Who is Saint Kabir?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readNov 14, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: I have a question about Kabir. As I know, he was also a kind of Sufi, not just Hindu or Muslim. Please tell us more about him.

Acharya Prashant (AP): See, the heart of Sufism and the heart of Vedanta, the heart of Hasidism, the heart of Christian mysticism, they are all one Heart. So, it would anyway be unwise to call anybody, any realized one, as belonging to any sect. You see, Kabir can’t be called a Hindu or a Muslim. Some people substitute it with calling him both a Hindu and a Muslim. I call him neither a Hindu nor a Muslim. Krishna cannot be called a Hindu. Jesus was even by fact not a Christian and he can’t even be called a Jew. You see, where does Jesus lie? He revolts against Judaism, so for sure he is not a Jew, and he is not a Christian either because Christianity was not there.

So Jesus actually is some kind of an apostate — having no religion. I love atheism in that sense because you do not belong to anybody — any sect, any cult.

J. Krishnamurti — no authority. But when nobody is an authority, then God is an authority. That is why he keeps saying — let nobody be an authority so that God may be the authority; so that Truth may be the authority.

So, Kabir, I don’t know why he needs to be called a disciple of some Guru or why he needs to be praised in a particular century or in a particular city.

Kabir is Truth.

You see, in our Learning Camps, here, today we are doing Kabir, tomorrow we’ll do an Upanishad, then we have some Hasidic poems or stories?

Listener (L): I love very much, Hasidic.

AP: Yes. In fact, I don’t have much exposure to them, so I would enjoy reading those stories. Then, what else do we have?

We have Rumi, then we have Lao Tzu; and do we feel a difference when we move from one to the other?

L: No.

AP: That’s the nature of our camps. We move from Lao Tzu to Hafiz and then back to an Upanishad, then to Gita and then Nanak, Meera, and things keep happening. But, do you feel as if something is changing?

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