Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snatam Kaur - Kabir's Song

When I lived in Berkeley doing my undergraduate, I stayed at the American Sikh Ashram where I got to know several American Sikhs well including Prabhunam Kaur ji who was in charge of the Ashram; Staying among the Ashram family was one of the most beautiful experiences in Berkeley.

Her daughter Snatam Kaur is a blessed soul and does kirtan around the world. I don't know the original song by Bhagat Kabir, but this is a very beautiful translation by Snatam:

Oh my Soul, you come and you go
Through the paths of time and space.
In useless play you’ll not find the way
So set your goals and go.

Sing such a song with all your life
You will never have to sing again.
Love such a one with all your heart
You will never need to love again.

Oh my Soul ...

Walk such a path with all your faith
You will never have to wander again.
Give yourself to such a Guru
You will never have to seek again.

Oh my Soul ... (etc)

Pray such a prayer with all your soul
You will never have to pray again.
Die such a death at the feet of God
You will never have to die again.

Oh my Soul ... (etc)