In this era of modern technology, everyone is aware about Kabir Saheb and His contributions in the field of spiritualism. And every other religious sect (for example, Radha Saomi sect, Jai Gurudev Sect, etc) firmly believes in the sacred verses of Kabir Saheb and often uses them in their spiritual discourses as well. Amidst such a strong base and belief in the verses of Kabir Saheb, we are still not known to His exact identity. Let us unfold some of these mysteries about the identity of Kabir Saheb (kabir Das) one by one.
Kabir Das (God Kabir): Brief Introduction
Kabir Das is someone who needs no introduction. Kabir Das is known for many things and contributions to society. He is renowned for Kabir ke dohe (couplets). Kabir Das poems is yet another name given to His couplets. Kabir Das books include Kabir Sagar, Kabir Beejak, Kabir Shabawali and many others. In His personal life, Kabir Das was not born to anyone, He appeared by Himself hence Kabir Das has no parent. Also Kabir Das didn’t have a wife. He was there in Kashi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh from the year 1398 to 1518. Kabir Das age was of 120 years when He left for Satlok along with His body, only flowers were left behind. Kabir Saheb says:
Maat-Pita mere kuch nahi, Na mere ghar daasi |
Julhe ka sut aan kahaya, Jagat kare meri hassi ||
How did God Kabir Get Famous as Kabir Das?
Kabir Saheb who is renowned as Kabir Das is known for His sacred verses which are acceptable throughout the globe. But have we ever thought about why His verses got so much popular amongst people? The answer is No. It is because of the truth He exposed from His sacred verses about the reality of life here.
We all here are busy making money and attaining luxury in our lives. But Kabir Saheb took us above it by explaining to us the cycle of why we take birth and die and bear complications to become rich or poor in our lives. He explained to us the creation of the whole universe with His few verses. And to our surprise only God could do that but still He is renowned as only a saint, poet or satguru. Kabir Saheb says:
Akshar purush ek ped hai, Niranjan baki daar |
Teeno deva shakha hai, paat roop sansar ||
What was Kabir Das’ Philosophy?
The philosophy of Kabir was not only simple but it was crystal clear too. He always preached about the religion of humanity above any other religion. Kabir Saheb always criticized the methods of worship that are against our Holy Scriptures. By His sacred verses He enlightened the true path of worship and the power of truth. His sole aim was to unite people irrespective of religion so that they can worship one complete God to attain happiness and salvation. Kabir Saheb says:
Hindu Muslim Sikh Isai, Apas mei sab bhai bhai |
Arya Jaini aur Bishnoi, ek prabhu ke bache soi ||
The philosophies and ideologies of Kabir Das (Saheb) are no less than a boon to devotees who always look to strengthen their soul to attain supreme happiness. It is because of our grave ignorance that we considered Him as a saint only. And we remained deprived of the true spiritual knowledge given by Him. Thus we failed to recognise Him but He is actually the Supreme God or the overall controller of the entire universe.
Who is the God of Kabir Das?
It is because of our misconception that we considered Kabir Saheb as a saint, we started asking mistakenly about His God too. Kabir Das (Kabir Saheb) is Himself the Almighty God who is nurturing everything everywhere. Kabir Saheb appeared by Himself in this Kalyug approximately 600 years ago and played the role of a Tatvdarshi Saint, an ideal devotee and soon came to be recognised as Kabir Das. But to keep the tradition of adopting a Guru He adopted Swami Ramanand Ji as His Guru as a formality by showing him His actual identity at first.
He Himself specifies that He is the Supreme God who has created all the universes.
Garib, jaati humaari Jagat Guru, Parmeshwar hai panth |
Dasgarib likh pade, naam Niranjan kant ||
Garib, hum hi Alakh Allah hain, kutub gos aur peer |
Garibdas Khaalik Dhani, humra naam Kabir ||
Garib, ae swami Srishta main, srishti humre teer |
Das Garib adhar bassoon, avigat Sat Kabir ||
Is Kabir Das a Hindu?
Kabir Saheb was neither a hindu nor a muslim. He always preached about a single complete God above any sort of religion and humanity as a religion above all. There are controversies about the religion of Kabir Saheb as He was taken up by a muslim couple on His appearance in Kashi, Varanasi named Neeru and Neema (who were originally Hindu).
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So He was believed to be a muslim in His starting days. But as the time went by He proved through His divine acts that He is the Supreme God and does not belong to any religion. Instead He favoured humanity as a religion.
What is the Real Name of Kabir Das?
Kabir Das appeared by Himself in every yuga with different names and identities. In Kalyuga He appeared by the name of Kabir which is His actual name as well. While in other yugas He appeared by the name of SatSukrit (Satyuga), Muninder Rishi (TretaYuga), Karunamay (DwaparYuga).
Satyug Mein Sat Sukrit Keh Tera, Treta Naam Muninder Mera |
Dwapar Mein Karunamay Kahaya, Kalyug Naam Kabir Dharaya ||
How to attain Salvation According to Kabir Das (God Kabir)?
Kabir Saheb has facilitated us with Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj from Haryana who is preaching about the actual identity of Kabir Saheb as Supreme God. And giving us the same method of worship as given by Him 600 years ago. Hence it is upon us to act now and get ourselves salvated by taking His refuge. And you can also read the sacred book Gyan Ganga to know in detail about Kabir Saheb.
FAQ Related to Kabir Das Ji (God Kabir)
Ans. Besides being a great social reformer saint of ‘Gyanmargi Stream’ (path of devotion), Kabir Das Ji is Supreme God.
Ans. Kabir Das Ji (God Kabir) was not born from a mother’s womb but had descended as an infant on a lotus flower at a place called Lahartara in Kashi (India) in 1398 AD i.e. Vikram Samvat 1455.
Ans. Kabir Das ji (God Kabir) had no parents because He Himself is the Supreme God. But at the time of His Kashi Leela (divine play), He was brought up by a weaver couple named Neeru-Neema.
Ans. There are many legends about the name of the wife of Kabir Das Ji (God Kabir) but the fact is He did not have any wife. He himself has spoken about it –
maat-pita mere kuchh naaheen, na mere ghar daasee (patnee) |
julaha ka sut aan kahaaya, jagat karen meree haansee ||
Ans. Kabir Das Ji (God Kabir) did not have any children. However, to show His capability, He raised two dead children, who were named Kamal and Kamali who lived with Him as His children.
Ans. Kabir Saheb Ji, Himself is the Supreme God who is Eternal, the creator of all. He concealed Himself and explained the path of the devotion of One God whom He addressed as Ram.
Ans. Apparently, Swami Ramanand Ji had acted as Kabir Saheb’s guru at His behest so that the Guru Shishya tradition could be established. The fact remains that Swami Ramanand Ji had followed God Kabir as his Guru.