Monday, November 10, 2008

Saint Kabir's songs

Bhawana, Danke Schon for the link ! Verses translated freely by me.

Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag
Tera Sayeen Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag

Like there is oil in the seeds, and fire in the matchstick,
your Lord is within you, you wake up if you can !

Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor
Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor

What use is the greatness, if it is like a Date Tree?
It doesn't give shadow to a traveller, and its fruits are out of reach.

Guru Dhobi Sikh Kapda, Saboo Sirjan Har
Surti Sila Pur Dhoiye, Nikse Jyoti Apaar

Guru is the washerman, the devotee is the cloth, the soap is the name of the Lord.
Get washed well, then your inner light will shine!

Pehle Agan Birha Ki, Pachhe Prem Ki Pyas
Kahe Kabir Tub Janiye, Naam Milan Ki Aaas

{When There is } First the longing for the beloved, Then the Thirst for attaining love
Then only you are eligible for the Mantra {from a Guru} , Says Kabir.

Kabir Maala Kaath Kee, Kahi Samjhave Tohi
Man Na Firave Aapna, Kaha Firave Mohi

Kabir, what does the Maala (Chain) used for chanting Mantra tell you?
If you aren't turning the mind (from outward desires to the inward Lordship), Then what's the point of turning me(The Chain)!

Kabira Teri Jhompri Gal Katiyan Ke Paas
Jo Karenge So Bharenge Tu Kyon Bhayo Udaas

(Disappointed by killings of animals), Kabir (says to himself) your hut is near the butcher's place.
Those who do these acts will pay for it themselves. Why are you getting remorse. (Not Being Wrong against things that are wrong...)


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