A guru or a spiritual master holds prime importance in Human life. It is said that one cannot attain salvation without the guidance of a guru. Guru is the one who helps remove the darkness of ignorance. This blog’s aim is to enlighten the readers about the guru of Kabir Saheb.
Introduction about Who Was the Guru of Saint Kabir Sahib Ji?
Everyone has read poems and couplets written by Saint Kabir Saheb at some point in their lives. So, it is not wrong to say that Kabir Saheb is very renowned as a mythical sage and poet. He has penned down a lot of literary work emphasizing the importance of having a guru as your guide on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Let us take a look at how Kabir Saheb acquired a guru.
Kabir Saheb Acquired Swami Ramanand as His Guru
Swami Ramanand was a renowned scholar of Vedas who migrated from Dravid to Kashi City. He was very superstitious and didn’t allow people from lower castes near him
He used to take bath every day at dawn on the banks of river Ganga. One day when he was going to take a bath, while walking down the stairs he accidentally hit the head of a two and a half year old child who was lying down on the stairs. The child started crying because of the pain.
In an effort to calm down the child, Swami Ramanand picked the child in his arms and said, “my dear child, chant Ram Ram as he is the remover of all troubles”. While picking up the child, the garland that Swamiji was wearing got transferred to the neck of the small child. He placed his hands on the child’s head with an intention to give him love and blessings. When the child stopped crying, Swamiji walked away to have a bath.
After bathing, Swamiji looked for the child but he could not find him there so he thought that the child must have forgotten the way to his home and slept on the stairs. This is how Kabir Saheb acquired Swami Ramanand as His guru. But this was all a spectacle. At that time, Swami Ramanand was 104 years old while Kabir Saheb was 5 years old.
Spiritual Awakening of Swami Ramanand
Swami Ramanand was a very renowned sage in his time. He only gave initiation to disciples from upper castes. He never allowed people from lower castes near him. Kabir Saheb was being raised by a Muslim weaver couple. Swami Ramanand’s disciples learned that Kabir Saheb is telling people that his guru is Swami Ramanand. They informed Swami Ramanand about it. He asked his disciples to bring Kabir Saheb.
When they brought Kabir Saheb, Swami Ramanand asked Him about His age, caste. Kabir Saheb replied that He is Supreme Almighty and is beyond age. This irated Swami Ramanand. He asked Kabir Saheb to wait till he finished his daily routine of worship.
Swami Ramanand Used to Worship Vishnu Mentally
Swami Ramanand used to worship lord Vishnu in his thoughts. This included
- Bathing the idol of lord Vishnu
- Putting fresh clothes on the idol
- Putting a garland in the neck
- Placing the crown on the idol’s head
Once the crown is placed it cannot be removed until the next day. Removing the crown would mean that the ritual was unsuccessful and would not render any benefit. That day while worshipping Vishnu, Swami Ramanand forgot one of the rituals of putting garland on the neck of Vishnu’s idol and placed his crown. Now, removing the crown meant the ritual getting disrupted. Swami Ramanand was very sad and he wondered why it happened. While he was just asking for forgiveness from lord Vishnu, he heard Kabir Saheb speaking. Kabir Saheb asked him to untie the garland and tie it around the neck of the idol. He will not have to remove the crown and the ritual will be completed.
Swami Ramanand Realizing That Kabir Saheb is God
Swami Ramanand was shocked on hearing this because he was doing all of this in his thoughts. It was impossible for a five year old to know where he was stuck. Swami Ramanand realised immediately that Kabir Saheb was no ordinary child. He was indeed God.
Swami Ramanand immediately rushed out of the room and embraced Kabir Saheb tightly. He then asked Kabir Saheb as to why He lied about getting initiated by him. Kabir Saheb mentioned that it is not a lie. He initiated Him at the banks of River Ganga. Kabir Saheb reminded him of the incident where he accidentally hurt a two and a half year old child. Kabir Saheb said that He was that child and even showed the garland that fell on His neck. Kabir Saheb even showed him His two and half year old child form.
■ Also Read: Incognito Verity About Supreme God Kabir Sahib Ji
Swami Ramanand was left startled as he saw two forms of Kabir Saheb in front of him. After this, Kabir Saheb took Swami Ramanand to Satlok and made him aware of the true spiritual knowledge. Post this incident Swami Ramanand worshiped Kabir Saheb as his Guru.
Is Kabir Saheb Truly God?
After reading the previous section all of you must be thinking, “Which Kabir is this article referring to?” We are talking about the same Kabir, people have known as Sant Kabir or Kabir Das. He is the supreme Almighty. Religious books of all religions validate this information.
■ Take a look at some of the evidence
- Rigveda Mandal 10 Sukt 4 Mantra 3
- Rigveda Mandal 9 Sukt 1 Mantra 9
- Rigveda Mandal 10 Sukt 4 Mantra 4
- Rigveda Mandal 9 Sukt 96 Mantra 18
- Allah is Kabir Saheb in Holy Quran Sharif, Surah Furqan 25, verse no. 52-59
- Fazail-E-Zikr, Aayat 1, states that Allah is Kabir Saheb.
- Iyov 36:5 – Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) states Kabir Saheb is the Supreme Almighty
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Raag ‘Siri’ Mehla 1, on Page no. 24, sings the glory of Kabir Saheb who was a weaver (Dhaanak)
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Rag (Raag) Tilang Mehla 1, page 721
Why Did Kabir Saheb Become a Disciple?
Now, after reading that Kabir Saheb is God, you must be wondering why did Kabir Saheb take the initiation from Swami Ramanand? Kabir Saheb did this spectacle to keep the tradition of guru and disciples alive. You read in the beginning that one cannot attain salvation without seeking guidance from an enlightened sage. To ensure that mankind understands the importance of a spiritual master, Kabir Saheb took initiation from Swami Ramanand.
Can We Find an Enlightened Sage Now?
The answer is YES. Earth has one enlightened sage in each age. Presently, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj from Barwala, Hisar, Haryana India is the only enlightened sage on earth. Please listen to His spiritual sermons to know the importance of guru and His role in attaining salvation. To seek His refuge, listen to His spiritual sermons on Sadhana TV channel from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm or download Sant RampalJi Maharaj app from Google Play Store. To get more information, please visit the Satlok Ashram YouTube Channel. If you wish to take Initiation from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj Ji, kindly fill this Naam-Diksha Form.