Meaning: noun: Kabir, a 15th Century saint-poet, whose many hymns are present in the Guru Granth Sahib.
ਸੰਤਨ ਸੰਗਿ ਕਬੀਰਾ ਬਿਗਰਿਓ॥ ਸੋ ਕਬੀਰੁ ਰਾਮੈ ਹੋਇ ਨਿਬਰਿਓ॥
ਜਿਹੜਾ ਕਬੀਰ ਸੰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਸੰਗ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਿਗੜਿਆ, ਉਹ ਕਬੀਰ ਰਾਮ ਦਾ ਰੂਪ ਹੋ ਨਿਬੜਿਆ।
saňtan saňg kabiraa bigrio. so kabir raamai hoi nibrio.
The Kabir, who has been ‘spoilt’ or transformed by associating with saints, that Kabir has become just like the Divine. -Bhagat Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib, 1158
Message: Lastly, Bhagat Kabir tells us how the process of his getting ‘spoilt’ or going against the worldly norms began. It began in the company of the like-minded saints, and in the process, Kabir became divine-like.
Here, the importance of the company of righteous, saintly, divine-oriented persons, to move up the divine path is highlighted. The company of virtuous and wise people is vital for spiritual growth and one has to deliberately and consciously seek it, even if such a change is not entirely viewed in a positive light by others. This point is repeatedly highlighted in Gurbani.