Shabd 34

harijan hans dashā liye dole, nirmal nām chuni-chuni bole.
muktāhal liye chonch lobhāwai, moun rahe ki hari yash
gāwai.mānsarovar tatke bāsī, rām charan chit ant udāsī.
kāgā kubudhi nikat nahi āwai, pratidin hansā darshan pāwai.
nīr-kshīr kā kare niberā, kahahin kabīr soi jan merā.


Godly people move about in the form of hansas (pure, unattached).They utter the pure name (of God) selecting it from among other words.They extend their beaks (mind) to pluck the pearls of wisdom. They remain silent or sing the glories of God.They reside on the bank of the Mansarovar Lake (heart). Their mind is attached to the feet of God, and remains unattached to other places.Evil thoughts of the crow do not come near them, and day after day they have vision of hansas (pure souls).They can discriminate between water and milk (bad and good). Kabir says, “Such a person is dear to me.”


In this shabda Guru Kabir is speaking about the pure devotee who moves about in the world unattached to worldly things. Their minds are attached to the name of God and purity. Hansa is the swan, and is used symbolically to portray the pure soul that is on its journey to God. Mythologically, the swan is supposed to be able to pluck pearls from theMansarovar Lake. Pearls represent pearls of wisdom i.e. spiritual wisdom to awaken to a spiritual consciousness. The beak represents the mind of such devotee that is eager to pluck such spiritual gems. Such devotees tend to remain silent, rather than engage in useless talk, like the average person. Whenever they speak, they utter words of wisdom for the welfare of others.
Such devotees live on the bank of the Mansarover Lake, as the swans do. The Mansarovar Lake is the heart which means that the mind of such a devotee is turned inward to contemplate the reality of God residing within. It can thus be said that their mind is attached to the feet of God. They remain unattached to things in the world.The crow is known to eat carrion and make a raucous noise, and people are not attracted to crows as they are to the swan. A devotee of God avoids the evil thoughts of the crow (eating carrion, being noisy) but they keep the company of pure souls. By developing their mind in this way, being close to God, they are able to discriminate between the good and the bad, and they walk on the righteous path. Guru Kabir affirms that such a devotee is dear to him.
It is essential in this life to realize the good from the bad, and to walk on the righteous path with your mind fixed on God, by turning inward and realizing Him in your own heart.