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Sant Kabir

Booklet: ‘Sant Kabir’
Author: Sahdev Singh
Publication: Aditya Prakashan, Etawah
Edition: 1st 2000
Price: Rs. 5/-
Pages: 73

Kabir was a philosopher, social reformer and revolutionary. He emphasized the unity of thought and action, theory and practice. His birth in a low status family motivated him to uplift Dalit communities. He preached supremacy of knowledge over ignorance, superstition, and artificiality of castes. His simple and straightforward principles, emphasizing equality among kings and paupers, and negating religious discrimination, instilled lessons of benevolence and non-violence in the people. He deplored social and religious man-made differences. Pilgrimage is source of religious discrimination. People should strive for a place transcending Allah and Ram. Spirituality, not religiosity is essential for human existence. His philosophy of equality and unity inspired the oppressed communities, especially Shudras. He exhorted people to evaluate and change accordingly. Through his poems, he condemned apostasy in the form of religious and caste chauvinism. The overflow of humanism in his poetry, paved the way for heralding a new society. His couplets form an indispensable part of the Guru Granth Saheb. Kabir’s preaching will remain eternal in the social and religious history of India and present an ideal society.

 

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