Kahat Kabir: Mast hua toh ab kya bolein

Priya Tiwari writes how Kabir brings a sense of masti into the air and urges you to dip into your ocean.


[Editor’s Note]  The Kahat Kabir series is an ode to the mystic weaver-poet and radical reformer who was equally loved and contested in his times. The most quoted poet of today, Kabir, his famous Dohas and his philosophies remain critically relevant to contemporary times. Come discover Kabir through modern music, books, films, experiences and more.

I‘ve heard about Kabir’s vaani since childhood – he was one figure held in esteem by my mother.

The Kabir Malwa Yatra (Pic: Madhu Reddy)

It was only through the Kabir Project that was brought to me during my Masters that I ‘experienced’ the troop experiencing kabir’s words in their songs. It provided a suitable surrounds of ‘masti’ to enter what kabir opens up for us. But once I find myself swayed by the ‘masti’ of the singing, it produces a dance which doesn’t know if it is kabir one is entering or the depths of ‘masti’ itself.

His words seem to be urging one to dip into your ocean repeatedly and brings you back from self-deceptions to the potential that your depths may open for you. His brand of devotion to me appears to be one that eggs you to meet your horizon even if it can only be a dip at a time. For me it has a ‘mehek’ that makes me feel rooted and possibly ecstatic sometimes!

I would end with kabir’s song “mast hua toh ab kya bolein”!

Written by Priya Tiwari, currently pursuing an M.Phil in Psychology from Ambedkar University, Delhi.  


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