Friday, February 11, 2011

Bhai Nand Lal - "Love Union" for this Valentine's day

Bhai Nand Lal, despite being a Hindu, was a scholar or Farsi (Persian) and was considered to be an authority on the holy Quran during Mughal ruler Aurangzeb's time (17th century) and was hired to teach Farsi to Aurangzeb's kids (specifically Bahadur Shah) to prepare them for the throne.  However, Bhai Nand Lal opposed Aurangzeb's fanaticism and intention to forcibly convert the population to Islam, and left to become a disciple and poet laureate of my dear Guru Gobind Singh. His poems are sung in the Golden Temple and across the world even now.  He is a great example, in my mind, of someone who favored Truth over falsehood, and for that, is remembered till date.

It is impossible to translate poetry, especially beautiful Farsi (Persian) poetry. Last month I took the essence of a Farsi poem written by Bhai Nand Lal and from that inspiration wrote a poem, "Love Union".  Like the poems of my dear Gurus, his poems ooze love for the supreme mystery.  I am the 10th descendent of Bhai Nand Lal, so his poetry remains special to me personally.  Here are the first few lines.  For the complete poem see

With just enough space in my heart,
You, my love, can live forever where,
and just the right sight in my eyes
to see Your reflection everywhere ...