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Bin Sat-Guru Nar Rahat Bhulana
 
Kehar Sutale Aayo Gadariya, Paal Posa Unha Keenha Sayaana
Karat Kallol Rahat Ajayan Sangh Apna Marma Unahun Nahin Janaa
Kehar Ik Jangal Se Aayaa Tahu Dekhi Bahuta Risiyaana
Pakada Ke Bheda Turanta Samajhaaya Apni Dasa Dekha Muskyanaa
Jasa Kurang Beech Basat baasna  Khojata murakh Phirata chaugaana
Karau Sawaas Mana Mein Dekhe Iha Sugandhi Dhau, Aap Samaana
Ardha Urdha Beecha Lagana Lagi Re  Chhakyo Roopa Nahin Jaat Bakhaana
Kahata Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho Ulati Aap Mein, Aap Samaana 

Translation

Without a satguru* Man remains ignorant and lost
 
A lion cub became lost and wandered into a shepherd's flock
He was adopted and raised by the shepherd
He played and moved with the sheep
Never realizing his true nature
 
A lion came from the forest
Seeing this fully grown sheep-lion,
He was amazed and angered
He caught him firmly and at once explained the truth
When the sheep-lion saw what he had become, he smiled
 
The fragrance of the musk is embedded within the deer
But the foolish animal runs hither and thither
Searching for the source of the fragrance
If only he could look within, He will find the fragrance within himself.
 
Says Kabir -
 
My being is centered in between 'above' and 'below',
the splendorous experience is indescribable
Listen, oh Aspirant!  turn within and find your Self.

* One who reveals the Ultimate Truth. The word has no English equivalent.

Explanation

Here Kabir uses an old mythical tale to explain the significance of the Guru. Most of us are caught in the 'ways of the outside world' and forget our true nature much like the sheep-lion in this Kabir's song.  Kabir compares our foolishness to that of a deer who searches for the source of the fragrance outside, while it is always within him. The Lion-Guru, who knows the truth, is able to shake us out of our stupor and show us the true reality.
 
Kabir then tells us to find our joyous Self within that is neither above nor below but at the center. 
 

April 14, 2007
Maalok
Illustration by Vaish



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Comment Superb Translation! You have put a lot of efforts!!
C M Kulkarni
09/13/2014
Comment This is a lovely collection. Good to catch up with u.
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06/11/2014
Comment i like of kabir dohas and i am already kabir panth so send some knowledge to me
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Index of Mystic Songs in English
  1. Where do you search me?
  2. Penalty of embodiment
  3. With mind immersed in Love
  4. What is seen is not the truth
  5. What should I ask
  6. Oh Unattached Being, I am a Yogi..
  7. Oh Companion that abode is...
  8. Who Is The Thug Who ...
  9. This is the Village of the Dead
  10. The Swan Will Fly Away All Alone
  11. Sky is Overcast and Darkening
  12. Untainted Ram is Unmatched
  13. Concealed Beyond the Sky
  14. Oh Deer Graze With Knowledge...
  15. Neither am I Righteous nor non....
  16. Fearlessly I Will Sing ...
  17. ...Illusory Power to be a Great Thug
  18. What to say of talks
  19. Without a satguru Man...ignorant
Index of Mystic Songs in Hindi
  1. Moko Kahan Dhoonde Re
  2. Deh Dhare Ka Dand Hai
  3. Man Mustt Hua
  4. Jo Deese So To Hai Nahin
  5. Kya Mangoon Kutch Thir
  6. Avadhuta Yugan Yugan Hum Yogi
  7. Sakhiya Wah Ghar Sabse Nyara
  8. Kaun Thagwa Nagaria Lutal Ho
  9. Sadho Yeh Murdon Ka Gaon
  10. Ud Jayega Huns Akela
  11. Avadhuta Gagan Ghata
  12. Ram Niranjan Nyara Re
  13. Gagan Ki Ot Nisana Hai Bhai
  14. Hirna Samaj Boojh Ban Charna
  15. Na Mein Dharmi Na Hi Adharmi
  16. Nirbhay Nirgun Gun Re Gaunga
  17. Maya Maha Thugni Hum Jaani
  18. Bolna Ka Kahiye Re Bhai
  19. Bin Sat-Guru Nar Rahat Bhulana

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