Kabir Dohas - 9
Mangan Maran Saman Hai, Mat Koi Mange Beekh
Mangan Se Marna Bhala, Yeh Satguru Ki Seekh
maaMgana marNa samaana hO, mat kao[- maaMgao BaIK
maaMgana sao marNaa Balaa, yah satgau$ kI saIK
Begging is like perishing, none should go imploring
It is better to die than beg, this is pure Guru's teaching
It is unfortunate but true that a vast number of people all over the world survive through begging. In non-affluent countries the scenario is worst. In affluent societies, this phenomenon can be seen in the guise of welfare plans.
The compassionate Guru knows that a person who sets out to beg (at least for the first time), literally kills his inner self and undergoes tremendous shame and humiliation. In this simple verse, Kabir boldly attempts to shake up the conscience of the people. Without using the words, he appeals the masses to work honestly and earn their livelihood.