Nirgun devotional and classical singing marks birth anniversary of Sant Kabir in Jaipur
The 615th Kabir Jayanti in honour of Sant Kabir Das, a mystical saint and poet of 15th century, was celebrated in Jaipur on June 13 with fervour at Kabir Math on Moti Dungari road in Jaipur. The programme for the day consisted of recitation of Granth Beejak, singing of Nirgun devotional songs and classical singing. Noted classical singer of the city, Nazim Husain, was fecilated on the occasion for his conribution to music and social harmony.
Sant Kabir was born in
the 15th century to Muslim parents in Varanasi. He was influenced by
teachings of Guru Ramananda and spirituality. He believed in humanism
and shunned division of human beings on the basis of religion, caste,
creed and gender.
It is said that Kabir Das used to describe himself
as the child of Allah sometimes and as child of Ram during other
times to stress the concept of humanism. He often expressed his
divine feelings with beautiful arrangement of words as mystical odes
which are sung all over India.
All over his life, Kabir actively denounced idol
worship and caste structure. He had propagated that God was in
everyone and existed everywhere.
Here is the English translation of Kabir's poetry.
-Love does not grow on trees or brought in the
market, but if one wants to be loved, one must first know how to give
-Lift the veil that obscures the heart and there you
will find what you are looking for.
-Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which
is inside you. The one no one talks of speaks the secret sound to
himself, and he is the one who has made it all.
-The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is
in every seed, put false pride away and seek the Lord within.
-A diamond was lying in the street covered with
dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up.
-The purpose of labour is to learn; when you know
it, the labour is over.