Kabir

(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

O Friend - Poem by Kabir

O friend! hope for Him whilst you live
O friend! hope for Him whilst you live,
know whilst you live, understand whilst you live:
for in life deliverance abides.

If your bonds be not broken whilst living,
what hope of deliverance in death ?

It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him
because it has passed from the body:

If He is found now, He is found then,
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.

If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter.

Bathe in the truth, know the true Guru,
have faith in the true Name!

Kabir says : 'It is the spirit of the quest which helps;
I am the slave of this Spirit of the quest.'


Comments about O Friend by Kabir

  • Lalitha Iyer (7/10/2016 9:22:00 PM)


    Always read the original..........translation has lost its original beauty of language and its music, metre, rhythmic sound and loveliness and all its (Report) Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/11/2016 2:38:00 AM)

    Here is original for u...I would like to read your translation and understanding on it..
    साधो भाई, जीवत ही करो आसा |
    जीवत समझे जीवत बुझे, जीवत मुक्तिनिवासा |
    जीवत करम की फाँस न काटी, मुये मुक्ति की आसा |
    तन छूटे जिव मिलन कहत है, सो सब झूठी आसा |
    अबहूँ मिला तो तबहूँ मिलेगा, नहिं तो जमपुर बासा |
    सत्त गाहे सतगुरु को चिन्हे, सत्त -नाम बिस्वासा |
    कहैं कबीर साधन हितकारी, हम साधन के दासा ||459||

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/10/2016 12:17:00 PM)


    मेरे भाई, जब तक जिन्दा रहो तबतक ईश्वर के पाने की आशा रखो |
    समझ -बुझ जीवन के साथ है |
    मुक्ति भी जीवन में ही संभव है |
    अगर तुमने अपने जीवन में अपने बंधन नहीं तोड़े -करम का फंदा नहीं काटा,
    तो मरने के बाद मुक्ति पाने की क्या आशा रखते हो |
    यह भ्रम है की आत्मा शरीर से निकलकर भगवान में मिल जायेगी |
    अगर वह अब मिल गया तो तब भी मिलेगा, नहीं तो तुम्हे यमपुरी में ही रहना पडेगा |
    सत्य को आज पकड़ो, सतगुरु को आज पहचानो, सत-नाम पर आज आस्था रखो |
    कबीर कहते है कि हम तो साधना के दास है क्योंकि अंत में साधना ही काम आती है | (Report) Reply

    Lalitha Iyer (7/10/2016 9:31:00 PM)

    even this is not the original..........we all know hindi then why this duplicates

    Lalitha Iyer (7/10/2016 9:26:00 PM)

    still i find that this is not the original..............the beauty of the dialect is not in this.......................sad

    Lalitha Iyer (7/10/2016 9:25:00 PM)

    Yes, this is how it should be, most of the Indians know Hindi very well..........then y do you translate losing the original beauty of Kabir, no translated work comes anywhere near original for two reasons one the original poet is divinely writing, god is in his pens and god wants that to be expressed by him and him only, you are not that chosen Commissioner, then, every language has it beauty...........no English will come anywhere near Urdu..........the language Urdu is the most beautiful of all languages....................shall we say one of the...................English will nowhere come near Urdu.......................

  • Dorina Neculce Dorina Neculce (7/10/2016 10:29:00 AM)


    very good poem

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    O friend! hope for Him whilst you live
    O friend! hope for Him whilst you live,
    know whilst you live, understand whilst you live:
    for in life deliverance abides. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet Naida Nepascua Supnet (7/10/2016 9:43:00 AM)


    This is so helpful
    Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (7/10/2016 7:47:00 AM)


    Kabir's poetry engrained in mind from childhood. His simple straightforward Dohas are a treasure in my memory. So good to read the English translation. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (7/10/2016 12:36:00 AM)


    To dwell in the City of Death! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012



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