किण संग करां स्नेह?

 

पान पड़ंते यूं कह्यो

कि सुन तरुवर बनराय

अब के बिछड़े कब मिलें,

दूर पड़ेंगे जाय?

 

तो आग लगी इस वृक्ष को,

और जलन लगे सब पात

तुम क्यों जलो पंखेरुओं,

पंख तुम्हारे पास?

 

फल फुल खादे इस वृक्ष के,

और बीट पड़ी है पात

उड़ना हमारा धर्म नहीं,

और जलना वृक्ष के साथ

 

हेलिए, किण संग करां मैं स्नेह?
संगत कीजो धरमी साध री
संगत कीजो निर्मळ साध री

 

बांस उगो इना बाग़ मां, थरक रही बन राय
आप जले औरन के जाले, अग्नि घणी अंग मांय
किण संग…

 

चंदन उगो इना बाग़ मां, हरख रही बन राय
चंदन पास मैं जाऊं, आप चंदन हुई जाऊं
किण संग…

 

दव लागो इना बाग़ मां, पंछी बैठो आये
हम जले पंख बहीरो, तम उड़ी परे को जाए
किण संग…

 

फल खादा पान बिरोड़िया, रमिया डालो डाल
तम जलो मैं उभरूं, जीवनो कितरीक बार?
किण संग…

 

दव बुझ्यो झाड़ा मेटिया, दूधे बूठा मेह
कहत कबीरा धर्मिदास से, नित नित नवलो नेह
किण संग…

Kin Sang Karaan Sneh?

 

Paan padante yun kahyo

ki sun taruvar banraay

Ab ke bichhde kab milein,

door padenge jaay?

 

To aag lagi is vriksh ko,

aur jalan lage sab paat

Tum kyon jalo pankheruon,

pankh tumhaare paas?

 

Phal phul khaade is vriksh ke,

aur beet padi hai paat

Udna hamaara dharm nahin,

aur jalna vriksh ke saath

 

Heliye, kin sang karaan mein sneh?
Sangat keejo dharmi saadh ri
Sangat keejo nirmal saadh ri

 

Baans ugo ina baag maan, tharak rahi ban raay
Aap jale auran ke jaale, agni ghani ang maay
Kin sang…

 

Chandan ugo ina baag maan, harakh rahi ban raay
Chandan paas main jaaun, aap chandan hui jaaun
Kin sang…

 

Dav laago ina baag maan, panchhi baitho aaye
Ham jale pankh baheero, tam udi pare ko jaaye
Kin sang…

 

Phal khaada paan birodiya, ramiya daalo daal
Tam jalo main ubhrun, jeevno kitreek baar?
Kin sang…

 

Dav bujhyo jhaada metiya, doodhe bootha meh
Kahat Kabira Dharmidas se, nit nit navlo neh
Kin sang…

Whom Should I Love?

 

The falling leaf spoke thus
To the forest tree
Parted this moment, when shall we meet?
We’ll be far apart from each other

 

The tree caught fire
All the leaves began to burn
Why do you burn, O winged one?
You have wings, fly away!

 

I ate the fruit of this tree
I soiled its leaves
There is no way I can fly away
I must burn with the tree

 

Whom should I love, my friend?
Keep the company of pure-hearted ones
Keep the company of clean-hearted ones

 

A bamboo plant grew in this forest
The whole forest trembled
It burns itself and everything around it
So much fire in its belly!

 

A sandalwood tree grew in this forest
The whole forest rejoiced
I go near the sandalwood tree
I become fragrant too!

 

Fire engulfs the whole forest
A bird comes and sits on the tree
I have no wings, I must burn
But you should save yourself and fly!

 

I ate your fruit, I soiled your leaves
I played from branch to branch
You burn, and I fly away?
You live and love but once!

 

The fire was extinguished
The clouds rained milk
Says Kabir to Dharamdas,
Every day my love is new

Translation: Vipul Rikhi & Shabnam Virmani

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