The Maxims of Kabir

The Maxims of Kabir

The Maxims of Kabir

The Maxims of Kabir

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In the world, some races are started by warriors and heroes and some by philosophers. Most of the nations in the world are put on their track by politicians. It is somewhat different in India. We are worshippers of saints, monks and rununciators. Kabir Das had been one such saint in the middle ages.

The rulers were oppressors at that time around five hundred years ago. Therefore, he had no heroes to worship, although Tulasi got one such in the person of Sri Rama of Ayodhya. Kabir, however, was not specific about the form and formalities of God. It was natural for him to follow the non-incarnated God.

Kabir had to live in a society which was uneducated, having a religion different from that of the rulers. In those days, politics was limited to very few and the rest of the people followed the norms prescribed by them. Economic attitude formulated by such “guides” was also tricky. Poverty was admired and subordination was glorified. Kabir Das was aware of all that. He started a tirade against all that single handed. When he went to someone for guidance, he was ruthlessly refused any patronage. Nobody was ready to be his God-father. No financial help could be available from . . .

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