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Nov 19, 2018

"Speech is priceless, if you speak with knowledge.

Weigh it in the scales of the heart, before it comes from the mouth." --Kabir

In the Footsteps of Kabir

Possibly the most-quoted poet-saint of north India is Kabir, the illiterate, 15th century mystic who belonged to a class of weavers in the ancient city of Varanasi. Kabir was a 'nirguni', one who believes in a formless divinity that can be discovered both within and without. With whip-like wit, his poetry scorns outward rituals and displays of piety exhorting his listeners to seek the divine through self-interrogation, and to recognise the impermanence of manifest reality. Read on for an extract from 'The Bijak of Kabir', one of the most important anthologies of the Eastern tradition of Kabir's verses.

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What relationship do you have with what seems to be inexpressible? This week take notice of how you use words, and how words can skilfully point to the truth. For more inspiration join this Saturday's Awakin Call with Shabnam Virmani, a singer of Kabir folk songs and the documentary filmmaker who helmed the Kabir Project films. More details and RSVP info here. More ...



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