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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A THOUSAND YEAR OLD BENGALI MYSTIC POETRY

Mystic poems always fascinates me. Thats why I have decided to share some mystic poems from all over the world in my this blog. And in my this first search, I came to know about A THOUSAND YEAR OLD BENGALI MYSTIC POETRY, as I go on reading the poems, I found myself involves in knowing about the depth of all these poems.
The story about this book is like that ...

In 1907, Scholar Hariprashad Sastri, working in the Royal Archive in Nepal discovered a palm-leaf manuscript of 'Caryagiti', mystic poems by Bengali Buddhist poets, which were written about 700 C.E. The poems, also collectively known as the 'Caryapada'. The discovery brought to light the oldest specimens not only of Bengali poetry but also of Indo-Aryan literature. The author Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud has done an extensive research on 'Caryagiti' and presented it in the book called, "A Thousand year Old Bengali Mystic Poetry." The translation of the poems has been done by the author herself. The mystic images and the ancient Bengali script are omitted here for complexity.

My aim is to make this blog informative as much as I can. The Poem that I have selected from this book for you is Caryapada 6 and the poet name is Bhusukupada.

Poet: Bhusukupada, Raga Patamanjuri

Who have I accepted and who gave I given up?

All sides are surrounded by the cries of the hunter.

The deer's own flesh is his enemy.

Bhusuku the hunter does not spare him for a moment.

The deer touches no green, nor drinks water.

He does not know where the doe lives.

The doe tills the deer: leave this forest, and free yourself.

Thus the deer sped for hid life, leaving no hoff marks behind.

Bhusuku says 'this does not reach the heart of the unwise'.

Description:

"Acceptance and denouncement in life is depicted in one of the most poetic Caryas in this collection. The deer is an innocent animal who has no hatred for anyone. His enemy is his own flesh, which is the reason that he is being hunted. The deer is the Praga goddess found within himself, who shows him the way to salvation. He leaves no trail behind so that he cannot be followed by worldly claims.

The deer represents the mind, In the material life the mind wants to hold more and more. It gets hurt when it obtains material objects. As these cannot quench its thirst, it becomes unhappy. Pains attack him like the deer-hunters.

We may envisage the composer of the song, Bhusuka, surrounded by hunters, His own quality or talent is his enemy. So he stops eating and drinking, but he does not know the way to freedom. His instincts tell him to run this place like the deer, leaving no tracks behind."

Reference:

Old Bengali mystic poetry

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