Mystic Songs

Nirbhay Nirgun Gun Re Gaunga

Mool Kamal Dradh Aasan Bandhu-ji Ulti Pavan Chadaunga
Man Mamta Ko Thir Kar Laun-ji Pancho Tat Milaunga
Ingala Pingala Sukhman Nadi-ji Tirveni Pe Haun Nahaunga
Panch Pachhison Pakad Mangaun-ji Ek Hi Dor Lagaunga
Shunya Shikhar Par Anhad Baje-ji Raag Chattis Sunaunga
Kahat Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho-ji Jeet Nishan Ghuraunga


Fearlessly I Will Sing the Attributes of the One without Attributes

Using the Base Lotus as the Steady Seat
I Will Make the Wind Rise in Reverse
Steadying the Mind's Attachments
I Will Unify the Five Elements
Ingila, Pingala and Sukhman are the Channels
I Will Bathe at the Confluence of the Three Rivers
The Five and Twenty Five I Will Master by my Wish
And String them Together by One Common Thread
At the Summit of Aloneness the Un-struck Anahad Sound Reverberates
I Will Play the Thirty-Six Different Symphonies
Says Kabir Listen Oh Practicing Aspirant
I Will Wave the Flag of Victory


In this song, Kabir clearly shows the "real" meaning of certain phrases used in ancient texts. Often these are mistaken to be reference to physical places while in reality an internal experience is actually being told. 

Fear is the first and biggest obstacle to spiritual realization. And a state of fearlessness shows that a person has actually accepted the environment or physical reality for what it is. In that state of accepting oneness, Kabir says that he is going to expound on the attributes of the ultimate. 

Mapping out the procedure for this spiritual journey, Kabir says that we have to start by rooting ourselves (as the tree or plant roots itself) at the base or seat of the energy. The lotus is a reference to a spiritual experience of energy that "flowers" much like a lotus rising above the negativity and fear. Note that the source for nourishment of this lotus is indeed coming from the same swampy muck of negativity. In other words, the negativity or fear is not intrinsically "bad" but really needs to be channeled into more creative expressions. In such a re-channeling of energy, the subtle life force (much like a wind or molecular energy current) starts defying gravity (of our limitations) and moves in a reverse elevating fashion. The further it moves up the less constrained it becomes - in effect integrating all of reality into a universal oneness.

What pulls the energy down is the gravitational force of our attachments. Therefore the mind needs to be steadied to a state of equilibrium where these attachments are no longer forcing us downward to the realm of fear. In such a state of upward transition, the earthy reality of fear gets transformed to the watery reality of creativity, then the fiery reality of power onto the airy reality of love and finally the ethereal realm of freedom and total spatial detachment. In effect, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether are merged in a transcendental fashion. 

At this stage of the journey the pair of opposites are balanced. That is, the cold dispassionate channel and the hot passionate channel are balanced in the center channel through a dynamic equilibrium. However, reality is still flowing and time is not transcended. Only when the triad of flows (cold, hot and lukewarm, or past, future and present, or left, right and center) merge that one is able to overcome the grip of Kala or time. It is then that the three rivers or channels merge at the confluence of Triveni and one takes a holy dip of immortality. Why immortality? Because at this point the constraints of both space (through the unifying of the five elements) and time (through the merging of the three channels) have been removed. In fact, the holy dip in the immortality of Triveni is an internal experience and the physical location of Prayag (Allahabad, India) is only a reminder of this inner truth. In other words, Kabir is indicating that only when one experiences such holy bathing within does one become immortal and not by a mere dip in the waters of the three rivers at Allahabad.

When such a confluence is achieved one has the ability of controlling the five senses and twenty-five ways of experiencing world and stringing them with the oneness of your inner self much like a garland. Since there is nothing but yourself, Kabir calls it the summit of nothingness. The feat of reaching the summit of creation is celebrated by the waving of a flag of victory and sounds of a myriad of rhythmic symphonies coming from the eternal un-struck sound that brings forth the entire creation itself.   


June 12, 2001

Illustration by Vaish 
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Comments on this Mystic Song

Comment So grateful for this. How could you explain it so beautifully. How could Kabir ji feel so much love for God. How will I ever get there

26-Sep-2023 11:20 AM

Comment Thank you for the excellent explanation. Salute to Kabir, Kumar Gandharva ji for the soul stirring rendition and all of you scholars for explaining it so well..

Megha Deuskar
09-Apr-2023 13:08 PM

Comment Beautifully explained. Makes it all the more worth listening.

21-Oct-2022 23:01 PM

Comment Beautiful explanations. Now I 'll enjoy this kabir song more. It helped me a lot to understand the lyrics.

Vandana Mishra
01-Jul-2021 08:00 AM

Comment Beautiful way to explain

Dr M K Nagpal
03-Dec-2020 05:38 AM

Comment Shoonya shikhar par anhada baaje... this is in fact a true experience when the Kundalini reaches the Sahastrara chakra... At this thoughtless state one can literally listen and feel the pulsation of heart on the Sahastrara.
This is the state of bliss, where all the ragas and melodies combine together to give an experience of togetherness with all pervading divine love.

Divine bliss
17-Jul-2020 19:37 PM

Comment Thanks for simplifying Kabir vani....

03-Mar-2020 03:58 AM

Comment The joy of listening to this mystic song has become manifold after reading this translation.Thanks a lot!

Naresh Chakravarti
12-Sep-2019 20:04 PM

Comment Beautifully explained . Salute to writer for explaining the hidden meaning in the Kabir bhajans.
It is an astonishing fact that our scripture is very near to science. Ingla, Pingla and sukhman Nadi did our encestors knew artery, vein and lymph channels in our bodies ?
Thanks again . I am a chest physician and writer.

Dr shyam skha shyam
11-Sep-2019 23:57 PM

Comment Wonderful post..With very apt inner meaning... Thank you for great post..

Dr krishna
05-Jul-2019 01:35 AM

Comment Beautiful Lyrics, by Kabir, Heart touching Presentation by Kumarji and Superb interpretations by all above experts. Every time I listen to Kabir what touches me most is man with such a simple background without any methodical spiritual training is able to explain most complex divine experience. My humble Namaskar to Kabir

09-May-2019 23:16 PM

Comment Today while going to office accidentally heard this Kabir’s Doha by Kumar Gandharva . Was mesmerised and so searched for the lyrics and meaning . Cannot put in words how I am feeling . This was a new year gift for me . Thanks a lot.

31-Dec-2018 23:01 PM

Comment Kabir Das ji has beautifully explained his awakening of kundalini energy.
When he sits in dhyan mudra, the ulti pawan refers to the breeze/coolness felt when kundalini is awakened(called as "ruh" in islam and "cool breeze of holy ghost" in christanity) and he experiences the joy and bliss when the kundalini reaches the sahasrara(fontanel bone area). He talks about the union of ida,pingala and sushumna at sahasrara(the three subtle nadis expressed grossly in us as left/right sympathetic nervous system(ida and pingala) and parasympathetic nervous system(sushumna).The same experience of bliss in our lifetime is now possible through Sahajayoga.
I have felt it too and everyone else can.

Aninda Bose
25-Feb-2015 04:56 AM

Comment The explaination is ot what Kabir meant here. Delve deep into it and know Kabir has revealed Kriya yoga. Mool Kamal the Lotus posture which a Kriya yogi performs his yog sadhana , ulti pavan - the prayaman breathing through the ida -pingala and sushman nadis . Reaching the sikhar that is the sahasra chakra in the forehead where dwells the supreme soul. During the course of sadhana the yogi hears celestial sounds .

Sarit Das
03-Mar-2014 03:36 AM

Comment It is truly a Devine experience listening to Kumarji. Thx for the lyrics and meaning. This helped me to understand deeper meaning of victory. Excellent!

02-Mar-2014 07:43 AM

Comment Beautiful Kabir bhajan- apart from hindi which other dialects does it have?

01-Sep-2013 13:04 PM

Comment lyrics of Gorakhnathji's bhajan Guruji main to ek niranjan

I have listen this song on URL y may try

Harsh Chaturvedi
31-Mar-2013 01:27 AM

Comment Thank you so much. I am a south indian and accidently heard this bhajan by Shri Kumar Gandharva. Lyrics and meaning provided here brings tears to me when i hear the song. Thank you. Do you have lyrics of Gorakhnathji's bhajan Guruji main to ek niranjan and do you know if Shri Kumar Gandharva has sung this song ? Do you know any good book with Kabirji's bhajans and meaning ?

11-Mar-2013 13:41 PM

Your website is just remarkable ! Can I request you to please also post the lyrics of - GURUJI JAHAN BAITHOON WAHAN CHHAYA JI ?

Best regards

29-Oct-2010 09:22 AM

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