The Master, Disciple AND Moksha-मोक्ष, गुरु के बिना संभव नहीं-From The House Of Lord Kabir

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As it is explained time to time by many saints that :

जो सौ चंदा उग आयें, सूरज चढ़े हज़ार
इतनी चाँदनी हो जाए
पर गुरु बिन घोर अंधकार……
 
It means nothing can be compared to the divine light of Guru – the light of wisdom which leads towards Moksha. Even if hundreds of moons and thousands of suns come together, then also it is dark without Guru- the darkness of endless cycles of birth and death.

 

यद्यपि सकल गुरु पूज्य हैं, निज निज और अशेष।

तद्यपि मोक्ष प्रद परम गुरु, हैं जग माहीं विशेष

Although, all worldly gurus are venerable. All are sacred whether personal or endless others. But the Complete Guru who can lead you to moksha is exceptional in this world.

 
 
The importance of Guru is remarkably mentioned in the literature of saints. But Kabira has fully described this importance. Let’s have a look in some of His verses about the importance of guru to attain moksha.
 
सतगुरु समान ना कोई सगा
शोधी समान ना दाति
हरि समान ना कोई हितकारी
हरिजन समान ना जाति
 
(शोधी -Purifier, here it is mentioned about the guru, as he washes our bad karma with his spiritual discourse)
In the above-mentioned couplet, it is clarified that a man is surrounded by many worldly relationships, but no one is as own as Satguru ( The True Master- one who leads the human beings towards moksha). Satguru is the biggest donor. Nobody is as benevolent as God. People who are devoted to God belongs to the ultimate caste. He denies the importance of the traditional caste system.
 
बलिहारी गुरु आपने, द्यौं हाड़ी के बार
जिन मानुष से देवता किया, करत ना लागी देर
This couplet describes sentiments of a disciple, He is willing to devote everything for his Master, as his master converted him into deity from a normal human in no time.
 

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गुरु गोविन्द दोनों खड़े, काके लागूं पांव

बलिहारी गुरु आपने, जिने गोविन्द दियो मिलाय

This couplet shows the disciple in the state of indecisiveness and dilemma, but later he figured it out. He was thinking that to whom he should greet first because both Guru and God are in front of him. Then he realized that he should first greet the Guru because, through Him, he can meet God.

राम नाम के पटतरे, देने को कछु नाहिं

क्या लै गुरु खुश होय, हौंस रहे मन माहिं

Guru has blessed his disciple with holy Naam, in generic it is called Ram Naam. Now the disciple is again in the confusion that there is nothing in this world to pay in return of holy Naam. He has a strong desire to know about the offering by which he can please his Master.

गुरु,गोविन्द तो एक है, दूसरा सब आकार

आपा मेट जीवित मरे, तो पाया करतार

Basically, Guru and God are one, There is the only bodily difference. In devotion, a devotee should have the same sentiments for both Guru and God. No duality is acceptable. Seekers should be free of ego. This way they can lead to the Ultimate.

सतगुरु सचा सुरिवां, शब्द जो बाह्या एक

लागत ही मैं मिट गई, पड़ा कलेजे छेक

(सुरिवां– शूरवीर, बाह्या – मारा, मैं – अहंकार,

 

छेक – दरार)

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This couplet tells us that Satguru is a true warrior. He hit me with word and within no time, my ego vanished. There is restlessness as disciple wants to meet God as soon as possible. He has now an urge to know about the secrets of life and death and even beyond that.

गुरु बिन ज्ञान ना उपजे, गुरु बिन मिले ना मोक्ष
गुरु बिन लखे ना सत्य को, गुरु बिन मिटे ना दोष
 

The above couplet is again highlighting the importance of having a Guru in life. It has been stressed that knowledge, salvation, the truth of life and death can not be acquired without a true master. A guru can only obliterate the imperfections of disciples.

गुरु समान दाता नहीं, याचक शिष्य समान
तीन लोक की सम्पदा, सो गुरु दीन्हि दान

There is no one as generous as the guru and solicitor like a disciple. Guru has gifted the estate of all three worlds ( Swarg, Patal and Prithvilok) to his disciple. Lord Kabira said in His literature that value of one mantra of Satnam is equal to the estate of three worlds ( Swarg, Patal and Prithvilok).

गुरु सों ज्ञान जो लीजिए, शीश दीजिए दान
बहुतक भोन्दू बह गये, राख जीव अभिमान
 
(शीश दीजिए दान- The head of lust, ego, anger, arrogance and false pride)
 
In this couplet, Lord Kabir has stressed that a disciple should be committed to his master, As his master has offered him the immense knowledge that could save him from the cycle of birth and death, hence a disciple must be ready to offer his head. He should be free of ego. Many with arrogance lost everything.
 
गुरु पारस को अन्तरो, जानत है सब संत
वह लोहा कंचन करे, येह कर ले महंत
 
All saints know the difference between Paras and Guru. Paras turns iron into gold with its touch and guru turns disciple, superior with his teachings.
(Paras- A mystical stone which is believed to turn iron into gold with its touch)
(Superior- A combatant who can defeat evils like adultery, intoxication, anger, lust, delusion, attachment)
सतगुरु जी की महिमा अनंत और अपरंपार होती है, शब्दों में इसे पिरोना मुमकिन नहीं होता, गर्दन झुकाए जो मिले, झोली में डाल लेना चाहिए, 84 लाख जन्मों के बाद मानव शरीर मिलता है और अनेक मानव शरीर के बाद सतगुरु, सतगुरु भक्ति देते हैं और भक्ति से बड़ा दान कोई हो नहीं सकता, अतः गुरुजी को कोटि कोटि प्रणाम……

 

As it is rightly said,

सात समुंदर की मसि करूं, लेखनी सब वनराय सब धरती कागज करूं, गुरु गुण लिखा ना जाये

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