Kabir Prakat Divas or Kabir Jayanti is the day to celebrate God Kabir’s Incarnation on Earth nearly 600 years ago. In this article, we shall discuss with you the significance and celebrations of Kabir Saheb Prakat Divas along with the life history (biography), death mystery, and Teachings of Kabir Sahib Ji.
Sant Guru Kabir Prakat Divas
Sant Guru Kabir Prakat Divas is the most awaited day for the followers of Kabir Panth. On this day, God Kabir Ji descended on earth in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh, India in an infant child’s Form on the full moon day of the Jyeshtha month of Hindu calendar in 1398 A.D. (Vikrami Samvat 1455). The Jyeshtha month falls in the May-June month of the Gregorian calendar.
Kabir Prakat Divas (Kabir Jayanti) Date 2020
The date according to the Gregorian calendar differs every year because the exact date to celebrate Kabir Saheb Prakat Divas is decided according to the Hindu Calendar. This year in 2020 Kabir Saheb Prakat Divas falls on 5th June.
Kabir Prakat Divas Holiday
Kabir Prakat Divas is a holiday in certain states of India, including Punjab, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh.
Kabir Prakat Divas (Kabir Jayanti) Significance
God Kabir Sahib appeared on the Lahartara lake on this day on a lotus flower in 1398 A.D. to spread His true Spiritual Knowledge to all His souls as mentioned in the Holy Rigveda Mandal 9 Sukt 96 Mantra 17. From the lake, a Muslim couple Neeru-Neema took Him home and raised Him. His graceful poetic Speeches (Vanis) proved to be the true religious and societal reformer because of which They are also included in the curriculum of students. Kabir Prakat Divas is hence celebrated to commemorate His incarnation here. Let’s know a brief life Story of Kabir Saheb Ji.
Kabir Sahib Life History
Neeru-Neema were childless Hindu Brahmin couple (Gaurishankar-Saraswati) in that birth but were forcibly converted to Islam later, so they started working as a weaver to earn their living. They used to daily go to the Lahartara lake to bathe in the morning. On the day when the Supreme God Kabir Ji appeared, while going to the lake, Neema was mourning that she was childless and Neeru was consoling her that one should stay happy in the Wish of God.
On reaching the lake, after she took a bath, Neema saw an infant Baby (God Kabir Ji in the child’s Form) on a lotus flower in the lake and asked her husband to take the Baby out else He might drown. Neeru took the Baby and gave Him to Neema, and started bathing again. They then took God Kabir Ji to their home. Neeru, however, had objected to this once but God Kabir Ji in the Child Form said, “Neeru, take Me home. No one would say anything to you. I came here from Satlok for you only.”
Kabir Sahib Biography
The entire Kashi was amazed to see such a beautiful Baby. They even didn’t pay heed to the statements of Neeru-Neema regarding where they found that Baby. Even the King visited to see the beautiful Baby. They all were guessing that the Baby might be an Incarnation of some demigod. The demigods (the residents of Heaven) were saying that the Baby seemed to be an Incarnation of one of the Brahma Ji, Vishnu Ji, or Shiv Ji. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiv Ji were discussing that the Baby seemed to be an Incarnation of PaarBrahm (the Supreme God).
Brahmins went to the house of Neeru-Neema to assign a name to Baby. A little later, Qazis also came so Brahmins sat aside (at that time, Muslims were dominant in India). Qazis closed and opened their Book Quran to see the first letter on the opened page to put the name of the Baby. The first word came out to be “Kabir”.
They discussed among themselves that Kabir was a very good Name, it should not be given to a Baby of a weaver, since the weaver could not give them a good amount of money for that Name. Thinking this, they closed and opened the Book Quran again. The entire Quran had just one Word “Kabir”. God Kabir Ji in the child’s Form said to the Qazis, “Qazi, My Name will be Kabir only.”
“Kabir” means “Great”. That’s the reason that the translators of all the holy Books (Vedas, Quran, Bible, and Guru Granth Sahib) have ignorantly translated the Name of God as “Great”, “Omnipotent”, “Omniscient”, etc. “Kabir” is the real name of the Supreme God. Qazis left that Quran there itself and went away. In this way, God Kabir Ji was named “Kabir Saheb”.
God Kabir Ji started spreading His true spiritual Knowledge at the leelamay (to disguise as a common human) age of 5 only. He acquired Swami Ramanand His worldly Guru but real Disciple by performing a divine act. Throughout His stay here on earth, He delivered His spiritual Knowledge to all His beloved souls in the form of poems. He would stand anywhere and start singing the Hymns of God in His melodious Voice that would attract a number of God-loving souls. Then, He would deliver them spiritual Sermons.
In this way, 6.4 million people in India, including the King of Kashi Beer Singh Baghel, the King of Maghar Bijli Khan Pathan, and the Emperor of Delhi Sikandar Lodhi, took His refuge. Along with this, God Kabir Ji also met many other Saints like Respected Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and Respected Dharamdas Ji, and told them His correct Scripture-based way of Worship. After that, they also started spreading His spiritual Knowledge.
Struggles of Kabir Saheb
God Kabir Ji’s spiritual Knowledge being true and Scripture-based, was unacceptable to many. Especially the Hindu and Muslim religious preachers who were themselves ignorant about their own Holy Books used to oppose Him a lot and used to mislead the people saying that Kabir Ji was uneducated so He could not know about the Holy Books. In fact, there are proofs that those preachers had attempted a number of times to kill Him.
They put Him: in a Kadhai (deep-frying pot) filled with boiling oil; in an empty well then filled the well with thorny bushes, bricks, and debris; in the river tying a heavy stone around His neck; and, in front of a blood-thirsty elephant with tied Hands and Legs — but He, being God, didn’t die and never cursed anyone. None of us could recognize Him that He is our Supreme God.
Kabir Sahib Death Mystery
After spending 120 years with us, our Supreme Father God Kabir Saheb Ji decided to end His Leela of being a human and go back to His Kingdom Satlok. At that time, the ignorant Hindu Brahmins had spread a rumor that those who die in Maghar (a place in Uttar Pradesh) go to hell, and those who die in Kashi go straight to heaven.
God Kabir Ji used to say:
“The soul who performs the Scripture-based way of Worship throughout its life attains salvation wherever it leaves its body. And, the soul who has always done bad deeds and never performed the correct way of Worship throughout its life is bound to suffer hell. It doesn’t matter where they die.”
To further prove this, He announced that He would perform His Leela of death in Maghar itself on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright lunar fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Magh month of Hindu Calendar in 1518 A.D. (Vikrami Samvat 1575).
On the specified date, God Kabir Saheb Ji reached Maghar along with many numbers of His followers from Kashi, and the Hindu Brahmins and Muslim Qazis so to show them that their aforesaid claim was wrong. God Kabir Saheb Ji first took a bath in the river, then He went to the place where His final resting bed was placed. Followers of God Kabir Ji out of reverence had put fragrant flowers over the sheet on which God Kabir Ji was to lie.
Both Hindu-Muslim claimed Kabir Saheb’s Body
God Kabir Ji noticed that both the Kings (the Hindu King of Kashi Beer Singh Baghel and the Muslim KIng of Maghar Bijli Khan Pathan — both were His Disciples) were taking their army along. God Kabir Saheb Ji knew everything and asked them, “Beer Singh! Bijli Khan! Why did you bring your armies along?” Both of them hang their heads.
The other Hindus and Muslims said, “Kabir Saheb Ji, You are our Peer (Muslim spiritual Leader).
We will not let these Kafirs take Your Body. We will perform Your last rites according to our Muslim religion.” “No Kabir Saheb Ji, You are our spiritual Guru. We will perform Your last rites according to our Hindu religion and will not let these Muslims take Your Body. And, if they didn’t agree with this, we will have a war.” God Kabir Saheb Ji said, “Nalayako! (Unworthy!) Did I give this Knowledge for 120 years? Do you still consider Hindu and Muslim separate? Listen to Me. Although My Body is not like yours, this body is just sand. You burn it or bury it.
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It is of no use if not used for practicing the correct way of worship. You shall not fight. Beware of offending me. Whatever you find beneath the sheet I will use to cover Myself up, distribute among yourselves but do not fight children.”
Being aware of the Power of God Kabir Saheb Ji, none dared to speak before Him but still were thinking, “Let Guru Ji leave His Body, then we will see what to do.” Omniscient God Kabir Ji knew what they were thinking.
Kabir Saheb’s Departure to Satlok
God Kabir Ji lied on the sheet and covered Himself up with another. After a while, God Kabir Ji said through an Ethervoice, “Look Brahmins, Pundits! I’m departing with My Body from Maghar. Check your books to figure out where I am going — if I’m going in hell or even above heaven?” The Brahmins checked their books and said, “Really. All the Sanskaar changed. He is going above heaven.” And God Kabir said, “Look, children, lift the sheet. You will not find My Body but fragrant flowers. You divide them equally between Hindus and Muslims but please don’t fight.”
When they lifted the sheet, they found fragrant flowers in place and in Form of God Kabir’s Body. On seeing this, both Hindus and Muslims cried hugging each other as children cry on the death of their father, saying that they were so bad that they troubled their God in the end time as well — when they were about to fight with each other a little while ago. The astrologers of that time used to tell that there was about to commence a terrible war in India; more terrible than the Mahabharata. The Supreme God Kabir Ji changed the Samskara.
Kabir Sahib Teachings
Kabir Sahib’s Teachings are centered on spirituality. Although in the school curriculum, we see His Banis on mostly general behavior or regarding once behavior towards a teacher. Let us write here some of the significant Teachings that He had delivered during His Incarnation 600 years ago in the Form of Amritbanis and Dohas.
Here is the most significant Amritbani that describes Him perfectly
Avdhu Avigat se chal aaya| Mera koi bhed maram na paya||Tek||Kabir Amritbani
Na Mera janam na garbh basera, baalak ban dikhlaya|
Kashipuri jal kamal par dera, tahan julaahe ne paya||
Maat-Pita Mere kachu naahin, na Mere ghar dasi|
Julha ka sut aan kahaya, jagat kare Meri haansi||
Paanch tatv ka dhadh na Mere, jaanu Gyan apara|
Sat Saroopi Naam Sahib ka, vohe Naam Humara||
Adhar deep gagan gufa mein, tahan neej vastu sara|
Jyot swaroopi alakh niranjan bhi, dharta dhyaan Humara||
Haad chaam lahu na Mere, jaane satnaam upasi|
Taaran taran abhe pad Data, Main hoon Kabir Avinaashi||
The Meaning of the abovementioned Amritbani is what’s written in this article. God Kabir Ji tells Gorakhnath Ji that He has come from Satlok. No one could recognize Him. He didn’t take birth or came from the womb of a mother, but Himself descended in the Child’s Form in a lake in Kashi from where the weavers took Him. He has no wife. Thinking Him the son of a weaver, the world mocks Him.
He doesn’t have the body of five elements and knows great Knowledge. What’s the Name of the Supreme God that Name is His. Satlok is the original Place. The God of this place, Kaal also worships Him. His body doesn’t have bones, skin, or blood; a worshipper following the correct way of worship knows this. He is the Eternal God Kabir who came here to salvage souls.
Kabir Sahib Dohe
Here are some of the Dohas of Kabir Saheb Ji:
Kabir, mout bhul gaya baavre, achraj kiya kon|
Tan maati mil jaga, jyon aate mein lon||
Meaning: Oh human! What wonder are you doing by forgetting death! Your body will mix in the sand just as salt mixes in flour.
Kabira ye tan jaayega, sake to thaahar la|
EK Sewa kar Satguru ki, or Gobind ke Gun ga||
Meaning: This body will destroy. If you want to live longer, put support to it: One, you do Sewa (Service/Worship) of a true Guru (Satguru) and sing the Glory of God.
Kabir, Guru Gobind kar jaaniyo, rahiyo shabd smaaye|
Mile to Dandvat bandagi, nahin pal pal dhyaan lagaave||
Meaning: Consider a true Guru the God Himself and stay absorbed in the True Word. If you meet your Gurudev, prostrate in reverence before Him, else remember Him every moment.
Kabir, Guru bade Gobind se, man mein dekh vichaar|
Hari sumire so reh gaye, Guru sumire huve paar||
Meaning: A true Guru is greater than a God. Think about it that those who worshipped God remained here and those who worshipped a true Guru, got salvaged.
Kabir, ye tan vish ki beladi, Guru amrit ki khaan|
Sheesh diye, jo Guru mile to bhi sasta jaan||
Meaning: Your body is like a lump of poison and a true Guru is the Store of Nectar. If you find a true Guru by giving up your head, consider it a very cheap price. (This means that one should always be ready to sacrifice anything for Gurudev. To find a true Guru, please visit: SupremeGod.org)
The followers of God Kabir Ji are known as Kabir Panthis (the seekers following the Path of Kabir Saheb). There are a number of different sects in India who all claim to be a Kabir Panth. Even the other sects (almost every Indian sect) follow the teachings of God Kabir Saheb Ji. All the sects either revere Him as a Satguru or just a Saint. Out of them, only Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj tells Kabir Saheb to be the Supreme God.
Kabir Prakat Divas (Kabir Jayanti) Celebration
On every Kabir Prakat Diwas, the followers of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj celebrate Kabir Prakat Diwas. They call it ‘Kabir Prakat Diwas’ rather than ‘Kabir Jayanti’ because they say that Kabir Saheb Ji didn’t take birth (Janam) but appeared (Prakat) Himself. Their Kabir Prakat Divas celebration includes holding 3 to 5-day long Satsang and a grand Bhandara on the last day of the celebration, i.e., on Kabir Prakat Diwas