Monday, September 2, 2013

A SADHU ( HERMIT ), SNAKE AND WATER


                                                                               



SHRAANA KUTH OR A BATHING ROOM ON TCHAAKHA STREAM IN BONGAAM MATTAN, KASHMIIR .
PHOTO AUTAR MOTA
TO THIS PHOTO I AM ADDING SOME DOHAAS OF KABIR ON TEST OF A REAL SADHU.

A SADHU , SNAKE AND WATER

There are many DOHAAS ( Two line poetic combinations ) that kabir has said about a real Sadhu . I do not remember the particular DOHAA which I heard long back from our school principal Late Shri Dina Nath Hanjura . The Dohaa in particular conveyed that to survive and be pure , a sadhu , a snake and water should be in continuous motion. A sadhu who gets fixed to a place and builds his resting place is surely tempted by world and its materialism. Suspect him as he can prove to be an ordinary mortal . Similarly a snake is likely to get killed if it rests at a place . The survival of a snake is motion alone . So does the rule of survival apply to water. Stagnant water is polluted and impure. Running rivers bring fresh and pure water. I quote some more Dohaas of Kabir on this issue .

Behtaa Paani Nirmal Hai Bandhaa to Gandhaa hoye
Sadhu jan Ramtaa bhalaa Daag na laagay Koye .
( Kabir )
Flowing water is pure and stagnant impure,
Better for a sadhu to be on move ,that shall keep him free from any impurity of mind.

Yeh kaliyug aayo Abbay Sadhuu Na Maane Koye
Kaami Krodhi Mas-kharaa Tin Ki Pooja Hoye ..
( Kabir )
This is kaliyuga no one is after a real Sadhu
People full of lust .Anger and cheap humour are worshipped .

Haansi kheil Haraam hain Jo Jan Ramtay Raam
Maaya , Mandir Istari Nahin Sadhu ki kaam
( Kabir )
Playfulness and Cheap humour are not meant for those who worship Rama
Building Temples , Creating Wealth and attachment to women are not the deeds of a sadhu.

Jaun Chalay sansaar ki Taun Ko Sadhu Naahin
Dinb Chaal Karni Karay Sadhu mat kaho Taahin
( Kabir )
Those who demonstrate greed in their deeds are not worthy of being called a sadhu .
He who moves in the worldly way Can never be a sadhu.

Sadhu kahaavan Kathin hai Lambaa peid khajoor
Chaday to Chaakhay prem russ Giray to chaknaachoor
( kabir )
Spirituality is a tough path like the tall Date tree .
Those who reach the top, taste the sweetness of love ‘s labour and those who fall mid way fall to dust .

( Autar Mota  02.09.2013. )

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