KABIR DAS

KABIR DAS

(Perfect Master)

Giving up the idea of a journey to Nepal, Meher Baba led the men to visit the tomb of Kabir at Maghar instead, remaining there for two days. A renowned 15th century poet and Perfect Master, Kabir grew up in a Muslim weaver family, but some say he was really the son of a Brahmin widow and was adopted by a childless couple.

Hence he was revered by both Muslims and Hindus. But when Kabir died, his Hindu and Muslim followers argued over his last rites. (Muslims bury their dead, whereas Hindus are cremated.) One popular legend says that as the two groups were fighting around his coffin, when they finally opened the coffin, they found Kabir's body missing and in its place were flowers. So two tombs were built for Kabir side by side — a samadhi where Hindus worship and a dargah where Muslims pay homage. Each following believes that theirs is the real grave. Baba paid his respects at both places.

After visiting the shrines dedicated to Kabir, Baba had about 50 poor persons fed in Maghar (which lessened the burden of their grain sacks). All the rest of the surplus provisions, which they had carried with them from India for their journey in Persia, were distributed among the poor, and the large empty jars were given to the stationmaster.

During their stay at Maghar, a conflict arose between a group of wandering sadhus. Baba intervened and stopped the quarrel. He explained to them about the way of life they should be leading if they were real sadhus and had renounced the ephemeral world. Soon after, Baba and the four remaining mandali (Adi, Gustadji, Masaji and Vajifdar) left Maghar for Kanpur in tongas and stayed at a dharamshala there. They bathed in the Ganges River and later fed a few more poor persons along the banks.

At one point, Baba translated a few couplets of the Perfect Master Kabir: "One cannot start running at full speed; one must gather momentum and gradually increase the speed.

"If one is to be stained with a spiritual colour, one must be stained gradually. The colour takes time to penetrate for it to become deep and rich — it must be applied gradually.

"The mind which has been sleeping the sleep of ignorance for ages can only gradually be awakened to Knowledge."

 

Baba also quoted Kabir on advance of company of Sadguru

The advantage one derives by pilgrimage is one.

The benefits one derives by visiting a saint are four.

But the benefits one derives by meeting a Sadguru are numberless!

Reprimanding Aloba not to stare Baba which he could not, Baba reminded him of the verses of Kabir:

If something is given by the Master, on his own, it is like milk;

If asked for, it is like water;

If forced, it is like blood.

This is what Kabir says.

Kabir has rightly said: What is given voluntarily is like milk; what is gotten by begging is like water; what is forcibly taken is like blood."

Explaining to one woman devotee about slander, Baba cited this couplet of Kabir:

He who slanders Me is my friend,

Because with his own soap, he cleanses me of my dirt!

"Kabir was a Perfect Master. All over India, people revere him and love him. He said this to his own Master. Baba gave the English translation:

Nothing that I have belongs to me.

All that I have belongs to you.

What will I lose if I surrender to you

What belongs to you!

Talking to Principal Niranjan Singh Baba explained about gurus who "initiate" disciples by whispering some word in their ear, such as a mantra. Baba had this couplet of Kabir's recited:

He who bestows grace through the whisper of a divine word in the ear

Is a master of the limited, not the Unlimited?

The Masters of the Unlimited are only the Sadgurus.

Hindi version of above quote is under.

Kanfuka guru had Ka

Benefit of visiting guru is one

Behad Ka Guru aur hai

Soch samajh Man Mahi

Baba said, "The Sadguru has not to know, he knows. He knows that there is nothing to know."

Everyone says, "I am dying," but none of them die.

Only he who is dead before dying has not to die again.

These are the words of Kabir.

One God is the Avatar;

one God is the Soul of every being;

One God creates all;

and one God is everything.

Baba mentioned other mystical poets who were realized. "Kabir's poetry has a beauty all its own — simple, yet deep in meaning, and interesting. Kabir, by nature, was quiet and mild, while (Guru) Nanakji, on the contrary, was very hot-tempered. Both were Realized, yet so different in temperament. Tukaram also wrote beautiful abhangs. Krishna, undoubtedly, was the author of the Gita, but he didn't write it down. Then who wrote it?"