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Saint Kabir's poems

Updated on October 8, 2015

Saint Kabir

Saint Kabir is considered to be one of the greatest poets as well as mystics ever born in India.

He believed that human beings are equal and being one with God is the ultimate aim of every individual.

His love and devotion towards the Supreme One clearly reflects in his poetry.

The Holy Guru Granth Sahib contains over 500 verses by the great Saint Kabir.

The verses or dohas of Guru Kabir are still read by people with awe and admiration.

Saint Kabir's Poems

When you were born in this world

Everyone laughed while you cried

Conduct NOT yourself in manner such

That they laugh when you are gone


Kabir's mind got cleansed like the holy Ganges water

Now everyone follows, saying Kabir Kabir


Guru the washer man, disciple is the cloth

The name of God liken to the soap

Wash the mind on foundation firm

To realize the glow of Truth


Alive one sees, alive one knows

Thus crave for salvation when full of life

Alive you did not cut the noose of binding actions

Hoping liberation with death!


Inexpressible is the story of Love

It cannot be revealed by words

Like the dumb eating sweet-meat

Only smiles, the sweetness he cannot tell


Worry is the bandit that eats into one's heart

What the doctor can do, what remedy to impart?


Don't be so proud and vain

Looking at your high mansion

Death makes one lie on bare land

And grass will grow thereon


Don't be so proud and vain

The clutches of Time are dark

Who knows where shall it kill

Whether at home or abroad


By my doing nothing happens

What I don't does come to pass

If anything happens as if my doing

Then truly it is done by someone else


Like the pupil in the eyes

The Lord resides inside

Ignorant do not know this fact

They search Him outside


First the pangs of separation

Next grows the thirst for Love

Says Kabir then only hope

The union to materialize


Always be in the company of people having good thoughts,

This way we can do away with the evil & attain purity of soul,


Keep your critiques close to you, let their hut be in your courtyard,

That way you don't need soap n water to cleanse your nature,


Be soft spoken, do away with your ego,

This shall keep you in a good mood & others shall be happy too,


The musk is imbedded in the navel,

Yet the deer looks for the source of the fragrance all through the forest,

Same way God is present in each one of us,

But no one notices him


Never be conceited,

Fate always has a hold of your locks (hair),

You never know where or when it shall prevail over


Never look down upon anything small,

Even if it is under your feet,

The particle can get into your eye

And cause great pain.


Welcome to the Inner World...........

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      6 years ago

      Lovely lens...

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a great poet he was. admired his poems.

    • Jhangora LM profile image

      Jhangora LM 

      7 years ago

      I really love the couplets of Kabir, simple yet profound.


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