Kabīr (Hindi
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: कबीर, Punjabi
Punjabi language
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: ਕਬੀਰ, Urdu
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: کبير‎) (1440–1518) was a mystic
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 and saint
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 of India
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, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement
Bhakti movement
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. The name Kabir comes from Arabic
Arabic language
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 al-Kabīr which means 'The Great' - the 37th name of God in Islam.

Apart from having an important influence on Sikhism
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, Kabir's legacy is today carried forward by the Kabir Panth ("Path of Kabir"), a religious community that recognizes him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat
Sant Mat
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I've burned my own house down, the torch is in my hand. Now I'll burn down the house of anyone who wants to follow me.

The Bijak of Kabir (1983;2002) as translated by Linda Hess and Shukdeo Singh.

Admire the diamond that can bear the hits of a hammer. Many deceptive preachers, when critically examined, turn out to be false.

Sakhi, 168; translation by Yashwant K. Malaiya based on that of Puran Sahib.

Don't open your diamonds in a vegetable market. Tie them in bundle and keep them in your heart, and go your own way.

Sakhi, 170; translation by Yashwant K. Malaiya based on that of Puran Sahib.

A diamond was laying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up.

Sakhi, 171; translation by Yashwant K. Malaiya based on that of Puran Sahib. Translations of Kabir's poetry by Rabindranath Tagore, with alternate translations of some passages also provided. I

Kabîr says, "O Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath.

Variant translation: Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?He is the breath inside the breath

It is needless to ask of a saint the caste to which he belongs;For the priest, the warrior. the tradesman, and all the thirty-six castes, alike are seeking for God.It is but folly to ask what the caste of a saint may be;The barber has sought God, the washerwoman, and the carpenter — Even Raidas|Raidas was a seeker after God.

Hindus and Moslems alike have achieved that End, where remains no mark of distinction. III

O friend! hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body:If He is found now, He is found then,If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter. IV

Do not go to the garden of flowers!O Friend! go not there;In your body is the garden of flowers.Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty. LXXVI