Regarded as one of India’s most famous poets, Kabir a weaver raised in a Muslim family in the mid-1400’s was revered by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs.
Kabir is often credited for helping lay the foundation for the Hindu bhakti and Muslim Sufi movements in South Asia. The Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib quotes Kabir’s wisdom numerous times in its pages.
Kabir was also critical of elitism and discrimination that existed in all religious communities of the time, preaching to the poor and challenging those in power. He frequently spoke poetry about experiencing God through devotion.
I am neither in temple nor in mosque
I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash
Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation
If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me
thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time
Koi bolo Ram Ram Koi Khuda
(some sing God’s name as “Ram” some as “Khuda”)