Open up your mind and your potential reaches infinity…

Kaun Thagwa Nagariya Lutal Ho

Chandan Kaath Ke Banal Khatola, Tapar Dulihan Sutal Ho
Utho Sakhiri Maang Sawaro, Dulha Mosey Ruthal Ho
Aye Jamraja Palang Chadi Baitha, Nainan Ansuwan Tutal Ho
Char Jane Mil Khath Uthain, Chahun Disi Dhu Dhu Uthal Ho
Kehat Kabira Suno Bhai Sadho, Jug Se Nata Chutal Ho


Who Is The Thug Who Is Robbing The Town.
A Small Cot Is Made Of Sandalwood,
On Which The Bride Sleeps
Get Up Beloved Companion
Adorn Me With Bridal Makeup,
The Groom Is Upset With Me
The Lord of Death, Is Sitting On The Bed,
Eyes Are Filled With Tears
Four People Pick Up The Cot,
Sounds of The Flaring Flames Come From All Four Directions
Says Kabira Listen Oh Learned,
The Relationship With The World Comes To An End

Explanation(Courtesy Maalok).

The town symbolizes the body. The thug is death itself. It robs the body of its life force. The symbolism is at two levels. At the physical level where body and spirit are intertwined like groom and bride, the spirit thinks that body is its abode and tries its best to hang on. It cries at the sight of such a catastrophic loss. But the relentless time (personified as the Angel of Death), is sitting in no mood to yield. The bride or spirit thinks that the groom (body) is upset so tries its best to attract its mate and resorts to all kinds of means represented in the song as “bridal makeup”. The impermanence of the physical reality is manifested ever so clearly as the body is consumed by the very sensory attributes that it identified with (represented as flames). At the spiritual level, of course, the bride is starting its true journey to reach its permanent abode and therefore the relationship with the world comes to an end. The latter part is inferred in contrast to the more apparent physical reality. In his typical mystical fashion, Kabir urges the listener (Sadhu or one who is doing Sadhana) to come to this understanding on their own – a realization that is not bookish but experiential.

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