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Eternal Name of God



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Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers


Sadguru Kabir Saheb

Guru Kabir Association of Canada
208 - 14770 64th Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada, V3S 1X7

Phone: (604) 599 6876. email:dasj@shaw.ca Internet: www.kabir.ca


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CONTENTS

Charan bandagi Page 3
Sab vidhi mud mangal 3
Chants 4
Jai karunmai jai kabr 5
Gaitris: di gyatr sumiran sr 6
Satya nm satya nm satya nm kahiye 10
Karo bandag satguru ge 11
Namo namo gurudeo j 12
Sanjh sumiran rati 17
Sat sat ke nm se satya sgar bhar (Gyn Stotra) 23
Ati lowln chinhant gyn (Vigyan Stotra) 25
Guru day sgar gyn gar 29
Satguru k adhik mahim 31
Kabr yaman ji pukriy (Chitawani) 33
Dharm dss binawe kar jor (Gyan Gudadi) 38
Arti rat garib niwj, sheb rat ho 43
jai jai shr gurudev 44
jai jai satya kabr 45
Guru dukhit tum bin ratahu 47
Binat sunilo krip nidhn 48
Bho kabr day ke sgar 48
Ts tantra 49
Aradhna 53
Kabir chalisa 60
Guru Mahima 72
Baramasi 95
Selected Sakhis 100


2010
This prayer book is not to be copied, stored or transmitted by any means whatsoever.
Copies may be obtained by contacting the author.

This book is dedicated to all devotees of Satguru Kabir

Dr. Jagessar Das M. D.

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-:+t - bandagi - 3 times

* -:+t * e+r, e +e fr+r,
+ +t ::re e, -+ fe + vr
charan bandagi charan sev, ml kamal bistr,
kahe kabr dharm dss se , utare sir ke bhr.
O devotee! Offer salutation and service at the feet of the guru, as this is the root
and flower of devotion everywhere. Kabir instructed Dharam Dass that doing so
will remove all difficulties and bring peace and well being.



+r-r - prrthn (invocation)

e f+fu : +e +*, * ee +ee,
e-r e -r -f, +:r+ +:e,
+- + ef* r+ e, -re+ f+- --+,
+re e+ r-v , rr++ e e+
sab vidhi mud mangal karanam, haran ashesh kalesh;
satyanm sam nm nahn, vardyak var desh;
guru ke sumiran mtra se, nshat vighan anant,
tase sarv rambh men, dhyvat hai sab sant.
O Satguru, you have taught that for our eternal joy and welfare, and for the
removal of all obstacles and suffering, there is no greater boon than Satnam - the
true, eternal name of God.
You have also taught that worship of the guru will destroy countless obstacles.
Thus the saints always meditate on the guru prior to all activities.

rr- e +r f+, +r e +r +:,
+ e +r +r, r e +r ++r
dhyn mlam guror mrti, pja mlam guro padam;
mantra mlam guror vkyam, moksh mlam guro krip.
The root of meditation is the guru, and the root of worship is his feet.
The root of all mantras is the gurus teaching, and the root of liberation is his
grace.



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-:| e+t +, * +e fe-r,
re r- f:- +f- +, v + :+ -er,
e++- e +t +, * +e + r,
f: r- +v :tf, e++- f-:ar
bandow satya kabr ke, charan kamal sir ni,
jsu gyn din karani kar, bhram tam det nasi;
satguru satya kabr ke, charan kamal kar jor,
divya gyn prabhu dijiye, satguru bandichhor
I offer salutation to Satguru Kabir, and bow at his lotus feet;
His knowledge is like light that removes the darkness of doubts;
With folded hands I offer obeisance at the lotus feet of Satguru Kabir;
O Lord and Satguru, the remover of bondage, please give me Divine knowledge.



u- - dhun (chants)

1. +- p :rr f-fu er, e e++ e-r +r
pran brahm day nidhi sheb, satya skrit satyanm japo
The perfect Brahm (God) is the ocean of mercy. Recite His true, eternal and holy
name - Satnam

2. e-r e-r e-r re, r -r r -r r -r re
satyanm satyanm satyanm bol, rmnm rmnm rmnm bol
Recite satyanam, satyanam, satyanam, and recite Ramnam, Ramnam, Ramnam.

3. e-r, e-r, er += r, e-r, e-r, er += r
satyanm satyanm soham guru rm, satyanm satyanm soham guru rm
Recite satyanam the true name of God residing within as the soul.

er er e:+= e*, e+ e+ er +fee *
soham hans satguru sharanam, sat sat soham kalimal haranam
The liberated soul finds refuge in Satguru and, realizing the Self as self-existent
Truth, becomes sinless.

+-* +t, e+ e++ +f er+r +t
jai karunmai jai kabr, sat sukrit gahi lago tr--
Victory, victory to the compassionate Kabir. Accept him, and reach the shore of
liberation.

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rer + r +t, + v +t t
jab bolo tab rm kabr, karam bharam k tte janjr--
When you speak utter Ram Kabir, and the bondage of karmas and doubts will
cease.

ef-:r--: +- ef-:r--:, e:+- +t ef-:r--:
sachidnand guru sachidnand, satguru kabr sachidnand--
Satguru Kabir is the embodiment of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss. (It is also
translated as Existence, Consciousness and Bliss).

rer + e +t, - * +t f r +t
jab bolo tab satya kabr, janam maran k mit jai pr--
When you speak utter Satya Kabir, and the suffering of birth and death will
vanish.

e-r, e-r, er += r, e-r, e-r, er += r
e-r, e-r, e-r, e-r
satyanm satyanm soham guru ram, satyanm satyanm soham guru rm --
satyanm satyanm, satyanm satyanm-- repeat as a chanting meditation
The Eternal Name is God, and God is the Eternal Guru dwelling in me.


4. +-*r- jai karunmai (praise to Compassionate)

+-*r +t, e+ e++ +f er+r +t +
jai karunmai jai kabr, sat sukrit gahi lgo tr --ch.
Praise to the compassionate Kabir. Accept the noble Truth and cross over to the
shore of liberation.

v+er+ +f +vt, n -+r e +t,
- - +t +t, +r+ efr e +t
bhowsgar hai gahir gambhr, kheyi utre satya kabr,
janam janam k mete pr, tte sumiro satya kabr--
This worldly ocean is full of grave sufferings, but Satya Kabir, the boatman, will
liberate you. Your suffering from birth after birth will be removed. Therefore
recite Satya Kabir.

r r r e* +t, er e er+ v+ e +t,
rfu rfu -+rfu et, er e -re+ ++ +t
jo jo ye sharan kabr, so sab lge bhow se tr,
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dhi vydhi updhi sharr, so sab nshat japat kabr--
All who came to the refuge of Kabir, obtained liberation from the worldly
bondage.
The mental and physical sufferings of the body disappear by reciting Kabir.

+r +ru : erv t, e + e-+ +t,
e++ e-+r efr +t, + v +t t
km krodh mad lobh hai br, ye sab darte sunat kabr,
sewak santo sumiro kabr, karm bharm k tte janjr--
Lust, anger, attachment and greed are powerful, but they become cowards on
hearing the name Kabir.
O Devotees! Worship Kabir, and your bondage of karmas and doubts will vanish.

rer + rer +t, re +r+r e et ,
u:re +- e+ +t, +re er+ v+ e +t
jab bolo tab bolo kabr, jse pwo hans sharr,
dharam dss guru sewe kabr, tse lge bhow se tr--
Thus whenever you speak, utter Kabir and you will become a liberated soul.
Dharam Dass worshipped Guru Kabir and was liberated from worldly bondage.



rf: +r+t - di gyatri (primary gayatri)

rf: +r+t ef- er, ef+ er -+r +r,
+rf sret r , s +r r+,
rf: +r+t ef +, er r f-er+,
di gyatr sumiran sr, sumirat hans utre pr;
koti aths ght hai, yam baithe tahn rok;
di gyatr sumirke, hans hoi nishok.
The first gayatri is the essence of all the recitations, and the person reciting it
attains Liberation. On the path to liberation there are 880 million places to cross
(obstacles) where Yama blocks the way. Reciting the gayatri the soul overcomes
sorrow.

rf -r+t r+ + r:, e+e :+ +a+r:,
r+ ++r rt, r n rt,
r er -r+, r+ + +r-,
er+ rer +, ++ :t+ rr-

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ghti nkahi ge tab j, sakal dt rahe pachht;
ge makkar tr hai dori, jahn yam rahe mukh mor;
oham soham nm ke, ge kare payn;
ajar lok bs kare, jagmag dp asthn;
Crossing the obstacles the soul advances to liberation, and the messengers of
Yama are regretful.
Ahead, the soul finds the makkartar (spiders thread, symbolic of ascending to
liberation) and Yama turns away helplessly.
The soul realizes Oham Soham (the soul is the ultimate Reality) and goes forward
to dwell in eternal Sat Lok, the Eternal Abode.
By reciting this gayatri, the soul becomes free of grief and goes onward to Sat
Lok.

en er+ r-r- +f, r: e +r +,
r: +- :e- +:, fe f:- + r-:,
rf: +r+t ef +, r+r++- -er:,
e er+ rer +, +: +t er:.
sukh sgar snn kari, hoi hans k rp;
ji purush darshan karai, jis din param nand;
di gyatr sumirke, w gawan nasi;
satya lok bs kare, kahai kabr samujh.
The liberated soul bathes in the ocean of bliss, meets God, and remains ever
blissful. Kabir explains that by reciting the first gayatri the soul overcomes birth
and death, and dwells in Sat Lok.


+vr+ +r+t - prabht gyatr (morning gyatr)

rf: +r+t rr-, er ++ e er er+ er-,
e+ +r+t +r r+, + +t re,
e e e-, ef +a +r+ - +-,
+ +t e-r u:re, +r+t +r ++re
di gyatr amar sthn, soham tattva le hans lok samn;
sat gyatr ajap jp, kahai kabr amar ghar bs;
satya hai amar satya hai snya, satyahi me kuchh pp na punya;
kahai kabr suno dharma dss, yaha gyatr karo praksh.
The first gayatri represents the eternal abode, and the soul realizing soham dwells
there.
Kabir says that by its silent recitation the soul resides in the eternal abode.
Truth is eternal and void, and beyond the duality of sin and virtue.
Kabir instructs Dharam Dass to proclaim this gayatri to others.

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rr +r+t - madhyn gyatr (mid day gyatr)

f-+ +- f arr, -r: f-: :r: ++r rr
er t+r er+ +srr, ef+ e-t e +rr,
f-+ +- +r +r+t, :t- +t +r:,
f-e f:- ef- r +:, + v f r:.
achint purush hirambar chhy, nd bindu doi kart y;
yam so jt lok pathy, surati sneh hans kahy;
achint purush ko gyatr, dnh kabr bati;
nis din sumiran jo karai, karam bharam mit ji.
The Incomprehensible God is present everywhere, and Nad Bind (Nad is the
guru-disciple relationship, and Bind is the parent-child relationship) is the way to
realize Him.
The soul overcomes Yama and, becoming the Beloved Hansa (liberated), goes to
Satlok.
Kabir has explained this gyatr of Sat Purush (the Absolute Being), and whoever
recites it always, will be free of karmas and doubts.


e-rr +r+t - sandhy gyatr (evening gyatr)

r r- +r+ -+ r +e a+,
t f+fu er +, v +r r+ ,
+r+t pr +, + :+ e,
+r+t +rf+-: +:, e++- + -+:e
braha yojan kot yantra jahn pal me chhte,
yehi vidhi sanjh jape, bharm ko gam tte;
gyatr brahm jape, jape deo mahesh;
gyatr govind padhe, satguru ke updesh;
Just as a fast engine can reach a fort twelve yojans away, just so doubts are
quickly removed by reciting this gyatr. Brahma, Shiva and Krishna recited the
gyatr on the instruction of their satguru.

+r+r +re - nr:, r er t-,
f er+, +rf: r +t-,
:-+ e: fe;| vr-t, :+ +r +ret,

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p rr ++ :rer, +er- + ef- et,
e: +r: f: u, e +f + +t.
tko kl na khi, jo yeha sanjh chnhe;
ghat me rahi alop kdhi ham bhar knhe;
inpar lai siddho bhn, deo pj go sharr;
brahma bch putra ds, chapln ugra hansani sharr;
shabda pi hridai dhare, as kathi kahe kabr
Whoever realizes this will be free of birth, old age and death.
God is hidden in the body but I, Kabir, will make Him manifest to you.
This is a verdict of the adepts who perfected themselves with worship and
austerity.
God advises the devotee, son, not to corrupt the body which is obtained after
countless births . Kabir advises to keep this instruction in the heart.


rr- +r+t - madhyan gyatr (midnight gyatr)

+: +t +r e, f-+ -r rf r ,
+- - u-f f-ar+ +, er -r +f v+e +,
fef; -+ f-f; r+ er :+, nrer- n +:n ++r ++r,
kahai kabr ajap ghat sjhe, nigam nm mohi jo bjhe;
tan man dhanahi nichhwar kare, sr nm gahi bhowjal tare;
ashta siddhi now niddhi mnge so dew, khursn khur vedmukh gang prawha;
Kabir says that he who understands His name will realize the ineffable God in his
own heart. He should surrender his body, mind and wealth, and accept the
essence of Gods name, and be free of the world of rebirths. If he wishes, I will
confer on him the eight spiritual perfections and nine treasures. Then like the flow
of the Ganges he will become an eloquent speaker of the Vedas.

f+ fe+ r + +r:, -++- ur ef+ +++ r: e,
nrr ef+ +e + +t, e:+- fe + e +t.
ripu sip mr ger tari, nowgun dharj surati pragat hoi sjhe;
khojo surati kamal ke tr, satguru mil gaye satya kabr.
He will get rid of all enmity. In meditation he will obtain the gunas or attributes of
spiritual life. In meditation on the lotus chakra (Sahasrara Chakra) he will also find
Satguru Kabir.







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e -r +t+- - satnm kirtan (recite Satnm)

e-r e-r e-r +f,
rf f+fu rn er +rt f+fu f +
satya nm satya nm satya nm kahiye,
jhi vidhi rkhe saheb th vidhi rahiye--chorus.
Recite Satynam, Satynan, Satynan, and be happy in living as God wishes.

n r e-r e-+ e+r r ,
-t +er + r er + er ,
f+fu +r f+ur- r- rf- erv ef
mukh me ho satym, sant sew hth men,
nahi akel tu hai pyre, sheb tere sth men;
vidhi k vidhn jn, hni lbh sahiye --
Let satyanam be on your lips, and service to the saints in your hands. Realize that
you are not alone, but God is with you. Know that it is Gods law operating, and
accept gain or loss equally.

f+r fvr- +r f= r- -f +r+r,
r+r +t r r er t +r vr+r,
=e rer r+ ev + ++ f
kiy abhimn to, phir mn nahin pyeg,
hog wahi pyre, jo sheb j ko bhyeg,
phal sh tyg subh karm karte rahiye--
If you are full of ego, you will lose respect. Only that will occur in your life that
pleases God. Know this and continue to perform noble deeds, giving up the desire
for rewards.

f-:+t +t r e|+ r :t-r-r +,
er rn r r+t re :,
u-+r: f-f++r: e- +f
jindag k dor sowmp hth dinnth ke,
mahalo men rkhe chahe jhopari men bs de,
dhanyavad nirvivad satynan kahiye--
Surrender your life into Gods hands. Be happy whether He keeps you in a palace,
or in a thatched hut. Be implicitly grateful and keep on reciting satyanam.


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rer + er t +t e e rer +r :,
eru e+ e + + + vtf,
+r e r+ - e +tf
sh ek sheb j k sab se sh tor de,
sdhu sang satya rang ang ang bhjiye,
km ras tyg pyre, nm ras pjiye--
Give up hopes on others, but have hope on God. Keep the company of holy
people, and let truth saturate your entire being. Give up passions and desires, and
drink the nectar of Gods name.



+r -:+t - karo bandag (bhajan)

+r -:+t e++- r+, f- ++r+ t+ r+,
rr +r +-r, e++- +: ur e+-r
karo bandag satguru ge, jin partp jv bahu jge--ch.
brambr karo parnm, satguru padam dham satnm--
Humbly bow down to Satguru by whose grace many souls were enlightened.
Again and again offer salutation, as his feet is the abode of Satnam (Eternal
Name)

rf: -rf: +rf: -r, e+ r+=+ arf, f- ur,
r v+e vr+ e+r:, e t+- fer a,r:
di andi yugdi anm, sant svarp chhodi nij dhm,
ye bhowjal bhv lagi, yam se jwan liye chhodi--
He is from the beginning, eternal, in age after age, and nameless. As a saint he left his
own abodeto come into the world.
He came into the world and taught the way, and released the souls from Yama (death).

e: ::rr ef+ +r:, + v e fer r:,
v+f+ e-r: e e -rt, +: f++ - ef+ frt
shabd dridhy surati bati, karm bharm se liy bachi,
bhagati sun sab se nyr, ved kiteb na sakt bichr--
He strengthened meditation on the Shabda, and released souls from the bondage
of karmas and doubts.
He taught a unique type of devotion (nirgun bhakti) that is not of the Vedas,
Quran or the goddess Shakti.



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e +- | +: rer, e+- +r +r e:r f-+rer,
er :err +- +, t- +r +
satya purush chowthe pad bs, santan k wahn sada nivs,
so ghar darsy guru pre, bn baje tahn achraj tre--
God dwells in the fourth state (superconscious), and that is where the liberated
saints always dwell through meditation.
The perfect guru has shown that abode where, without musical instruments, the
miraculous divine music (anahad nd) plays.

r+ en +- :rr, :nr r e+ e -rr,
f+e + + er+ + -rr, e+ ef+ +r: ++ f+rr
ge alakh purush darbr, dekh jye surat se nyr,
tis par agam lok ek nyr, sant surati koi karat vichr--
A you advance, there is invisible Gods royal court that can be seen in unique
meditation.
There is the unfathomable and marvelous abode that saints in meditation can
contemplate.

+r e :e +e rt, :v+ e++- e e+rt,
e+ : e+ +- +rt, +- -t r: er-t
tahn se darse atal atr, adbhut satguru mahal sawr,
surat hui sat karman gm, purush anm j samn--
From there you will see the immovable palace, where the immortal satguru
dwells.
When your karmas and meditation harmonize, then you will merge with nameless
God.


+vr+e-rr ernt - prabht-sandhy skh
(morning-evening skh)

-r -r +-:+t, er++t :+,
rf: -+ +* +re +, - r v+,
-r -r ++ e* +r, e++- :t-:re,
+-t ++r+re, ++ e+e vre,
namo namo gurudeo j, satya swarp deo;
di ant gun kl ke, metan hre bheo;
namo namo tuwa charan ko, satguru dn dayl;
tumhar krip katksh se, kate sakal bhramjl;
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O Gurudeo! I offer salutations to you. You are the embodiment of Truth, and you
remove the fear of birth, death, time and gunas. I offer salutations at your feet.
You are kind to the humble, and by your grace, the traps of doubts are removed.

+*r t +-:+ +r, er e:r :re,
+r +ru : erv +r, a* :+ re,
r-t f-e ++re +f, fu f-e +f :+,
n r- , -f r++ +a v+,
prano shr gurudeo ko, so hai sad dayl;
km krodh mada lobh ko, kshan men dewe tl;
bni nirmal praksh kari, budhi nirmal kari deo;
mai mrakh agyn hn, nahi wat kuchh bheo;
I bow down to you, O Gurudeo, who is always compassionate. In a moment, you
can remove lust, anger, greed and attachment. Please make my speech and
intellect pure. I am foolish and ignorant, and cannot grasp the secret of God

ut- -:- +=, ef- t+- r,
r+ fe- r +r, :t rf +r,
v+er+ vrt vr, +tr + r,
+ :re :r +r, + +r- +a r,
mai adhn bandan karn, suniye shr gururi;
mrag sirjanhr k, dje mohi bati;
bhowsgar bhr bhay, gahir agam athh;
tum dayl day karo, tab pu kachhu thh;
I humbly pray to you. Please listen, O Gurudeo! And guide me on the path to the
creator of the universe. The ocean of re-incarnation is burdensome. It is
unfathomable and difficult to cross. You are compassionate. Have compassion on
me and give me a place of refuge.

srf: | + rf+, += +-:+,
+f :t- :re r, r +f + e+,
-r -r +-:+t, +*r +- -+,
+| ++r + +r: |, v+er+ +r +,
thdhi hown kar jori ke, araj karn gurudeo;
tumahi dn dayl ho, bha gahi ke leo;
nmo nmo gurudeo j, pranm karau anant;
tau kripp te pi how, bhowsgar ke ant;
I stand with folded hands and earnestly beseech you, O Master! You are compassionate
to the humble. Please take my hand and lead me to salvation. Again and again I bow and


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salute you, O limitless Master! With your grace I will advance beyond this fearful ocean
of reincarnation

+ e +- +r+r, +* f++r te,
e +- f+e +f, +f -+r ete,
-:r t +-:+t, +f :t- :re,
ut- f-+t +=, +r+r v+re,
tum satya purush parmtm, pran vishv bs;
satya guru avichal tuhi, kahi nawwu ss;
bando shr gurudeo j, tumahi dn dayl;
mai adhn binat karn, kto yaha bhowjl;
I am fully confident that you are the true and Eternal Lord; you are the Sat Guru,
and you are most steadfast. To whom else should I bow my head in prayer? I bow
to you O Gurudeo! You are kind to the humble. I am humble and earnestly
beseech you to remove me from this trap of reincarnation.

-:r +- +| * +r, r+ f-e f,
+re re +r v , et rt ef,
+re =err re , f r- - rr-,
+| ++r f- e++-, +e +r- r-,
bando guru tau charan ko, mngu nirmal buddhi;
kl jl k bhai bahu, lje mor shuddhi;
kl phasyo jl men, hari gyn aru dhyn;
tau krip binu satguru, kaise pwu gyn;
Dear Guruji, I bow at your lotus feet and ask for pure discriminative spiritual
knowledge. In this world there is great fear of death. Please give me purity of
intellect so that I may overcome this fear. Time and circumstances have entangled
me in worldly affairs, and cheated me from knowledge of God and meditation.
Without your grace how can I gain this knowledge?

:n v+ epr, vr + re,
+ f +v ::n -r, :t r- fere,
rf: +- :et +f, + f- -f +a s|,
ffu +re e+r:r, e-r e fe|,
ab dukh bahu bhow men sahyo, bhatakyo bahu jag s;
tumahi prabhu dukh haran, dije gyn bils;
di guru adal tuhi, tum binu nahin kachhu thowr;
bahu bidhi kl satiy, suno hans sir mowr;
I have now endured much suffering in this world, and have wandered aimlessly
because of its false hopes. You alone, Lord, are the remover of suffering. Please
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give me this cherished knowledge. You are the foremost guru, and you are just.
Without you I have no other refuge. In many ways, Kal has made me suffer.
Listen to me, O master! You are the most noble of souls.
rf: +- f+e +f, er et eer,
-r +v +f r, rfufu +* r,
+ f- +e r: r, f-+r f+ f-+,
+:r :tf, -r f-f-+,
di purush avichal tuhi, chal chal sansr;
ajar nm prabhu tumahi ho, dhi vydhi gun jr;
tum bin kaise hoi ho, chint rahit achint;
amar padrath djiye, amar nm nischint;
O Master! You are from the very beginning and are changeless, but this world is
ever changing. Lord, you alone are not subject to aging; you are eternal. I am
subject to mental and physical sufferings. Without you, how can I remain free of
cares? Please give me your blessings so that the Eternal Name grants me peace.

+re +r -+ f+-re , * r: -er:,
+- +- ++r +:, er +:r +r:,
r+ v+ -u- ++, :tr r- -t-:,
e e++ ++r +r , +r+r + + -:,
kl k nagar vinsh hai, kshan men ji nasi
guru purush krip karai, sr padrath pi;
jte bhow bandhan kate, djo gyn munndra;
satya sukrit krip karo, kto karm ke band;
This world is a city bound by time, and can be destroyed in a moment. If you
grant me your mercy, then I will certainly attain imperishable Reality. O
Enlightened One! Give me such knowledge that I may overcome the bondage of
re-incarnation. Oh Lord of Truth and Nobility! Grant me your mercy, and cast
away the bondage of my karmas.

+-*r +-*r +f, :t e e+r,
-:+ r ++ * +v, rer +- e+-r,
+ :r+r r++r, e +t :re,
+rn : rur r, r +r re,
karunmai karun kari, djai satya sukm;
bandat hon tau charan prabhu, sh guru satnm;
tum dt ham mngat, satya kabr dayl;
prakh deya bdh haro, meto yam ko jl;
O Compassionate One! Have compassion for me. Grant me Truth and noble
actions. O Lord, I bow at your lotus feet, and place my hope in your Eternal
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Name. You are the giver, and I am the beggar. O merciful Sat Kabir! Give me
spiritual knowledge and remove all my sufferings. Remove the noose of Yama,
the God of death.

f+et +r +r -t, f+ r- - rr-,
e +t er ++r +f, :t +rn rr-,
+r +r ++ r, + r-r v+,
e +t ::n +f -, +r+r r+ e+,
kis km k hn nahni, rahit gyn aru dhyn;
satya kabr so krip kari, dje prakh dhyn;
ko hamko jagat yaha, ranchak jno bheo;
satya kabr dukh pari haru, pwo tam seo;
I am of no value, and am devoid of knowledge and meditation. O Sat Kabir!
Shower your grace on me and give me discriminative intelligence and meditation.
Who am I? What is this world? I do not know the secret. O Sat Kabir! Remove
this mental anguish so that I may realize my true soul.

+re efu r: , +f+fu +re + re,
v: +r+r :t +r, e +t :re,
e +t +r re+r, +rn f- ++re,
fe +-rt r+ , +f e evre,
kl sandhi jhi ahai, trai vidhi kl ke jl;
bhed vko dje bat, satya kabr dayl;
satya kabr k blak, prakh bin kangl;
hansi tumhr hot hai, begahi lehu sambhl;
Kal (time) has bound me, and in three ways (past, present and future) has spread
its trap for me. O merciful Sat Kabir! Please explain to me the secret words to
overcome Kal. I am your son, but very poor in discriminative intellect. People
laugh at you because of my shortcomings. Please quickly remove my defects so
that I may obtain spiritual knowledge.

e- -r+ e:+ -, eer+ ff re,
f-+ fee +r ++ , +re :+ +re,
++- +f+ re fu, +:f+ f++r +-++,
-r er++ f++rf +r, ef- +t +,
hansan nyak sadguru, satya lok jihi bs;
jinke shishu ko jagat men, kl det hai trs;
owgun purati bl budhi, tadapi pit gunwant;
nm haswat pithi ko, suni kabr mahant;
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O Satguru! You are the chief of the Hansas, and you dwell in the Eternal Abode. I
am your child in this world where Kal keeps torturing me. Due to my childish
intellect, I am full of faults, but you, as my father, are full of the noblest
qualities. O Omniscient Kabir, listen to me! People will laugh at your good name
if you do not remove my ignorance.

e -ur- e++-, u ur- -r,
-:tar ++re +v, e er+ ++ ur,
e ur- +r-, +r - + rf,
:fnr v+ |, f: +-r erf,
hans udhran satguru, adham udhran nm;
bandichhor kripl prabhu, satya lok tau dhm;
hans udhran tran, tor nm jag mhi;
mai dukhiy bhow men rahow, birad tumhr lajhi;
O Satguru! You are the redeemer of souls. Your name redeems those who are
unworthy. O merciful Lord! Release me from bondage so that I may dwell in your
Eternal Abode. Your name is the redeemer of souls in the world. I am suffering in
this world of rebirths, and this brings shame to your good name.

+r ef+ + e* e*, f-v +: :r+r,
-r + e* r, f+ +rr +r,
r + -f efu e+ +r, :e +|- er:,
+re re +r f+, :+ +r e+r:.
kahn lagi kahu asharan sharan, nirbhai pad dtr;
mai anth tu sharan ho, begi utro pr;
jo tum nahi sudhi lewa toh, dusar kown sah;
kl jl ko meti ke, dewe pr lag.
O Satguru! You are the refuge of those who have no refuge at all. You are the
bestower of the abode of fearlessness. I am like an orphan without a master, and
you are the refuge. Please grant me Salvation. If you do not take care of me, who
else will? Please remove the trap of death of which I have become a victim, and
grant me salvation.



e-rr ernt - sandhy skh (evening prayer)

er ef- rf+, v- vre :re,
-er rr +-r, e+ r+re,
r+rer+re -r e, +r r+re + nr:,
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-r r- +f r+re +r, r+- r: - r:,
sanjh sumiran rati, bhajan bharose ds;
mans bch karman, jab lag ghat men sws;
sws sws men nm le, brith sws mat khoi;
n jne kehi sws ko, wan hoi na hoi;
As long as there is breath in the body, this servant of God depends with mind,
speech and deeds on the recitation of Gods name, performing arti, and singing
devotional bhajans. Let the name of God be in every breath. Do not waste the
breath. You do not know if your next breath may, or may not, come.

r+rer +r + ef-t, +r +r + r+,
+ ++ +r rr- u-, er r+ r+,
er +rr ++- , rur - e,
p +rs f: ur, f ffu rer =,
sws ko kar sumirani, ajap ko kar jp;
parm tattva ko dhyn dharu, soham pe p;
soham poy pawan men, bndh meru sumer;
brahma gth hridai dharo, yehi vidhi ml pher;
Make the breath into your rosary, and recite the unutterable name of God.
Meditate upon the Supreme Reality, and know that this Reality of Soham Shabda
resides in you as the soul. Soham pervades the breath. The beads of the rosary are
tied in a knot. Use the breath to tie the knot of God in your heart. This is the
proper way of using your rosary.

rer f- r+re +r, =+ +r: :re,
|ret v -f, + + + =re,
e:+- rf f-+rf, :t re,
et+e e: +t +r, er + +ere,
ml hai nij sws k, pherenge koi ds;
chowrs bharme nahi, kate karm ke phns;
satguru mohi niwjiye, dje amar bol;
shtal shabda kabr k, hans kare kalol;
The rosary is your own breath. There is a rare devotee who can use the rosary of
the breath in this way. The soul will cease wandering in the 8.4 million species of
births, and the trap of karmas will disappear. O Satguru! Please protect me. Give
me your eternal teaching. The word of Kabir is quite consoling, and the soul
becomes very blissful.

er + + +re e, + t ++t+,
er+ +r: r, e er v+e t+,
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v+e +r+ , +r: +r: e r,
+ +t u:re er, n+ +rr +r,
hans mat darpe kl se, kar meri partt;
amar lok pahunchi ho, chalu so bhowjal jt;
bhowjal men bahu kg hai, koi koi hans hamr;
kahai kabr dharma dss so, kheva utro pr;
O Dear Soul! Do not fear death. Have confidence in me. You will overcome this
world of birth and death, and I will take you to the Eternal Abode. In this
mundane world, many people behave like crows, and only a few are my swans
(realized souls). Kabir instructs Dharam Dass that he (Kabir) will be the boatman
who will grant him liberation.

f+-ret +t rf+, +r+ :re +t,
+ +t e - f-, +r: - er+ +t,
er v f:- r, +: :t-r r:,
e ++r + r:, - f:+e - r:,
avinsh k rati, gwe dss kabr;
kahe kabr sur nar mune, koi na lge tr;
snjh bhaye din thaye, chakai dnha roi;
chalu chakw tahn jyiye, jahn rain diwas na hoi;
The servant Kabir performs arti and sings glorification to the Eternal Lord. He
says that the gods, men and munis will not obtain liberation unless they realize
God. Evening has arrived and the ruddy goose cries out to her mate: Let us go to
that place where there is no day or night.

- +t fat r+:, r- fet +vr+,
r - fa -r e , f:+e fe -t r+,
| +t fe| -t, e: r e,
+rf er+ +r: |, r : e: +r ,
rain k bichhur chkai, n mili prabht;
jo jan bichhure nm se, diwas mile nahin rt;
hown kabr bichlow nahn, shabd mor samrath;
thi lok pahunchi ho, jo chadhe shabd ko rath;
The birds, separated at night, meet again in the morning. But the person separated
from the name of God, will not realize Him either by day or night. I am Kabir,
and I do not break my promise. My Word has power and is dependable. Whoever
climbs onto the chariot of the Word, I will take to the Eternal Abode.



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+ -+ u:re , f+ ef+ +r n,
f+r +- +t , e+r e vn,
vn r vn , v: r -f,
+|e r t, re r -f,
tar upar dharma dss hai, yati sati ko rekh;
rahit purush kabr hai, chalt hai sab bhekh;
bhekh barbar bhekh hai, bhed barbar nhi;
towl barbar ghunghach, mol barbar nahi;
Dharam Dass is an exalted person with marked control over himself and his
senses. Kabir is the great and unchangeable personality with strict spiritual
discipline and detachment. The form of all others is changeable. In outward form
people may look the same, but are not equal in knowledge, just as the beads of
equal weight are not as valuable as gold.

f-f++r f-v +f, | e+e v rf,
e + +t ert, + + er -f,
v| v- :n +f-, +- et,
rf: +rf: r+ r, :et :e +t,
nirvikr nirbhai tuhi, owr sakal bhai mhi;
sab par teri sheb, tum par sheb nhi;
bhow bhanjan dukh pariharan, amar karan sharr;
di yugdi p ho, adal adal kabr;
You are without evil qualities and are fearless. All others live in fear. Your
mastership is all-pervading, but no one is master over you. You are the destroyer
of rebirths, and the remover of sufferings, and you can make the body immortal.
You manifest in all the ages, and you are the Fountain of Justice.

f-++ | + rf+, ef- ++r f-ur-,
e-+- en :tf, :r +tt :r-,
:r +tt :+t, e+r ete eur,
:+- e* eru +, + +t fr,
binawat how kar jori ke, suniye krip nidhn;
santan men sukh djiye, day garb dn;
day garb bandag, samat shl sudhr;
itne lakshan sdhu ke, kahe kabr bichr;
With folded hands, I beseech you, O Fountain of mercy! Please listen to my
request. Give me the gift of mercy, humility and happiness amongst devotees.
Kabir Saheb, you yourself have taught that the mark of a true devotee consists of
mercy, humility, worshipfullness, evenmindedness, virtue and self-improvement.

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+ f:-- e r+r, r+ +-rt r,
f +e + fe- +r, - -rf fer,
er f:- +e r+r, +- +r+ r,
+-r+ sr+r+, * +e +t ar,
bahut dinan se johat, bt tumhr rm;
jiya tarse tum milan ko, man nhi bisrm;
so din kais hoyeg, guru gahoge bnhh;
apnkar baithwoge, charan kamal k chhnh;
Oh Lord! For many a day, I have been searching for your path. I am longing to
meet you, and my mind is restless. It will indeed be a fortunate day when Sat
Guru takes me by the arm, and allows me to sit in the shade of his lotus feet!


r n e f-+t +=, er r++ rf,
+r ++- + f+, +e vr+ +rf,
ef+ +r er:r, v+e rf,
r+ t r+, r -f ++r rf,
ky mukh le bint karun, lj wat hai mohi;
ham toh owgun bahut kiye, kaise bhwe tohi;
surati karo mere siy, ham hai bhowjal mnhi;
peh baha jyenge, jo nahi pakro bnhi;
With what kind of face can I entreat you, as I feel ashamed. I have done many
wrong things. How can I be likeable to you? Dear Lord! Please take heed of me,
as I am in the ocean of birth and death. I will be swept away if you do not take
hold of me.

+rut - +r, -nfen vr f++r,
+ :r+r :n v-r, t +r -r,
++- r+t, +er +t f-+r,
r ++ +++ , +f f++r +r er,
mai aprdh janam k, nakh sikh bhar vikr;
tum dt dukh bhanjan, meri karo ubr;
owgun mere bp j, bakso garib niwj;
jo mai pt kapt hn, tuhi pit ko lj;
Since birth I have done wrong things, and I am full of defects. You are the giver
of happiness and the destroyer of suffering. Please liberate me, O my Father! You
are the protector of the poor. Please forgive my faults. If I behave like a bad son,
then it brings shame to my father.


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er + f+ fer, ern er+ ef+ r,
e +- + , + e -rf,
+ r f-+t +=, v+er+ r+r,
-:r -+ +f, r+r++- f-+r,
sheb tum mati bisro, lkh log lagi ji;
ham sam tumhare bahut hai, tum sam hamare nnhi;
kar jore binat karu, bhowsgar pr;
band upar mehar kari, wgawan niwr;
O Master! Please do not forsake me, even if you have to care for countless other
people. For you, there are many like me, but for me there is no one else like you. I
pray to you with folded hands. The world of rebirths is limitless, and I earnestly
beseech you to show mercy on me and abolish my rebirths.

-+rt + +, r+ + rur,
r + arr er +r, +|- -+r +r,
+t r er: fe, e :n vrnr r:,
*r -+ fe u=, + r +-r r:,
antarym ek tu, tam ke dhr;
jo tum chhoro sth ko, kown utre pr;
abki jo snyi mile, sab dukh bhkho roi;
charano upar sir dharn, kahn jo kahan hoi;
O Omniscient Lord! You alone are the support of the soul. If you forsake me, then
who will liberate me? Now I have found you as my Spiritual Master. I will weep
and tell you all my sufferings. I will place my head on your feet and tell you what
is in my heart.

er + :re r, + e+ t :|,
e +r+ r +r, e | - s|,
++- +f +-, + +- ++-
r fe= + +r, + -f fe .
sheb tum dayl ho, tum lag mer dowr;
jaise kg jahj ko, sjhe owr na thowr;
mujh men owgun tujhahi gun, tujh gun owgun mujh;
jo mai bisaru tujh ko, tu nahi bisre mujh.
O Master! You are merciful. My approach is up to you alone, just as a crow
stranded over water sees no resting place but the ship. I have bad qualities, but
you have only good ones. If I forsake you, O master! Please do not forsake me.



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r- r+r+ - gyn stotra (spiritual knowledge)

e+ e+ + -r e, e er+ vr, e+ + -r e f+ er+ arr,
e-+- rf+ +, + +rt v, :re f-er- :+ rr,
sat sat ke nm se satya sgar bhar, sat ke nm se tihu lok chhj;
sant jan rati kare, prem tri bhare, dhol nishn mridang bj;
The Eternal Name of God fills the eternal ocean (universe) and covers the three worlds.
Realizing this, the saintly people glorify Him, singing Arti and clapping their hands and, with
love, play their musical instruments.

vf+ ert f+r, -r f- fer, e- + fen pr +rr,
e+ +t e+ er fe, vr e+ -r r + rr,
bhakti snchi kiy, nm nischai liy, sunn ke sikhar brahmand gj;
sat kabr sarvagya sheb mile, bhajo sat nm ky rank rj;
The saints engage in true devotion, and take the name of God with enthusiasm. They
reach the peak of meditation, and hear the thunder of silence. Sat Kabir is the Eternal
Master and is omniscient. Attaining him, sing the glories of the Eternal Name whether
you are rich or poor.

+t :t- :-t :+er, f+r e+e ++er,
:+r eer+ enr, e: r+=+t +nr,
kabr ham dn dun darvesh, ham kiy sakal parvesh;
ham duw salmat lekh, ham shabda swarp pekh;
O Kabir! We are like humble beggars in this world. We have entered all phases of life,
and live in prayer and devotion, and behold the form of the Word.

--: -: =tr, =r+r f=+ =+tr,
+|- +t -re, e +|- +t re,
ham rund mund me phr, ham phk phikar phakr;
ham rahe kown k nl, ham chale kown k chl;
We exist in the whole body as the soul. We are poor and hungry, but carefree. We follow
no one, but enjoy and follow our own way - the way of God.

e+t e , t +r - +r,
+r vt t +r vt t, -r-r :fr +t,
ham sarvagy sahaje rame, hamar wr na pr;
wr bh hamahi pr bh hamah, nn dariy tr;
We know and enjoy all things in the easy way. We (souls) are immortal, and are
not bound by this or that side of this world. We are in this life and in the other
life, and on the banks of all the rivers (soul is omnipresent.)


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e+e f-+ , +f +vt,
nrfe+ ne+ ne+ + rf, r +- + +t,
sakal nirantar ham rame, ham gahire gambhr;
khlik khalak khalak ke mhi, yon guru kahe kabr;
We are all-pervading all the time, and we are in the depth of depths. We are in
space and in the universe. This is the teaching of Guru Kabir.

e -r +t rf+, f-e vr et,
u:re er+ +, +- fr fe +t,
satyanm k rati, nirmal bhiy sharr;
dharam dss loke gaye, guru bahiy mile kabr;
With the glorification of Satnam, the body becomes pure. By doing this, Dharam
Dass was embraced by Kabir Saheb and went to the Eternal Abode.

u:re er+ +, ar e+e eer,
e- +r -+rf, +- u:re +f+r,
dharam dss loke gaye, chhr sakal sansr;
hansan pr utrahi, guru dharam dss pariwr;
Dharam Dass, leaving the whole world behind, went to the Eternal Abode. The
succeeding generations of gurus will uplift other souls.

e+ e++ e|et- , r- rr- er t,
r+- + +- , er +f e+r +t,
sat sukrit lowln hai, gyn dhyn lo thr;
anjwan waha purush hai, so gahi lago tr;
The gurus are absorbed in Truth and noble actions, and are steady in knowledge
and meditation. God is birthless, and by accepting Him you will obtain your goal.

r+- e r+- vr, r+- e v e,
f:fe =t re-r, t +et =e,
anjwan se jwan bhay, jwan se bhaye ml;
chahudisi pht bsan, rahi kali men phl;
We have taken birth from birthless God, and from this birth we must merge with
God. When the bud blossoms, it spreads its fragrance all around. Just as the
flower is in the bud, so is the soul in the body, and spreads its fragrance.

=e + f+ +,,,,, * +e +t u,
+et =r+t r , er re ,

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jab phle tab gir pade, charan kamal k dhr;
kali phwari ho rahe, sheb hl hazr;
When the flowers are blown, they fall into the dust and are trampled. Just so, the
disciple must become as dust at the feet of the Lord. Just as the flowers are raked
up, just so the liberated souls are gathered back into the being of God.

+t fe u:re +r, fen ++r-r :t-,
rf: -+ +t f-+t, t er+ +r f-.
kabr mile dharam dss ko, likh parwn dnh;
di ant k binat, yeh lok ko chnh.
Guru Kabir accepted Dharam Dass as his disciple, and granted him permission to
go to the eternal abode. This permission is also granted to us due to all our prayers
and devotion, and marks our success in spiritual life.




f+r- r+r+ -
vigyn stotra (spiritual science-state of sahaj samdhi)

f+ e|et- f-+ r-t, e: r+=+t e- r+re r-t,
f-r : er f-re r-t, r- -r+ +r+ - :+r,
ati lowln chinhant gyn, shabd swarp sun ks bn;
bin deha sheb nirlamb jn, jne janwe kahwe na dew;
The mark of an enlightened person is that he is very absorbed in God. He hears
the Word from a heavenly voice. He knows that God is bodiless and in no need of
aid, and he preaches this to others, but he does not wish himself to be called a
god.


er ++ + +r+ e+r+ - e+r, e:r rr- urt n: f-rer,
eur fe-u +t+ - r+ f+rer, + ur u|r :ret +er,
ais tattva pje pujwe lagwe na sew, sad dhyn dhr akhande nirs;
sudh sindhu pwai na jwe piys, prem dhm dhowra uds akel;
He worships the formless God and teaches others to worship Him, but he does not
wish to be worshiped himself. He is always in meditation, and is free from
desires. He drinks of the ocean of nectar, and quenches his spiritual thirst. He
hastens to the abode of love, alone and unattached.

e|et- r+t +- r- er, fe+r e+r +r +rt,
et :f :nr -+r f+rt, e:r + ++ f+++ er,
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lowln yog guru gyn mel, milant chalant rahant apr;
ais drishti dekho ananto vichr, sad chet chetant chitwant sr;
He remains absorbed in his guru and knowledge. He meets, moves and stays with
all, but remains unattached. O immortal souls! Look thoughtfully with this type of
vision. The enlightened is always brave. He is consciously aware of his spiritual
vision, and imparts it to others.

er nre ne+ -+ +r, r-r - rr-r - r-r -f -: +rr,
+ - vr-r r+ - +ta r - +r:, r +r er p r ++ er:,
ais khyl khelant bjhant pr, gyno na dhyno na mno nahi chandra tr;
uge na bhne ge na pchhe madhye na koi, jyonk jal brahm jyon tattva soi;
The enlightened person is perfect in this knowledge, and enjoys the game of
thought. He now has no further need for knowledge, meditation or breath control.
He sees sameness everywhere, no rising, no shining, no front, no back, and no
middle. That Supreme Reality remains undisturbed just as the surface of calm
water.


rr - er - +r - arr, t+r - et+r - +rer - +r-r,
:f - f - :+t - :+r, r+r - r+r - r- - e+r,
dro na mlo na briksho na chhy, jvo na shvo na klo na kans;
drishti na mushti na dev na dev, jpo na thpo na jn na sew;
All differences disappear for the enlightened person, such as branches, trees,
shade, life, time, black, and one-eyedness. He remains above sight, strength,
godess, god, prayers, idols, knowledge and service. He remains unattached and
free.

-f +|- +r-t - -: - er, nf:+ p er: feu +r,
-rf + -rf ur - vr:, f-rur rur +r - r:,
nahi pown pn na chande na sra, akhandit brahm soi sidh pr;
ham nhi tum nhi bandho na bhi, nirdhr dhr ranko na ri;
He remains above the influence of omens, superstitions and astrology (moon, sun
and water are used as omens). He is an adept, and is absorbed in the supreme,
unchangeable, absolute God. He is not concerned with mine or yours, or with
relationships. He is not concerned with such things as being without aid or with
aid, or being poor or rich.

+r+ - rr+ - et - er, -rt - +-r - (et - er; - net - ner,
-t ++ +fs - +r+r - rr, t+r - fe+r - -rr -rr,
gwe na dhywe na hel na hel, nr na purusho na (chel na chel) khel na khel;
nahi pet prishthi na pwo na mth, jwo na shvo na ntho anth;
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He remains unaffected by singing, meditation, salutations, and greetings, and
above the influence of male and female, female or male devotees, and above all
games. He remains indifferent to such things as belly, back, feet, forehead, life,
death, and being with or without a master

er er +*er - +re, +r+t - +re - +e - +re,
re - +re - :re - :+r, r+ -r r+ e+r+ - e+r,
shesho mahesho ganesho na gwlam, gop na gwle na kanse na klam;
se na pse na dse na dev, we na jwe lagwe na sew;
He remains unconcerned with the mythological serpent (shesh ng), the gods,
cowherds and cowgirls and king Kansas death. He is not concerned with far or
near, servant or master, coming or going, or with service.

-f +r +r - f- r, r +r r ++ +f +vtr,
+ - + - :: - ur+r, -+ - r++ - ee - er+r,
nahi wr pre na niyare hazr, jyon ka tyon tatwa gahire gambhr;
yantre na mantre na darde na dhok, narke na swarge na sanshe na shok;
He is not concerned whether he is on this side or that side of liberation, but only
with being near to God. He realizes that, as the supreme soul, he is unfathomable
and cannot be disturbed. He remains unconcerned with charms and magic,
suffering and deceit, hell and heaven, and doubt and disappoinment.

e+ - +t+ - e - ere, +r - er+ - + - re,
v:r - +:r - n:r - +r:, e:r ef+ er + - :r:,
sete na pte na sabje na llam, gore na sware na briddhe na blam;
bheda na ved na khed na koi, sad surati soham ekai na doi;
He is not concerned with colors such as white, yellow, green or red, or with colors
of people such as white or brown, or with old age and youth. He remains above
such things as discrimination, knowledge or repentance, and he is always
conscious of Soham Shabda as non-duality.

r- -r+ -r+ - er, +r - +r f- r,
-r: - f-: - f-: - t+r, f--+ p ef+ - et+r,
jne janwe janwe na shr, wre na pre niyare hazr;
nde na binde na jinde na jv, nirantar brahm jahn shakti na shv;
He knows God and makes Him known to others, and remains brave. He is not
concerned with life on this or that side of liberation, but only with being near to
God. He is not concerned with divine melody or the point of meditation, and not
with life or with being alive. He is always united with God, and is not concerned
with the various deities.


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-f r+ r+t - vr+t - v+r, e+ f:r-: - -: - +r,
ne ner+ ner+ | ne, + +r+ +r+ | +,
:n :nr+ :nr+ | :n, + -+ -+ er +,
nahi yoga yog na bhog na bhukt, sat chidnand sheb na bande na mukt;
khele khelwai khelwai ow khele, chete chetwai chetwai ow chete;
dekhe dekhwai dekhwai ow dekhe, eke aneke so eke;
He is not concerned with yoga, or its practice, or with worldly enjoyments. He
realizes Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, and is beyond the duality of bondage and
liberation. He plays and makes others play the game of God realization. He
knows God realization and makes it known to others. Although appearances are
many, he knows the unity of all with God.

f:+- f+ f+ere :re er -+ -rf,
rf: -+ r +rer:, + +- -rf,
+-t +f er +er, er e: er- rf: p e +r +er,
chidgun chit vils dss so antar nhi, di ant men madhya gosi;
agahh gahan men nhin, gahani gahiye so kaisa;
soham shabda samn di brahm jaise k tais;
There is no difference between the servant Kabir, and God, who delights in, and is
the embodiment of knowledge. God is ever-present from the beginning. He is
present now, and will be present to the end. But if you seek Him in the fathomless
depths, you will not find Him there. How can one get hold of God? He is the
Soham Shabda, the all-pervading Brahman that is changeless.

+ +t ne e evr+, + :re re er e+r,
+r r- er + +r, +r +r +r en r +r:,
+r+r r+r ++- - r:,
kahe kabr ham khele sahaj subhw, akaha adol abol soham samat;
tme n base ek ramt, w ramt ko lakhe jo ko, tko awgawan na ho;
Kabir says: "I play an easy and natural game of being present in all beings. I am
perfectly balanced in all aspects. I am Soham Shabda which is unutterable and
steadfast, and beyond description. God has come and resided in me. Whoever
realizes Him will be freed from the cycle of births and deaths."

r er er er:, r +te+ er rer, er er re ferer,
+te+ ++ +r: ++++, rr + +t,
u:re +r e: e-r, e:+- e +t,
oham soham soham so, oham klak soham bl;
soham soham bole risl;
klak kamat kamod kankawat ye chro yug kabr;
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dharm dss ko shabd sunye, satya guru satya kabr;
"He is I. I am He. We are the same. Soham is my support. The soul within repeats
Soham Soham melodiously. In all the four ages, I have been a spiritual
teacher. I, Sat Guru Sat Kabir, imparted the Shabda to Dharam Dass."

rr -r: vr ++t+, e:+- r v+e t+,
rr r er +r r, rr +r e :+rr,
rf +r +rf=e +r :, f-: +r +- eer- +r +t,
er+ at+ -| n , er er +t.
bj nd bhay partt, satguru ye bhowjal jt;
bj bje sheb k rj, mr kut sab dagbj;
hzir ko hazr gfil ko dr, hind k guru musalmn k pr;
st dwp nowkhand men soham satya kabr;
Because Kabir heard the Anahad Nad (Divine Melody), he confidently conquered
birth and death and came into this world. He loudly proclaimed that this is the
Kingdom of God, and all the deceivers will be destroyed. God is always in service
for the one who is ready for devotion, but far from the one who is lazy. Kabir is
the guru for the Hindu and Pir for the Muslim. He is the Soham Shabda in all
parts of the world.



:r er+ r+f+ - day sgar stuti
(ocean of mercy prayer)

+- :r er+ r- r+, e: =+t e:+,
+re * er :|, en :r+ en er+,
guru day sgar gyn gar, shabd rp satguram;
tsu charan saroj bandow, sukh dyak sukh sgaram;
Kabir is the ocean of mercy, the dwelling place of knowledge, and the Shabda. I
worship his lotus feet. He is the giver of happiness, as he is the ocean of
happiness.

r+t+ t+ , vre+ e+ e++,
:r +re :re er, r- :r+r efr+,
yogjt ajt amar, bhsate sat sukritam;
day pl dayl sheb, gyn dt susthitam;
He is perfect in yoga, and beyond passions. He is eternal, and he speaks of Truth
and nobility. He is a kind master, the sustainer of mercy, the giver of knowledge,
and endowed with steadfastness of mind.

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r ete e-+r ef+r, r-: =+t f:,
e vr+ f+++ efr, f-rr f- ee,
ksham shl santosh samit, anand rp hridayam;
sahaj bhw vivek susthir, nirmya niha sanshayam;
His nature is one of forgiveness, kindness, contentment, even mindedness and
bliss. In a natural way, (free from religious complications), he is steadfast in
spiritual discrimination, and is free from Maya and doubts.

f-rf f-+ f-v, + +f+r f+++,
-++r | -+:e :r+r, f+ +r- e++,
nirmohi nirvair nirbhai, akath kathit avigatam;
upkr owr updesh dt, mukti kran satguram;
He is free of attachments, enmity and fear. He can speak of the most difficult
subjects, about which others cannot speak, and his nature is indescribable. He is
the Satguru, the giver of well being, spiritual instruction and salvation.

:re vr+ +t +tf+ f-+t, vf+ +* +r+-,
|ret -u- + n:-, :tar +r+-,
dss bhw k prti binat, bhakti karan karwanam;
chowrs bandhan karm khandan, bandichhor kahwanam;
With humility, love and prayer, he does devotion, and encourages others to do so.
He breaks the bondage of the births of 8.4 million species of life, and the bondage
of karma. He is glorified as the liberator from bondage.

f++* f+r e ++r, e er+ f-+rfe+,
e+ +- r e er, +r r+ f+rf+,
trigun rahit satya vakt, satya lok niwsitam;
sat purush jahn satya sheb, tahn p virjitam;
He is above the three qualities. He speaks truth, and resides in the Eternal Abode.
He has graced the place where God is the eternal self-existent Master.

+- +- e+ +- rr, t+- +r* ++ u,
:t- et- f- r +, ++ re+ f=,
yugan yugan sat purush gy, jwan kran pagu dharam;
dn ln achnh hoi ke jagat men dolat phiram;
By the command of God, and for the benefit of souls, he has appeared on this
earth from age to age. He assumed poverty but was absorbed in God, and lived in
the world without seeking recognition.


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+-*r +t ++e, en:r+ e+er+,
v+ r- :-, :fn+ t+ er+,
karunmai kabr kewal, sukhdyak sarvalyakam;
jam bhayankar mn mardan, dukhit jv sahyakam;
Kabir is kind. His power gives happiness. He is befitting to all occasions. Yama
fears him because he is the destroyer of Yamas prestige, and the helper of
suffering souls.

u:re + r f-+, :r +r - e +,
+= e+r +- vf+ f+e, f-ef:- rrur ef-.
dharm dss kar jor binawe, day karo man baskaram;
kar sew guru bhakti avichal, nisdin rdho sumiranam.
Dharam Dass prays to Kabir with folded hands: "Have compassion on me and
help me to control the mind. Let me do service to all. Let me be steady in
devotion to you always."


fu+ fr - adhik mahim (great glory)

e++- +t fu+ fr, r- +-: -r:,
vf+ - + r+ efr, f - v+e r:,
satguru k adhik mahim, gyn kund nahiye;
bhramit man tab hot susthir, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
It is the great glory of the Satguru that he always bathes in the pond of
knowledge. With his grace, the restless mind of the devotee becomes steady, and
he does not return to the world of rebirths.

eru e+ +t fu+ fr, -t +-: -r:,
+r +ru f++r +ff, f - v+e r:,
sdhu sant k adhik mahim, rahani kund nahiye;
km krodh vikr pari hari, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
It is the great glory of the sadhus and saints to bathe in the pond of disciplined
life. They give up lust, anger and evils, and gain immortality.

:re+- +t fu+ fr, e+r +-: -r:,
+ vf+ +f+++ :: +f, f - v+e r:,
dsatan k adhik mahim, sew kund nahiye;
prem bhaki pativrat dridh kari, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
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It is the great glory of the servant of God because he bathes in the pond of service.
By practicing strong and loving devotion to God, he will not return to the world of
rebirths

r+t - +t fu+ fr, f+ +-: -r:,
-: e - ++- fr +f, f - v+e r:,
yog jan k adhik mahim, yukti kund nahiye;
chandra suraj man gagan sthir kari, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
It is the great glory of the yogi that he bathes in the pond of union with God. By
steadying his breath and mind in God, he will not return to this world of rebirths.

r+r ++r +t fu+ fr, f+r +-: -r:,
er e: f- et, f - v+e r:,
shrot vakt k adhik mahim, vichr kund nahiye;
sr shabd niber lje, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
It is the great glory of listeners and speakers that they bathe in the pond of
thought. They consider the essence of the divine Word of God, and do not return
to this world of rebirths.

+- eru e+ er r, vf+ f+ ::r:,
ef+ +f e+ er+ +, f - v+e r:,
guru sdhu sant samj madhye, bhakti mukti dridhiye;
surati kari sat lok pahunche, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
In the noble company of the guru, sadhus, saints and society, strengthen your
devotion and thirst for liberation. Practice meditation and reach the eternal abode,
and you will not return to this world of rebirths.

u:re ++re +t-r, + +-: -r:,
e+e +fe f+ur f-e, f - v+e r:,
dharm dss praksh knho, akaha kund nahiye;
sakal kali vish dhoi nirmal, bahuri na bhowjal iye;
Dharam Dass made it clear that you should bathe in the pond of unutterable God.
Wash away all the evils of this Iron Age and become pure, and you will not return
to this world of rebirths.

er +t ++re e++-, vet ef+ ::r:,
er ++ er :e, er: + +r:,
sheb kabr praksh satguru, bhali sumati dridhiye;
sr men tatsr darse, soi akah kahiye;
Kabir Saheb has made it clear that you should strengthen your good and noble
thinking in the Satguru. In all essences, his indescribable essence is seen.

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u:re + nre :nr, ++ f-++ ,
+ +t f-++ :e, r+r ++- f-+rf.
dharm dss pat khol dekho, tattva men nihatattva hai;
kahe kabr nihatattva darse, wgawan niwriye.
O Dharam Dass! Remove the veil of ignorance, and see that in the manifest forms
is the unmanifest God. Kabir says that when God shows Himself to you, your
cycles of birth and death will vanish, and you will gain immortality.



f+r+-t - chitwan (reminder or instruction)

+t - r ++rfr, ur :r,
er +ret r r, e+ - =re r,
t e+r -r +, +-t u - ut,
e++- + e +rt, + +t +t,
kabr yaman ji pukriy, dharamri darbr;
hans maws hoi rah, lage na phns hamr
hamari shank n kare, tumhar dhare na dhr;
sat guru ke bal gjah, kahai kabr kabr;
Kabir states that the messengers of death went and declared to Dharmarai that the
souls have taken refuge under Kabir, and their traps have become useless against
the souls. Those souls are not afraid of us, nor of you. By the strength of Satguru
they have become brave, and keep on repeating Kabir Kabir.

+t ++r r- :, t :et - r,
n+fr + -r+ +, : - r,
rr r f+ +r, +r -+ er,
e++- ne +t , rf - - r+ |,
kabr kahanto jn de, mer das na ji;
khewati ke nw par, chadhe ghanere y;
bj bj rahit k, par nagar men shor;
sat guru khasam kabr hai, mohi najar na we owr;
Kabir is a speaker of wisdom. Let my faith in him not decline! He is the boatman
on whose boat many climbed aboard. The discipline he taught was all
encompassing, and it created quite an excitement in the city that Satguru Kabir is
the Divine Master. I do not see anyone else like him.


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e+ +r e: e- vr:, =+tt :e r:ert,
erur :+t :t:r, e + er +r,
er e: e + +t+, v n +r t+,
+- n + vr:, r -r re-r:,
sat k shabd sun bh, fakri adal badshh;
sdho bandag ddar, sahaje utare syar pr;
soham shabd se kar prt, abhai akhand ghar ko jt;
tan men khabar kar bhi, jme nm roshni;
O Brother! Listen to the eternal Word. Sainthood is in fact like a spiritual
emperorship that totally just. Undertake the practice of bandagi in his presence,
and you will easily cross the ocean of birth and death. Be in love with Soham
Shabda, and win the fearless and eternal abode. O Brother! Take care of this
body, in which the name of God shines.

ef+ -+ r+t n, : e : ,
ef+ -+ + ee, r r+ +r e,
surati nagar bast khb, behad ulat chadh mahbb;
surati nagar men kar sel, jme tm ke mel;
Make your residence in consciousness and meditation. Turn around from the
clutches of this world and proceed to God. Walk in the region of consciousness in
which there is union of the soul and God.

t e efu fer+r, +r+ rnr rr +r+,
:f-r r u-r, re- r +-r,
ar:e ++- vf +t, efeuf -ef f,: et,
+- - +r-r +t, -ef f- -r e +t,
amr ml sandhi milw, japar rkho by pnw;
dahin madhya men dharn, san amar yo karn;
dwdas pawan bhari pje, shashidhari ulati chadhi lje;
tan man vrn kje, ulati nij nm ras pje;
Sit with the left foot at the perineum (crotch), and the right foot above the left
ankle, and perfect this posture (siddahasan). Take a deep breath of twelve counts,
then exhale. Next, inhale while mentally surrendering the body and mind to God.
Repeat this while mentally realizing the essence of the name of God within.

+- - ef+ rnr +re, :e f+fu +r : re,
:r-r -- +r + r-, v|r ef +e +r-,
+++ a+ :fr r-, +e f++t r-r-,
e +re +: f-+r-, +r t r+rr-,
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tan man sahit rkho sws, is vidhi karo behad bs;
dono nain ko kar bn, bhowr ulati kas kamn;
parbat chheke dariy jn, karle trikut asnn;
sahaje pras pad nirvn, tero mte wjn;
Control the breath totally in both the body and mind. In this way, become totally
absorbed in Infinite God. Make your eyes the arrow, and your eyebrows the
stringed bow and, in meditation, shoot the arrow at the Trikuti mountain (third
eye between the eyebrows). Always bathe in the bliss of Trikuti, and your birth
and death will be abolished, and you will easily obtain liberation.

r + +r rr, e+ :r: :te +r,
+r f e ++ r, ervr +rt + +r,
er+ -|en +rr =e, +-t +rt fr e,
+r+r :n-r + ve, +r r r+ ee,
jme gaib k bzr, sarwar doi dse pr;
t bich khare kudrat jhr, shobh koti agam apr;
lge nowlakh tr phl, karn kot jariy ml;
tko dekhn mat bhl, ramt rm p rasl;
This world is like the marketplace of Invisible God. There are two ponds (birth
and death) on one side, and liberation on the other, and God is standing between
them. Gods beauty is beyond description and is unfathomable, as if decorated by
countless stars as flowers. With Gods grace, the effects of countless actions are
burned to the roots. Therefore, do not forget to look up to Him. God dwells in the
hearts of all.

rr +t +rt, :nr : +t ert,
e -tf- r+t, -:r e +t rf+,
e+ fefer -rt, +r f -+ rt,
r-r + +t rt, ne +: + f++rt,
my marm k knch, dekho andar k snch;
barse nr bin mot, chand sr k jyot;
jhalke jhilmil nr, t bich alp hai kyr;
mno prem k jhr, khul gay agam kiwr;
Maya is devoid of truth, therefore forget her and look at the Truth within.
Realizing this Truth, you will silently feel pearl-drops of nectar inside. You will
intuitively see the light of the moon and the sun, and the shining light of eternal
knowledge. There will be no more aimless wandering of the mind. You will feel a
shower of love all around, and the door to God opens for you.

, r v +r nrr, :t++ -r +r rr,
r+t +f+ e t+, rer + +r +t+,
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|er +t+ +r :t, +- - +r- + et,
+t + +t =ret, -r ++- +r ret,
ber bharm k khoy, dpak nm k joy;
yog yugt se jwai, pyl prem k pwai;
mowl pw ko dje, tan man kurbn kar lje;
par hai prem k phns, manu gagan k bs;
You will get rid of shiploads of your doubts, and you will see the light of the
Eternal Name. The Yogi lives in union with God and drinks cupsful of divine
love. God is your beloved, therefore surrender your body and mind to Him. Love
will trap you and pull you to dwell in that highest state of union with God.


r f-r ++t +, e -+ +f e,
v|r e+u +r rer, f+r +e rer,
f+r e rr, e +e+ r+rr,
e: r u- err, r:e ++- arr,
bje bin tant tr, sahaje uge paschim sr;
bhowr sugndh k pys, kiy hai kamal men bs;
ramit hans hai rj, sahaje palak wj;
sundar shym dhan ly, bdal gagan men chhy;
You will then hear music without instruments, and the sun easily rises in the West
(beyond space, time and direction). The bumblebee mind, wanting the fragrance
of God, dwells in the Lotus (Sahasrara Chakra). Here the soul is king, and is so
serene that it hears the blinking of an eye. It attains the beautiful wealth of God,
and feels soothed, just as under the clouds on a hot day.

+ : f err, :n :r: -- eerr,
:t:r +r +rr, :fr e -rr,
:fr -e -+ -t, +r f e |es at,
er r- s +t, e + +r t,
amrit bund jhari ly, dekh doi nain lalchy;
ajab ddr ko py, dariy sahaj men nahy;
dariy ulat umge nr, t bich chale chowsath chhr;
hans n baithe tr, sahaje chge mukt hr;
The soul finds drops of nectar flowing. It longs to see God and, on being in His
presence, it bathes in the river of tranquility. The flow of the river turns around
and flows in sixty-four milky currents (milk represents spiritual wisdom). The
soul then sits on the riverbank of realization, and easily plucks the pearls and
diamonds of liberation.


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fer + +r rr, -t -- er -rr,
t+- ++ - r+ +re, r f++t e +e+ - re,
+e+r t+ e er+r, urnr f:er +r vr+r,
f+r+-t f fere, e+ f+ r+re,
er e: +r r+, r +t r+t r+,
mil hai prem k pyr, nahi hai nain so nyr;
jwan mritak na bype kl, jo trikut se palak na tl;
palk jw se lg, dhokh dilo se bhg;
chitwan chit bils, jab lag rahe pinjar sws;
soham shabd ajap jp, jahn kabr pah p;
The soul then rejoices in meeting its Beloved, who never becomes separated from
its gaze. The soul is freed from the bondage of time and death when, even for a
moment, it does not turn away from meditation on the Trikuti. Its eyes are fixed
on Beloved God, and it can no longer be deceived. As long as there is life in the
body, this instruction brings pleasure. The soul then recites Soham silently, and
realizes that Kabir is his own very Self.

ernt - skh (testimony)

f+r+-t f+ er+t , +f+ en - +r,
+ + + e , -: r-t r,
-r -- f r, r- fer +r,
r+r e++- ffer, +r+r re r,
chitwani chit lg rahe, yaha gati lakhai na koi;
agam panth ke mahal men, anahad bn hoi;
nm nain men rami rah, jne birl koi;
jko satguru mili, tko mlum hoi;
Always remember this instruction. No one may know that you have realized God,
but in the beautiful state of liberation, you will hear the unstruck divine music
(Anahad Nad). Gods name will shine in you, and rarely will anyone recognize it.
Only one who has been initiated by Satguru will be able to understand it.

r r+r + +r, :r: +++ + efu,
eru f+ar- e: +r, :f +e + :,
e+ rf+ fefer, f- r+t f- +e,
f:e e f+r, er :v+ ne,


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r++ =+t f+ , e+ f+ +f +vt,
-r f-e -t, er e +t.
jhand rop gaib k, doi parbat ke sandhi;
sdhu pichhne shabd ko, drishti kamal kar band;
jhalke jyoti jhilmil, bin bt bin tel;
chahudis sraj ugiy, ais adbhut khel;
jgrit rp rahit hai, sat mati gahir gambhr;
ajar nm binse nahn, soham satya kabr;
Plant the flag of God between two mountains - individual soul and universal soul.
You will realize the Divine Word and, with eyes closed, see the twinkling light as
the soul. The light is produced without oil or wick. The soul sees sunrise all
around (Enlightenment). This is indeed a marvelous experience. The soul remains
fully conscious, endowed with noble and deep intelligence. It realizes the Eternal
Name and will not perish, because it is Soham Sat Kabir.


r- +:, t - gyn gudad (quilt of knowledge)

u:re f-+ + rt, er ef- f-+t rt,
+rr +:t +r e:er, re t+ +r f :er.
dharm dss binawe kar jor, sheb suniye binat mor;
ky gudad kaho sandesh, jse jv k mite andesh;
Dharam Dass is beseeching you, O master! Listen to my prayers! Explain to me
the secret of this quilt-like body, so that all the doubts of my life are removed.

en +- f+r frr, en |ret ur+r rr,
+r ++ +t +:t t-t, +t- +-- e sr,:t +t-t,
alakh purush jab kiy bichr, lakh chowrs dhg dr;
pnch tattva k gudad bn, tn gunan se thdhi knh;
When the Invisible Lord decided to create the world, He cast forth 8.4 million
threads (species of life). Using the five gross elements, he wove the quilt-like
body, and placed the three inherent qualities (gunas) in it.

+r t+ p | rr, e er ne -rr,
t+- +r +ter er+, +r +ru r : +r+,
tme jv brahm owr my, samrath aiso khel bany;
jivan pnch pachso lge, km krodh mohh mad pge;
In the body he placed the soul, Brahm and Maya. The Almighty made quite a play
of creation. He made all life with the five pranas and twenty-five elements
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(prakritis), and this life has become the victim of lust, anger, attachment and
egotism.

+rr +:t +r fr+rr, :nr e-+r + fe+rr,
r: e :r: ++- er+, +- ++r+ e er++ r+,
ky gudad k bistr, dekho santo agam singr;
chnd suraj doi pevan lge, guru pratp se sowat jge;
He manifested the body everywhere. O devotees! See how profoundly and
beautifully adorned it is. The moon and sun (negative and positive, or right and
left nostrils) are its supports, and by the grace of God, the breath of life changed
the unconscious body into conscious life.

e: +t e: ef+ +r rr, r- +t rv- fe- rr,
+:t +t + fert, :r+ - er+ :n frt,
shabd k su surat k dor, gyn k tobhan sirjan jor;
ab gudad k kar husiyr, dg na lge dekh bichr;
In creating this body God used the Word as the needle, meditation as the thread,
and knowledge as the stitch, and joined the parts together. Now take care of this
body wisely, and ensure that it does not become defiled.

ef+ +r er- fe- ur:, +f+ e +r rr nr:,
f- +:t +r f+r frr, er - v fe- rr,
sumati ko sbun sirjan dho, kumati mail ko dro kho;
jin gudad k kiy bichr, so jan bhete sirjan hr;
Wash this creation (body and mind) with the soap of good understanding, and
throw away the dirt of evil thinking. Whoever takes proper care of this quilt-like
body will meet God the Creator.

ut u-t rr- uf re-, e+ +t +r+t- e fere-,
f+ + e + +f et-r, + =r+t et: t-r,
dhraj dhuni dhyn dhar san, sat k kopin sahaj singhsan;
yukti kamandal kar gahi lnh, prem phwar murshid chnh;
The devotee should practice patience and perseverance in sitting in a proper
posture and meditating. He should make virtue as his loincloth, simplicity as his
throne, hold reason as his water vessel, and love as his cleaning rake. These are
the marks of a true devotee.

eet ete f+++ +t rer, :r +t r+t +- uerer,
++r f+ ernt, +r arer -t +r rnt,
sel shl vivek k ml, day k top tan dharmshl;
mehar matang mati baishkh, mrig chhl manah ko rkh;
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He should make good conduct as his garland, spiritual discrimination as his
rosary, kindness as his hat, the body as his hostel, compassion as his support,
intellect as his crutch, and mind as his deer skin.

f- ur+t ++- --, +r + er r- v-,
f-+ e++- :rr, eru e+f+ + e +a +rr,
nischai dhot pawan janeu, ajap jape so jne bheu;
rahe nirantar satguru dy, sdhu sangati kar sab kuchh py;
He should make determination as his loincloth, breath as his sacred thread, and
mentally recite Gods Name, and discover the secret of God. Always depend on
the kindness of Satguru, and keep the company of holy people, and be spiritually
fulfilled.

e|+t e+t :r rt, r nr- +f rt,
f+ ner e++ ef-t, + f+rer +t+ |-t,

low k lakut hriday jhor, ksham kharu pahir bahor;
mukti mekhl sukrit sumaran, prem pyl pwai moun;
He should make attachment to God as his walking cane, kind heart as his
handbag, forgiveness as his sandals, salvation as his scarf, noble conduct as his
rosary, love as his drinking vessel, and silently drink the nectar of Gods love.

-:rfe +t +e f-+rt, +r + t +r ee+rt,
f+ t rfu et-r, + +r fn+t t-r,
udsi kubari kalaha niwr, mamt kutti ko lalkr;
yukti janjr bndhi jab lnh, agam agochar khirk chnh;
With the stick of detachment, he should drive away conflicts, and also the doglike
egoism. When he binds himself with the chain of disciplined practice, he will find
the window open to the Unfathomable God.

f+r+ r+ f+r- f-ur-r, + f+e+ :t-r f-+r-r,
+- + ++ -e +er, p f- +++ + er,
virg tyg vigyn nidhn, tatt tilak dnh nirvn;
gurugam chakmak man sam tl, brahm agni pragat kar ml;
The devotee should be rich in non-attachment, renunciation and spiritual
knowledge, and make the philosophy of Truth as his sandal mark on the forehead.
By these, he will obtain salvation. The gurus knowledge is the flintstone that
ignites the mind, just as it ignites the cotton wick, and confers enlightenment.

ee er+ e+e v rr, +r +ter ++ + rr,
f:e +r :+- :fur nr:, er +r+t ++r r:,
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sanshai shok sakal bhram jr, pnch pachso pargat kar mr;
dilk darpan dubidh kho, so vairg pakk ho;
The uncertainties, sorrows and all doubts are then burned, and he rises above the
material elements. He gets rid of the doubts that cloud the mirror of his heart, and
thus becomes a perfect devotee.

e- e =t ::, + e +t fvr e:,
:n en er + +r vr, f++*t + r -r-,
sunya mahal men pher de, amrit ras k bhiksh le;
dukh sukh mel jag k bhu, triven ke ght nahu;
He then dwells in the stillness of meditation, and receives the nectar of God. The
world consists of the duality of suffering and happiness. The devotee overcomes
them in the sacred river of meditation.

+- - eru vr r-r, + en +r+ +: f-+r-r,
+e :e + e, r+t r+ r+ ,
tan man sodh bhay jab gyn, tab lakh pwe pad nirvn;
ashta kamal dal chakkar sjhe, yog p p men bjhe;
When the devotee disciplines his body and mind perfectly, and obtains spiritual
knowledge, he attains salvation. The Yogi, becoming perfect, is aware of the eight
chakras, and realizes his Self in himself (inner realization of Self).

:+er f++er + r:, e-t -rt sr:,
r er ++ frr, +-re f+r e-rr,
ingal pingal ke ghar j sushmani nr rahe thahar;
oham soham tattwa bichr, bank nl men kiy samhr;
His consciousness soars to the house of Ida and Pingala (yogic nerve currents),
and remains steadfast in Sushumna, and realizes the Reality Oham Soham (I am
the Eternal Reality), and controls his consciousness in this channel of God
realization.

- +r rt ++- f,: r:, r-er+ +st -r:,
-: -r: -r +t +r, p +r+ :+ -t :r,
man ko mr gagam chadhi j, mnsorovar paith nah;
anahad nd nm k pj, brahm vairg deo nahn dj;
Suduing the mind, the soul soars to spiritual heights, and bathes in the serene lake
of meditation. In that state of consciousness, the soul worships the Divine Sound,
and realizes that there it is no other God than the supreme unattached Absolute
Being.



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af + +e + enr, t --- er +r :nr,
+r fvr- f:rr, +r |+r + frr,
chhuti gaye kashmal karmaj lekh, yehi nainan sheb ko dekh;
ahankr abhimn bidr, ghat k chowk kar unjiyr;
With this realization, the devotee gets rid of his sins and accumulated karmas, and
with his very eyes sees God in all visible forms. He expels egotism and pride, and
brightens his being with spiritual enlightenment.

f+ + :- -er =er, f++ e+ + e er,
r + +t+ + u+r, -|+ - er +r =+r,
chit kar chandan mans phl, hit kar samput karle ml;
shraddh chanwar prt kar dhp, nowtam nm sheb k rp;
The devotee should make his consciousness as the sandal paste, his mind as the
flowers, his love as the folded hands, and offer them to God. He should make
faith as his whisk fan, love as his incense, and the best Name for the form of
God.

+:t +f r+ enr, f- +++ err vnr,
er +t +et :t-r, e - f- e +:t et-r,
gudad pahire p alekh, jin yaha pragat chalyo bhekh;
sheb kabr bakas jab dnh, sur nar muni sab gudad lnh;
The Invisible Power that wears this quilt, has manifested as the physical body.
When Kabir distributed the gift of the body, all the gods, men and munis obtained
it.

r- +:t +,: +vr+r, - - + +r++ r+r,
r- +:t +,: rr-r, er efn ++ +: f-+r-r,
gyn gudad padhe prabht, janam janam ke ptak jt;
gyn gudad padhe madhyn, so lakhi pwai pad nirvn;
If the devotee recites this gyan gudadi every morning, his sins from birth after
birth will vanish. If he recites it every mid-day, he will obtain salvation.

er ef- r - +t, r - v|er+ +t,
+ +t e-r u:rer, r- +:t +r ++rer
sanjh sumiran jo nar karah, jar maran bhowsgar tarah;
kahai kabr suno dharmds, gyn gudad karo praksh.
If he recites it every evening, he will overcome old age, death and the ocean of
rebirths. Kabir says: "Listen Dharam Dass! Teach this quilt of knowledge to all."


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ernt - skh (testimony)

rer r+t ef-t, e++- f:r t,
+e +e +- +r :+t, * -+r- ete,
ml top sumaran, satguru diy bakshsh;
pal pal guru ko bandag, charan nawu shs;
Dharam Dass says: "Satguru, you have given me the garland, the cap and the
rosary as spiritual gifts. I offer salutations to you, and bow down to your holy feet.

v| v- :n +f-, - +- et,
rf: +rf: r+ r, rr + +t,
bhow bhanjan dukh pari haran, amar karan sharr;
di yugdi p ho, chro yug kabr;
You are the destroyer of the cycle of rebirths, and the remover of all sufferings,
and you make the body immortal. You are from the beginning age after age. In all
the four yugas you have manifested yourself.

:tar +r:r, en e r,
a u- e v +r, u- u- + eer.
band chhor kahiy, balakh shahar manjhr;
chhte bandhan sab bhesh ko, dhan khan kahe sansr.
You are hailed as the releaser of prisoners in the city of Balkh. The bondage of all
true devotees was removed, and the world joyfully congratulated you.



r+t : - rat # 1

r+t +t f-+r, er r+t r,
r+t :t- :re, er r+t r
rat garib niwj, sheb rat ho,
rat dn dayl sheb rat ho--
I offer rat in devotion to Kabir Saheb who is kind to the poor, and
compassionate to the humble.

r- ur f+++ +t r+t, ef+ rf+ r r
r+t += e++- er +t, r e e-+ er
gyn adhr vivek k bt, surati jyot jahn ji--
rat karn satguru sheb k, jahn sab sant samj--
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Knowledge is the lamp and discriminative wisdom is the wick, and meditation is
the light. I, along with all the gathered saints, offer this arati to Satguru Saheb.

:e +e - + r--: vr, af + + re
er +t e-+- +t ++r e, vr + ++re
daras paras man bahut nand bhayo, chhuti gaye yam ke jl--
sheb kabr santan k krip se, bhayo hai param parksh--
Seeing and performing the arati, I have become blissful, and the trap of Yama is
broken. By the grace of Kabir Saheb and the saints, there is eternal light now.


r+t - rat # 2

t +-:+
+rn =+ ++re, : + +re,
r-e eru re, -re+ v+ re
jai jai shr gurudev--
prakh rp kriplam, mud mai trai klam,
mnas sdhu marlam, nshak bhow jlam--
Glory! Glory! to Sri Gurudeo
He is the embodyment of compassion and the giver of eternal happiness. His
power removes all sufferings, and breaks the cycle of rebirths.

n-: :-: + e-:, e-+- f++rt,
er-+r+r et, ++r urt
kund indu var sundar, santan hitkr,
shntkr sharram, shwetmbar dhr--
He is like the beautiful moon, and is the benefactor of the saintly people. He is
adorned in white, and his posture is quite peaceful.

++ + +rf++, r++ + erv,
ev f+e+ + v+f, efn f- - r
shwet mukut chakrnkit, mastak par shobhe,
shubhra tilak yut bhrikuti, lakhi muni man mohe--
His crown is white and inlaid with the chakra, and looks beautiful on his head.
His auspicious tilak (sandal mark) between his eyebrows captivates the mind of
the saints.

tr f* +rf:+, vf+ -:e,
+re- fere-, fr+ +e +e
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hr mani muktdik, bhkshit urdesham,
padmsan singhsan, sthit mangal vesham--
The diamond and precious gems decorate his chest. He sits in the lotus posture on
the throne, and his form is auspicious.

+-* -* +rf, - - +e +rt,
+ rr- +rt, -n f+ f+ vrt
tarun arun kanjanghri, jan man vash kr,
tam gyn prahr, nakh dyuti ati bhr--
His youthful and healthy appearance, and thighs in lotus posture, arrests the
attention of the common people. His nails are shiny and attractive. He destroys
the darkness of ignorance.

e +t +t r+t, r +r: +r+,
vf+ +:r +r+, f+ +:r +r+,
v+ -f r+, t += :+
satya kabr k rat, jo koi gve,
bhakti padrath pwe, mukti padrath pawe,
bhow men nahn we, jai jai shr gurudev--
Whoever prays, performing the arti of Satya Kabir, is blessed with the wealth of
devotion and obtains liberation. He will not return to the world of birth and death.
Glory! Glory! To Sri Gurudeo!



r+t rati # 3

e +t
e-r e+e+ e++ ++rt,
f+++ ee e+ urt, f+v+- +f+ r+rt
jai jai satya kabr--
satyanm satsukrit, satrat hat km,
vigat klesh sat dhm, tribhuvan pati swm--
Glory! Glory! To Satya Kabir. He is endowed with the eternal name and noble
deeds, and he dwells in Truth. He removes all passions and sufferings, and takes
one to the eternal abode. He is Master of the three worlds.

f+ f+ +t, -re+ v+ vt,
urr - et, fee+ e +t
jaiti jaiti kabram, nshak bhow bhram,
dhryo manuj sharram, shishuvar sar tram--
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Glory! Glory! to Kabir, the destroyer of rebirths. He took human form and
manifested as a baby near the bank of the pond.

+e ++ + erfv+, ervr f+ +e,
-tere + rf+, +rf* e
kamal patra par shobhit, shobh jit kaise,
nlchal par rjit, muktmani jaise--
He looked beautiful on the lotus leaf, and was quite endearing. He appeared as if
he were a gem on a mountain.

+ -r -+, +f:+ enret,
f+ fv-+ f+-ret, +ret + +ret
param manohar rpam, pramudit sukh rsh,
ati abhinav avinsh, ksh pur vs--
His form is eternal and attractive, and is the embodiment of cosmic joy and
happiness. He was unique and eternal, and dwelt in the city of Kashi.

e -r* +r*, ++ +- urt,
+rn =+ frt, f+e f++rt
hans ubran kran, pragate tan dhr,
prakh rp bihr, avichal avikr--
He took on the human form to liberate the people. His form gives joy. He is
steadfast and completely free of defects.

er +t +t r+t, +f*+ rt,
u:re fert, :+e +rt
sheb kabr k rat, aganit aghahr,
dharm dss balihr, mud mangal kr--
Performing the arti to Saheb Kabir removes countless sufferings. Dharam Dass
surrenders to him completely, and enjoys his auspiciousness.

er +t +t r+t, r +r: +r+,
vf+ +:r +r+, f+ +:r +r+
v+ -t +, e +t
sheb kabr k rat, jo koi gwe,
bhakti padrath pwe, mukti padrath pwe,
bhow men nahn we, jai jai satya kabr--
Whoever recites the arti of Saheb Kabir will get the wealth of devotion and
liberation. He will not return to the world of birth and death. Glory! Glory! to
Satya Kabir.

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+- :fn+ guru dukhit (entreaty to Satguru)

+- :fn+ + f- ar, +++ :e- :tf,
+- r+rf r e-r f-+t rt, fe r- f-e - +tf,
guru dukhit tum bin ratahu dwre, pragat darshan djiye;
guru swm suno binat mor, bali jwu bilamb na kjiye;
O Master! I am suffering without you, and Im calling repeatedly at your door.
Please come and grace me with your presence. Oh Lord and Master! Listen to my
prayers! I surrender myself to you. Please do not delay any longer.

+- -- vf vf + r, f-fn - - arf,,
+- r :t f:ar, er +t : ar,r:,
guru nain bhari bhari rahat hero, nimikh neha na chhriye;
guru bnhh dje bandichhor, so ab k band chhordiye;
O Master! My eyes are full of tears while waiting for you. Please do not give up
your love for me even for a moment. O Master! You are the remover of bondage.
Please give me your arm and release me from this present bondage of birth and
death.

f+f+u f+fu +- v- r+e, f- :n - r,
+++ +- -s+ +rer, +fs- :n +e er,
vibidh vidhi tan bhayeu bykul, bin dekhe ab na raho;
tapat tan men uthat jwl, kathin dukh kaise saho;
My body has become restless in many ways, and I cannot live without seeing you.
My body is burning as if in flames. How can I bear such severe suffering?

+- ++- +ru r +r, - ++t+ ferf,
f-+t u:re - +r, e +- rf-.
gun owgun aprdh chham karo, ab na patit bisriye;
yaha binat dharm dss jan ko, sat purush ab mniye.
Please forgive my faults and bad qualities. I am fallen. Please do not forsake me
now. This is the prayer of your servant Dharam Dass. Dear master! Please listen
to me now!





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f-+t ef-er ++rfur- (entreaty to Satguru)

f-+t ef-er ++rfur-, e re+ -r:r-,
+:r f+r +-t evt +r, -f+r r f:r evt +r,
+ f- :r r - +r:, + +-r * +t re,
r rf + f+- ++ , +r + r ++ ,
fu | f+r -t +re, +r -rer +-r :re,
r + +t er +vt, +r ef-er t ++r,
et :r r +r +-*r, f-ef:- r +-r +re.
binat sunilo krip nidhn, ham sab blak hai ndn - Chorus
paid kiy hai tumh sabh ko, rupiy my diy sabh ko;
tum bin duj owr na ko, ek tumhre charan k s;
hth jori ke vinai karat hn, pairo par jo mai parat hn;
buddhi ow vidy hai nahi ps, ham ko banlo apn ds;
bnh gahe k lj prabhuj, ab toh sunilo mer pukr;
ais day jo karo karunmai, nisdin rahown tumhre ps.

O Compassionate Lord! Please listen to our request. We are all like ignorant children.
You have created all of us, and have provided us with wealth and prosperity.
There is no one else like you, so we seek shelter at your holy feet.
I, amongst others, make this request with folded hands, and I bow down to your feet.
I am devoid of wisdom and knowledge. Please accept me as your humble servant.
O Lord! Please hold my arm and protect my honour. Please now heed my call to you.
O Compassionate One! Have such compassion on me that night and day I dwell in your
presence.


vr +t (bho kabr - entreaty to Kabir)

vr +t :r + er+, f+ :r+r ++ +r,
r r f+- ++r, +- +r r v+ +r,
+fs- + re :fn, r - f+ re+r,
r+ + e- n,r , r =+ +f re+r,
bho kabr day ke sgar, mukti dt jagat ko;
hth jor mai vinai karat, pran km ho bhakt ko;
yaha kathin jag janjl dekhi, hamr ur ati dolat;
p ke sharne khad hun, rm rp kahi bolat.

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O Kabir! You are the ocean of mercy and the giver of salvation to the world. I pray to
you with folded hands. Please fulfill the desire of your devotee. I see severe sufferings in
the world, and my heart has become restless. I am standing in your presence and
beseeching you.






+ter + - ts tantra (thirty gems of Kabir)

1. + +r+ f+ +r, f+ +r+ +t+, +t+ +r+ t+ +r, +t t+ +t +t+
prem jagwai viraha ko, viraha jagwai pv; pv jagwai jv ko, vahi jv vahi pv.
Love bestirs the heart of the separated lover for God, and God responds by enlightening
him. He then realizes that the soul and God are one.

2. +r +-+t +tf, e +r ff rf, e et e +-, ernr ++ rf
pj guru k kjiye, sab pj jihi mnhi; jab jal snche ml taru, skh ptra aghhi
Worship your spiritual master as it embodies all other worships. Its like when you water
the roots of the tree, the branches and leaves are quenched.

3. +nr arr e: +r, r +- + fr, f-r e: +a -r fe, :nr -- -r
parkho dwr shabda k, jo guru kahai bichr; bin shabda kachhu n milai, dekho nain
ughr
Examine the purpose of the Word that is thoughtfully imparted by your master. Realize
that nothing can be gained without the Word.

4. -r fer+ =+ +r, r - nrt r, + =+ : e, ur -r +r
nm milwai rp ko, jo jan khoj hoi; jab waha rp hridai base, kshuddh rahe n koi
Whoever seeks, finds that God is known through His Name. When that form of God
(Name) is in the heart, no other hunger remains.

5. +f f-+ ee+ +r, rur e+e fr, er |e -r fe, :ev - +-
+r
kariye nit satsang ko, bdh sakal miti; ais owsar n mile, durlabh nar tan pi
Always take part in satsangs and remove all worldly obstacles. You may not have this
opportunity again, as human birth is difficult to obtain.

6. r :re , + en +r+ -+, :n tf+ +er: +t, f-nr e
+-+
hoi rahe jab ds yaha, tab sukh pwai ant; dekh rti prahald k, nirkho sab men kant
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Be a humble servant of God and you'll gain happiness. Note the devotion of Prahalad
and, like him, see God in everyone's heart.

7. tsr e e rfe, en -+ r, et+- + , +f - +sr
mith sab se boliye, sukh upje chahu ohr; basikaran yaha mantra hai, tajiye bachan
kathor
Speak sweetly with everyone and happiness will spring up all around. It is the charm that
wins the hearts of others. Give up harsh words.

8. r-r e +a er , r r+r +r, - * :r= -r, f g :n
f+r
mno sab kuchh snch hai, jo jko vyowhr; janam maran do ban, thir hvai dekhu
vichr
Accept as truth what people do in their particular circumstances, just as you accept birth
and death as truth. Think this over carefully.

9. +r f-+f r:, +r t er, :n -+ f-+r :, +r r
jhagr nitahi bariye, jhagr buri bali; dukh upje chint dahe, jhagr men ghar ji
9. Always avoid quarrel as it produces evil consequences. It creates suffering, consumes
you with worries, and destroys your home.

10. + er- vr- -f, r +r: + +r nr, -t + nr:r, :+rer
feer
gam samn bhojan nahin, jo koi gam ko khi; ambrsh gam khiy, durvs bilali
No food is equal to grief if you know how to swallow it. The sage Ambarish swallowed
his grief, and Durvasa was humbled.

11. +re +t et+e vr, f= +a t - re, v+f- r er+er, +v +: +f
ff :re
tmas p stal bhay, phir kuchh rah na pys; bhrigumuni mre lt so, prabhu pad gahi
jimi ds
Drink (subdue) anger and be at peace, and no mental turmoil will remain. Bhrigumuni
kicked Lord Vishnu who, as a servant, massaged his foot with love.

12. +- +- u , e : g e +re, f- u r r+- +r, e vr
f-re
apne apne dharm men, sab dridh hvai sab kl; nij dharm jo pan gaho, sahaje bhayo
nihl
Always be strong and steadfast in your dharma. If you sincerely follow your dharma,
your life will be easily and pleasantly rewarding.

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13. r+ er +tf, e +a + r, e +v+r r -f, f- f+r
f+r
tyg ju ais kjiye, sab kuchh ekai br; sab prabhu k mer nahin, nischai kiy bichr
Renounce things in such a way that all are renounced at once. Realize that everything is
God's and "not mine". This is perfect thinking.

14. arr fvr-+r, ent vr + t+, vr+ +r: +a +, f f-
+t+
chhod jab abhimn ko, sukhi bhay tab jv; bhwai koi kachhu kahai, mere hiya nij pv
When you abandon pride your life becomes happy. No matter what others say of you,
you realize that God dwells in your heart.

15. en +r+ +- rr- +, t vr - r, f-nr r+r e- , ++e
--:f+er
sukh pwai guru dhyn te, thr bhay man mor; nirkho p saban men, kewal nand
kishor
Meditation on God rewards you with bliss and a tranquil mind. See yourself in all beings,
and in all beings see only God.

16. :nr e r , +f e v+, e -n+ e -r, t-t e+ +
dekho sab men rm hai, ekahi ras bharpr; jaise ukh te sab ban, chn sakkar gr
See God in all beings. As one essence He is present in all forms. Its like sugarcane that
produces refined sugar, raw sugar and molasses.

17. v fr + rf-, e+ - +r, eter r+t, f-nr r+r
nr
bharm mit tab jniye, achraj lagai na koi; yaha ll rm k, nirkho p khoi
Know that doubts are removed when nothing surprises you. Its all the Lord's play.
Realize it by merging in Him.

18. efn +- =++r, t vr e +, +- e-- +a -r t, r +r r
e+
lakhiye apne rp ko, thr bhay sab ang; kahan sunan kachhu n rahi, jyon k tyon hai
sang
Realize your own true form and every part of you will be steadfast. No preaching or
listening remains, as God and the soul are together.

19. ef- +-+t +r+r, ++- et -rf, e at+r ++ , -t rf+ er rf

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suniye gun k vrt, owgun lje nnhi; hans chhr ko gahat hai, nr tygi so jnhi
Listen to the good qualities of others, shunning their evils. Do as the fabled swan that
drinks the nutritious milk, and avoids the non-nutritious water.

20. eru :f-: +e+r, ff+ -s -+ru, - rr +r++, +rr eru
sdhe indriya prabal ko, jihite uthe updh; man rj bahakwate, pncho bade asdh
Control the all-powerful senses, the cause of all problems. The five senses are unruly, and
cunningly fool the controlling mind.

21. rr rer erf+-t, f- fer eer, +r+t |fu +r , +-+
fr
mro s smpini, jin dasiy sansr; tk owshadhi tosh hai, yaha guru mantra bichr
Kill the snake of desire that has bitten the whole world. Contentment is the curing
antidote. Carefully think on this great mantra.

22. vn+r +a :tf, r ef+ r r, +r =+ et+e -, en| r+r
er
bhnkhe ko kachhu djiye, yath shakti jo hoi; t par shtal bachan, lakhow tm soi
Give some food to the hungry according to your ability. Then speak to him sweetly
recognizing his soul as your own.

23. +- r ++r , e+ =+ vrn, t+:r f+ rfn, +: +r* ern
punya bad upkr hai, sabke par bhkh; jv day chit rkhiye, ved purn hai skh
The welfare of others is your greatest duty, the highest of all virtues. Have mercy for all
beings, even as taught in the vedas and puranas.


24. fer t + +r+ , f+f er- -f +r, enr r+ ur , + e
-|+ r
hins h bad pp hai, tihi samn nahi koi, lekh mnge dharamri jab, tab sab nowbat
hoi
Violence is the greatest evil, unmatched by others. When Dharamrai checks the record,
the violent will receive the severest punishment.

25. ner: e+t vet, =e t r, erf+t e+mu , ++ e + er
khushboi jaski bhali, phail rahi chahu ohr; maliyagir sugandh hai, pragat sabai jag shor
The fragrance of fame is the best as it spreads all around. The Malyagiri mountain's fame
is widespread for its sandalwood fragrance.

26. +e :+-u , -t+r e+ - +r, e e+ f-+ fs e+ -r +r
apyash men durgandh hai, nko lagai na koi; jaise mal ke nikat men, baithi sakai n koi
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Disgrace has a very bad smell, and no one likes it. Its like the smell of feces where
nobody likes to sit.

27. ut f + rf-, e e+t t+, --+ ++- r+, + - er+ t+
dhr buddhi tab jniye, samujhai sab k rt; unke owgun p men, kabahn na lwai mt
Know him to be patient and wise who understands, and is not disturbed by people's ways.
Their evil ways do not affect him.

28. - sr + rf-, -e e er, | fur v+- , :t++ rf
:nr
man thahar tab jniye, ansujh sabai sujhi; jyon andhiyr bhavan men, dpak bri
dekhi
Know the mind is steadfast when it knows previously unknown things. Its like a lamp in
the dark room. It makes everything visible.

29. r+ r-t r er, r-r er r, r-: - +r +, en ra+ :n r
howai honi hoi so, honhr so hoi; rmchandra ban ko gaye, sukh chhat dukh hoi
What is destined to happen will happen, and cannot be stopped. Prince Ramchandra was
banished to the forest, and endured suffering instead of happiness.

30. r ++ f+r+, rn f er, er +r-t en+r e, ::n - :e +r
jo yaha tattva bichr ke, rkhe hiya men soi; so prn sukh ko lahai, dukh na darsai koi
30. He who carefully considers Reality, and keeps it in his heart, will enjoy eternal bliss,
and gain freedom from all sorrows.




rru-r
PRAYER TO THE SUPREME

e +-i r++t t er e e , +- fr+
e+ t+- r+t r r++ f+f+ r +a ++ ++ , -rer-, e
| f- , + r+t e | f+-ret r
he satya purush! pk h satt se sarv jad chaitanya stith hai; sabko jivan pah ho; pke
atirikt jo kuchh gupt pargat hai, nshmn, asatya owr anitya hai; ek pah satya owr
avinsh ho.
O Satya Purush! It is through your power that all unconscious and conscious beings
manifest. You are the life of all. Except you, all that are seen or unseen are perishable,
untrue and impermanent. Only you are true and imperishable.

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e e++i r++ f+f+ f+-t +tf+ e f*+ | rf+ e
+tf+ r++ f+f+ +re- , | +re r+ -re r- +rer , :e +r*
r++tt +tf+ e | f-
he satya sukrit! pke atirikt jitn kirt hai sab kshanik owr myik hai; sab kirt apke atirikt
klne rache hain owr kl swayam nsh hone wl hai, is kran pkih krti satya owr
anitya hai.
O Satya Sukrit! Other than you, whatever fame there is, is momentary and illusory.
Besides you, all fame is the Maya of Kal, and Kal is perishable. For this reason, only
your glory is true and eternal.

rf: :eti r++r t f- e | en:r+ , r++r t f- e+e ++
++rfe+ r+r et+ er e r--:+t +rf+ r+t
he di adl! pk h niyam satya owr sukhdyak hai; pk h niyam sarv purv prakshit
hot hai; uske sahre satya nandk prapti hot hai.
O Most just Lord! Your law is true and gives happiness, and it existed before everything.
By it we gain true bliss.

i r+ +r r -t r+ r+ -, * | e+ u+t re f+er,
+r, +|: | +;r+rre + e:r + er- t -+re
he ajar! p ko jar nahn hain artht p janm maran owr uske madhyak bl, kishor,
yuv, proudh owr vriddh avasthse pare sad ek samn h rahanevle hain.
O Eternal Master! You are not subject to birth, death, childhood, youth, adulthood and
old age. You remain changeless.

i r+ +re+ ree a r+ +- er+r ++ r r+ +re vt
r+e v ++r
he amar! p klke jlse chhudkar apne hansoko amar karte ho; swayam kl bh pse
bhai kart hai.
O Eternal Master! You release your devotees from the trap of death and make them
immortal. Death is even afraid of you.

f-+i r+ e; r--: r+=+ r, f-+r+r r+e +r: e-u -t, +rf+
e :t-r+t er+r +t f-+r r+ e:rt ++ r
he achint! p shuddh nand svarp ho; chintk pse koe sambandh nahn, tathp ham
jaise dnok sahait k chint p sadh karte ho.
O Unimaginable Lord! Your nature is pure bliss. You have no worries, and you care for
all humble devotees like us.

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+-i r+ f+ e++ + er- fr+ r, +rf+ e- e-+, e- v+, e-
e | e- +rfnr+ : r++r f+e ++re ++ r+r
he purush! p yadyapi sarvatra ek samn sthit ho tathpi saccche sant, sachche bhakt,
sachche hans owr sachche prkhiyon ke hridai men pk vishesh praksh pragat hot
hai.
O Lord! Even though you exist at the same time everywhere, still you manifest in the
heart of the true saint, the true devotee, the true soul and true knowledgeable people.

f--:i e e++ r+=+e r+ e:rr+r -+:e :+ f--: r+=+e
ere errer+ --+r r+ +r+ r -+ ++r+ -- +- + vt
t+ +re+ ree -t f-+e e++r, + r+ +-* r+=+e +rn+r r+
+er- +r +er+t ++f+ +r+ r, | +erarr -+:+* e; r
r+r , + r+ err+ e +t+ r+=+e + +rn +er+ +reree
a r :+ r
he munndra! satya sukrit svarpse p sadchr k updesh dekar munndra svarp se
satysatya srasrke manank mrg batte ho. anek prakr ke manan karne par bh jab
yahh jv klke jl se nahn nikal sakt, tab p karunmai svarp se prakh k mrg
batlne ko taksr k pravriti karte ho owr jab taksr dwr antkaran shudh ho jt hai
tab p sksht satya kabr ke svarp se pratyaksh prakh batlkar kljl se chhud dete
ho.
O Munindra! With true nobililty as Munindra, you have instructed us about truth from
untruth, real from unreal, and the path of contemplation. Even after various types of
contemplation, if the soul does not escape the trap of death then, O Merciful Lord, you
reveal the path of knowledge, and make us perform righteous actions to make the mind
pure. You then manifest as Kabir and impart true spiritual knowledge and release us from
the trap death.

-:tari r+ r ++ r ++r ++r+ +er+ r f+ +-rt e*
f-r rr fs+r-r +t vt -t , fe e r++r e* +r+ r+r -et
e +ree f+-+r r+r et e+ en:r: e*+r vt +r+ uur*i
e u f+ r++r e* -t +++, - ++e ne r+ -r+ :-ve
+-+r r++r :re ++ +er+ , +-+ :re+-+ f- ++ -t r-+
he bandichhor! p brambr kahate ho pukr pukrkar batlte ho ki tumhar sharan
bin hamr thikn kahn bh nahn hain; jis samai p k sharan prpt hot hai us
samai kl se tink tt jt hai, ais sarv sukhd sharan ko bh pkar he adhamudhran!
ham aise adham hain ki p k sharan nahn pakadte, baran kewal mukh se bten bankar
dambh se apne ko p k ds kahte kahalte hain, parantu dspan ke niyam tak nahn
jnte.
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O Redeemer! You have again and again said that without your refuge we do not have a
resting place. As soon as we obtain your shelter, our connection with death is broken.
Even when we obtain your blissful shelter, O Saviour of the sinful, we are such sinners
that we do not take your refuge, but egotistically talk of being your devotee, and do not
even know the principle of being a devotee.

:t-r-ri r+t e+ er+ r, :t- | -r f-+r -r ++
+++ + evt r+ r++ e*+t fverr n+ , :e +r* +vi r+t
e-r r, r++r ar +r r-
he dnnth! pah sab ke sahyak ho, ham dn owr anth hain, jin ko nth kar ke
pakadte hain ve sabhi swayam p ke sharan k abhilsh rakhte hain; is kran he
prabh! pah satyanth ho, p ko chhod kahn jun.
O Master of the humble! You are the help for all. We are humble orphans. Those, who
we think are masters, also depend on you. Thus, O Lord, you are the true master. Leaving
you, where else can I go?

r- +- +-i r++t fr++e e +- vrer- r r , et
+t r+t+ r +re vt r++ e +r e+ pr r++t t
rr +re- ++ r+ +re+ +v r + rr r++ f+f+ :er
r err
he gynmai chaitanya purush! pkehi astitva se jad chaitanya bhsmn ho rah hai;
sabah kunj pah ke hth men hai. kl bh p ke dar se dart hai. sarv brahmnd p k
h gy plan karte hain. jab p kl ke prabhu ho tab hamr p ke atirikt dusr ky
sahr hai.
O Supreme Lord! It is because of your existence that all non-living and living beings are
illuminated. You hold the key to all of existence. Even death is afraid of you. The whole
universe obeys your command. When you are the master over death, then without you
who else can be of help to us?

f-vi ++ r++r e +rn : +re -t ++r +++ +re +
+++r+r r- -t e++r +++ e r-+ ee e+ -t r+, +++
r++t rrr+r f+ru ++ , +vt ++ +r e+ ++r +r v +r+ r+r
+-+ r+ :r +r+ +vt e+ ve a, r+ f-v + :r+
he nirbhai! jabtak p k satya prakh mere hridai men vs nahn kart, tabtak ham kl
ke kartton ko jn nahn sakt. tabtak use jn ke ham use alag nahn hote, tabtak p k
gyon k virodh karte hain, tabh tak ham ko sarv prakr k bhai prpt hot hai;
parantu p day karoge tabh sarv bhaise chhudkar nirbhai kar doge.
O Fearless Lord! Until we have true realization of you, we will not know the tricks of
Kal. Until we do not separate ourselves from Kal, we oppose your command and suffer

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all kinds of fear. But if you shower your grace, then you will remove all fear and make us
fearless.

r--: fe-ui ++ rt r-ef+ r++ +rn+r ++re -t r+r
+++ r++ e r+=+ +r f+e ++r r-e+ r+ :r +r+ +-
errer f+rf*t r- ef++r +*r+ +- e* er+, +vt r++t
rr-er +re+ re+r +n+ r+ +t e*e f-re -t r+
he nandsindhu! jabtak hamr gynshakti men pke prakh k praksh nahn hot
tabtak ham pke satya svarp ko kis prakr jn saken? jab p day karoge apne srsr
vichrin gyn shakti ko prernkar mujhe apne sharan men loge, tabh pk gynusr
kl ke jl ko parakh kar p k sharanse nirsh nahn honge.
O Ocean of Bliss! Until we have gained knowledge to see your light, till then how can we
perceive your true nature? When you shower your grace on us, it awakens our spiritual
discriminative power, and takes us into your refuge. It is through your instruction that we
will know the trap of Kal. We will then be certain of your refuge.

efeui et ++r +r fee f+ e+ ee a + r++r t +r+ r
r-.
he satyasindhu! ais krip karo jisse ki sarv asatya se chht kar pko h prpt ho jn.
O Ocean of Reality! Shower such grace on us that we will be free from all untruth and realize you.

+ti +- ++r+r arr et :r +r f+ r++ e + - r r
he premmay! pne krip katksh dwr ais day karo ki pke satya prem men magn ho
jn.
0 Ocean of Love! Through your merciful glance, shower such mercy on us that we will
be absorbed in your true love.

+ti et :r +r fee r++t +=+t rrr + e-+t ef+
r
he amritmay! ais day karo jisse pk amrit rp gyon par chalne k hamen shakti ho.
O Ocean of Nectar! Shower your grace so that we will have the power to follow your
nectar-like instructions.

erf+f-++i r++t ++re f+f+ e e|vrr+r+r +e +r+ r e++: r
r++ e- :re+r +r+ r+r +e vt ++ +r r++ +er+ ,
f: +r e erf+ +:r- - +r+ +r r++tt f: err- r+t
he shntiniket! pk krip se atirikt ham us soubhgyat ko kaise prpt ho sakenge? jo p
ke sacche ds ko prpt hot hai. ham kaise bh hain parantu ab toh pke kahalte hain,
yadi ham ko satya shnti pradn na karoge toh pkh birad lajjimn hogi.
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O Ocean of Peace! Without your grace how can we be fortunate to obtain the grace which
your true devotees get? No matter how we are, we are still yours. If you do not give us
true peace, then your own dignity will be tarnished.

+-ti e- vr+ri +r et ef+ :r fee +r++ f+a+r r++
r++t e+r e+ r+
he punyamay! he sachche bhrt! ham ko ais sumati do jisse paraspar ke vidvesh ko
tygkar pk sev men lag jven.
O Ocean of Virtues! O True Protector! Give us such good understanding so that he we
give up mutual hatreds and be absorbed in your devotion.

e-r+i r+- e er+t e+f+ +:r- +r fee r++ f+f+
:e+t +re-r :e s r+
he hansnyak! pne aise hanson k sangati mujhe pradn karo jisse pke atirikt dsre k
vsan hridaise uth jve.
O Master of Souls! Give us the gift of the company of such of your souls that other
desires of our heart, other than your devotion, will disappear.

ei ee r+ e+:r e+t r e r+r.
he satya! asatya se bachkar sarvad satya k ohr le jvo.
O Ocean of Truth! Save us from the unreal and lead us to the Ultimate Reality.

f++re+ ree f-+re+ f++re | ;r+r +r+ +r :r +e r+
+t :e +r:r +f+++re f-+re+ +f+++r+r f:nr:r
r+-arrt+-re f-+re+ rre a r+ +-rt :-ar | rr +
ut- ++ e:rrt -r:r
avishvs ke jl se niklkar visvs owr shradd ko prpt kar do. aprem se bachkar
premmayi desh men pahunchdo. apavitrat se niklkar pavitrat ko dikh do.
svechhchrpan se niklkar atychr se chhudkar tumhri ichch owr gy ke adhn
karke sadchri bando.
Take us from the trap of unfaithfulness and grant us true faith and belief. Save us from
hatred and take us to the abode of love. Remove us from impurity and grant us purity.
Remove us from the trap of selfishness and harmfulness and take us into your shelter
according to your will and command, and make us righteous devotees.

+-r*ti +-r*+ r+e r+ +-r*+t r f:nr :r
he kalynmay! akalyn ke mrg se hatkar kalyn k rhh dikh do.
O Auspicious Lord! Remove us from the abode of unhappiness and take us to the abode
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e+- -u+r :ee sr+ ++re :e re :r
he satyaguru! andhkrmai deshse uthkar prakshmai deshmen dl do.
O True Master! Take us away from darkness to the abode of Enlightenment.

erri r++ e u e+ | r++ rrf++ rr et ;r :r
fee +-f++ v+-e f-+re+ er--f++t e,++ : r-
he satycharya! pke satya dharm satya panth owr pke sthpit chrya men ais
shraddh do jisse avnati ke bhavanse niklkar satyonnati k sadak par chadh jun.
O Eternal Master! Give us faith in your true dharma, true path, and established righteous
duties, so that we may walk on the path of righteousness.

er+r+r er er | et +sr :r fee r++t rr+r +* +- r++
rrf++ eu+r =er- r++ er+t fr ++ + +-t +r |
:fnr+t rr+r +reree r- e r+ erf+: erf+: erf+:
ham logon ko ais utshh owr ais utkanth do jisse pk gyon ko purn karne p ke
sthpit satya dharm ko phailne pke satyarjk mahim pragat kar apn tath owr
dukhiyon k tm ko kljl se bachnemen samarth hoven. shnti, shnti, shnti
Make us enthusiastic and strong in will so that we may follow all your instructions fully.
By upholding the glory of your true dharma, and revealing it to others, we would save
ourselves and other souls that are suffering in the trap of Kal.

er-f+, er-f+, er-f+ -Peace, Peace, Peace.

e +tr f+
satya kabro jaiti
Glory to Satya Kabir



















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t +t rfeer
shri kabr chlis forty verses on Satguru Kabir

+er-
Mangalcharan in the Glory of Satguru Kabir

e:+- +: :- +-, :| +- u:re
-+ rr +r :, e :r fr+re
+- + * :- f+, +e e f+fu +r
+- reter +* , rnr e:+- er
sadguru pad bandan karu, bandow guru dharam dss
ugra achry ko bandau, satya day bisws
guru ke charan bandan kiye, mangal sab vidhi kj
guru chlis varnahu, rkho sadguru lj
I bow down at the feet of Satguru Kabir, and to Guru Dharam Dass. I bow
down to the teacher Ugra who was the embodiment of truth, mercy and
faith. By bowing down to the gurus feet all of ones activities become
beneficial. I am going to explain the Chalisa of Guru Kabir. May God
protect my honour.

e:+- r -:
sadguru bhyo namah
Salutations to Satguru

t +t u:rer -:
shri kabr dharamdss namah
Salutations to Guru Kabir and Guru Dharam Dass

t+t reter
ath shr kabr chlis
Now begins the Chlis

:rr doh
+ ef+ r +,:+r, f-e f:- + e+r
e +t +t ++r e, e f+ r r


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prem sahit jo padheg, nis din prem lagi
satya kabr k krip se, sahaj mukti ho ji
Whoever recites the Chalisa night and day with love and attention, will easily
obtain liberation by the grace of Satguru Kabir.

e+ +t +r -r, + r f+nr+
r-+ e+e r-, v+ +- +t +r
sat kabr k nm, jag men jo vikhyt hai
jnat sakal jahn, bhakt guru kabr ko
The name of Satguru Kabir is renowned in the world. All the devoted people of
the world know of the great teacher Kabir.

1. -r rf: pr e: r+=+, -r t+ r+: f++=+
+ e* +r-t r en feu , +t +t +t +
om namo di brahmi shabde swarpam, namo jv yvadmayam vishvarpam
gahu sharan prn jo sukh sindhu chahu re, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Om! Salutations to the Eternal Brahm who is in the form of the Word. All the
visible forms of life in this world are his form. Whoever wishes the ocean of
happiness should go to his refuge and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir.

2. +r =+ ++r f-+r : nr, +r =+ f+r+r -f r- +nr
r =+ +rf erf , +t +t +t +
ka rp karti nirvi dekho, va rp vistr nahin n pekho
ra rp ramthi sabmhi rahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir indicates that he is the creator and sustainer. Ba of Kabir
indicates his expansion in the universe. This expansion cannot be seen anywhere
except in God. Ra of Kabir indicates that his form pervades in all beings.
Understand it and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir.

3. + +* =+ r+=+ =+, + f+* urt e :+ v+
-: +rf :+rf +, +t +t +t +
ka krishna rpam svarpam arpam, va vishnu dhr sabe dev bhpam
ra rudra ramthi damthi gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents the form of Krishna in him and in all visible and
invisible forms. Ba of Kabir represents the form of Vishnu who is the king of all
the gods. Ra of Kabir represents the form of Rudra who pervades all beings, and
destroys old diseased systems (the destroyer). Understand it and recite it Kabir
Kabir Kabir.


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4. + +e +er r -t r- +r:, e er +er -r :r:
r +r er -r , +t +t +t +

ka kul kul jo nahn n koi, ba bel bel akel n doi
ra rr meto sameto n bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents the of oneness, and no one else talked like this. Ba of
Kabir represents that he was alone with out a second, and he was above the
influence of time. Ra of Kabir represents the abolishment of quarrel and non-
collecting of too much of anything. Understand it and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir.

5. + +rt ++- ++rf r+, t fe+r ++r+
rrf - +rf +, +t +t +t +
ka kh kaivalya karthi pe, ba bj bistr hare traitpe
ra romhi nar thi gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents that he was himself the creator of Salvation. Ba of Kabir is
the seat that expanded in the universe, and he is the remover of the three
agonies (Daivic- caused by natural elements; Bhautic- caused by other living
beings; Adhyatimic- caused from within the body). Ra of Kabir is the guide who
pervades all beings. Understand it and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

6. + +re :- er : +r, t es r- ++ -r ++r
r f-+r +- r +, +t +t +t +
ka kl mardan so hardam japore, ba bj seth rn tap n tapore
ra rhh nirvhh guru bhh gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents his power to crush time (give salvation). Therefore always
recite it. Ba of Kabir represents the seat of austerity. O rich people! O king!
Practice austerity. Ra of Kabir represents his gift of sustenance. Hold on to the
arm of guru and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

7. + +rf + r + fe-+r, re re er + +-+r
r t er :t - :, +t +t +t +
ka khi darpe jo arpe shiruko, ba bol bole so gahure guruko
ra rhh yahi so deh n dahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents fearlessness of those who have surrendered to him. Ba of
Kabir represents that guru speaks and instructs. Accept his instruction. Ra of
Kabir represents that this path is the way for Salvation. Dont give it up.
Understand it and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir


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8. + +r- +t er fr +,: , +r+ =+ e=+ +,:
e+ +rf e rf , +t +t +t +

ka kou teri so mahim padhe hain, ba vkai rupe sarpe gadhe hai
ra sarv ramthi sab mhin rahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Ka of Kabir represents one of realization (realized soul) who recites your glory.
Ba of Kabir represents those who realize him and are standing in his grace. Ra of
Kabir represents that he pervades all and dwells in all. Understand it and recite
Kabir Kabir Kabir.

9. ff +r: :-ar e+er+ +t-r, -+r +r + re et-r
vrf+ en ur + re , +t +t +t +
jihi pi ichchi satlok knh, upji kanji tahan bs lnh
bahu bhnti sukh dhm tahn rs rahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
After realizing Guru Kabir, a soul starts to long for Sat Lok (Eternal Abode) and
there resides where Lotus flowers bloom all around (Lotus represents the pure
soul because it grows in the muddy water but remains pure). In many ways, that it
is a place of bliss. Reside there in comfort and recite Kabir Kabir Kabir.

10. +r + r +e v-, +f er+ -rr er +er+ :-
f+f r + t+ :r +, +t +t +t +
tahn ek andi taijas bahyau, kari lok nyr so trailok dayau
tihin y jag jv yam dhh gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
There, from one egg (Brahmand/ Universe) all creation took place. He created the
different worlds which are called the three Lokas. Coming into the world this soul
gets scorched by Yama, the god of death. To get rid of this trouble, recite Kabir
Kabir Kabir

11. f+ +re =re +-*r -r, +- +- +r*t ++r
ef- +* -+r - +r , +t +t +t +
jv trs yam phns karun uchre, he purush he purush vn pukre
suni shravan jhankr rur kr bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The soul is the victim of fear and the trap of Yama, and cries for mercy. 0
Purush, O Purush (God) his voice call. Ra indicates the sound of Anahad Nad
(the sound energy of God heard in deep meditation) that he hears, and he recites
Kabir Kabir Kabir



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12. - =+ uf v+ +- + ur, ff :r,: r e evt a r
f- v+ t+ ++r +, +t +t +t +
nar rp dhari bhp guru rp dhye, jimi ddh bghe se surbh chhudye
nij bhakt yam jv gajgrhh gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Assuming the form of man, he was the king of gurus and came swiftly to earth.
He liberated people from evils just as a king rescues a cow from the jaws of a
ferocious animal. He saved his devotees from Yama just as Lord Vishnu saved the
elephant from the jaws of the crocodile (story in Hindu mythology). Recite Kabir
Kabir Kabir

13. e e: f+:rt fr , +- +- t+ +t +-t +r
+fe+ t+ +r :n r e, +t +t +t +
satya shabde vidri bith hai, yugan yugan jv k varn kath hai
kaliyug jv kj dukh y sahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The true Word (Sat Nam) can destroy the troubles of the world. This philosophy
has been explained in yuga after yuga (four yugas-Sat Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapar
Yuga, Kali Yuga -great periods of time). You (Kabir) have come in this Kali
Yuga and endured suffering for the sake of the people. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

14. p r+ er eter +t , -| ++ +rr - :t urt
en ::n -r ++ , +t +t +t +
hai brahm pe so ll kar hai, now tattva pncho na deh dhr hai
sukh dukh nyre hain kahave men ahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
O Lord, you yourself have performed this wonderful miracle of assuming a body.
You assumed the body that was above the five elements and their nine doors of
the ordinary body. It is said that you were above pleasure and suffering. (The five
elements are earth, water, fire, air and ether. The nine doors are two eyes, two
nostrils, two ears, mouth, anus and genital organ)

15. er fe+-: e -: enr, +er =+t f er :nr
+ ru ++ ru r e :, +t +t +t +
shhh sikandar su andar men lekh, kais fakr hai chahiye so dekh
kar bndh pag bndh bore su dahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The Emperor Sikandar Lodi thought: I wonder what type of fakir Kabir is? He
tied Kabirs hands and feet and put him in a bag, and threw him in the river.
Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir (Sikandar Lodi was Emperor of Delhi. Both Brahmins
and Muslims complained to him about Kabir. Fakir is a wandering holy man)


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16. t s +tr, rer er er err =+tr
f= re re f+ + r++ , +t +t +t +
tte hai janjr baithe hai tr, bol so shhh yahh snch fakr
phir bol bole ki gaj mastak ahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The people sitting on the bank saw that his chains were broken, and the emperor
said that he was the true fakir. The emperor then said to put him in front of the
wild elephant. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

17. r+ r+ - r+ f:+ , efn =+ fe er f+ v+
: er + r+rt e, +t +t +t +
mtang mte na jte dhige hain, lakhi rp singhe so chikkar bhage hai
de shhh ajmat swmi subahre, kabr kabr kabr kahure
As soon as the wild elephant went near Kabir, and saw his form, he ran back
trumpeting as if he saw the form of a lion before him. The emperor then said that
he was a great master. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

18. :nr e +r ++r f+r, v +r+ +rer er r+r f+r
ft : + +e +ret - e, +t +t +t +
dekhyo sab km kart bijuk, bhar top gol so rop bijk
jim deha gaj tl gol na lahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Seeing all of this, the emperor told the cannon bearer to load the cannon with
cannon balls. Such a cannon can kill an elephant as if it were of cotton. The
cannonball could not reach him. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

19. :t- -u :r :n -:, +f+ |- et er -r+ -:
f+f r+ er fe+-: r , +t +t +t +
he dn bandhu day dekh andar, gati jown jais so nchat bandar
timi p shhh sikandar jo chahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
0 friend of the humble! We feel your mercy in our hearts. All in this world dance
as you wish, just as the monkey dances according to its masters wishes. In
the same way, Shahh Sikandar acted as you wanted. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

20. f= er rer +rer - +, : ++ -+ err +
e ur ff er f r , +t +t +t +
phir shhh bol yahh gol na darpe, de tege anek chaly hai darpe
jal dhr jimi sr majhi y bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Then the Shah said that this fakir is not afraid of this cannon. Many brave men
who were bearers of swords were afraid of the cannon, but he was not afraid. He
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also came out of the midst of the water where he was thrown. Recite Kabir Kabir
Kabir

21. +r + | ++t +r-t, +f r+rt er ver-r +r-t
f-+r f-+ru f-er , +t +t +t
kahn kahain owr ket kahn, taji swmi aiso bhulnore prn
nishkm nishkrodh nirlobh bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
For how long can I relate the many stories of Kabir Saheb. Leaving such a master,
man has lost his way. O man! Follow him, and be without lust anger and greed.
Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

22. rr er er : -+ +tr, -rt =+t r+ +tr
r-r er --r e*r +, +t +t +t +
hra hai shhh so dai neg pr, nahi fakr hai yahh p pr
jn so narnhh sharan gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The Shah was defeated so he gave Kabir presents, realizing that he was a Pir
(great guru). He said that this was no ordinary fakir, but that he was a Pir in his
own right. The emperor realized that he should accept his refuge. Recite Kabir
Kabir Kabir

23. n- -+ r er - +t-r, r-r r +- er f+ - :t-r
ff +r+e+ + ++- - +, +t +t +t +
khne aneke jo shhh ne knh, jn jo apne so chitmen na dnh
jimi tt sut kare avgun na gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Even though he knew that the emperor had committed many murders, he did not
hold that against him, just as the father does not hold it against his son when the
latter does wrong things. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

24. r er fe + r a, +re+ +re+ r+ r +a
r+rt e + e rf , +t +t +t +
dre so sir pech aiche jo mnchhe, kalate kalate bte jo pchhe
he swmi sab kahe sab mnhi bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
The great people who had crown like decorations on their turbans, and twisted
their mustache with great pride, used to come to you to ask questions to expel
their doubts. O master! All accept that you pervade all beings. Recite Kabir Kabir
Kabir



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25. f= + | e-r +-r, +f r+rt er - ete u-r
+f +t r+ +ret , +t +t +t +
phir ek owr sunore gunore, taji swm aiso na shsh dhunore
kahi hai pr p kshi men rahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Again I say one more thing; listen to it carefully and digest it. You should not
give up such a master if you do not wish to repent. It is said that you (Kabir) lived
in the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

26. +r+re +-r er +r +err, =r =++re +r rr
+r - +r+r er v: e, +t +t +t +
gopl pand so atk pasyo, phutyo hai phatksu chatk bujhayo
kahu na tko so yahh bhed lahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Once, Gopal Panda was straining a pot of cooked rice in Jagannath Puri. The pot
broke and the rice burned his feet. Kabir Saheb, being in Varanasi, poured cold
water on his own feet and relieved Gopal Pandas pain. No one could understand
the secret of this happening. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

27. ru :r: :t- +r er +t- er, er :er ff |- er
+f : :r r fr +, +t +t +t +
bodhe do dn tahn so knh ais, samjhi darsi jihi jown jais
taji dehh do or hathiyr gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
You were the only one who taught everyone of both religions (Hinduism and
Islam). You explained to them very graphically what the teachings were
according to their scriptures. Give up arms on both sides, and accept Kabir. Recite
Kabir Kabir Kabir

28. :r | +rur er rur : , +- r +- er +*+ :
+n +re f-r- +r- +, +t +t +t +
do owr krodh so yodh badhe hain, apne jo apne so pranpar ade hain
takh ts niryn yahh bn gahure, kabr kabr kabrkahure
On both sides (Hindus and Muslims) the fighters in great anger were ready and
advancing to fight. They were firm as a rock in their pledge to fight for their
beliefs. Kabir advised them to accept Almighty God who is the master of the
universe, and give up fighting. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

29. :nr rt +r + -rt, +f +r - e+ er + +rt
+ r :r :t- :nr - r, +t +t +t +

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dekho ughr wahn hai wahh nh, kehi kj na ladte so marte vrithh
tab y do dn dekho na ahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Open the shroud and look inside. He (Kabir) is not there. For what reason are you
fighting and dying in vain? Then they decided that both religions should not draw
a line to separate themselves from each other. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir (the
Hindus and Muslims were disputing over the body of Kabir-the Hindus wanting
to cremate it, and the Muslims to bury it).

30. re =e u - vrt, p +t -r ++rt
e-t :t- r-t +f :e , +t +t +t +
sthl ghar phl adhu na bhr, he brahm he pr ratn pukr
sun dn bni tehi darsh bahure kabr kabr kabr kahure
The gross home of his soul (the body of Kabir) was changed into a large heap
flowers. The Hindus and Muslims began to chant: You are Brahm, you are Pir.
The people of both religions listened to the words of Kabir and obtained vision of
him. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir (Brahm is eternal, omnipotent, formless God. Pir is
a saint in Islam)

31. +f- + |r e-r e-r-, efn r+rt er er f:- - +r-
++ t+ +r* er +, +t +t +t +
puni ek owro sunore sunu, lakhi swm aiso so din rain gun
tattva jv prn aiso gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Again, I am going to tell you one more thing. Listen carefully! Realizing such a
great master, I sing his glories day and night. Accept this reality as you accept
your life itself. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

32. enr +r + e+r +r-r, f +r f * *rf:+ r-r
+r er r +-r , +t +t +t +
skho hat ek ladk purno, hari pi jehi charan charnodik jno
gado hai so y angni bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
There was a boy who was dehydrated and worn out by illness. He found God in
your form and accepted charnamrit (holy water) of your feet. Although he was
stunted by his illness, by your grace he was able to play in the courtyard of his
home. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

33. f r + + :n et, +r-t er ar-t | +- r- +t
eru er e +*+ +, +t +t +t +
judi y bahu vesh jag dekh lje, pn so chhn ow guru jn kje
sdh so hai sr pranpr gahure kabr kabr kabr kahure
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Look around and you will see many people in the world assemble in the form of
gurus. Just as you drink water after straining it, just so accept a guru after
examining him. The Sadhus remain brave and obtain a good name by upholding
their pledge as true devotees of God. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

34. -r e -r e -r +nr, f vrf+ ff tf+ + +tf+ :r
fr- -rt er -:r , +t +t +t +
nyre su nyre le charn pakhre, jehi bhnti jihi rti kar prti dhre
hariyn nahn so urdhh hahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Wash his feet that are quite different from the feet of other gurus (in terms of
holiness). Wash them in whatever way you wish, but put your love on them (wash
them with great love). If you do not get tired of others and come to him, then your
heart will continue to burn with restlessness. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir


35. + rf- - +tf+ +*+ r, -:r er+t er * r
e * *r: - r: , +t +t +t +
tab jni jan prti pranpr ye, urdhh lg so kshanmen bujhyo
lai charan charnod man mod bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Then, knowing the love of his devotees, and to keep his promise, he came back in
the form of the succeeding gurus. The fire that was consuming the minds of the
devotees was extinguished in no time at all. The devotees, getting the holy water
of his feet, derived immense happiness. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

36. ur + +tf+ ++t+ r:, fr- f-t+ et+ vr:
:r vr: f-a-: e* er +, +t +t +t +
dharyo hai kar prti partt y, hariyn nirjv sarjv bh
do bh nirdwand sharan so gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Two brothers (Tattva and Jiva) who were wandering to other gurus felt defeated
by not attaining their goal, and were as if dead, but coming to the refuge of
Kabir, they were alive again. Both Hindus and Muslims, being free of doubts,
sought refuge in Kabir. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

37. er - rrt -+ +, vf+ + er r +
er r+ +- =+ f- r+=+ , +t +t +t +
so tt na yji ukt kere, jar bhakti ankr so yamrj pere
so p guru rp nij swarp bahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
He who comes to the refuge of the above (Kabir) will never be defeated in life.
Due to the growth of devotion in his heart, Yama, the god of death, will have no
power over him. You should thus feel your own form in the form of the Guru by

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doing devotion to him. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

38. *r :: e +r, +-*r +t +r f= r+ r
fr- er +r- - +rf +, +t +t +t +
charan dai mritu samrath kero, karun akshai k kor phir p hero
harimn so pn nar thi gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Your feet brought death to the greatness and pride of the mighty and proud people
(they became humble). Again, look at me with merciful eyes. O man! He is Hari
(God). Entrust yourself to him and accept him. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

39. - ur +:++ - | +t, - + - en +re et
:r r + + er r+a +, +t +t +t +
nar dhi pad pankaj man mowj kje, yahh chain vahh chain sukh vs lje
do or kar paksh so swachh gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
O man! Run to his Lotus feet (be quick to accept him), and become happy. By
accepting him, you will find happiness here and there (in this life and the next),
and you will live in bliss. Realizing that you have his favor on both sides, accept
purity of life. Recite Kabir Kabir Kabir

40. +f +rf enere enere +-, ff r+ +r+ -r: -
r- -r- e-r e +, +t +t +t +
kahi thi sukhll sukhll varne, miti jt jagjt janmd marne
yahh jn manmn sharan su gahure, kabr kabr kabr kahure
Having said all of the above things, Sukhlall emphasizes that coming to his refuge
destroys the wheel of birth and death that is due to worldly attachments.
Knowing this, O my mind! Accept it and go to his refuge. Recite Kabir Kabir
Kabir


:rr doha
rfee a-: +fu, r + +re
eru- + ,:r+t, :+- +r ere
+t rfeer f-+ +,:, + ef+ fe+ +er:
+ - f+ +r+t, a + +r +re
chlis chhand prabandhiye, bnch darpe kl
sdhan prem badhvhi, jamdtan ko sl
kabr chlis nit padhe, prem sahit shiv prasd
vahh nar mukti pwah, chhte jag k trs
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He who recites these forty verses will be free from the fear of death. Devotion and
love will increase in him, and he will be a pain to the messengers of Yama.
Shiv Prasad says that whoever reads the Kabir Chalisa every day with love,
will obtain liberation, and become free from the fears of this world.

e +tr f+
satya kabro jayati
Victory to Sat Kabir

+ r rer e-+r e-r +t
ek br bolo santo satyanm k jai
Let us all proclaim the victory of the Eternal Name

















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SHRI GURU MAHIMA
The Greatness and Grace of the Guru



The Guru is the spiritual guide and teacher that removes our spiritual
darkness and leads us to the light of God dwelling in our hearts.

This text is Satguru Kabirs emphasis on the need for a guru when we
wish to follow a spiritual path in humility and surrender

By

Dr. Jagessar Das
Guru Kabir Association of Canada
dasj@shaw.ca
www.kabir.ca


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t+-fr
ATH SHRI GURU MAHIMA

doha - Doh

-:r * er +-, : +e r+r
ff e++ - r+ , v+er+ + +r
+- + ef- r+e, -re+ f+- --+
+re e+r r-v , rr++ e e-+
bando charan saroj guru, mud mangal gr
jihi sewak nar hot hain, bhowsgar ke pr
guru ke sumiran mtra se, nshat vighan anant
tse sarva rambh men, dhyvat hain sab sant
I salute the lotus feet of the guru. He is the abode of happiness and bliss. Serving him
man is able to cross the ocean of birth and death. With only remembering the guru,
limitless obstacles vanish. Therefore, in beginning anything, all the saints meditate on
him.

cOpa^% Chowpi

+-+t e-r et vr:, r+ t+ -+ -f r:.
+-n r + +: +r+, |ret f - r+.
guru k sharan ljai bh, jte jv narak nahi j
gurumukh hoi param pad pwe, chowrs men bahuri na wai.
O Brother! Go to the refuge of the guru, so that your soul does not go to hell. Be devoted
to the guru and you will reach the eternal abode. You will be free from the cycle of 8.4
million births. (8.4 million births are figurative of recurring births and deaths in various
life forms.)

+-+: e+ fer +r:, r+ ++r er +t r:.
+- f- f+ - +r+ vr:, -+ -r+ n rer +r:.
gurupad sewe birl ko, jpar krip sheb k ho
guru bin mukti na pawai bh, narak urdhva mukh bs p.
It is a rare person blessed by the grace of God to serve at the feet of the guru. O Brother!
You will not ger liberation without the guru. Instead, you will dwell in hell with your face
turned upward, longing for liberation.


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+-+t ++r + =ret, fe - r fe f+-ret.
+- f- +r - +rr r-r, r rr ve ar f+er-r.
guru k krip katai yamphns, bilam na hoi milai avinsh,
guru bin khu na py gyn, vimukh hoi bhle abhimn.
By the grace of the guru, the trap of Yama-god of death-breaks. You will quickly meet
the Eternal Lord. No one obtained spiritual wisdom without the guru. And if you
disregard the guru, then you are lost in your ego.

+-fr e+:+ +r:, f: f+r- +s r:.
+- f- +: +: +r-r, +r+r -rf fe v++r-r.
guru mahim shukdev ju p, chadhi vimn vaikunthe p,
guru bin padhe ju ved purn, tke nhi mile bhagwn.
By the grace of the guru, Shukdeo spiritually flew to Vaikunth the abode of Lord
Vishnu. He, who reads the Vedas and Puranas, without the grace of the guru, will not find
God.

+- e+r r evr+r, rr r e+e v r+r.
+-+t -r+ : r +r*t, n: -+r e++- r-t.
guru sevk jo re subhg, my mohh sakal bhram tyg,
guruk nw chadhe jo prn, khei utre satguru gyn.
He, who is a gurus devotee, is truly fortunate. He gives up all that are maya, attachments
and doubts. He climbs on the boat of the guru, and the realized guru rows the boat to the
other shore to liberation.

+t ++ :+ | +r, +- f- :r+r | - :r.
-+r -r |ret fe;r, +-+t - e+ +rf+-:r.
trth vrat dev owr pj, guru bin dt owr na dj,
nawon nth chowrsi siddh, guruk charan sev govind.
Pilgrimage, fasting, worship and gods cannot give you what the guru can give you. The
nine Naths - Nath yogis, the successors of Goakh Nath - and even Lord Krishna served at
the feet of the guru.

+- f- ++ - er +r+, + e+ +v r r+.
+- f- :r- +- r +f, fr r + -f =et.
guru bin pret janam so pwai, varsh sahas garbh mnh rahwai,
guru bin dn punya jo karahn, mithy hoi kabahn nahi phalahn.


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If a person dies without a guru, his spirit gets birth after spending a thousand years in the
astral womb. The giving of alms and virtuous deeds become false, and do not bear the
proper fruit if one does not have a guru.
+- f- v -r vr+ vr:, +rf -+r + +r:.
+- f- r r eru, |r - :e +r++ ru.
guru bin bhram na bhgai bh, koti upi karai chatur.
guru bin hom yagya jo sdhe, owron man das ptak bndhe.
O Brother! Without the guru doubts will not leave you, even if you try ten millions of
cunning methods. He who performs homa (havan) yajna without a guru, collects ten other
evils in his mind.

e++- fe +r + +r+, +t r +rf -f r+.
+- + fe + :n +r+r, - - + f e+r+r.
satguru mile toh agam batwai, yam k nch thi nahi wai,
guru ke mile kate dukh pp, janam janam ke mite santp.
When you obtain a Satguru, he will explain the Unfathomable to you, and the fire of
Yama will not reach you. When you obtain a guru, your suffering and sins are removed,
and your miseries of birth after birth vanish.

+- + - e:r f+ :t, t+- - e=e +f et.
+- + - e:r f+ r-r, r ve + + er-r.
guru ke charan sad chit djai, jvan janam saphal kari ljai,
guru ke charan sad chit jn, kyon bhle tum chatur sujn.
If you always meditate on the feet of the guru, you will make your birth and life
successful. Always attach your mind to the feet of the guru. O wise and knowledgeable
person! Why are you not mindful?

+- v+r r+ er:, +r+ f: | er:.
+-n r- e +r vr:, r- - f -f r:.
guru bhakt mam tam so, vke hirde rahown samo,
gurumukh gyn le cheto bh, mnush janam bahuri nahi .
The person that is a guru-devotee is my very soul. I remain immersed in his heart. O
Brother! Accept the guru and awaken to spiritual knowledge. You may not get a human
birth again.

en e+f+ r+- -f +r*t, ef :n + f- r-t.
|fe =+ f r+f ufr, +- e+r f r+f +fr.
sukh sampati pan nahi prni, samujhi dekhu tum nischai jn,
chowbis rp hari pahi dhariy, guru sev hari pahi kariy.
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O Man! The happiness of wealth is not yours. Observe and decidedly understand this
fact. God himself manifested twenty-four forms, and all of them performed service to the
guru.

+ -+t f-:r e- r +r-r, +r+r f- -+ f-:r-r.
:e+r e +- +r :t, t+- - e=e +f et.
guru nind sune ju kn, tko nischai narak nidn,
dashwn ansh guru ko djai, jvan janam suphal kari ljai.
He who listens to criticisms of his guru, then certainly hell will be his end. He should
give one tenth of his earnings to his guru, and thus make his birth and life fruitful.

+-n +r*t +r - , f: -r e:r e +t.
+- et:t f: + r:, ener+ er:.
gurumukh prni kahe na hje, hirdai nm sad ras pje,
guru sdh chadhi upar j, sukhsgar men rahe sam.
O Man! Why dont you become devoted to the guru, and always cherish in your heart the
nectar of Satnm. The guru is like a ladder and, climbing it, you will be absorbed in the
ocean of bliss.

+- n +-+t r f--:r +:, e+ +r- - er u:.
f-+r + f++t rer, +e +r f+ f-+rer.
apne mukh guruk jo nind karai, shkar shwn janam so dhara,
nigur karai mukti k s, kaise pye mukti niws.
He, who willfully utters abuses of his guru, may be reborn as a pig or a dog. If he does
not have a guru and hopes for liberation, how can he attain such a liberated state?

|r e++ : r +r+, e++- f-r f+ -f r+.
+|t e+ | +*er, ef- et-r +- -+:er.
owron sukrit dehh jo pwai, satguru bin mukti nahi wai,
gowr shankar owr ganesh, sabhahin lnh guru updesh.
A person can obtain a human body and be virtuous, but without a guru he cannot obtain
liberation. The exalted beings, Gowri (wife of Lord Shiva), Shankar (Lord Shiva), and
Ganesh, their son, took instructions from their guru.

fe+ f+f +-e+r +t-r, -r: :tr u++r :t-r.
e++- fe + en:r:, - -+r ::n -er:.
shiv biranchi guru sev knh, nrad dksh dhruv ko dnh,
satguru mile param sukhdi, janam janam k dukh nas.
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Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma served their guru. The Sage Narad initiated the devotee,
Dhruva. (Dhruva was exalted to Dhruvlok-the North Star.) If you attain Satguru, you will
receive eternal bliss, and your sorrows of birth after birth will vanish.

+- f+r e f+-ret, e - f- e e+ +ret.
v+e -f:r + +rr, +- f- +e -+ +rr.
jab guru kiy atal avins, sur nar muni sab sev kars,
bhowjal nadiy agam, apr, guru bin kaise utarai pr.
When a person accepts the Immutable and Eternal (God) as his guru, then the gods, men
and sages serve him. The world is like an unfathomable river, and difficult to cross. How
can you get across without a guru?

+- f- +e r+ r-, ener+ +e +fr-.
vf+ +:r +e ++, +- f- +|- r +r+.
guru bin kaise tam jnai, sukh sgar kaise pahichnai,
bhakti padrath kaise pvai, guru bin kown ju rhh batwai.
Without a guru how will you know the soul? How will you recognize God as the ocean of
bliss? How can you obtain the wealth of liberation? Who else, other than the guru, will
show you the right path?

+-n -r:+ f+:rer, +-fr -- ++rer.
+f+e +rf :+ f++rt, +- f- ve e+e rt.
gurumukh nmdev ravids, gurumahim unahn parksh,
tetis koti dev tripurr, guru bin bhle sakal achr.
The saints Namdev and Raidas (Ravidas) accepted a guru, and they showed the greatness
of the guru. Three hundred and thirty million gods, and Lord Shiva forgot all good
manners without their guru.

+- f- v en |ret, - -+ -+ + +ret.
+- f- +e - r +r+, f= f= +v+re r+.
guru bin bharmai lakh chowrs, janam anek narak ke vs,
guru bin pash janam so pvai, phir phir garbhvs mahh wai.
Without the guru the soul wanders in 8.4 million births and deaths, and spends countless
lives in hell. Without the guru he is born as an animal, and again and again takes
residence in the womb.

+- f+n er: :n +r+, - - er: +r+.
+- e+ r + er-r, +- ++ +r: | - r-r.
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guru vimukh soi dukh pwai, janam janam soi dahakwai,
guru seve jo chatur sujn, guru pattar koi owr na n.
He who turns against his guru will endure sufferings, and will be deceived birth after
birth. He is wise and knowledgeable who serves the guru. There is no one equal to the
guru.

+- +t e+r f+ f- +r+, f -r er v+e r+.
v+e a- f -+r:, +-+t e+r +r e vr:.
guru k sev mukti nij pwai, bahuri na hans bhowjal wai,
bhowjal chhtan yehi up guruk sev karo sab dh
By serving the guru, the soul will secure its liberation. It will not again return to the
ocean of rebirths. This is the method of escaping this mundane world. Therefore all
people should verve the guru enthusiastically.


saKI - Skhi

e++- :t- :re , : f++r ur,
-er +rr +*r, er e++- -r. :
e e:+ ++, :++r +a -rf,
+ e +- e+rf, |e t - rf. -
f+ - r +fr -r, f;+-+ ut,
er urnr fe -f, e++- fe +t.
satguru dn dayl hain, dei mukti k dhm,
mans vch karman, sumro satguru nm.
satya shabd ke pattare, deve ko kuchch nhi,
kaha le guru santoshiye, howns rahi man mnhi.
ati und gahir ghan, buddhiwant bahu dhr,
so dhokh bichle nahin, satguru mile kabr.
Satguru is kind to the humble, and he bestows the state of liberation on him. Thus apply
your mind, speech and actions and worship the name of Satguru.
The guru has nothing to give that is better than Satnam Shabd. Let your speech be
pleasing to him, and your mind full of enthusiasm to serve him.
The man of wisdom is very patient and very deep in high thinking. Once he attains Kabir
as Satguru, he will not be disturbed, even if someone deceives him.





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cOp^% - Chowp

+- :+- +t fr +-r, +-:+ +-r e-r.
+r++t +- +r - +r+, pr e+ e +- +r+.
guru devan k mahim varno, jai gurudev tumharo sharan,
gwatah gun pr na pwai, brahm shankar shesh gun gvai.
I am going to relate the glory of Gurudev. Victory to you, O Gurudev! I am at your
refuge. I sing of your attributes, but I cannot grasp your unfathomable qualities. Lord
Brahma, Lord Shiva and Shesh Nag, the serpent god, also sang your attributes.

+f +- er r +t-r, +r+ + r+r :t-r.
rer +te+ f:r r+=+r, r+r -: rr v+r.
prathamahi guru ais jo kinh, trak mantra rm ko dnh.
ml tlak diy svarp, jko bande raj bhp.
In the beginning I also accepted such a guru (Ramanand), and he gave me the liberating
mantra of Ram Nam. He gave me the mala and tilak, and conferred on me his own status.
Thus Kings bow down to me.

r-t +- -+:e +rr, :r u+t r f-rr.
t+:r t r:, t+:r p er:.
gyn guru udesh baty, day dharm k rhh chinhy,
jvday ghatah men hoi, jv day brahm hai so.
The knowledgeable guru gave valuable instruction, and taught the way of compassion
and righteous conduct. Compassion for living beings is in the heart. The same
compassion is in God, the Absolute.

+-e rut- er re, nr e: +- + nre.
nrr fet - n, +-+ -r er .
guruse dhn chel bolai, khar shabd guru antar kholai,
khr misr bachane khamai, guru ke charnon chel ramai.
The disciple speaks under the influence of the guru. And with true words the guru opens
the door to the inner path. Such a disciple forgives others, whether their words are bitter
or sweet.

vt+ f: +-er ve, +r+ f+a rf fe.
+- t er +t +rr, +r +ta t+r rr.
bhtar hirdai guruso bhale, take pichche rmahi mile,
guru rijhai so kjai km, tke pchche rjheg rm.
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Inside the heart, if the disciple is good and faithful towards the guru, he certainly attains
God. Perform actions that are pleasing to the guru, and God will also be pleased.

fe er+f+ +- -r +r, r fe e ef+r ++r.
er += += r, vf+ r+ -rr -r.
shishya saraswati guru yamun ang, rm mile sab sarit gang,
chel guru men guru men rm, bhakti mahtam nyr nm.
The disciple is like the Saraswati, and the guru is like the Yamuna rivers. All become the
Ganga when united with God. The disciple dwells in the guru, and God dwells in the
guru. The name of devotion and grace is wonderful indeed.

+- rr f-+r -r, + +r+ e+t +r.
e+t r e+e err, et ee -rr.
guru gy nirvhe nem, tab pvai sarvagy prem,
sarvagy rm sakal ghat sar, hai sabahi men sabse nyr.
If the disciple follows instructions of the guru on discipline, he will have the love of
Omniscient God. The Omniscient God is the essence of the world. He is certainly in all,
yet separate from all. (God is transcendent)

er r- - , nr +r+r +.
+-fr ea+f v-t, +-+t fr -+ -t.
ais jnai man men rahai, khojai bjhai tko kahai,
gurumahim sanchhepahi bhani, guru k mahim anant ghan.
He who knows this as explained above, and keeps it in mind, is said to be a seeker and
knower. The grace of the guru is stated here briefly, but the actual grace of the guru is
limitless and intensive.

++r uf f +- +, +- f+ + -r: +.
:re +r+- et e-t, r+ rt +-er -t.
avtr dhari hari guru karai, guru kiye tab nrad tare,
ds purtan ais sun, bt hamr guruso ban.
Lord Vishnu incarnated and took a guru. The sage Narad was liberated only after he took
a guru. We have heard these ancient stories of devotees. Just so, our life will be
successful by having a guru.


+tt er :rer, + r +--r +rer.
+- -r rnr f++rer, +- t +r+ -+t rer.
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kd jais main hn ds, pad rahe guru charanon ps,
guru charano rkho vishvs, guru hi purave mank sh.
As a servant, I am no more than an ant, so I wish to remain at the feet of the guru. I have
trust in the feet of the guru. Only the guru can fulfill the hopes I have in mind.

saKI - Skhi

+f- +rf+-: - fe ffe, +t-r vf+ f+++,
f++*t urr , r+ ++r +. :
+-+t fr -+ , rer +t - r,
+- - u-+r e|f++, -r r er. -
guru govind aru shishya mili, knh bhakti vivek,
tirven dhr bahai, ge gang ek.
guruk mahim anant hai, moso kahi na ji,
tan man dhan ko sownpike, charnon raho sami.
The guru, Krishna, and disciple got together and did devotion and practiced
discriminative knowledge. It is like the flow of the Triveni, that has become one as the
Ganges.
The grace of the guru is limitless, and I cannot fully explain it. Surrender your body,
mind and wealth, and remain absorbed in the feet of the guru.

cOpa^% - chowpi

+- e+ +: + + +r*t, +- f- f+ -t +r*t.
+- rf: ++ +r+r, +- f++:+ :r+r.
guru sat pad jap amrit vn, guru bin mukti nahn prn,
guru hain di ant ke trt, guru hain muktipad ke dt.
Bow down at the noble feet of the guru, and recite the nectar-like words he gave you. O
man! There is no liberation without the guru. The guru is the protector from the
beginning to the end, and the giver of liberation.

+- ++r +ret t rr-r, r +: +-+e r-r.
es +t vf vf r+, er =e +-+ -r +r+.
guru gang ksh h sthn, chr ved gurugam se jn,
arsath trath bhrami bhrami vai, so phal guru ke charnon pvai.
The guru is like the holy Ganges, and certainly Kashi (Banaras) is the holy city for
teachings. The four Vedas are known through the guru. The benefit a devotee gets by
returning after wandering to the sixty-four places of pilgrimage, he will receive all of it at
the feet of the guru.
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+-+r + v r r-r, +r +e+r+r =r+ r-r.
+- +re +e r +r:, err + f+ +- r:.
guru ko tajai bhajai jo n, t pashuv ko phokat gyn,
guru pras parsai jo koi, loh te jv kanchan ho.
If a devotee forsakes his guru and worships others, its like wasting knowledge on an
animal. The guru is like the philosophers stone, and just as iron turns to gold, the
disciple meeting such a guru will become perfect.

e+ +- f+ -+ +:t, +r vt +-+ + e-t.
-r: +- +er: +:r, vf+ + f- :e- +r.
shuk guru kiye janak vaideh, vo bh guruke param saneh,
nrad guru prahald padhye, bhakti hetu jin darshan pye.
Shukdeo accepted the liberated King Janak as his guru, and served him as a great
devotee. Narad accepted Prahalad as disciple and instructed him. Because of Prahalads
great devotion, he obtained the vision of God.

+r+ vef: ev +- +t-r, + f-+ et +f :t-r.
pr +- f- +r +t-r, r f- rr :t-r.
kg bhusand shambh guru knh, agam nigam sabah kahi dnh,
brahm guru agni ko knh, hom yagya jin gy dnh.
The crow in Ramayan accepted Shiva as his guru, and Shiva taught him all the Vedas and
scriptures. Brahma accepted the god Agni as guru, and Agni instructed him in performing
the homa or fire ceremony.

+fes f- +- f+ -rr, +r :e- v e-rr.
+* + :+rer e-r, +r vf+ + +r- +-r.
vashisht muni guru kiye raghunth, pye darshan bhaye santh,
krishna gaye durvs sharan, pye bhakti jag tran tarn.
Shri Ramchandra accepted the sage Vashisht as his guru, and got the vision of God. He
became obliged to guru Vashisht. Lord Krishna went to the refuge of the Sage Durvasa,
performed devotion, and was freed of the world of births and deaths.

ut fer -r: +r, |ret e ++ r.
+- + er: err, f- +f e++ +rr.
dhmar dksha nrad pye, chowrs se turat bachye,
guru kahai soi hai snch, bin parichai sewak hai kch.
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Narad obtained instruction from Dhmar, the fisherman, and was immediately released
from the world of births and deaths. Whatever the guru says is the truth. Without
devotional practice the disciple remains raw or unenlightened.

+- e e+ +rr, +- e- -+ v++rr.
+f +t +- r+ +er, :er ++r +-+r er.
guru samarth hai sabke pr, guru sharan utare bhowpr,
kahahin kabr guru p akel, dasho avtr guruka chel.
The guru is mighty and above everyone else. By going to the gurus refuge, you go across
this world. Kabir says that the guru is unique. The ten avatars of God were disciples of
gurus.

saKI - Skhi

r +*e +r r, -- +r +- +t-,
+t- er+ + + u-t, +- r+ rut-,
f e+r + r , +- e+r +e +,
+r+ ++ -r +e, e+- f+r f+++.
rm krishna se ko bad, unahn toh guru knhh,
tn lok ke ve dhan, guru ge dhn,
hari sev yug chr hai, guru sev pal ek,
tte pattar n tule, santan kiy vivek.
Who is greater than Ram and Krishna? Even they accepted a guru. They were masters of
the three worlds, but were submissive to their guru. If you serve God for four yugas, it
would not equal one moment of service to the guru. The saints with discriminative
wisdom have taught this to us.


t +- fr -
SHRI GURU MAHIMA Part 2
doha - Doh

-:r * er +-, : +e r+r
ff e++ - r+ , v+er+ + +r
+- + ef- r+e, -re+ f+- --+
+re e+r r-v , rr++ e e-+
bando charan saroj guru, mud mangal gr
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jihi sewak nar hot hain, bhowsgar ke pr
guru ke sumiran mtra se, nshat vighan anant
tse sarva rambh men, dhyvat hain sab sant
I salute the lotus feet of the guru. He is the abode of happiness and bliss. Serving him
man is able to cross the ocean of birth and death. With only remembering the guru,
limitless obstacles are removed. Therefore, in beginning anything, all the saints meditate
on him.

cOpa^R- Chowpi

+- +- +f e f++ ++r, +- er: r v f-+r
+ +- e + rt, : v+:n +r -rt

guru guru kahi sab vishva pukre, guru so jo bharm nivre
bahut guru hain as jag mhn, hare dravya bhow dukh ko nahn
The entire world is saying Guru, Guru and is calling to him. The guru is he who
removes doubts. There are many gurus in this world who take your wealth, but do not
remove any of your suffering.

+re + +tr +t, +ra fe r :tr et
f- r- r +r: +- +t, er - v+er+ +t
tse pratham pariksh kje, pchhe shishya hoi dksh lje
binu jne jo koi guru karahi, so nar bhowsgar men parahn
Therefore, at first test the guru, then afterwards become his disciple. If one accepts a guru
without testing him, he will drown in the ocean of birth and death.

+rn*t +r+t f+rt, -rfr++ +fe +f +urt
fvr-t f--:+ es -n, :rr+ er e-++

pkhandi pp avichr, nstik kutil vriti bakdhar
abhimn nindak shath natkhat, durchryut abl lampat
He who is hypocritical, sinful, thoughtless, disbelieving, crooked and has the nature of a
heron; who is egotistic, backbiting, wicked or sly, naughty, full of misconduct, and lustful
towards women;

+rut + +++ f++r:t, ervt e+r f+ f+r:t
e +- + vfe - +t, :-+r :t e +f :t
krodh krur kutark vivd, lobh samt rahit vishd
as guru kabahn bhli na kje, inko drahi se taji dje
And who is angry, cruel, argumentative, quarrelsome, greedy, without evenness of mind,
and is always sad, never accept such a guru even by mistake. Reject him from far away.
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f-+r+ r + r+r, f-:r+ f+ -ere- :r+r
:r r e+r e+r, + fr r- v+ +r
nigamgam rahasya ke gyt, nispriha hit anushsan dt
day ksham santosh sanyukt, param bichr man bhow mukt
Accept a guru who knows the secrets of the scriptures, and who is unattached, and is a
well wisher, and disciplinarian; who is full of mercy, forgiveness, contentment, and is
highly thoughtful, and free from worldly bondage;

erv r : e r:t, f+ e:r +r +r:t
r+ a ::n a-a f-+rt, n e ++ urt
lobh mohh mad matsar d, rahit sad parmrath vd
rg dvesh dukh dwand niwr, rahen akhand satya vrat dhr
Who is free of greed, attachment, ego, jealousy etc., and always speaks of the highest
good; who removes the suffering of dualities (pleasure-pain) of attraction and repulsion,
and who is unmovable from his vow of truthfulness;

v: + :r f+ e:, +f+ +r f+ u u-u
++r v+- + + +t+t, r err+ fen+ ev -t+t
bhadra vesh mudr ati sundar, gati apr mati dharm dhurandhar
kripy bhaktan par kar prt, yath shstra sikhve shubh nt
Who wears proper clothes, has a very beautiful countenance, is very approachable,
intelligent, and is a leader in religion; who is kind, affectionate towards the devotees, and
teaches the noble way according to the scriptures, is fit to be a guru.

doha - Doh

f- + r++- +ru -, + - r+ ++e,
u +- +f +tf++, :+ ef -+:e
jin ke swapanehu krodh ur, kabahun na hot pravesh
madhur bachan kahi prtiyut, det sabahi updesh
In a true guru, anger never enters his heart even in a dream. With sweet words he teaches
everyone affectionately.


cOpa^% - Chowpi

ru ru+: -+, -rfe e ee t+- +
+r+ f++ + +r, -rr-r u u +r
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haren abodh dodhprad janke, nshi ashesh klesh jvan ke
kritykritya vikritya karm ko, nyianyi adharm dharm ko
The guru removes ignorance, and bestows knowledge to the people, and destroys all the
miseries of life. He teaches to discriminate between actions that are good or bad, and
inaction, and between justice and injustice, and between righteousness and
unrighteousness.

f+f+u vrf+ f- ++r:, fv-- fv-- e v: enr:
e+ fr +r+ +nr+, e+f+ ++f+ r+ :er+
vividh bhnti nischai karv, bhinn bhinn sab bhed lakh
sat mithy vast parkhavai, sugati kugati mrag darsvai
In many ways, he teaches us to determine all the differences separately, in detail. He lets
us see the way of a good life and a bad life, and how to examine things that are eternal.
f+f +-+t e*r+f+ et, +- - u- e +* +t
e- e- +r- - v*, e+ :rr f- +fr+ +*
tihi guruk sharangati lje, tan man dhan sab arpan kje
asan basan vhan aru bhshan, sut dr nij parichrak gan
Take refuge in such a guru, and surrender all your body, mind and wealth to him. Offer
him food, clothing, transportation and jewelry, and let your son, wife and servants serve
him.

+f e v +- + r+, vf+ vr+ - -r+
+- r+r f-+r + +r*, r+ : er +t ur*
kari sab bhent guru ke ge, bhakti bhv ur men anurge
tan ytr nirvhh ke kran, mnge deya so kje dhran
Put all offerings in front of the guru, and express your spirit of devotion from your heart.
To maintain the body on the journey of life, accept what he gives.

e fv+ e :t- vr+ -, + +*r :++ *-
r +r =e + +r+, e++ -u +- ete -+r+
lai bhikshuk sam dn bhv man, kare pranm dandavat charanan
mah yagya ko phal vahh pve, sukrit bandi guru shsh navve
Be like a beggar and accept his gift with humility, and prostrate yourself at his feet in
salutation. You will obtain the highest benefit once you bow your head to the guru.


doha - Doh

f f+fu +-+ e* r, + f--+ e+,
+- e r- | -rt, f+v+- +r: :+

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yahi vidhi guruke sharan hoi, kare nirantar sev
guru sam jne owr nahin, tribhuvan men koi dev
Accepting the refuge of the guru in this way, serve him constantly. Do not accept any god
in the three worlds as equal to the guru.


cOpa^% - Chowpi

f- +- +r r- +f r-, f+- e +r f-vr r-
f f+ - +e er-r, + f- +-a f+r-r
jin guru ko mnush kari jne, tin sam ko nirbhgya ayne
buddhi rahit nar pash samn, hai pratyaksh bin puchh vishn
There is no one as unfortunate or foolish a he who thinks of the guru as a mere man. He
is without discriminative intellect, and it is clear he is like an animal without tail or horns.

f++ f+f:+ f+e +v+r:, +rf+-: e +- +t vr:
+rf+-: +t rr +e +r*t, v++ :n |ret nr-t
vishva vidit vishesh prabhut, govind se guru k hai bh
govind k my vash prn, bhugte dukh chowrshi khn
O Brother! The greatness of the guru, compared to God, is known in the world. Due to
Gods Maya, living beings suffer in the 8.4 millions of life forms.

+- ++r+ v+e f+-re, f+e f r r- ++re
en n - vr+ r:, eer+ rer +r:
guru pratp bhowml vinshe, vimal buddhi hoi gyn prakhse
sukh akhand nar bhoge j, satyalok men bs p
By the grace of the guru, the causes of births (karmas) perish, and mans intellect
becomes pure. Man then enjoys perfect bliss and dwells in Satyalok.

+- e s | + rt, f f+f e+ +r- -rt
e: -u e+ f++ +rt, +- e +r :r f++rt
guru se shresht owr jag mhn, hari biranchi shankar kou nhn
suhrid bandu sut pitu mahatr, guru sam ko dj hitkr
In the world, there is no one better than the guru, including Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.
Besides a friend, relative, son, father or mother, who else is a well wisher equal to the
guru?







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doha - Doh

r+ + +- u-t, e+ +r +f |,
f =s +- e* , +- =s -f sr
jke rakshak guru dhan, sake khh kari owr
hari rthe guru sharan hai, guru rthe nahin thowr
What can others do to a person who has the protection of the mighty guru? If God is
displeased with you, then the guru is your refuge, but if the guru is displeased, you have
no place to go.


cOpa^R- Chowpi

r+ + ++ +rr, - u e rrr
+: +r* + +rr:, +- f- e f-=e vr:
yog yagya jap tap vyowhr, nem dharm sanyam chr
ved purn kahain gohar, guru bin sab nishphal hai bh
O Brothers! The Vedas and Puranas repeatedly say that without a guru, all yoga, yajna,
japa, penance, worldly activities, discipline, righteousness, control of passions, and noble
actions, do not bear the desired fruit.

+- f- : e -f r:, +rf -+r + r +r:
+- f- r- f+r - r+, +- f- +r: - f+ +r+
guru bin hridai shudh nahin ho, koti upi kare jo ko
guru bin gyn bichr na we, guru bin ko na mukti pwe
Without a guru the heart cannot become pure, even if one tries in millions of ways.
Without a guru, spiritual knowledge and noble thinking are not attained, and without a
guru no one gets salvation.

+- f- v+ ++ +-urt, v er+ + - -rt
+- f- + r f++r:, +r :e :n - +fa+r:
guru bin bht pret tandhri, bhrame sahastra varsh nar nr
guru bin yamke hth bik, pi dusahh dukh man pachhit
Without a guru, man and woman wander in doubt for a thousand years in the body of
ghosts and spirits. Without a guru, man is sold into the hands of Yama and endures
unbearable sorrows, and repents.

+- f- ee +|- f-+r, : f+++ +|- f+fu ur
+- f- -f r- f+-re, -f f- r+ =+ ++re

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guru bin sanshai kown niwre, hridai vivek kown vidhi dhre
guru bin nahin agyn vinshe, nahin nij tam rp prakshe
Without a guru, who else can remove doubts? In what way can the heart possess
discriminative spiritual knowledge? Without a guru ignorance cannot be removed, and
the soul does not realize its true form.

+- f- pr- r +r+, er -f f+ +:r +r+
+f +r* f- +- +t, e :ev +- nr - :t
guru bin brahmgyn jo gven, so nahin mukti padrath pven
tehi kran nischai guru kje, sur durlabh tan khoi na dje
Without a guru, if one sings of divine knowledge, he will not obtain liberation. For these
reasons, certainly accept a guru, and do not waste the body that even the gods have
difficulty obtaining.

doha - Doh

+: err+ - vr+++, +t+r +: r +r,
+t- +re e+ -, f- +- ++r - r
ved shstra aru bhgavat, gt padhe jo koi
tin kl santusht man, bin guru krip na hoi
If one reads the Vedas, Shastras, Bhagavatam, and Gita, still without the grace of the
guru, the mind cannot be satisfied in the three times past, present and future.

cOpa^R- Chowpi

fne f+u + fu+rt, re +fes r- rt
+|+ +f+e +*r: ++-et, ff- +ref+ *- fe
akhil vibudh jagmen adhikr, vys vashisht mahn achr
gowtam kapil kand patanjali, jaimini vlmik charanan bali
In the entire scholarly world, the authoritative people Vyas and Vashisht - were noble
characters. I bow to the feet of the rishis Gautam, Kapil, Kannad, Patanjali, Jaimini and
Valmiki

e +-+ e* r, +re + s +r
r+- - -+ f+:t, :r+ +- + e-t
ye sab guruke sharane ye, tse jagmen shresht kahye
yagyvalkya aru janak videh, datttraya guru param saneh
All of them came to the refuge of the guru, so in the world they are called great.
Yagyavalkya and Janak, who was liberated in his lifetime, and Dattatraya greatly loved
their gurus.
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|f+e +- +t- + rt, +r rnr -rt
-t +er: f+vt-, :rf:+ r v v+ -
chowbis guru knhe jag mhn, ahankr ur rkhyo nhn
ambrish prahald vibhshan, itydik jo bhaye bhakt jan
Dattatreya accepted twenty-four gurus in the world, and kept no pride in his heart.
Ambarish, Prahalad, Vivishan, and others became devotees of gurus.

| +t ++t +-+ret, e +-+ + -+ret
f ff fe+ :tr et-r, -r: ut +r +- +t-r
owrahu yat tap vanvs, ye sab guruke param ups
hari biranchi shiv dksha lnh, nrad dhmar ko guru knh
Many others such as ascetics, practitioners of austerity, and forest renunciates were great
worshippers of the guru. Even Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva took initiation, and Narad
accepted a fisherman as his guru.

e-+ -+ eru +, +- +: ++ e+f ++
e e+ n +* +r+, +- fr+r +r -r +r+
sant mahant sadhu hain jete, guru pad pankaj sewahin tete
shesh sahas mukh bahu gun gve, guru mahim ko pr na pve
As many saints, mahants and sadhus there were, they all served at the lotus feet of the
guru. Shesh Nag, with one thousand mouths, sang the attributes of the guru, but could not
fathom his grace.


doha doh

r +* e +r ,r, :- +r +- +t-,
+t- er++ + u-t, +- r+ rut-
rm krishna se ko bad, inahn toh guru knhh
tin lok ke ve dhan, guru ge dhn
Who is greater than Ram and Krishna? Even they accepted a guru. They were masters of
the three worlds, but were humble before the guru.


cOpa^R- chowpi

++ f+r +r +f fvr-r, +r et e+f+ -r-r
r -f +-+r r++ -r+, er - ++r +- +r+
tap vidy ko kari abhimn, pye lakshm sampati nn
jo nahin guru ko mastak nwen, so nar ajgar ko tan pve
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The person who is proud of his austerity and learning, and gains various types of wealth,
and does not bow his head to the guru, is like having the body of a snake.

f- n r +- f--:r +t, +-+ e= -+ +t
+-+t f--:r e- r +r:, rev r+r- - +f r:
nij mukh jo guru ninda karahn, kalp sahastra nark men parahn
guru k nind sune jo ko, rasabh swn janm tehi ho
The state of the person who slanders his guru will be like dwelling in hell for thousands
of years. If he listens to slander of the guru, then he is like having birth as a mule or a
dog.

+- e +r - urt, + f++r: : f+rt
+ - - f-e - r:, +f+ re +- +r:
guru se ahankr ur dhr, kare vivd mudh avichr
te nar maru nirjal ban j, trishit maren rkshas tan p
He who has pride in his heart, and argues with the guru, is foolish and thoughtless. Such a
person is like being in the waterless desert and dies of thirst, and inhabits the body of a
demon.

r +-+r +f |f rr+, r :f:t f+ :n +r+
f- :e- -f +-+ f, : f- : +f
jo guru ko taji owrahi dhyve, hoi daridr ati dukh pve
bin darshan nanin guru ke rahiye, yahh dridh niyam hridai men gahiye
He who gives up the guru and worships others, becomes poor, and suffers a great deal.
Do not go through life without a guru. Keep this firm principle in mind!

r f- :e- + rr, r rfu +- f+f+u ++rr
ref+ - + -rt, r e+ :r -f +rt
jo bin darshan karen ahr, hoi vydhi tan vividh prakr
yathshakti jan chke nhin, hoi ashakt dosh nahin thi
He who eats without ever seeing a guru, develops various bodily ailments. As much as
possible, people should not make mistakes. If one becomes helpless, then no blame
attaches to him.

+- e-n -f s r:, nret r fer++ r:
r +a | -f f- r+, ++ ++ =e v :r+
guru sanmukh nahin baithe j, khl hth hilwat
jo kuchh owr nahn bani ve, patra pushp phal bhent chadhve
Do not sit improperly in front of the guru, and do not go to him with empty dangling
hands. If you cannot afford much of anything, then at least offer leaves, flowers or fruit to
him.

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doha - doh

-vr+ f++tf++, *+e fe-r,
r e++- rr +, et ete :r
namra bhv ati prtiyut, charankamal shirni
jo satguru gy karain, lje shsh chadh
With humility and a great deal of love, bow down at the lotus feet of the guru. Whatever
command the guru gives, accept it and place it on your head (obey)


cOpa^R- chowpi

f+ ut- r re +r-t, + er- rf + +r-t
+ - s +r+ +ert, r +: uf re- rt
ati adhn hoi bole vn, rank samn jori yug pn
kabahun na baithe pnv pasr, jangh pad dhari san mr
Be very humble and speak respectfully to the guru. Be like a beggar with folded hands.
Never sit with your legs outstretched, and do not sit with one leg on the other thigh.

e-n r+ +- - +t, +- arr + +r+ - :t
++ r+ f+-f+ -f rn, +f ae ++ - fr vrn
sanmukh hoike gaman na kje, guru chhy par pnw na dje
gupt bt kischit nahin rkhe, kari chhal kapat na mithy bhkhe
Do not walk in front of the guru, and do not step on his shadow. Do not keep the smallest
secret from the guru, and do not speak lies, or be deceitful or hypocritical.

+: + e +-r r-, +-+r +r+ e r-
ere f+r - +t, +-+r +- rf- e et
ved mantra sam kahan mne, guru ko parmatam sam jne
satysatya vichr na kje, guru k kathan mni sab lje
Accept the words of the guru as Vedic mantra, and accept the guru as equal to God. Do
not analyze the gurus words as true or false, but accept all his sayings.

r +a s +:r +r+, er +- *- rf- ,:r+
+-+t :v+ +v+r:, fe e=+-r r r:
jo kuchh shresht padrath pve, so guru charanan ni chadhve
guru k adbhut hai prabhut, mile sahastra gun hoi
Whatever good things you obtain, bring it and offer it at the feet of the guru. The grace of
the guru is wonderful, and your offering will increase a thousand fold.
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f+ rf+fu +-+t +r, e ++ - :r
+e +r+ -re e +-+, r -r +* -+
r +-+r vr- ++r+, r-r f+er+f -r+ fr+

kiye yathvidhi guru k pj, shesh rahe kartavya na dj
prabal pp nshe sab tanke, hoi manorath pran man ke
jo guru ko bhojan karvve, mno trilokahi nyont jimve
If one worships the guru in the prescribed manner, then there remain no other duties
outstanding. All the grave sins of the body are destroyed, and all wishes are fulfilled. He
who offers food to the guru, does as if he invites and feeds the three worlds.


doha - doh

+-+t fr f+, +f - e+ f+ e,
f-+t ++r+re, + r+ -e
guru k mahim hai amit, kahi na sake shruti shesh
jin k krip katksh se, rankahu hot naresh
The grace of the guru is limitless, and the Vedas and Shesh Nag cannot explain it. By his
grace and merciful look, the poor can become a king.



copa^R- chowpi

e +vr+ :e +fr, e +a e++-+t fr
e+ fef+: f+ +:r+, :n e+ + er+
as prabhv hai dsar kehiman, jas kuchh hai satguru k mahim
sarv siddhiprad ati vardyak, dukh sankat men param sahyak
Which other person can have the same influence as the Satguru through his grace? His
grace gives all success and great boons, and is the main remover of suffering and
miseries.

f-+ -fs +rs + r +r:, e+e +r+ +r+ r:
f+ f-+r e+r+ f+-re, en e+f+ + ++re
nij uthi pth kare jo ko, sakal pp kshai tke ho
chit chint santp vinshe, sukh sampati aishvarya prakshe
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The person, who daily wakes in the morning and recites the Guru Mihama, will have all
his sins removed. His anxieties and sorrows disappear, and wealth, happiness and
prosperity appear.

rrfu + rf: f-+rt, : +re v rt
e e+e en + +, + :f: - r+ -

mahvydhi jwar di niwr, dei akl mrityu bhai tri
lahen sakal sukh je jag kere, kabahun daridra na ve nere
Serious diseases and fever etc. disappear, and he avoids the fear of untimely death. He
will attain all pleasures of the world, and poverty never comes to him.

r e erv r+, +r+ r- +f+sr +
+ + fne =e+:, * e+e v+ - * +:
hoi alabhya lbh mragmen, pve mn pratishth jagmen
param mantra yahh akhil phalprad, haran sakal bhav janm maran gad
Inaccessible gains come to you when you follow the good path, and you obtain respect
and a good reputation in the world. This Guru Mihama is a great recitation and gives all
good fruits, and destroys all births, deaths and diseases.

;r+r- v+ efn et, +r+r +- fr :t
+ r +: r-t, + - ef +fe nr-t
shraddhvn bhakt lakhi lje, tko yahh guru mahim dje
param rahasya gdh ehi jni, kahe na sabahin prasiddh bakhn
Examine a devotee who is truly devoted and give him this Guru Mihama. Knowing this
Guru Mihamas great and deep secret, do not boast about it to others.


doha - doh

u- r+ f++ u- , u- e: -+
u- +r + rf-, - +-v+
dhanya mt pitu dhanya hai, dhanya suhud anurakt
dhanya grm vahh jniye, janha janme guru bhakt
Fortunate are the mother and father, and fortunate is the loving friend, and fortunate is the
village where a devotee of the guru is born.

vf++vr+ ft e+e, u:re+t +t
+rf -+ +e, e++- fe +t
bhakti prabhv miti sakal, dharamds k pr
koti janam ke punya se, satguru mile kabr
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By devotion, all the sufferings of Dharam Dass vanished. It is by the good deeds of
millions of births that he met Satguru Kabir.


e+fe++r + t e-v:ret er
sankalitkr Shr Shambhudsj Sheb
Compiled by Mahant Shri Shambhudasji Saheb




Barahmasi by Shri Hazur Ardh Nam Saheb

When Sadguru Kabir Sahebs disciple, Dharmadas Saheb, got Sadguru Kabir Sahebs
knowledge and darshan, then his life changed. Dharamadas Saheb experienced Sadgurus
knowledge and was immersed in it. For the remainder of his life, he used it to spread the
teachings of Sadguru. He experienced the benefits of devotion and knowledge, and how
without them life can be wasted. Dharamadas Saheb used this experience to explain the
Baramasi. He linked the twelve months of the year to life. Every month gives you the
message of how you should live your life, and what you should do. It is my belief that
those who sing and remember the Baramasi everyday, will find that a time will come
when they will love the messages, and the messages will be reflected in their life.


rret - BARAHMASI

-r + er +r err,
+- +- +-r e+t e-r, +- +r r- +rr +
nam ek sheb k snch,
guru guru kahan sabk sahan, tan ko jn knch---Chorus
The name of Saheb is the Ultimate Truth. Realize that the body is perishable.
Endure difficulties, but firmly adhere to the name imparted by the guru. (Saheb
refers to Kabir Saheb, Sadguru, and also to God. These are ofen used
interchangeably.)

er er ef+e +r ++ t r,
en |ret v v + r- +- +r.
t +t e- +t r,
+e t+r r +-rr +r r- r :

1. asdh ais muskil ter jagat bch ye,
lakh chowrs bharam bharam ke mnush tan pye,
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yeh ter sumran k ber,
owsar bt jai tumhr kah mn mer ---
Asdh month indicates that you have obtained the human birth after wandering in
a difficult series of 8.4 million forms of births. This birth is your time to do
devotion. Heed Sahebs teachings before you lose this valuable opportunity.
(Asadh is the fourth month in the Hindu calendar and corresponds to June 22 to
July 22).

er+- f-:+t r f:- +t +r- + +-r,
r re+ r +r- + f:- et +r -r,
r- +- urn +t rt,
- + +r* ++- -f +- fe rt rt -
2. swan jindag thodh din k gumn mat karn,
ky blak ky jawn ek din sabahi ko marn,
jn tan dhokhe k tt,
ud gaye prn pavan nahin tan men, mile mt men mt ---
Swan tells us that life is short, so give up the ego. Whether you are a child or a
youth, you will face the same death in the end. Realize that the body can
disappoint you. When the soul leaves, the breath stops and the body mixes with
the earth.

vr:r ++ f+ +fr-, e - e+-r,
r+ f++r e+ -u +ter, +r: -t +-r,
+r: -t f+et + +r r+,
:f-r :|e+ re nr-r, evt a r+
3. bhdo vakt kiye pahichne, jaise rayan sapn,
mtu pit sut bandhu kabl, koi nahn apn,
koi nahn kis ke km wai,
duniy dowlat ml khajn, sabh chht jwai ---
Bhdon warns you that life is illusory, just as a dream at night. In this life no one
is truly yours not your mother, father, son, wife or any other relatives.
Therefore, do not have expectations of them, as they cannot be of help. Even all
your worldly wealth will be left behind.

+r +|e ++r e ++, +r + r,
:r- +- ++ +t +r- ++r fv+r,
-r +t r: vt n-r,
eer rr +r =-:r, :e -t =e-r
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4. kuvr kowl kart se karke, karr kar ye,
dn punya tap trath kran, tumko bhijwye,
uhn k yd bh rakhn,
yehh sansar my k phand, ismen nahn phasn ---
Kuvr reminds you that you made a promise to God before coming into the world,
that you would practice the virtues of giving, good deeds, discipline and visiting
holy places. God then gave the soul a body. Remember that promise! The material
world is like a trap of Maya. Do not become entangled in it.

+rf++ +rr e:r +-t - +t -rt,
+ f:- er r- + +- f- rt,
r ent et e+t,
er ar e +rr +r etut r ++t -
5. kartik ky sad tumhr rahane k nahn,
ek din ais n pare tan jare agni mh,
jare jyon skh s lakd,
hans chhod chale ky ko sdh rhh pakad ---
Krtik tells you that the body will not always be with you, even though you feel
attachment to it. It is perishable. A day will come when it will be consumed by
fire, just like a pile of dry wood. The soul will leave and proceed on its own
journey.

+- er r t+- ut uf - ,
r f-:+t +r +|- vrer f+-e r+ fa- ,
vrer er +r rnr,
r-t r er r ver: +r s + vrnr
6. agahan ais ye jvanmen, dhraj dhariye man men,
y zindag k kown bharos vinas ji chin men,
bharos sheb k rkho,
hon hoi so hoi bhal, karo jhth mat bhkho ---
Agahan teaches you that it is the time in your life to be patient in everything you
do. You cannot fully depend on this life, as it can be destroyed in a moment. Have
trust in Sadguru, and give up falsehood. Your future welfare will then be assured.

+e re + r ++ + e r+r,
+r: r e +r: +re e +r: - -f +r+r,
++ t +r er+t,
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e +t +fer e : r+t
7. posh ms ek ye jagat men, ek chale jt,
koi j chale koi kl chale, koi rahane nahn pt,
jagat men yeh tr lg,
bade bade sab pr awliy chale deha tyg ---
Posh informs you that a person is born into the world, but another departs. One
may depart today and another tomorrow, as no one can remain here permanently.
This is the condition of the world, so do not establish ownership over it. Great
saints and holy people surrendered the body and departed.

r re :t ar + -+t + et,
ar t ++ +r- +tt : u et,
:et er rt,
fe re +tt +t + ar r + rt
8. mgh ms men bad chhor ke nek kar lje,
chhod garv gumn garb hridai dhar lje,
is men sheb hai rj,
chaliye chl garb k tum chhoro akarbj ---
Mgh instructs you to give up evil deeds and perform noble ones. Give up the ego
and vanity, and accept a life of humility down to the core of your being. Give up
pride and conduct your life in simplicity. This is pleasing to Sadguru.

=r+- =t+r + + vrnr tsr - re-r,
-+t :t evt +r ef + nr -r,
:et er fe-r,
t r+ r f+ v|er+ +-r
9. phgun phk tum mat bhkho mth bachan bolan,
nek bad sabh ko sahiye, gam khi rahan,
is men sheb hai milan,
ehi bt men moksh mukti hai bhowsgar tarn ---
Phgun is springtime and the season of colours, so colour your life in bright colours that will
be pleasing to others. Speak sweetly, do good deeds, avoid evil and bravely bear your grief. This is
how you will meet God, and be liberated from the world of rebirths.

+ ++ - n +rf=e r er+r,
r r- r re +-rr +r - r+r,
er +r +-+r: +r+r,
t r+ f+ +rt er+ ++r :
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10. chaitra chetkar man men gphil kyon sot,
ky jne ky hl tumhr kahn janm hot,
sheb k gunvd gwo,
yeh bt men mukti tumhr amarlok pwo ---
Chaitra admonishes you to wake up from your foolish and careless sleeping. You
are stagnating. You do not know what your condition will be, and where your
karmas will dictate your next birth. Sing the glories of God. This will bestow
liberation, and ensure that you reach the Eternal Abode.

ern nr+ nr+ entt + +r rr-r,
+-r e+ er +e -t -rr,
vr + rf: +- ++r,
e-r e++- e - r -t v+r ::
11. vaiskh khojat khojat he sakhr tum ko rahe dhyn,
rahn tumhre sang sth men tumse nahn nyr,
bhajo tum di purush karta,
satyanm satpurush samujh nar kyon nahn bhajt ---
Vaiskh reminds you that you are searching and searching, but on the outside.
Instead, search within. Saheb says that he is with you, and has never been
separated from you. Have devotion in your heart for the Eternal Sat Purush, your
creator. Learn the secret of Satyanam, Satya Purush Sat Chit Anand (Existence,
Consciousness and Bliss). O Man! Why dont you do devotion?

s +- + e+r +r f--r r: r,
++ +r:e ar:e f-r u:re +r,
| + *- +r :rer,
er +t fe r- +-rt +* +r rer :-
12. jeth jatan kar surt karo nijnm yd ye,
vart ekdas dvdas mahin dharmds gye,
hown tere charanan k ds,
sheb kabr bali jn tumhr pran karo s ---
Jeth tells you to perfect your duties in devotion, and let the name of Satgurus
continually arise within you. Dharamdas dedicated himself for twelve months as a
humble devotee at the feet of Satguru Kabir, with complete confidence in getting
Satgurus blessing of liberation. Dharamdas says that he is a sacrifice to Kabir
Saheb and requests that his desire for liberation be fulfilled.




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ernt SAKHI

rret -r +t, rr ++r,
r r -:- +, a e+e f++r
brmsi nm k, brambr pukr,
br br bandan kare, chte sakal vikr
Recite Sahebs name every morning, day after day, all year, every year.
Again and again pay obeisances to them, and all your defects will be abolished.


ernt (Selected Sakhis)

+- +r +t :+t, +rf +rf +-r,
+t - r- fv+ +r, +- +e r+ er-.
guru ko kije bandagi, koti koti paranam;
kit na jane bhring ko, guru karle ap saman.
Offer salutations and obeisances to the Guru millions of times. Just as a wasp takes a
worm into its nest and another wasp emerges, just so Guru makes the ordinary disciple as
himself.

f+f +r f+ :n+, +f+ +: +- r-,
ef+ +: f+ erv +, vf+ +: fvr-.
timir gaya ravi dekhate, kumati gayi guru gyan;
sumati gayi ati lobhate, bhakti gayi abhiman.
Darkness disappears when the sun arises, and ignorance goes away by the Guru's
wisdom. Good intellect is lost because of greed, and devotion is lost because of ego.

f f++r + rf- : r-+ ++r,
+- f++r + rf- + + eer.
hari kirpa tab janiye, de manav awatar;
guru kirpa tab janiye, mukta kare sansar.
Know that it is the grace of God that gave you human birth.
But it is the grace of the Guru that liberates you from the cycle of birth and death.

+- urt fe +r+r, er- fe-r,
ef+ feer + ur:, f-+e rf+ +r.

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guru dhobi sis kapada, sabun sirjanhar;
surati sila par dhoiye, nikase jyoti apar.
Guru is like a washerman and the disciple is like cloth; God Himself is the soap.
O Guru! Please wash my thought waves on the stone of meditation, then the unlimited
light will appear.

+- f- r- - -+, +- f- fe - r,
+- f- en - e +r +- f- f+ - :r.
guru bin gyan na upaje, guru bin mil na moksh;
guru bin lakhe na satyako, guru bin mite na dosh.
Without the Guru no one obtains spiritual knowledge or achieves salvation.
Without the Guru no one can see Truth or have his doubts removed.

+- frr r +, fenrf rf +,
vr+ r +rfu, re r =+.
guru bichara kya kare, sikhahi mahi chuk;
bhawe tyon parmodhiye, bans bajaye phunk.
What can the poor Guru do if the disciple has faults?
He gives knowledge but it becomes useless, just as a broken flute does not produce
music.

+ e: +-:+ +r, +r+r -+ f+r,
r+ f-- +f:+r, +: - +r+ +r
ek shabda guru dev ka, taka anant bichar;
thake muni jan pandita, veda na pawe par.
The one word of Sat Guru gives limitless meanings.
Munis and pandits became exhausted trying to find its meaning. Vedas cannot fathom its
depth.

+t n rr , e+t r n,
-r +r e :rr+t -r +r e .
kabir khade bazar me, sabki chahe khair;
na kahu se dosti, na kahu se bair.
Kabir says: "I stand in a market place and I desire the welfare of all.
I am neither related to anyone, nor am I an enemy to any one."

+ar +at + +r-, e + r ver-,
f-+a r: + f v, er: e+ er-

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pachha pachhi ke karane, sab jag raha bhulan;
nirpachh hoi ke hari bhaje, soie sant sujan.
People are divided into various groups (religions) and thus the whole world is misguided.
Being impartial to the worldly groups (religions), one who performs the devotion to
Almighty God is the true saint.

e+t +t :n +, f:r +tr r
:r- +r- + t , er+ r - +r
chalti chakki dekh ke, diya kabira roi;
dou patan ke bichame, sabut bacha na koi.
Kabir says: "Looking at the millstones, I wept.
One who is caught between the two stones, never comes out safely.

ete++ ee r, e +-r +t nr-
+t- er+ +t e+:r, t ete r-.
silwant sabse bada, sab ratano ki khan;
tin lok ki sampada, rahi sil may an.
Whoever has good character is the greatest of all. He is the mine of all jewels.
The wealth of the three worlds is merged in good character.

r+r + | f v, -nfen + f++r,
e t+- e f-+ , eru +r er.
apa taje aw hari bhaje, nakh sikh taje vikar;
sab jiwan se nirbair rahe, sadhu mata hai sar.
Give up the pride of clan and caste and do devotion to God. Give up your faults (lust,
anger, greed, etc.).
Don't be an enemy to anyone. This is the basic principle of the saints.

f-:+ f- rfn, r+- +t a+r+,
f- +r-t f- er-r, f-e + evr+.
nindak niyare rakhiye, angan kuti chhawai;
binu pani bin sabuna, nirmal kare subhaw.
Keep your critic close to you; give him shelter in your courtyard.
Without soap and water he cleanses your character.

r- - :ev , fe - rr,
++r =e r f+ +r, f - e+ :r.
manus janam durlabh hai, mile na barambar;
pakka phal jo gir para, bahuri na lage dar.
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Human birth is difficult to obtain, and you will not get it again and again.
When a ripe fruit falls, it does not re-attach to the branch.

er: :+-r :tf, r ++ er:,
vt vnr -r , eru - vnr r:
sain itana dijiye, jame kutum samai;
mai bhi bhukha na rahu, sadhu na bhukha jai.
God, please give me only that much which will maintain my family. I also will not
remain hungry, nor will any sadhu go hungry.






















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