Bloated Ego….

Bloated Ego
 
 

Background :
Recently, I chanced to meet a highly educated person with several degrees as well as a prefix of  Doctor (PhD) before his name.We got talking over topics of mutual interest.
On hearing him narrate his experiences and achievements and from the way he talked with an air, I could sadly judge that he seemed to have some sort of a superiority complex about himself.
Well,we all have our egos to some extent,but I feel,most of us need to develope the virtue of humility.
This reminded me of a long forgotten poem in Hindi ,which our Hindi teacher had once shared with us in school,with a view to inculcate humility in us.
Perhaps some of the readers might of heard of this poem or slightly different versions of the same.Anyway,I hope you will like it,as I have…..
I reproduce it herebelow from memory,followed with a rough translation into English :
 
Fakhra sey bakra pukaara,
Main hi main duniyaan mein hoon,
Tab kaha kasaaee ney,
Kis khet ki mooli hai tu !   
 
Ley chhuree,gardan pey firri
Dhad sey sarr judaa ho gaya,
Gosht baazar mein bikka,
Aanto ko mochee ley gaya.
 
Mochee nein taantey banaee,
Taanton ko, dhunniya ley gaya.
Dhunniye nein dhunki banayee
Aur uss ko bajaaney lagga.
 
Jab uss ko bajaaney lagga
Tau uss mein sey awaaz aayi,
Toon Hi,Toon Hi,
Duniyaan key rakhwaaley,
Toon Hi,Toon Hi !!
 
Translation :

The mail Goat proudly announced
Maaiiinnnn……Maaiiinnn……  
( bleating noise that a goat makes)
As if to say:
Its only Me,only Me,only Me…
In this world.
 
To this,the town’s butcher said:
You are an insignificant creature
(having no value– colloquially
 like a wee little raddish from
a large vegetable field ! ) 
 
The butcher slashed his knife
Across the goats neck,
Separating the head
From its body.
Mutton was sold in the market,
While the cobbler
Took away the dead
Goat’s waste intestines.
 
The cobbler made very thin strings
From those intestines
And the strings were
Purchased by a
Musical instrument maker (dhunniya)
 
The musical instrument maker
Made a small violin like instrument ( dhunki )
Using those strings.
When the violin was ready,
He played it and tested it .
What sound did it produce ?
The sound was ” ttooon hee,ttoon hee… “
Implying that: “Its only You,
Its only You, ( Toon Hi Toon Hi …)
Dear God,the maker and preserver
Of this universe ! “
 
Thus,while the Goat was alive,it had always boasted of its bloated ego but, when it met with its death, it sadly realised how wrong it had been.
 
Let us all learn to be humble…… 

    

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6 Responses to Bloated Ego….

  1. atreya sarma says:

    Brocaji, A nice parable illustrating the value of humility…everyone of us should try to cultivate this virtue; otherwise humiliations will harvest us.

    U Atreya Sarma, Greenfield, Wisconsin
    Sep 22, 2009

  2. DR POOJA says:

    Jitoo Uncle, A nice lesson to learn with a nice moral. It helps us in every walk of life. So clear you remember your lessons of school days.Your memory is simply superb. Best wishes.

    Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Bijapur
    Sep 22, 2009

  3. jasneet kaur says:

    Respected Broca Sir, A spectacular poem depicting the urge to inculcate humility within, as it is really God who has created everything. Warm Regards.

    Jasneet Kaur, New Delhi
    Sep 22, 2009

  4. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Atreya ji, Pooja and Jasneet, I thank you all for your warm responses!

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Sep 23, 2009

  5. nilouffer says:

    Dear Jatinder ji,

    Yes you have revived my memory of yesteryears and the lessons we learnt then; I feel ego is an urge for recognition, self valuation; while humility is the capacity to recognise somone/thing greater than oneself.Humility is a virtue of great and pious people. Thanks for enticing us to be humble through this simple but effective poem. GBU

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