KABIR WAS A great bhakta (devotee) who lived in or near Benares some centuries ago. Although he had siddhis (psychic powers), he earned his livelihood by weaving. One day, when he was working on his loom, a disciple entered in great excitement and said, “Sir, there is a juggler outside here who is attracting large crowds by making his stick stand in the air”.
Thereupon Kabir, who like all true saints, discouraged
the display of jugglery, wanted to shame the man, and so
rushed out with a big ball of thread in his hand. Seeing the
long bamboo standing in the air, he threw his ball of thread
up in the air. As the ball went up it unwound itself till the
whole length of thread stood stiff in mid-air, and to a far
greater height than the juggler’s stick, without any support
whatever. The people, including the juggler himself, were
stunned with amazement, and Sri Bhagavan’s eyes acted the
amazement, while his hand stood high above his head in the
position of Kabir when he threw up the ball.