Ramaini 33

ved ki putri sumriti bhai, so jewari kar letahin ai;
apuhi bari apun gar bandha, jhutha moha kal ka phanda;
bandhat bandha chhori na jai, vishai sarup bhuli duniyai;
hamre dekhat sakal jag luta, das kabir ram kahi chhuta.

Sakhi: ramahi ram pukarate, jibhya parigow rows;
sudha jal piwai nahi, khod piyan ke hows.


O brother! The smritis are the daughter of the Vedas and come with a rope in her hand; man accepts her and binds his own neck; The false attachment to worldly things is the bondage of kal (time); Once bound it was difficult to obtain freedom; the world islost in sensual forms; Before my very eyes the whole world is being plundered; but the servant Kabir won salvation by Ram’s name.

Sakhi: People’s tongues have become callused by merely repeating the name of Ram;
They do not drink the pure available water, but yearn to dig a well to obtain it.


The smritis are the non-Vedic texts and consist of various writings of sages such as Manu and Parashar. They deal with codes of conduct, customs, rituals etc. They often contradict or misrepresent the Vedic teachings. People accept them as scriptures and live by them. These, however, represent bondage as they tie up people by their teachings and rituals, and they then have difficulty to free their mind to accept the uncluttered spiritual life as outlined in the Vedas, and especially so, in the Upanishads. Kabir says that once man becomes ensnared by all the worldly entanglements which were created by Kal, then it is very difficult to obtain freedom. Even before his very eyes, even as he taught the people the true spiritual life, the people were being plundered by false teachings and attachments to objects of the senses, and driven by their desires, which only serve to entangle them more and more into the materialistic web. He states that people keep repeating the name of Ram and their tongues have become, figuratively, callused, but by not perfecting their hearts they were not able to obtain salvation. God is easy to find and available at all times, as He is the innermost part of every being. God is Omnipresent and dwells as the Soul in all. People often refuse to accept His omnipresence but, instead, search everywhere to find Him and salvation, and so figuratively, they are not drinking the water which is readily available, but they are digging a well in order to find water to quench their spiritual thirst. (Ram here refers not to King Ram of Ayodhya and the hero of the Ramayan, but whenever Guru Kabir used the name Ram he meant the Almighty, All-Pervading, Omnipotent and Omniscient Lord – Satpurush). Man should awaken to realize that spiritual life is simple and uncluttered and is free from dogmas, speculations, rituals, etc…