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Bijak of Kabir Hardcover – December, 1990
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I will start again . . . in his autobiography, Yogananda mentions certain saints with a nimbus or golden halo of light and says that signifies their advanced state of purity and authority over the world of birth and death, the material experience. He includes Kabir with, I think, Lahiri Mahasaya, Jesus, Babaji Nagaraj, Krishna, Shiva, and Yukteswar in this, by a mention or implication.
What it means to have that gold nimbus and authority over the material plane is an ability to materialize and dematerialize at will. To raise another from the dead, to come and go from the astral or causal planes to the material realm at will.
Yogananda describes this in considerable detail to explain how he is visited by his own guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, after the guru's death when Yukteswar was then resident of an astral heaven called Hiranyaloka.
Yukteswar did not appear as a ghost but in his physical being so that he was huggable and present, very much as Jesus reappeared to his disciples (including Mary Magdalen) after his crucifixion. Jesus appeared twice, first before he was fully ascended and was not yet huggable and touchable. Then again when he was.
Yukteswar had also told Yogananda a story of how his own guru, Lahiri Mahasaya, had raised a boyhood friend, Rama, from the dead. But back to Kabir . . .
Before buying 'the complete works,' I bought a couple of other books that were brief selections. Even though they offered some wonderful poems, they were not really worth their cost because of their brevity and selectivity. This version is much better.
As for reading it, a little bit of Kabir goes a long way because it is rich, provocative and evocative. Even though I have this wonderful 'complete works' I have not yet been all the way through it and might not get there any time soon. I can say this much.
Kabir had the perceptions and expressions of an enlightened, awakened master and it was his pleasure to unify within himself the truth of the Hindu and the Muslim paths. So far as we know, he worked as a weaver and wove that imagery into his poetry.
It's Yogananda's gift to have explained the entire process of moving between worlds in elective bodies not only in his autobiography but more so in his long commentary on the New Testament, called "The Second Coming," written in his later years and published with extensive footnotes by the Self-Realization Fellowship (hardback and paperback available). So Yogananda's comment is that this was Kabir's level of realization and ability, which explains his famous and often told death miracle.
The story is that at his death, Kabir was so beloved and claimed as guru by Hindu and Muslim communities who, of course, did not and do not get along with each other. His teaching was pretty much, as with Jesus and even Gandhi, that getting along with one another is the point of being here even though we seem to keep missing the point . . . so the Hindu and Muslim communities that claimed Kabir were then quarreling over his burial. Their funeral rituals were incompatible. Supposedly, when they went to claim Kabir's cold dead body, they found, under the covering blanket, only a mound of fragrant flower blossoms.
The competing factions each took a share of the flowers and held their differing burial rituals in honor of their great teacher. I suspect that Kabir was in attendance in astral or causal forms where he must have been laughing and crying and wondering when will they ever learn.
It's great poetry and great illuminations. A little immediate in the way Rumi is.
I have yet to understand whether Kabir approved of the Hindu practice of suttee (since banished) which would give me more than a little trouble to know. But as I say, I've got more reading to do.
I will say that if you are looking for Kabir and are going to spend some money, get the entire thing. This is a good one.