Kabir Dohas

Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas


O Kabir! Your Hut Is Next to the Butchers' Bay
Why Do You Feel Down? For Their Conduct They Only Shall Pay  

My Understanding

At the time when Kabir lived there was a lot of importance attached, in religion, to ritualism. Religious heads and puritans aggressively promoted the ideas of purity and righteousness. Kabir was largely unimpressed and irreverent to these external rules and regulations. Through his life and teachings he emphasized the importance of internal purity.

Being a weaver of lower caste, Kabir lived in an area close to the butcher's shop. Kabir gave his religious teachings sitting in what the "pundits" (of higher caste) considered an "unholy" place; for which they criticized him. Kabir, while not countering the criticism directly, via this Doha, took the discussion on this matter to a totally different level. In his humble way, Kabir teaches us here the idea of detachment. In spiritual texts this concept is likened to the existence of the Lotus - a beautiful flower that grows in swampy and dirty ponds and rises above it.

Here Kabir tells us to live in the world and focus on our own journey and not worry about the good, bad or ugly going on around us. According to him the world and its ways will take care of itself, that's not our job - we should focus our attention only on the real reason of coming to the world, to find out who we truly are. All else does not matter. 

November 27, 2005

Visual Art by Rajender Krishan

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Comments on this Doha

Comment Beautiful!


27-Aug-2020 00:58 AM

Comment In this doha I think kabir g want to say that jo jaisa karega vo vaisa bharega.

Amandeep कौर

19-Feb-2020 05:28 AM

in reality :- kabir ji was passing from temple and he saw the pujrai "priest" doing immoral act (playing with women) so he got sad and made this doha !!

tania arora

02-Mar-2014 05:39 AM

Comment It is so simple :- Kabir ji may have get depressed with the Killing of Animals by the Kasai (Butcher) living next to his hut...He may have asked them/him/her to not to kill but the Kasai may have not listen to it ....After it he may have thought that Why he should feel sad for the bad/wrong doing of others and it is for them to pay for it.......

V K Sharma

20-Dec-2013 23:40 PM

Comment Kabir's Zopadi i.e.hut is the human body. Our body lives with our family members. Whole time they expect from us whatever they require. When we are able to meet their requirement they are pleased, when we fail to do so, then they curse us. Hence all such family members are the Butchers to cut our throat for their own satisfaction. So their behavior is some time good and bad. In this what they sow what they reap. In this situation Kabir pacify his own mind by saying this Doha.....


06-Dec-2013 01:10 AM

Comment This is to tell those people who always shows there fake superiority to the people. And that is bramhins who have been fooling/looting/cheating India for a long time.


08-Jan-2013 10:19 AM

Comment But indifference to our surroundings will only bring our downfall. should we turn a blind eye towards these corrupt politicians?

rahul shetty

05-Apr-2011 09:09 AM

Comment My understanding :
I feel that Kabir wants to say, his house is next to butcher, which means he is least likely to get punished in other words he is a liberated one who everyday witnesses the punishment/judgement of God. He being liberated one, who stays close to the God, may not have to suffer the punishment. Those who do wrong will pay for it. Why do you worry?


15-Feb-2011 12:59 PM

Comment this doha gives an idea of living in this world without worrying unnecessarily and do our work and live fearless.
best wishes

vinod kumar shukla

26-Jan-2011 04:50 AM

Comment my interpretation ( may be i am wrong )

many of us have a habit of worrying about other people's actions . Some of us have a Strong habit of blaming other people for their actions which in turn creates tension and anger in own mind . so kabir advices us to avoid it .

Sandesh Gawai

11-Oct-2010 04:31 AM

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