Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein… An Evening with the Legend

कबीरा खड़ा बाज़ार में, सबकी मांगे खैर.
ना काहू से दोस्ती, ना काहू से बैर.

Meaning – Kabir says that you should always think well of everyone. Do not be over-friendly with anyone nor should you be hostile to anyone.

Not everyday you come across events that touch a bit of history, a bit of mythology, a bit of culture and a philosophy that has, over the years, changed the lives of many. But what is interesting is that when all of the above come together and talk about being one with the Divine, there is a common binding force – look within instead of looking outside.

माला फेरत जुग भया, फिरा न मन का फेर,
कर का मनका डार दे, मन का मनका फेर।

Meaning – Kabir says, you spent your life turning the beads of rosary, but could not yet turn your own heart. So,leave the rosary and try and change the evil in your heart.

The same was re-established at the event celebrating the philosophy of Kabir organised by Cobalt Blue Foundation.

The well-organised event talked about the history of Kabir, his teachings and culminated with his poetry being sung by renowned Sufi Singer Rashmi Aggarwal. It was an interactive session and that kept the spirit of event alive along with Kabir’s dohas which simplify the complicated thing called life.

Being an Art Studio, the venue was perfect for such a soulful evening and Sangeeta Gupta, the venue host, spoke about the connect between belief and people.

Sundeep and Ruchi of Cobalt Blue Foundation took people through Kabir’s life journey interspersing it with his Dohas.

Rashmi Aggarwal, with her deep understanding of Kabir, imbibed the soul of his  words in her singing. She sang from the heart and people were transported to the  era of Kabir in a soulful journey led by her voice and lovely smile.

The songs she sang beautifully packaged the teachings of Kabir in smaller pieces, each complete in itself.

One of my all time favorite songs of Kabir is – Man Laago Fakiri mein, so when she sang that, I was almost transported into trans.

She concluded her performance with a fusion of Kabir and  Bulleshah’s gal samajh  lai te raula ki. Both legends born in different times and places said the same thing in their respective languages and that the beauty of life.

The event re-established the fact to look within to find the real peace. All of Kabir’s dohas, poetry and teachings focus towards this eternal truth. Whether it’s the Advaita Vedanta in Hindu Philosophy or Kabir Teachings or Buddhism or Sai Baba and many more such beliefs, they all believe in seeking spiritual liberation through acquiring vidyā, or knowledge of one’s true identity as Atman, and the identity of Atman and Brahman. Over the years people have moved to idol worship and rituals to attain Moksha but that’s not what the various philosophies promote. Unfortunately, the people have interpreted it differently.

Such historical events and movements are gaining popularity. The message of these legends is no more limited to one country or region, but becoming a way of life across the world.

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