Kabir - Myths, Misconceptions & Mystery

Kabir - Myths, Misconceptions & Mystery

Myth (Greek "Muthos") basically represents stuff which is meaningless, an imaginative story or an irrational creation of a crooked mind.

(On a side note, its derivative is the word "Mythology" which in its true sense can't be applied to "Hinduism" as none of the concepts, events and epics in Hinduism are a myth. Being  a very old religion or way of live, the fact that these events occurred eons ago make some think that these are mythological fables or legends. However this assumption is a farce and misleading.)

This writeup particularly is about Kabir, a Supreme Saint who appeared in 1398 C.E. and dispels some myths around the Great Saint. 

Myth: Kabir was born to a widowed brahmin lady 

The above statement is a myth, a lie about Kabir. The fact is that Kabir descended on this earth in 1398 C.E. as an infant in Lahar Tara Pond in Varanasi on to a lotus flower. Kabir did not take birth. He rather appeared on this earth at his own will, to perform a divine play and propagate his knowledge which unfolded during the entirety of his lifespan on this earth spanning 120 years. 

Kabir as an infant was found by a childless couple named Niru and Nima in the Lahar Tara pond when they had gone there to take a bath. 

Myth: Kabir was a Muslim

Kabir had no religion. He was beyond any religion, caste or creed. However Niru and Nima, the childless couple who found and raised Kabir, were muslims. Prior to being forced in to islam, Niru and Nima were Brahmin / Pandits (hinduism) who were forcefully turned muslims due to prevailing circumstances at the time. Niru previously was known as 'Gauri Shankar' and Nima was known as 'Saraswati'. They were ardent devotees of Lord Shiv. Despite being forced in to Islam, they still had their allegiance to Lord Shiv. 

Kabir however was beyond Hindu and Muslim. He wrote numerous speech which is famous as Kabir poetry but in reality, He gave his secret, though surreptitiously. In one of the speeches Kabir wrote:

हिन्दू तुरक के बीच में मेरा नाम कबीर (Hindu turk ke beech mein mera naam Kabir)
जीव मुक्तवन कारने अबिकत धरा सरीर। (Jeev muktaavan kaarney avigat dhara sharir)

Kabir here describes himself to be present between the two major religions (Hinduism and Islam) at the time prevalent in Indian subcontinent where he says that I have acquired this body to liberate the souls.

Kabir indeed was Supreme God who appeared as a Saint, which meant he was above the shackles of religion, caste etc..

Myth: Kabir was merely a Bhagat (devotee) or Das (servant)

Kabir is generally known or addressed as Kabir Das. This is true as Kabir played a role of a perfect "Das". He showed to the world, the true attributes of a 'Das', what a das should be like, what should be his behaviour, mannerism and attitude. It is only with "Das Bhaav" (the attitude of humble submission) that a devotee can achieve the Supreme God. This was also one of the messages of Kabir.

Sikhs particularly refer to him as a "Bhagat". This is simply due to their ignorance. It can't be said to be their fault alone, as their 5th Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji could not even realise the grandeur of Kabir and assigned him to the category of devotees (bhagats). This was also the will of God Kabir to keep this fact (that Kabir is Supreme God) as a secret  until the right time. That is how it has propagated down generations and got ingrained into the minds of the sikhs in particular, and they continue to refer to Kabir as a Bhagat (Devotee). In true sense, only the Supreme Lord can play the role of a "Perfect Bhagat" too. And that is what also Kabir came to be known as, "a Perfect Bhagat / devotee". 

The bottom line is that Kabir is Supreme God. It is this same Kabir who appeared in Varanasi in 1398 and led the life of a weaver and came to be known as a "Weaver Saint". It is this same Kabir who is mentioned in the Vedas as "Kavir Dev".

Kabir Sahib once in conversation with Gorakh Nath uttered the following lines which are self explanatory.

अवधु अविगत से चल आया, कोई मेरा भेद मर्म नहीं पाया।।टेक।।
ना मेरा जन्म न गर्भ बसेरा, बालक ह्नै दिखलाया।
काशी नगर जल कमल पर डेरा, तहाँ जुलाहे ने पाया।।
माता-पिता मेरे कछु नहीं, ना मेरे घर दासी।
जुलहा को सुत आन कहाया, जगत करे मेरी हांसी।।
पांच तत्व का धड़ नहीं मेरा, जानूं ज्ञान अपारा।
सत्य स्वरूपी नाम साहिब का, सो है नाम हमारा।।
अधर दीप (सतलोक) गगन गुफा में, तहां निज वस्तु सारा।
ज्योति स्वरूपी अलख निरंजन (ब्रह्म) भी, धरता ध्यान हमारा।।
हाड चाम लोहू नहीं मोरे, जाने सत्यनाम उपासी।
तारन तरन अभै पद दाता, मैं हूं कबीर अविनासी।।

Kabir Sahib also said

जो बूझे सोए बावरा, क्या है उमर हमारी।
असंखो युग प्रलय गई, मैं तब का ब्रहमचारी।
कोटी निरंजन हो गए परलोक सिधारी।
हम तो सदा महबूब हैं, स्वयं ब्रहमचारी।
अरबो तो ब्रह्मा गए, 49 कोटी कन्हैया।
7 कोटी शंभू गए, मोर एक नहीं पलैया।

Misconception: Kabir was a Ram Bhagat (devotee of Shri Ram Chander ji)

One encounters the word "Ram" numerous times in Kabir speech (Kabir Vani). God Kabir however clarifies in his own speech the various designations of this word "Ram".

एक राम दशरथ का बेटा , एक राम घट-घट में बैठा
एक राम का सकल पसारा , एक राम सबहूँ से न्यारा

God Kabir says that Ram was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took birth as a son of King Dashrath. However the Supreme "Ram" is someone else and separate to Ram Chander Ji.

Here God Kabir has clarified that the word "Ram" is a power-denoting word. It is also a name by which the Supreme Lord is addressed. So whenever Kabir speech uses the word "Ram" contextually, it is attributed to the glory or singing praise of the Supreme God.

"Ram Naam" is an entirely different entity to "Ram Chander Ji"

Whenever Kabir Ji refers to "Ram Naam", He is referring to either the "naam mantra" of the Supreme God / Lord or singing his glory. A similar context appears in Shri Guru Granth Sahib where people mistake the word "Ram" for Ram Chander ji of Ayodhya, whereas that is certainly not the case. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was also a disciple of Kabir and henceforth the word "Ram" appears in his speech numerous times and is attributed to the Supreme Lord. 

Myth: Kabir had a wife named Loi / Loee

Kabir Sahib did not acquire a wife during his tenure on this earth. So it is total lie that God Kabir had a wife named Loi / Loee. Kabir Sahib has used the word Loi / Loee in His poetry numerous times. Depending upon the context, the word Loi / Loee has been attributed to a 'Woman' in general or even general public / world. 

God Kabir did have two children named 'Kamaal' and 'Kamaali'. These two were adopted children whom he had brought to life. The first one Kamaal was a dead boy whose body was afloat in a river when God Kabir resurrected it in front of Sikander Lodhi (the king of Delhi). The second was a girl named Kamaali who was the daughter of a pir named Sheikh Taqi (religious guru of Sikander Lodhi) whose body was exhumed and brought to life by God Kabir. The girl refused to live with Sheikh Taqi and chose to live with God Kabir and He kept her with him as his daughter.

Mystery: Kabir did not leave his body of 5 elements at the time of death. Only flowers were found instead of a dead body.

This was a true miracle indeed. When Kabir departed from earth, he went along with his body. He did not leave a body on this earth. Rather he left scented flowers shaped like a body under a sheet. When his devotees lifted the sheet, they found flowers. Through an ether voice Kabir communicated to them that he was going back to his eternal place "Satlok". People call it a legend but this account is only 600 years old and is true, and only Supreme God is capable of doing so.

पानी से पैदा नहीं, श्वासा नहीं शरीर। (Pani se paida nahin, shwaasa nahin shareer)
चार दाग आता नहीं, वा का नाम कबीर। (Char daag aata nahin, wa ka naam Kabir)

God Kabir did not take birth as a result of a union of sperm and egg. Likewise He is devoid of the "Char Daag" (the four ways in which a dead body is cremated either by putting on a pyre, or burying under the earth, or left afloat in a river or left in the open for scavengers to consume). Kabir is devoid of all these.

The reality is that Kabir did not take birth from a womb and did not die like any human would. He appeared on this earth and then disappeared along with his body. He did not leave a body behind. These qualities are attributed to Supreme God only. 

On this Sant Garib Das Ji has said,

अनंत कोटी ब्रहम्ण्ड में बंदीछोड़ कहाए (Anant koti brahmand mein bandichhor kaha-aye)
सो तो पुरुष कबीर हैं, जननी जने नां माँये (So to Purush Kabir hain, Jan-ni janey na maa-aye)

Kabir did not take birth from a mother and came to be known as a liberator in the uncountable universes. 

The little known Fact thus proven is that Kabir is Supreme God. This has been supported by Vedas, Gita, Quran Sharif and Bible


FAQs about "Kabir - Myths, Misconceptions & Mystery"

Q.1 Who was Kabir and where was he born?

Kabir Sahib is Almighty who is self-proclaimed. He is not born. He appeared in Varanasi's Lahar Tara Pond in 1398 C.E. He was found by Niru and Nima, a childless Muslim couple. There is a myth regarding him that he was born to a widowed Brahmin lady. Reality is as mentioned in holy scriptures that Kabir Saheb does not take birth from a mother’s womb

Q.2 Who is Kabir in Indian mythology?

In Indian mythology, Kabir Saheb Ji is revered as the creator and sustainer of the entire world, regarded as the Almighty God and Lord of the Lords.

Q. 3 What did Kabir want?

Kabir Saheb Ji manifested on earth to impart genuine spiritual knowledge and guide devotees on the correct path of worship. His primary objective was to liberate souls from the grasp of Kaal Satan, freeing every being from the cycle of birth and death.

Q.4 Where is Kabir born?

Kabir Saheb Ji manifested in 1398 C.E. on a lotus in Lahar Tara Pond in Varanasi. His appearance did not follow conventional birth but exhibited the characteristics of Almighty God as outlined in the Holy Vedas.

Q.5 Did Kabir Das marry?

Kabir Saheb Ji did not marry. In his poetry, the term "Loi/Loee" refers to women or the public, not his spouse. He adopted two children, Kamaal and Kamali 600 years ago when He descended in Kashi. He revived both. Holy scriptures prove that Almighty Kabir does not bear a woman ie. He does not marry. No one is His wife, mother, father, children in particular rather all living beings belong to him whom he created in eternal abode by His word power.

Q.6 When was Kabir born and died?

Kabir Saheb Ji did not undergo a conventional birth and death. He didn't take birth from mother's womb, rather he appeared on lotus flower in Lahar Tara Pond in Varanasi. He didn't take birth conventionally but manifested as an infant. He departed with his body, leaving no physical remains. Instead, scented flowers resembling a body were found under a sheet. This mystical birth and departure aligns with attributes only attributable to the Supreme God as mentioned in Holy Vedas. He communicated through an ethereal voice, revealing his return to "Satlok," his eternal abode, demonstrating his divine nature.

Q.7 What happened after Kabir died?

Following Kabir Saheb Ji's departure, both Hindu and Muslim communities realized their misunderstanding about his divine nature. They expressed sorrow, embracing each other in realization.

Q.8 Why is Kabir remembered even today?

Kabir Saheb Ji's enduring legacy persists due to the timeless and immortal spiritual message he imparted during his appearance in Kashi about 600 years ago, He is the Almighty God who graced the earth with his presence.


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Shivam Kumar

Well, until now, about 70% of people believed these myths to be true, and I, too, was once among them. However, after reading this article, my doubts have been cleared. Now, I understand that Kabir Ji is a god who came here and provided true spiritual knowledge about 120 years ago. Unfortunately, nobody accepts this fact, and few follow his path. Can I break free from these beliefs?

Satlok Ashram

Thank you for your positive feedback! Yes, you are right. Kabir Ji is God, and he always appears in every Yuga, imparting knowledge in the forms of 'Shabd,' 'Dohas,' and 'Chaupai.' Due to a lack of true spiritual knowledge, we often fail to understand. Today, we are well-educated, and Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj has provided genuine spiritual knowledge based on all religious scriptures. We urge the human community to understand this knowledge and engage in the devotion of God Kabir. For more information, you can read the 'Gyan Ganga' book for free, written by Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj.


Wow, what an irony! Until now, we were all living in illusion, surrounded by rumors about Kabir Ji. After reading this article, I've broken free from the box, and now I aim to learn more about God Kabir.

Satlok Ashram

Thank you, dear reader for your feedback. Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj has provided true spiritual knowledge based on all religious scriptures. Through this, he has demonstrated that God is Kabir, the only one who can free us from the web of Kaal. You can listen to the Satsang of Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj and take shelter with him.