Treasure Island

Kabir

(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Abode of the Beloved


Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
Where My Complete Beloved Is.

In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
No Truth or Untruth
Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
There Is Radiance Without Light.

There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There
Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
This and That - All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/2/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    Kabir the poet whose poems are so much loved and interpreted for human awakening with perfection and good qualities and where discrimination is nil. Kabir's world of abode of the beloved is clearly written in this poem where there is no happiness or unhappiness, truth or untruth and such variations and divisions of qualities of descriptions which is the finality is liberation the ultimate goal of human birth. But unfortunately the world is not going well and not in the correct path of salvation opting for the kindness, and compassion but going through wrongful means for accumulation of wealth in place of perfect knowledge. As long as human beings are in inquisitive search of perfection there is relevance to the lines and ways given by the enlightened poet Kabirdas. (Report) Reply

  • Bhajan Radio (9/8/2012 5:20:00 AM)

    This is a great poem but its very difficult to understand true meaning of this poem. http: //bhajanradio.com/kabir-dohe.html (Report) Reply

  • O Anna Niemus (2/2/2009 5:44:00 AM)

    Kabir's poems number in the hundreds or thousands.

    They are all divinely inspired

    There are many levels of his poetry lost in translation (Report) Reply

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