Kabir Dohas

Maala To Kar Mein Phire, Jeebh Phire Mukh Mahin
Manua To Chahun Dish Phire, Yeh To Simran Nahin


The rosary rotating by the hand (and) the tongue twisting in the mouth,
With the mind wandering everywhere, this isn't meditation (Oh uncouth!).

My Understanding

Kabir in this doha strongly condemns those faking to be religious and spiritualists. How very often we see people from almost every religion 'fiddling' with the rosary beads and reciting the name of God yet at the slightest provocation they swear and curse, without any hesitation, with the same 'twisting' tongue.
Kabir here categorically points out that such people have no control over their mind which is forever wandering. Such people are hypocrites and deluded, for their actions are overt only to show off or to keep up with the rituals because of sectarian and communal pressures. To be able to bring mind in control means to develop poise and serenity that in turn lead to love and compassion which are the prerequisites for meditation. An agitated mind cannot meditate!  Kabir emphatically states in this doha that all these superficial ritualistic actions are meaningless and unproductive. 

The aim of true meditation, Kabir tries to emphasize, is to be able to master one's mind. 

March 17, 2002

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Simi Nallaseth

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Comments on this Doha

Comment Is it possible for a common man to practice true meditation in today's world of materialism & hectic life style...??

In my view, there is no need of meditation or prayer for a person who is always busy in performing his duties towards his/her nation, employer, parents, wife & children.

Narender Soni

05-Jul-2014 08:32 AM

Comment profound master

Patrick Onwugbufo

18-Nov-2010 15:45 PM

Comment excellent words.... really i appreciate kabeer


19-Oct-2010 07:35 AM

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