Kabir Dohas

Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kat Kaleja Khaye
Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, Kahan Tak Dawa Lagaye


Worry is the bandit that eats into one's heart
What the doctor can do, what remedy to impart?

My Understanding

Discontentment causes worry and worry itself becomes the cause that creates chaos in the mind.  All peace is lost and the more one entertains the worry, the more armored 'she' becomes to destroy the very vitality of a man.  There is no doctor and no remedy for this cause. 

This is so true and can be observed by anyone in one's own affairs.

Gurbani goes a step further:

Worry about that, that what is not inevitable
In the path of this world, Nanak, Nothing is stagnant
Whatever is born must die, be it today or tomorrow
Hence O Nanak, Sing praises of God and leave all concerns

My Understanding

Everything that comes to pass in our lives is but preordained.  This will be one school of thought which can however, make a person fatalist.  The alternative way of looking at this phenomenon will be on the basis of the laws of Karma i.e. cause and effect.  Regardless of how we look at it, the basic premise will be that Life goes on.  Hence the verse emphasises that we should worry only about that aspect of life which is not inevitable.  Understanding the fundamental principle of the cosmos which is perpetually operating in motion, it becomes amply clear that in the path of this world; nothing is motionless.  All our concerns are related to our journey of life that begins with birth and ends with death. Since all that is born is mutable, hence must die, therefore, sing praises of God and worry not.  Sing praises of God here will imply to accept and face all aspects of life.  Only by total acceptance of life as it is can one live without worries.

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Simi Nallaseth

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Comments on this Doha

Comment Peeyush, if you scroll down you will find links to all the dohas on each page.


30-Dec-2010 07:47 AM

Comment Thanks for such great content online. Kindly provide links to each doha on every page to browse ( as prev/next ) easily, if possible. Once again thanks for your efforts to help us maintain the realy Indian spirit that has given a light to all human beings to be HUMAN.


30-Dec-2010 02:12 AM

Comment You've done a great service. Thank you.
However my suggestion is that you migrate the contents of Kabir writings to a simple elegant blog with no commercial clutter. The dohas index should replace in that blog page the contents on the left side listed at present.
It is common enough to find NRI sites that connect Indians and sell wares. But they are not the place for Kabir's lofty thought and your commendable endeavour.


23-Oct-2010 07:58 AM

Comment The remedy is renunciation, bhakti and vichara.
If we know we are not this body there is nothing to worry about and kabir knows this as well but he is speaking of those who go running around in the world looking for a solution to their worries..There is no solution in the world.


20-Oct-2010 11:00 AM

Comment I know what a havoc worry can make on my life. It only passes by time. Nothing helps when it shrouds us.

ashutosh kumar

09-Oct-2010 23:11 PM

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