Speech on Guru & Naam - Kabir Sahib
Kabir Sahib's Speech (Kabir Vani) on Magnificence of Guru and Naam
कबीर, हरि के नाम बिना, राजा रषभ होए।
माटी लदै कुम्हार कै, घास ना डाले कोए।।6।।
Kabir Sahib is saying that without the name of God, a king will become a donkey where a potter will make him work endlessly and no one will offer him food (grass).
कबीर, राम कृष्ण से कौन बड़ा, उन्हांे भी गुरु कीन्ह।
तीन लोक के वे धनी, गुरु आगे आधीन।।7।।
Kabir Sahib says that you consider Ram and Krishan to be superior but they also made Guru. They were the master of 3 loks (3 worlds - Swarg, Pataal and Prithvi) but in front of a Guru they were humble.
कबीर, गर्भ योगेश्वर गुरु बिना, लागा हरि की सेव।
कहै कबीर स्वर्ग से, फेर दिया सुखदेव।।8।।
Kabir Sahib is saying here that Sukhdev was doing worship without a Guru and once when he went to Baikunth Lok (Lok of Vishnu ji), because of not having a Guru, he was sent back to earth.
कबीर, राजा जनक से नाम ले, किन्हीं हरी की सेव(पूजा)।
कहै कबीर बैकुण्ठ में, उल्ट मिले सुखदेव।।9।।
Sukhdev was told that he could not enter Baikunth lok because he does not have a Guru. On returning back to earth, he made King Janak as his Guru and then he became worthy of going to Baikunth Lok.
कबीर, सतगुरु के उपदेश का, लाया एक विचार।
जै सतगुरु मिलते नहीं, जाता नरक द्वार।।10।।
Kabir Sahib says that those who do not have a Satguru (a True Guru), they go to the door of hell.
कबीर, नरक द्वार में दूत सब, करते खैंचा तान।
उनतें कबहु ना छुटता, फिर फिरता चारों खान।।11।।
In the hell, the messengers of Yam (doot - yamdoot) torment the soul and the soul is unable to free itself from them and then keeps wandering in the four divisions (animals, birds, aquatic creatures and reptiles).
कबीर, चार खानी में भ्रमता, कबहु ना लगता पार।
सो फेरा सब मिट गया, सतगुरु के उपकार।।12।।
Wandering in these four divisions, a soul never attains liberation. All this wandering can come to an end by the grace of a Satguru (Ture Guru).
कबीर, सात समुन्द्र मसि करूं, लेखनी करूं बनराय।
धरती का कागद करूं, गुरु गुण लिखा न जाए।13।
Here Kabir Sahib is narrating the magnificence of a True Guru that even if you make ink from the entire water of seven oceans, make a pen/pencil using the wood from all the trees on the entire earth and make paper out of the whole surface of earth, then also one cannot write the properties or qualities of a True Guru (Satguru). It would still fall short.
कबीर, गुरु बड़े गोविन्द से, मन में देख विचार।
हरि सुमरे सो रह गए, गुरु भजे हुए पार।।14।।
Kabir Sahib is stressing upon the importance of a Guru and saying that those who did worship as directed by a complete Guru got liberated whereas the ones who were just worshipping the God remained in the circle of life and death.
कबीर, गुरु गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागुं पाय।
बलिहारी गुरु आपने, जिन गोविन्द दिया मिलाय।।15।।
Explaining further, Kabir Sahib is saying that God and Guru both are standing side by side, whom should one prostrate. One should be grateful to a Guru as a result of which the soul happened to unite with God.
कबीर, हरि के रूठतां, गुरु की शरण में जाय।
कबीर गुरु जै रूठजां, हरि नहीं होत सहाय।।16।।
kabir Sahib is saying that if your God has become upset then go in to the refuge of a true Guru but if your Guru has become upset then there is no respite and in that case not even God can help you.