Kabir: The essence of the Guru


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Siddhar Sage Kabir: The essence of the Guru

Story of Kabir:
Kabir is one of India’s well known mystics, who lived in the 15th century.  Kabir’s life message was derived from his spiritual experiences. Kabir is not easily categorized as a Sufi or a Yogi — he is all of these. He is revered by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. He stands as a unique, saintly, yet very human, bridge between the great traditions that live in India. Kabir says of himself that he is, “child of Allah and Ram.”. In expressing his vision, he bluntly criticized both Muslims and Hindus for their blind attachment to dogma and ritual forms. Kabir’s life was filled with miracles.
As a baby found abandoned, he was adopted by a Muslim family. He had deep yearnings to the spiritual path and he realized that he needed a Guru. Kabir was drawn to Ramananda and was afraid that Ramananda would not accept him as a disciple since he was a muslim. Kabir hid on the steps down which Ramananda walked on the way to his daily bath early morning. Stumbling over Kabir, in surprise he uttered, Ram! After this, Kabir claimed, he had been initiated and was now Ramananda’s pupil. Years later, Ramananda saw in Kabir the mature spiritual aspirations and he began teaching Kabir formally.
One of the most loved stories associated with Kabir is told of his funeral. Kabir’s disciples disputed over his body, the Muslims wanting to claim the body for burial, the Hindus wanting to cremate the body. Kabir appeared to the arguing disciples and told them to lift the burial shroud. When they did so, they found fragrant flowers where the body had rested. The flowers were divided, and the Muslims buried the flowers while the hindus reverently committed them to fire.
Kabir’s poetry:
“If all the land were turned to paper and all the seas turned to ink, and all the forests into pens to write with, they would still not suffice to describe the greatness of the guru.” -Kabir








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