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Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin, Jab Hari Hai Mein Nahin
Sab Andhiyara Mit Gaya, Jab Deepak Dekhya Mahin

Translation

When "I" was then Hari was not, Now Hari "is" and "I" am not
All the darkness (illusions) mitigated, When I saw the light (illumination) within.

My Understanding

From the root word "Har" (everything) is derived the word "Hari" which is used as yet another name or expression for God:  the most common being "Hari Om". 

In this doha, Kabir explains that till such time we are engrossed within the bounds of our (limited) ego - the mundane "I" -  we are not able to experience or realize the all-pervasive attribute of God. Resultantly we are in a state of conflict, chaos and a state of ignorance aptly expressed as darkness or illusion in the doha. This darkness - the state of ignorance - diminishes, rather eliminates, when the all-pervasive effulgence of God (the light within) is perceived, realized or experienced. With this conviction we are able to transcend the bondage enforced by our ego.

April 27, 2002

 

Rajender Krishan
Views: 24351        Comments: 15       
Comments on this Doha
Comment Great. It is the essence of Indian philosophy.
Kkumarendra Mallick
10/18/2013
Comment Murthy, Vemana is no match for Kabir as he was a guy who conveyed worldly wisdom and was not believed to be realized
Vijay
04/19/2013
Comment In a very lucid language Kabir ji has explained all intricacies of human life . Yogi Vemana has shown similar talents in his Vemana Satakam
in Telugu Language.No doubt KABIR jI has shown the path to several
spiritual leaders in INDIA.
as murthy
03/28/2013
Comment Sir, your explanation is wonderful. But could you please put the explanation in Hindi as well? It is easier to copy down for our projects Instead of translating into Hindi by my self.. Thank you once again for this wonderful site
Akanksha
01/06/2013
Comment thanx to the maker of this id may god bless them all
pravin kumar
07/25/2012
Comment i like this very much .................... an etc on word to say
shiva.s
11/19/2011
Comment Dear Sunil,,, please read and understand the Doha - "Chalati Chakki...". You are engrossed within Duality. Pls come out of it. These are all manifestations of Supreme God who is inside you and will be with you in whatever form/name you love to Him..be it Durga, Shiv, Vishnu, Kaali, or anything. Hence, requesting to please consult any sad-guru who can dissolve the duality...
Arunesh Dixit
11/15/2011
Comment Realy very very good work.

Can I got few links where I can et more Dohas by kabir?
Dheeraj
11/06/2011
Comment Nirgun Brahman sulab ati....
sagun na janey koyae................

people search for God but they should search for true master who knows god...
Vikrant Dogra
09/16/2011
Comment I AM SEARCHING CREATURE OF WORLD , SOME PEOPLE SAYS THAT ACCORDING TO KABIR DURGA IS THE MOTHER OF VISHNU,SHIV AND BRAHMA AND KAAL IS THEIR FATHER AND THE GOD IS ABOVE FROM THEM HAVING BODY LIKE MAN AND LIKE SAINT RAMPAL IN HARYAN , IS IT TRUE PLEASE GUIDE
SUNIL
09/12/2011
Comment my heartfelt thanks to this site maker. this particular article shud be regarded by every body........
Ganesh
06/28/2011
Comment Beautifully explained.....
Rahul Singh
03/25/2011
Comment kabir verse enlighten my mind.the translation and explainning is amazing.i proud this site
sanjay
02/24/2011
Comment Krishan jee you are good guider and leader bcz you express all the doha in understandable.good job.thanking you
Manu kr. Singh
10/04/2010
Comment excellent
Vikram Gupta
06/28/2010
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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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