Hymns of Sheikh Farid…
Sometime ago, I had posted a few hymns of Kabirji from our holy book Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS).The response of the readers had been very encouraging. Hence, I now most humbly, endevour to post some hymns of Sheikh Farid from SGGS alongwith the translations. Before I go further,I feel some background information of this Saint would be useful :
Baba Sheikh Farid — ( 1173 -1266) was a Muslim Saint from Punjab and 134 hymns composed by him, have been included in SGGS.His shlokas are included on pages 1377 to 1384 of SGGS.
Baba Farid’s great grand father was son of Farrukh Shah, the emperor of Kabul.Baba Farid’s great grand father was killed when Halaku, the grandson of Chengez Khan had invaded Kabul & had killed several princes and learned men, including several of Baba Farid’s ancestors.
Baba Farid’s grandfather Shaikh Shaib abandoned their country and took refuge in the Punjab in A.D. 1125.At the last stage of his life, Baba Farid had settled in a city then called Mokhalpur but now it is in Punjab (India) and is called Faridkot .He was a unique saint and scholor of spiritualism. His torch of Sufi thoughts was carried by his successors and several others such as Sant Kabir and Guru Nanak .Sheikh Farid can be truly called the founder of Punjabi literature, making Punjabi culture older than Hindi, Urdu and other languages of current times. It was much after Baba Farid that Kabir, Tulsidas, Mira Bai, etc started using common language of the people of India in their compositions. Baba Sheikh Farid can truly be considered a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and concept of Punjabi Language. Sant Farid is worshipped because of his spirituality,simplicity and piety.Not only has Farid influenced Hindus but he has been one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well Muslims.
Hymn 1 :
Farida galliye chikkad,door ghar, naal pyarey neho,
Challan taan bhijjey kambli,rahan taan tuttey neho.
Bhijo sijjou kambli,allah varsey meho,
Jaaye milla tinna saajna, tuttey nahi neho. (1379)
Farid says, the lanes are full of mud, and my destination is
far away,but my love for my Supreme Lord remains
unshaken. If I go to meet Him,my cloak will get wet.
If I don’t go,then my bond of love with Him will be broken.
Let my cloak get wet and drenched;Let Allah cause a heavy
down pour of rain.I will definitely go to meet my Lord and
keep up my promise and ensure that my bond of love
Kaga karang dhadoliya,sagla khaya maas,
Eh doyey naina matt chchuo, pirr dekhan ki aas ! (1382)
The crows have pecked at my skeletal body
and have eaten all my flesh.
Dear crows,please do not touch my eyes,
for I still have hope to see (have darshan of) my dear Lord.
Hymn 3 :
Farida khaak naa nindiyey, khaaku jedd naa koyey,
Jeevdiya pairaa talley,muyiya oopar hoyey ! (1378)
Farid says,do not ever speak ill of (slander) dust.
For,when we are alive,it is under our feet,
And when we are dead,it is above us ! (cremation)
Hymn 4 :
Farida, mandap maal naa laayey, marag sataani chitt dhar,
Farida itt siraaney, bhuy sawann,keeda ladiyo maas.(1380-81)
Farid says, do not focus on mansions and wealth;
But centre your consciousness on death,your most powerful
When you die, a stone will be your pillow,the earth will be
your bed and the worms will eat into your flesh !
Hymn 5 :
Jey jaana marr jaayiey,ghumm naa aayiey,
Jhoothi duniyaan lagg,aap vanjhaiyey ! (488)
Had I known that I was to die one day and never return,
I would not have ruined myself,by clinging to this world
of falsehood !
Dear Readers,I hope you will respond to these hymns as
usual.I pray that the Supreme Being above,takes care of
us all !
I shall post some more hymns of Sheikh Farid ji as soon as He
gives me the inspiration ! Have a nice day !