Faith

So the much awaited Ram Janmbhoomi Babri Masjid dispute’s verdict came out. I just wanted to share these few lines written by the famous poet Kabir with everyone who comes across my blog.

मोको कहाँ ढूंढे रे बन्दे

मैं तो तेरे पास में

ना तीरथ में, ना मूरत में

ना एकांत निवास में

ना मंदिर में, ना मस्जिद में

ना काबे कैलास में

मैं तो तेरे पास में बन्दे

मैं तो तेरे पास में

ना मैं जप में, ना मैं तप में

ना मैं बरत उपास में

ना मैं किरिया करम में रहता

नहिं जोग सन्यास में

नहिं प्राण में नहीं पिंड में

ना ब्रह्माण्ड आकास में

ना मैं प्रकुति प्रवार गुफा में

नहिं स्वांसों की स्वांस में

खोजी होए तुरत मिल जाऊं

इक पल की तलास में

कहत कबीर सुनो भई  साधो

मैं तो हूँ  विश्वास में

English Translation:
Where do you search me?
I am with you
Not in pilgrimage, nor in icons
Neither in solitudes
Not in temples, nor in mosques
Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash
I am with you O man
I am with you
Neither in prayers, nor in meditation
Neither in fasting
Nor in yogic exercises
Neither in renunciation
Neither in the vital force nor in the body
Nor even in the ethereal space
Neither in the womb of Nature
Nor in the breath of the breaths
Seek earnestly and discover
In but a moment of search
Says Kabir, Listen with care
Where your faith is, I am there.

*The Kaaba is a cube-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. Mount Kailash is a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism.

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32 thoughts on “Faith

  1. :)))
    agrreedd!!

    u knw…. apart from some few politicians and some kattar people… we common man are hardly affected by it if it is a ram lala janam bhoomi or majisd that comes up… all are equal and place of worship for us…..

  2. That’s a truly beautiful poem, at the right time. The unfortunate thing about this is, Kabir himself was neither Hindu nor Muslim.. his identity was never certain, so what he said, was applicable to both communities. Very sadly though, neither group (these days) seems to understand/believe in what he has so beautifully said!

  3. Reema, am touched to read those lines. Really happy to see u believe in it. I am quite a fan of Kabir Das. His words are so relevant even in today’s time.

    Wish, our so called religious leaders understood this.

    Thank u so much for sharing these.

    Take care.

    RESTLESS

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