Kabir Dohas

Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair
Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair


Kabira in the market place, wishes welfare of all
Neither friendship nor enmity with anyone at all

My Understanding

Kabir, the professional weaver, visited the market place to sell his woven goods. Now selling is a competitive affair and all kinds of strategies are adopted by merchants to make the extra buck. Sometimes the strategy can even be a dirty trick or a scam.

In this doha, as is his style, Kabir without saying much, presents a balanced approach. He seems to affirm that while conducting one's business, one need not adopt tricky means and should not become emotional. An honest deal does not warrant the businessman to become either friendly with one's clientele or develop any malice. This is one of the important maxims of Do's and Don'ts of any progressive business.

From spiritual and mystic point of view, Bazaar is a reference to the world itself where give and take, is the mechanism of dealings...i.e. all relationships at the physical level are conditional and based on business-like (not literally business) transactions. So Kabir is giving us an idea of how we experience ups and downs due to attachments - i.e. due to strong feelings towards or against things. And he says the best way to avoid that is by being in a state of acceptance and detachment

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Simi Nallaseth

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Comments on this Doha

Comment WRONG interpretation


02-Nov-2023 03:52 AM

Comment Kabir is not a business minded person. He is a spiritualist. In the market place he is refering to worldly matters.

He means that we are all souls with a body. Where then is the difference!


12-Apr-2019 10:58 AM

Comment This site is very good,
but this doha is not complete.

"Na kahu se dosti na kahu se bair, Gyan ki Alakh jagave
bhula bhatka ho koi rah taahi batlave.
Beech sadak ke maahi gran ka maare danda,
Bin paise bin daam jhuth ka fode banda."

Tarun Baghel Das

29-Dec-2016 02:41 AM

Comment the picture provided is a piece of modern art

Balachandra rao

27-Aug-2014 22:23 PM

Comment Kabir indicates the world as bazaar.Every person active in selling and purchasing the goods,talking in favor and against any one,talking about those things which are unstable like this world and like so etc. etc. But despite standing in bazaar,Kabir is not affected by such activity.He stands there like a Lotus in the dense mud.

Dr. Prakash kachhwal

01-May-2013 22:02 PM

Comment This is the Correct interpretation of Professionalism.

You are asking for what you deserve actually (not self appraised or over/under estimated).

No reconsideration due to any friendship or enmity while on duty.


27-Feb-2013 02:04 AM

Comment Very good site. Really greatful to eveyone involved in contributing and compiling and publishing the Kabir Dohe.

Bahut dhanyavaad apke vicharon ke liye. Lekin kafi samay se kuch nahin likha- intejaar hai.


28-Jul-2011 08:18 AM

Comment As the high tide and the low tide,

as the day passes and the night come,

as the summer goes and rains come,

as the feeling of happiness goes and sadness come,

as the bad times go and the good times come,

one has to understand the behavior of the nature and be constant with his emotions having too much of attachment may give pain later and too much of enmity will give you danger.

Be consistent and control your emotions and people will like you but you be detached but don't be selfish.

Be helpful help others but don't get attached.

Bharatbhushan Nirmal

19-Jun-2011 14:45 PM

Comment waaah kya dohe hai .............


31-May-2011 02:49 AM

Comment A very good explanation of the said Doha. This has more meaning from Spritual angle that is to have detached attachment with the worldly things including men.


16-May-2011 03:17 AM

Comment Kabir was gift of god


26-Feb-2011 09:11 AM

Comment a genuine effort,keep it up.lots of thanks

surya moudgil

30-Jan-2011 08:42 AM

Comment Arvind,
Bhai app in doho par vishleshan na kare tho behtar hoga...aapki samajh ki gehrayi aapke likhe chand kataaro se mil chuki hai, isiliye yeh vishesh nivedan hai ki aap aagey kuch na likhey...


29-Jan-2011 08:24 AM

Comment Having two explanations for this doha is wonderful.Thank u both.....

Rahul Singh

16-Jan-2011 12:17 PM

Comment Wonderful....


31-Dec-2010 08:51 AM

Comment The description given is really wonderful and very relevant to current professional life as well.Thanks a lot..


15-Nov-2010 10:13 AM

Comment very deep understanding & wonderful interpretation.....thanx!!


15-Sep-2010 14:25 PM

Comment Awesome web site. Good work. Appreciate ur effort. I wish I find a site on Chanakya neeti.


27-Jul-2010 03:10 AM

Comment Guru kabira ko Pranaam,,,
Aap ki yeh web site dekhi , bahut khushi huyi....Guru Kabir Das ji per kuchh likhta rahta hu...aaj aap ko padha...
Kshama chahata hu....kuchh likh raha hu...is dohe per....
Yeh sansaar ek baajar hai...aur sab kharidaar... yaha panch indriyon se lage dosh bhi apnani manmohkta liye bikau hai...jinme her ras, rang, khusboo hai....ab Kabir das ji khair magte hai ki koyi inhe kharid na le....(dwesh paida karne wale, karm). AAge khas baat yeh hai ki...bina in indriyo ke upyog kiye jivan to chal na sake,,,inliye Kabir das ji kahte hai...inse na jyada dosti ,,, na jyada doori / dusmaani....
bas yahi mere vichaar hai... aur bhi hai...likhunga
Dhanyawaad... aapka bahut aabhar

Arvind Vyas

26-Jul-2010 16:10 PM

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