KABIR PANTHIS, followers of Kabir (1398-1448), a saint and reformer some of whose compositions have been included in Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. Kabir did not found any sect during his own lifetime; it was after his death that a math, called Kabir Chaura, was established by Surat Gopal, said to be the first missionary of the Kabirpanth, at Varanasi which had been Kablr`s seat for many years. His object was to propagate the teachings of his mentor. This math, known as bdp (father), with a branch establishment at Magahar, covered the states of the Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Bhai Gurdas and the early Sikh literature
KABITTSAVAIYYE, by Bhai Gurdas who had worked with Guru Arjan on the preparation of the original volume of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, and who is remembered in the Sikh tradition as the first consistent interpreter of the Gurus` word, is a collection of 675 kabitts and savaiyyds composed by the poet in Braj. Of his kabitts and savaiyyds, a total of 556 only were known before 1940 when Bhai Vir Singh searched out and published another 119 of them, thereby bringing their total to 675.