Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas
O Kabir! Your Hut Is Next to the Butchers’ Bay
Why Do You Feel Down? For Their Conduct They Only Shall Pay
At the time when Kabir lived there was a lot of importance attached,
in religion, to ritualism. Religious heads and puritans aggressively
promoted the ideas of purity and righteousness. Kabir was largely
unimpressed and irreverent to these external rules and regulations.
Through his life and teachings he emphasized the importance of internal
Being a weaver of lower caste, Kabir lived in an area close to
the butcher's shop. Kabir gave his religious teachings sitting in
what the "pundits" (of higher caste) considered an "unholy"
place; for which they criticized him. Kabir, while not countering
the criticism directly, via this Doha, took the discussion on this
matter to a totally different level. In his humble way, Kabir teaches
us here the idea of detachment. In spiritual texts this concept
is likened to the existence of the Lotus - a beautiful flower that
grows in swampy and dirty ponds and rises above it.
Here Kabir tells us to live in the world and focus on our own journey
and not worry about the good, bad or ugly going on around us. According
to him the world and its ways will take care of itself, that's not
our job - we should focus our attention only on the real reason
of coming to the world, to find out who we truly are. All else does