Kabir Couplets in English Inspirational Dohe of Kabir with Meaning

Kabir Saheb’s Dohe [English]: The Inspirational Couplets of God Kabir Saheb JI

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Kabir Couplets in English: Kabir Saheb ji appeared in Kashi (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh) in Vikrami Samvat 1455 (year 1398) on a lotus flower in Lahartara pond. Kabir Saheb Ji is known as a famous poet/Saint but in reality He is the Almighty Who appears in all four Yugas (Satyug, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug). He is loved by people of every religion. In the present, His dohe or shlokas are part of academics. Every year, Kabir Prakat Diwas is celebrated by His followers with great fervour. His mission is to educate the people about one God.

Teachings of Kabir Saheb Ji

Kabir Saheb Ji emphasized several things in order to remove the evils from the society. Some of them are as follows: –

  • He made people aware about the ultimate reality that God is in Form. Several words are used to worship God in different religions such as Allah, Khabira, Khuda, Ram.
  • He emphasized on Equality and did a lot to make Hindus and Muslims understand that they are equal.
  • He rejected idol worship as this is against our scriptures. He also gave evidence that Priests are only fooling people in the name of God.
  • He described the significance of Guru in order to get rid of 84 lakh life forms.

Kabir Saheb Ji uttered several couplets to make Hindus and Muslims understand that Kabir Saheb Ji Himself is the Supreme God. And, there is no difference between Hindus and Muslims. Through His Verses, He made it clear with evidence that No One can attain Moksha by doing fake and man-made practices.

Kabir Couplets in English: Kabir Saheb’s Dohe for Hindus

Kabir Saheb's Dohe for Hindus

Pothi padh padh jag mua, Pandit bhaya na koye|

Dhai akshar prem ka, Padhe so pandit hoye||

Meaning:- Kabir Ji explained in order to teach Hindus that the Real Pandit is someone else. There are many who spent their lives learning books but none became wise. Only by learning a few letters of spiritual love can ensure Salvation (Moksha); one can become wise. 

Paani mein meen pyasi re| Mujhe sun sun aawe haasi||

Aatmagyan bina nar bhatke, Koi Kaaba koi Kaasi |

Kahat Kabir Suno bhai Saadho, Sahaj mile Avinasi ||

Kabir Couplets in English

Meaning:- Kabir Ji laughed at the folklore practices and explained that fish are dying of thirst in the ocean, I (Kabir Saheb Ji) laugh when I hear of this. Without knowing who they are, men are running from Kaba to Kashi. Kabir Ji says, O seekers, The indestructible one is to be found effortlessly.

Jo tu brahman, brahmni ka jaya| 

Aan baat kaahe nhi aaya||

Meaning:- Kabir Saheb Ji did a lot to remove discrimination, casteism among Hindus and Muslims. He pointed out to the egotist Brahmins that you all take birth in a similar way as others do. In this way, all are equal.

Baid mua rogi mua, Mua sakal sansaar| 

Ek Kabira na mua, Jehi ke Ram adhaar||

Meaning:-  Kabir Ji clarified in this verse that the entire world is destructible whereas the Supreme God (Kabir Saheb Ji) is immortal. He explained that a physician has to die. A patient has to die. Kabir won’t die as He has offered Himself to Ram (hiding Himself as an ordinary man) who is the all-pervading consciousness.

Nhaaye dhoye kya hua, Jo mann ka mail na jaye|

Meen sda jal me rhe, Dhoye baans na jaye||

Meaning:- Kabir Saheb Ji lamented the fake practices of Hindus as they take holy dip in the Ganga but don’t stop doing the evil activities. He (Kabir Saheb Ji) further clarifies this by taking an example of a fish that forever remains in water, but still its bad smell prevails. 

Jyon naino me putli, Tyon Malik ghat mahin|

Moorkh log na janhin, Bahar dhundan jahin||

Kabir Couplets in English for Hindu

Meaning:-  In this couplet, Kabir Saheb Ji portrays the reality of people who are involved in wrong practices. Everyone is showing off that they are great admirers of God and are building temples and mosques everywhere. While in actuality, God lies within them just as the pupil lies within the eyes. But these ignorant people don’t know this and keep on searching for God everywhere outside.

Mala ferat jug bhya, Fira na mann ka fer|

Kar ka man ka daar de, Mann ka manka fer||

Meaning:-  Kabir Ji said that a person counts the beads of a rosary for a long time as if he is doing great worship, but still his actions do not change. Kabir Ji advises such a person that instead of counting the beads, he should change the pearls of mind. And this can only be possible by attaining True Devotion from a True Saint.  

Moond mundaya Hari milen, Sab koe lee mundaay|

Baar baar ke mundate, Bhedan na baikunth jaay||

Meaning:-  As there is a tradition of tonsuring which is called Mundan in Hindu religion. Some priests also follow this practice thinking that they will attain moksha. So, Kabir Ji said that these fake practices are told by pandits in order to earn money. By shaving one’s head, one cannot attain God. If it could be possible to attain Moksha (Salvation) through this, then the sheeps would attain heaven first as their hairs are frequently shaved off to make wool from their fur.

Ek boond eke mal mutar, Ek chaam ek guda|

Ek jyoti mein se sab utpanna, Kaun baaman kaun suda||

Meaning:-  Kabir Saheb Ji emphasized on Equality. He made people aware that the actual religion is Humanity. Through this couplet, He wanted to make it clear that we all have the same skin and bone. Everyone has similar waste matter and has similar blood. We all are born from one drop (One God) so, why there is discrimination on the basis of caste and creed. If everything is same then how one can be brahmin and the other is Shudra.

Read in Hindi: कबीर साहेब के प्रसिद्ध दोहे अर्थ सहित (Kabir Saheb Ke Dohe in Hindi) 

Faila hai paakhnd ka andhkaar sab aur |

Paapi krte jaagran mcha mcha kr shor ||

Meaning:- Kabir Saheb Ji cleared the picture of liars using Religion to hide their real face. Kabir Ji said that there is hypocrisy all around. People are fake everywhere particularly those who sing lyrics of deities in the Jagran, they themselves are ignorant about the True Devotion and are creating nuisance only. And the devotees in ignorance believe these hypocrites.

Pehn mukhauta dharm ka, Karte din bhr paap|

Bhandare krte fire, Ghar me bhookha baap||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Saheb Ji talked about those who wear the mask of a helpful and kind hearted person in front of people. And, they are involved in good deeds such as serving food for others or in some community meal. About these kinds of people, Kabir Ji mentioned that they are pretending to be nice in the good books of others, leaving their starving father in their homes. They are rude to their parents but pretend to be good in front of others.

Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai, Aaps me sab bhai bhai|

Arya, Jaini aur Bishnoi, Ek Prabhu ke bache soi||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Saheb Ji said that you people are divided in different religions but in reality all are the same and are the children of One God only.

Maanush janam durlabh hai, Ye mile na barambaar |

Taruvar se patta toot gire, Woh phir na lagta daar ||

Meaning:- Kabir Saheb Ji mentioned the importance of human birth in this couplet. He said that a leaf cannot be the same after it is separated from the branch. Similarly, once one dies, it is not possible to get human life again without passing through the cycles of death and birth.

Teerth gye ek fal, Sant mile fal chaar |

Satguru mile anek fal, Kahe Kabir vichar ||

Meaning:- Visiting a pilgrimage gives one a virtue, but with the company of saints one attains more virtues. And by attaining the True Guru, many more virtues are attained in life.

Jab mein tha tab Hari nahi, Ab Hari hai main nahi|

Sab andhiyara mit gaya, Jab deepak dekhya mahin||

Meaning:- Kabir Ji always emphasized that God is One. But this is the root cause only that people think there are many Gods.  It is just like two blind persons are dancing but both of them are unaware of who dances well. Similarly, different religions have different Gods thinking their God is Superior which is their ignorance. They themselves are not aware of the Real God. 

Kabir Couplets in English: Kabir Saheb’s Dohe for Muslims

Kabir Saheb's Dohe for Muslims in english

Hindu turk ke beech mein, Mera naam Kabir, Jeev muktaavan kaarney, Avigat dhara sharir| |

Meaning:- Kabir Ji here described Himself to be present between the two major religions (Hinduism and Islam) at the time prevalent in Indian subcontinent where He says that I have acquired this body to liberate the souls irrespective of their religions. Kabir Saheb Ji indeed is The Supreme God who appeared as a Saint, which meant He was above the shackles of religion, caste etc.

Ram Raheem Ek Hain, Naam dharaaya doy|

Kahai Kabeera do naam suni, Bharam parau mati koy||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Saheb Ji cleared that the Supreme Power is one and only. He is remembered and worshipped everywhere with different names. He further mentioned that one should not be dubious by listening to distinct names of God. He (Supreme Power) is none other than Kabir Saheb Ji.

Kankar paathr jor k, Masjid lai bnaye | 

Ta chdh mulla bang de, Kya behra hua Khudaye ||

Kabir Couplets in English with Meaning for Muslims

Meaning:- Throughout His (Kabir Ji’s) stay, He tried to give everyone the right way of worship. Kabir Saheb Ji said that Muslims made mosques with sandstone where the Mulla loudly gives Azaan. He (Kabir Saheb Ji) further asked a question: Is Allah a deaf? Because The Supreme God listens to even the most minute sound. So, there is no need to give a loud Azaan.

Hindu kahe mohe Ram pyara, Turk kahe Rehmana|

Aapas me dou lad lad muye, Marm na kou jana||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Saheb ji taught both Hindus and Muslims that both fight for their religion. Hindus believe in their Ram whereas Muslims have firm faith in their Rehman.  Many have lost their lives in fighting in the name of GOD. But no one was able to know who the Real God actually is.

Kabir, Hajj kaabe ko jaun tha, Aage milya Khudaaye|

Sai mujh siu larr parya, Tujhe kinni farmayi  gaaye||

Meaning:-  In this couplet, Kabir Saheb Ji clears that going to Hajj or to some other pilgrimage is worthless. He mentioned that I left on a pilgrimage to Mecca and God met me along the way. He (God) scolded and asked me, “Who told you that I am only there?” Thus, He teaches Muslims that one cannot attain Salvation (Moksha) by going to Hajj.

Garib, Jam jaura jaase daren, Mite karam ke lekh|

Adli Asal Kabir hain, Ye kul ke Satguru Ek||

Meaning:-Garib Das Ji Maharaj mentioned in His verses that Kabir Saheb Ji is the Supreme Power above all as Kabir Saheb Ji is the creator of the Universe. Even Kaal (Brahm) fears from Kabir Saheb Ji. He (Kabir Ji) only can change the destiny of the devotees.

Udar beej kahan tha kalma, Kahan sunnat ik taana|

Baap turk maa hindwani, So kyun kar muslmana||

Kabir Couplets in English with Meaning for Muslims

Meaning:- In these lines, Kabir Saheb Ji asked Muslims how they became different as in the womb of their mother, they were Hindu. There were no Sunnat or other traditions in the womb. So, why are Muslims following wrong practises on the basis of folklore?

Hum hi Alakh Allah hain, Kutub gaus aur Peer,

Garibdas khalik dhani, Hmra naam Kabir||

Meaning:- Garib Das Ji mentioned the secret through His verses that Kabir Saheb Ji Is the God known in different names as Khalik, Peer, Allah. He is the only Supreme God Who is the Creator of the Universe and is sitting on His Throne in Satlok.

Kabir, Hum hi Alakh Allah hain, Mool roop sansaar|

Anant koti brahmando ka, Main hi Sirjanhaar||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Ji explained that He is the Supreme God and Allah and He (Kabir Ji) only created the infinite universes. He is the Allah in form but in ignorance, Muslims consider Allah formless.

Je koi maane kaha Hmara| Raaj kare Kabul Kandhara||

Meaning:- Kabir Ji mentioned here that those who will follow Him by taking Naam Diksha (Initiation) from Him will not only rule India but also will rule Arab countries like Kabul, Kandhaar which means that He will rule over a very vast land.

Jaati na pucho sadhu ki, Puch lijiye gyan |

Mol kro talwar ka, Pda rehn do myaan||

Meaning:-  In this couplet Kabir Ji mentioned that the importance of knowledge is higher than religion, so any sage’s caste should be kept aside and his knowledge should be valued. Taking an example, Kabir Saheb says that – just as the sword is used in trouble and not the sheath that covers it. Similarly, a sage’s knowledge is useful, not his caste or religion.

Duja hai to boliye, Duja jhgda sohe| 

Do andho ke naach me, Ka pe kaako mohe||

Meaning:- Kabir Ji always emphasized that God is One. But this is the root cause only that people think there are many Gods.  It is just like two blind persons are dancing but both of them are unaware of who dances well. Similarly, different religions have different Gods thinking their God is Superior which is their ignorance. They themselves are not aware of the Real God. 

Kabir, Soi peer hai, Jo jane par peer| 

Jo par peer na jaanei, So kafir bepeer||

Meaning:- Kabir Ji said that the real saint is the one who is empathetic and understands the pain of others but those who do not understand are unrepentant.

Jiv mat maro bapura, Sab mein ekai pran|

Hatya kabahun na chhuti hai, Kotin suno puran||

Meaning: Kabir Ji mentioned that one should not consume meat as the same life force pervades all. You will be punished for taking the life of other creatures.  And the sin of your actions will never leave you, even if you listen to millions of scriptures. 

Jaise pir apan ang jana| 

Taise sab jiv men mana||

Meaning: Kabir Sahib Ji instructed Muslims to not consume meat. He mentioned the pain you feel in your own self. Similarly, other living beings feel pain in the same way.

Maari gau shabad ke teeram, Aise the mohammad peeram|

Shabde phr jiwai, Hansa rakhya maans nhi bhakhya, Aise peer mohammad bhai||

Meaning: In this couplet Garib Das from the spiritual knowledge given by Kabir Ji described that Mohammad Ji never ordered Muslims to consume meat. Mohammad Ji once killed a cow with his word power and then restored it back to life in front of everyone. He did not eat the meat of the cow. 

Kabir, Paapi puja baith k, Bhkhe maans mad doi|

Tinki diksha mukti nahi, Koti nark fal hoi||

Meaning: In this verse, Kabir Ji mentioned those who take Initiation (Naam) from Gurus and consume meat and alcohol. They never achieve Salvation (Moksha), instead are destined to deep hell.

Kabir Couplets in English: Kabir Saheb’s Dohe For Honour Women

Couplets of Kabir Saheb for women

Nari narak na janiye, Sab santan ki khaan|

Jaame harijan upjay, Soyee ratan ki khaan||

Meaning: In this couplet, Kabir Ji mentioned that every woman should be respected. No one should think of women as hell as she is the goldmine of all Saints. It is women only who give birth to the men of God. The women are the mine of jewels.    

Nari ninda na karo, Nari ratan ki khaan|

Nari se nar hot hai, Dhruv Prahlad samaan||

Meaning: Kabir Ji, in respect of women, said that never defame a woman, she is the mine of jewels. All famous, religious men or Saints come out of women, like Dhruva and Prahlad.

Sati ko kaun sikhawataa hai, Sang swami ke tan jarna ji|

Prem ko kaun sikhawataa hai, Tyaag maanhi bhog ka paawna ji||

Kabir Couplets in English For Honour Women

Meaning: Kabir Sahib Ji mentioned the love, respect and courage of a wife for her husband in this couplet. He said that no one teaches a widowed wife to sit in the pyre of her dead husband. Likewise, no one teaches the love to find bliss in renunciation.

Jaise sati chadhe agni par, Prem vachan na taara ho|

Aap jare auran ko jaare, Raakhe prem-marjada ho||

Meaning: In this verse, Kabir Sahib Ji told the significance of love of appeasement of a Devotee (Bhagat) towards his Guru through an example of a courageous woman.  As a widowed wife enters the fire at the bidding of love. She burns and lets others grieve, yet never dishonours love. She is the Purest example of love and Modesty.

Kabeer, rekh sindoor ki, Kaajal diya na jaye|

Naino pritam rami raha, Dooja kahaan samaaye||

Meaning: In this couplet, Kabir Sahib Ji said that as a wife does not apply kajal because she loves her husband so much and the cosmetics do not attract her any more. Likewise, for a devotee, his Satguru should be everything. There is no space for anything neither in the heart nor in the eyes.

Jaag piyari ab ka sowe, Raen gayi din kaahe ko khowe |

Jin jaaga tin maanik paaya, Tain bauri sab soye ganwaya ||

Kabir Couplets in English For Honour Women

Meaning: In this verse, Kabir Ji awakens the soul of a devotee by relating it to a virtuous wife. He mentioned that O friend, awake, and sleep no more. Because the night is over and gone, thus you would not lose your day. The ones who have awakened have received jewels.

Nar naari mein ek viraaje, Do duniya mein dise kyun||

Meaning: Kabir sahib Ji mentioned that the Supreme God is only One Who is seated in every human being. Be it a man or a woman. Thus, what is the point of constructing two worlds?

Nari purush sabhi suno, Yeh Satguru ki saakh|

Vish fal fale anek hai, Mat dekho koi chaakh||

Meaning:- In this couplet, Kabir Sahib Ji instructed both men and women about the teachings of the True Satguru to not to be involved in evil activities. These are poisonous to the devotees and it increases to infinity, so remain loyal as a wife remains to her husband. Garib Das Ji also defines in His verses about a righteous woman who remains loyal to her husband in every thick and thin situation.

Garib, Patibrata suheladi, Sevan adhik apaar|

Patibrata bhave nahi, Choom chatak singaar||

Meaning: – Garib Das Ji Maharaj praised the simplicity of a virtuous wife that even though she has numerous cosmetic items or other makeup stuff still she is not interested in applying anything to beautify her body. In her simple looks also, she looks different in the crowd.

Garib, Patibrata so jaaniye, Nahin aan upaav|

Eke mann eke disa, Chadhe bhagti na bhaav||

In this verse, it is clearly described that a lady remains determined to the promise she made with her husband and did not think of any other man. Just like her, devotees should have firm faith in their True Satguru.

Garib Patibrata chuke nahi, Tan man javo sees|

Mordhawaj arpan kiya, Sir saate Jagdish||

Kabir Couplets in English For Honour Women

Meaning: By taking the example of Mordhwaj who offered his head to his Guru, Garib Das Ji said that one should be that much affirmed. Such a devotee is called Patibarta. As a faithful wife never misses to make her husband happy and does not care about any loss even.

Garib, Patibrata ke sang hai, Parbrahm Jagdish|

Niraakar nijj nirmla, Hai so biswe bees||

Meaning: In this verse, Garib Das Ji mentioned that The Supreme Power (Kabir Sahib Ji) always remains with the faithful wife. He is not far from her. As she lives the way her Kant (Supreme Power) wants.    

Garib, Nari nari kya kren, Nari sargun bel|

Naari seti upje, Daadu bhagt hamel||

Meaning: – Garib Das Ji Maharaj glorified women. He said they should be respected as Dadu Sahib Ji who described the glory of Supreme God Kabir Sahib Ji, took birth from a woman.

Kabir Sahib’s Dohe in English: Message of Kabir Saheb

Kabir ji’s teachings have knowledge, advice and learning, which is aimed at public welfare. Through the above couplets, Kabir Saheb Ji has explained to both Hindus and Muslims that God is in form and has no religion and at the same time explains that both man and woman are equal and everyone should try to get salvation irrespective of their gender, caste, and religion.

For Him (GOD) all are equal. And, at present, the incarnation of God Kabir Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj can help us to understand God & attain Salvation. It is a request to everyone follow this-

Our race is living being, Humanity is our religion |

Hindu, Muslim, Sikh Christian, There is no separate religion ||

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3 thoughts on “Kabir Saheb’s Dohe [English]: The Inspirational Couplets of God Kabir Saheb JI

  1. Kabir saheb ke dohe based on simple leaving & high thinking good for following every human being.

  2. कबीर साहिब के दोहों से स्पष्ट हो जाता है कि वह ही पूर्ण परमात्मा है

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