जाती नं पुछो साधू की पुछ लिजिये ग्यान
मोल करो तलवार का पडा राहन दो म्यान….
(Do not ask a holy man his cast, look at his knowledge. One should always inquire about the sword and not its cover.)
One of the basic problem of human beings is, that they need respect. Any person on this earth strives for some respect, some dignity. It is a true fact that not all of us can always get respect, not all of us are able to earn dignity. So, people start designing other which will give them respect. Cast is one of such parameters.
And then comes the climax when people inquire about cast of a holy man. Kabir asks us to put all these dogmas aside. Kabir says that a holy man is holy in spite of his cast. By telling this, Kabir wants to tell us that holiness is not of the cast. It does not arise out of the cast. It is there irrespective of the cast of the person.
One never looks at the cover from which the sword is taken out. We are always concerned with the sword, its sharpness and its mettle. Then why do we do not apply this rule to human beings? Why do we judge human beings based on casts from which they come?
We are still engrossed in these ugly ideas and Kabir, 4oo years ago, tells us that holiness does not come out of cast, it is of that person.