Kabir and The Road Not Taken: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life

Discovering Life's Journey Through Poetry and Wisdom

Fri Feb 10, 2023

Finding Purpose and Inspiration through Poetry: Exploring the Teachings of Kabir and the Message of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

"I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference."

As human beings, we all seek a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. We look for guidance and inspiration to help us navigate the journey of life and make the right choices. 

Poetry, with its beauty and depth, can be a powerful source of such guidance. In this blog, we will explore the teachings of Kabir, and how they can be applied to see the purpose and meaning of life. We will also look at a famous poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken," and how it can inspire us to break away from the status quo and pursue our true calling.

Kabir: A Source of Wisdom and Inspiration

Kabir was a 15th-century poet and mystic from India. Although his name is familiar to most people in India, the depth and practicality of his teachings often go unnoticed. After revisiting Kabir's poems with a deeper understanding of Vedanta and Yoga philosophy, I came to appreciate the wisdom and relevance of Kabir's teachings to modern life. This led me to work on a series of courses dedicated to Kabir's poetry, of which the first course is: Kabir's Path of Love & Insight to the True Self

Kabir talks about pursuing inner fulfilment is the sole purpose of life and this fulfilment is only possible through Love for our true Self and Wisdom about the falseness of the ego self.

The Road Not Taken: A Poem of Inspiration

Along with exploring the teachings of Kabir, I also wanted to share a beautiful and impactful poem by Robert Frost called "The Road Not Taken." This poem had a profound impact on me. I first read it during the final year of my Bachelor's degree in Computer Applications. The poem inspired me to make the decision to centre my life around Yogic and Vedantic studies.

"The Road Not Taken" BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I hope this poem by Robert Frost and Kabir's Wisdom has inspired you to break away from the status quo and pursue what you truly feel is worth in your life. Something that, when you look back ages from now and say, "I am glad I took that road."


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