Jheeni Jheeni Bheeni Chadariyaa-The Divine Weaving by Kabir Das Ji

Jheeni Jheeni Bheeni Chadariyaa.

kah ke Tana, kah ke Bharni,

Kaun Taar se Bheeni Chadariyaa

Ingla Pingla Taana Bharni,

Sushumna Taar se Bheeni Chadariyaa.

Ashta kamal Dal Charkha Doley,

Paanch Tatvaa, Gun Tini chadariya

Saiin ko siyat maas duss laagey,

Thonk-Thonk ke Bheeni Chadariya.

So Chaadar Sur, Nar Muni odhi,

odhi ke Mailee keeni Chadariya

Daas Kabir Jatan Kari odhi,

Jyon ki Tyon Dhar Deeni Chadariya.


In this verse, Kabir Das Ji speaks of the intricacy and delicacy of the human body, which has been created by the Creator with great care and consciousness. The more one lives with awareness, the more subtle experiences one can have.

The body is compared to a sheet, and the three important pulses in the body, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna, are like the warp, filling and wire used in weaving cloth.

The body has eight chakras, five elements and three gunas, and the character of a person is determined by the effect of these qualities. The ultimate truth is attained when the energy flows upwards, and all the chakras rise upwards like lotuses.

The body is made up of a gross and subtle body, and it takes ten months for the divine to weave it. However, the body is polluted by the enjoyment and renunciation of deities, sages, and ordinary humans. Kabir Das ji advises to be aware of the value of the body and to live with awareness to preserve.

Spiritual meaning

Kabir Das ji has conveyed profound wisdom in this verse, with each word holding significant meaning. “Jhini-jhini bini chadariya” suggests that the creator has crafted our bodies with utmost precision and awareness.

Therefore, the more we live with mindfulness, the more we can perceive the intricacies of life. By cultivating subtlety in our perception, we become more awakened. This life is fragile, and the more we recognize its delicate nature, the more intimately we can comprehend its essence.

What type of materials were used to create this physical body?

In the process of weaving cloth, warp, filling, and wire are utilized. This physical form is an external layer that conceals the intangible one. The term “Chadariya,” meaning body, refers to the Ingla-Pingla warp that has been interwoven with Bharni and Sushman wire. In order to comprehend this concept fully, some understanding of phonetics is necessary.

According to Swar Shastra, the body contains 7200 pulses, of which ten are considered significant. Of these ten, three are especially crucial: Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna, which are all connected to the spine. Ida is known as Chandra Nadi, Pingala as Surya Nadi, and Sushumna Nadi originates from Muladhar and extends all the way to Sahasrara, located at the crown of the head, with all the chakras located solely in Sushumna. As a result, Kabir Saheb is discussing these three primary pulses, which were utilized to create this sheet-like body.

According to our Saints, Mahatmas, Rishis, and Munis, the human body is described as a subtle representation of the universe. It comprises eight chakras, five elements, and three gunas. While these chakras (Muladhara, Swadhishthan, Manipur, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, Manaschakra (Bindu or Lalna Chakra), and Sahastrar) are related to the human body, they cannot be perceived through physical senses.

The energy flowing through them provides vital life force to the body. Panchatatva or Panch Mahabhuta refers to the sky, air, fire, water, and earth, which form the basis of every substance in creation.

The three qualities of nature (Satva, Rajas, and Tamas) exist in all living and non-living things in varying degrees, shaping their characteristics. Kabir Das ji likened the chakras to the swirling water in a river, forming circular vortices that resemble a lotus in motion.

The ten senses (five karma senses and five knowledge senses) represent the gateway to these eight chakras. When a person lacks knowledge, the lotus appears withered and bends downward. As the energy starts flowing upward, the lotus stem straightens, and the lotus becomes erect.

The ultimate truth is revealed when the lotus blooms in full glory. The Vedas refer to this state as Urdhvaretas. When a person becomes Urdhvaretas, their energy rises upwards, and all the lotuses bloom upwards. While some people count seven, eight, nine, or eleven kavalas, the significance of the chakras lies in understanding them properly, not in the counting of their numbers.

This physical form is composed of a gross and subtle body, meticulously woven by the divine over a ten-month period. Despite the care and attention put into its creation, many fail to recognize its inherent value.

According to Kabir Saheb Ji, this body, fashioned by nature, has been tainted by the influences of Sur (heavenly beings), Nar (ordinary humans), and Muni (renunciates). Deities spoil themselves through indulgence, while sages do so through abstention.

As for humans, they are caught in a constant state of flux, alternating between renunciation and enjoyment throughout the day. A Bhogi is someone who has become so enmeshed in their desires that there is no longer any separation between them and their cravings. Tyagi and Bhogi are two sides of the same coin, each seeking what the other has. This perpetual longing is why even renunciates the dream of pleasure.

In the end, Kabir Saheb Ji asserts that both Tyagi and Bhogi ultimately destroy their chadariya, or sheet of purity.

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