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Dohe of Kabir-7(Rare is the birth as a human being)

दुर्लभ मनुस्या जीवन है,देह न बरम्बार ।

तरुवर ज्यों पत्ती झड़े,बहुरि न लागे डार ॥

Meaning – 

Rare is the birth as a human being and one does not again again gets this human body. Once a leaf is detached from the trunk, cannot be joint back again.

In these two lines, Saint Kabir points out two universal truth and connects them together to point out the ultimate truth- a call to wake up for all the human beings.

The first line is a truth in itself. It is rare opportunity to get a human life. There are no proofs to show that there are many births. Neither are there any proofs to show that there is only one birth and nothing like soul exists. In other words, we are clueless and helpless as far as validity of the first line is concerned. But, when I look around, it makes sense to think that its an rare opportunity to be a human being. It  even needs a better luck to be born as human being in an atmosphere and conditions where you can really live like a human being and not just survive like ainmals. So, this proves the first line  of this doha of Saint Kabir.

The second line is more clear and striking. It says once a leaf is detached from the branch, it can never be attached to the tree again. In the context of the doha, it means, once this life is gone, once the soul is detached from the body, there is no way back. Everyone has to die a day. The leaf is going to be detached one day for sure. This precious human life will be taken away one day.

When these two lines of dohe of Kabir are contemplated together, it gives us a wake up call. The precious human life can come to an end and then you wont get an another chance. Once the leaf is detached, it is gone. In this doha, saint Kabir shows us the urgency of waking up fast and starting to act. In many of his dohe, Saint Kabir bluntly puts in front of us the way we waste our lives without sumiran (remembrance of the god). This doha once again points out this urgency and fragile nature of human life.

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Kamal : Incredible son of saint Kabir

All of us are aware of saint Kabir and his immortal dohas. It is said that Kabir is one of the most quoted poets of the world. Almost all the intellectuals, lecturers, saints refer to Kabir when they have to explain some difficult spiritual phenomenon in simple words. All of us remember and worship Kabir but very few of us are aware about Kamal, the son of Saint Kabir.

Kamal was not a carbon copy of Saint Kabir

In my mother tongue Marathi, there is a popular proverb which means smaller trees cannot blossom under a giant tree. This proverb if a fact with some exceptions. One of such exceptions is Kamal. Kamal was growing under a giant tree- Kabir. I can imagine, it would have been really difficult to make himself unique and not influenced by Kabir. As Osho says, Kamal has done this Herculean task. He was staying in same house with Kabir but still managed to be untouched by his way of thinking. When we look around, very few saints have this fortune where their sons are also standing equally with them on Spiritual plane.

There are many stories where there was an argument between Kabir and Kamal. I am not using the word argument in common sense. It was a different kind of argument, between two enlightened saints.

Kamal: son of Kabir, not a disciple

Kabir never used to accept anything from visitors who used to visit him. Many people used to come to him and offer him different things like money, gold, diamonds and even fruits. It is said that Kabir never accepted any of these. Kamal used to accept all the offerings. He never used them, but he accepted them. Kabir objected Kamal on this point. The uniqueness of Kamal is, he boldly told Kabir, “I am you son, not a disciple”

I appreciate this authenticity and this boldness. Kamal moved out from Kabir’s house and stayed in a hut just in front of Kabir’s hut. All the seekers who used to come to visit Kabir visited Kamal.

For me, Kamal is an ideal. He carried within him something that is the most essential for a seeker. As Buddha said, one has to kill his own master. I think, Kamal has lived this principle throughout his life.

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