Kabir is amongst the most quoted poets and also stands out as one of the most famous. However, most people only know a few of his poems or writings (the popular ones are a few of his dozens of doha’s … or couplets)
The most famous one is, of course
Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub
kala kro saao Aaja kr‚ Aaja kro saao Aba
pla maoM prlaya haoegaI‚ bahUrI kraogao kba
Tomorrows work do today, today’s work do now
If the moment is lost, the work be done how.
For more of his writings, check out Dohas of Kabir at boloji.com.
I got my introduction to Kabir and his Dohas through my Hindi teacher Mr. Iqbal Ahmed at Cottons. Of course, like every other student, I couldn’t bear to listen to them in class … but now that he isn’t around to say them out again, I wish he was.