Photographer:Stella | Moghan
19 Mar / 2012Program by:
Featured: MoghanLanguage: English

Mystic Kabir

Auroville will be richer from this year on also for the first sacred music festival – Kabir, which will happen on 6th, 7th and 8th of April. Moghan, one of the Auroville Performing Arts Group member, and one of the organizers talks with us on the festival itself and shortly about Kabir, a mystic poet, who was beyond any religion but had a beautiful mystic experience being one with the Divine. The poetry and music itself is very touchy, simple and speaks directly to the heart. It is joyful as the meeting with the spirit of Divine should be.

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees,
and it never winds down.

Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;
ages go by, and it goes on.

Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.
Kabir – Mystic Philosopher/Kabir ranks among the world’s greatest poets. In India, he is perhaps the most quoted author, with the exception of Tulsidas. Kabir has criticized perhaps all existing sects in India, still he is mentioned with respect by even orthodox authors. His “ramaini” “shabda” “sakhi” (sections of his “Bijak”) are accepted by Hindus and Turks alike. He spoke without discrimination for the good of all. He lived perhaps during 1398-1448. He is thought to have lived longer than 100 years. He had enormous influence on Indian philosophy and on Hindi poetry.

His birth and death are surrounded by legends. He grew up in a Muslim weaver family, but some say he was really son of a Brahmin widow who was adopted by a childless couple. When he died, his Hindu and Muslim followers started fighting about the last rites. The legend is that when they lifted the cloth covering his body, they found flowers instead. The Muslim followers buried their half and the Hindu cremated thier half. In Maghar, his tomb and samadhi still stand side by side.