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

Translation

Guru the washer man, disciple is the cloth
The name of God liken to the soap
Wash the mind on foundation firm
To realize the glow of Truth

My Understanding

In this Doha, Kabir shows the quality of a good teacher, the Guru. Like only by following the technique of washing clothes, the washer man cleans the cloth, same way the preceptor or the teacher takes upon himself to cleanse the mind of his disciples and guide them to realize the Truth within.

Viewed in context of our day to day life, we can observe that only when we are totally involved in our actions, only then we can be assured of achieving results.  Diligence, dedication and total intensity is required while performing any act, only then one finds the true joy, the fulfillment.

 

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Simi Nallaseth Views: 33474        Comments: 9       
Comments on this Doha
Comment WHERE CAN U FIND A GURU LIKE THAT (AS DESCRIBED IN IN THIS DOHA). THERE ARE SO CALLED GURU WHO ARE LOOKING FOR MATERIAL GAIN AND SENSUAL ENJOYMENT UNDER COVER OF MAROON ROBE.

BE CAREFUL WHO CHARGES FOR MANTRA,CLASSES,SEMINAR ETC.

SAT GURU ASKS FOR NOTHING, BUT LOVE.
D.CHET
01/12/2014
Comment It is wonderful. A contemporary man needs to obey
gurus and remember the ancient heritage if he really wants
to grow.

pck prem
p c katoch
04/09/2013
Comment i really like to read and listen to kabir vani.. all of his dohas are really awesome... Thankx for the share...
anish
12/14/2011
Comment this one is amazing....im coming across it for the first time........
hope to read more such works!!!!!!!!1
vidya
09/01/2011
Comment Thank you for including this - had not seen this one before. The interpretation is right on!! Please do keep it up. It would be great if you could use your insight by also translating into English the longer verses of Kabir ji.
Vinay Kumar
08/17/2011
Comment kabir you are ROCKSTAR MAN keep it up
lovedeep
06/18/2011
Comment good one
rak
05/14/2011
Comment good
neel
11/01/2010
Comment Your interpretation is very apt.
ashutosh kumar
10/10/2010
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Index of Dohas in English
  1. Looking at the grinding stone
  2. I searched for the crooked
  3. Tomorrows work do today
  4. Speak such words
  5. Slowly slowly O mind
  6. Give me so much O God
  7. In vain is the eminence
  8. Like sesame contains the oil
  9. Begging is like perishing
  10. Neither illusion nor the mind
  11. Kabira in the market place
  12. Kabir's mind got cleansed
  13. Reading books everyone died
  14. In anguish everyone
  15. Guru is the washerman
  16. Alive one sees
  17. Inexpressible is the story of Love
  18. Worry is the bandit
  19. Don't be so proud and vain
  20. Don't be so proud and vain - 2
  21. By my doing nothing happens
  22. Like the pupil in the eye
  23. When you were born
  24. First the pangs of separation
  25. With the ocean set ablaze
  26. Kabir, save the wealth ...
  27. Hope lives in a dying world
  28. If I say one, It is not
  29. Kabir, This is the abode of love
  30. The Rosary rotating by the hand
  31. Eons have passed whirling rosary
  32. The rosary made of wooden
  33. When "I" was then Hari was not
  34. Ages have passed shaving
  35. What harm have the hair done
  36. Arise from slumber O Kabir
  37. O Kabir, Your Hut
  38. He alone's the Warrior
  39. Guru the Potter ...
  40. Liberation Comes Not in Seclusion
  41. Both Guru and Gobind (God) are One
Index of Dohas in Hindi
  1. Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar
  2. Bura Jo Dekhan Mein Chala
  3. Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar
  4. Aisee Vani Boliye
  5. Dheere Dheere Re Mana
  6. Sayeen Itna Deejiye
  7. Bada Hua To Kya Hua
  8. Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai
  9. Mangan Maran Saman Hai
  10. Maya Mari Na Man Mara
  11. Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein
  12. Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya
  13. Pothi Padh Padh Jag Mua
  14. Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare
  15. Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda
  16. Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe
  17. Akath Kahani Prem Ki
  18. Chinta Aisee Dakini
  19. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye
  20. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye - 2
  21. Kabir Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai
  22. Jyon Naino Mein Putli
  23. Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein
  24. Pehle Agan Birha Ki
  25. Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein
  26. Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye
  27. Aasa Jive Jag Mare
  28. Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin
  29. Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka
  30. Maala To Kar Mein Phire
  31. Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya
  32. Kabir Maala Kaath Kee
  33. Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin
  34. Moond Munddavat Din Gaye
  35. Keson Kaha Bigadia
  36. Kabir Soota Kya Kare
  37. Kabira Teri Jhompri
  38. Kabir Soyee Soorma
  39. Guru Kumhar Sikh Kumbh Hai
  40. Shune Padiya Na Chootiyo
  41. Guru Govind Toh Ek Hain

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