Sakhi 39 from the Sakhis of Guru Kabir (in the Bijak) jyon modad samsan shil, sabai rup samsan, kahahi kabir waha sawaj ki gati, tabki dekhi bhukanMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 25, 2008View Source
Sakhi 39 from the Sakhis of Guru Kabir (in the Bijak)
jyon modad samsan shil, sabai rup samsan,
kahahi kabir waha sawaj ki gati, tabki dekhi bhukan
Just as a crystalline stone reflects the colour and form of every object placed near it,
Just so the dog sees itself reflected and barks at it, says Kabir.
Commentary by Dr. Das:
A crystalline or polished stone behaves like a mirror and will reflect any colour or form of an object placed in front of it. In this sakhi Kabir uses the crystalline stone to symbolize man's mind and the dog is the man himself. Whatever the man is, that is what he will reflect in his mind. The saying "as a man thinketh so he is" carries the same meaning. People are full of various types of emotions, passions and feelings and they react to them by reflecting mentally, either anger, frustration, dejection, depression, or happiness, contentment, peace and love. Just as the dog seeing itself reflected and he barks at the reflection, just so, people react to the various emotional states by reflecting them in their mind.
In this sakhi Guru Kabir teaches that the dog foolishly barks at its own reflection, thinking that it is another dog. People should not be foolish like the dog and keep on reacting to their varied emotional states, passions and frustrations, etc. People should understand themselves and develop self-control, and maintain an equanimity of mind. This is very important for all of humanity, as it is the path to peace and happiness.