तिनका कबहुँ ना निंदिये, जो पांव तले होए
कबहुँ उड़ आँखो पड़े, पीर घनेरी होए
tinka kabhoon na nindiye, jo paanv tale hoye
kabhoon ud aankho pade, peer ghaneri hoye
This couplet definitely highlights the emphasis that Kabeer puts on humility, though the way that he chooses to convey it is through fear. It reminds me of a story we used to hear as kids where a mighty elephant was humbled by a lowly ant who slipped into the trunk of the elephant causing much grief and eventually leading to the elephant realizing that no creature is completely powerless.
But I wonder why we need to allude to the fear or retribution aspect at all. What if the ant had no way to get back at the elephant, or the tinka (twig) had no way to get into our eye and cause pain? Should the stronger entity then continue to trample on the weaker one with impunity? Where is the humility in doing something out of fear?