Kabir Dohas



Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya

Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya, Mita Na Man Ka Pher
Kar Ka Manka Chhor De, Man Ka Manka Pher

Eons have passed whirling rosary, restless remains the mind
Give up the beads of rosary and rotate the beads of mind

This doha is an extension of the previous one. Kabir in this doha explains that the purpose of using rosary is not the end but a medium which is helpful in meditation. The aim of all meditations is to calm the mind and become its master. The rosary is but a mere tool.

Having explained this Kabir proceeds to state that although many epochs have elapsed since the human civilization started using the rosary as a tool, yet we see that by and large our mind is restless and agitated while the tool appears to have become a symbol in itself. Addressing the spiritual aspirants, Kabir asserts that instead of concentrating on the rosary beads and its count of rotation, one should focus and become aware of the wandering mind. For only by becoming aware shall we become alert and be able to guide ourselves towards poise and serenity. This is the ultimate aim of meditation – to become calm and experience the oneness between our individual self and the cosmic self.