Kabir had a penchant for saints and many of his hymns state how his wife would despair at his hospitality. He would put his family and himself through hardships to feed saints. On one such day when he was entertaining saints at home realizing that there was nothing at home Kabir sent his wife in search of some food from any kind grocer who would give some food for a payment later. All of them refused except one young grocer who gave food in return for a night with Kabirs wife.
having an option, the lady came back with the food. When Kabir came to
know of this, he took upon the opportunity to teach a lesson to the young
grocer. It was raining that night and Kabir covered his wife with a blanket
and carried her to the grocer. On seeing her completely dry on a night
like that the grocer was surprised. Kabirs wife explained that her
husband had carried her and that he was waiting outside for her. The grocer
was overcome with shame and he not only fell on Kabirs feet but
became his disciple later in life.
day, when Kabirs daughter was drawing water from the well, a thirsty
Brahmin asked her for water. He later learnt who she ws and accused her
for revealing her low caste to him thus contaminating him. She took him
to her father. Kabir patiently explained to the Brahmin saying, "think
my friend, in the water frogs, fish, tortoise and crocodiles live, they
procreate and die in the water, if all this does not contaminate the water
how can a mere human do s?". The Brahmin was convinced of the authenticity
of what Kabir said. The Brahmin eventfully became Kabirs disciple
and married Kabir's daughter.
The caste system was a rigid. Brahmins were a closed elite caste. Muslims and non Hindus were pariahs. Water of the Holy Ganges was their birthright.Foe a outcast to offer water to an Brahmin was unthinkable.The Brahmins accused Kabir of being low caste and the bowl he was offering was polluted since it belonged to him. Kabir gently replied "If the water cannot purify my bowl, how can it wash your sins".
those who claimed superiority by birth he said In the womb the
soul neither has caste nor clan. All souls have sprung from the seed of
Brahman. All are nurtured by Him who has given the form. O Brahmin, if
you are superior then why did you not come to the world a different road?
O Turk, if you are superior...then how come you are not born circumcised
from the womb? Only he is low whose heart is averse to Gods name.
brothers, Tatwa and Jeeva were keen seekers of the truth but they could
not find a teacher. A banyan tree just away from their house started to
dry up and they decided to wash the feet of saints and sprinkle the water
on the roots of the tree revive it.. For years they watered the roots.to
no avail. Once they invited Kabir to their house and washed his feet as
was custom. They used that water to sprinkle on the tree and the tree
miraculously revived. Seeing the miracle they begged Kabir to accept them
as his disciples.
Shah a Muslim dervish who had met a lot of holy men came over to meet
Kabir. Kabir knew this man to be a true seeker who had not freed himself
from certain deep rooted prejudices. Kabir tied a pig to his door as Jahan
Shah approached his house. On seeing the pig, Shah was incensed with anger
and left. Kabir followed him and asked, "Sir, why are you not coming
in? Shah replied "how can I when you keep an unclean thing outside
your house". Kabir said, "Sir, I only keep an unclean thing
outside my house but you keep it within you, are you not filled with anger
and hatred towards me? In all Gods creation all beings are to be
loved, one cannot truly claim to love God if they had hatred in their
hearts. God has created each one being.In His eyes all is One."
Dharam DAs was yet another wealthy man with a religious bent and was very ritualistic in his worship. He was annoyed with this man Kabir who had the audacity to asked him if his idols ever spoke to him. If they had ever responded to his prayers. Dharam Das did not know Kabir, there was a truth in what this very wise looking man had to say.
One day when Das and his wife were performing a religious ceremony, Kabir proclaimed him to be a big sinner. He pointed to the wood that was being thrown into the fire and the insects and worms that lived in that wood which were getting killed in the fire. Kabir's radiant face his wise and benevolent demeanor did not leave their minds. They were filled with remorse Dharam Dass wife asked him to hold large Yagnas to be able to meet Kabir again as she said flies always swarm around sugar.
Dharam Das performed a number of Yagnas and invited hundreds of Sadhus, the last one was performed on a large scale and he had no more money left and yet there was no sign of Kabir. Bankrupt and filled with despair he wanted to drown himself in the river, and there near the river Dharam Das saw a familiar figure. At last! Dharam Das fell at Kabirs feet. He asked Oh! Sire why did you nt come earier? Would have thought that devotion can be won by wealth as your wife said
Flies always swarm around sugar.
over seventy years Kabir taught the path of God realization, many muslims
and Hindus joined him as disciples. His simple exposition of spiritual
truth, his analysis of existing norms of worship, his message emphasizing
self-realization while living and his personal magnetism drew true seekers
to him. But the orthodox could not tolerate being deprived of their hold
on people and the Muslims called him a Kafir and the Brahmins an apostate.