Morning! I started the PC and was about to start work. I usually keep humming all the time, may be it at home, at work, while riding a bike, or while doing nothing (no one has ever enlightened me on how to do nothing). And I started humming an abhanga by Tukaram: हेची दान देगा देवा तुझा विसर न व्हावा, विसर न व्हावा तुझा विसर न व्हावा!! “Bless me O God; I shall never forgot thou, never, never ever!” How couldn’t I love these words, how couldn’t I!! Oh God, bless me, I shall never forget thou, never ever!
I knew a similar couplet by Bashir Badr “Wo bada rahim o karim hai mujhe ye sifat bhi ata karein, tujhe bhulne ke duaa karoon to meri duaa mein asar na ho.” He is really a kind one, He should grant me a wish–if I ever wish to forget you, I wish must never be granted. And I loved these lines too, but this time Tukaram took my heart away!
In case of Bashir Badr, he wishes he should never forget his beloved one. And Tukaram? For him, the God is his beloved, and he is asking the God never to let him forget Him.
I was humming it all over the day, it was constantly going in my head while all the work was going: हेची दान देगा देवा तुझा विसर न व्हावा, विसर न व्हावा तुझा विसर न व्हावा!!
For a moment I thought did Tukaram mean that God should always keep us unhappy that we must not forget him? Nay, it cannot be such. Tukaram didn’t mean it that way. May be it was the case with Bashir Badr, certainly not with Tukaram!
Be with me! Never let me go! Hold me to your heart!! And how can I forget you? Isn’t it what Tukaram means? Never let me go!
Tukaram made my day today!!
Tukaram (1608-1650) was a Marathi seer poet and is considered the zenith of the Warkari tradition, which sought salvation for all irrespective of caste and creed. Tukaram wrote poetry in the form of abhangas (literally something that cannot be broken). Tukaram is considered as one of the best poets the language has ever produced. Tukaram’s abhangas are still played in the households of Maharashtra.
Bashir Badr is a contemporary Urdu poet, one of my favorite.