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  1. Kabir Das Ji
  2. Who was Kabir Das ji ? Kabir was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint, whose writings influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikhism's scripture Adi Granth. His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher, the Hindu bhakti leader Ramananda. Kabir suggested that True God is with the person who is on the path of righteousness. Kabir’s legacy survives and continues through the Kabir panth (“Path of Kabir”).
  3. Born 1398 Varanasi, Sayyid dynasty Died 1518 Maghar, Lodhi dynasty Occupation Weaver, poet Known for Influencing the Bhakti movement, Sant Mat and Kabir Panth movements. Having hymns included in the Guru Granth Sahib Movement Bhakti (Ramananda's disciple) Parents Neeru (father) Neema (Mother) Early life and Background Kabir Das Working as a craftsman
  4. ● Kabir Saheb was born in 1398 (Samvat 1455), on the full moon day of Jyeshtha month at the time of Brahmamuharta. There is a considerbale scholarly debate on the circumstances surrounding Kabir's birth. A few accounts mention that he was raised by a Muslim weaver, Niru and his wife Nima. ● Kabir is widely believed to have become one of the many disciples of the Bhakti poet-sant Swami Ramananda in Varanasi, known for devotional Vaishnavism with a strong bent to monist Advaita philosophy teaching that God was inside every person, everything. ● Early texts about his life place him with Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism as well as the Sufi tradition of Islam. According to Irfan Habib, the two manuscript versions of the Persian text Dabistan-i-Mazahib are the earliest known texts with biographical information about Kabir. The Dabistan-i-Mazahib states Kabir is a "Bairagi" (Vaishnava yogi) and states he is a disciple of Ramanand (the text refers to him repeatedly as "Gang").
  5. ● Kabir composed poems in a pithy and earthy style, fused with imagery. ● His poems were in vernacular Hindi, borrowing from various dialects including Avadhi, Braj, and Bhojpuri. ● His verbally composed poems of wisdom as "bā ņ ī s" (utterances). ● Literary works with compositions attributed to Kabir include Kabir Bijak, Kabir Parachai, Sakhi Granth, Adi Granth (Sikh), and Kabir Granthawali (Rajasthan) Poetry Kabir Das 1952 Indian Postage Stamp
  6. Famous poetry and sayings ● If God be within the mosque, then to whom does this world belong? If Ram be within the image which you find upon your pilgrimage, then who is there to know what happens without? Hari is in the East, Allah is in the West. Look within your heart, for there you will find both Karim and Ram; All the men and women of the world are His living forms. Kabir is the child of Allah and of Ram: He is my Guru, He is my Pir. - Kabir, III.2, Translated by Rabindranath Tagore ● Kabir's couplets suggest he was persecuted for his views, while he was alive. He stated, for example, Saints I see the world is mad. If I tell the truth they rush to beat me, if I lie they trust me. For, without soap or water, he will scrub your character clean.
  7. Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye
  8. Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein, Dhuan Na Pargat Hoye So Jane Jo Jarmua, Jaki Lagi Hoye Aasa Jive Jag Marey, Log Marey Mar Jayee Soyee Sube Dhan Sanchate, So Ubrey Jey Khayee Aisee Vani Boliye, Mun Ka Aapa Khoye Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye
  9. ● Kabir's legacy continues to be carried forward by the Kabir panth ("Path of Kabir"), a religious community that recognises him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat sects ● Kabir's literature legacy was championed by two of his disciples, Bhāgodās and Dharmadās. ● Songs of Kabir were collected by Kshitimohan Sen from mendicants across India, these were then translated to English by Rabindranath Tagore. Legacy
  10. ● Kabir has been criticised for his depiction of women. According to Kabir, a woman prevents man's spiritual progress. ● Woman ruins everything when she comes near man; Devotion, liberation, and divine knowledge no longer enter his soul. - Kabir, Translated by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh Criticism
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