FOLLOWING SANT KABIR

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

As we celebrated Sant Kabir Jayanti on 14th June, there is a need to conduct a deep introspection into our conduct in day to day life and find out the ways and means of establishing peace in the world besides achieving the goal of self realization. Festivals hold special significance for Indians as the nation has a multi-religious composition and every festival finds participation of people belonging to all communities irrespective of their religion or other affiliations, upholding the ages old secular ethos in this region. Thus celebrating Kabir Jayanti is also like a festival for the Indians and the occasion for moving towards self realization besides conducting ourselves that ultimately leads to peace and prosperity among all the communities. While conducting introspection it is found that as of today people are unable to establish inner as well as external peace viz-a-viz the self as well as the world. This is substantiated by the fact that the violence and bloodshed continues unabated in most parts of the world besides major populations in Africa and Asia reeling under poverty and hunger and the latest being the deadly COVID-19 and last but not the least the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Not only this, even those who are lords of the materialistic pursuits have failed to find any peace of mind. Therefore it is time to reiterate our commitment to Austerity which is by any yardstick one of the greatest virtues of a human beings. In this regard the preaching rather philosophy of Sant Kabir delivered centuries ago in his poetry (Dohas) to invoke peace and happiness holds great significance as the great saint championed only simple and humble living devoid of any complexities. Sant Kabir’s poetry is a reflection of his philosophy about life. His writings are mainly based on the concept of reincarnation and karma and philosophy about life being very clear-cut. He believed in living life in a very simplistic manner. He had a strong faith in the concept of oneness of God. He advocated the notion of “Koi Bole Ram Ram Koi Khudai…..” The basic idea was to spread the message that whether you chant the name of Hindu God or Muslim God, the fact is that there is only one God who is the creator of this beautiful world. The aim of his philosophy was to strengthen brotherhood among various communities. He was against the caste system and advocated the Vedantic concepts of atman. He supported the idea of minimalist living that was advocated by the Sufis. His two line verses known as Dohas speak his mind and soul giving a clear idea about his philosophy. Sant Kabir was strictly against the practice of hypocrisy and didn’t like people maintaining double standards. He always preached people to be compassionate towards other living beings and practice true love. He urged the need to have company of good people that adhere to values and principles. Well, Kabir has very beautifully expressed his values and beliefs in his writings that include Dohas, Poems, Ramainis, Kaharvaas and Shabads and the same need to be followed by the people irrespective of caste creed or colour so that we not only aim at our inner peace of mind but broaden the horizons extending our endeavours to include peace of the humanity as well as peace with the natural world through sustainable development and harmonious coexistence with the global ecosystem.