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Kabir ke Dohe: 15 famous sayings from the mystic-poet

Kabir ke Dohe: 15 famous sayings from the mystic-poet

Poet Turns Saint

Kabir, or Sant Kabir as he was known, has inspired generations of people with his now popular sayings. There’s one “doha”, or couplet, from him for every life situation. His poetry was so full of spiritual insight that he ceased to be a mere poet and won the title “Sant”, for saint. Here are some of his most quoted sayings…

My All-Time Favourite kabir ka Doha

“Dukh Mein Sumiran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye, Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Toh Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye.” Meaning: “During suffering, everyone prays to the Lord, but when experiencing happiness, we forget to thank God. If one were to pray to God even during the good times, can the bad times ever trouble one?”

Everyone Knows This One

“Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye, Jo Mann Khoja Aapna, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye.” Meaning: “I searched for the crooked man, but failed to find one. But when I searched within myself, I realised there was none more crooked than me!”

A Quote For Today (kabir ke Dohe)

“Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ab, Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kab.” Meaning: “Instead of doing tomorrow’s work on the morrow, do it today, and do today’s work, right now! If the moment is lost, can you get it back any way?”

Life Is Like A Grinding Stone

“Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Diya Kabira Roye, Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein, Sabit Bacha Na Koye.” Meaning: “Looking at the grinding stones, Kabir laments, In the duel of wheels, nothing stays intact.”

Choose Your Words Carefully ((kabir ke Dohe)

“Aisee Vani Boliye, Mann Ka Aapa Khoye, Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye.” Meaning: “Speak such words, without the ego’s manipulative ways, that not only your own body remains composed, you also give your listeners joy through your words.”

In Its Own Sweet Time

“Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sab Kuch Hoye, Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye.” Meaning: “Slowly, slowly, O mind, everything happens at its own pace, The gardener may water with a hundred pots of water, but the fruit only arrives in its season.”

Just Enough ((kabir ke Dohe)

“Saayi Itna Deejiye, Ja Mein Kutumb Samaye, Main Bhi Bhookha Na Rahoon, Sadhu Na Bhookha Jaye.” Meaning: Give me only so much, O God, that it suffices to fulfil the needs of my clan, I should not suffer cravings, nor should my visitor go unfed.”

What Use Is It To Be Aloof?

“Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor.” Meaning: “Of what use is eminence, to be like a tall date tree? It neither offers shade to travellers, not is its fruit easy to reach!”

The Divine Is Inside You

“Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag, Tera Sai Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag.” Meaning: “Just as a seed contains oil, fire is present in the flintstone, the Divine is inside you, realise this if you can!”

Amicable Indifference

“Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair, Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair.” Meaning: “Kabira stands in the marketplace, wishes welfare to all, Wishing neither friendship, nor enmity, with anyone!”

Love, The Biggest Teacher

“Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye, Dhai Akhshar Prem Ke, Jo Padhe So Pandit Hoye.” Meaning: “Reading books hasn’t made anyone wiser. But the One who has experienced even the first flush of love, knows more about Life than a learned man.”

Love Stories Are Sweet

“Akath Kahani Prem Ki, Kuch Kahi Na Jaye, Goonge Keri Sarkara, Baithe Muskae.” Meaning: “Inexpressible is the story of love, no one can fully describe what it feels like, Similar to the dumb guy who has eaten sweet sugar, he can only smile to show his pleasure.”

Worry Tugs At Your Heart

“Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kaat Kaleja Khaye, Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, Kahan Tak Dawa Lagaye.” Meaning: “Worry is such a thief, it eats away at one’s heart. What can the poor doctor do when his medicine cannot cure this ailment?”

Why So Proud?(kabir ke Dohe)

“Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Uncha Dekh Aavaas, Kaal Pairon Punyah Letna, Uper Jamsi Ghaas.” Meaning: “Kabir, don’t be so proud and vain, living in your high mansion. Tomorow, you’ll be lying beneath the ground, with grass growing on top that animals will chew.”

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