by Sa'adi of Shiraz
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Moulana Shah Maghsoud
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of old amongst the Greeks, he tried to penetrate behind the conventionalities
of speech and popular ideas of the reality of things. He exposed
with merciless severity the weak poings of both Hinduism and Islam.
He is probably the greatest exponent
Life passes away,
and he knows
of his heart.
of the hand
of the mind.
the composite culture of India. The Adi-Granth of the Sikh contains
many allusions to the events of his life. His verse emodies his
remarkable reachings and his short didactic poems in Hindi are quoted
all over India.
is the most revered name in Indian tradition, from Punjab to Bengal
and from Himalayan frontier to the Deccan, he is acknowledged as
a great poet (he has been called 'the Father of Hindi Poetry') and
as a great mystic, venerated by Hindus and Muslims alike--a unique
distinction. His rebellious spirit and revolutionary utterances
have even won him the title of the 'Indian Luther.' born as a poor
'Julaha,' a Muslim weaver of Banaras, he showed total contempt for
the religious establishment of his time, rejecting all 'scriptures,'
the Koran as well as the Veda. His very originality as a 'non-religious'
mystic, his rough idiom, the forceful ruggedness, terseness, and
allusiveness of his style often made him obscure. In fact, in India
itself, Kabir has been more quoted and admired than seriously studied.
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