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Saints of India: Kabirdas

Sant Kabirdas was a 15th century poet and saint, part of the Bhakti movement and known for his couplets today famous as Kabir ke dohe.

Let us find out a legend associated with Kabirdas...

 

Sant Kabirdas was a 15th century poet and saint, part of the Bhakti movement and known for his couplets today famous as Kabir ke dohe.

There are several theories surrounding his birth, a prominent one being that he was found by a poor Muslim weaver couple at a lake, who then adopted him.

He was a huge devotee of the god Rama and spent maximum time worshipping him.

One time, his mother had asked Kabir to sell a piece of cloth she had created in the market.

Kabir went out and tried to the sell it for the entire day but was totally unsuccessful. He was after all, a poet at heart and not a salesman!

At the end of the day, god came to test him in the guise of a beggar. The beggar asked him for the cloth as he was cold. Kabir promptly tore the cloth and gave it to him. Then god once again came in guise of another beggar asking for a cloth and Kabir gave away the rest of the cloth.

Then after realising what he had done would anger his mother, he was scared and went straight to the house, hid in a corner to mediate upon god to help him calm down.

The beggar then reached their house asking for alms and when the mother saw the cloth on him she understood what must have happened at once.

She began hitting him with a stick to punish him. But Kabirdas did not notice at all, and was completely engrossed in praying to god.

At the same time shrieks were heard from the beggar, and bruises on his body were seen, wherever Kabirdas' mother hit him on his body!

It became very clear as to who the beggar was, and the mother then stopped at once to apologise to the god, who bear the brunt of the woman for his devotee!


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