Kabir with a disciple.
Varanasi (Benares), India,
|Occupation||weaver (occupation), poet|
|Known for||influenced the Bhakti movement|
Kabir (1440 – 1518), also known as Kabir Das and Kabira, was born and brought up in a Muslim weavers family by Niru and Nima. He was a poet and a musician and was one of the important saints of Hinduism and also considered a Sufi by Muslims. Both Hindus and Muslims respected Kabir. He was a disciple of Ramananda. He was never formally educated and was almost completely illiterate. According to legend, the only word that he ever learned how to write was "Rama".
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It is for this reason that Kabir is held in high esteem all over the world. Another beauty of Kabir's poetry is that he picks up situations that surround our daily lives. Thus, even today, Kabir's poetry is relevant and helpful in both social and spiritual context. Following Kabir means understanding one's inner self, realizing oneself, accepting oneself as is, and becoming harmonious with one's surroundings.
Kabir has written much poetry and song. All of Kabir's recorded verses are in Hindi. His lyrics are characterised by a free use of the vernacular, and is unfettered by the grammatical bonds of his day. It is this quality which has made his philosophy accessible to generations of Indians.