Eternal Name of God
††† SATGURU KABIR SAHEB†††††† HAZUR MUKUNDMANI NAM
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bandagi (salutation - bowing with folded palms - 3 times†
charan bandagi charan seva, mul kamal bistar,
kahe kabir dharm dass se , utare sir ke bhar.
††† 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 would remove all your difficult problems and †††††††††† give you peace.
†††††††††††††††††† †prarthna †(invocation)
sab vidhi mud mangal karanam, haran ashesh kalesh;
satyanam sam nam nahin, vrdayak var desh;
guru ke sumiran matra se, nashat vighan anant,
tase sarv arambh men, dhyavat hai sab sant.
††† O Satguru, you have taught that for our eternal joy and welfare, and for the removal of all ††††††† obstacles, there is no greater boon than satnam - the 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.
dhyan mulam guror murti, puja mulam guro padam;
mantra mulam guror vakyam, moksh mulam guro kripa.
††† The root of meditation is the guru, and the root of worship is his feet;
The root of all mantras is the guruís teaching, and the root of liberation is his grace.
bandow satya kabir ke, charan kamal sir nai,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
jasu gyan din karani kar, bhram tam det nasai;
satguru satya kabir ke, charan kamal kar jor,
divya gyan prabhu dijiye, satguru bandichhor
††† I offer salutation to Satguru Kabir, and bow at his 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.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dhun (chants)
1. puran brahm daya nidhi saheb, satya sukrit satyanam japo
†††††† The perfect Brahm (God) is the ocean of mercy; recite His true and noble name - Satnam
2. satyanam satyanam satyanam bol, ramnam ramnam ramnam bol
††† Recite satyanam, satyanam, satyanam, and recite Ramnam, Ramnam, Ramnam.
3. satyanam satyanam soham guru ram--
Recite satyanam the true name of God residing within as the soul.
†† soham hansa satguru sharanam, sat sat soham kalimal haranam
The liberated soul finds refuge in Satguru, and realizing the Self, becomes sinless.
††† jai karunamai jai kabir, sat sukrit gahi lago tir--
††† Victory, victory to the compassionate Kabir! Accept him and cross to the other shore.
†† jab bolo tab ram kabir, karam bharam ki tute janjir--
††† When you speak utter Ram Kabir and the bondage of karmas and doubts will break.
†† sachidanand guru sachidanand, satguru kabir sachidanand--
†† Satguru Kabir is the embodment of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss.
†† jab bolo tab satya kabir, janam maran ki mit jai pir--
††† When you speak, utter Satya Kabir, and the suffering of birth and death will vanish.
†† satyanam satyanam vahh guru vahh guru
†† vahh guru, vahh guru, vahh guru, vahh guru--
††† Satyanam, satyanam, glory to the guru, glory to the guru;
Glory to the guru, glory to the guru; glory to the guru, glory to the guru
††† jai karunamai (praise to the Compassionate Guru)
†4. jai karunamai jai kabir, sat sukrit gahi lago tir --ch.
†††† Praise to the compassionate Kabir; hold on to noble Truth and cross to the other shore of †††††† liberation.
† bhowsagar hai gahir gambhir, kheyi utare satya kabir,
†† janam janam ki mete pir, tate sumiro satya kabir--
††† 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.
†† jo jo aye sharan kabir, so sab lage bhow se tir,
†† adhi vyadhi upadhi sharir, so sab nashat japat kabir--
††† All those who came to the refuge of Kabir obtained liberation from the world.
The mental and physical sufferings of the body disappear by reciting Kabir;
†† kam krodh mad lobh hai bir, ye sab darte sunat kabir,
†† sewak santo sumiro kabir, karm bharm ki tute janjir--
†† Lust, anger, attachment and greed are powerful, but they become cowards on hearing Kabir.
O devotees! Worship Kabir and your bondage of karmas and doubts will vanish.
††† jab bolo tab bolo kabir, jase pawo hans sharir,
†† dharam dass guru sewe kabir, tase lage bhow se tir--
††† Thus whenever you speak, utter Kabir and you will become a liberated soul.
Dharam Dass worshipped Guru Kabir and was liberated from worldly bondage;
†adi gayatri (first gayatri Ė prayer for protection)
adi gayatri sumiran sar, sumirat hansa utare par;
koti athasi ghat hai, yama baithe tahan rok;
adi gayatri sumirike, hansa 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.
ghati nakahi age tab jai, sakal dut rahe pachhtai;
age makkar tar hai dori, jahan yam rahe mukh mori;
oham soham nam ke, age kare payan;
ajar lok basa kare, jagmag dip asthan;
††† Crossing the obstacles the soul advances, and the messengers of Yama are regretful.
Ahead, the soul finds the makkartar and Yama turns away helplessly.
The soul realizes oham soham and goes forward to dwell in eternal Sat Lok
But reciting this gayatri this soul becomes free of grief and goes onward.
sukh sagar snan kari, hoi hans ka roop;
jai purush darshan karai, jis din param anand;
adi gayatri sumirike, awa gawan nasai;
satya lok basa kare, kahai kabir samujhai.
††† 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.
††††††††††††††† prabhat gayatri† (morning gayatri)
adi gayatri amar sthan, soham tattva le hansa lok saman;
sat gayatri ajapa jap, kahai kabir amar ghar bas;
satya hai amar satya hai sunya, satyahi me kachhu pap na punya;
kahai kabir suno dharma dass, yaha gayatri karo prakash.
††† The first gayatri represents the eternal abode and the soul realizing soham enters it
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 to Dharam Dass to proclaim this gayatri to others.
††††††††† madhyan gayatri (mid day gayatri)
achint purush hirambar chhaya, nad bindu doi karta aya;
yama so jita lok pathaya, surati snehi hans kahaya;
achint purush ko gayatri, dinh kabir batai;
nis din sumiran jo karai, karam bharam mit jai.
††† The Incomprehensible God is present every where, and Nad Bind (meditation) is the way to realize Him
The soul overcomes Yama and becoming liberated, goes to Satlok.†
Kabir has explained this gayatri, and whoever recites it always, will be free of karmas and doubts.
††††††††† sandhya gayatri† (evening gaitri)
baraha yojan kot yantra jahan pal me chhute,
yehi vidhi sanjha jape, bharm ko agam tute;
gayatri brahma jape, jape deo mahesh;
gayatri govind padhe, satguru ke updesh;
††† Just as a fast engine can reach a fort far away, just so doubts are quickly removed by reciting this gayatri. Brahma, Shiva and Krishna recited the gayatri on the instruction of their satguru
tako kal na khai, jo yeha sanjha chhinhe;
ghat me rahi alop kadhi ham bahar kinhe;
inpar lai siddho bhani, deo puja go sharir;
brahma bacha putra dasa, chaplan ugra hansani sharir;††††††††††††††††††††††††††
shabda pai hirdai dhare, as kathi kahe kabir
††† Whoever realizes this will be free of birth, old age and death. God is hidden in the body but I will make Him manifest to you.
This is a verdict of the adepts who perfected themselves with worship and austerity. God ††††††††††† advises the devotee not to corrupt the body which is obtained after countless births. Kabir advises to keep this instruction in the heart
madhyan gayatri †(midnight gayatri)†
kahai kabir ajapa ghat sujhe, nigam nam mohi jo bujhe;
tan man dhanahi nichhawar kare, sar nam gahi bhowjal tare;
ashta siddhi now niddhi mange so dewu,
††† 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 Godís name and be free of the world of rebirths. If he wishes, I will confer on him spiritual perfections.
khurasan khur vedmukh ganga prawaha;
ripu sip mar ger tarai, nowgun dharja surati pragat hoi sujhe;
khojo surati kamal ke tir, satguru mil gaye satya kabir.
††† Then like the flow of the Ganges he will become an eloquent speaker of the Vedas. He will get rid of all enmity. In meditation he will obtain the attributes of spiritual life, and also find Satguru Kabir.
†††† †satnam kirtan (recite Satnam - the Eternal Name)
satya nam satya nam satya nam kahiye,
jahi vidhi rakhe saheb tahi vidhi rahiye--ch.
†† Recite satyanam, satyanam, satyanam, and be happy in living as God ordains.
mukh me ho satyanam, sant sewa hath me,
nahi akela tu hai pyare, saheb tere sath me;
vidhi ka vidhan jan, hani labh 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 Godís law operating, and accept gain or loss equally.
kiya abhiman to, phir man nahi payega,
hoga wahi pyare, jo saheb ji ko bhayega,
phal asha tyag 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.
jindagi ki dor sowmp hath dinanath ke,
mahalo me rakhe chahe jhopari me bas de,
dhanyavad nirvivad satyanam kahiye--
††† Surrender your life into Godís hands. Be happy whether He keeps you in a palace, or in a †††††† thatched hut. Be implicitly grateful and keep on reciting satyanam.
asha ek saheb ji ka sab se asha tor de,
sadhu sang satya rang ang ang bhijiye,
kam ras tyag pyare, nam ras pijiye--
††† 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 Godís name.
††† †karo bandagi (Salutation to Satguru Kabir)
karo bandagi satguru age, jin partap jiw bahu jage--ch.
barambar karo parnam, satguru padam dham satnam--
†††† 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)
adi anadi yugadi anam, sant swarup chhodi nij dham,
aye bhowjal bhaw lagai, yam se jiwan liye chhodai--
††† 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).
shabd dridhaya surati batai, karm bharm se liya bachai,
bhagati sunai sab se nyari, ved kiteb na sakti bichari--
††† He strengthened meditation on the Shabda, and released souls from the bondage of karmas and doubts.
He taught a unique type of devotion, and did not depend on the Vedas, Qíuran or their power
satya purush chowthe pad basa, santan ka waha sada niwasa,
so ghar darsaya guru pure, bin baje tahan achraj ture--
††† God dwells in the fourth state (superconscious), and that is where the liberated saints † always dwell.
The perfect guru has shown that abode where, without musical instruments, the miraculous music resounds.
age alakh purush darbara, dekha jaye surat se nyara,
tis par agam lok ek nyara, sant surati koi karat vichara--
††† Ahead is the invisible Godís royal court that can be seen in unique meditation.
There is the unfathomable and marvelous abode that saints in meditation can contemplate.
tahan se darse atal atari, adbhut satguru mahal sawari,
surat hui sat karman gami, purush anami jai samani--
††† From there you will see the immovable palace, where the immortal satguru dwells.
When your karmas and meditation harmonize, then you will merge with the nameless God
(morning-evening sakhi - prayer)
namo namo gurudeo ji, satya swarupi deo;
adi ant gun kal ke, metan hare bheo;
namo namo tuwa charan ko, satguru din dayal;†††††††††††
tumhari kripa kataksh se, kate sakal bhramjal;
††† 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.
pranamo shri gurudeo ko, so hai sada dayal;
kam krodh mada lobh ko, kshan me dewe tal;
bani nirmal prakash kari, budhi nirmal kari deo;
mai murakh agyan hun, nahi awat kachhu bheo;
††† I bow down to 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
mai adhin bandan karu, suniyo shri gururai;††††††
marag sirjanhar ka, dijai mohi batai;
bhowsagar bhari bhaya, gahira agam athahh;
tum dayal daya karo, tab pau kachhu thahh;
††† 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 merciful. I will have a resting-place only when you rescue me.
thadhi hown kar jori ke, araj karu gurudeo;
tumahi din dayal ho, baha gahi ke leo;
namo namo gurudeo ji, pranam karau anant;
tau krippa te pai how, bhowsagar 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 salute you, O limitless Master! With your grace I will advance beyond this fearful ocean of reincarnation
tum satya purush parmatma, puran vishva bis;
satya guru avichal tuhi, kahi nawawu sis;
bando shri gurudeo ji, tumahi din dayal;
mai adhin binati karu, kato yaha bhowjal;
††† 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.
bando guru tau charan ko, mangu nirmal buddhi;
kal jal ka bhai bahu, lije mori shuddhi;
kal phasayo jal me, hari gyan aru dhyan;
tau kripa binu satguru, kaise pawu gyan;
††† 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?
ab dukh bahu bhow me sahyo, bhatakyo bahu jag as;
tumahi prabhu dukh harana, dije gyan bilas;
adi guru adali tuhi, tum binu nahi kachhu thowr;
bahu bidhi kal satayiya, 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 give me this cherished knowledge. You are the first 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! since you are the most noble of souls.
adi purush avichal tuhi, chala chali sansar;
ajar nam prabhu tumahi ho, adhi byadhi gun jar;
tum bin kaise hoi ho, chinta rahit achint;
amar padarath dijiye, amar nam 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 eternal blessings so that I may remain eternally free of cares.
kal ka nagar vinash hai, kshan me jai nasai
guru purush kripa karai, sar padarath pai;
jate bhow bandhan kate, dijo gyan munindra;
satya sukrit krip karo, kato karm ke band;
††† This world is a city bound by time, and will vanish in no time. 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 bindings of my karmas.
karunamai karuna kari, dijai satya sukam;
bandat how tau charan prabhu, asha guru satnam;
tum data ham mangata, satya kabir dayal;
parakh deya badha haro, meto yam ko jal;
††† 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 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.
kisi kam ka hu nahi, rahit gyan aru dhyan;
satya kabir so kripa kari, dije parakh dhyan;
ko hamko jagat yaha, ranchak jano bheo;
satya kabir dukh pari haru, pawo atam 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.
kal sandhi jhai ahai, trai vidhi kal ke jal;
bhed vako dije bata, satya kabir dayal;
satya kabir ka balaka, parakh bin kangal;
hansi tumhari hot hai, begahi lehu sambhal;
††† Kal (time) has bound me, and in three ways (past, present and future) has spread itís 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.
hansan nayak sadguru, satya lok jihi bas;
jinke shishu ko jagat me, kal det hai tras;
owgun purati bal budhi, tadapi pita gunwant;
nam hasawat pitahi ko, suni kabir mahant;
††† 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.
hans udharan satguru, adham udharan nam;
bandichhor kripal prabhu, satya lok tau dham;
hans udharan taran, tor nam jag mahi;
mai dukhiya bhow me rahow, birad tumhar lajahi;
††† 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 the 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.
kahanlagi kahu asharan sharan, nirbhai pad datar;
mai anath tum sharan ho, begi utaro par;
jo tum nahi sudhi lewa toh, dusar kown sahai;
kal jal ko meti ke, dewe par lagai.
††† 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
†††† sandhya sakhi (evening prayer)
sanjha sumiran arati, bhajan bharose das;
mansa bacha karmana, jab lag ghat me swas;
swas swas me nam le, britha swas mat khoi;
na jane kehi swas ko, awan 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 Godís name, and singing devotional songs. Do not waste the breath. You do not know if your next breath may come or may not come.
swasa ko kar sumirani, ajajpa ko kar jap;
parm tattwa ko dhyan dharu, soham ape ap;
soham poya pawan me, bandha meru sumer;
brahma gath hridai dharo, yehi bidhi mala 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 your 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 rosary for you.
mala hai nij swas ka, pherenge koi das;
chowrasi bharme nahi, kate karm ke phas;
satguru mohi niwajiye, dije amar bol;
shital shabd kabir ka, hansa 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.
hansa mat darpe kal se, kar meri partit;††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
amar lok pahunchai ho, chalu so bhowjal jit;
bhowjal me bahu kag hai, koi koi hans hamar;
kahai kabir dharma dass so, kheva utaro par;
††† O Dear Soul! Do not fear death. 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 only the very humble will obtain liberation.
avinashi ki arati, gawe dass kabir;
kahe kabir sur nar mune, koi na lage tir;
sanjh bhaye din athaye, chakai dinha roi;
chalu chakwa tahan jayiye, jahan rain diwas na hoi;
††† The servant Kabir 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: ďLet us go to that place where there is no day or night.Ē
rain ki bichhuri chakai, an mili prabhat;
jo jan bichhure nam se, diwas mile nahin rat;
hown kabir bichlow nahin, shabd mor samrath;
tahi lok pahunchai 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.
tar upar dharma dass hai, yati sati ko rekh;
rahita purush kabir hai, chalta hai sab bhekh;
bhekh barabar bhekh hai, bhed barabar nahi;
towl barabar ghunghachi, mol barabar 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 bead of equal weight is not as valuable as gold.
nirvikar nirbhai tuhi, owr sakal bhai mahi;
sab par teri sahebi, tum par saheb nahi;
bhow bhanjan dukh pariharan, amar karan sharir;
adi yugadi ap ho, adali adal kabir;
††† You are unchangeable and fearless. All others live in fear. Your mastery 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.
binawat ho kar jori ke, suniye kripa nidhan;
santan me sukh dijiye, daya garibi dan;
daya garibi bandagi, samata shil sudhar;
itne lakshan sadhu ke, kahe kabir bichar;
††† 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.
bahut dinan se johata, bat tumhari ram;
jiya tarse tum milan ko, man nahi bisram;
so din kaisa hoyega, guru gahoge baha;
apnakarkar baithawoge, charan kamal ki chhanh;
††† 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!
kya mukh le binti karun, laj awat hai mohi;
ham toh owgun bahut kiye, kaise bhawe tohi;
surati karo mere saiya, ham hai bhowjal mahi;
apehi baha jayenge, jo nahi pakro banhi;
††† With what kind of face can I entreat you, as I feel ashamed. I have done many wrong things. How can I be likable 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.
†mai apradhi janam ka, nakh sikh bhara vikar;
tum data dukh bhanjana, meri karo ubar;
owgun mere bap ji, baksho garib niwaj;
jo mai put kaput hun, tuhi pita ko laj;
††† 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, Oh 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.
saheb tum mati bisro, lakh log lagi jai;
ham sam tumhare bahut hai, tum sam hamare nahi;
kar jore binati karu, bhowsagar apar;
banda upar mehar kari, awagawan niwar;
††† 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. The world of rebirths is limitless, and I earnestly beseech you to show mercy on me and abolish my rebirths.
antaryami ek tu, atam ke adhar;
jo tum chharo sath ko, kown utare† par;
abki jo sayi mile, sab dukh bhakho roi;
charano upar sir dharu, kahu jo kahana 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.
saheb tum dayal ho, tum lagi meri dowr;††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
jaise kag jahaj ko, sujhe owr na thowr;
mujh me owgun tujhahi gun, tujh gun owgun mujh;
jo mai bisro tujh ko, tu nahi bisro 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.
gyan stotra (spiritual knowledge)
sat sat ke namse satya sagar bhara, sat ke nam se tihu lok chhaja;
sant jan arati kare, prem tari bhare, dhol nishan mridang baja;
††† 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 clap their hands and, with love, play their musical instruments.
bhakti sanchi kiya, nam nischai liya, sunn ke sikhar brahmand gaja;
sat kabir sarvagya saheb mile, bhajo sat nam kya rank raja;
††† 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.
kabir ham din duni darvesha, ham kiya sakal parvesha;
ham duwa salamat lekha, ham shabda swarupi pekha;
††† 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.
ham rund mund me phira, ham phaka phikar phakira;
ham rame kown ki nal, ham chale kown ki chal;
††† We exist in the whole body as the soul. We are poor and hungry, but carefree. We follow no one, but enjoy and follow or own way - the way of God.
ham sarvagyi sahaje rame, hamari war na par;
war bhi hamahi par bhi hamahi, nana dariya tir;
††† 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 can be anywhere)
sakal nirantar ham rame, ham gahire gambhir;
khalik khalak khalak ke mahi, yon guru kahe kabir;
††† We are all pervading all the time, and we are in the depth of depths. We are in the space and in the universe. This is the teaching of Guru Kabir.
satyanam ki arati, nirmal bhiya sharir;
dharam dass loke gaye, guru bahiya mile kabir;
††† 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.
dharam dass loke gaye, chhar sakal sansar;
hansan par utarahi, guru dharam dass pariwar;
††† Dharam Dass, leaving the whole world behind, went to the Eternal Abode. The succeeding generations of gurus will uplift other souls.
sat sukrit lowlin hai, gyan dhyan lo thir;
anjawan waha purush hai, so gahi lago tir;
††† 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.
anjawan se jawan bhiya, jawan se bhaye mul;
chahudisi phuti basana, rahi kali me phul;
††† 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 so we must spread noble actions all around.
jab phule tab gir pade, charan kamal ki dhur;
kali phawari ho rahe, saheb hal hazur;
††† 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 gather back into the being of God.
kabir mile dharam dass ko, likh parwana dinh;
adi ant ki binati, yehi lok ki chinh.
††† Dharam Dass obtained Guru Kabir who gave him permission to go to the eternal abode. This permission results from all our prayers, and marks our success in spiritual life.
vigyan stotra (spiritual science)
ati lowlin chinhant gyani, shabd swarupi sun akas bani;
bina deha saheb niralamb jani, jane janawai kahawai na dewa;
††† 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.
aisa tattva puje pujawe lagawe na sewa, sada dhyan dhari akhande nirasa;
sudha sindhu piwai na jawai piyasa, prem dham dhowra udasi akela;
††† 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 thirst. He hastens to the abode of love, alone and unattached.
lowlin yogi guru gyan mela, milanta chalanta rahanta apari;
aisi drishti dekho ananto vichari, sada chet chetant chitawant sura;
††† 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.
aisa khyal khelant bujhant pura, gyano na dhyano na mano nahi chandra tara;
uge na bhane age na pichhe madhye na koi, jyonka jala 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 every where, no rising, no shining, no front, no back, and no middle. That Supreme Reality remains undisturbed just as the surface of calm water.
daro na mulo na briksho na chhaya, jivo na shivo na kalo na kansa;
drishti na mushti na devi na deva, japo no thapo na jan na sewa;
††† 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.
nahi pown pani na chande na sura, akhandit brahm soi sidh pura;
ham nahi tum nahi bandho na bhai, niradhar adhar ranko na rai;
††† 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 thine, or with relationships. He is not concerned with such things as being without aid or with aid, or being poor or rich.
gawe na dhyawe na heli na hela, nari na purusho na (cheli na chela) kheli na khela;
nahi pet prishthi na pawo na matha, jiwo na shivo na natho anatha;
††† 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
shesho mahesho ganesho na gwalam, gopi na gwale na kanse na kalam;
ase na pase na dase na deva, awe na jawai lagawe na sewa;
He remains unconcerned with the mythological serpent, the gods, cow herds and cowgirls and king Kansaís death. He is not concerned with far or near, servant or master, coming or †† going, or with service.
nahi war pare na niyare hazura, jyon ka tyon tatwa gahire gambhira;
yantre na mantre na darde na shoka, narke na swarge na sanshe na shoka;
††† 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.
sete na pite na sabje na lalam, gore na saware na briddhe na balam;
bheda na veda na kheda na koi, sada 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.
jane janawe janawe na sura, ware na pare niyare hazura;
nade na binde na jinde na jiva, niradhar brahm jahan shakti na shiva;
††† 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 remaining 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.
nahi yoga yogi na bhogi na bhukta, sat chid anand saheb na bande na mukta;
khele khelawai khelawai ow khele, chete chetawai chetawai ow chete;
dekhe dekhawai dekhawai 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.
chitgun chitt vilas dass so antar nahi, adi ant me madhya gosai;
agaha gahan me nahi, gahani gahiye so kaisa;
soham shabda saman adi brahm jaise ka taisa;
††† 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
kahe kabir ham khele sahaj subhaw, akaha adol abol soham samata;
tame an base ek ramta, wa ramta ko lakhe jo koi, tako awagawan na hoi;
††† 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."
oham soham soham soi, oham kilak soham bala;
soham soham bole risala;
kilak kamat kamod kankawat ye charo yug pir;
dharm dass ko shabd sunaye, satya guru satya kabir;
††† "He is me; I am he; we are the same. Soham is my support. The soul within repeats Sohamí ĎSohamí melodiously. In all the four ages, I have been a spiritual teacher. I, Sat Guru Sat Kabir, imparted the Shabda to Dharam Dass."
baja nad bhaya partit, satguru aye bhowjal jit;
baja baje saheb ka raj, mara kuta sab dagabaj;
hazir ko hazur gafil ko dur, hindu ka guru musalman ka pir;
sat dwip nowkhand me soham satya kabir;
††† 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.
†††††††† †daya sagar stuti
††††††††† †† (ocean of mercy prayer)
guru daya sagar gyan agar, shabd rupi satguram;
tasu charan saroj bandow, sukh dayak sukh sagaram;
††† 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, and he is the ocean of happiness.
yogjit ajit amar, bhasate sat sukritam;
daya pal dayal saheb, gyan data 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.
kshama shil santosh samita, anand rupi hridayam;
sahaj bhaw vivek susthir, nirmaya 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.
nirmohi nirbair nirbhai, akath kathita avigatam;
upkar owr updesh data, mukti karan 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 Sat Guru, the giver of well being, spiritual instruction and salvation.
dass bhaw ki priti binati, bhakti karan karawanam;
chowrasi bandhan karm khandan, bandichhor kahawanam;
††† 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.
trigun rahita satya vakta, satya lok niwasitam;
sat purush jahan satya saheb, tahan ap virajitam;
††† 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.
yugan yugan sat purush agya, jiwan karan pagu dharam;
din lin achinh hoi ke jagat me 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.
karunamai kabir kewal, sukhdayak sarvalayakam;
jam bhayankar man mardan, dukhit jiw sahayakam;
††† Kabir is kind. His power gives happiness. He is befitting to all occasions. Yama fears him because he is the destroyer of Yamaís respect, and the helper of suffering souls.
dharm dass kar jor binawe, daya karo man baskaram;
karu sewa guru bhakti avichal, nisdin aradho 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."
††† adhik mahima (great grace of Satguru)
satguru ki adhik mahima, gyan kund nahayiye;
bhramit man tab hot susthir, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† It is the great grace of the Sat Guru 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.
sadhu sant ki adhik mahima, rahani kund nahayiye;
kam krodh vikar pari hari, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† It is the great grace of the sadhus and saints to bathe in the pond of disciplined life. They give up lust, anger and evils, and gain immortality.
dasatan ki adhik mahima, sewa kund nahayiye;
prem bhaki pativrat dridh kari, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† It is the great grace 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
yogi jan ki adhik mahima, yukti kund nahayiye;
chandra suraj man gagan sthir kari, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† It is the great grace 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.
shrota vakta ki adhik mahima, vichar kund nahayiye;
sar shabd niber lije, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† It is the great grace 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.
guru sadhu sant samaj madhye, bhakti mukti dridhayiye;
surati kari sat lok pahunche, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† 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.
dharm das prakash kinho, akaha kund nahayiye;
sakal kali vish dhoi nirmal, bahuri na bhowjal ayiye;
††† 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.
saheb kabir prakash satguru, bhali sumati dridhayiye;
sar me tatsar darse, soi akaha kahayiye;
††† Kabir Saheb has made it clear that you should strengthen your good and noble thinking in the Sat Guru. In all essences, his indescribable essence is seen.
dharm dass pat khol dekho, tattva me nihatattva hai;
kahe kabir nihatattva darse, awagawan niwariye.
††† 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.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chitawani (reminder or instruction)
kabir yaman jai pukariya, dharamrai darbar;
hans mawasi hoi raha, lage na phans hamarí
hamari shanka na kare, tumhari dharai na dhir;
sat guru ke bal gajahi, kahai kabir kabir;
††† 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 Sat Guru they have become brave, and keep on repeating ĎKabirí ĎKabir.í
kabir kahanto jan de, meri dasi na jai;
khewatia ke naw par, chadhe ghanere ay;
baja baja rahit ka, para nagar me shor;
sat guru khasam kabir hai, mohi najar na awe 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 a stir in the city that Sat Guru Kabir is the divine Master. I do not see anyone else like him.
sat ka shabd sun bhai, fakiri adal badshahi;
sadho bandagi didar, sahaje utare sayar par;
soham shabd se kar prit, abhai akhand ghar ko jit;
tan me khabar kar bhai, jame nam roshnai;
††† O Brother! Listen to the eternal Word. Sainthood is in fact emperorship full of justice. 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. Take care of this body, O Brother! in which the name of God shines.
surati nagar basti khub, behad ulat chadh mahboob;
surati nagar me kar sel, jame atma 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.
amri mul sandhi milawa, japar rakho baya paw;
dahina madhya me dharna, asan amar yo karna;
dwadas pawan bhari pije, shashidhari ulati chadhi lije;
tan man varna kije, ulati nij nam ras pije;
††† Sit with the left foot at the perineum, and the right foot above the right ankle, and perfect this posture (sidhasan). Take a deep breath 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.
tan man sahit rakho swas, is bidhi karo behad bas;
dono nain ko kar ban, bhowra ulati kas kaman;
parbat chheke dariya jan, karle trikuti asnan;
sahaje paras pad nirvan, tero mite awajan;
††† 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). Bathe in the bliss of Trikuti always, and your birth and death will be abolished, and you will easily obtain liberation.
jame gaib ka bazar, sarwar doi dise par;
ta bich khare kudrat jhar, shobha koti agam apar;
lage nowlakh tara phul, karni koti jariya mul;
tako dekhna mat bhul, ramta ram ap rasul;
††† 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. Godís beauty is beyond description and is unfathomable, as if decorated by countless stars as flowers. With Godís 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.
maya marm ki kanchi, dekho andar ki sanchi;
barse nir bin moti, chanda sur ki jyoti;
jhalke jhilmila nari, ta bich alp hai kyari;
mano prem ki jhari, khul gayi agam kiwari;
††† 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, and you will feel a shower of love all around, and the door to God opens for you.
bera bharm ka khoya, dipak nam ka joya;
yogi yugti se jiwai, pyala prem ka piwai;
mowla piw ko dije, tan man kurban kar lije;
pari hai prem ki phansi, manua gagan ka basi;
††† 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.
baje bina tanti tur, sahaje uge paschim sur;
bhowra sugndh ka† pyasa, kiya hai kamal me basa;
ramita hans hai raja, sahaje palak awaja;
sundar shyam dhay laya, badal gagan me chhaya;
††† You will then hear music without instruments, and the sun easily rises in the West (beyond space, time and direction). The bumble bee 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 clouds on a hot day.
amrit bund jhari laya, dekh doi nain lalchaya;
ajab didar ko paya, dariya sahaj me nahaya;
dariya ulat umge nir, ta bich chale chowsath chhir;
hansa an baithe tir, sahaje chuge mukta hir;
††† The soul finds drops of nectar flowing. It longs to see God and, on being in His presence, it bathes in the river of tranquillity. The flow of the river turns around and flows in sixty-four milky currents (milk represents spiritual wisdom). The soul then sits on the river bank of realization, and easily plucks the pearls and diamonds of liberation.
mila hai prem ka pyara, nahi hai nain so nyara;
jiwan mritak na byape kal, jo trikuti se palak na tal;
palka piw se laga, dhokha dilo se bhaga;
chitawani chit bilas, jab lag rahe pinjar swas;
soham shabd ajapa jap, jahan kabir apahi ap;
††† 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.
††††††††††††† †sakhi (testimony)
chitawani chit lagi rahe, yaha gati lakhai na koi;
agam panth ke mahal me, anahad bani hoi;
nam nain me rami raha, jane birla koi;
jako satguru milia, tako malum hoi;
††† Remember this instruction always. No one will be able to see God realization in you, but in the beautiful state of liberation, you will hear the unstruck divine music. Godís name will shine in you, and rarely will anyone recognize it. Only one who has attained Sat Guru will be able to understand it.
jhanda ropa gaib ka, doi parbat ke sandhi;
sadhu pichhane shabd ko, drishti kamal kar band;
jhalke jyoti jhilmila, bin bati bin tel;
chahudis suraj ugiya, aisa adbhut khel;
jagrit rupa rahit hai, sat mati gahir gambhir;
ajar nam binse nahin, soham satya kabir;
††† 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.
gyan gudadi (quilt of knowledge)
(material/spiritual aspect of the body)
dharm dass binawe kar jori, saheb suniye binati mori;
kaya gudadi kaho sandesha, jase jiw ka mite andesha;
††† 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.
alakh purush jab kiya bichara, lakh chowrasi dhaga dara;
panch tattva ki gudadi bini, tin gunan se thadhi kinhi;
††† 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.
tame jiw brahm owr maya, samrath aiso khel banaya;
jiwan panch pachiso lage, kam krodh moha mad page;
††† In the body he placed the soul, Brahm and Maya. The Allmighty made quite a play of creation. He made all life with the five pranas and twenty-five elements, and this life has become the victim of lust, anger, attachment and egotism.
kaya gudadi ka bistara, dekho santo agam singara;
chand suraj doi pevan lage, guru pratap se sowat jage;
††† He placed this body every where. O devotees! See how profoundly and beautifully adorned it is. The moon and sun (negative and positive) are its supports, and by the grace of God, the breath of life changed the unconscious body into conscious life.
shabd ki sui surat ka dora, gyan ki tobhan sirjan jora;
ab gudadi ki kar husiyari, dag na lage dekh bichari;
††† 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.
sumati ko sabun sirjan khoi, kumati mail ko daro khoi;
jin gudadi ka kiya bichara, so jan bhete sirjan hara;
††† 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.
dhiraj dhuni dhyan dhar asan, sat ki kopin sahaj singhasn;
yukti kamandal kar gahi linha, prem phawari murshid chinha;
††† The devotee should practice patience and perseverance in sitting in a proper posture and meditating. He should make virtue his loincloth, simplicity his ďthroneĒ, reason his water vessel, and love his cleaning rake. These are the marks of a true devotee.
seli shil vivek ki mala, daya ki topi tan dharmshala;
mehar matanga mati baisakhi, mriga chhala manahi ko rakhi;
††† He should make good conduct his garland, spiritual discrimination his rosary, kindness his hat, the body his hostel, compassion his support, intellect his crutch, and mind his deer skin.
nischai dhoti pawan janeu, ajapa jape so jane bheu;
rahe nirantar satguru daya, sadhu sangati kar sab kuchh paya;
††† He should make determination his loincloth, breath, his sacred thread, and mentally recite Godís Name, and discover the secret of God. Always depend on the kindness of Sat Guru, and keep the company of holy people, and be fulfilled.
low ki lakuti hridaya jhori, kshama kharau pahir bahori;
mukti mekhla sukrit sumarani, prem pyala piwai mouni;
††† He should make attachment to God his walking stick, kind heart is handbag, forgiveness his sandals, salvation his scarf, noble conduct his rosary, love his drinking vessel, and silently drink the nectar of Godís love.
udasi kubari kalaha niwari, mamta kutti ko lalkari;
yukti janjir bandhi jab linha, agam agochar khirki chinha;
††† With the stick of detachment, he should drive away conflicts, and the bitch (female dog) of egotism. When he binds himself with the chain of disciplined practice, he will find the window open to Unfathomable God.
virag tyag vigyan nidhana, tatt tilak dinha nirvana;
gurugam chakmak man sam tula, brahm agni pragat kar mula;
††† The devotee should be rich in non-attachment, renunciation and spiritual knowledge, and make the philosophy of Truth his sandal mark on the forehead. By these, he will obtain salvation. The guruís knowledge is the flint stone that ignites the mind, just as it ignites the cotton wick, and confers enlightenment.
sanshai shok sakal bhram jara, panch pachiso pargat mara;
dilka darpan dubidha khoi, so vairagi pakka hoi;
††† The uncertainties, sorrows and all doubts are then burned, and he overcomes the material elements. He gets rid of the doubts that cloud the mirror of his heart, and thus becomes a perfect devotee.
sunya mahal men pheri deyi, amrit ras ki bhiksha leyi;
dukh sukh mela jag ka bhau, triveni ke ghat nahau;
††† 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.
tan man sodhi bhaya jab gyana, tab lakh pawe pad nirvana;
ashta kamal dal chakkar sujhe, yogi ap ap me bujhe;
††† 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 the Self).
&&ingala pingala ke ghar jai, sushmani nari rahe thaharai;
oham soham tattwa bichara, bank nal me kiya samhara;
††† His consciousness soars to the house of Ida and Pingala (yogic nerve currents), and remains steadfast in Sushumna, and realizes the Reality Oham Soham, and controls his consciousness in this channel of God realization.
man ko mar gagam chadhi jai, mansorovar paith nahayi;
anahad nad nam ki puja, brahm vairag deo nahi duja;
††† 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.
hhuti gaye kashmal karmaj lekha, yehi nainan saheb ko dekha;
ahankar abhiman bidara, ghat ka chowka kar unjiyara;
††† 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.
chit kar chandan mansa phula, hit kar samput karle mula;
shraddha chanwar prit kar dhupa, nowtam nam saheb ka rupa;
††† The devotee should make his consciousness the sandal paste, his mind the flowers, his love the folded hands, and offer them to God. He should make faith his whisk, love his incense, and the best Name for the form of God.
gudadi pahire ap alekha, jin yaha pragat chalayo bhekha;
saheb kabir bakasi jab dinha, sur nar muni sab gudadi linha;
††† 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. †† †††††††††††††††
gyan gudadi padhe prabhata, janam janam le patak jata;
gyan gudadi padhe madhyana, so lakhi pawai pad nirvana;
††† 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.
sanjha sumiran jo nar karahi, jara maran bhowsagar tarahi;
kahia kabir suno dharm dasa, gyan gudadi karo prakasha.
††† 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."
†††††††††††† sakhi (testimony)
mala topi sumarini, satguru diya bakshish;
pal pal guru ko bandagi, charan nawawu shis;
††† Dharam Dass says: "Sat Guru, 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.
bhow bhanjan dukh pari haran, amar karan sharir;
adi yugadi ap ho, charo yug kabir;
††† 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, and are in age after age. In all the ages you have manifested yourself.
bandi chhor kahayiya, balakh shahar manjhar;
chhute bande sab bhekh ko, dhan khan kahe sansar;
††† 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.
†arati # 1(waving the light in devotion)††††††††† ††† †††††††††
arati garib niwaj, saheb arati ho,
arati din dayal saheb arati ho--
††† I offer arati in devotion to Kabir Saheb who is kind to the poor, and compassionate to the †††††† humble.
gyan adhar vivek ki bati, surati jyot jahan jai--
arati karun satguru saheb ki, jahan sab sant samaj--
††† 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.
daras paras man bahut anand bhayo, chhuti gaye yam ke jal--
saheb kabir santan ki kripa se, bhayo hai param parkash--
††† 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.††††††††
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† arati† # 2
jai jai shri gurudev--
parakh rup kripalam, mud mai trai kalam,
manas sadhu maralam, nashak bhow jalam--
††† 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.
kund indu var sundar, santan hitkari,
shantakar shariram, shwetambar dhari--
††† 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.
shwet mukut chakrankit, mastak par shobhe,
shubhra tilak yut bhrikuti, lakhi muni man mohe--
††† His crown is white and inlaid with the chakra, and is beautiful on his forehead. His auspicious tilak between his eyebrows captivates the mind of the munis.
hira mani muktadik, bhukshit urdesham,
padmasan singhasan, 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.
tarun arun kanjanghri, jan man bas kari,
tam agyan prahari, nakh dyuti ati bhari--
††† His youthful and healthy look, and legs held in the lotus posture, arrest the attention of the common people. He destroys the darkness of ignorance. His nails are shiny and attractive.
satya kabir ki arati, jo koi gave,
bhakti padarath pawe, mukti padarath pawe,
bhow me nahin awe, jai jai shri gurudev--
††† Whoever prays, performing the arti of Satya Kabir, is blessed with the wealth of devotion and attains liberation. He will not return to the world of birth and death. Glory! Glory to Sri Gurudeo.
Arti # 3
jai jai satya kabir--
satyanam satya sukrit, satrat hat kami,
vigat klesh sat dhami, tribhuvan pati swami--
††† Glory! Glory! to Satya Kabir. He is endowed with the eternal name and eternal deeds, and he dwells in Truth. He removes all passions.
jaiti jaiti kabiram, nashak bhow bhiram,
dharyo manuj shariram, shishuvar sar tiram--
††† Glory! Glory! to Kabir, the annihilator of immense sufferings. He took human form and manifested as a baby near the bank of the pond.
kamal patra par shobhit, shobha jit kaise,
nilachal par rajit, muktamani jaise--
††† He looked beautiful on the lotus leaf, and was quite endearing. He appeared as if he were a gem on a blue mountain.
param manohar rupam, pramudit sukh rashi,
ati abhinav avinashi, kashi pur vasi--
††† His form is eternal and attractive, and is the embodyment of cosmic joy and happiness. He was† unique and eternal, and dwelt in the city of kashi.
hans udharan karan, pragate tan dhari,
parakh rup bihari, avichal avikari--
††† He took on the human form to liberate the people. His form gives joy. He is steadfast and †††††††† completely free of defects.
saheb kabir ki arati, aganit aghahari,
dharm dass balihari, mud mangal kari--
††† Performing the arti to Saheb Kabir removes countless sufferings. Dharam Dass surrenders to him completely, and enjoys his auspiciousness.
saheb kabir ki arati, jo koi gawe,
bhakti padarath pawe, mukti padarath pawe,
bhow me nahin awe, jai jai satya kabir--
††† 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.
guru dukhit (Dharam Dasí entreaty to Satguru)
guru dukhit tum bin ratahu dwara, pragat darshan dijiye;
guru swami a suno binati mori, bali jawu bilam na kijiye;
††† O Master! I am suffering without you, and Iím 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.
guru nain bhari bhari rahat hero, nimikh neha na chhariye;
guru baha dije bandichhor, so ab ki bandh chhoradiye;
††† 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.
bibidh bidhi tan bhayeu byakul, bin dekhe ab na raho;††††††††††
tapat tan me uthat jwala, 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?
gun owgun apradh chhama karo, ab na patit bsariye;
yaha binati dharm dass jan ko, sat purush ab maniye.
††† 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!
bho kabir (entreaty to Satguru Kabir)
bho kabir daya ke sagar, mukti data jagat ko;
hath jor mai vinai karata, puran kam ho bhakt ko;
yaha kathin jag janjal dekhi, hamar ur ati dolata;
ap ke sharne khara hun, ram rup kahi bolata;
††† Oh 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.