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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.


Wisdom of Kabir: The Art of Sailing without ‘Head’

कहे कबीर, जो बिन सर खेवे, सो यह सुमती बखाने

Sant Kabir says, the one who sails without head, gets the ultimate wisdom.

Why so?

For our entire lives, we have been told that our head is what guides us in this world. We firmly believe that our mind is what helps us to remain and succeed in the world. We are always interested in the minds of people- minds of scientists, minds of artists, minds of entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos these days!

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When we live our lives, the focus is always the mind- how to make it sharper, how to make it more logical, how to increase the memory and retain the information for a longer time etc.

So, our entire life is focused on making the mind stronger. And on the other hand, Kabir says, the one who sails without the head i.e. the one who lives the life without his mind, gets the ultimate wisdom.

Why so?

At this point, one has to understand two things clearly. First – our mind is a utility and certainly helps us with the day-to-day activities of our life. Second –  our mind has no value beyond that; it likes things to remain always good, which is contradictory to the nature.

When Kabir says live the life without your mind, he is not asking us to stop using our mind in our day to day life. He is not asking us to stop thinking or memorizing the important things. On the other hand, he is asking us to be free of the limitations that our mind imposes on us. The true wisdom lies beyond the cage which our mind is. Fear is a byproduct of mind; so is greed, lust, ambition, ego and everything else. Mind itself is changing and distracts the walker from the path. Mind is not subtle to catch the subtle wisdom.

Condemning the mind or criticizing the mind is not the solution; rather one should understand the mind in its totality and simply move beyond it. Using mind and not getting used by it is the key.




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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.


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.



Saint Kabir and His Wisdom for Corporates : About My Upcoming Book

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to tell you all, that my next book, which applies the wisdom of Kabir to the toughest corporate challenges and redefines the way how companies work today, will be in the stores within couple of months. We are still working on the title of the book, though some options have been short-listed.

There are tons of books out there on themes such as Chanakya, Buddha or Bhishma for corporates. Why do we need another book which links Kabir and his insights with business management and corporate affairs? Well, this is what came to me:

Kabir’s life itself is his message. He lived his message. In fact, he was one of the rarest of human beings who lived as per what he said. To begin with, Kabir was a simple man and that’s why, we need him today. Kabir did not complicate things. On the other hand, he simplified the things which were pretended to be complex for ages. Kabir de-mystified the wisdom. His simplicity was what connected him with people, irrespective of their religion,race and castes. His message which spread in those days, is vibrant even today, simply because of the truth and the simplicity it has.

It is interesting to understand that the religious scenario when Kabir lived and preached is quite similar to the business scenario today. Those days, religion was trapped in scriptures, under the names of gods and priests. Religion was more of law and less of exploration and experimentation. People had started losing their faith in religion. They were practising what they were told by priests and it was not working; yet, there was no scope to complain. Rules of a religious life were defined and were to be followed strictly. Lives were becoming hollow; with a lot of investment, without any outcomes.

Compare this to the corporate scenario today. Business management is rigid. What you learn in marketing books, hardly works. It will totally stop working after a few years. Young talent is fed up of rules and regulations in large companies. They understand that their lives are as hollow as people practising spiritual practices. The way in which society works is changing rapidly. We need new business values and new business models. We need to cater to needs that we have not yet identified. In the world of jargons, we need a breeze of simplicity. We need to pause for a minute and question the way companies and humans therein work. We need to acknowledge the fact that we have been avoiding for years- mass manufacturing no more works. Everything needs a human touch, though it is managed by a technology at the back of it.

Kabir de-centralized the wisdom and he made people in-charge of their own progress. His message was easy and actionable. The values and culture which Kabir spoke about, is what is needed in today’s scenario. Organizations need a culture where people are responsible for and are empowered to progress on their own.  Where knowledge is not given, but is obtained as required.

Throughout his life, Kabir asked individuals to be aware and shed away laziness. He asked them to work hard; on themselves. This is the key to the success of any organization today.

Another thing worth noting is, unlike other saints, Kabir was a businessman. Not only that, he continued doing business even after gaining numerous followers and recognition. This does not mean that he expanded his business and hired people to capture a bigger market share. It simply means that he looked at professional work as a part of human existence and day to day human life. He considered work higher than the so called worship of God.

Duniyaa aisi bavari, pathar poojan jahi

Ghar ki chaakiya kou na pooje, jee ko piso khahi


For Kabir, work was higher than sheer worship. Kabir was a weaver. He weaved cloth and sold it in the market. As a result, whatever Kabir says, is practical. Whatever he says, is actionable.

Kabir understood one of the most profound secrets about the communication. He knew very well that the only way of changing society is changing individuals. To remain relevant in the society, one has to stay relevant to the individuals. In the digital age, where personalisation has become a necessity, Kabir certainly has many things to teach us.

It would be wrong to say that love was the integral part of Kabir’s life. Kabir’s life had nothing else apart from love. Kabir was in a state of love and that state drove him and his actions. He loved his work, he loved the people amongst whom he lived. The way Kabir loved can certainly teach a thing or two to today’s marketers, leaders and product developers. Corporate word has realised the significance of empathy as a corporate value. Kabir takes us beyond that.

Chanakya was shrewd whereas Buddha was full of love and compassion, yet aloof of business. Kabir is the middle ground between two of them. In his words, one will find Buddha’s grace and compassion and also the practical wisdom of Chanakya.

In a world, where economies are evolving and collapsing fast, and where no one knows the right thing to do, opening our hearts to Kabir and his message of love and awareness will certainly help.

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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.

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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Kabir and His Thoughts on Death

kabir on deathAfter many days, I am here, writing about Kabir and what he has written about death. Death is probably the only certain thing in our lives, which we have not yet managed to escape from. Death is the ultimate fear we have in our minds. I thought, it would be enlightening to compile different things that Kabir has said about the death and elaborate a bit on the same.

Death is the ultimate fear because we just deny to accept it. While reading Kabir, one first understands that opinion of Kabir on death is very simple- he accepts death as a part of life. Kabir has written generously written about death. He has tried his best to de-mystify it.

Two of the most famous Nirguni Bhajans from Kabir, which were made popular by late Pt. Kumar Gandharva are dedicated to death. The first of these Nirguni BHajans is, Ud Jayega Hans Akela. The other one is, Kaun Thagava Nagariya Lutal Ho…

It will be very interesting to understand what Kabir points about death in these two Bhajans. The first line of the first Bhajan says, the swan (i.e. the soul) will simply fly away and the world cannot do anything except watching it. That’s how death happens- the life in the body flies away and however much you wish, you cannot do anything except watching the dead body. He tells us, it is impossible to stick back the fallen leaf to the tree. In same way, it is impossible to put back the life again in the body. Kabir says, as you are growing older, day by day, you are going closer to your death. He firmly tells us that after the death, the path we follow depends on what we did when we were alive. In his own words, Kabir says that after the death, master will go his way and the disciple will go his way depending on what they did in their respective lives.

All this makes it quite clear that Kabir was more concerned about what we do when we are alive than what happens after we die. Many Dohas of Kabir do not directly talk about the death, but they talk about how we have limited time in our lives. In such couplets, Kabir emphasises a certain urgency that we should stop doing trivial things and start working on ourselves. This urgency indirectly reminds us of death and the limited time we have before it engulfs us.

In one of his couplets, Kabir also says that unawareness is a sign of death. Kabir is more concerned about the death i.e. unawareness in which we live when we are alive. Kabir says that this unawareness is the real death which prevents us from living our life.

Reading a few of Kabir’s literary pieces about death highlighted many things about death. The fact that death is beyond our control and we should accept it is the most difficult one to digest. This wisdom of Kabir resonates with what Jiddu Krishnamurti has also said about death- we are more afraid of the psychological death, the death of ego than actual physical death.Kabir, in his simple words tells us not to while away our time but use it wisely and utilise whatever time we have towards fruitful activities.

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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


[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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