identity completely…………. constant thoughts. Kabir says . actually we start dropping all bits of dirt from our mind and eventually from our soul. tab darsan kiya na jaai.rahiye. compassion and Naam(devotion to GOD-sound within). how will you be able to see yourself? This mirror is mind which is covered by desires. keep wiping your mirror daily. Kab lag raakhau he sakhee..

nirmal kare subhay O Kabir. we should never try to find a fault in the other. it is like cotton which is put around fire. When I started searching inside me. I was the worst kind of crooked. aangana kuTi chhawaay. they make your nature neat and clean without any water and soap. Always welcome and keep your critics near you. Nindak niyre raakhiye. Jo dil dhundha aapna. there was no one crooked outside. Bura jo dekhan main chala. This way critic is more well wisher of us than our fans. Critics are great cleansers. When I went to search for crooked people. Kabir is very definite about it. even we should seek it from friends and enemies. Criticism makes us realize our faults and problems we need to pay attention and make them clean which otherwise we couldn’t realize. How long will you save this ME. that we should always welcome any kind of criticism. try to come out of it as soon as possible. and it will give you great trouble if you don’t drop it. Bin pane saabun binaa. O my dear Sakhi. This is the very basic rule for a seeker.This ME is the real trouble. and we should . bura na miliya koy. You should make a hut for them in your house so you will always get benefited by them. mujhsa bura na koy.

kul rakhya kul jaai. kaa jane kyaa hoy. We need to change this attitude. you will reach your goal or will go astray (pride itself is a great barrier in spirituality).01% chance that we are at fault. This doesn’t mean we should condemn ourselves.never be proud of what you have got and how much you have progressed in spirituality and never laugh at someone who is not so much well behaved. Ram nikul kul bhent le. You might never know how and when you will reach your destination. Kabira garv na kijiye. Ajai naav smundra me. Kabir says After dropping your kul(caste - . and advanced in spirituality. Kabir says . Kabir likes to play with words. Kul gela kul ubare. We can’t change the other. first we should search and clean it. sab kul rahya samaai. kabahu na hansiye koy. so better do what is within our reach. Here he repeats word kul(caste) in so rhythm that it sounds very cool.always look within whether there is any fault in us. It is normal human tendency that we try to come out clean in any situation and blame others for any wrong deeds. and you don’t know what would happen to you. Here is another beautiful example of the great Saint’s poetic expression. Your ship is still in the mid sea. but it simply means that if there is .

When all your relations with this world are finished. then only you become a true devotee of the Lord. Jihi ghat preet na premras. puni rasana nahi raam. Meet Ram(Lord) who is casteless(nikul) where all castes(sab kul) merge at the end. he or she is like cemetery. bhakt kahaawe soy. living by breathe still dead in heart. Only Love Matters…………… Jihi ghat prem na sanchare. Jab lag naataa jagat ka. upaji bhaye bekaam. you will loose the whole(kul). Jaise khaal lohaar ki. So ghat jaan msaan. you are not a true devotee. saans let binu praan. If there is no love grown in a person. but it is a dead thing. Till you have relations with this world. so is the person who is stranger to love. Te nar is sansaar me.identity) you will be able to make your family(Kul) shine( will make your family proud of you). Naata toDe Hari bhaje. tab lag bhakti na hoy. If you keep your caste and identity(kul). . 4. Just like the furnace of blacksmith operates well by air given to it.

Kahe Kabir ek budhi bichaaree. He was born and will die without getting anything out of this life. O my dear mother. neither is the divine feeling of the same and the person even doesn’t keep remembering his dear beloved Ram. So is true for the GOD. Baalak dukhi. jo jaane parpeer. A son does so many sins. I am her little kid. Kabir knows only one thing by his knowledge. Janani ke chit rahe na tete. Even a little kid is so ignorant that he grabs mother’s hairs thus troubles her and even then mother never stops loving him. Kabir soi peer hai. but mother never minds that and never keeps it in heart.if the son is sad. dukhi mahataari. Hari jananee main baalak teraa. so kafir bepeer. his birth in this world is useless. his mother is ought to be sad. Jo parpeer na jaanai. because her happiness lies in son’s happiness. Kaahe na augun bkasahu meraa. She is always forgiving. Sut aparaadh kare din kete. Kar gahi kes gahe jo maataa. Tau nah het utaare maataa. Kabir says that my Lord is my mother. . He is happy in our happiness only. please forgive me for my faults and mistakes.If there is no love.

This world died reading books and scriptures. If someone doesn’t understand it. what is the form of devotion.chaahe ban ko jay. Dhai aakhar prem ka. but no one could become Knower (pundit. he or she is without emotions and not a Saint. be it. Chahe ghar me baas kare . Pothee padhi-padhi jag mua. Your Lord seeks only love in you. it doesn’t make any difference even if you stay at home or go to jungles for prayer. this is the true bhav or prayer. This is love – two and half letters of Perm (it counts two and half letter in devnagari script) which is only readable thing. Prem bhav ek chahiye. try to read it. shall become the Knower (Pundit). padhe so pandit hoy. If there is love for the Lord. let it flow through you and you will know all the mysteries of the universe and the GOD.who knows the mystery of the universe). but a person against godliness (Kafir). It doesn’t matter what is the method.Kabir says real Peer (Saint) is someone who understands others troubles and sorrows. Who so ever reads it. All saints have been stating that what remains at last is love – and GOD is nothing but ocean of love. bhesh anek batay. pundit bhayaa na koy. .

Your good days are gone (when you were young and were able to do some good deeds/meditation) but you didn’t feel affection for your Lord. chakhi na leeyaa sav. what is the use to remember and regret it? We should act at the right time and save our spiritual treasure. is like the guest who comes to vacant home. you were sleeping. what is the use regretting your deeds? This is famous saying – means when your valuable things are destroyed. Kabir says. any food offered and any warm reception. Now birds have eaten your fields. 5.Kabira prem na chaakhya. Ab pachhtaye hot kya jab chidiya chug gayi khet. who didn’t taste the love while was here on earth and in human form. Why are you regretting now (in old age)? When it was time to save your fields.. jyo aawe tyo jaw. Act on the right time…………. sukh me kare na koy. Sune ghar ka paahuna. . Dukh me sumiran sab kare. He doesn’t find anyone to welcome. Our whole purpose to come in this human form is to taste that divine drink – love – without which our visit is useless. from where he returns unattended. Aache din paachhe gaye. hari se kiyo na het.

even dissolution might happen and then you will not get time to do anything. how will you get mango fruits from it? What you saw. Those days are gone worthless which are not spent in . Te din gaye akaarathee. why we would get in any trouble?? Karta tha to kyu raha. Prem bina pashu jeevanaa. bahuri karga kab. to dukh kaahe ko hoy. People always pray in trouble and sorrow. Pal me parlay hoyga. Kaal kare so aaj kar.Jo sukh me sumiran kare. and do right now whatever you are planning to do today. ab kari kyu pachhtaay. When you were doing all wrong deeds then you never thought about it. amua kaha se paay. sangat bhayee na sant. You might never know when this life ends. If only we could pray him wholeheartedly in our good days. aaj kare so ab. Why you are regretting it now? You saw seed of acacia (one tree with thorns only). bhakti bina bhagwant. they never remember GOD in their good days. so shall you reap. Just do today what you are planning to do tomorrow. Boye ped babool ka.

the company of Saints. it was like diamond and you exchanged it with seashells!! This human form is supposed to use to progress spiritually but we don’t pay attention to it and live the whole life doing stupid things!! Durlabh maanush janam hai. diwas gawayo khaay. We get this human body by great luck and chance. Taruwar jyo patta jhare. bahuri na laage daar. Heeraa janam amol tha. What a philosopher’s stone can do to an iron when it is destroyed and got lost in soil?? You can try and meet your Lord only while living. kauDi badle jay. Mooye peechhe mat milo. how will you meet him after death?? Raat gawaya soy ke. Loha maatee mi gaya. deh na barambaar. You spent all nights sleeping and days eating. he will make you just like HIM. getting only their natural needs fulfilled. If you are not able to meet him here. Those who didn’t know love and devotion of Lord are like animals in human form. kahe kabira Raam. Your life was so precious. it is difficult to get it again and again. phir paaras kehi kaam. like when a leaf . Kabir says don’t hope and opt to meet your Lord after the death.

6. so you could meet the Lord in this lifetime. What is the goodness in being so great if we can’t help others? A palm-tree grows so high but it is so far from our reach. Be a Giver.breaks off from the branch. kabahu na aawe chook. Bahuri na dehi paaiye. phal lage ati door. Bada hua to kya hua jaise ped khajoor Panthi ko chhaya nahi. . it would never be attached to the branch again. only those things will remain with you what ever you provide and serve to others. Make the best use of it. Santan hee sat baanTai. and always eat the bread after sharing it to the needy. The virtue of getting this human body is that you should give others as much and as often as you can. abaki deh to deh. You will not get this human body again and again. Rotee me te Took. we can’t get its fruits neither a traveler can find a shadow to rest for a while. Kahe Kabir ta daas ko.That is the virtue of GOD and Godliness…………. Share goodness and truth among saints and devotees. Deh dhare ka gun yahi. deh deh kachhu deh.

O dear. In fact Saints say that this world is all mix-ups – mixing of good and bad. so we should take the good and positive things and leave the rest. GOD and maya. thotha dei uDaay. which is used to get grains cleaned from its husk). reality and illusion.and we should learn to get this mix-up undone. Everything has a time and season. will never go astray from the path of dear Lord. slowly everything will happen. like an ant will take the sugar from the mix of sugar and sand. rights from wrong details. Don’t make hurry. jaisa soop subhay. They should know to extract correct facts from the mix-ups so they never get misled. Saar-saar ko gahi rahae. Malee seenche sau GhaDa. we should know to differentiate facts from fictions. ritu aaye phal hoy. 7. God’s clock is neither early nor late…………… Dheere-dheere re mana. Sadhu /Saints should be like the SOOP (a thing made by bamboo wood. Develop conscience………… Saadhu aisa chahiye. Only then we will be able to find right way and won’t get misled. and so is true . Like a swan gets milks and leaves the water. dheere sab kuchh hoy. 8.Kabir says who so ever keeps this habit in life.

Just drop this rosary in your hand. O dear. 9. Dashwa dwara dehura. they will get fructified only when the season comes. and start doing simaran in heart. you spent so many lives visiting and leaving this earth. man ka manaka pher. So is true for the Lord. Just like even a gardener waters hundred buckets to trees. think your mind like Mathura(birth place of Lord Krishna). your heart as Dwarka (Kingdom of Lord Krishna) and your body like Kashi(holy place famous .for meditation and liberation!! Keep trying but be patient. Here is beautiful word repetition with different meanings which gives it a live rhyme (Manaka – beads and manaka – of mind). Our own self is the real temple………… Mala pherat jug gaya. tame joti pichhani. Keep faith in him and keep doing your devotion. still your mind is in constant conflict. Man mathura dil dwaraka. You spent so much time doing Jaap and prayers with the help of rosary. miTa na man ka pher. kaayaa kashee jaani. still you are bound to this world. O dear. Kar ka manaka Dhadi ke. This way you will be able to go beyond this illusion. Lord knows when your time comes.

This MAYA (illusion) and shadow are of same nature. Gyan ratan ka jatan kar. pride. but more we try to suppress it. When we get courage to face it. The same way. sanmukh bhaage soy.to name a few .so we just try to escape from it. in fact we are afraid facing it – all kind of troubles. Aaye kabira phiri gayaa. It depends how we deal with it. it is the place of the Lord within you. It chases to those who keep running from it. MAYA is just illusion…………. bring it on surface and fight to it. Shadow is a good example. The tenth door is the place of the Lord (ajna chakra. place between both eyebrows). . stare at it and face it. try to find the light there. this MAYA or worldly illusion seems chasing us. maatee ka sansaar. and runs away from those who stop. pheekaa hai sansaar. misbehaves. ego. anger. birla jaane koy. it is vanished. it will seem running away from us. more it troubles us. it will seem chasing us where ever we go. to suppress it. rare are those who are able to understand this mystery. 10. Maaya chaaya ek si.for Lord Shiva). When we turn our back. Bhayat ke peeche pade. cheatings. But when we turn our face towards it. it seems behind us and if we fear it and want to escape from it.

Jo Thag ya thaganee Thago. Kabir says this MAYA is like cheater. try to get the gem of true knowledge. Saai ke sab jeev hain. Balihaaree taa das ki. This world is like the room of black soot. it cheats all in the world. Thagat phire sab desh. . are capable to lead other seekers. this world is nothing but made of soil (ready to get destroyed at any time). I assume that the order here means the order to teach people. God is only thing prevailing everywhere……… Daya kaun par keejiye. taisaa yahu sansaar. paisike nikasanhaar. That devotee is truly welcomed who comes in this place and goes back without getting a single spot on his cloth. will get the order of the Lord.O dear. Maaya to Thaganee banee. realizing this world is worthless. Only those great Saints who are able to defeat this illusion and have been able to meet Lord. 11. keeree kunjar doy. kaapar nirday hoy. ta Thag ko aadesh. Kabir visited this place and returned back. to show them the way ahead by this “order of Lord”. Who so ever is able to cheat this Thaganee(female cheater). Kaajal keree koTharee. and so by the will of the Lord.

it doesn’t take anything from me. Sona sajjan saadhu jan. There is nothing in me which is mine. and how we should understand their level. Evil ones are like pot of the potter. Tubhyamev Samarpayet). so be generous. Nothing exists beyond GOD. jo kuchh hai so tera. doesn’t matter how many times they are broken. Being pure to purer…………. it is all yours. Mera mujhme kuchh nahi. it is only that I am offering your things to you (like in Sanskrit it says – “ Tvadeeyam Vastu Govindam. even a slight push breaks them and they won’t get mended. When I surrender and offer everything which belongs to you. loving and kind to all. eke Dhaka daraar. 12. Tera tujhko saumpata. be it insect or elephant. they are mended up again and again. Kabir is describing the tolerance capacity and character of people. kya laage hai meraa. Durjan kumbh kumhar ke. Saints and good people are like gold. . tooti jure sau baar.Whom you will be kind to and to whom you would be rude?? All are the souls of GOD.

udai na ankur soot. but boiled paddy can’t. Maan bade muniyar gile. Ek karm hai bowanaa. who wants to get out of this MAYA and KAAL. Seeds of raw paddy will grow with time. But the devotee. Ek karm hai bhoonanaa. ***The same example is given by Ramkrishna through raw paddy and boiled paddy. 14. upaje beej bahoot.First kind of karma is done by us in ignorance and mostly in hope that we will get more good fruits. so it doesn’t bear any tree and fruits. to become a tree and bear fruit). maan tajaa nahi jay. Kabir Mayaa tajee to kya bhaya. will have to burn all karmas. Cut all the threads of Karma…………. Greatest barrier on the spiritual path…………. thus has become free form all. So is the devotee who has burned all karmas with devotion. What if you are able to defeat the MAYA and drop all its desires? It is very difficult to get rid of the desire to get . All good and bad karmas (seeds) will get fructified with time. There are two kinds of karmas. One is like to sow the grain (it will bring more trees and fruits-both sweet and bitter) and another is to boil the grain (we burn the grain’s all potentials to grow.13. Maan saban ko khaay.

jisake hiraday tu base.. and is hard to overcome. This desire has gulped so many Monks and Saints. only a person mad in love can overcome it. Kadalee seep bhujang mukh. who carry the Lord in their heart. he was here to be with seekers and to show them the path. nit ka ganjan ko sahe. After realization. this desire comes as last greed. . lohaa jal na tiraay. He asks his Lord to let him meet to true devotees. *** (We see the same thing in Ramkrishna.respect and fame. it is a torture living with these loveless people. Nahi te beg uThaai. this eats everyone (after practicing and mastering all other things. It is said that within few years all of them gathered with him). Kabir taasu milaai. Moorakh sang na keejiye. Kabir will find the peace only in their company. Kabir even requests his Lord to call him back soon if it is not possible. Kabir is sad among these worldly people. in fact it will not exist for him at all). he used to call them loudly on the top of the temple. 15. ek boond tihu bhaai. Keep the company of devotees and saints…….

don’t be friends with ignorant fools. Do work to get your earning……… Maangan gaye so mari rahe. In beginning all drops were equal. Unte pahile ve mue. Kabir says. 16.Company makes a big difference. jin mukh nikasat naahi. Te ghar marghaT saa dikhe. (Famous saying is that a wise enemy is better than an ignorant friend). hari ki sewa naahi. Doesn’t matter how hard you work. but different places and company made a huge difference for them. And there is a chance that you would get some wrong impression from them. you wont be able to make iron floating on the water. another falls in oyster and becomes pearl and the one which falls in the mouth of snake becomes nothing else but poison. Jo ghar saadhu na poojiye. water drops fall randomly. that home is like mortuary and people living there are like ghosts. bhoot base tin maahi. If there is no service and praise of Saints and GOD. Kabir never supports who have left this world’s works . one goes to banana tree and becomes Karpoor(inflammable thing used in Aarti). When it rains. mare jo maangan jaahi.

they are really dead in their dignity. ***The same example of baby-sitter is given by . but still they are un-attached from worldly affairs. knowing that this world doesn’t belong to them and they are just doing their duty towards Lord by serving humankind. 17. they live in this world. but those who deny providing the help are more dead.and responsibility in the search of GOD. He says asking for something makes you lacked from respect and dignity. because having something they can provide. Kamal patra hain saadhujan. and denying it is even worse then asking for something. and when they actually ask for something. and get their needs fulfilled by other families. Those who beg or ask something are like dead people while breathing (life is sure a shame without respect and dignity). apano jaanat naahi. They are like dead when they decide to ask. So are Saints. basen jagat ke maahi. Baalak keree dhaay jyu. Lotus grows in water and flourishes there. Saints live here like leaves of lotus. Un-attachment doesn’t mean detachment……………. So Saints live here. but even being in water. its leaves are untouched by water. Just like baby-sitter does all work and loves baby as much but she knows exactly that baby is not hers.

Saai itna deejiye. I don’t need more than that. jo chale hamaare saath. *(MuraDa-Burning wood) Kabir says he has burnt his home. Main bhee bhukha na rahun. Ham ghar jaara aapana. jaame kuTum samaay. and has taken . Here are some pads and dohas said by Kabir which speak about the journey. saadhu na bhukha jay. 18. Pachchhapaat na keejiye. saachaa shabd nihaar. We should get all good and true thoughts from all. O my lord. provide me as much to keep my family well. We should never get pride. Ab ghar jaaro taasu ka. liya muraDa* haath. I can get food and can serve the saints as well. Others………. Sab kaahu ka leejiye. prejudice and partiality in our mind-that is Kabir’s teaching for all. kahe kabir vichaar.Ramkrishna.

Kabir stands in mid market (represents here the world) and prays peace to all.burning wood in his hand. super casual and spiritual bodies. Kabir says we need to drop all our layers of existence to see our true self and be one with GOD. Aguaa bhoole bankhand manjhaa. he is friends to all and no one is his enemy. He says he burnt his home and his ego-all layers of existence are dropped now and now he will do it to all who want to follow the path. nahi kisi se bair. Home represents not only a house but all comfort. casual. Now he will burn homes of those who are ready to go ahead with Kabir. astral. Home again represents our own home – means stay place of the soul. Unai badariyaa parigayo sanjhaa.the physical. Chaupari kaamari maathe gahai. Dhani anate piya anate rahai. Kabira khaDa bajaar me. face everything and break all kind of attachment. . attachment and relations as well. going ahead is impossible. Those who want to walk on this path should be ready to go any where. he has not got ultimate enlightenment. Apani sabase dosti. Without doing this. sabaki maange khair. Till a Saint gets this equilibrium of mind to see all and everything as friend and one.

Dear beloved lady is somewhere else far from her lover. Clouds are spreading all over the sky in the dark evening. She has covered her head with folded blanket to save herself from heavy rain and dark dangerous night but it is of no use. The guide is abandoned in mid jungle followed by the bride. She says to her sakhee(friend). jyon-jyon bheeje kaamari.it is being heavy now. The guide or Sakhee refers to the Guru. it is just unbearable to hold it on the head!! Here Kabir says about the journey of the soul. Now Kabir is all set to play this game with GOD. The dark cloudy and rainy night is the life of the soul in which she has started searching her beloved. jo jeetun to daav. So the soul weeps and says . The blanket is the social securities and relations which the soul wants to keep with her (but it is a burden in this journey).Phulwaa bhaar na le sake. I can’t keep it on head. tyon-tyon bharee hoy. jo sir jay to jay. kahe sakhin so roy. surrender and death of . I wanted it to save me.blanket is being wet and heavier. She can't bear the burden now and weeps bitterly. Parbrahm sau khelataa. This game is of love and devotion. but it is pulling me down!! Harau to Hari maan hai.

why to speak and spoil the journey?? Kabir is on the way to meet his Lord. Surati samaani nirati me. I shall tell the truth when I reach at that place. Pahunchenge tab kahenge. If GOD wins. concentration) is absorbed in nirati and jaap (bhajan. so speaking anything will destroy the essence of the truth. Aise ghaTi-ghaTi Ram hain. If I win. Kasturee kunDali basai. self. done naturally).ajapaa maahe jaap. . he is still traveling through this BhavSagar(Lower Worlds) and is not well aware of ultimate reality. Lekh samaana alekh me. then sure I win (either way it is a win-win situation). So Kabir is playing this game. and I shall be proud that my master won.self. boli biguche kaay. Mrig DhunDhe ban maahi. when I land on that shore. Ajahoo beDa samand me. and he doesn’t care a bit. duniyaa bujhe naahi. The visible dissolved in invisible and my self got merged in my own self (supreme self). simaran) got dissolved in ajapaa(dhyan or simaran without practice. yun aapa maahe aap. if he looses his head (life. ego. me). utarenge us Thay. My ship is still in mid sea. it is his greatness. My surat ( dhyan.

with empty hands……… This is an metaphor of meditation. The same way our Lord prevails in everyone but this world is un-aware of HIM and is running one place to another to find HIM. aisee taaree laagee. UThat baiThat kabahu na chhuTe. and all filthy desires are lost. Main bauree Dooban Daree. Shabd nirantar se man laaga. going deep. Now all the time my mind is attached to that sweet melody. He runs one jungle to another searching the source of it. leaving senses of this physical body and turning upwards to seek the unknown……fear grabs us that we leave this known and we don’t know about the unknown when we start the journey……. gahare paanee paiTh. malin vaasanaa tyagee.The deer has Kasturi (material of sweet fragrance) in his novel. rahee kinaare baiTh. I feared to go deep in water and just sat there at the shore…. Whoever searched going deep into the sea.the soul fears and sometimes . found that gems. Jin DhunDhaa tin paaiyaa. doesn’t matter whether I sit in mediation or do any other work.. I was ignorant and stupid(woman). but he doesn’t know it. My mind got attached to the unbroken melody.

Kahe kabeer bisare nahee. This whole universe is like an ocean. but it is within us. So we live in the infinite consciousness of existence which we call by different name. around us and we are it. Sumiran man me laaiye. As water is within the pot and water itself is around the pot. only a thin veil of ego keeps us separated from that infinite ocean of consciousness. jaise naad kurang. PhooTaa kumbh jal jalahi samaanaa. baahar bheetar paanee. kumbh me jal hai.gives up its efforts. pran taje tehi sang. so our consciousness merges in the infinite when we are able to drop the ego. only a thin veil of the form of pot keeps the water within it apart from the water of sea. Withdraw your attention from outside and keep it in doing simaran (and bhajan) like a deer pays concrete attention to the melody a hunter is playing to catch it. we all are like pots in this infinite sea. the water within it merges in the infinite water of the sea. When the pot is broken. brave and courageous are those who dive deep and find the beloved……… Jal me kumbh. The deer doesn’t bother a bit about upcoming danger when it gets absorbed in the melody even the hunter . yah tat kathau gyanee.

This world is so unstable. Bahar ka pat band kar. (there you will find a way which leads to your beloved’s palace)……. Sumiran surat lagaay kar. taate sujhe naahi. Shut all your outer senses down and open the door within you. Aaye kabeera phiri gayaa. pheekaa hai sansaar. Parda diyaa bharam kaa . it is nothing but made of soil. andar ka pat khol. and he is within our own self!! He wants this play go on. This world is searching madly for him. Kabir visited this place and returned back knowing that this world is meaningless and without bliss. Attach your consciousness to simaran(dhyan and bhajans). maatee ka sansaar. don’t speak or do simaran in words. much se kachhu na bol. Gyan ratan ka jatan kar. . Jaa karan jag dhundhiya. and no one is able to see him and the reality. so he has given this veil of illusion.kills it. so to ghat hee maanhi. Try to collect the gems of true wisdom and knowledge. We should put our attention on the unstuck melody like that then we will be able to reach our source.

the being of consciousness is sitting within you. But the person who loves HIM can’t die. Jaisi Jisko chahiye.he doesn’t hope for life or have fear of death. which makes us immortal!! Baitha haia ghaT Bheetre. The person who has gone till the region of anahad or Sound may die. Ramkrishna used to give example of light. Ashaa jeevan maran kee. waisee buddhi det. baitha hai Saachet. he is all aware of your dreams and desires. He provides knowledge and wisdom to you what is needed to get all those dreams and desires realized. The great warrior doesn’t leave the battle field. This is the nectar of love. He fights between two armies. jujhe do dal maanhi. those who do ajapaa jaap or maanas sumiran will also die. The Lord. anahad hu mari jay Ram sanehee na mare. But the interesting thing is that he gives it to you according to your own wishes. man me raakhe naahi. he just keeps fighting (for the light of truth in this illusionary world). The seeker is also like that warrior. He doesn’t keep a bit hope of life or fear of death. Jaap mare ajapaa mare. he is just provider. He used to .Khet na chode soorama. kahe Kabeer samujhay Those who do sumiran and jaap will die.

No one returns from that land. bhaar ldaaay ladaay. our home is so far and the path is way too difficult to walk on. where shall we go after final journey?? No one is able to tell us. durlabh hari deedaar. Who will tell us what happens after death? Where is our home. so mere aanand. doori ghar. A person can write a book in this light and another one can perform murder. The way is too long. whom I could ask about HIM. Kabir says – O my dear Saints!! How will we get to him. to meet him!! Jihi marane the jag dare. . Kaho santo kyu paaiye. Kab marihu kab dekhihu. jaaso poochhun dhaay. All keep going from here never to return back. Lambaa maarag. this is very difficult to see him. he provides light to everyone and everything which is in existence. pooran parmaanand. Utate kou naa aata hai. in everywhere. And then there are so many troubles and sufferings in the way. Light is unaffected yet it doesn’t withdraw from you irrespective to what you do. it is up to us how we make use of it. Itate hee sab jaat hai. He is in everything.say GOD is like light. vikaT panth bahu maar.

The world fears dieing. don’t keep a bit doubt and continue your fight. only then we will be able to see the whole. death of existence as separate entity. he or she suffers through sorrows and enjoys joy as well. the ocean of bliss. soch na keeje soor.) Ab to jujhyaa hee bane. mudi chalya ghar door. it will also be at ease with forever joy and bliss. Kabir indicates here about the seekers who are in the way to search the Lord. Home here is a symbol of this world. desires and attachments. we can’t feel the ONENESS and this intimacy is what a soul is longing for (keep searching in so many things. I pray when I will die and I will see the whole. Now surrender your head to your Lord. you had left your home far behind. the ONE. Now it is time to do or die. People feel at ease in that case. who has . Till two exist. When a soul is fully realized. relations etc. When they are progressed a little. When a person totally lives in this illusion. Sir sahib ko saumpataa. but this death is of my great pleasure. but then he or she is accustomed to that. but at another level it is about to drop the last cover of ego. this physical plane with all relations. Here death indicates in two ways – one is to go into meditation and do beyond physical existence. But a seeker. it is worse to look back and live the life they had been living earlier. You can’t turn to way back home.

no one will agree with it. That is why Kabir again and again emphasizes to burn the home. Satee (the bride who is dedicated and committed to her husband for life and afterlife. There are so many temptations and after realizing the worthlessness of this world. (If you keep yourself) the Lord is ended where you begin and with the Lord everything is ended (not in reality but the person who has kept his ego is unable to see the Lord) . TooTe girat akaas so. hari metya sab jaai. When you finish yourself (Ego. Kabir often gives the example for the dedication of a true devotee by three type of people – Sadhu – who has left everything in search of GOD and lives a true satwik life. anee upar kaa khel. there is no option to return and live in this illusion again. Saadhu satee aur soor ka. who burns herself to ashes with her husband if her husband . Identity as separate entity). the danger of the journey and the courage and commitment needed for the journey. kahe na kou patiyaai. Aapaa metya hari mile.realized that this world is illusionary and has started his journey but is in mid way.This story of love is unspeakable. only then you will be able to meet the Lord. kaun sakat hai jhel. if I say it. Akath kahaanee prem kee. is in constant danger according to Kabir.

falling from a height will make greatest damage to you. chahu dis agan lagaay. Kabir warns that these types of devotions need certain level of caution. But at the same time. but if you loose the grip and fall from the tree. you will be broken into pieces. But if you get diverted. temptations and for the work of Lord). sulee sej bichhay. When a devotee develops these three types of dedication. it is hard to survive. it is like climbing the palm-tree. to dink the divine love and shall become immortal forever. these are like if they fall from their path. . then his path becomes easy and he meets with Lord. This is very difficult to become a Saint. like you fall from the great height just to be broken into pieces. If you are able to climb till the top of the palm-tree. Same way if you keep progressing in meditation. Lai sutee piy aapno. Saadhu kahaavan kaThin hai. gire to chakanaachoor. you will be able to drink the nectar. lambaa peD khajoor.dies) and the warrior – who is fighting for his Lord and doesn’t have fear of death neither hope of life(fighting with negativity. Satee bicharee sat kiya. Chadhe to chaakhe prem ras. you will be able to meet the Lord.with love and devotion of GOD.

Sleeping with beloved is the symbol of merging with beloved. Satee is the symbol of devoted and single minded soul. and put the fire on all around herself. Khala ka ghar naahi . Nature of love………. Here are some Dohas and Pads by Kabir on this love factor felt by the seeker. She made a bed of thorns. Kabir nij ghar prem ka. Kabir says – the path of our true home is quite difficult. This is world of love and we can enter into it when we drop our head (ego) and make our way upon our own self. 1. Sees utaari pagatal dhare. bed of thorns is the living of the devotee who goes through all troubles and pain and the fire around the bride and her beloved is the holy fire burning all worldly desires and impurities. tab nikaTi prem ka swaad.Satee(dedicated and committed bride) made up her mind and decided to be with her beloved. Kabir yah ghar prem ka. and slept over it with her beloved. Only then we can taste the divine drink of love. maarag agam agaadh.

you can enter here only when you take your head off and put it on the earth. we can’t feel the absolute love. Whether it is a king or the public. to say feel love for everyone and everything. neither can it be traded in the market. That is the only price possible for this trade. that we have to be a medium only to flow this pure energy which is unconditional love. and so we start searching GOD. . Until we think ourselves as separate entities. So dropping the thought of our being as separate entity and then make this flow a reality is what is all about taking off your head. And the interesting thing is that we seek absolute love and everlasting bliss. sheesh dei lai jay. its price would the same. Doesn’t matter who wants to buy it.your head. Then only you can enter this house.Sheesh utaare bhui dhare. Kabir says it is not your aunt’s home where you can enter when ever you want. tab paiThe ghar maanhi. His home is home of love. prem na haaT bikaay. Our beloved one is the ONE. Give your head and take love in exchange of it. we need to feel the oneness with everything. which is prevailing in everything. Prem na baree upajai. but at the end we find that is has to come through us. Raja paraja jehi ruche. And to know him. This love doesn’t grow in field.

dur-dur kare to jaau. jit khenche tit jaau. kaajal diya na jay. You can’t get your beloved without great effort.Saai sent na paaiye. Without dropping your self completely. I go where ever he pulls . Kabir says this trade is for Ram (Lord). dooja kahan samaay. Someone has said right that no human being can love you like your pet dog loves you! In human love there is certain kind of expectations. Jyu Hari rakhe tyu raho. He has the chain in his hand with which he has bound me. Mutia mera naau. He says . In the same way no one else can enter in a true lover’s eyes apart from his beloved. you can’t find him.a devoted wife can’t put black kajal in place of sindoor.I am like the dog of my Lord. Kabir is referring here that pure love. Gale Ram ki jewadi. To-to kare to bahurau. Kabir rekh sindoor ki. Kabir kutta Ram ka. Nain ramaiyaa rami raha. Kabir sauda raam so. But a pet dog loves for the sake of love. baataan mile na koy. You can’t find him by only big talks. jo deve so khaau. sir bin kadain na hoy. Kabir says. you can trade for him only in exchange of your head.

I go away from him!! I live the way he keeps me and eat what ever he provides!! Can we imagine loving him like that? What ever he provides is acceptable with pleasure. but it is far more difficult to love someone in the same way throughout . distance doesn’t make any difference (so is true for your Lord and Guru). his love and his punishment are equal to us and we need not anything else. maha kaThin byohaar. to love him!! When we are able to attain this kind of love. and if there is love. love is what matters. It is easy to jump into fire and it is also comparatively easy to bear wounds of sword.me. When he calls me with love. In the same way. Neh nibaahan ekras. The brave and courageous people go through it. Distance doesn’t make a difference to them. The Kamodini(A white flower growing in water which blossoms when it is moonlight and fades in sun light) lives in the water and the Moon is in the sky still they love each other. Jo hai jako bhwatam so tahee ke paas. I come back to him and when he scolds me. Agini aanch sahana sugam. chanda base akaash. but to be with him. sugam khaDg kee dhaar. it is sure he will show up!! Jal me base kamodinee.

the life.. kai heeraa kai hem.. Birah-Baan Jihi Lagiya………. whether it is worldly or divine. taahi na upajai prem.. Kaanch kadheer adheer nar. jab sakalau jari jaay... Kah Kabir kasanee sahe. The wet wood of Birah(separation from the beloved... Virah kee oodee laakaree.. Likewise a brave and courageous person will be able to walk on the path of love. Kabir says it is only gold or diamond which is able to go through touchstone. mostly taken in the context of two true lovers) just burns a little and gives smokes only.... People tend to fall in love. But love is something which might be little but it will go through all ups and downs and throughout all your life... Immature and impatient man can’t get what love is all about. do a lot of madness and then they start loosing the passion. Dukh se tab hee bachihaun. 2. sapuchai aur dhudhuaay... only way to get out of .... Kabir says the difference between temporary passion and true love. This love is rare.. How to get rid of this sorrow o my dear friend. but it is the practice what is needed in this path.

dreams and desires. . (Here wet wood refers to our mind full of filth. attachments. poot na let ulang. Our karmas and attachments start burning one by one but we feel the heat and pain till everything is turned into ashes and we come out glittering like pure gold. our all pain is gone and we are in infinite bliss. Here separation is from our beloved Lord. when she takes the little bundle of joy in her arms. thoughts and karmas). even the most beautiful woman goes through great pain to bear and give birth to a child and to take him in her arms. kiya kaleje ghav. Yes. she will feel great joy but the way she gets this joy is through pain and sufferings. Likewise when we meet our Lord. Peer sahe binu padminee*.this pain is to get completely burnt out. (Padmini – Poetic word used for most beautiful woman) Kabir says you desire to meet your beloved and want happiness and joy? That is not possible. Birah bhuwangam paisi kari. There is no other way to come out of this pain and to meet the Lord.desires. Hawas kare piy Milan ki. but to burn all impurities. but the journey goes though great sufferings and difficulty so be used of it. au sukh chaahe ang. and pain comes when we start feeling Lord’s existence and our relation with him but we are not able to meet him.

jyu bhave tyu khaav. it will turn into rain and will put off this fire which is burning me. to be eaten as it likes (body here refers to all layers of soul). . rahaT bahai nis jam. Yahu tan jaalon masi karo. True Sadhu is who doesn’t even tremble by this pain and has surrendered his body to this Birah. Yahu tan jaalo masi karo. Even if Lord doesn’t have mercy on me seeing this smoke. it has bitten me at the very core of my heart. I will make pen of my skeleton and will write name of Ram and will send it to him. Nainaa neejhar laaiyaa. likho Raam ka naam. I will burn my body to ashes and will make ink of it. Lekhani karau karank ki. jyu dhuwaan jaai saraggi. Papeeha jyu piv-piv karo.Saadhu ang n moDahi. This Birah is like poisonous snake entered into the body. likhi-likhi raam paThaau. barasi bujhaawe aggi. kabahu miloahuge raam. I will burn this body to the ashes and the smoke will reach to the heaven. Mati wai Raam daya karen.

O my dear Ram. in search of his beloved. This separation is extremely painful.My two eyes are like waterfalls. te din mile na rati. Dhyaan na aawe. Chakai bichhudi raini kee. birah . Chakvi (a famous bird in India – it is said that the couple are separated in night hours and meet each other in day time only) is separated from her beloved in nights but she is able to meet him in dawn hours. But we souls. I keep calling his name like Papeeha( a bird which sounds like piyu meaning beloved) calls piyu –piyu. always dropping tears like the RahanT( two buckets used to pull water from the well) keeps throwing water. (Kabir lost his home in this world. neend na bhaawe. Je jan bichhuDe Raam se. jaage aur rowe. What to say about Kabir who wakes up in nights and weeps for his beloved (without whom Kabir can’t find peace and happiness). Dukhiya das Kabir hai. tell me when you will come to meet me. can’t meet him in day or night. khaabe aur sobe. aai mili parbhaati. Sukhiya sab sansaar hai. who are separated from our beloved Lord.) He is still unable to meet his love and he sees that whole the world is happy eating in days and sleeping in nights.

Now I can’t concentrate (on anything) nor I can sleep. when you cut its roots. this separation is being hard to me. I wandered in mountains and I lost my eyes weeping for you still I couldn’t find the herb anywhere which could bring life back to me(refers to love what Kabir had been searching for). Kabir says this tree is of great importance. jaD kaaTe phal hoy. Wah booTi paaun nahi. jaate jeewan hoy. and no one is able to understand my pain and suffering. This jungle behaves strangely (the jungle of consciousness). the more you burn its woods. Aage aage dau jale. Kabir is here talking about the consciousness spread to all senses in our body. Baliharee ta birakh ki. the more it grows green. darad naa jaane koi. nain gawaye roy. paachhe hariar hoy. The fire goes burning ahead and behind the fire it grows greener.sataawe mohi. Parbat parbat main phira. I wander like a wounded person (who is going through great pain and can’t feel rest anywhere). then only it bears the fruits. Ghaayal see ghoomat phirun. When we start turning off our .

where else now would I turn to put this fire off? Birah jalanti main phiru. mati jal uThe bhuk. Birah jalaai main jalauan. neither can I ask you to come to me. I am getting burned in the fire of separation. but poor me has great trouble. jalati jalahari jaau. but the river itself caught fire seeing me. Chhanh na baiThun darapati. sakaun na tujjh bulaai. I wander here and there burning in the fire of separation.outer senses. mo birhin ko dukh. our spiritual world starts growing and when you are able to cut the root of attachment to this world then only our soul bears the fruit of GOD Realization. Mo dekhya jalahari jale. O saints. Aai sakon na tujjh pe. birah tapaai-tapaai. I know you will take my life burning in your separation only. santo kahan bujhaau. so the tree wouldn’t catch fire from me. I fear sitting in the shadow of the tree. Jiyaraa yonhi lehuge. . I went to the river in hope to put off the fire. I can’t even find a shadow in hope of some coolness. I can’t come to you.

we will not be able to meet our Lord and find the ultimate love. The wood burnt to coal and coal burnt to ashes. Main papan aisee jaee. Ram pukaari-pukaari. Birhin piy pawe nahi. Kabir says – O mother. my eyes are blackened watching your way and my tongue is burned calling your name (yet you didn’t come to me!). O my dear. koyalaa bhayi na raakh. But I the great sinner. Kabir is saying about the karmas and sins which need to be burnt when we start meditating. panth nihaari-nihari. aushadhi lage na taahi. the day was gone watching his way. Birah-baan jihi laagiyaa. Slowly our karmas and desires start burning. Kabir dekhat din gaya. Until these all are burnt and we become pure. kept burning yet couldn’t become coal or ashes. jiyara talafe maai. but it gives us pain and some kind of suffering also. Lakadee jali koyala bhai.AankhaDiyaa jhaai paree. . Koyalaa jal bhayo raakh. This dear bride who is separated from her husband is restless without him. nis bhi dekhat jaai. JeehaDiya chhalaa paDyaa. now the night is also at the end.

The Birhin (the bride separated from her husband) keeps waiting and watching for her husband. Kabir says my luck is so bad. Knowing that her death is nearing. only skeleton remains. He requests to crows (it is common in Parasis to leave the dead body for flesh eater birds to finish it) – Please eat my whole body. eat . Sahib ajahu na aaya. Do naina mat khaaiyo. my Sahib still didn’t consider me worth him. weeping and moaning. Mans gaya pinjar raha. (Till a soul is become pure and is able to see the true self. Kaaga sab tan khaaiyo. mand hamare bhaag. Now flesh is not on her body.Still her beloved didn’t come.Sisaki-sisaki mari-mari jiwe. taakan laage kaag. She is so desperate and sad. can’t enjoy anything now. crows are watching (for her flesh). No medicine. her health has gone down. mohe piya Milan kee aas. no drugs will help him. chun chun khaaiyo maans. uThe karaahikaraahi. Kabir is in the state that now he can’t bear the pain of separation and will die. Someone who is bored by the pang of separation can’t be cured. He has to live crying. it feels this pain and suffering).

. but please don’t eat my eyes. Imagine an arrow which was broken while it was in our body and its sharp piece is still in the body. who has met with the Lord. She asks – tell me something about my beloved. Chumbak bina nikale nahee. Birah bhuvangam tan base. When all things fail. a magnet works to pull it out. Atakee bhaal shareer me. Ek shabad kah peev ka. he will come to meet me and my eyes will show him to me!! Birhin udee panth siri. There we need a Guru. and they keep asking to their Guru when they will be so lucky to meet their Lord. Raam-biyogee na jiwe.all the flesh. Here Kabir is saying about our soul trapped in these physical and other layers of body and is unable to come out of it by itself. kab re milenge aai. jiwe to bauraa hoy. Birhin waits near the path and runs to the traveler when someone goes on the way.koti Jatan ko PhooT. has become charged and magnet like and he can pull our soul upwards. when he will come to meet me? This is a metaphor of the souls waiting to meet the Lord. mantra na laage koy. panthee bujhe dhaai. teer raha hai TooT. I am still waiting to see my beloved!! I have still hope even I am dieing.

I know you will take my life in this way only.angi na chaDhai maans. Jheenaa pinajr saans.who have felt this separation from Ram. thus even then he looks like insane to the outer world). Even if they survive. he looks like insane. my strength lessens and if I laugh (I take pleasure in worldly things). hansu to Raam risaay. will not survive anymore. Kabir says – the lover of the Lord looks like skeleton taking breathe somehow. If I cry for him. Raini na aawe neendDee. burning me slowly in this pang of separation. now no mantra works on it. my Lord will get angry of me. When this love truly happens to devotee. . Kabir hari ka bhawata. Jo roun to bal ghaTe. it is sure they will become insane. and not being able to meet the Lord. Jiyara yonhee lehunge. he starts being aloof from the outer world. O my dear Lord. (When he meets the Lord.This poisonous snake of Birah(is Kabir referring Kundalini here??) entered in my body. he becomes saturated with love and bliss. (It bites me from within). birah tapaai-tapaai. people say it right. He can’t sleep in nights and is even worse in his health and body.

He grows pale day by day like the betel leaves. Bin rowan kyu paaiye. He says when a child is playing and laughing. People don’t recognize (his condition). Kabir says stop laughing (enjoying worldly things) and make commitment to weeping. The person who is separated from Ram and is searching for his beloved is restless and even careless about his physical appearance. Tambolee ke paan jyu. he starts crying. please give me death or show yourself. At that time. Kabeer hansanaa doori kari. din-din peela hoi.Raam biyogee tan bikal. prem piyaara mitt. taahi naa cheenhe koi. Oh my dear beloved. Yaa birhin ko maut de. mope sahyaa na jay. even his mother is busy with . his mother doesn’t pay attention. No one is able to meet him without crying for him. ***The same example is given by Ramkrishna. But when the kid wants to go to mother and doesn’t enjoy playing anymore. kari rowan so chitt. Now it is unbearable to bear this 24 hours pain and suffering (I can’t live without seeing you and I would prefer death than living without you). AaTh pahar kaa daajhaNaa. yaa aapaa dikhalaay.

Kabir supine Hari milaa. Ramkrishna used to say even if you cry constantly for three days and nights reminding only him. But when we cry from the heart for him.. neither shall I see anyone else.. O my beloved. birah bajaawe nitt. Kabir says.something..... As soon as you come. Na haun dekhun aur kun. it is sure he will show himself to you. Its melody is hearable only to my soul or my dear beloved.. n tujh dekhan deun. This body is like all colored (all notes of music) Rabab(a musical instrument). he comes to us.. Till he sees that we are enjoying here.. I will close my eyes. he doesn’t bother showing himself.. come into my eyes. Sab rang taant rabaab tan. So is true for the Lord. come to my home)…………. Naina antar aav tu. the Birah plays is day and night.. but this cry should be from the core of heart as the child cries. kai saai kai chitt.. Baalam Aao Hamare Geh(O dear. thus will keep you closed in my eyes.. 3. tyuhi nain jhapeun.. . she comes running and picks her child. My love is so firm. Aur na akoi sun sake.. nor shall I let you see anyone else.. sowt liyaa jagaay.

Lohee seenchu tel jyu. Now I fear opening my eyes that this sweet meeting wouldn’t turn into mere a dream and I would loose sight of my beloved!! Is tan kaa deewaa karun. I will make the lamp of this body and will make the wick of my soul. I shall see the face of my beloved. My mind is not firm in faith neither I have love in me. I will pour the blood as oil in this lamp and in the light of this lamp. hau birhin sang kant. Na jano us peev su. Kabir says – My Lord came to me in dream. joh rahee main panth. kaise rahasee sang. and called me to wake up. Me and my beloved live in the same home with each other. Kab mukh dekhyu peev. I don’t know any good manner.Aankhi na kholun darapata. mati sapana hoi jay. baatee melyun jeev. na is tan me Dhang. Kab preetam hansi bolihe. I wonder how will I be able to meet my beloved and how I will live with him . I am still waiting -when he will come to me and will take me and talk to me happily. yet I am Birhin(the bride separated from the groom). Man parteet na premras. Eke grih ek sang me.

Din nahi chain raat nahi nindiyaa. kaalee kuchit kuroop. A Satee( dedicated and committed wife) is the most beautiful woman even she is ugly and black and is dirty. man naahee bisaraam I am waiting and watching your way for so long time. Patibartaa ke roop par. waro koTi saroop. Tan-man mor rahanT as dole. Talafai bin balam mor jiya. my mind can’t find peace and rest (until I see you). talaf-talaf ke bhor kiyaa. Patibartaa mailee bhalee. Even if a soul is not so advanced and is not so pure but she is devoted to his beloved. My heart is craving to meet you. the Lord considers her beautiful and loves her and makes her path smooth. She is the dearest and the most beautiful woman in eyes of her husband. I will sacrifice crores of beautiful (woman) for that one. Bahut dinan ki johatee. Kabir is indicating here that single minded devotion is what matters in the eyes of the Lord. soon sej par janam . the Lord).(Kabir is here referring the immaturity and innocence of the soul when she fears about the unknown-the existence. baaT tumharee Raam Jiy tarase tujh milan ko. the love.

sleeping on this vacant bed (where my beloved is not with me) is a great shame for me. saai bedardi sudh na liyaa. I call him desperately to come and take all my pains away. Nain thakit bhaye. My body and mind (soul) trembles like ranahT(buckets used to pull water from the well). panth na soojhe. grih ban dhare na dheer re. Kabir says – O Saints. neend na aawe. (*Language – Bhojpuri mixed Hindi) My heart aches without my beloved. now I can’t see even my way to go ahead. Tum bin dukhiya deh re. haro peer dukh jor kiyaa. I can’t find peace in day and can’t even sleep in nights. My eyes got tired watching the path ( on which he will come to me). juy pyaase ko neer re. Ekmek hwai sej na sowe. hari so kahe sunaai . still my heartless beloved doesn’t remember me. tab lag kaisaa neh re. Kahat kabir suno bhai saadho. Baalam aao hamare geh re. moko yah andeh re. Hai koi aisa par upakaaree. I spend whole the night this way. Ann na bhawe. Sab koi kahe tumharee naree.chhiya. Jyo kamee ko kamini pyaree. doesn’t care for me.

man angana na suhaai. Main birhin ThaDhee mag joun. Ram tumhaaree aas. Kabir cries his heart out – O dear. Sejariyaa barin bhai moko. jaise jal binu meen. . Diwas na bhukh. Until I sleep with you being absolutely one with you. but I have doubt in it. raini nahi nidra. jala hee so neha. raTat piyaas piyaas. O my dear. Chhadyo geh neh lagi tumse. sab santan ke pratipaal. jaagat raini bihaai. I can’t find peace at home or in jungle. how can I feel your love? Now I don’t like eating. All people say that I am your bride. is there anyone who can tell my beloved about my situation so he could come to me. please come to my home. Talaabeli hot ghaT bheetar. Kabir is going through great suffering. Ab to Kabir behal bhaye hain.re. bhai charan laualeen. Jal upajee. My heart is restless without you like a lustful person feels for the woman and a thirsty person searches for the water. nor can I sleep a bit. bin dekhe jiu jaai re. now he will die without seeing his beloved. My body (being) is in great pain. Avinaashee dulha kab miliho.

When I will find my immortal groom. but are unable to find it. Dagamag ChaaDi de man bauraa. Ab to jare mare bani aawe. Now my bed seems enemy for me (I can’t sleep) and I spend whole night waking and waiting for you. we are born in it. Ram kahe te soochaa. I left the home and absorbed in your love. we are made of it and we search for it. I have only hope of you. leenho haath sinhoraa. hoihe jag me haansee. yahe gale me phansee. I am standing by the side of the way watching your visit. I don’t feel hunger in days neither am I able to sleep in nights and even don’t like my courtyard. Hoi nisank magan hwai nacho. who is the care taker of all saints? It is like I was born in the water. Sooro kaha maran the darape. O my Lord. satee na sanchay bhanDo. It is said that this existence is nothing but love or GOD. Yahu sansaar sakal hai mailaa. Lokbed kul ki marjaada. attached myself to your feet. like a fish would be dieing out of water. lobh-moh bhram chhaaDo. . Aadha chal kar paachha phirihe.). There is great restlessness in me. and am in love with the water still I am dieing crying for water (because I am not able to drink it and I am still thirsty.

determination and un-attachment needed in the path of spirituality. chains around your neck. just follow your journey. she takes it as a symbol of commitment) so you keep your commitment to the Lord. Kabir says – now don’t keep a doubt in your mind. Now be doubtless and dance with great ecstasy. This world. people will laugh at you and will make big fun of you. it is useless for her). society and prestige of your family – these all are just obstacles. now it is time to burn yourself to death. Don’t think twice. only name of Ram is pure and true.Kahe Kabir naav nahi chaaDo. Now don’t look or come back from the half way. Here he is taking an example of Satee who is all three in one when she decides to burn with the dead . He always gives example of Sadhu(un-attachment). Kabir is describing the commitment. attachment and illusion. drop all greed. This world is all filthy. girat-parat chaDhi unchaa. you will reach at the highest somehow. Kabir says don’t leave the boat. Satee(dedication and commitment) and Warrior(fearlessness and determination) for that purpose. Like a Satee woman doesn’t fear for her life for a second when she takes SINHORA( small box used to keep sindoor) in her hands(when she decides to burn herself with the dead body of her husband. Drop all these thoughts. A warrior doesn’t have fear of death and a Satee woman won’t collect pots (She is going to be with her husband.

Same is true for souls. bhuiyaa bhawaanee. Dewata pittar. she likes to play at that time. surat samhaaru paru paiyana sajan kee. Kah Kabir nirbhay hoy hansaa. they like to do these worship and prayers. little girls play with their models) and drop this childlike attitude to play with dolls (fake things). taj de budhi larikaiyaa khelan kee. saai sej wahan phulwa phulan kee. it is like playing with dolls. According to Kabir. she will not be able to understand the true meaning of marriage and groom. Till a girl is not grown up. Here Kabir is indicating to the ways people do worship of different deities and think they are real one. Karo jaatan sakhee saai milan kee. Unchaa mahal ajab ranag ranglaa. until they are grown up and are ready to meet the Lord. So it is useless to tell her about real things. Kabir says O dear sakhee (friend who is girl. Tana-man-dhan arapan karu wahan. yah maarag chaurasee chalan kee. do everything in pursuit to meet your beloved. abandon all your dolls and playthings (soop supeliya – things to do house chores.body of her husband. Now you are grown up. . GuDiya GuDawa soop supeliya. kunji bata deu talaa khulan kee. refers to soul).

Jaag dekh piy sej na tere. Surrender your body. now don’t get your days . Shabd-baan ur-antar laage. wake up. Worship of all deities and dead ancestors and worshiping mother earth and mother power are all the ways to come in this 84 lacs species again and again. hold up your all consciousness and bow down to his feet. There your groom’s bed is made of blossomed flowers. mind and wealth to him. Tohi chhaDi uTh gaye sabere. Kabahu na piy ki sej sanwaaree. Kabir says your soul (swan -free souls) shall become fearless there. why are you sleeping now? Your whole night is spent sleeping. Piy tere chatur tu moorakh naaree. Raini gayee din kaahe ko khowe. Jin jaaga tin maanik paaya. and he is colored in such strange color (you have not seen before). Kah Kabir soi jan jaage. Jaagu piyaaree ab ka sowe. I will tell you the key of the lock which when opened. Oh my dear. Tain bauree sab soy gawaayaa. Bhar joban piy apan na cheenho. Your true groom resides where he has highest palace.Kabir says-It is time to get real life experience (you are grown up and now are ready to be bride). leads to that place. Tain bauree bauraapan keenho.

you did all foolish things. our self with all layers of being). Piya Milan ki aas. Phiri-phiri chaDhun samhaari. never recognized your beloved one while you were young.lost. with us. find the gems. but we never care for him. Soon he leaves us (bed-body. our own Lord is within us.only those are awaken whose heart is bored by the arrow of words (shabd. in worldly sense it refers to words of love). your husband is not with you. Your beloved is a smart one and you are a dumb woman (who can’t compete to her husband in love). Wake up and see. Kabir is simplifying the soul’s consciousness and recognition towards her Lord. Same way. and we do all worldly things but not anything to please him. like a foolish wife doesn’t understand her husband’s standards and doesn’t care for her husband and soon her husband gets bored with her and leaves her behind. Unche nahi chaDhi jaaye. Paanv nahi Thaharaay. chaDhun giri-giri paDun. he woke up early leaving you on the bed. raho kablo kharee. Later the wife searches for her husband madly. You poor dumb woman. you spent all your life sleeping. Kabir says . Those who keep awaken. celestial music. mane lajja bharee. charan aage . We spend our all life in sleeping state (our consciousness is not in waken state) without recognizing our beloved and tasting the nectar of love. You poor soul. never did you make your husband’s bed.

AntarpaT de khol shabd ur laav ree.dharun. sumati gahi leejiye. and the path is so narrow. milan kas hoi hai. I fear I will fall. My feet don’t hold the ground properly and I fall again and again while trying to climb up. Kabir says (to the bride) . or how will you be able to meet your husband? Abandon all wrong thoughts and get attached to good thoughts. ATapaT chaal tumhaar. I again try to climb up with great care and put my foot ahead. How long I will stand here in the hope to meet my beloved? The path is so narrow and high. how will I climb up? My heart is full of shame (a bride is supposed to wait for her husband and not to make a move by herself to meet her husband). Open the door within you and keep the sound in your heart. Chhoro kumati vikaar. Satguru shabd samhaari charan chit deejiye. Kabir says your beloved will meet you in your own heart only. Ang-ang thaharaay to bahu bidhi Dari rahun. Dil bich das Kabir mile tohi baawaree. Baree nipaT anaari to jheenee gail hai. When my whole body trembles (the path is so slippery). . keep remembering your Guru’s words and his feet in your heart. Karam kapaT mag gheri to bhram me pari rahun.Oh dear. You keep your walk straight. you are so young and so immature. My karmas and bad habits try to entangle me on the way and I fall in great illusion.

Bahiya pakad ke. O saints. Kabir asks -how I will spend my days (without you) . Apnee suratiyaa hiyare likhaye jaiyo Rama Kahat Kabeer suno bhai saadho. Please make a hut for me in between. The Ganga is this side and the Yamuna on the other side. Kaise din katihe.I will tear my saree and will make paper of it. piya bina . rahiya bataay jaiyo Rama. wohi paar Jamana. Bichwa maraiya hamka.Tell me the ways I could survive without you. Kabir says. piy ho sej chalo. where I could live in these days (while I have not found you). bole madhuri baanee. Ehi paar Ganga. Phoolan sej bichhay jo raakhyo. hope and disappointments of the soul when she tries to go within and to meet her beloved one. Ye ankhiyan alsaanee. I will keep it with my heart. Anchara phadi ke kagaj banay lai.) Kabir says . jatan bataye jaiyo Rama. Khambha pakaD patang as Dole. I request you to imprint your face on it. please get me by arms and show me the path to my beloved. obstacles.This metaphor represents the efforts. the Lord. (Here Ganga and Jamuna indicate Ida and Pingla Nadi and hut in between indicates Sushumna through which we go inside in meditation. chawaye jaiyo Rama.

come to the bed (bed here refers to the body where meeting of the soul and her Lord takes place). your sister-in-law and mother-in-law (villains in real life . jaagat nanad jiThaanee. Kabir brings this divine experience to the level where even a human can understand its overwhelming feeling and influence. In this pad Kabir says. put your feet on the bed so noiselessly. but the most loving and unbreakable bond is that of husband and wife. lok-laaj bichhalanee. my eyes are being sleepy.kumhalaanee. Dhere paanv dharo palangaa par. Kabir was a poet before a saint and he was kind of lover rather than a devotee. I had made a bed of flowers but it is being faded without my beloved. Kahe Kabir suno bhai sadho. O my dear soul.O my dear beloved. so he has told so many pads regarding this love factor. and that is to meet her groom. Though mystics take so many relations with the Lord to make their attachment so firm that nothing could shake them from their path. So he sings absolutely like a bride who is so mad for her husband and nothing is dear to her except the company of her groom. He considers himself as a dedicated and committed bride who has only one pleasure in this world. My heart sings sweet and trembles like a kite stuck to a poll (Feelings lovers get – Sensations during meditation in context of divine love). I want to sleep with you. or to say true committed lovers.

Naihar baas basa peehar me. Dootee satguru mile beech me. baar-baar dig jay. our physical senses in spiritual language) are awaken (they will disturb your meeting with your beloved).love stories.O dear saints. Adhar bhoomi janh mahal piya ka. kaise milaungi piy jay. Dhani bhai baree. deenho bhed bataay. hampe chadyo na jay. purush bhaye bhola. paanv nahee Thaharaay. Kabir says. Unchi gail raah rapaTeelee. I am going to meet my dear beloved. think carefully and put your feet . laaj tajee nahi jay. surat jhakora khaay. This meeting is too difficult. dekhat man sakuchaay. ***Ramkrishna has also said. seetal kanTh lagaay. Hatred and Fear. now I have dropped all the thoughts of shame and prestige of this world and society for my love. Samujhi soch pag dharo jatan se. how I will go and meet to my beloved? Oh dear. Sahib Kabir piya so bhetyo.drop these three things also-Shame. to pursue the path of the beloved……… Milana kaThin hai. Lok-laaj kul kee marjaadaa.

carefully ahead. to grow up and then to meet her beloved. I spent my life in my parents home(Naihar – Kabir speaks a lot about it.represents this world where this soul has come to be born. the surat (consciousness) trembles (like a tree in the wind) while it tries to go upside. the messenger of love met to me in mid way and he told me the secret. and my feet are unable to stand on it. Now Kabir has met to his beloved. aasan so mat Dol . jhooTha panchrang chol re. Kabir says . this path is going so high and so slippery. When I see all these obstacles. I can’t climb up to it. it trembles again and again. I feel ashamed. kaTuk bachan mat bol re. ghunghaT ke paT khol re. Sunnmahal me diyana bari le. Kabir says – the bride is too young and the groom is innocent. GhaT-ghaT me wah saai rahata. Dhan-joban ka garab na keeje. It was so cool and blissful when he met and hugged me!! Toko piya milenge. because even worldly love is a shame in society and people don’t have good thoughts about lovers. What I will do. people laugh at the mystics in their lifetime and later they praise them).the Lord) so I have difficulty dropping this feeling of shame.my Guru. My beloved’s palace is high in the sky. The pressure and fear of society (Kabir says it again and again. though later they sing thousands of songs about their love. and so is true for the love and devotion to the Lord.

and don’t wave from your position. don’t put it on. piya paayo anamol re. Oh my dear. Now I am in infinite bliss and the unstuck melody is resounding everywhere. baajat anahad Dhol re. Kahe Kabir aanand bhayo hai.re. Jag jugut so rangmahal me. Light your lamp in the void palace. Never be proud of the wealth. This body –colored in five colors (made of five elements) is a fake. The Lord prevails in everything. Kabir says I have found my priceless beloved in this palace by waking and making great effort. . never speak a bitter word to anyone. youth or power. open the veil and you will find the beloved.