The Poet-Saint Kabir

by Joan Greenblatt

Truth cannot be revealed by words.
The mute person eating sweets only smiles,
the sweetness he cannot express.

Kabir, who lived between 1398 and 1448, was one of the great poet-saints of India whose works continue to be sung and quoted by millions of people. Although parts of Kabir's life are surrounded by legend, it is fairly well-established that he was born in Beneras (Varanasi) and was adopted and raised by a Muslim weaver. Kabir wrote poems that expose the pretensions and . . .


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