Kabir Dohas

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

 

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Rajender Krishan
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Comments on this Doha

Comment This is a very good Doha! Where can I open the treasure chest of entire Kabir Dohas?

M R Sundaram

24-Sep-2016 22:43 PM


Comment I am glad because doha is good......

Shashi yadav

03-Apr-2015 01:13 AM


Comment Beautiful Kabir Doha. I can say this is the best of all.
Can anyone reply.......
What happens when there is no darkness
This is a bit spiritual but needs reply by someone please.

ravi

21-Mar-2015 09:12 AM


Comment Thanks a lot for explaining the meaning of this doha in a simple and clear language. May God bless you.

preeti

14-Jul-2014 01:49 AM


Comment Great. It is the essence of Indian philosophy.

Kkumarendra Mallick

18-Oct-2013 10:54 AM


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

19-Apr-2013 08:14 AM


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

28-Mar-2013 12:19 PM


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

06-Jan-2013 09:04 AM


Comment thanx to the maker of this id may god bless them all

pravin kumar

25-Jul-2012 04:50 AM


Comment i like this very much .................... an etc on word to say

shiva.s

19-Nov-2011 06:59 AM


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

15-Nov-2011 02:57 AM


Comment Realy very very good work.

Can I got few links where I can et more Dohas by kabir?

Dheeraj

06-Nov-2011 13:05 PM


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

16-Sep-2011 01:02 AM


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

12-Sep-2011 12:13 PM


Comment my heartfelt thanks to this site maker. this particular article shud be regarded by every body........

Ganesh

28-Jun-2011 00:42 AM


Comment Beautifully explained.....

Rahul Singh

25-Mar-2011 21:50 PM


Comment kabir verse enlighten my mind.the translation and explainning is amazing.i proud this site

sanjay

24-Feb-2011 01:01 AM


Comment Krishan jee you are good guider and leader bcz you express all the doha in understandable.good job.thanking you

Manu kr. Singh

04-Oct-2010 05:32 AM


Comment excellent

Vikram Gupta

28-Jun-2010 01:59 AM





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