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Please help me to understand the meaning of the last part of the Bani:

gourree kabeer jee ||
Gauree, Kabeer Jee:
jaa kai har saa t(h)aakur bhaaee ||
One who has the Lord as his Master, O Siblings of Destiny
mukath ana(n)th pukaaran jaaee ||1||
- countless liberations knock at his door. ||1||
ab kahu raam bharosaa thoraa ||
If I say now that my trust is in You alone, Lord,
thab kaahoo kaa kavan nihoraa ||1|| rehaao ||
then what obligation do I have to anyone else? ||1||Pause||
theen lok jaa kai hehi bhaar ||
He bears the burden of the three worlds;
so kaahae n karai prathipaar ||2||
why should He not cherish you also? ||2||
kahu kabeer eik budhh beechaaree ||
Says Kabeer, through contemplation, I have obtained this one understanding.
kiaa bas jo bikh dhae mehathaaree ||3||22||
If the mother poisons her own child, what can anyone do? ||3||22||

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Bhagat Kabeer Ji is telling us to trust in Waheguru 100% and Waheguru alone. It is not possible to trust humanity as much as Waheguru. There is no instance where Waheguru will not let you down. Humans are fallible therefore Bhagat Ji is explaining that even in the instance where a mother (whom we would trust 100% with our lives) may poison her own child then who can we trust?

The answer is trust in Waheguru, he is our creator and caretaker.

(Poison doesn't just have to be poison ingested through the mouth. Poison could be not teaching Gurmat and steering the child away from Guru Ji or filling the mind with wicked thoughts)

Hope this helps, bhul chuk maaf.


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The rahao line -

thab kaahoo kaa kavan nihoraa ||1|| rehaao ||
then what obligation do I have to anyone else? ||1||Pause||
Why would or should we need another besides the ONE lord that is ?
Paying attention to this and the direction of the whole shabad, I feel that it is saying that how or why should we feel HELPLESS ?
Near the end Kabir ji says-
kahu kabeer eik budhh beechaaree || (says Kabir, consider this Budhi or example of wisdom)
Says Kabeer, through contemplation, I have obtained this one understanding

I think that the last line is not saying that we should NOT trust or have faith in other humans- because sikhi tells us to Love and respect all whilst being humble and lower than them.

BUT, this line is saying that IF we have faith in another besides the ONE lord, then we SHALL be HELPLESS just like the child that gets poisoned by the mother!

Therefore, we should have Faith in ONLY the ONE LORD and No other. AS he is the ONE that won't leave us feeling helpless.

In effect, I don't think the shabad is comparing how we have faith for humans compared to God, but I think it is comparing that we should have faith for the ONE GOD only and NO other God or deity !- since he is the maker of the universe and 3 worlds and takes all responsibility.


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Thank you!

I thought that by Mother, Bhagat ji was referring to God, and us as His children. Which is a confusing prospect. But what you guys are saying makes sense. Is there any katha or story behind this shabad?

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