FASTING & SIKHI – NO, NO

Kabir says ‘what use is chanting, and what use is penance, fasting or devotional worship and again what good is chanting, penance or self-mortification? What good is fasting or cleansing baths?

kiaa jap kiaa thap kiaa brath poojaa – Gauri Kabir, p. 324

kiaa jap kiaa thap sanjamo kiaa barath kiaa eisanaan – Gauri Poorbi Kabir p. 337

Guru Arjan says ‘I have practiced chanting, intensive meditation and fasting, to see Your Feet’ – jap thap barath keenae paekhan ko charanaa raam – Bihagra M V, p. 545

The problem is for the self-willed. The manmukh may perform chants, meditations, austere self-discipline, fasts and devotional worship, but his sickness does not go away – jap thap sanjam varath karae poojaa manamukh rog n jaaee – Suhi M IV, p. 732


Blessed is the Lord of the world. Blessed is the Divine Guru. Blessed is that grain, by which the heart-lotus of the hungry blossoms forth. Blessed are the sants, who know this. Meeting with them, one meets the Lord, the Sustainer of the world – This grain comes from the Primal Lord God. One chants Naam only when one tastes this grain – Pause – Meditate on Naam, and meditate on this grain. Mixed with water, its taste becomes sublime. [Is a subtle connection suggested between naam and ann like panni pitaa and ann devta or pavnai te jal? Think thru] One who abstains from this grain, loses his honor in the three worlds. Any who discards this grain, is practicing hypocrisy. She is neither a happy soul-bride, nor a widow. Those who claim in this world that they live on milk alone, secretly eat whole loads of food. Without this grain, time does not pass in peace. Forsaking this grain, one does not meet the Lord of the World. Says Kabeer, this I knowblessed is that grain, which brings faith in the Lord and Master to the mind. – dhha(n)n gupaal dhha(n)n guradhaev dhha(n)n anaadh bhookhae kaval ttehakaev dhhan oue sa(n)th jin aisee jaanee thin ko milibo saari(n)gapaanee – aadh purakh thae hoe anaadh japeeai naam a(n)n kai saadh – rehaao – japeeai naam japeeai a(n)n a(n)bhai kai sa(n)g neekaa va(n)n a(n)nai baahar jo nar hovehi theen bhavan mehi apanee khovehi shhoddehi a(n)n karehi paakha(n)dd naa sohaagan naa ouhi ra(n)dd jag mehi bakathae dhoodhhaadhhaaree gupathee khaavehi vattikaa saaree a(n)nai binaa n hoe sukaal thajiai a(n)n n milai gupaal kahu kabeer ham aisae jaaniaa dhha(n)n anaadh t(h)aakur man maaniaa – Gond Kabir, p. 873

Likewise without genuine understanding, all fasts, religious rituals and daily worship services lead only to the love of duality – varath naem nithaaprath poojaa || bin boojhae sabh bhaao hai dhoojaa – Bialval M III, p. 841

Chanting and deep meditation, penance and austere self-discipline, fasting and purification – salvation does not come by any of these means – jaap thaap naem such sanjam naahee ein bidhhae shhuttakaar – Kanra M V, p. 1301

O detached Yogi, contemplate the essence of reality, and you shall never again come to be born into the world. One who has no beauty, no social status and emasculated face – meeting with the true Guru, he finds the Immaculate One. One who does not have good karma or Dharmic faith, or rosary – has wisdom bestowed through Divine Light; the True Guru is our Protector. One who does not observe any fasts, make religious vows or chant – he does not have to worry about good luck or bad, if he obeys the Command of the True Guru. One who is not hopeful, nor hopeless, who has trained his intuitive consciousness – his being blends with the Supreme Being. O Nanak, his awareness is awakened – jaa kai roop naahee jaath naahee naahee mukh maasaa sathigur milae nira(n)jan paaeiaa thaerai naam hai nivaasaa aoudhhoo sehajae thath beechaar jaa thae fir n aavahu saisaar jaa kai karam naahee dhharam naahee naahee such maalaa siv joth ka(n)nahu budhh paaee sathiguroo rakhavaalaa jaa kai barath naahee naem naahee naahee bakabaaee gath avagath kee chi(n)th naahee sathiguroo furamaaee jaa kai aas naahee niraas naahee chith surath samajhaaee tha(n)th ko param tha(n)th miliaa naanakaa budhh paaee – Parbhati M I, p. 1328

By ritualistic fasts, vows, purities, self-disciplines and worship ceremonies, they still cannot get rid of their hypocrisy and doubt – varath naem such sanjam poojaa paakhandd bharam n jaae – Slok M IV, Varan te Vadheek, p. 1423

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