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Kabir(1398-1448) is a North Indian devotional poet, who was born in Banaras and was active in the fifteenth century. His corpus of work has a complex textual history with innumerable manuscripts and variants of poems and aphorisms. According to Vinay Dharwadker, thereare three different schools of manuscript-traditions pertainingto Kabir's work, the Nanak Panth (northern), Dadu Panthi(western)and the Kabir Panth. His work survives in various languages-Braj Bhasha, Avadhi, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Khadi Boli, Punjabi besides showing traces of Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic elements. Our selection here is from the "Bijak" edition of Kabir's verse published by Belvedere Press.