This is a musical workshop, which is brain child of Ms Janani Sridharan, who wants to spread a word about Kabira and his teachings. By now the workshop has been organised twice by now but now we want it to make broader and known to more people, once this Covid-19 problem gets over.
This workshop is with music, as Ms Janani is an Indian Classical Singer and it is great learning and refreshment if we can spread a message, about anything with the help of music, I believe. And she is doing a good job. But no..no..no.. it is not something where she will sing the classical music and you will just listen to her and go, rather we all (whosoever participates) sing along and it is simple like a poem and not the particular kind of music. You will enjoy it for sure, and you can see it in the following video where we are accompanying Ms Janani, which followed with further discussion about the meaning of song and the teachings of Kabira.
Who is Kabira?
We need to know who is saint Kabir/a. I being a Hindi student, who had read Kabir/a since early age so I got to know that he was a person who was born sometime during 14-15th century but none is sure about the exact date and dates and religion or anything but the best part about his is his lively teachings, which I have heard in so many ways from my illiterate Grandmother as well, since his teachings have mostly been spread through mouth publicity in the remotest areas of North India.
This all shows that he has not been only the person rather a phenomenon or a personality, or I call it a way to life. He had shown us the way to lead a life without any burden of worthless religious rituals and tells us to live it lightly and as it is given to us by the nature.
He had hit on the superstitious rituals of both the dominant religions in India, though many priests and maulvies went against him but still many Indians followed him simply and spread his words in many ways. Later on it was also preserved in the black and white but still we see that his words have reached to the remotest areas and almost in every language in the Northern parts of India, in the form of songs or stories or poems.
He says live your life simply, you need not lie, b’coz if you do then you will have to remember what did you say to whom and your valuable energy will be lost in remembering that. Again he says if you follow the worthless rituals of these worldly religions then you just waste your resources and time and energy in that and you waste your life in fear of God. Even if God is there but why you have to create him with a stone to cage him in the four-walls of the temple and worship and also protect him??? If you need to protect then how come he is a God?? Again he says that why do you need to have a Mosque of stones and then you have to shout the name of God and then only will he listen, has he gone deaf?? and if he is there he can listen to your silent prayers as well otherwise there is no surety that he will hear your shout as well.
So, he says, just think why are you doing something before you do it, and you will realize what is the rationale behind anything you do??? And if you do not find any rationale then you need not do that, just spread happiness and live happily, if you do not do sins or say if you do not think bad about anything then what is the need to have fear from anything???
Again he says that God is there but you need not follow him blindly rather have a teacher and ask him how to lead a better life for the betterment of Humanity so that you can ultimately be one with the supreme power after this life of yours.
So I find him very relevant at all times and makes us use our senses to lead it fully and not to waste it without knowledge in the dark only. I think that he asks us to understand the meaning of life, enjoy the light and spread it for the welfare of others.
Please visit the following videos to get to know about it more.