Kabir for all Reasons
The Morning Standard|January 23, 2022
The chatter settles down when a voice booms out from the stage, “Kabira khada bazaar main, liye lukhati haath. Jo ghar phoonke apna, chale hamare saath (Kabira stands in the market, flaming torch in hand. Burn down your home, then walk with me.)” It goes on to explain, “Am not asking you to burn your houses, but your egos.”
SMITHA VERMA

Umesh Kabir had never imagined that his interest in Kabir would lead him to a path devoted to the revered 15th century saint— both personally and professionally. For the 35-year-old native of Karchana, a small town on the outskirts of Allahabad, Kabir’s teachings are a way of life. So when he gives sermons on talking kindly or doing honest work, his audience could be anyone from a labourer in a factory in Jamshedpur to a professor from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia. At this moment, it’s an eclectic gathering at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi, an annual event where the Sufi saint’s life is honoured.

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