कामी   क्रोधी  लालची , इनसे  भक्ति  ना  होए  |
भक्ति  करे  कोई  सूरमा , जाती  वरण  कुल  खोय  ||



What kind of devotion can you expect from a man of sensual pleasures, anger or greed? The valiant person who leaves behind his family and caste can be a true devotee.

बैद  मुआ  रोगी  मुआ , मुआ  सकल  संसार  |
एक  कबीरा  ना  मुआ , जेहि  के  राम  आधार  ||



A physician has to die, a patient has to die. Kabir won’t die as he has offered himself to Ram who is the all pervading consciousness.

प्रेम  न  बड़ी  उपजी , प्रेम  न  हात  बिकाय  |
राजा  प्रजा  जोही  रुचे , शीश  दी  ले  जाय  ||



One can’t reap harvest of love at one’s field. One can’t buy love at market place. He whosoever likes love, he may be a King or a common man, he should offer his head and become eligible to be a lover.

प्रेम  प्याला  जो  पिए , शीश  दक्षिणा  दे   |
लोभी  शीश  न  दे  सके , नाम   प्रेम  का  ले  ||



One who wants to drink a glass of love should pay for it by offering his head. A greedy man can’t offer his head and talks about love.

दया  भाव  ह्रदय  नहीं , ज्ञान  थके  बेहद  |
ते  नर  नरक  ही  जायेंगे , सुनी  सुनी  साखी  शब्द  ||



They have no mercy in their heart. They are tired due to labor of gaining knowledge. They will definitely go to hell as they know nothing else but dry words.

जहा  काम  तहा  नाम  नहीं , जहा  नाम  नहीं  वहा  काम  |
दोनों  कभू  नहीं  मिले , रवि  रजनी  इक  धाम  ||



He who remembers God knows no sensual pleasures. He who doesn’t remember God takes delight in sensual pleasures. God and sensual pleasures won’t unite as there can be no union of the Sun and the night.

ऊँचे   पानी  ना  टिके , नीचे  ही  ठहराय  |
नीचा  हो  सो  भारी  पी , ऊँचा  प्यासा  जाय  ||



Water flows down and it won’t hang in air. Those who know the ground realities enjoy water, those who are floating in air can’t.

जब  ही  नाम  हिरदय  धर्यो , भयो  पाप  का  नाश  |
मानो  चिनगी  अग्नि  की , परी  पुरानी  घास  ||



Once you remember God it causes destruction of all sins. It is like a spark of fire contacting a heap of dry grass.

सुख  सागर  का  शील  है , कोई  न  पावे  थाह  |
शब्द  बिना  साधू  नहीं , द्रव्य  बिना  नहीं  शाह  ||



Politeness is a boundless ocean of bliss. None can fathom depth of politeness. As a person without money can’t be rich, a person can’t be good without politeness.

बाहर  क्या  दिखलाये , अंतर  जपिए  राम  |
कहा  काज  संसार  से , तुझे  धानी  से  काम  ||



There is no need of any show. You should chant Ram internally. You should not be concerned with the world but with the master of the world.

फल  कारन  सेवा  करे , करे  ना  मन  से  काम  |
कहे  कबीर  सेवक  नहीं , चाहे  चौगुना  दाम  ||



He is not doing anything to serve God. He expects four times return for whatever he does. He is not a devotee of God.

कबीरा  यह  तन  जात  है , सके  तो  ठौर  लगा  |
कई  सेवा  कर  साधू  की , कई  गोविन्द  गुण  गा  ||



Kabir says that this body of ours is approaching death. We should do something worthwhile. We should serve good people. We should remember virtue of God.

सोना  सज्जन  साधू  जन , टूट  जुड़े  सौ  बार  |
दुर्जन  कुम्भ  कुम्हार  के , एइके  ढाका  दरार  ||



Good people won’t take time to be good again even after something is done to distance them away. Gold is malleable and not brittle. Bad people won’t return and stay away forever if something happens with them. Earthen pot made by a pitcher is brittle and once broken it is broken forever.

जग  में  बैरी  कोई  नहीं , जो  मन  शीतल  होय  |
यह  आपा  तो  डाल  दे , दया  करे  सब  कोए  ||



There are no enemies in the world if our mind is cool. If we don’t have ego all are merciful to us.

प्रेमभाव  एक  चाहिए , भेष  अनेक  बनाय  |
चाहे  घर  में  वास  कर , चाहे  बन  को  जाए  ||



You may stay at home or you may go to woods. If you want to remain connected with God, you should have love in your heart.

साधू  सती  और  सुरमा , इनकी  बात  अगाढ़  |
आशा  छोड़े  देह  की , तन  की  अनथक  साध  ||



A good person, a lady that burns ablaze on the pyre of her husband and a brave man do something very great. They are not at all concerned with what happens to their body.

हरी  सांगत  शीतल  भय , मिति  मोह  की  ताप  |
निशिवासर  सुख  निधि , लाहा  अन्न  प्रगत  आप्प   ||



Those who realize God become calm and cool. They put an end to their heat of infatuation. They are blissful day and night.

आवत  गारी  एक  है , उलटन  होए  अनेक  |
कह  कबीर  नहीं  उलटिए , वही  एक  की  एक  ||



If someone says us a word of abuse, we give back many words of abuse. Kabir says that we should not do that. Let one word of abuse remain one only.

उज्जवल  पहरे  कापड़ा , पान  सुपारी  खाय  |
एक  हरी  के  नाम  बिन , बंधा  यमपुर  जाय  ||



The robes are very impressive. The mouth is full of fresheners. But see if you want to avoid hell you should remember God.

अवगुण  कहू  शराब  का , आपा  अहमक  होय  |
मानुष  से  पशुआ  भय , दाम  गाँठ  से  खोये  ||



A person loses his balance if he takes liquor. He becomes a beast by spending his own money.

कबीरा  गरब  ना  कीजिये , कभू  ना  हासिये  कोय  |
अजहू  नाव   समुद्र  में , ना  जाने  का   होए  ||



Don’t, don’t feel proud. Don’t laugh at others. Your life is a ship in ocean you don’t know what may happen the very next moment.

कबीरा  कलह  अरु  कल्पना , सैट  संगती  से  जाय  |
दुःख  बासे  भगा  फिरे , सुख  में  रही  समाय  ||



If you associate with good people you may put an end to conflicts and baseless imaginations. That will put an end to your plight and make your life blissful.

काह  भरोसा  देह  का , बिनस  जात  छान  मारही  |
सांस  सांस  सुमिरन  करो , और  यतन  कुछ  नाही  ||



There is no guarantee that this body will be there the next moment. You should remember God every moment you live.

कुटिल  बचन  सबसे  बुरा , जासे  हॉट  न  हार  |
साधू  बचन  जल  रूप  है , बरसे  अमृत  धार  ||



A bad word said to cause agony to others is the worst thing in this world. None gets defeated on listening to bad words. A good word that soothes others is like water and it showers nectar on those who listen.

कबीरा  लोहा  एक  है , गढ़ने  में  है  फेर  |
ताहि  का  बख्तर  बने , ताहि  की  शमशेर  ||



The same metal takes different forms.

कबीरा  सोता  क्या  करे , जागो  जपो  मुरार  |
एक  दिन  है  सोवना , लंबे  पाँव  पसार  ||



Why are you sleeping? Please get up and remember God. There will be a day when one will have to sleep with legs stretched out forever.

कबीरा  आप  ठागइए , और  न  ठगिये  कोय  |
आप  ठगे  सुख  होत  है , और  ठगे  दुःख  होय  ||



One should fool oneself and not others. He who fools others becomes miserable. There is no harm in fooling oneself as one knows the truth sooner or later.

गारी  ही  से  उपजे , कलह  कष्ट  और  भीच  |
हारी  चले  सो  साधू  है , लागी  चले  तो  नीच  ||



A word of abuse creates conflicts, hardships and death. A good person puts an end to a word of abuse then and there. A base person nurtures every word of abuse.

जा  पल  दरसन  साधू  का , ता  पल  की  बलिहारी  |
राम  नाम  रसना  बसे , लीजै  जनम  सुधारी  ||



What a great moment it was. I met a good person. I chanted Ram and did good to my whole life.

जो  तोकू  कांता  बुवाई , ताहि  बोय  तू  फूल  |
तोकू  फूल  के  फूल  है , बंकू  है  तिरशूल  ||



If someone sows a thorny cactus for you, you should sow a flower plant for him. You will get many flowers and others will have thorns.

जो  तू  चाहे  मुक्ति  को , छोड़  दे  सबकी  आस  |
मुक्त  ही  जैसा  हो  रहे , सब  कुछ  तेरे  पास  ||



If you want salvation you should end all desires. Once you gain salvation you gain everything.

ते  दिन  गए  अकार्थी , सांगत  भाई  न  संत  |
प्रेम  बिना  पशु  जीवन , भक्ति  बिना  भगवंत  ||



I wasted those days when I didn’t meet good people. A person without love is a beast. There is no divinity without love.

तीर  तुपक  से  जो  लादे , सो  तो  शूर  न  होय  |
माया  तजि  भक्ति  करे , सूर  कहावै  सोय  ||



The one who fights with bows and arrows is not valiant. The real valiant is the one who shuns delusion and becomes a devotee.

तन  को  जोगी  सब  करे , मन  को  बिरला  कोय  |
सहजी  सब  बिधि  पिये , जो  मन  जोगी  होय  ||



It is very easy to put marks of a sage on body but it is very difficult to make marks of sage on mind. If one becomes a sage at the level of mind he is at ease while doing anything.

नहाये  धोये  क्या  हुआ , जो  मन  मेल  न  जाय  |
मीन  सदा  जल  में  रही , धोये  बॉस  न  जाय  ||



What is the point in washing and cleaning? A fish remains in water always and it has a very bad smell.

पांच  पहर  धंधा  किया , तीन  पहर  गया  सोय  |
एक  पहर  भी  नाम  बिन , मुक्ति  कैसे  होय  ||



I did something to earn my livelihood during the day and slept in the night. I didn’t chant God’s name even for 3 hours, how can I attain salvation.

पत्ता  बोला  वृक्ष  से , सुनो  वृक्ष  बनराय  |
अब  के  बिछड़े  न  मिले , दूर  पड़ेंगे  जाय  ||



A leaf says to a tree that it is going away forever and there won’t be any reunion now.

माया  छाया  एक  सी , बिरला  जाने  कोय  |
भागत  के  पीछे  लगे , सन्मुख  भागे  सोय  ||



A shadow and a delusion are alike. They chase them who run away and disappear from their sight that looks at them.

या  दुनिया  में  आ  कर , छड़ी  डे  तू  एट  |
लेना  हो  सो  लिले , उठी  जात  है  पैठ  ||



One should not swagger here. One should do all the deals without wasting any time as the working hours will be soon over.

रात  गवई  सोय  के  दिवस  गवाया  खाय  |
हीरा  जन्म  अनमोल  था , कौड़ी  बदले  जाय  ||



In the night I slept and in the day I ate. This is how I passed my whole life that was as valuable as a diamond. 

राम  बुलावा  भेजिया , दिया  कबीरा  रोय  |
जो  सुख  साधू  संग  में , सो  बैकुंठ  न  होय  ||


Ram is calling Kabir. Kabir is weeping. Kabir has more regard for association with good people than association with God.

संगती  सो  सुख  उपजे , कुसंगति  सो  दुःख  होय  |
कह  कबीर   तह  जाइए , साधू  संग  जहा  होय  ||


A good association creates happiness and an evil one creates misery. One should always be amidst good people.

साहेब  तेरी  साहिबी , सब  घट  रही  समाय  |
ज्यो  मेहंदी  के  पात  में , लाली  राखी  न  जाय  ||


My Master, your mastery is there in all beings. In the same way as redness is there in Henna.

साईं  आगे  सांच  है , साईं  सांच  सुहाय  |
चाहे  बोले  केस  रख , चाहे  घौत  मुंडाय  ||


God sees truth. God likes truth. One may grow long hair or may shave all hair.

लकड़ी  कहे  लुहार  की , तू  मति  जारे  मोहि  |
एक  दिन  ऐसा  होयगा , मई  जरौंगी  तोही  ||


A wood says to a blacksmith that today for the sake of your livelihood you are burning me. One day I will burn you on pyre.

ज्ञान  रतन  का  जतानकर , माटि  का  संसार  |
आय  कबीर  फिर  गया , फीका  है  संसार  ||


One should care for the gem of knowledge. The mundane existence is worthless. Kabir has turned his back on the world as the world is livid.

रिद्धि  सिद्धि  मांगूं नहीं , माँगू  तुम  पी  यह  |
निशिदिन  दर्शन  साधू  को , प्रभु  कबीर  कहू   देह||
Kabir is not asking God for material wealth. He is asking favor of having a good person in his sight forever.
न  गुरु  मिल्या  ना  सिष  भय , लालच  खेल्या  डाव|
दुनयू  बड़े  धार  में , छधी  पाथर  की  नाव  ||


Those who are driven by greed lose their status of disciple and preceptor. Both of them sink midstream as they boarded a boat of stone.

कबीर  सतगुर  ना  मिल्या , रही  अधूरी  सीश  |
स्वांग  जाति  का  पहरी  कर , घरी  घरी  मांगे  भीष||


Those who don’t find a good preceptor ever gain an incomplete knowledge. They wear robes of a recluse and beg door to door.

यह  तन  विष  की  बेलरी , गुरु  अमृत  की  खान  |
सीस  दिए  जो  गुरु  मिले , तो  भी  सस्ता  जान  ||


This body is a bag of poison. The preceptor is a mine of nectar. If you get a preceptor by sacrificing your head, that should be a cheap deal.

राम  पियारा  छड़ी  करी , करे  आन   का  जाप  |
बेस्या  कर  पूत  ज्यू , कहै  कौन  सू  बाप  ||


If one forgets God and remembers something else, he is like a son of a prostitute who doesn’t know who his father is.

जो  रोऊ  तो  बल  घटी , हंसो  तो  राम  रिसाई  |
मनही  माहि  बिसूरना , ज्यूँ  घुन  काठी  खाई  ||


Now what should I do. If I weep my energy level goes down. If I laugh Ram doesn’t like that. This dilemma eats my heart like a wood-eater ant.

सुखिया सब संसार है , खावै और सोवे |
दुखिया दास कबीर है , जागे अरु रावे  ||


The world is so happy, they eat and sleep. Kabir is so sad he keeps awake and weeps.

परबत परबत  मै   फिरया  , नैन गवाए रोई   |
सो  बूटी  पौ  नहीं , जताई जीवनी  होई  ||


Kabir searched from one mount to another mount but he couldn’t get the herb that creates life.

कबीर  एक  न  जन्या , तो  बहु  जनया  क्या  होई  |
एक  तै  सब  होत  है , सब  तै  एक  न  होई  ||


Kabir says that you don’t know the one thing and you know many other things. That one thing can accomplish all, these many things are useless.

पतिबरता मैली भली ,गले कांच को पोत |
सब सखियाँ में यो दिपै ,ज्यो  रवि  ससी  को  ज्योत  ||


A woman committed to her family is looks better in her old robes and lace of glass beads round her neck. She shines amidst her friends as the moon shines amidst stars.

भगती  बिगाड़ी  कामिया , इन्द्री  करे  सवादी  |
हीरा  खोया  हाथ  थाई , जनम  गवाया  बाड़ी  ||


A lustful person has damaged his devotion and his sense organs are enjoying the flavor. He has lost a diamond and missed essence of life.
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परनारी  रता  फिरे , चोरी  बिधिता  खाही  |
दिवस  चारी  सरसा  रही , अति  समूला  जाहि  ||


A man who takes delight in a woman belonging to others runs as a thief in nights. He derives mean pleasure for few days and then perishes with all his roots.

कबीर  कलि  खोटी  भाई , मुनियर  मिली  न  कोय  |
लालच  लोभी  मस्कारा , टिंकू  आदर  होई  ||


This is the age of Kaliyug. Here a man who practices sense restraint is rare. People abound with greed, covetousness and trifles.

कबीर  माया   मोहिनी  , जैसी   मीठी   खांड   | 
सतगुरु   की  कृपा  भई , नहीं  तोउ  करती  भांड  ||


The delusion is very sweet in its action over mind. Thanks God that I got blessings of my preceptor otherwise I would have been blank.

मेरे  संगी  दोई  जरग , एक  वैष्णो  एक  राम  |
वो  है  दाता  मुक्ति  का , वो  सुमिरावै  नाम  ||


I have only two companions, devotees and Ram. They make me remember God and grant salvation.

संत  न  बंधे  गाठ्दी , पेट  समाता  तेई  |
साईं  सू  सन्मुख  रही , जहा  मांगे  तह  देई  ||


There is no need to hoard much. One needs to be upright in one’s behavior always.

जिस  मरने  यह  जग  डरे , सो  मेरे  आनंद  |
कब  महिहू  कब  देखिहू , पूरण  परमानन्द  ||


The whole world fears death. I am glad to see death. When shall I die and realize the complete bliss.

कबीर  घोडा  प्रेम  का , चेतनी  चढ़ी  अवसार  |
ज्ञान  खडग  गहि  काल  सीरी , भली  मचाई  मार  ||


The consciousness should ride horse of love. The sword of knowledge should cause death of death.

कबीर  हरी  सब  को   भजे , हरी  को   भजै  न  कोई  |
जब  लग  आस  सरीर  की , तब  लग  दास  न  होई  ||


God remembers everyone. None remembers God. Those who are concerned about sensual pleasures can’t be devotees of God.

क्या  मुख  ली  बिनती  करो , लाज  आवत  है  मोहि  |
तुम  देखत  ओगुन  करो , कैसे  भावो  तोही  ||


How should I make God any request? He knows all, he knows my shortcomings. How should he like me with these shortcomings?

सब  काहू  का  लीजिये , साचा  असद  निहार  |
पछ्पात  ना  कीजिये  कहै  कबीर  विचार  ||


You should listen the truth from everyone. There is no need to show any partiality.

कुमति  कीच  चेला  भरा , गुरु  ज्ञान  जल  होय  |
जनम  जनम  का  मोर्चा , पल  में  दारे  धोय  ||


A disciple is full of mud of ignorance. A preceptor is water of knowledge. Whatever impurities are accumulated in many births, he cleans in one moment.

गुरु  सामान  दाता  नहीं , याचक  सीश  सामान  |
तीन  लोक  की  सम्पदा , सो  गुरु  दीन्ही  दान  ||


There is no donor like a preceptor and no seeker like a disciple. Preceptor grants all three worlds to disciple.

गुरु  को  सर  रखिये , चलिए  आज्ञा  माहि  |
कहै  कबीर  ता  दास  को , तीन  लोक  भय  नाही  ||


He who keeps his preceptor on his head and abides by his directions doesn’t have any fear in three worlds.