Kabir Dohas

Guru Gobind Toh Ek Hain, Dooja Yahu Akar
Aapa Mate Jeevat Mare, Toh Pave Kartar


Both Guru and Gobind (God) are One
The second is this form (body)
Annihilating Ego “I” dies (one Awakens)
Then realizes God

My Understanding

Placing the true Guru, the preceptor, on the same pedestal as God, Kabir explains that because we identify ourselves with the body; hence experience the conflicts of duality. True awakening – rather true life – is experienced when the Ego gets annihilated.

What exactly is Ego? Ego is an irresistible sense of every individual that manifests around the importance of the subjective “I” in relation to the objective “other”. The “other” can be another person or an object. The ego breeds comparisons thus making the person feel superior or inferior, tall or small, fair or dark, etc. In other words, Ego thrives in duality. With ego at the helm, the result of any action done appears incomplete and not fully satisfactory. The person forgets his real self (Jeevatman – soul) and thereby lives with a feeling of incompleteness – or ignorance – with a biased view about his or her own self.

The objective of the Guru is to guide the disciple to annihilate the Ego (destruction of ignorance) so that a feeling of completeness permeates and the awakened disciple becomes a witness to the unity in diversity – or oneness of life. Once this happens, all dualities vanish; everything appears as a whole and is experienced as one totality. Only then one attains the state of godhood (Jeevanmukta - liberated soul) – and realizes God.

August 4, 2013

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Rajender Krishan

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Comments on this Doha

Comment Very Nice Doha

Tushar Bhardwaj

13-Jul-2018 05:57 AM

Comment Bhartrhari says "Vidya dadati vinaayam ...". The basic aim of education is to acquire humility. Once this is done other good things follow. The ideal guru inculcates the development of basic humility in his student. Once the Ahamkara is removed, the student sees everything clearly.

bhu raman

09-Sep-2016 07:54 AM

Comment Very nice dohas........very practical to life

Vias Gulati

06-Sep-2016 10:20 AM

Comment can be the hindi version of these verses made available to us. I mean explanation as it is given in english here.


15-May-2016 03:10 AM

Comment Does samsar let you live ,questions your sanity in absence of Ego, its a tangle you exist in these 5 elements due to ego. less ego what reason is there for one to exist.....
Rightly said though however equally challenging to address. one requires bent upon attitude to be labeled in sane to tread this path.

narayan dutt

03-Oct-2013 01:18 AM

Comment What a profound thinking and no less commendable is the simple analysis of the idea of Ego! Yes annihilation of ego is the most difficult and for many a next to impossible task

Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee

04-Aug-2013 11:17 AM

Comment Very profund and deep article showing the way to found the path toGod.
It needs time and reflection to assimilate the exact meaning.
Thank you Raj for emulating thinking.


03-Aug-2013 21:09 PM

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