Sant Kabir was a great mystic and poet of the Bhakti era in India. His dohas (couplets) reverberated the consciousness of both the Hindu and Muslim populace alike, and helped in mitigating the superstitions and hypocrisies extant in the society during the time of sant Kabir. Through his devotion-inspiring dohas, this secular poet rejuvenated the dormait spirituality of the people of his time. This unique book, a compilation of 300 original dohas of Sant Kabir that has been translated into English with a perfect rhyme and an erudite provision of elucidation, following each couplet, addressed the varied aspects of human life and behavior, and poses challenges to the established belief and social systems of his time. By interpreting these rhyming dohas, which are permeated with devotion, surrender, love, good conduct and satsang, while reminding people of good social behavior, charity, vision, control on lust, among many core aspects of life, the author makes a sincere effort to give out the message of Kabir to every reader, deciphering it in simple English. This enables the new generation to understand, grasp and imbibe social, ethical and spiritual values, and empower themselves to face many challenges that may circumvent them in their day-to-day life. The most outstanding feature of the book is that the author painstakingly tried to bring out the rhyme in translation of both the lines of each couplet.
Dayal N. Harjani, a Mumbai born businessman, has been residing in Hong Kong since 1969. He goes by the pseudonym of Daduzen which he humbly depicts as slipping into his poetic world of “Dadu” and complemented by “Zen” for the kinship and inspiration that he derives from the meditativeness of the Zen monks and the Japanese culture.
Daduzen is a poet, philosopher, ardent student of Yoga, perhaps a reformist in the making, a writer of spiritual articles and author of self-help books. His early life was influenced by Sufism and the mystical approach to life. He serves as the chairman of a charitable institution in Hong Kong that supports spiritual orientation, vocational training, midday meals and surgical grants to those in destitution.
He learns to live with altruistic aspirations of love and selfless service with an everlasting motto “Think clean, Act clean, and Live clean” for cleanliness is truly next to Godliness.
One who sees no evil, hears no evil He cannot speak evil as such If a day of evil, for forfeits To him, no evil can ever touch.
There is no greater wealth than Speech If one knows how to serenely speek Diamonds can always be acquired for a price Priceless Gem of Speech, is the one to seek.
The preacher who learns the Scriptures Excels in speech and giving advice But the words never touch our soul When he does it for a price.
– Swami TejomayanandaKabirdas is one of those daring and outspoken saints who has been a great inspiration to many over generations and specially to me since my teenage. May this beautiful translation in simple poetry enchant the readers, and the teachings of Kabirdas lift the minds of the seekers in devotion and knowledge to new heights.
– Swami SwaroopanaandaAbove the differences of religions, beyond the hierarchy of castes, transcending all that separates human beings from one author, Kabir sang of an infinite unity in God who is nirguna (beyond the bounds of any qualifications). One who translates Kabir’s immortal sayings has indeed done some spiritual sadhana as Shri Harjani-ji has done. I wish and pray that many readers be inspired by his translation whose diction and style is beyond criticism.
With all my blessings and prayers,
(Mahamandaleshwar) Swami Veda Bharati
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, RishikeshDear Daduzen, Loving Hari On !!! I cannot begin to express the depth of my gratitude to our dear Daduzen ( dayalji) Dayalji has written this book Kabir Speaks possible and how extraordinary wonderful book to Inspire all readers. This book is a tribute to all mankind. I want to express my thanks to Dayalji with whom I have been associated for last 40 years This book is valuable because it heightens our awareness view of our life.
Sandy Chugani ( Dharamvir )