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Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Thought for Republic Day

"Kya banaane aaye thhe aur kya banaa baithhe
KahiN Mandir, kahiN Masjid, kahiN Gurdwara, kahiN Girja banaa baithhe
Hum se toh achhi hai zaat parindoN ki
Kabhi Mandir, kabhi Masjid, kabhi Gurdwaare toh kabhi Girje pe ja baithhe"

(It would be difficult for me to attempt a translation, with my limited talents, without some of the impact being lost. However, it can be safely stated that the poet laments upon the rigid manner in which humanity has been divided on the basis of religion and seeks to compare humans against birds, which visit places of worship of different religious faiths without discrimination and which, therefore, may be considered to regard all religions as equal.)


Sidhusaaheb said...


And I feel do not translate. It won’t convey the same feelings and intensity.
~nm | Homepage | 01.27.09 – 6:02 am | #


A wonderful composition, expressed in a lucid style, what is at peoples’ heart.

This reminds me of what the Sufi Saint and Punjabi Poet Baba Bullay Shah says in this regard:-


Something similar is said by the great soul of Punjab (Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji).

Unforunately people (who are mainly misled by the politicos and the religious hierarchy in both India and Pakistan) have forgotten this universal message propounded by the Sufis and Saints of Punjab.

If sincerely followed what these great men said, at least this subcontinent could turn into a heaven on earth. But alas we have built mosques, mandirs and Gurdwaras and thus have divided God amongst ourselves, each claiming a monopoly of God unto himself.
Nayyar Hashmey | Homepage | 01.30.09 – 4:42 pm | #


Whose lines are these btw?
MP | Homepage | 01.30.09 – 4:57 pm | #


@nm: Thanks!

I won’t.

@Dr. Hashmey: Thanks for the lovely couplet by Baba Bulle Shah!

I agree completely. :)

@MP: I do not know. I just heard the Wadali brothers recite this at a concert. :)
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.06.09 – 3:45 pm | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

I think it was Javed akhtar who wrote something similar:
Panchi, nadiya, pawan ke jhoke,
Koi sarhad na inhein roke…

But this one’s way too beautiful!
Thought Bubbles | Homepage | 02.13.09 – 10:58 am | #


This is a great poem.. thanks for posting it
raza | Homepage | 03.22.09 – 5:52 pm | #