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Kabir is…

His name is Kabir born as a Muslim in 1440.  Yet he is loved by Muslims, Hindu and Sikhs.

There is a  story is told how Kabir found his teacher who was a Hindu saint.

There was one particular day of the year, anyone can become a disciple by having a master speak the name of God over him.  The saint Ramananda took his bath as he did and all lived near the holy river Ganges every day, by arising before dawn. On this special day, Ramananda as he was walking down the steps to the sacred waters of the river Ganges, a little hand reached out  and grabbed the saint’s big toe. Ramananda was taken by surprise and he expressed his shock by calling out the name of God. Looking down he saw in the early morning light the hand of the young Kabir. After his bath in the early light he noticed that on the back of the little one’s hand was written in Arabic the name Kabir. He adopted him as son and disciple and brought him back to his ashram, much to the disturbance of his Hindu students, some of whom left in protest.

It is said that what really made this meeting the most special is that in this case it, was only after Kabir’s enlightenment that Ramananda, his teacher, became enlightened.

Kabir never abandoned worldly life, choosing instead to live the balanced life of a householder and mystic, tradesman . Kabir was married, had children, and lived the simple life of a weaver.

Kabir worked on bringing peace to the often clashing religious cultures of Islam and Hinduism. He was known for not liking any form of professional piety. Nearing age 60, he was persecuted by the religious authorities and denounced before the king. He had to leave his hometown and  lived a life of exile, traveling through northern India with a group of disciples and passed over  In 1518.

Kabir’s disciples disputed over his body, the Muslims wanting to claim the body for burial, the Hindus wanting to cremate the body. Kabir appeared to the arguing disciples and told them to lift the burial shroud. When they did so, they found fragrant flowers where the body had rested. The flowers were divided, and the Muslims buried the flowers while the Hindus  committed them to fire.

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