Bhagat Kabeer Ji a weaver, this is how he has been described by Dhan Shri Guru Amar Das Ji at Ang 67. This is the very first reference to Bhagat Kabeer Ji in Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:
“… ਕਬੀਰੁ ਜੋੁਲਾਹਾ ਪੂਰੇ ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਗਤਿ ਪਾਈ||”
(“…Kabeer the weaver, obtained salvation through the Perfect Guru.”)
He has been addressed by his profession, his actions and not by his caste or religion. Dhan Shri Guru Amar Das Ji has made clear, an achiever is always known by his actions. Anything else to describe an individual that is by caste or religion simply means that he is still stuck at lower plane of consciousness. That’s what makes Bhagat Kabeer Ji truly worthy of every seeker’s reverence. He has risen above caste, religion and petty human actions by surrendering himself to ‘Perfect Guru’. Else He would have been addressed as Hindu or Muslim or by some caste. This is beauty of true saint, only his actions and achievements are his only identity, ‘A Great Bhagat’ whose words have been compiled in Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
He has been looked upon differently by different set of people. Like scholars call Him ‘Mystique Poet’, whose few words explanation and description need tons of manuscript and still no work can give complete depth of his words meanings. Few unfortunate just discard him as low caste and that’s what inspired him to rise to such spiritual heights which only few countables have achieved. And almost all of us cannot achieve in uncountable lives. Many consider Him outspoken and naïve. But again how unfortunate are all of them who have failed to understand and depth of his words.
His ‘Baani’ is fearless and he just negates and challenges whatever superficiality and beliefs world has to offer in his own way, so many called him a rebel. A Rebel who did not cause ‘Blood Feud’ or ‘Blindly’ avenged his plight by killing people. He was a rebel who tried providing vision to ‘Spiritually Blinded’. His words are so powerful to pierce the armor of ego and to bridge the gap between seekers and ‘Divine Grace’. He had no idea what Vedas have to offer, as he was not allowed to read ‘Them’ because of caste system in India. But still He uttered words in local dialect having meanings beyond mortal’s comprehension. So, from where all the knowledge came to him? From where, he managed to provide depth to his words? He could not be a scholar who got credibility by reading scriptures since at the end of day He was just an illiterate, as he could not read or write. That’s what make Him special as the knowledge, the words he spoke descended to him after self realization.
For a Sikh, he is worthy of being shown gratitude. And every Sikh bows down to his words, philosophy when he bows in front Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. He could only be completely understood by a few and that’s the reason; his words are being captured by Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.