Kabir's Bhakti Path, a Communion of Love
- Kabir's Bhakti Path, a Communion of Love
"Kabir has conceived of God, Raam, as one eminently attracting
humanity to a Communion of Love, and of man's putting his earthly
life to its best use in responding to this. The resulting Communion
of Love finds the devotee as totally absorbed into God as is humanly
conceivable." (Chapter Seven, "Kabir's Bhakti", in, "The
Encyclopedia of Saints of India, Volume Two: KABIR," Criterion
Publications, New Delhi, India)
The Wisdom of Kabir: Kabir 1008 Vani -- Nectar of Truth and
Knowledge -- Essence of the Collection of Saakhis (The Kabir Saakhi
Granth) in Simple Language and Style
Living in this world for a short period is good, but instead of
wasting one's life doing meaningless things, it is advisable to
dedicate it to remembering God. What is the use of living for
millions of years if one did not dedicate his time to self-
introspection and remembering God, i.e. such life is a total waste;
who will keep an account of it?
My real happiness lies in the supreme 'Self'. And the rest in this
world is nothing but distress. With one's mind, voice and deeds, one
should remember Raam with a pious heart. Kabir Saheb says: 'The
essence of life is in remembering God only'.
The mind is very unsteady. It is not the type that would remember
God just like that. It will remember God only when it is poked with
the goad of true Knowledge [Gnosis, direct experience]. Kabir Saheb
says: '...and then know for sure that this mind will not deviate and
will engage itself in remembering God.'
Concentrate your mind and remember the Supreme Being without saying
anything. Close the outside doors, i.e. quieten your sensory organs
and detach yourself from everything. Open the inside doors of your
heart, i.e. open yourself internally and concentrate on meditating
on God and remembering him.
Remembering God is the simplest and easiest path which has already
been shown by the Satguru. With the help of this device I remember
God with each and every breath of mine, and I am sure this will
enable me to see him one day, i.e. uttering the name of God
continuously. Simply remembering God all the time is the easiest
process (Sahaj) of leading a spiritual life which leads the devotee
to his goal.
You are remembering God in your heart. God resides in the same
heart. You will get a huge store of true Knowledge in this very
heart, i.e. you will find God and his transcendental Knowledge where
you will find your supreme 'Self'.
Devotion through remembering God brings every happiness to life and
removes every distress of mind. Kabir Saheb says: 'Remember God! It
has a wonderfully powerful attraction. By continuously remembering
God, a time comes when the devoted servant (devotee) and the master
(God) become one, i.e. he attains self-realization.
Utter the name of Raam (God) continuously. Kabir says, 'Only
devotees can understand the Mystery of the fact that there is
nothing as compared to remembering God'.
It is a bliss remembering God even for a moment. But only those, who
practice it, know it. Remembering God is so easy that one does not
have to spend a single penny on it. In fact one does not have to
make any extra efforts to have the best results.
Prayers of Guru Kabir
'0 Supreme Being! I have become like You by remembering You all the
time. There are no more self-conceit, attachments and desires of the
world in me. I sacrifice myself on the true Knowledge of Your name,
remembering which enables me to see You all around. There is nothing
that exists other than You.'
'0 the Eternal Raam of the temple of my heart! I lost 'my' existence
in remembering You continuously. I have become one with You. I exist
not without You now. My mind does not wander about any more. I and
You are one now.' Raam.
-- Guru Kabir, from, "Kabir 1008 Vani",
compiled by Lalchand Doohan Jigyasu,
translated by Kunwar Anil Kumar,
Manoj Publications, Delhi, India.