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Here’s a collection of couplets (Doha’s) by Sant (saint) Kabir, whose timeless truth’s preach us for an enlightened living..Hope every reader likes it & finds joy in these words of wisedom 🙂

Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Diya Kabira Roye
Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein,Sabit Bacha Na Koye

Meaning :
Kabir sees the grinding stones as the duality that we live in. Heaven and earth, Good and Bad, Male and Female, High and Low – all around is duality. This play of opposites, this Chalti Chakki (moving mill) gets everyone, no one is save from in it’s powerful grip.

Whoever enters this duality is crushed. No one survives. Kabir cries because rarely, if ever, does one see the oneness, the divinity, behind the duality.

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Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye

Meaning :
This Doha is about observing ones own mind. Kabir says that he searched the world for the bad guy, the real evil person but he couldn’t find the evil person no matter where he looked. Then he looked within at his own thinking process, his own mind. The he found the real evil person who lived in his mind, unchecked. When we accuse, condemn another, it is our mind that is doing the finger pointing, the other person is probably innocent or the victim of his circumstances. Were we to inhabit the condemned persons body, live his life, have his conditioning, then we too would behave and act the same.

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Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

Meaning :
Tomorrows work do today, today’s work anon
if the moment is lost, when will the work be done

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Aisee Vani Boliye, Mun Ka Aapa Khoye
Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye

Meaning :
In speech use such words that your ego is eliminated. Don’t brag, don’t gloat, don’t make yourself out to be big, important, rich or anything else that the ego attaches to. Building the Ego takes energy from the body, takes away the bodies composure. If ego is lost in ones speech, the listener finds peace from listening to it.

Speak such words, sans ego’s ploy Body remains composed, giving the listener joy

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Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sub Kutch Hoye
Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye

Meaning :
Kabir tells his mind to slow down, everything in life happens slowly, in its own time.
Gardner may water a hundred buckets, fruit arrives only in its season

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Sayeen Itna Deejiye, Ja Mein Kutumb Samaye
Main Bhi Bhookha Na Rahun, Sadhu Na Bhookha Jaye

Meaning :
Give so much O God, suffice to envelop my clan I should not suffer cravings, nor the visitor goes unfed
Kabir asks God for wealth, abundance. He asks that his community is fed, he does not starve and the visiting Sadhu (holy man) does not go hungry. He does not ask for a mansion, a mercedes or millions in a swiss bank account!

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Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor
Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor

Meaning :
Being bid, important, poweful, wealthy is of no consequnce – Kabir likens this to a date tree that does not give shade to the traveller and its fruit is out reach.
In vain is the eminence, just like a date tree No shade for travelers, fruit is hard to reach

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Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag
Tera Sayeen Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag

Meaning :
Like seed contains the oil, fire in flint stone Your heart seats the Divine, realize if you can
God is within, like the oil in the seed – wake up if you have the power to.

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Mangan Maran Saman Hai, Mat Koi Mange Beekh
Mangan Se Marna Bhala, Yeh Satguru Ki Seekh

Meaning :
Don’t beg – give that you may receive. Give time, give some service, give friendship, give love – don’t beg.

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Maya Mari Na Mun Mara, Mar Mar Gaye Shareer
Asha Trishna Na Mari, Keh Gaye Das Kabir

Meaning :
One of Kabir most meaningful doha’s for me. Kabir observes the world from within, and sees the world as Maya – illusion. It is projected by Mun, the mind, the collective mind. Shareer refers to the living body or living person. Shareer’s die and die again.

There is hope that this will end, that the Shareer will wake up and then Maya and Mun will die.

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Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair
Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair

Meaning :
Kabira in the market place, wishes welfare of all
Neither friendship nor enmity with anyone at all

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Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya, Jaise Ganga Neer
Pache Pache Har Phire, Kahat Kabir Kabir

Meaning :
Kabir Washed His Mind Clean, Like The Holy Ganges River
Everyone follows behind, Saying Kabir, Kabir

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Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye
Dhai Aakhar Prem Ke, Jo Padhe so Pandit Hoye

Meaning :
Forget about book learning, no mater how many books you read, you won’t become wise,
One who reads the words of Love, only becomes wise

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Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye
Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Tau Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye

Meaning :
In anguish everyone prays to Him, in joy does none To One who prays in happiness, how sorrow can come
The suffering you experience in the world is designed to wake you up. You wake up when you realize God. If you did that during your happy times, then you will not experience suffering.

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Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda, Saboo Sirjan Har
Surti Sila Pur Dhoiye, Nikse Jyoti Apaar

Meaning :
Guru is the wash man, his sikh(preaching) is the cloth , God is the soap
which washes the mind thoroughly clean, Out Comes The Glow of Truth

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Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe, Jeevat He Karo Aas
Jeevat Karam Ki Fansi Na Kaati, Mue Mukti Ki Aas

Meaning :
You need to wake up while you are alive, it is your only chance. You need to drop the ties of attachments to illusory things that bind you in illusion. This can only be done while alive, death is not a liberator.

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Akath Kahani Prem Ki, Kutch Kahi Na Jaye
Goonge Keri Sarkara, Baithe Muskae

Meaning :
The story of love is to be experienced, it can not be expressed, it can be known and felt – but not by the five senses.

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Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kat Kaleja Khaye
Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, Kahan Tak Dawa Lagaye

Meaning :
Worry is such a Thief, it eats one’s heart
What can the poor doctor do, for a worried heart?

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Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Uncha Dekh Aavaas
Kaal Paron Punyah Letna, Ouper Jamsi Ghaas

Meaning :
Don’t be proud and vain, tomorrow you’ll be lying six foot under feet, on top will grow grass that goats and sheep will eat!

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Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Kaal Gahe Kar Kes
Na Jaane Kit Mare Hai, Kya Des Kya Pardesh

Meaning :
Kabir , Don’t be so proud and vain, The clutches of Time are dark
Who knows where it will kill , Whether at home or abroad

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Kabira Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai, Ankiya Sab Hoye
Jo Kiya Kutch Hote Hai, Karta Aur Koye

Meaning :
All things happen as per Gods wish, it just seems that we are doing them.

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Jyon Naino Mein Putli, Tyon Maalik Ghat Mahin
Moorakh Log Na Janhin, Baahar Dhudhan Jahin

Meaning :
Like the pupil is in the eyes , Your God lives inside you,
The ignorant don’t know this, they search Him on the outside

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Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein, Log Hanse Tu Roye
Aise Karni Na Kari, Pache Hanse Sab Koye

Meaning :
When you came in to this world , Everyone laughed while you cried
Don’t do such work, That they laugh when you are gone

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Pehle Agan Birha Ki, Pachhe Prem Ki Pyas
Kahe Kabir Tub Janiye, Naam Milan Ki Aaas

Meaning :
First the pain of separation, then the thirst for Love
Says Kabir, only then will you know Joy of the Union.

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Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein, Dhuan Na Pargat Hoye
So Jane Jo Jarmua, Jaki Lagi Hoye

Meaning :
The Ocean is on Fire, The Smoke is not Visible
He Knows Who Has Been there and been Burnt
Experience teaches, the one who has felt the fire knows it

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Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye, Jo Aage Ko Hoye
Sees Charaye Potli, Le Jaat Na Dekhya Koye

Meaning :
Enjoy the present moment. Accumulating wealth for tomorrow is a waste because tomorrow you will die. This is a certainty. No one has been seen that managed to take his material wealth with him.

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Aasa Jive Jag Marey, Log Marey Mar Jayee
Soyee Sube Dhan Sanchate, So Ubrey Jey Khayee

Meaning :
Hope is that people will wake up, drop their attachments and hoardings and be free from the clutches of illusion.

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Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin, Do Kahun To Gaari
Hai Jaisa Taisa Rahe, Kahe Kabir Bichari

Meaning :
There is a oneness behind the apparent diversity. But oneness is not seen. Yet if I accept duality, it would be a violation, a false acceptance. Let it be, whatever it is – I’ll drop the analyzing.

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Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka, Khala Ka Ghar Nahin
Sees Utaare Hath Kar, So Pasey Ghar Mahin

Meaning :
You are born to Love, not sit around as if at your Aunts place. Love is not a process of seeking, but a process of dropping ones own mental barriers to love.

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Maala To Kar Mein Phire, Jeebh Phire Mukh Mahin
Manua To Chahun Dish Phire, Yeh To Simran Nahin

Meaning :
The rosary rotating by the hand, the tongue twisting in the mouth,
With the mind wandering everywhere, this isn’t meditation
Control the mind, not the beads or the words.

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Kabir Maala Kaath Kee, Kahi Samjhave Tohi
Man Na Firave Aapna, Kaha Firave Mohi

Meaning :
Kabir, the rosary made of wooden beads, what can it teach you?
If you don’t control your minds motion, why control the motion of beads ?

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Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin‚ Jab Hari Hai Mein Nahin
Sab Andhiyara Mit Gaya‚ Jab Deepak Dekhya Mahin

Meaning :
When I was, then Hari (God) was not, Now Hari is and I am not
All the darkness dissolved, When I saw the light within.

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Moond Munddavat Din Gaye‚ Ajhun Na Miliya Raam
Raam Naam Kahu Kya Karey‚ Je Man Ke Aurey Kaam

Meaning :
Shaving the head Ages have passed, yet no union with God
Recitation of Gods Name is futile, when the mind is doing something else

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Keson Kaha Bigadia, Je Moonde Sau Baar
Man Ko Kahe Na Moondiye, Jaamein Vishey Vikaar

Meaning :
What harm have the hair done, you shave them hundred times
Why not shave the mind, there grow unchecked countless poisonous thoughts
Clean your mind, for purity of soul

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Kabir Soota Kya Kare, Koore Kaaj Niwaar
Jis Panthu Tu Chaalna, Soyee Panth Samwaar

Meaning :
Focus on the thing that you really love to do, the path you were meant to follow.
Leave the useless tasks, Be focused on the path which you were meant to tread

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Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas

Meaning :
Kabir, Your Hut Is Next to the Butchers
Who does, he will face the consequnces, Why are you sad?

Don’t concern your self too much with other peoples actions – they will have to face the consequences, not for you to be sad.

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Kabir Soyee Soorma, Man Soon Maande Jhoojh
Panch Pyada Paari Le, Door Kare Sab Dooj

Meaning :
The real fighter, the real Warrior is the one who takes on his own mind. The Mind controls the ‘sensual five’, the five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell. These senses tell us lies, they tell us that duality exist, though we know that it does not.

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~ Sant Kabir ~

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