Introduction / History
The Kabirpanthi are followers of the Guru Kabir who lived in 15th century India. This group came from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds. Some scholars consider the Kabirpanthi to be an isolated branch of Sikhs. The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak was a disciple of Guru Kabir. Both teachers wanted to bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims. Like Guru Nanak of the Sikhs, Kabir rejected the caste system. Today some Kabirpanthi deem themselves to be Hindus and others see themselves as Sikhs.
Guru Kabir came from a family of weavers and many of the Kabirpanthi have practiced the same trade. This people group speaks many different languages, but the main ones are Eastern Punjabi and Hindi.
Where are they located?
The Kabirpanthi live throughout the nation of India but they are concentrated in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
What are their lives like?
Most followers of Guru Kabir are part of the fourth and lowest caste of the Hindu system. Many are poor, landless agricultural workers. Mechanical and factory looms have led many Kabirpanthi to leave their traditional trade of weaving. Some now are small shop owners and small businesspersons.
The Kabirpanthi marry within their group. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the regular practice. Sons inherit property of their father. The Kabirpanthi dance and sing at their celebrations. Children often quit school at an early age to help support their family. A community council of elders settles legal issues and promotes their interests.
What are their beliefs?
The Kabirpanthi have beliefs similar to the Sikhs. Kabirpanthi are required to observe sanctity, purity and truthfulness in their daily lives and behavior according to SikhiWiki. They believe that good behavior and meditation on God's virtues are the methods of finding fulfillment and salvation. Those who are literate read their holy books, which contain the messages of Guru Kabir. The Kabirpanthi claim to be a spiritual organization dedicated to unite Hindu and Muslim traditions and sustain peace between them.
During their religious ceremonies, they sing praise songs to the music of cymbals, and their priest recites morning and evening prayers. The Kabirpanthi celebrate both Sikh and Hindu holidays.
What are their needs?
The Kabirpanthi need to understand that the teaching of Guru Kabir will not get them right with the one, true God. Only Jesus' sacrifice can gain for them the forgiveness of their sins.
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Kabirpanthi people.
Pray for a movement of Kabirpanthi households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Kabirpanthi people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Kabirpanthi people.
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