Boundaries of WorshipEnglish || हिन्दी

Important information for those taking Naam (Initiation)

Those who are aspiring to take initiation have to abide by the following rules. It is imperative to follow these boundaries of worship. If someone commits any mistake unknowingly, it is forgiven, but if someone knowingly commits a mistake, then that devotee becomes devoid of naam and bhakti. The only solution then is to ask for forgiveness from Gurudev and receive initiation again.

1. Identity of a Complete Guru

Today in Kalyug (There are four Yugas. 1. Satyug 2. Tretayug 3. Dwaparyug 4. Kalyug. The present Yug is Kalyug.) the most difficult question before the devotee community is to identify a Complete Guru. But its answer is very short and simple, that a guru who does worship (bhakti) according to the scriptures and makes his followers i.e disciples do it, only he is a Complete Saint. Because religious scriptures like - speech of Kabir Sahib, speech of Shri Nanak Sahib Ji, speech of Sant Garibdas Ji Maharaj, speech of Sant Dharmdas Ji Sahib, Vedas, Gita, Puran, Quran, Holy Bible etc are the constitution of the path of Bhakti. Whichever saint tells way of worship and shows the path to the devotee community according to the scriptures, he is a Complete Saint; otherwise he is a big enemy of the devotee community who is making others do worship opposite to the scriptures. He is playing with this invaluable human life. Such a guru or saint will be hung upside-down in deep hell in God's court.

For example, if a teacher teaches from outside the syllabus, then he is an enemy of those students.

Gita Adhyay no. 7 Shlok no. 15
Na, mam', dushkrtinH, moodaH, prpadhyante, naraadhmaH, Mayya, aphrtgyanaH, aasurm', bhavm', aashritaH ||15||

Translation: Those whose knowledge has been stolen away by Maya, such men who have demoniac nature, who are lowest among men, the evil-doers, fools, do not worship me i.e. they keep doing sadhna of the three gunas (Rajgun-Brahma, Satgun-Vishnu, Tamgun-Shiv).

Yajurved Adhyay no. 40 Shlok no. 10 (Translated by Sant Rampal Das)
AnyadevahuHsambhvadanyadahurasambhvaat', iti, shushrum, dheeranaM, ye, nastdwichchakshire ||10||

Translation: - About the God, normally say that He is formless i.e. who never takes birth. Others say that He is in form i.e. takes birth in the form of an incarnation. Those who, endowed with durable i.e. complete knowledge, narrate properly, in this way they only properly i.e. in true way give His clear and distinct knowledge.

Gita Adhyay no. 4 Shlok no. 34
Tat', viddhi, prnipaaten, pariprshnen, sevya, Updekshyanti, te, gyanm', gyaninH, tattavdarshinH ||34||

Translation: Understand it. By properly prostrating before those saints who know the true knowledge and solution of the Supreme God, by serving them, and by giving up deceit, asking questions with simplicity, they, who know the Supreme God in essence i.e. knowledgeable Mahatmas, will instruct you in that Tatvgyan/True spiritual knowledge.

2. Consumption of intoxicating substances prohibited

Let alone the consumption of hukkah (hubble bubble - smoking tobacco through water), alcohol, beer, tobacco, beedi, cigarette, to take snuff, gutkha, meat, egg, sulfa (a wad of tobacco smoked in chilam), opium, cannabis and other intoxicating substances, we do not even have to bring any intoxicating substance and give to anyone. Saint Garibdas Ji Maharaj, calling all these intoxicating substances as bad, states in his sacred speech that -

Surapan madhya masahari, gaman karae bhogaen par naari |
Sattar janm katat hain sheeshM, sakshi Sahib hai jagdeeshM ||

(Those who drink alcohol and do adultery, will have their head decapitated in 70 lives)

Par dwaara stri ka kholae, satar janm andha hovae dolae |
(Those who do adultery, becomes blind in their next lives at least 70 times)

Madira peeve kadva paani, sattar janm shwaan ke jaani ||
(Those who drink alcohol, gets 70 births as a dog)

Garib, hukka hardam pivte, laal milaavaen dhoor |
ismein sanshay hai nahin, janm pichhle soor ||1||
Garib, sau naari jaari karae, sura paan sau baar |
ek chilam hukka bharae, dubae kaali dhaar ||2||
Garib, soor gau kun khaat hai, bhakti bihune raad |
bhaang tambaakhu kha gaye, so chaabat hain haad ||3||
Garib, bhang tambaakhu peev heen, sura paan sae het |
gosht mitti khaay kar, jangli baney pret ||4||
Garib, paan tambaakhu chaab heen, naas naak mein det |
so to iraanae gaye, jyun bhadbhooje ka ret ||5||
Garib, bhang tambaakhu peev heen, gost gala kabaab |
mor mrig koon bhakhat hain, denge kahaan jawaab ||6|| 

3. Going to places of Pilgrimage prohibited

Do not have to keep fast of any kind. Do not have to do any pilgrimage, nor have to take any bath in Ganga etc, nor have to go to any other religious place for the sake of bathing or seeing. Do not have to go in any temple or place of pilgrimage of a favoured deity with the feeling of devotion or worship thinking that God is in this temple. God is not an animal whom the priest has tied in the temple. God (is omnipresent) is present in every particle. All these sadhnas (ways of worship) are against the scriptures.

Just think a little that all these places of pilgrimage (like, Jagannaath Temple, Badrinaath, Haridwar, Mecca-Medina, Amarnaath, Vaishnodevi, Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana, Ayodhya Ram Temple, Kashi Dhaam, Chhudani Dhaam etc), temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churchs and places of pilgrimage of favoured deities etc are such places where some saint used to live. They after doing their sadhna1 there and collecting their wealth of bhakti2 , left their bodies and went to the lok of their favoured deity. Thereafter to preserve the evidence of their presence, someone built a temple there, some a mosque, someone a gurudwara, someone church or someone an inn etc, so that their memory remains, and insignificant people like us keep getting the evidence that we should perform actions similar to these great souls. All these religious places only give this message to all of us that just as these famous saints have done sadhna, so should you. For this, you must search for the saints who do and tell sadhna in this very way, and then do as they say. But later people started worshipping these places only, which is absolutely useless and is contrary to the scriptures.

All these places are like such a place where a sweet-maker built a bhatti (clay-oven), made sweets like laddu, jalebi etc, and after eating himself and feeding his near and dear ones, went away. Thereafter neither is there any sweet-maker in that place, nor any sweet. Only the bhatti is there then. Neither can it teach us how to make sweets, nor can fill our stomachs. Now, if someone says, "Come, brother! I will show you that bhatti where a sweet-maker had made sweets. Let's go." Went there and saw that bhatti, and also circumambulated it seven times. Did you get the sweet? Did you find the sweet-maker who teaches the method of preparing sweets? For this, you will have to find a similar sweet-maker who first of all feeds you the sweet and then also explains the method of its preparation. Then only do what he says, nothing else.

Similarly, instead of worshipping the places of pilgrimage, find the same kind of saints who do and tell bhakti of Supreme God Kabir according to the scriptures. Then only do as they say. Do not act as your heart desires.

Samved Mantra no. 1400 Utarchik Adhyay no. 12 Khand no. 3 Shlok no. 5 (Translated by Sant Rampal Das)

Bhadra vastra samanyavasaano mahaan' kavirnivachnani shansan' | Aavachyasv chamvoH pooymano vichakshano jagrvirdevveetau ||5||

Translation: - Clever people, through their speeches, instead of guiding the true path of the way of worship of Supreme God (Purna Brahm), in place of nectar, are respectfully making sip pus (from a boil or wound) of the worship of others [like, ghost-worship, Pitraworship, carrying out shraadhs, worship of the three gunas (RajgunBrahma, Satgun-Vishnu, Tamgun-Shankar) and worship of BrahmKaal and way of worship upto temple, mosque, gurudwaras, churchs, places of pilgrimage and keeping fasts]. The supreme-happinessgiving Purna Brahm Great Kabir acquiring another body made up of masses of light (tejpunj1 ) similar to that of Satyalok appears in body in an ordinary attire (vastra) [The meaning of 'vastra' is 'attire' - in saint language, it is also called 'chola'. Like, if a saint gives up his body, then it is said that Mahatma has left his chola], and by spending life like a common man and living in the world for a few days, by describing the true knowledge by means of his hymns-verses, brings awareness about the hidden actual true knowledge and worship of the Purna Parmatma (Supreme God). 

Gita Adhyay no. 16 Shlok no. 23

YaH, shastrvidhim', utsrjya, vartte, kamkaratH, na, saH, Siddhim', avapnoti, na, sukham', na, paraam', gatim' ||23||

Translation: He who, abandoning the injunctions of the scriptures, acts according to his whimsical desires, neither attains siddhi1 , nor supreme state, nor happiness.

Gita Adhyay no. 6 Shlok no. 16

Na, ati, ashrnatH, tu, yogH, asti, na, ch, ekantm', AnshrnatH, na, ch, ati, swapnsheelasya, jagrtH, na, ev, ch, Arjun ||16||

Translation: Oh Arjun, this bhakti is neither successful of a person who eats too much, nor of a person who does not eat at all i.e. keep fasts, nor of a person who sleeps too much, and nor of a person who always keeps awake.

Poojain deii dhaam ko, sheesh halaavae jo |
          Garibdas saachi kahae, had kafir hai so ||
Kabir, ganga kaathae ghar karae, peevae nirmal neer |
          mukti nahin hari naam bin, Satguru kahain Kabir ||
Kabir, teerth kar-kar jag mua, udae paani nhaay |
          Ram hi naam na japa, Kaal ghasitey jaay ||
Garib, peetal hi ka thaal hai, peetal ka lota |
          jad moorat ko poojte, aavaega tota ||
Garib, peetal chamcha poojiye, jo thaal parosae |
          jad moorat kis kaam ki, mati raho bharosae ||
Kabir, parvat parvat main firya, karan apne Ram |
          Ram sarikhe jan mile, jin saare sab kaam ||

4. Worship of Pitras (manes i.e. dead ancestors) prohibited

Do not have to do any type of worship of manes, carrying out shraadhs etc. God Shri Krishna has also clearly forbidden worshipping these Pitras and ghosts. In Gita Adhyay 9 Shlok 25, it is said that

Yanti, devvrtaH, devan', pitrn', yanti, pitrvrtaH, Bhootani, Yanti, bhootejyaH, yanti, madhyajinH, api, mam' ||25||

Translation: Worshippers of gods go to gods, worshippers of pitras go to pitras, worshippers of ghosts go to ghosts, and those devotees who worship in accordance with the scriptures (matanusar) are benefited by me alone.

Bandichhor Garibdas Ji Maharaj and Kabir Sahib Ji Maharaj also say-

Garib, bhoot ramae so bhoot hai, Dev ramae so Dev | Ram ramae so Ram ahi, suno sakal sur bhev ||

Therefore, do worship of that Supreme God, from whom you will attain complete salvation. That God is Purna Brahm / SatPurush Sat Kabir (Eternal Kabir) . Its evidence is also in Gita Ji Adhyay no 18 Shlok no. 46.

Gita Adhyay 18 Shlok 46

YatH, prvrttibhootanaM yen sarvmidM tatam' | Swakarmna tambhyachrya siddhiM vindati manavH ||46||
Translation:
The God from whom all the living beings have originated and from whom this whole world has pervaded, by worshipping that God through the performance of one's natural activities, a man attains supreme spiritual success.

Gita Adhyay no. 18 Shlok no. 62

Tamev sharnM gachchh sarvbhaven bharat | Tatprsadatparam shantiM sthanM prapyasi shashvatam' ||62||
Translation: Oh Descendent of Bharat, Arjun! You, in every respect, go in the refuge of only that Supreme God. By the grace of that Supreme God, you will attain supreme peace and will attain the eternal supreme state.

The meaning of 'in every respect' is to not do any other worship and to have faith in only one God by mind-action-speech.

Gita Adhyay no. 8 Shlok no. 22

PurushH, saH, parH, paarth, bhaktya, labhyaH, tu, ananyya, Yasya, antHsthani, bhootani, yen, sarvam', idam', tatam' ||22||

Translation: Oh Prthanandan Arjun! The Param Purush Parmatma (Supreme God), under whom are all the living beings and from whom this whole universe has pervaded, is attainable only by undivided devotion.

The meaning of undivided bhakti/devotion is to do worship of one Supreme God and not of other gods-goddesses i.e. the three gunas (Rajgun-Brahma, Satgun-Vishnu, and TamgunShiv). Gita Ji Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 1 to 4: -

Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 1

Oordhvmoolam', adhHshaakham', ashvttham', praahuH, avyyam', Chhandaasi, yasya, parnaani, yaH, tam', ved, saH, vedvit' ||1||

Translation: With the roots above and the branches below, it is an eternal and extensive tree, strong like a horse, whose small- small parts are said to be twigs and leaves. One who knows that tree of world in this manner, that devotee is completely knowledgeable.

Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 2

AdhH, ch, oordhvam', prsrtaH, tasya, shaakhaH, gunprvrddhaH, VishayprvaalaH, adhH, ch, moolani, anusanttani, karmanubandheeni, manushyaloke ||2||

Translation: That tree's three gunas Rajgun-Brahma, SatgunVishnu, Tamgun-Shiv -like defects - lust, anger, attachment, greed, arrogance - like shoots and branches - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv, only are the root (main) cause of binding the soul to actions (Karm), and in the world of men - Heaven, Hell and Earth, have been arranged below (in, 84 lakh births of various living beings) and above. 

Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 3

Na, roopam', asya, ih, tatha, uplabhyate, na, antH, na, ch, aadiH, na, ch, Samprtishtha, ashvattham', enam', suvirudmoolam', asangshastren, drden, chhitva ||3||

Translation: This Creation has neither a beginning nor an end, nor that form is perceived. And here in this discussion i.e. in the knowledge of Gita being imparted by me, even I do not have full information because even I do not know about the proper state of the creation of all brahmands. By slashing with this firm weapon of untainted i.e. pure Tatvgyan which has a properly stabilized state and a strong form, i.e. by considering the bhakti of Niranjan to be short-lived.

Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 4

TatH, padam', tat', parimargitvyam', yasmin', gataaH, na, nivartanti, bhooyH, Tam', ev, ch, aadhyam', purusham', prpadhye, yatH, prvrttiH, prsrta, puraani ||4||

Translation: After that one should search for that Supreme God with supreme state. Having attained whom, human beings do not return to the world, and from whom this ancient creation -nature/ srishti has extended. I am also in the refuge of that Eternal Supreme God only.

Thus, even God Shri Krishna himself, making others relinquish the worship of Indra who is the king of gods-goddesses, had encouraged to do bhakti of only that Supreme God. Because of which raising the Govardhan mountain he had protected the residents of Brij from the anger of Indra.

Garib, Indra chada brij dubovan, bheega bheet na lev |
Indra kadaai hot jagat mein, pooja kha gaye dev ||
Kabir, is sansaar ko, samjhaaoon kae baar |
Poonchh jo pakdae bhed ki, utra chaahae paar ||

5. Obeying orders of Guru

Without the permission of Guruji, do not have to perform any type of religious rite at home. Like, Bandichhor (Liberator from prison) says in his sacred speech - "Guru bin yagya hawan jo karhin, mithya jaave kabahu nahin falhin"

Kabir, guru bin maala ferte, guru bin dete daan |
Guru bin dono nishfal hain, poochho Ved Puraan ||

6. Worship of Mata Masaani (a mother goddess named Masaani) prohibited

Do not have to worship 'madi' (memorial structure/statue) made in your field or any 'kheda' (a site where a village or city has been destroyed) etc or the grave of any god. Whether grave is of anyone, do not have to worship it at all. Do not have to do any other worship. Even do not have to worship the three gunas (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiv). Only have to act according to Guruji's instructions.

Gita Adhyay no. 7 Shlok no. 15

Na, mam', dushkrtinH, moodaH, prpadhyante, naraadhmaH, Mayya, aphrtgyanaH, aasurm', bhavm', aashritaH ||15||

Translation: Those whose knowledge has been stolen away by Maya, such men who have demoniac nature, who are lowest among men, the evil-doers, fools, do not worship me i.e. they keep doing sadhna of the three gunas (Rajgun-Brahma, Satgun-Vishnu, Tamgun-Shiv).

Kabir, maai masaani shed sheetla, bhairav bhoot hanumant |
          Parmatma unse door hai, jo inko poojant ||
Kabir, sau varsh to guru ki sewa, ek din aan upaasi |
          vo apraadhi aatma, parae Kaal ki faansi ||
Guru ko tajae bhajae jo aana |
          ta pasuva ko fokut gyaana ||

7. Lord Kabir is Sankat Mochan (Liberator from a crisis)

On arrival of any suffering (crisis) as a result of karam (deeds), never have to worship any other deity God or Goddess etc., nor have to go to any palmist/astrologer. Only have to worship God Kabir who removes all the miseries, who is the liberator from crisis.

Samved Mantra no. 822 Utarchik Adhyay 3 Khand no. 5 Shlok 8 (Translated by Sant Rampal Das)

ManeeshibhiH pavte poorvyaH kavirnrbhiyatH pari koshaaM asishyadat' | Tritasya naam janayamadhu ksharannindrasya vaayuM sakhyay vardhayan' ||

Translation: Primordial i.e. Eternal Supreme God Kabir, by giving instruction of three mantras to a devout soul who loves Him by heart and does worship with faith, by purifying him, releases him from birth and death, and fully increases the countable life-breaths, which have been given to his friend i.e. devotee according to destiny, from His store/treasure. As a result of which, makes him attain the real happiness of Supreme God by His blessings.

Kabir, Devi Dev thaade bhaye, humko thaur bataau |
          jo mujhko poojaen nahin, unko looto khaao ||
Kabir, Kaal jo peesae peesna, jora hai panihaar |
          ye do asal majoor hain, Satguru ke darbaar ||

8. Unnecessary charity prohibited

Do not have to give anything in form of charity anywhere and to anyone. Neither money, nor unstitched cloth etc, nothing. If someone comes asking for any charity then feed him and give something to drink like tea, milk, lassi, water etc, but do not have to give anything else. Who knows that beggar might misuse that money.

For instance, a man hearing a false story of a beggar, in which he was telling that his children are suffering without treatment out of emotions, gave him Rs 100. Earlier that beggar used to drink 250 ml of alcohol. That day he drank half a bottle of alcohol and beat his wife. His wife along with his children committed suicide. That charity done by you became the cause of destruction of that family. That is why charity is prohibited. If you want to help such a distressed person, then get his children medication from the doctor but do not give money.

Kabir, guru bin maala ferte, guru bin dete daan |
Guru bin dono nishfal hain, poochchho ved puraan ||

9. It is prohi​bited to eat remnants of food previously tasted by someone

Do not have to eat food remnants of such a person who consumes alcohol, meat, tobacco, egg, beer, opium, cannabis etc..

10. Performance of last-rites after (death) departure to Satyalok prohibited

If someone dies in the family, then anybody can light the funeral pyre - a family member or someone else, and should utter Manglacharan while lighting it. Do not have to pick up anything like ashes etc. If it is compulsory to clean that area, then picking up those ashes you may yourself immerse them in any flowing water. Utter the Manglacharan at that time. Neither have to offer pind etc, nor have to do anything like terahmi, chhHmahi, barsodi, and shraadhs etc. Do not have to get any hawan performed by any other person. Determine any one day for the relatives or near and dear ones who come to express their condolences. That day, do the Nitya Niyam which is done daily, light the lamp, and then feed everyone. If you want to do any meritorious act on his (deceased person's) name, then after taking permission from your Gurudev Ji, should keep the Akhand Paath of Bandichhor Garibdas Ji Maharaj's sacred speech. If you do not get the permission to do Paath, then the initiated devotees of the family may light a continuous lamp of desi ghee at home for four or seven days and do jaap of Brahm Gayatri mantra four times in a day and may offer three or one time of jaap to the deceased person who has departed to Satlok. As considered appropriate, they may donate the fruit of upto one, two, or three jaap of mantras to him/her. You have to continue lighting lamp and doing Aarti, sumiran of naam etc like everyday, bearing this in mind that -

Kabir, saathi hamaare chale gaye, hum bhi chaalan haar |
          koye kaagaj mein baaki rah rahi, taate laag rahi vaar ||
Kabir, deh padi to kya hua, jhootha sabhi pateet |
          pakshi udya aakaash koon, chalta kar gaya beet || 

11. It is prohibited to do worship against the scriptures on the birth of a child

On birth of a child, do not have to celebrate any chhati (sixth day after birth) etc. Because of 'Sutak' ( State of ritual impurity existing in one’s household after the birth of a child) the daily worship, bhakti, aarti (prayer), lighting lamp etc have not to be stopped. In this context, let me tell you a short story. A person got a child after ten years of his marriage. In the happiness of having a son he celebrated a lot. Invited twenty - twety-five villages for food and there was a lot of singing and dancing. In other words, he spent a lot of money. Then after a year that son passed away. Then that same family cried like hell, and blamed their misfortune. Therefore God Kabir tells us that -

Kabir, beta jaaya khushi hui, bahut bajaaye thaal |
          aana jaana lag raha, jyon keedi ka naal ||
Kabir, patjhad aavat dekh kar, ban rovae man maahi |
          oonchi daali paat the, ab peele ho ho jaahin ||
Kabir, paat jhadanta yoon kahae, sun bhai taruvar raay |
          ab ke bichhude nahin mila, na jaane kahaan girenge jaay ||
Kabir, taruvar kehta paat se, suno paat ik baat |
          yahaan ki yaahe reeti hai, ek aavat ek jaat || 

12. Going to place of pilgrimage of a favoured deity to get child's head tonsured prohibited

Do not have to go to any place of pilgrimage for getting the child's head shaved off. When you see that the hair have grown, get them cut and throw them away. Saw in a temple that reverential devotees came to get their son's or daughter's head shaven off. The barber over there asked for three times more money than outside, and cutting a scissor full of hair gave them to the parents. They offered them with faith in the temple. The priest put them in a bag. At night, he threw them away in a distant solitary place. All this is just a drama. Why not get head shaven off in a normal manner as before and dispose them outside. God becomes pleased with naam, not by hypocrisy.

13. Happiness from initiation

Naam (updesh/initiation) should not be taken only with a viewpoint to remove sorrows, rather should be taken for self-welfare. Then with sumiran1 all the joys come automatically.

Kabir, sumiran se sukh hot hai, sumiran se duHkh jaay |
Kahaen Kabir sumiran kiye, Saain maahin samaay ||

14. Adultery is prohibited

One should look upon other women as mother - daughter - sister. Adultery is a heinous sin. Like -

Garib, par dwaara stri ka kholae |
          sattar janm andha ho dolae || 
Surapaan Madhya maasahaari |
          gavan karein bhogain par naari ||
Sattar janm katat hain sheeshaM |
          saakshi Sahib hai jagdeeshaM ||
Par naari na parsiyo, mano vachan humaar |
          Bhavan chaturdash taas sir, triloki ka bhaar |
Par naari na parsiyo, suno shabd saltant |
          Dharmrai ke khambh se, ardhmukhi latkant ||

15. To criticize and hear criticism is prohibited

Do not criticize your Guru even by mistake, nor hear it. To hear means if someone says false things about your Guru Ji, then you do not have to fight, rather should think that he is speaking without thinking i.e. is telling a lie.

Guru ki ninda sunae jo kaana |
          taako nishchay narak nidaana ||
Apne mukh ninda jo karheen |
          shukar shwaan garbh mein parheen ||

Do not have to criticize anyone, and do not even have to listen to it. Even if it is about a common man. God Kabir states that -

Tinka kabahu na nindiye, jo paanv tale ho |
Kabahu uth aakhin pade, peer ghaneri ho ||

16. The magnificence of a visit to the Guru

Whenever you get time, try to come to satsang and do not come to satsang to put on airs (pride-superiority). Rather come considering yourself ill. Like, an ill person, no matter how wealthy he is, or whatever high designation he has, when he goes to a hospital, at that time his only aim is to become free from the illness. Wherever the doctor says him to lie down, he lies down, wherever the doctor says to sit down, he sits, when directed to go out, goes out. Then when he is called to come in, comes in quietly. If you come in satsang (spiritual discourse) just like this, then you will get the benefit of coming in the satsang; otherwise it is fruitless. In satsang, wherever you get to sit, sit down, whatever you get to eat, considering it as prasaad (gift/blessing) by grace of God Kabir, eat it and remain happy.

Kabir, sant Milan koon chaaliye, taj maaya abhimaan |
          jo-jo kadam aage rakhe, vo hi yagya samaan ||
Kabir, sant milan koon jaaiye, din mein kai-kai baar |
          aasoj ke meh jyon, ghanaa kare upkaar ||
Kabir, darshan saadhu ka, Parmatma aavae yaad |
          lekhe mein vohe ghadi, baaki ke din baad ||
Kabir, darshan saadu ka, mukh par basae suhaag |
          darsh unheen ko hot hain, jinke pooran bhaag || 

17. The grandeur of Guru

If an Akhand Paath ( A non-stop reading of a Holy Book) or spiritual discourse is going on somewhere or one has just gone to visit guruji, then first of all, one should (do dandwat pranaam) prostrate in reverence before Guruji, and should later bow before Sat Granth Sahib and the pictures like the idol of God Kabir, the idol of Saint Garibdas Ji and Swami Ramdevanand Ji and of Guru Ji, by which only the devotion is maintained. Do not have to worship the idol. To only bow respectfully before a picture does not come in worship. It only helps in maintaining the devotion of a devotee. Pooja (worship) has to be done only of the living Guru and naam mantra who will convey one across (liberate).

Kabir, Guru Govind dou khade, kaake laagun pay |
          Balihaari Guru aapne, jin Govind diyo milaay ||
Kabir, Guru bade hain Govind se, man mein dekh vichaar |
          Hari sumre so rah gaye, guru bhaje hoy paar ||
Kabir, Hari ke roothtaan, Guru ki sharan mein jaay |
          Kabir Guru jae roothjaan, Hari nahin hot sahaay ||
Kabir, saat samundr ki masi karoon, lekhni karun baniraay |
          Dharti ka kaagaj karoon, to Guru gun likha na jaay || 

18. Consumption of meat prohibited

Do not have to eat egg, meat or kill any living being. It is a heinous sin. Like, Lord Kabir and Garibdas Ji Maharaj have explained -

Kabir, jeev hane hinsa kare, prakat paap sir hoye |
          Nigam puni aise paap tein, bhist gaya nahin koye ||1||
Kabir, til bhar machhli khaayke, koti gau de daan |
          Kaashi karaunt le mare, to bhi narak nidaan ||2||
Kabir, bakri paati khaat hai, taaki kaadhi khaal |
          Jo bakri ko khaat hai, tinka kaun hawaal ||3||
Kabir, gala kaati kalma bhare, kiya kahae halaal |
          Sahib lekha maangsi, tab hosi kaun hawaal ||4||
Kabir, dinko roja rahat hain, raat hanat hain gay |
          Yeh khoon vah bandagi, kahun kyon khushi khudaay ||5||
Kabir, kabira teii peer hain, jo jaanae par peer |
          Jo par peer na jaani hai, so kaafir bepeer ||6||
Kabir, khoob khaana hai kheechdi, maanhi pari tuk laun |
          Maans paraaya khaaykae, gala kataavae kaun ||7||
Kabir, musalmaan maaraen karadso, hindu maaraen tarvaar |
          Kahae Kabir donu mili, jaehaen Yamke dwaar ||8||
Kabir, maans ahaari maanav, prtayaksh rakshas jaani |
          Taaki sangat mati karae, hoi bhakti mein haani ||9||
Kabir, maans khaay te ded sab, mad peevaen so neech |
          Kulki durmati par harae, Ram kahae so oonch ||10||
Kabir, maans machhliya khaat hain, surapaan se het |
          Te nar narkae jaahinge, mata pita samet ||11||

Garib, jeev hinsa jo karte hain, ya aage kya paap |
          Kantak juni jihaan mein, sinh bhediya aur saanp ||
Jhote bakre murge taai, lekha sab hi let gusaain |
          Mrig mor maare mahmanta |achra char hain jeev ananta ||
          Jihva swaad hite praana |neema naash gaya hum jaana ||
          Teetar lava buteri chidiya |khooni maare bade agadiya ||
          Adle badle lekhe lekha |samajh dekh sun gyaan viveka || 

Garib, shabd humaara maaniyo, aur sunte ho nar naari |
          Jeev daya bin kufar hai, chale jamaana haari || 

An unintentional violence directed against living creatures is not sinful. God Kabir states: -

Ichchha kar maarae nahin, bin ichchha mar jaay |
Kahain Kabir taas ka, paap nahin lagaay ||

19. Contact with a traitor of Guru prohibited

If a devotee is hostile towards (turns away from) Guruji, then he incurs heinous sin. If someone does not like the path, he can change his guru. If he becomes hostile towards the former Guru or criticizes him, then he is known as the traitor of Guru. If a disciple holds bhaktidiscussion with such a person, then he is at fault. His bhakti finishes.

Garib, guru drohi ki paed par, je pag aavae beer |
          chauraasi nishchay padae, Satguru kahaen Kabir ||
Kabir, jaan bujh saachi tajai, karae jhoothe se neh |
          jaaki sangat he prabhu, swapan mein bhi na deh ||

In other words, a person, who goes to a traitor of a Guru, will become devoid of bhakti and will go to hell and in 84 lakh birth of various living beings.

20. Gambling prohibited

One should never gamble or play cards.

Kabir, maans bhakhae aur mad piye, dhan vaishya so khaay |
          Jua kheli chori karae, ant samoola jaay || 

21. Singing and Dancing - Prohibited

It is against the belief of devotion to dance and sing vulgar songs on any kind of happy occasion. Like, once a widow sister had gone to a relative's house on some happy occasion. All were dancing and singing with joy, but that sister was sitting in a corner and was engrossed in the thoughts of God. Then her relatives asked her that why are you sitting so disappointed? You may also dance and sing like us and make merry. On this that sister said that what should I celebrate for? I had only one son and he has also passed away. Now what happiness is there for me? Similar is the state of every person in this lok of Kaal. Here, there is a speech of Guru Nanak Dev Ji that -

Na jaane Kaal ki kar daarae, kis vidhi dhal paasa ve | Jinhaade sir te maut khudagdi, unhaanu keda haansa ve || Saadh milein saadi shaadi (khushi) hondi, bichhad da dil giri (duHkh) ve | Akhde Nanak suno jihaana, mushkil haal fakiri ve || 

God Kabir Ji also says that — Kabir, jhoothe sukh ko sukh kahae, maan raha man mod | Sakal chabina Kaal ka, kuchh mukh mein kuchh god || Kabir, beta jaaya khushi hui, bahut bajaaye thaal | Aavan jaana lag raha, jyon keedi ka naal || 

22. Practicing untouchability prohibited

We all are children of the same God. When God hasn't discriminated between men and women of different cast and creed, then why should we?

23. Giving and accepting Dowry prohibited

Accepting or giving dowry is a social evil and is a cause of unrest among humans. For a disciple, it is prohibited to give or accept dowry. What else is left when a person has already given his daughter, the core of his heart.

Important: Women and men both have the right to attain God. Women even during their monthly periods (menses) should not stop their daily worship and lighting lamp etc. Nor have to stop the daily worship on anyone's death or birth.

Note: A devotee who will not follow these twenty-one formulated orders, his naam (mantra) will finish. If someone commits any mistake unknowingly, it is forgiven, and if has knowingly committed it, then that devotee becomes devoid of naam. Its only solution is that, ask for forgiveness from Gurudev Ji and again receive naamupdesh (initiation).