History of Kabit Saheb Kabir Saheb (1398-1518) was a very famous saint of India. His words, mostly shakhiea (couplets) and Sahbdas (songs), are in the heart of every lndian who is familiar with Hindi. He was the first saint who taught the secret of the l’lnner Sound” and “light” in the language of the common people. Thus he became the founder of the Sant Mat (the path of saints). What he taught was not from the books, but from his own inner experience. He was the first saint who stood for religious unity and brotherhood amongst all people. In reality, he taught humanity as a religion.

Kabir Saheb was impartial. He was neither attached to, nor detached from, any religious group. He proclaimed: “I am neither Hindu nor Moslem, but this body is made of five gross elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether), and I am the Divine who is dwelling in it.”

He went neither to the temple nor to the mosque. If he had used temples to preach, the Moslems would have been left out because they could not go into the temple. And if he had chosen to remain outside. He therefore went without hesitation. He told the people that he was neither an enemy nor friend to anyone, but that he wanted the welfare of everyone. He taught the path of simple spiritual union with God. He said it wad not necessary to practice austerity in the Himalayan eaves. One could practice it at home by controlling his mind and senses. He simple SAKHIES, which are couplets with musical rhythm, His Sakhis are so important that they are accepted as supreme testimony of profound spiritual truth.

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