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HAPPY KABIR JAYANTI 2015
Satguru Kabir Saheb Ji incarnated Himself in the guise of a human being on the full moon day of Jyeshat
Sudhi (a great day falling May/June) in the year 1398 at Lahartara Talaab (a pond) in Kashi. At Lahartara
Talaab, a bright white light from the sky appeared on a lotus flower and emerged as a baby boy. During that
moment Ashtanand Ji (Student of Swami Ramanand Ji) was meditating nearby Lahartara Talaab. He saw the
incarnation happening, and was surprised by such an extraordinary miracle.
My beloved brothers and sisters in the name of Sat Guru Kabir Sahed, salutations and greetings to you, as we
celebrate the most auspicious occasion of Kabir Jayanti- the anniversary of the advent of Sat Guru Kabir
Saheb to our world. We of the Kabir Panth faith of Trinidad and Tobago will be engaged in celebrating this
auspicious occasion through "Satsangs", "Chowka" and "Aartee" ceremonies throughout the country. As the
"Dharmacharya"- Spiritual Head of the Kabir Panth Association of Trinidad and Tobago, I take this
opportunity to address you on the following teachings of Satguru Kabir Saheb as found in the following
"Saakhee"- or couplet:
Among the many forms of worship, Sat Guru Kabir named of a few in the above "Saakhee". As he says, that
as long there is breath in one's body, one should practice the recollection of the Name or The Word, "Aartee"
and" Bhajan" at Sandhya time. Sandhya means at the time of sunrise and sunset.
Sumiran is the recollection of the Name of God, the Word of God or the Instructions of God. In the Kabir
Krishna Geeta, Kabir says, "Sumiro Satya Naam Guru Naam" which means, perform Naam Sumiran by
chanting Satya Naam, Guru Naam or Satya Kabir". We can do such by jaap or by reciting "Satya Naam, Satya
Kabeer, Satya Naam, Satya Kabir....". Thereafter one can recite a short prayer --e.g Satyanaam, Satya Kabir
Aaye Namah, Aapko Darshan Mohi Deejay Aapa Ka Sharana May Humko Leejay" It means, Oh Satya Kabir
please! grant me your darshan or blessings and take me in your protection.
There are many names of God, e.g. Aadi Naam, Ajar Naam, Amee Naam, Sat Sukrit as well as Pooran Brahm.
Aadi Naam - The Primordial Name. Ajar Naam- The Name that is everlasting. Apart from Naam Sumiran we
have Shabd Sumiran, which is the recollection of the WORD- the Word that is preached and should be
remembered. Sometimes the Word is given through "Saakhees" or couplets and Bhajans for example- the
words is given in the following in the form of a saakhee
Kabir Saheb emphasizes in this couplet, the importance of truth. There is no worship which is greater than
truth, there is no sin greater than falsehood. In whose heart truth is enshrined, there to God shall reside.
The term "Aartee" means a form of worship which involves the circulation of the light in a clockwise
direction over the face of some Deity or the body of the Deity. This involves the Naam Sumiran as well as the
instructions as mentioned in the Sumiran. In order to make this light sacred, we must recite the "Shabd"
In the Kabir Panth faith we prepare the "Aartee" (saajay ) by placing a "paan" leaf onto a "Thaaree" or brass
plate. A deeya is fitted with a wick (Cotton) in oil or ghee which is then placed on top of the "paan" leaf.
Some flowers are then scattered around the "deeya". At this time, the Sumiran is recited and the deeya is lit.
Sometimes camphor can replace oil or ghee and wick. We usually use the camphor as a fuel to perform
"Aartee" when blessing food or a new vehicle. During our "Jhanda" or flag ceremony, camphor is placed on
a "paan" leaf which forms the "Aartee" to bless the hole in which the flag will be placed.
To begin our "Chowka" ceremony we perform "Aartee" over the Satguru, personified by the Kadihaar or the
officiating Mahant and other Mahants. We are required to perform "Aartee" upon the four (4) Guru's as
symbolized on the "Chowk" or Alta as follows- Guru Bankej Ji in the form of the Kalsa (east of the Chowk),
Guru Chaturbhujh Swami in the form of the Amidal (south side of the Chowk), Guru Sahetej Ji in the form
of the Sila (west of the Chowk) ( and Dharamdaas in the form of the Jyote (north side of the Chowk). The
fifth guru is the Satguru which is represented by the- "Beera Prasad".
In the final "Aartee" of the Chowka ceremony, devotees are required to perform "Aartee" over the four gurus
on the Chowk as well as three times to the sky or just below the "Chandani" or canopy to remove all burdens
of our karma.
Finally the host of the "Chowka performs "Aartee" over the four gurus as symbolized in the Chowk, with the
Jyote "Thaaree". During this time we seek forgiveness for any wrong doings that was done in the ceremony.
So important is the use of the "Aartee".
This "Aartee Bhanjan" indicates to us that whenever "Aartee" is performed at the home of any devotee, many
burdens of their sins are erased.
The name "Bhajan" comes from the root- "Bhaj", which means recollection. This involves the poetic
composition which is then put into tunes and beats to produce what we call a "Bhajan". We have "Taksaar
Bhajans" that deals with worship, as well as "Chetavani Bhajans" which are also called instructional Bhajans.
Sandhya Sumiran can be either of the two types.
During Sandhya, whether at sunrise or sunset both types of "Bhajans" may be used according to the time and
of course personal preferences of the devotees. In the areas of "Sumiran" and "Aartee", "Bhajans" are
involved. Some of the bhajans that we have may include-
The above "Bhajan" is considered both a "Taksaar" or "Chetavani" Bhajan.
Grant me Thy Vision O Gurudev, Bestower of Naam, for without Thee my body will certainly suffer.
I do not feel hungry and sleep does not come. Over and over again longing overcomes me. Home and
surroundings appeal to me no more. There is so much longing, my body cannot stand it any longer. The tears
stream down from my eyes. Night and day I keep looking in your direction. In the same way as the snake is
helpless without its Jewel, The same condition is mine without Thee. Just as the cuckoo hopes for the Swaati,
In the same way, I am dying of thirst for You. As the fish suffers without water, So too, without You, my
body is suffering. O Sahib (Master), You alone have compassion on the fallen and meek. Why have you now
O Saints! The simple union with God is best. Ever since I met my Lord, the sport of our Love has been ever
flowing. Wherever I go and whatever I do, it becomes His worship. The rising and setting become one. All
contradictions are resolved. Evil tendencies of the mind are removed by the music of the Celestial Melody.
Waking or sleeping, Standing or sitting, I hear the rhythm of His Music. Now, with open eyes and attentive
ears, I behold His beautiful form everywhere and here the Celestial Music. Kabir says "This is the simple
way of life and self-realisation. The Lord is beyond Pleasure and Sorrow. .He is the Source of permanent
Peace and Bliss."
O Mind, recite the Name, 'Satnaam' - the giver of happiness. What will be the use of all your skilful efforts if
you should lose this opportunity without devotion to the Lord. Kabir says, if you do not wake up now - even
today - you will have to go back again into the cycle of birth, life and death, taking your birth among the hogs
and dogs and brother, your sorrows will increase.
Let us celebrate with the above recollections and the many others in our scriptures. May you have the
Darshan of Sat Guru Kabir Saheb. May his choicest blessings be yours on the auspicious occasion.-
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