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(15.1) Kabir lays emphasis on the attainment of oneness with the divine by pointing out that distinctions between Gods are artificially created by people, and that there is no need for the creation of such distinctions and invented words, as all paths lead to the same goal of oneness with the Divine.


(15.2) People waste their lives in disputation by creating distinctions that do not exist, and pursuing these distinctions instead of understanding that they are artificial and invented in nature. Thus, instead of focusing on commonalities, people focus on differences. Instead of focusing on love, they focus on hate, and this is a waste, since the goal should be the attainment of oneness with the divine, which can only be attained through love.


(15.3) Kabir’s poetry draws its lyrical beauty from the fact that he seeks to explain that there is no need for the creation of artificial distinctions between Gods. He also uses the symbolism of gold (as an economic asset), and of religious sacrifices, to show that by wasting time in disputation, and by trying to prove that one God is better than the other, or that one religion is better than the other, the real power of the Divine is lost. By appreciating the interconnectedness of all religions, as opposed to the discord between them, by referring to the reader as a ‘brother’, and by seeking oneness with the Divine, his poem makes him a figure of inter-religious harmony.


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