Saturday, October 01, 2016
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Hindus & Moslems

1. (A Muslim) dwells on the Prophet's way;
But, without Wisdom, how shall he know the end?
Let thy bowings be of Faith and Knowledge of mind thy object of (study)
And, then thou See-est the Presence of thy Lord where soever thou
See-est. (Shloka, M. 1)

2. Thou sayest thy prayers five times, giving them five names.
Let Truth be thy first, Honest living the second; and the good of all, thy third;
Let the fourth prayer be the honest mind and the fifth the Praise of the Lord;
Let the fourth prayer be the honest mind and the fifth the Praise of the Lord.
Say thou, pray, the Prayer of Deeds, and be thou thus a (True) Muslim;
Any other prayer is false and, false is their value. (Majh Var, M. 1)

3. Hard it is to call oneself a Muslim; If one has these (Attributes) then alone
is he one: first, let the faith in Allah seem sweet to him.
And then with this as scraper, let him scrub his inside clean of Ego.
And, with faith in the leader of his faith, let him break the Illusion of life and death.
And submit to the Will of Allah, and, Believing in his Eternal Creator,
he should lose his self.
And, Nanak, if he is merciful to all creatures, truly he is acclaimed as 
a (true) Muslim. (Ibid)

4. He, to whom the two ways are revealed as one, is Blessed;
(But) he, who believes not (in it), burns in his own inner fire. (Ibid)

5. Wherefrom have the Hindus come? Wherefrom the Muslims?
Who is it that created the (two) paths?
O, man of evil intent, reflect on this in yur mind;
Who, pray, is the Creator of heaven and hell?
O Qazi, which is the book that you've read,
For, they who read and reflect like you are wasted away.
As they know not the essence.
Circumcision is made for love of the woman, so I shall not be convinced  (of its use).
For, if the Lord so Wills that I be born a Muslim,
I shall be circumcised by God Himself.
If circumcision alone makes one a Muslim, what is to be done to a woman?
For, she is our other half, and she leaves us not, so why not remain a 
Hindu?

Give up your book and dwell on the Lord, and oppress not life.
Kabir has taken to his only Lord, but the Muslims (like you) are
frustrated by their fruitless strife. (Asa Kabir)

6. The Hindu is blind; the Muslim is one-eyed,
The wise, all-seeing, is (only) the one Wise in God.
The Hindu worships at the temple, the Muslim at the mosque,
But Namdeva worships the God, who has no temple, and no mosque, to
call His own. (Rag Gond Bilawal, Namdev)

7. Some call Thee Ram, others Khuda.
Some Serve Thee as Gosain, other as Allah. (1)
But, O Beneficent Lord, Thou art the only Doer and the Cause.
So Bless me Thou with Thy Mercy, O Compassionate One. (1-Pause)
Some go to the (Hindu) holy places, others go to perform Hajj,
Some offer Thee oblations, others bow down before Thee.
Some read the Vedas, others the semitic Texts,
Some are robed in white, others in blue.
Some are called Turks, others are termed Hindus,
Some seek the (Hindu) Heaven, others the (Muslim) Paradise. (4)
Says Nanak: "He, who realises the Will of the Lord.
He (alone) knows the Mystery of the One, All-powerful God." (Ramkali M. 5)


8. Now that the turn of the Sheikhs has come, the Primal
Lord is called Allah;
And the (Hindu) gods and temples have been taxed; such is now the way!
The ablution pot, the prayer-mat, the call to prayer, have all assumed
the Muslim garb: even God is now robed in blue.
And men have changed their tongue and the Muslim way of greetings prevails.
O King, the Master of the earth, if Thou canst do all this, what power
have I (to challenge Thee) ?
For, the four corners (of the earth) greet Thee, and every home rings
with Thy Praise.
(Basant, M. 1)

9. If thy God lives only in the mosque, to whom else belongs the rest of the
world?
The Hindu finds the God's All-pervading Essence in the image; so both
Know not the quintessence.
O Allah, O Ram, I live by Thy Name,
O Master, be Thou Merciful to me?
The Hndus see their God in the south, the Muslims in the west;
But search thy God only in the heart, for, thy heart is the Seat of God.
The Brahmin fasts (yearly) for twenty four days, once
every Ekadasi, the Qazi in the month of Ramzan;
Lo, they keep out God for eleven parts, and find the
treasure of Bliss only in a single month !
Why bathe in Orissa, why bow low in the mosque?
If one has Guile in the heart, then, what use is one's
going out for a Hajj, or saying the prayers five times in a day ? (4)
O God, all men and women that one sees are but thy Manifestations,
And I am thy child, and all Gurus and all Prophets are mine.
Says Kabir, "Hear ye men and women, seek only the refuge of the One God.
And utter only the Lord's Name that ye are ferried across." (Kabir)

10. O Mullah, say thou, if this is the justice of thy God;
Nay, nay, only thou art rid not of the complex of the mind.
Thou seizest life and killest the 'dust' of its body and callest it pure food:
But, the undying, pure Soul, Mergeth in God: then dost partake of
the pure, or the impure part of it?
What use is it to purify thyself through ablutions,
And to bow down to thy God in the mosque.
When thy heart is impure; and while thou sayest the five prayers, these
avail, thee not, nay, not even thy pilgrimage to the Kaaba.
Thou art Impure from within, and knowest not the mystery of the Pure,
Immaculate God.
Says Kabir "Thiswise thou hast missed entry into thy Lord's heaven,
for, thy mind is pleased with Hell." (Prabhati Kabir)

11. O Mullah, why standest thou on a minaret; thy God is not deaf;
Pray, See thou Him within, for whose sake thou criest out thy prayers so loud !
Why, O Sheikh, goest thou to the Kaaba, without patience in the heart:
For, he, who has not a whole heart, how would he attain to his God? 
(Shlokas of Kabir)

12. I was going as a pilgrim to the Kaaba, and on the way I met my God unawares,
And he quarelled with me saying: who told you I was (only) there?
13. I went time and again to the Kaaba to become a Haaji,
But tell me, O God, what's wrong with me that Thou Spoke not to me? 
(Shloka of Kabir)

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