Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Guide: Kabir

This is a guide to Kabir: He Spoke Of Tolerance And Mercy (Volume 623). You can find it at Amazon.

[I'll add the Bizzell Library Call Number when the books are processed.]

I have not had time to write the Reading Guide for this one, so please help me with that: in addition to doing your own Reading Diary post at your blog, leave a comment here at this blog where you list the names, places, topics, anything you saw in this comic book that I could/should explain the Reading Guide later.

If you don't see anything that need explaining, leave a comment that says "Everything clear" or something like that.

That way, with your help, I'll be able to focus my attention on the comic books that people have the most questions about.


  1. Kabir was found as a baby near a river, when a newlywed couple was journeying back home to Varanasi after their wedding. They took the child home and sought their local Muslim priest for a name. The priest consulted the Book (Quran?) for a name, and Kabir kept coming up over and over again. This name was not suitable for the child of a weaver, so he consulted colleagues. They saw the same name destined for him. His father wanted to take him to the forest and leave him for dead, due to this controversy, but a miracle happened, which told his father that his name was to be Kabir, and he was destined for greatness. This was the first of many miracles in his lifetime.

    As he grew, he wanted to know the name of God, and was truly devoted to God. He sought information from Hindu temples as well as Mosques, and learned the name of god "Hare Ram!" from a swami. This swami Ramanand, a great Vaishnava saint, took him on as a disciple. He taught him that in the eyes of god, there is no difference between castes, religions, creed or color. All are equal.

    Kabir grew up, married, and had a child. For mixing religions, the King attempted to murder him 3 times, but each time he survived by a miracle.
    1.) Death by chains and anchors, by drowning him in a river. Miraculously, he came up.
    2.) Death by fire, miraculously he came out unharmed.
    3.) Death by trampling from an elephant. A miraculous vision showed the elephant a herd of tigers in place of Kabir, so the elephant ran away. Kabir was safe.

    On Kabir's deathbed, he went to a superstitious town, Maghar, where if you die there, you don't get into Heaven. Kabir wanted to break the superstitions of people, and so went there to die.

    On his death, his followers fought over burial practices: to follow Muslim or Hindu practices. He came to his followers in a vision, and told them that he is with them all, equally. He body was miraculously gone, and flowers were left in its place.

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