Kabīr (1398—1518) was the great mystical poet of India, but in spite of rapturous vision of existence, his feet were always rooted in the common experience of everyday life. Al-Kabir ("the Great") is one of the 99 names for God in Islam, but Kabīr refused allow himself to classified as a Muslim or Hindu. According to Kabīr, all life is an interplay of two spiritual principles: the personal soul and God; and salvation is the process of bringing into union these two divine aspects. Kabīr lived to be 120 years old!
O SERVANT, where dost thou seek Me?
Lo! I am beside thee.
I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash:
Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga.
If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time.
SONGS OF KABÎR, translated by Rabindranath Tagore
Watch videos with Kabīr’s poetry on our site here