36+ Best Kabir Ke Dohe In English With Meaning

Sant = Sant (Hindi: संत) is an Indian term derived from a Sanskrit verb that means both “to be good” and “to be real”. From the fifteenth century the term has often referred to those who sing the name of God and worship Him, particularly the bhakti poets of Marathi and Hindi speaking areas,

Kabir = Kabīr (also Kabīra) (Hindi: कबीर, Punjabi: ਕਬੀਰ, Urdu: 1440 ) ( کبير —1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement.

Dohe = Dohe, is a Hindi word which means a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed,

According Wikipedia Kabir Das was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint, whose writings influenced Hinduism’s Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikhism’s scripture Guru Granth Sahib. – Read Wikipedia complete article.

Kabir Ke Dohe In English With Meaning
Kabir Ke Dohe In English With Meaning

36+ Popular Kabir Ke Dohe In English With Meaning

*** 01 ***

Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein, Dhuan Na Pargat Hoye
So Jane Jo Jarmua, Jaki Lagi Hoye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

The Ocean is on Fire, The Smoke is not Visible
He Knows Who Has Been there and been Burnt

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Experience teaches, the one who has felt the fire knows it – when you know, you know.

*** 02 ***

Aasa Jive Jag Marey, Log Marey Mar Jayee
Soyee Sube Dhan Sanchate, So Ubrey Jey Khayee

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Hope yet lives, the world dies, people die and die again
Perish yet hoarding wealth, spend and freedom attain

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Hope is that people will wake up, drop their attachments and hoardings and be free from the clutches of illusion.

*** 03 ***

Aisee Vani Boliye, Mun Ka Aapa Khoye
Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Speak such words, you lose the minds Ego
Body remains composed, Others Find Peace

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

In speech use such words that your ego is eliminated. Don’t brag, don’t gloat, don’t make yourself out to be big, important, rich or anything else that the ego attaches to. Building the Ego takes energy from the body, takes away the bodies composure. If ego is lost in ones speech, the listener finds peace from listening to it.

*** 04 ***

Akath Kahani Prem Ki, Kutch Kahi Na Jaye
Goonge Keri Sarkara, Baithe Muskae

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Inexpressible is the story of Love , It goes without Saying
Like the dumb guy who eat sweet Sarkara, he only Smiles

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

The story of love is to be experienced, it cannot be expressed, it can be known and felt – but not by the five senses.

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*** 05 ***

Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor
Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

If You are Big so what? Just like a date tree
No shade for travelers, fruit is hard to reach

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Being bid, important, powerful, wealthy is of no consequence – Kabir likens this to a date tree that does not give shade to the traveler and its fruit is out reach.

*** 06 ***

Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

I went on the search for the Bad Guy, Bad Guy I couldn’t find
When I searched my mind, Non one is Nastier then Me

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

This Doha is about observing one’s own mind. Kabir says that he searched the world for the bad guy, the real evil person but he couldn’t find the evil person no matter where he looked. Then he looked within at his own thinking process, his own mind. The he found the real evil person who lived in his mind, unchecked. When we accuse, condemn another, it is our mind that is doing the finger pointing, the other person is probably innocent or the victim of his circumstances. Were we to inhabit the condemned person’s body, live his life, have his conditioning, then we too would behave and act the same.

*** 07 ***

Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Diya Kabira Roye
Do Paatan Ke Beech Mein,Sabit Bacha Na Koye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Watching the grinding stones, the Light Kabir Cries
Inside the Two Stones, no one survives

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Kabir sees the grinding stones as the duality that we live in. Heaven and earth, Good and Bad, Male and Female, High and Low – all around is duality. This play of opposites, this Chalti Chakki (moving mill) gets everyone, no one is save from in it’s powerful grip.Whoever enters this duality is crushed. No one survives. Kabir cries because rarely, if ever, does one see the oneness, the divinity, behind the duality.

*** 08 ***

Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kat Kaleja Khaye
Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, Kahan Tak Dawa Lagaye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Worry is such a Thief, it eats one’s heart
What can the poor doctor do, How far will his medicine reach?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Don’t worry, be happy.

*** 09 ***

Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sub Kutch Hoye
Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Slowly slowly stay my mind, Slowly everything happens
Gardner may water garden a hundred times, When the Season comes, there is fruit

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Kabir tells his mind to slow down, everything in life happens slowly, in its own time. The fruit only comes when the season comes, so will the fruit of life come in its own time.

*** 10 ***

Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye
Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Tau Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

While Suffering everyone Prays and Remembers Him, in joy no one does
If one prays and remembers Him in happiness, why would sorrow come?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

The suffering you experience in the world is designed to wake you up. You wake up when you realize God. If you did that during your happy times, then you will not
experience suffering.

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*** 11 ***

Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin, Do Kahun To Gaari
Hai Jaisa Taisa Rahe, Kahe Kabir Bichari

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

If I say one, It is not; If I say two, it will be a violation
Let ‘It’ be whatever ‘It’ is, so says Kabir contemplating

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

There is a oneness behind the apparent diversity. But oneness is not seen. Yet if I accept duality, it would be a violation, a false acceptance. Let it be, whatever it is – I’ll drop the analyzing.

*** 12 ***

Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda, Saboo Sirjan Har
Surti Sila Pur Dhoiye, Nikse Jyoti Apaar

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Guru is the wash man, Sikh is the cloth , God the soap
Wash the mind thoroughly clean, Out Comes The Glow of Truth

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Life is process of cleansing – hence this site, which is about Mind and Body Cleansing.

*** 13 ***

Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin‚ Jab Hari Hai Mein Nahin
Sab Andhiyara Mit Gaya‚ Jab Deepak Dekhya Mahin

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

When I was, then Hari (God) was not, Now Hari is and I am not
All the darkness dissolved, When I saw the light within.

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Before duality, God was and I was not. Now I am, and God is not seen. Darkness dissolved when I saw God within me.

*** 14 ***

Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein, Log Hanse Tu Roye
Aise Karni Na Kari, Pache Hanse Sab Koye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

When you came in to this world , Everyone laughed while you cried
Don’t do such work, That they laugh when you are gone

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Do good work.

*** 15 ***

Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag
Tera Sayeen Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Like the Oil is inside the Seed, Just as the Fire is Inside the Flint Stone
Your God is Inside You, If you have the Power to Wake Up, then Wake Up

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

God is within, like the oil in the seed – wake up if you have the power to.

*** 16 ***

Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe, Jeevat He Karo Aas
Jeevat Karam Ki Fansi Na Kaati, Mue Mukti Ki Aas

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Alive one sees, alive one knows, find your liberation while alive
If Alive you do not cut the noose of your attachments , how will there be liberation with death?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

You need to wake up while you are alive, it is your only chance. You need to drop the ties of attachments to illusory things that bind you in illusion. This can only be done while alive, death is not a liberator.

*** 17 ***

Jyon Naino Mein Putli, Tyon Maalik Ghat Mahin
Moorakh Log Na Janhin, Baahar Dhudhan Jahin

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Like the pupil is in the eyes , Your God lives inside you,
The ignorant don’t know this, they search Him on the outside

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

God is within, the ignorant look for Him on the outside.

*** 18 ***

Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Tomorrows work do today, today’s work now
If the moment is lost, how will the work be done?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Do the work that needs to be done now. There is no other time then now.

*** 19 ***

Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair
Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabira Stands in the market place, Asks for everyones prosperity
Neither special friendship nor enmity for anyone

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

In the market place, Kabor wishes goodwill to all.

*** 20 ***

Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya, Jaise Ganga Neer
Pache Pache Har Phire, Kahat Kabir Kabir

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir Washed His Mind Clean, Like The Holy Ganges River
Everyone follows behind, Saying Kabir, Kabir

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Kabir cleaned his own mind – for more on cleaning your mind see Mind-Detox Everyone now follows Kabir.

*** 21 ***

Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Uncha Dekh Aavaas
Kaal Paron Punyah Letna, Ouper Jamsi Ghaas

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir , Don’t be so proud and vain, Looking at your high mansion
Tomorow you’ll lie under feet, On top will grow Grass

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Don’t be proud and vain, tomorrow you’ll be lying six foot under feet, on top will grow grass that goats and sheep will eat!

*** 22 ***

Kabira Garv Na Keejiye, Kaal Gahe Kar Kes
Na Jaane Kit Mare Hai, Kya Des Kya Pardesh

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir , Don’t be so proud and vain, The clutches of Time are dark
Who knows where it will kill , Whether at home or abroad

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Again don’t be proud and vain, who knows when or where time will kill.

*** 23 ***

Kabira Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai, Ankiya Sab Hoye
Jo Kiya Kutch Hote Hai, Karta Aur Koye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

On Kabir’s saying nothing happens, what I don’t do does come to pass
If anything happens as if my doing, It is done by someone else

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

All things happen as per Gods wish, it just seems that we are doing them.

*** 24 ***

Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye, Jo Aage Ko Hoye
Sees Charaye Potli, Le Jaat Na Dekhya Koye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, save the wealth that remains in this Moment
Departing with a bag of material wealth, no one has yet been seen.

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Enjoy the present moment, Accumulating wealth for tomorrow is a waste because tomorrow you will die. This is a certainty. No one has been seen that managed to take his material wealth with him.

*** 25 ***

Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka, Khala Ka Ghar Nahin
Sees Utaare Hath Kar, So Pasey Ghar Mahin

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, this is the House of Love , Not the house of your Aunt
Who has dropped his barriers, He can pass in to the House

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

You are born to Love, not sit around as if at your Aunts place. Love is not a process of seeking, but a process of dropping ones own mental barriers to love.

*** 26 ***

Kabir Soota Kya Kare, Koore Kaaj Niwaar
Jis Panthu Tu Chaalna, Soyee Panth Samwaar

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, why do you sleep? Leave the useless tasks
Be focused on the path which you were meant to tread

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Focus on the thing that you really love to do, the path you were meant to follow.

*** 27 ***

Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, Your Hut Is Next to the Butchers
Who does, he will face the consequences, Why are you sad?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Don’t concern yourself too much with other peoples actions – they will have to face the consequences, not for you to be sad.

*** 28 ***

Kabir Soyee Soorma, Man Soon Maande Jhoojh
Panch Pyada Paari Le, Door Kare Sab Dooj

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, He alone is the Warrior, who takes on the mind head-on
Crushing the sensual five, all duality gone

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

The real fighter, the real Warrior is the one who takes on his own mind. The Mind controls the ‘sensual five’, the five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell. These senses tell us lies, they tell us that duality exist, though we know that it does not.

*** 29 ***

Kabir Maala Kaath Kee, Kahi Samjhave Tohi
Man Na Firave Aapna, Kaha Firave Mohi

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Kabir, the rosary made of wooden beads, what can it teach you?
If you don’t control your minds motion, why control the beads motion?

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Control the mind, not the beads.

*** 30 ***

Keson Kaha Bigadia, Je Moonde Sau Baar
Man Ko Kahe Na Moondiye, Jaamein Vishey Vikaar

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

What harm have the hair done, you shave them hundred times
Why not shave the mind, there grow unchecked countless poisonous thoughts

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Clean the Mind – for more, see Mind detox

*** 31 ***

Maala To Kar Mein Phire, Jeebh Phire Mukh Mahin
Manua To Chahun Dish Phire, Yeh To Simran Nahin

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

The rosary rotating by the hand, the tongue twisting in the mouth,
With the mind wandering everywhere, this isn’t meditation (Counting the Rosary, Repeating Mantras, If the Mind is Traveling – this is not meditation)

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Control the mind, not the beads or the words.

*** 32 ***

Mangan Maran Saman Hai, Mat Koi Mange Beekh
Mangan Se Marna Bhala, Yeh Satguru Ki Seekh

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Begging is like dying, Let no one Beg
It is better to die than beg, this is the SatGuru’s Message

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Don’t beg – give that you may receive. Give time, give some service, give friendship, give love – don’t beg.

*** 33 ***

Maya Mari Na Mun Mara, Mar Mar Gaye Shareer
Asha Trishna Na Mari, Keh Gaye Das Kabir

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Neither Maya Died, Nor the Mind Died, Die and die again People/Bodies
Hope and delusion have not died, so said Das Kabir and left

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

One of Kabir most Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In Englishful doha’s for me. Kabir observes the world from within, and sees the world as Maya – illusion. It is projected by Mun, the mind, the collective mind. Shareer refers to the living body or living person. Shareer’s die and die again. There is hope that this will end, that the Shareer will wake up and then Maya and Mun will die.

*** 34 ***

Moond Munddavat Din Gaye‚ Ajhun Na Miliya Raam
Raam Naam Kahu Kya Karey‚ Je Man Ke Aurey Kaam

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Shaving the head Ages have passed, yet no union with God
Recitation of God’s Name is futile, when the mind is doing something else

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Control the mind – observe it.

*** 35 ***

Pehle Agan Birha Ki, Pachhe Prem Ki Pyas
Kahe Kabir Tub Janiye, Naam Milan Ki Aaas

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

First the pain of separation, then the thirst for Love
Says Kabir, only then will you know Joy of the Union.

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

First the pain of separation, then love. Only from the pain of separation do we feel the pangs of love. There is then hope of union. This is the story of life – the lovers meeting, separating, the pangs of love and the urge for union and the eventual union. In Sufi tradition it is a reflection of man and God – realization of the separation from God, the pangs of love and urge for union with God, and the eventual joy of union.

*** 36 ***

Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye
Dhai Aakhar Prem Ke, Jo Padhe so Pandit Hoye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

Reading Books and Scriptures everyone died, No one became Pandit
Two and Half Words of Love, Who ever reads, Pandit he becomes

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Forget about book learning, no matter how many books you read, you won’t become wise, you won’t became the Pundit. A few words of love and you’ll become Pundit. Try it.

*** 37 ***

Sayeen Itna Deejiye, Ja Mein Kutumb Samaye
Main Bhi Bhookha Na Rahun, Sadhu Na Bhookha Jaye

Kabir Ke Dohe Translation In English

God, give me so, so much wealth, that my community is fed
I don’t remain hungry, the Sadhu does not go hungry

Kabir Ke Dohe Meaning In English

Kabir asks God for wealth, abundance. He asks that his community is fed, he does not starve and the visiting Sadhu (holy man) does not go hungry. He does not ask for a mansion, a Mercedes or millions in a Swiss bank account!


Compiler notes – These Dohas or couplets are each complete in themselves and are the most famous of Kabir’s poetry, there are many more and many of them are often quoted in India even now. There is profound wisdom hidden in each couplet and they reflect Kabir’s way of expressing the most profound thoughts in the simplest words.


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