“Be just: that is nearer to piety.” (Quran: 5:8)
“Lo! The hearing and the sight and the heart, of each of these it will be asked.” (Quran: 17:36)
No one would deny that God resides within our conscience, in our kind deeds, and not merely in our rituals.
This Kabir poem befits that spirit:
Moko kahan DhunDhe re bande, main to tere paas me.
Where do you search me, O seeker? I am with you always.
Na main bakari, na main bherhi, na main chhuri gadaas me.
I am neither in goat nor in sheep (the sacrificial animals)) neither I am in the(sacrificial) knife or sword.
Nahi khal me, nahi ponchh me, na haddi na maans me.
I am not in the skin, in the tail, in bones or meat .
Na mein deval, na mein masajid, na kaabe kailaash me.
I am neither in the temple nor in the masque. I am not in the Kailash or Kaaba.
(They are symbols only)
Na mein kiriya karam me rahata, nahi jog sanyaas me.
I am not in the worldy rituals nor in the act renunciation.
Khoji hoy turat mili jaaun, ek pal ki talaash me.
If you seek me in true spirits, I am found in a moment’s search.
Main to raho shahar ke baahar, meri puri mawaas me.
I reside away from the city (Outside the usual places people associate with me) I live in the real abode.
Kahe Kabir suno bhai saadho, sab sanso ki saans me.
Kabir says – Listen O’ the learned, I live within the breath of all your breaths.
(In your conscience).