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Kabir Ke Dohe : पिसती चक्की देख दिया कबीर रोय

पिसती चक्की देख दिया कबीर रोय।
दुई पाटन के बीच साबूत बचा न कोय।।

 

Meaning : Kabir cries when he looks at these grinding wheels, churning endlessly (Pisati Chakki) and mercilessly, crushing everyone in between them, not sparing anyone. 

 

This is one of the most commonly known Dohas or couplets of Kabir but often, it is misunderstood and misinterpreted.  Kabir is talking about the pair of grinding wheels in between which, we are all getting crushed. 

What does Kabir mean by these grinding wheels? As per the normal understanding, the grinding wheel which Kabir is talking about is this universe. The earth is the base wheel and the sky is the upper wheel. And we humans are like the grains trapped in between these two, getting crushed endlessly. 

So, many people also conclude that Kabir suggests, it is impossible to be happy in this world. This somewhere leads us to inevitability of pain and suffering in life. 

Is that really so? The same Kabir, who talks about the shower of bliss, would he just conclude that suffering is unavoidable? We need a completely different approach to understand this Doha and to catch its real essence. 

The two wheels necessarily symbolise friction. They convey a sense of constant conflict to me. If there is no friction, i.e. no conflict between these two wheels, the ‘suffering’ would immediately stop. I feel, the wheels Kabir is talking about are reality i.e. what exists and our expectations – how we want the things to be. 

If we look at this Doha with this new definition of the grinding wheels, it makes total sense. We are constantly getting crushed by the conflict between ‘what is’ and what we want. A major chunk of our energy goes in fighting with what is and changing it to something that we imagine or some ideal which the society, our parents or we ourselves have given to us. 

This is the part where Kabir and Krishnamurti come very close to each other. J. Krishnamurti says, when we know (at a superficial level) that we are violent, we invent a non-existent ideal – nonviolence. Which means, the reality is North Pole and we invent a South Pole which is the ideal. An our life becomes a constant struggle between these two poles. 

Acceptance, Krishnamurti says, is the answer and not creating a radically opposite, non-existent ideal. Kabir has put up this problem very nicely. He has explained it very nicely, using a simple metaphor of grinding wheels. What solution does he propose to this problem?

Kabir shares an answer somewhat similar to J. Krishnamurti but in form of another Doha and another analogy.

पाटी पाटी सब कहे, कील कहे ना कोय।
जब कोई कील कहे, तो दुख काहे को होय।।

 

Meaning: Everyone talks about the two grinding wheels and no one talks about the motionless point of pivot which lies at the centre of these two wheels. If one rests there, pain and suffering end. 

 

If you ever have observed the actual grinding wheels, you must have seen the small portion at the centre of the wheels where the movement is almost negligible. The few grains which stay at that spot, remain intact. Kabir is using this analogy to make us move towards our own centres. We are constantly moving out and that’s why the conflict. Can we move in? Can we touch ourselves? Can we, with all our energies look at us and accept us as we are? 

This very acceptance, Kabir says, is liberating. 

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Kabir Doha on Recognizing Hidden Gems Around Us

चन्दन गया बिदेस, सब कोई कहत पलास।
ज्यो ज्यो चूल्हा झोंकिये, त्यों त्यों महके बास।।

Imagine a block of sandalwood visiting another country, where people do not know anything about it; people will simply think that it is an ordinary block of wood. But when they start burning it in their stoves, due to its unique and beautiful smell, they will soon realize their mistake.

Once the sandal is put in the stove, it’s gone!

Similarly, we fail to recognize great people when they are among us and realize their value only after they are gone, burnt in the crematoriums.

When I look at my own life, I feel grateful that I could meet so many beautiful souls and mentors. At the same time, I also realize that many of my friends and other people in my circle who also meet and interact with these ‘gems’ fail to recognize them and their grace.

Kabir has used a very beautiful metaphor for what we experience in our lives. He says, not everyone is able to recognize a block of sandalwood by just having a look at it. Some will know its value just by looking at it, while some will find it out only after burning it.

Why is it so? Why we fail to recognize ‘sandalwoods’ around us? One of the most common reasons is, we never look at a person with open heart; rather we just look at him or her through lenses of our own expectations, priorities and demands. Before we truly know a person, based on our impression and our expectations, we create a static image of that person and then we keep on referring to that image instead of the actual person. In order to discover a gem, one has to keep aside all the expectations and demands.

Secondly, one has to be at ease and without any hurry. If you take a block of sandalwood in your hand and just hold it for a few seconds, you will start getting the mild smell of it. Same is with people. We always meet for a purpose, are in a hurry to talk rather than listening to the other person. We always have an agenda and are never at ease. To feel the grace, one has to be at ease; without hurry and without any agenda.

The society is full of so many incredible people! One just has to keep aside the baggage to feel their grace…

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How to live a fruitful life: Wisdom from a Doha by Sant Kabir

हरिजन तो हारा भला, जीतन दे संसार ।
हारा तो हरी सो मिले, जीता जम के द्वार ।।

English translation of Doha:

A seeker of truth is happy with the fact that he has not conquered anything and is a loser from the worldly perspective. The whole world is after conquering something and let them conquer. The one who conquers will meet death and the so called loser will meet the lord.

Kabir says, a true seeker is happy as he or she is. He is not looking after conquering anything. Strangely, whatever we call as ‘living’ is nothing but an unending quest to conquer. Our education system is based on defeating others and securing the first position. The competition everywhere around us forces to conquer. Sadly, life is nothing but an unending battle. After we win one battle, a bigger and more complex one is always waiting for us.

When Kabir says a true seeker is happy with not conquering anything, he is highlighting that true seeker is no more interested in the competition. His growth is inspired from within and not forced from outside. Interestingly, when one is caught in this endless cycle of conquering, there is no time left to remain still and reflect.

This is exactly what happens with us. We have kept our lives so busy that we do not have time even to pause for a minute and question where are we heading! The one, who is not in a hurry to win the next battle, has ample of time to reflect, contemplate and improve. Zen saints as well as Indian mystics like Ashtavakra have given a lot of importance to witnessing. Just observe yourself, your thoughts as a third person. This witnessing can only happen when one is not in hurry; when one is at ease with himself or herself. Kabir says, better to be a loser, who has ample of time to be at peace with himself than a blind winner.

In the second line of this doha, Kabir says, the so called loser will meet the lord and the conquerer will meet the death. Clearly, the one who is not in the race will first think and then choose what he wants in his life and has a  higher chance of ultimately finding it. His actions wont be governed by others and the outer circumstances. He will act out of his wisdom. Such a person is more likely to have a fruitful life. On the other hand, the one who is tirelessly fighting and competing in his life, will one day realize that his time has come to an end before he could really ‘win’ anything.

This doha of Kabir enlightens us about two modes of living our lives – the first one is blind, governed by outer competition whereas the second one prompts us to know ourselves better and ultimately accomplish something fruitful. Both the doors are open; which one to choose lies in our hands!

 

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Kabir Doha on Patience: धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय

धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय,
माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय।

(Be patient, my mind. Everything takes its own time to take place. Look – even if the gardner pours hundred jugs of water, the trees will bear fruits only when the right season comes.)

One of the values and capabilities that human beings are losing very fast is our patience. Advances in the technology have given us a lot of convenience but have taken away our patience.

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-5-05-24-pmYesterday, while teaching Indian Classical Music in a school, I made the 20 kids just to sit silently for 45 minutes. It is so frustrating to see impatience everywhere. Students are impatient and want to learn fast. Teachers are impatient and want to get done with teaching as soon as possible. While all this speed looks very fascinating and thrilling, we are losing our capability of pursuing the finer things which need patience.

Kabir, in these two lines highlights that things take their own time in spite of you doing whatever you can. Students of arts will agree with Kabir for sure. In spite of you practicing for hours every day, the difference shows up only after a few months or years.

Everything in our life, which is of some value, is never an instant happening. Relationships are built over time. Trust is gained over time. Art is mastered over a period and not overnight. Right success comes after years of consistency, dedication and excellence.

In the fast moving world, being patient is probably the most difficult thing; but in long term, it pays off.

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How Can Indians Become Tolerant? By Understanding Kabir!

हिन्दू कहें मोहि राम पियारा, तुर्क कहें रहमाना,
आपस में दोउ लड़ी-लड़ी  मुए, मरम न कोउ जाना।

(Hindus say we worship Rama and Muslims say Rahman. They both die, fighting with each other without even getting a glimpse of him.)

Look at Facebook walls, flooded with posts about intolerance, religious hatred and you will realize the significance of what Kabir said many centuries ago.

As Kabir says, we have converted gods into our possessions and we have brought into limits the limitless.

If one looks at it closely, we stick to a god or a religion because it  makes us part of a tribe, or a group. Belonging to a group gives us a feeling of tremendous amount of safety and security. Religious people are not at all interested in god, they are rather interested in this feeling of security that being part of a cult brings.

I can surely say that the intolerance is born out of a false understanding of religion. Rather, a deliberate and wrong understanding of religion which is born out of our insecurity as an animal.

All the spiritual masters spoke about religion at an individual level. Some masters like Osho and Buddha did talk about being part of a community of seekers; but there focus was always an individual.

It is quite clear that the kind of religions we have today, will lead to more and more tension and intolerance. As the times become more difficult, due to increasing population, limited resources, uneven distribution of wealth, people will be more concerned about their own religion and less tolerant about the others.

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On a different level, the issue of tolerance is not only about religion. I would rather say, in this particular view, we are rather over tolerant- we tolerate it when people have no water to drink, work in unhealthy and unsafe work conditions, die without getting a morsel of food, are subjected to forced labor etc.

We discuss religious tolerance so much simply because we belong to a particular religion and are afraid of some other religion becoming more powerful than ours.

I look at the above couplet of Kabir in a much wider sense. A Hindu loves Rama, Muslim loves Rahman, Christian loves Christ and so on. Similarly, a capitalist loves situation to make money, a social worker loves the problems in the society, political leaders love divide among the people.

As Kabir rightly says, everyone loves what gives him security and a true religious man is one, who dares to face this insecurity, discovers his individuality and ceases to be a part of a cult.

 

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Kabir Ke Dohe: धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय with meaning and commentary

धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय

 माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय|

This Doha of Kabir suits well the today’s digital age and simply tells how Kabir’s wisdom remains valid even after a few centuries. The internet boom has made things so different than what they were; if you wanted to publish your writings a few decades before, you were at mercy of publishers, news editors, magazine editors and a long list of many others. Today, getting your work in front of people is so easy. You can have a blog, write for online magazines or can even have your own Kindle book.

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Internet has made many things easy but, some things have become much more difficult than before. This internet boom has resulted in a lot of noise everywhere and hence, though getting published has become easier, getting attention from audience is much more difficult. This couplet of Kabir has the hint to deal with this tough situation. In fact, this centuries old couplet of Kabir tells us to do exactly the same thing which which Seth Godin is telling us to do now. Great minds think alike!

Kabir says,

धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय |

Oh mind, be patient. Results take some time to show up.

माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय||

Even if the gardener feeds a plant hundred buckets of water, the fruits will come only when the right season arrives.

In simple words, this doha from Kabir asks us to be patient. It tells us that whatever good work you do, it will take some time to get you the results you expect. I think is the best advice that can be given to anyone in the digital age.

Take the example of this blog, which was started almost 8 years ago. When it was started, I and a few handful of my friends were only readers. No one else even knew that this blog existed. It was quite easy and obvious for me to get fed up and stop writing. I could have spent my time on something else. And look at the picture today. This blog gets thousands of visitors from many countries. Along with me, 5-10 of my friends had started their blogs; not even one of them blogs today! The universal truth which Kabir wants to tell us is, people tend to take some time before they notice the good work that you do. Unfortunately, in the digital era, as publishing or anything for that matter is become so easy, there is a lot of noise around and hence, it takes even longer time for people to take notice of the work that you do.

This couplet of Kabir also falls in line with the theory of Dip that Seth Godin has shared with us through his book, The Dip. Consider the world of start-ups for example. If you track them over a period of time, you will come to know that 90% of them just disappear five years down the line. It means, most of the people doing something drop their efforts as they do not see the meaningful results. Who are these 10% people? They are the people who really love what they are doing and hence, they do not leave the good work at the Dip.

This Doha of Kabir is for all of us. If you are doing what you love to do, Kabir says, it will take some time before people notice you and you start getting results. You just keep on doing your work. Eventually, the others will fall off and you will lead.

 

 

 

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Doha of Kabir on Love: Dhai Akhar Prem Ka

पोथी पढी पढी जग मुवा पंडित भया न कोय

ढाई आखर प्रेम का पढे सो पंडित होय

Translation:

[Entire world is engrossed in reading scriptures but no one has become ‘learned’. The one who understands two and half alphabets of love, attains the wisdom.]

Kabir walked the path of love. This doha of Kabir on love is unique. This doha is probably the most famous of all of his couplets. ‘Dhai Akhar Prem Ka’ is probably the most used phrase which is used to describe the love. Long ago, I used to participate in state and national level debate competitions. Many of these competitions would have at least one topic related to love. It used to be a tough task when almost each of the contestants would repeat this Doha of Kabir in his speech, to describe the love. At that time, I along with many other participants, used to curse Kabir for coming up with this couplet.

Fun apart, when I grew up, studying philosophy, religions, spirituality, at some point I realised that ultimately, everything ends (and hence starts) at love. Love is the point of liberation, love is the boundary line, between human and divine. After this realization, I completely changed my way and this Doha of Kabir, which describes love in all its grandeur, has helped me a lot. It will be very interesting as well as enlightening to explore this wonderful piece in more depth.

[Entire world is engrossed in reading scriptures but no one has become ‘learned’. The one who understands two and half alphabets of love, attains the wisdom.]

Sant Kabir makes some things clearly visible in this doha on love. The first bold point which he makes is about the futility of reading scriptures. This was a very bold statement if one considers the time frame in which Kabir existed. Kabir was a sober saint, who unlike Osho, avoided controversy. But still, Kabir finds it necessary to tell masses that scriptures have lost their edge; that they have lost the magic, the power to transform the lives. It is important to understand that in Kabir’s era, people were engrossed in not only reading scriptures but also in debating and arguing with scholars. People were taking everything intellectually, without catching the flavour. As we are aware, we can write and talk a lot about love. But, unless you actually experience the love, there is no way of knowing it. Imagine Kabir, the one who had tasted this eternal nectar of love, surrounded by scholars (Pundits) endlessly arguing and debating about love. The first line is for all those scholars- who reduce everything to mere intellectual level. Kabir rightly says,

‘The entire world is reading scriptures but no one has become ‘learned’’

Kabir somewhere wants to point out that this direction is itself wrong; the practice of reading scriptures is itself wrong. It’s like finding gold in vegetable market. It is a fundamental mistake.

What is the correct way to understand love?

The next line of this doha of Kabir on love tells the correct direction in which one can find love. Kabir says, the one, who understands two and half alphabets of love, attains the wisdom. In his native language, love is called ‘Prem’ which is a two alphabet word. In spite of this, Kabir says the one who understands two and half alphabets of love, attains wisdom. What is this half alphabet to which Kabir is referring? This puzzle has been a topic of discussion among scholars for years!

Read: Kabir Doha on Importance of Master (Guru)

Now this is utterly ridiculous. In the first line of this Doha, Kabir clearly indicates that love is not for scholars, engaged in debate and arguments. But sadly, for centuries, the scholars are fighting with each other about the interpretation of this Doha, about the meaning of this half alphabet which Kabir has mentioned. As wise seekers can make out, these scholars have still not got the point which Kabir wants us to understand. Through this Dha on love, Kabir simply wants us to understand that love is something beyond words. The literal word love consists of two alphabets; but actual love is something beyond. What is the half alphabet which is invisible? That half alphabet is just an indicator, a pointer telling us to not to stick to words only. That half alphabet is something which one has to discover by living life and not by reading scriptures. Scriptures can only teach you the two alphabets of love. If you stick to scriptures, you will never discover the remaining half alphabet, which has the real essence of love.

Read: Kabir Doha on Truth 

Discovering that half alphabet is the real stuff. Learning scriptures and definitions of love is easy. To understand these definitions verbally and intellectually is also easy. To discover the essence of love through one’s life is difficult. This discovery is the journey on which the seeker is transformed. This Doha of Kabir on love is unique- it clearly tells the limitations of knowledge. It tells the importance of actually walking on the path.

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Kabir Doha on Guru : Importance of Guru (Master)

यह तन विषय की बेलरी, गुरू अमृत की खान

सीस दिये जो गुरू मिलै, तो भी सस्ता जान

This body is full of desires and Guru (master) the source of unperishable. It is still cheaper if you meet your Guru (master) at the cost of cutting your head.

 

This doha (couplet) of Kabir raises many questions in the mind of the reader. Why to condemn our body as a source of desire? Why do we have to find a master or Guru? Can we not manage without a master? Why Kabir says that meeting one’s Guru is more valuable than the life itself?

The sad part is, we always go ahead on the path through the means of questions and looking forward for some answers. The answers which we get, do not solve our questions but rather make us ask more questions; more complex and subtler.

Still, in order to better understand this Doha (couplet), we will go through its elaboration and all the questions which can come up in one’s mind.

Are not desires natural? Why do all the saints keep on cursing the desires so much? Personally, I do not think that Kabir is condemning the desires. He is just putting up a fact in front of us. Nowhere has he said that these desires are to be condemned. He just reminds us that we are full of desires. On the other side, he again tells us that master or Guru is the one who is full of unperishable, free from all the desires. Kabir simply wants us to have a look at the master and then at ourselves.

All of us know that we are full of desires. Few of us who have some spiritual interests, know that we should go beyond the desires. But, in the course of everyday life, we find it hard to tackle the desires and just go along with them. Kabir wants us to just have a look at ourselves and then at the master. The very act of seeing is enough to liberate us from our desires.

Depending on what kind of master he his, a master can either set us free from the desires or he can make our desires universal. Other day, I was reading some teachings of Sri. Nisargadatta Maharaj. Maharaj points out that the problem with desires is their large number and their timid nature. As he teaches, if we transform all these desires in one single universal desire, the desire of the liberation, this single desire will set us free from the very act of desiring.

The other approach is that of Zen masters. They directly talk of going beyond thought as desires are nothing but aggravated form of thought. Whatever may be the way of a master, it points to the state where desires do not exist.

In the next line of this doha, Kabir enlightens us about the ‘value’ of a Guru. We are well aware that everything comes at a price. Sadly, we are quite comfortable paying the cost in terms of money but we can hardly pay in terms of our attention to something, our dedication to something. The only cost which one has to pay to attain truth is desires, greed, anger, lust etc. All of us have all these things in plenty, but we cannot give away even a bit of them for our own interest. Kabir very well knows this. He understands very well the worldly meaning of word ‘cost’ which we have in our minds. To cut away all this questioning, he simply says,

  It is still cheaper if you meet your Guru (master) at the cost of cutting your head.

Actually, that is what a master does- he cuts your head. We are away from the truth only because of our head, it is the single block of our body that is preventing us. Head is a source of thought, logic, desires and everything that follows. Master or Guru is the one who has mastered this surgery- of taking away the head of a person, setting him free from his own desires.

Master teaches us how to observe things and learn without the involvement of thoughts. He shifts the centre of operation from head to heart.

 

Be assured, you will meet your master only at the cost of your head!

 

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Kabir Doha #9 (Freedom from Sins)

जब ही नाम हिरदय धरा, भया पाप का नाश I

मानो चिंगारी आग कि, पुरी पुरानी घास II  

[A small spark can completely burn heaps of grass collected over years. In same way, the name of god, when uttered from the heart, can burn the sins accumulated over years]

Kabir: Just an enlightened being or a master?

Kabir is a master. I remember Osho saying that not all the enlightened persons become master. A master is much more than an enlightened being. What is the difference between a master and an enlightened being?  Of course, both of them have attained the truth and both of them are complete. An enlightened person will be a master only when he is able to express what he has experienced.

 

Rare are the enlightened beings, rarer are the masters. What makes masters so rare? Enlightenment is something beyond words. As they say, the experience does not fall under the comprehensive power of our mind.  Hence, it is a  difficult task to  put this experience in words.  There are a few masters who successfully did this task and helped many seekers like us.

 

Kabir is certainly one of those masters.  The two lines of this Kabir Doha,  which are our topic of contemplation today are surely a proof of this this ability of Kabir. Today’s two lines describe the power of remembering the god’s name.  As  this Kabir Doha says, the name of god can destroy all of our sins. Can just the name of God free us from all the sins which have done?  If this is true, sinners would be the most relaxed beings around.  The funny part is, we can actually find many people around who have committed the gravest of all the sins.  What a relief they would get when they read these words of Kabir!

 

Is it so easy to get rid of your sins? Not really.

  Sin and freedom from sins- Some Questions

To understand this Kabir Doha completely, we need to answer many questions. What is sin?  Is there anyone to keep the record of sins done by us?  Are we punished for the sins we do?  What does it mean to be free from the sins?

We should go one by one, otherwise there will be a lot of confusion. What is sin and is there anyone to keep the record of the sins which we are doing? Of course, a record of all the sins that we do is being maintained.  Who is maintaining it?  God? Priest?  The simple answer is, we keep the record of our own sins. We are all are witnesses of our lives.  The more sins we do, the more opportunities to sin come up. The more virtuous we try to be, the life gives us more opportunities to be virtuous.  The more virtuous we are, more joyful is the life. There is no separate punishment for sinners. They are their own punishment. The more aware we are, the sooner we realize this.  A person who has realized this, keeps away from the sins not because he is afraid of punishment but his whole nature is virtuous.  He has understood the true value of being virtuous.

 Freedom from Sins: The Spark

This Kabir Doha says, when you utter the name of the god, it sets you free from the sins done in the past. On these lines, what is meant by being free from the sins of Past? As we have seen, the mind of a sinner becomes more and more sinful. It is very difficult to free the mind from all the sinful activities and start life afresh, with honesty, love and awareness.  When one realizes all this cycle, his mind becomes fresh again, free of all the sins.

 

We have not spoken anything about how uttering God’s name helps in all this.  Uttering the name of Lord is just a symbol-which simply means you care about being an alert and wise human being. It simply means that you are not just for money, wealth, fun and pleasure in life, but for something more. And this clarity, that I am not here only for money and pleasure is the chingari, the fire about which this Kabir Doha is talking. This small realization is like a small spark, which can make us free from all the sins which we might have done years over years or even lives after lives.

Religions make things unnecessarily complex. Religious persons like Kabir make them utterly simple. Religions say that you need a priest and rituals to set yourself free from the sins you have done. Kabir says, no need of priest and the rituals to get rid of your sins, just a realization is enough!

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Kabir on truth – Doha #8 [Truth and Falsity]

सांच बराबर तप नही, झूठ बराबर पाप ।
जाके हिरदय म साच है, ताके हिरदय हिर आप
[There is no meditation is effective as truth and no sin as grave as falsity. Lord is present in the heart of one, whose heart is filled with truth.]
Once again, Kabir left me speechless. I have a collection hundreds of dohas of Saint Kabir. I make it a point to go through them once a few months and then elaborate one of them. Today, in the process of finding a doha, I stumbled upon this piece, a Doha of Kabir on truth . What makes these two lines so special?
Being truthful brings a joy along with itself and that is enough reason to be truthful. Hence, there is no point in describing the benefits of speaking truth. We are many times told to speak truth for some particular reason. The one, who speaks truth for some reason is not a truthful being. Saint Kabir deliberately says ‘the one whose heart filled with truth’. He did not say the one who always speaks truth. Speaking truth is not important but it is important to have a heart full of truth.
When we decide to speak truth, it is a decision of our mind. It is a calculated decision- as we speak truth only if it benefits us in some form or the other. This doha of Kabir on truth is not talking about such superficial truthfulness. Kabir here is talking about a heart which is full of truth and hence, has no space left for falsity.
At the same time, Kabir says that there is no sin as grave as falsity. This sounds quite contradictory with the everyday experience- where telling lies is the easiest way to cope up. Infinite are the occasions where one is tempted to tell lies. Kabir says, Hari (Lord Krishna) stays in the hearts which are full of truth. But, as we all know, Lord Krishna’s life was itself full of diplomacy and lies. When we give it a bit of thought, we realize that Kabir is not talking about the truth and lies in ordinary sense. He is talking about being true to yourself. You can tell lies to people and still be truthful to yourself. This does not justify frequently telling lies, but just emphasises that being truthful to yourself is the most important thing.
I remember beloved Osho saying that it can be tolerated if you cheat others but never cheat yourself, the Buddha inside.
This may suddenly trigger the question- “Is it okay if we tell lies?”
My take is, why bother about lies? As Kabir says, try to have a heart full of truth. In your sincere and honest journey, there might come an inevitable occasion where you need to lie. Just ensure that you are truthful to yourself!
As Saint Kabir says, having falsity in your heart is the sin. These two lines of Kabir make me think- we have so many people who are always right and always speak true. How many of them have authenticity in their hearts? Speaking truth is very easy, but attaining is a heart full of truth is meditation, an outcome of awareness. Such truthfulness is not an outcome of fear, pretention or anything else but it is born out of a clarity- a clarity about yourself. When one clearly understand who he is and what his way is, truth becomes his basic nature.

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