Listen to him, eyes closed, music system in full blast.
Mat kar maaya ko ahankaar
Mat kar kaaya ko abhiman
Kaaya gaar se kaachi, jaise oas raa moti
Jhonka pavan ka lag jaaye, jhapka pavan ka lag jaaye
Kaaya dhool ho jaasi…
Don’t be deluded by Maya,
Don’t take pride in the body.
It’s as fragile as clay, like a drop of dew.
A blast of wind, just a little gust,
And the body will turn to dust!
Listen to the thambura,
sway your head, sway it to and fro, back and forth
Listen to the manjira,
watch your fingers drumming
watch your shoulders jerking,
Listen to the Dholak,
spasms break out -
energy spews from your body-
it’s the Deliverance ! - dance, dance!
Yunhi man samjhave’, tu jhutti man samjhave’
Bina khoj kuchch bhed na pave’
Dharo viradha janam gamave’
Sun saayar gyani, tu kayi man samjhave’?
Here’s how you center your mind.
Search for the secret, don’t waste your life.
Listen, wise wanderer,
How will you steer your mind?
Jo paanihari paani chaale’, baedo bhari ne khar laave’
Hale' dole' baat banaave’, par
Sun saayar gyani, tu kayi man samjhave’.
The way a water-bearer walks to the well,
Fills her post and brings it home,
She swings along, chatting on her way,
Her awareness fixed on the pot.
Here’s how you center the mind.
Listening to Kabir, listening to Prahlad…
****** Balachandran V,
Courtesy: Kabir in Malwa – Folk songs of Kabir by Prahald Tipanya & Kaluram Bamaniya
Thanks to Shabnam Virmani, Vidya Rao,