Born in Varanasi, Jaunpur, India in 1440, Kabir Das is known as one of the mystical poets who harmonized Hindu-Muslim relations through his works. Kabir Das was born to a Brahman mother who later abandoned him, ultimately leaving Kabir Das to be raised by a Muslim weaver. Legends present all kinds of theories and accounts about his place and era of birth, one can say, there is no specific or concrete source to confirm his early childhood whereabouts. Nonetheless, regardless of having been raised in a Muslim home, Kabir Das was strongly influenced by his Guru Ramananda.
Though he is sometimes referred to as the harmonizer of Hindu-Muslim beliefs, his works mostly criticize the extremity of both religions in parallel. As he was a disciple of a Hindu Guru, Ramananda, most of his religious knowledge was gathered while being a disciple of Guru Ramananda. Kabir Das’s works mostly consisted of divine communications called “padas”. These padas are songs usually rhymed for the Hindu divine designation, Ram.
One of the most known works by Kabir Das is Kabir Panth. These teachings stem from the mystic ideology of salvation and freeing oneself from selfishness. The central idea of Kabir Panth is that one can be released from the cycle of birth and death by devoting themselves truly to the divine creation and immersing in the sincere love of God, this ideology refers to mystics as “bhakti”. Bhakti essentially means “devotion or prayer” in Hinduism. One can conclude that Kabir stressed upon devoting oneself to the supreme deity for the ultimate salvation.
Kabir Das’s works were thoroughly enjoyed by Sikh disciples as well. Verses from Kabir Panth and Bhakti movement were repeatedly cited in the Sikhism scripture of Guru Granth Sahib. This citation confirms the limitlessness of Kabir Das’s work and the message of interfaith-harmony present inherently within his works. As one of his prominent inscriptions says:
“The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is in every seed, put false pride away and seek the Lord within..” – Kabir Das