Kabir te Ching – Introduction part 1.
When Kabir talks about King in his ‘doha’ or verses it is same as Laozi talks about King in his book ‘Tao te Ching’. Both are referring to that natural state of every human being which was enjoyed in childhood but lost during adolescent a age. Very purpose of every human being is to regain that state.
Comparing that state of human being with Lion of a forest Kabir says:
सिंह अकेला वन फिरै, पलक पलक करे दौर।
Sinh akela van feere palak palak kare daur|
जैसा वन है आपना, तैसा वन है और।।
Jaisa van hai aapna, taisa van hai aur||
Natural state of human being, when regained, is like a Lion-the king of a forest- keeps moving in its territory keeping eyes on everything at every blink of eyes. An enlightened person too keeps eyes on everyone and everything. The difference is that he now understand that just like his body is being energised by the Tao all other people or things too are energised by the Tao. So his eyes are set to see Tao behind everything or everyone at each blink of eyes.
चाह गई चिंता गई, मनवा बेपरवाह।
Chaah gayi chinta gayi, manva beparwah|
जिसको कुछ नहीं चाहीये, वो ही शहंशाह।।
Jisko kuchh nahin chahiye, vo hi shahanshan||
The state in which Kabir is living, is natural state of all human being too, is described here by Kabir. My desires and worries got evaporated on ‘seeing’ my ‘self’ or ‘Tao’ or ‘God/Truth’ etc, and i became careless.
As soon as Kabir realised that God/Truth/Emptiness or Tao is already taking care of everyone and everything in a perfectly harmonious way each moment. His worries and desires vanishes immediately. It happens! it is effortless effort Wu-Wei. Anyone trying to go beyond or overcome is going to fail!
Only the one who does not want anything is real King.
It means the one who has experienced Tao, get dissolved with it like sugar in water, and Tao is real King of Cosmos or Existence so the one who experiences it too becomes King too.
Lao Tzu has written his verses in ‘Tao te Ching’ describing about this state of every human being as King. So it is for everyone to help in reclaiming the lost grounds in childhood.
Why only Kabir? The answer is that Kabir said:
सब काहू का लीजिए, साँचा शब्द निहार।
Sab kahu ka lijiye, sancha shabd nihar|
पक्षपात ना कीजिए, कहे कबीर विचार।।
Pakshapaat na kijiye, kahe Kabir vichar||
Kabir said that truth needs to be learned from all religions or of all the previous mystics. Followers of a religion must keep their mind open for accepting truth of other religions too without prejudice.
Kabir not only said but walked the talk by mentioning Jesus, Buddha /Mahavir etc as below:
जेते तारे रैणी के, तेते बैरी मुझ्झ।
Jete taare rainy ke, tere bairy mujjh|
धड़ सूली सिर कंगूरे, तउ न बिसरे तुझ्झ।।
Dhad suli sir kangoore, tau na bisare tujjh||
There are enemies equal to the counting of stars in the sky, and his below head part was nailed on cross below horizontal while head nailed to the upright part above it, still a follower of truth, Jesus, never forgot God for a moment.
Imagine just a prick of pointed thing on your body and you forget even the work at hand!
Kabir also said:
कबीर कठीनाई खरी, सो मिलता हरि नाम।
Kabir kathinayee khari, so milta hari naam|
सूली उपर नर बंधा, गिरूत नाहीं थाम।।
Sooli upar nar bandha, giroot nahin thaam||
Kabir says that it is better to face hardship in search of your own ‘self’ or God, when a person, Jesus, was nailed on cross then God himself has lifted him from there itself and assured that his sacrifice or hardship should not go in vain.
Regarding Buddha and Mahavir he says:
या मन गही जो थिर रहे, गहरी धूनी गाड़ी।
Ya man gahi jo thir rahe, gahari dhooni gadri|
चलती बिरीयाँ उठी चला, हाथी घोड़ा छाँड़ी।।
Chalti biriyan uthi chala,
Haathi ghoda chhandi||
By controlling this mind to an unmoving state or no-mind state, if a person seek deeper within then the one who left his kingdom, in young age , having many Elephants and Horses too able to enter the unmoving and infinite.
A little hint about Tao too was given in this verse by Kabir:
मन मुआ माया मुई, संशय मुआ शरीर।।
Man mua maya mui, sanshay mua sharir|
अविनाशी जो ना मरे तो क्यों मरे कबीर।।
In no-mind state coupled with egoless state all confusions get dissolved or evaporated immediately as you have experienced ‘Tao’ in your life. Kabir says that he is floating on it.
If Tao is eternal then why Kabir, floating on it, is going to die?
Laozi’s ‘Tao te Ching’ is incomplete without Kabir in today’s context. Kabir is able exactly pinpoint ‘acts’ and ‘situation’ when one dives into ‘Tao’ like ‘Aha’ moment in life. So to remain in it more and more very small small steps are precisely defined. Osho’s awareness meditation or all other 112 meditations helps one to choose from the best suited so as to be adopted in daily life and enjoying this material world too to its fullest.
Guru Nanak gave a respectable place to Kabir in his Nanakvaani, duly quoting him. Hence tinge, and tone is from Osho and Guru Nanak.