Ramkabir! To find a good summary of the Teachings of Satguru Kabir is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack – so vast are the areas covered by Kabirji’s bhajans, dohas, shabdas and ramainis. Many spiritual teachers and scholars have dedicatedly researched the meaning of Kabirji’s poems and translated them into English. These very noteworthy contributions have provided a wealth of information and material for anyone with a serious interest in studying and understanding Kabirji’s Teachings.
For spiritual aspirants, especially for those with little time or inclination for reading texts, it was felt that a summary of His Teachings was urgently needed to provide immediate guidance to everyone in a simple format.
This document is just such a summary. It is in the form of an earnest and personal prayer, addressed by a devotee directly to Satguru Kabir, with the express aim of establishing a relationship directly with Him. It captures the essence of Satguru Kabir’s Teachings, and opens the door to Self-knowledge and the art and science of living. With an insightful summary at hand in every home or computer, anyone who genuinely wishes to incorporate His Teachings into one’s own life can begin to do so.
This prayer draws inspiration from an Aarti for Satguru Kabir composed by Pujya Maa Sarveshvari on March 18, 1993. In it, Maa describes Satguru Kabir thus: “… pragat prabhu chho sāchā, alakh niranjan dev …”. Maa ends the Aarti affirming that Kabirji is her “nāth”.
Once Kabirji’s true stature is appreciated and acknowledged, faith deepens, humility follows, a true spiritual journey begins.
Dr. Jagessar Das, President of the Kabir Association of Canada, medical doctor by profession, renowned Kabir scholar and practitioner, and author of several books on Kabirji, has described this prayer as “wonderful”, and worthy of wide dissemination.
We hope you will be inspired to read this prayer on a daily basis, and make its edicts a regular part of your spiritual life. By doing so, may you and your family and friends experience real peace, real harmony, real happiness.
At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Dearest Lord, I Earnestly Pray!
You are the Almighty Sat Purusha, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent!
After countless lives, You have blessed me with human birth!
Please make me worthy to be Your true and sincere devotee (sādhaka સાધક), now and forever!
Please be my constant Companion and Guide (Sanātana Sārathi સનાતન સારથી) throughout this human sojourn!
O’ Divine Mother and Father, grant that I may live this life
With You always in my heart and my mind, and earn Your Most Compassionate and Bountiful Grace (Guru Kripā ગુરુ કૃપા)!
O’ Pure and Formless One, Subtle Source of All (Alakh Niranjan અલખ નિરંજન)
Please nurture the seeds of these noble spiritual qualities (sātvic sadguno સાત્વિક સદ્ગુણો) in me …
... the faith (shraddhā શ્રદ્ધા) to accept You as God and SatGuru.
... the motivation (sharanāgati શરણાગતિ) to serve You with every fiber of my being.
... the inspiration (preranā પ્રેરણા) to search for You deeply within.
… the experience (darshan દર્શન) that You (Paramātmā પરમાત્મા) and I (Ātmā આત્મા) are One.
… the intellect (buddhi બુદ્ધિ) to study and understand Your message.
... the determination (shakti શક્તિ) to emulate Your teachings and example.
... the awareness (divyadhristi દિવ્યદ્રષ્ટિ) to feel Your presence at all times and at all places.
… the knowledge (gnāna જ્ઞાન) that You are the Creator and You alone are the Doer.
… the humility (namratā નમ્રતા) to surrender the fruits of all actions unto You.
... the recognition (tatva તત્વ) that You are Divine Love, that You do not cause suffering upon Your children.
... the acceptance (svikārana સ્વીકાર) that whatever happens to me – good or bad – is the effect of my own karma.
… the zeal (vairāgya વૈરાગ્ય, tāpas તાપસ) to strive tirelessly to transcend illusory and transient qualities of this world (māya મા્ા).
… the commitment (dhārana ધારણ) to steadfastly purify my mind, speech and actions.
… the devotion (parābhakti પરાભક્તિ) to worship You (japa જપ, prārthanā પ્રાર્થના, shravana શ્રવણ) and sing Your glories
(bhajan ભજન, kirtan કીર્તન).
… the discipline (ekāgratā એકાગ્રતા) to practice meditation (dhyāna ધ્યાન, Sahaja Yoga સહજ યોગ – natural union with God).
… the strength (abhayam અભયમ્) to develop a good character, fragrant with the sacred virtues of...
… love and respect for all (prema પ્રેમ), truthfulness (satya સત્ય), righteous conduct (satkarma સત્કર્મ, dharma ધર્મ)
… peace (shānti શાંતિ), non-violence (ahimsā અહિંસા), forbearance and forgiveness (kshamā ક્ષમા)
… selfless service (nisvārth sevā નિસ્વાર્થ સેવા), generosity (udāratā ઉદારતા, dāna દાન), and kindness and compassion
(dinbandhu દીનબંધુ, karunā કરુણા).
… the tenacity (samskriti સંસ્કૃતિ) to break free from limiting body conscious beliefs and rise above wrongful desires, anger,
greed, delusion, ego, fear and jealousy (kāma કામ, krodha ક્રોધ, lobha લોભ, moha મોહ, ahamkāra અહંકાર,
bhaya ભય and matsarya મત્સર્ય).
... the sensitivity (dayā દયા) to feel the pain of all living beings.
… the courage (dhairya ધૈર્ય) to abstain from violence in thought, word and deed, and to practice vegetarianism.
... the wisdom (brahma-gnāna બ્રહ્મજ્ઞાન) to respect my body as a temple of my soul (Ātmā આત્મા), and keep it clean and pure
… the resolve (sankalpa shakti સંકલ્પ શક્તિ) to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other substances harmful to me,
my family and society.
... the temperament (viveka વિવેક) to partake in satsangs of saints and sages, and keep the company of spiritual seekers.
... the conviction (sādhana સાધના) to live a spiritual life without any regrets in old age, illness or disability.
... the equanimity (samadhristi સમદ્રષ્ટિ) to see God in every human being, regardless of caste, creed, religion or other differences.
… the patience (dhruti ધૃતિ), perseverance (sthita સ્થિત) and purity (svabhāva-pachi-tratā સ્વભાવપચીત્રતા) to return this rare
gift of the five elements that compose my body to You, in the same pure state I have received it from You.
From You I have come, to You I must return!
O’Infinite Ocean of Love, Wisdom and Compassion,
Please Light the Lamp of Divine Love in My Heart
Bless Me with the Realization of My True Self –
That I am Truth, Peace and Supreme Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ānanda સતચિત્આનંદ)!
Note: The above prayer was prepared by Dr. Niranjanbhai D. Patel and is available as a poster(PDF) in the download section under pamphlets, posters, booklets.