Ramaini 28

as jolaha ka maram na jana, jinh jag ani pasarinhh tana;
dharti akas dou gad khandaya, chand surya dou nari banaya;
sahastra tar le purani puri, ajahu bine kathin hai duri;
kahai kabir karm se jori, sut kusut bine bhal kori;


no one could understand the secret of this weaver who, coming into existence, spread the warp as the world; He fixed the earth and the sky as the pillars, and he used the sun and the moon as two shuttles; He took thousands of stars and perfected the cloth; but even today he weaves, and the end is difficult to fathom.

Kabir says that the weaver, getting good or bad yarn and connecting karmas with it, weaves beautifully.


Guru Kabir was a weaver and was quite familiar with making a piece of cloth using yarns of cotton. Sometimes the yarn was good and sometimes bad, but he was still able to weave his fabric. He was in the habit of using homely metaphors for explaining God and Creation, and spiritual matters. In this ramaini he thus speaks of God as a weaver. He likens the earth and the sky to the supports of the loom, and the creation in the world as the warp and the woof for creating the fabric of creation. Similarly, he likens the sun and the moon to two shuttles used in the weaving. Metaphysically, the sun and the moon represent the positive and negative energies (in yoga the right and left nostrils, or nerve currents) which are necessary for the manifestation of conscious life. The thousands of stars represent all the various forms of life including karmas and actions. Using all of these, God created this world, but God’s work is not done because he keeps on creating. Everything is in a state of evolution or in a dynamic form. Nothing in the world is static. The end of this evolution is difficult to fathom and so Guru Kabir states that no one could understand the secret of this weaver. People are born according to their samskars (sub-conscious imprints) whether good or bad, and they are also subject to good and bad karmas (actions). Guru kabir wishes to point out that although the yarn may be good or bad, and that the finished cloth (living being) is good or bad, nevertheless, God’s work of creation is indeed beautiful.