Dr. Darsha Jani
Associate Professor & Head, Department of English
Municipal Arts & U B Science College, Mehsana, North Gujarat, India
Affiliated to Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University
Saint Kabir (1398 A.D – 1448 A.D), a legendary figure of Bhakti cult of fifteenth century India revered all the religions but neither favoured traditional Hindu rituals nor strict Muslim practices as he called himself “the son of Allah and Rama.” According to him, every life is a fusion of two spiritual principles – Jivatma and Paramatma. He disseminated the message of humanity, morality and world peace through his couplets and asserted that God resides inside the person who follows the path of righteousness and treats all human beings with veneration and dignity.
The paper aims at highlighting Kabir’s pragmatic approach towards inculcating the sensitivity of communal harmony in the minds of people with a view to establishing universal brotherhood and global peace. Though Kabir’s ideology emerged centuries back, yet it stands in good stead even today. His philosophy appears apposite in the present world of 21st century when people are encountering thicket of abstruse circumstances. The focus of the paper is to associate Kabir’s ideology with the manas of the modern world and determine the impact of efficacy of love, affection and comradeship.
KEYWORDS: Jivatma (soul), Parmatma (God), manas (mind), murti pujan (idol worship), tantrism, Nirguna bhakti (impersonal aspect of God), atman (soul), Guru, moksha, Kazi, ahimsa (non-violence), jiva (a living being), puranas. Sahaj Path (Simple way), maya (illusion), Karma
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