is not known who initiated him to the path of Shabbd. Mahavatar
Babaji initiated him into Yoga. How could a outcaste
learn such high spiritual ways? What did Kabir have that devout
Hindus did not have? Kabir was later resented by all for preaching
what he had learnt. Sneered and jeered at, he realized that living
in Benares, with its strong ideas on idol worship and caste distinctions
he would not be allowed peace.
was seeking a teacher, or Guru, whose disciple people would not
dare to sneer at. He found Ramanand. To get him to accept would
not be easy as Kabir was a lowly of caste.Kabir came out with a
ploy, knowing Ramanand went to the Ganges for a bath everyday, Kabir
lay on the steps to the Ghats, and awaited the master.When he did
come, his foot touched Kabirs head by mistake and the master
exclaimed Ram, Ram.
got up and went away quietly. He then announced that he was Ramanands
disciple. When Ramanad pulled him up for this, Kabir said, Sir,
I was intiated by you on the steps of the ghat. You touched my forehead
with your foot and gave me the mantra Ram,Ram. Ramanad,
a truthful soul could not deny this and accepted Kabir as his disciple.