Guru Kabir always points out to us our shortcomings that prevent us from leading a pure spiritual life. In thisramaini he speaks of pride that has inflicted a severe wound on us. Pride depends on egoism that, in turn, creates a sense of self that is separate from God. Since God is not separate from anyone, and He is, in the final analysis, the animating and motive force in all beings, we cannot be on a true spiritual path as long as we live with a sense of ego and pride. Ego is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in a spiritual life. It is thus that pride has severely wounded us. By not being on a true spiritual path because of pride, we are creating bondage for our soul. The soul needs liberation and not bondage. In this materialistic life full of pride, we are, figuratively, losing our soul. The end result is that we face Yama, the god of death, with the soul still in bondage, and subject to rebirth, so that it may reap its rewards and punishments, without attaining liberation. Guru Kabir states that it is only in this life that we can live righteously in thought, word, and deed in order to obtain salvation. We cannot do it in death. Even the king living a life of pride will have to return to this world because of his karmas.


Guru Kabir states that evil thinking results in the loss of our intellect. The moon is mythologically thought to be the god of wisdom, and the soul is inherently wise, but evil thinking results in the loss of this innate wisdom. Thus one who wishes spiritual progress must control his various passions. Here he mentions lust for sex that is enjoyed in different ways using the various organs of sense and action. When the rishis (apostles of wisdom) followed Lord Vishnu’s advice and controlled sense gratifications, they became very happy because the happiness they got from their inner being surpassed any happiness they could obtain by satisfying the senses. Guru Kabir states that although we see birth and death and we think upon their significance, we do not live the spiritual life in order to obtain liberation. And if we do not obtain liberation we have to be reborn. Thus he talks of the fire of the mother’s womb. We are born again and we eat the poison of the worldly desires and we continue to repeat this cycle over and over. If we truly call to God, we could obtain salvation.


Dr. Jagessar Das Das


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