Who is Narayan? Who is Sai?


Who is Sai? Many would like to know the meaning of the word “Sai”. The word “Sai” is used to address God, a supreme force behind everything. Kabir was a mystic poet of India. He uses the word “Sai” in two of his “Dohas” (couplets). His couplets where he uses the word “Sai” are as below: 

जैसे तिल में तेल है, ज्यों चकमक में आग ।
तेरा साईं तुझ में है, तू जाग सके तो जाग ।

In the above couplet he is saying, Just like how oil is contained in the sesame seed, and just like how fire is within the flint stone, in the same way your God is within you, wake up if you can

In another couplet he uses the word “Sai” as below:

साई इतना दीजिए जामें कुटुंब समाय, 
मै भी भूखा ना रहूं, साधु न भूखा जाय  

In the above couplet he is praying God to give him at least this much in which his family could eat, he could eat, and a sage visiting his home also does not go hungry. He is only asking this much and nothing more. This is how beautifully he uses the word “Sai” in the above couplet. 

Who is Narayan? We may also like to know the meaning of this word “Narayan”. There was a famous poet Kusumagraj in Maharashtra, India. In one of his poems he uses the word “Narayan” and explains the importance of the word. The stanza of the poem reads as under: 

माणुस म्हणजे पशू नसे  
हे ज्याच्या हृदयात ठसे  
नर नारायण तोच असे  

In the above poem he beautifully explains the difference between an animal, a man, and God. He says that a man is not an animal. And when this understanding goes far deeper into his heart, then he is only called a “Narayan”

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