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Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

Translation

Tomorrows work do today, today's work now
If the moment is lost, the work be done how

My Understanding

This doha is a little difficult to translate, particularly when the words "Pal mein Pralaya Hoyegi", have been translated by many scholars as the doomsday may come at any moment or in similar words. In my understanding Kabir, would not have meant this. He knew more than anyone else that if God is eternal, his creation is also eternal. Also being a Guru, Kabir would not like to talk about doomsday, as he himself was full of life.

In this Doha, Kabir has clearly tried to explain the human tendency of laziness and procrastination. It is a known fact that we all tend to postpone matters, we are indecisive and given a choice we would like others to be doing work and we simply enjoying a cool time. When it comes to us, we try to get away by saying, "Very busy, no time." Don't we?

This lethargy is what Kabir is condemning. Besides, according to me, his emphasis is on now, the present, the moment as it is. Now, that is Life, the moment. It is in the now, in the spontaneousness that one gets energized to do, to achieve, to realize. As they say, it is now or never.

Keeping this context in mind, this Kabir Doha clearly teaches us to shed all procrastination and lethargy. It motivates us to do whatever we have to do, and do it now. If we will keep postponing it, then the work will never be done.

Rajender Krishan
Visual Art by Simi Nallaseth Views: 85333        Comments: 30       
Comments on this Doha
Comment He was the spiritual guru. So, he pointed his finger to all of us
to take care of our spiritual life and start as early as possible since the life span of human being is very very short.
prabir pal
08/30/2013
Comment In my opinion I believe the second half of the Doha is open to far too much interpretation when it shouldn't, because this causes too much confusion amongst the believers. The first part has always been used correctly because its straightforward. The second part is much more complex but dealt in a logical way I find it as meaning to be this. If your are lazy and delay things which are important, you are giving time for nature to take it course by bringing about disaster, famine and disease. The meaning of this is focused on farming, trader and agriculture of the time. I wouldn't have thought Sant Kabir wouldn't have had to deal with the visionary dimension to see into the future and express his Doha taking into consideration that cars, skyscrapers and money was the most important. Disease is what the body gets from lack of exercise and movement and disaster and famine is the onset of misfortune by nature and disaster is what the land suffers from. The Doha still places a important place today just as much as it will in the future because the Dohas deals with people on grass root level. The word pralaya means disaster or the beginning of the end. Kabir is asking if the pralaya come at a moments notice have you prepared for your end. I am sorry but I don't agree with Mr. Rajender Krishan on the part that Kabir Bhagat was not familiar with doomsday or pralaya. He was a sage of his time his thoughts were divine. One truth we all tend to forget is that death is the ultimate truth there is no other truth with is so precise.
A Bhagat of Kabir Bhagat
08/26/2013
Comment In my opinion I believe the second half of the Doha is open to far too much interpretation when it shouldn't, because this causes too much confusion amongst the believers. The first part has always been used correctly because its straightforward. The second part is much more complex but dealt in a logical way I find it as meaning to be this. If your are lazy and delay things which are important, you are giving time for nature to take it course by bringing about disaster, famine and disease. The meaning of this is focused on farming, trader and agriculture of the time. I wouldn't have thought Sant Kabir would have a visionary dimension to see into the future and express his Doha taking into consideration that cars, skyscrapers and money was the most important. Disease is what the body gets from lack of exercise and movement and disaster and famine is the onset of misfortune by nature and disaster is what the land suffers from. The Doha still places a important place today just as much as it will in the future because the Dohas deals with people on grass root level.
A Bhagat of Kabir Bhagat
08/26/2013
Comment thank you very much u helped mi in completing my homework
Priyanka Singh
08/05/2013
Comment it was wonderful but next time come with more dohe
anupama
05/31/2013
Comment awesome
awesomeabd
05/12/2013
Comment thanks for the translation. a very beautiful doha of kabir which gives moral to all . its very important moral for all of us.really time and tide waits for none. time is free but its priceless you can't own it but you can use it.you can't keep it but you can spend it.once you have lost it you can never get it back.
ipkknd
04/21/2013
Comment This doha explaining two things clearly.Number one,you should live in present and number two,your life and death moving on two parallel lines and both can fuse any time and the tomorrow will come never.
Dr. Prakash kachhwal
04/03/2013
Comment very nice, helpful
Hindi
02/16/2013
Comment this is realy truth of the world becouse the time is not stop for any person or any natural calimities so do the work what you want today
sangitamanekar
02/01/2013
Comment While the first sentence of the Doha is clear for many people, several different interpretations exit for "Pal mein Parlaya hoyega"

My interpretation is that, Saint Kabhir really meant that, everything can come to an end within a wink of an eye, especially death. So, if someone is thinking of doing something good either for spiritual benefit or welfare of others, one has to get into it immediately. In the present day world, we really shun the word death, so, to make the doha appealing to everybody, some milder explanation is provided. But, for adults, I feel, the above explanation is right and something which we should be in a position to digest.

The reason I think the above is correct is because, several saints, around that period of time, have voiced similar opinion, that is, you need to embrace the truth of life. Anything that comes from the earth
has to go back to earth. Even Lord Krishna and Lord Ram also had to renounce their bodies before leaving the planet. So, it is not something uncommon that a great realized soul like Khabir das has meant the above interpretation.
Srini
10/04/2012
Comment I think so that KABIR want to say that {you want to do your work at time nd agar ham kaam time par pura n kare to tabahi hoegi
nd sab kabh karenge apna kaam!!!!!!!!!!..............
JIGYASA
09/26/2012
Comment i need hindi essay on subject kal kare so aaj kar, if i need to become a scientiest
milind
09/06/2012
Comment great sayings of saint kabir very nicely translated and explained by rajinder krishenji.
dr.b.b.jolly
08/06/2012
Comment what does "bahuri" mean?
Kundu
04/18/2012
Comment this is really great work done but could you pl explain the the word Bahuri means what
kanav_monga
03/26/2012
Comment I liked from my childhood when iwas in school
himadri dhara
09/24/2011
Comment This IS one of the famous quotes world has ever known...I appericiate It ..Proud To BE AN INDIAN MUSLIM!!!!-even kabir was, wasnt he ??? he raised our nations name so will i !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
randomcitizen
07/03/2011
Comment “Shubham sheegram“
Kabir Ji is dohe me ye kahe rahe hayen ki jo bhi Ache, sundar, shubh aur satya karam aap ko karni haye, usse aaj hi aarambh karro. Aaj se unka matlab haye abhi (now or present time), jab tumhare paas waqt haye aur tumhari saanse chal rahi haye. Koi bhi shubh kaarye kal (future) par mat taalo kyon ki kaal kal ka samay nahi dega. “Pal me pralaye hoyega“ se unka matlab haye ki mrityu (kaal) har pal hamare saath haye aur na jaane kab aakar hamari saanse cheen le. To iss se pahele hamari mrityu aa jaaye, har karne yog karm abhi jeete ji karna shuru kar do. Gaya waqt laut kar nahi aayega to phir karoge kab? Karam se ye bhi prayojan haye ki Jo chaar aashram haye: Bramchaarye; Grahast; Vaan paras aur Sanyaas, inko thik samaye par apna kar aarambh kar dena chahiye. Aalasye, pramod aur prapanch ko tyag kar apne paarmaarthik kartavaye ke liye har manush ko samay rahete uus ke liye prerit ho jaana chaahiye. Kyon ki kaal kal ka samay nahi dega!!!
Anil
03/10/2011
Comment This doha of KABIR is the most inspirational stuff i have ever heard of....
please read my views aon this subject here if you would like to...
http://tarrichmania.blogspot.com/2011/03/tomorrow-next-week-next-month-new-year.html
tarosh
03/07/2011
Comment
I feel that this doha pertains to the procrastination that we do in commencing our devotional life. Human being have a tendency to pospone devotional living to the old age, when they feel that the end is near. I think Kabir is trying to say that since life is unpredictable ( life can end any time), the time to devote our life to God/the almighty is now, not somewhere in the future.
achal
01/23/2011
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I wanted these 2-liners for my Hindi activity and proved to be really helpfu, besides,
this site found me really very inspirational and moral DOHAS.
Thanks to this site, I even got a great remark as well as a superb score and grade.
HATS OFF TO KABIR AND THANKS TO RAJENDRA
Saba Salahuddin
01/16/2011
Comment a nice poem
syed
12/09/2010
Comment Beautifully,nerrated and your views well put. :The worlds speak for themselves:
Rajendra Maharaj.
11/13/2010
Comment this was really useful for my hindi project
Sri Ranjini
11/11/2010
Comment hello one and all

i think that Kabir wanted to say that you have to do your work on time
coz every living been is does work but those are successful whose work is done on time
time does matters!!

thanks
Sagar Mali
11/08/2010
Comment pal me parlay hoegi - i believe he meant that the time would fly by without one realizing it. its like "EK PAL ME ZINDAGI NIKAL JAEGI" .... that is very natural to happen if one takes off his concentration from the task in hand. "parlay" as such is not the doomsday but the very situation where the act that was to be done for some purpose AND the purpose has been beaten ... the work that had to be done is useless now.
rahul
10/07/2010
Comment Sir,
This is as per my humble understanding goes.......
Irrespective of whether anyone wants or not, dooms day will occur. And i feel Kabirji has rightly mentioned about it.Otherwise we wouldn't be living in this yuga,(Kali Yuga) post the many yugas like the Krita yuga, Tretha yuga etc.
Madhuravani Anandakrishnan
09/24/2010
Comment really useful.................& informative
tina
08/30/2010
Comment Hi,
You are right by saying that Kabir knew eternalness of God and he wanted to talk of Laziness. But here he tried to explain why you should never be lazy. Also that the people are not lazy to postpone the task but it is their mind that makes them lazy. The wavering mind always keep on shuffling the tasks to be done in priority list which creates confusion and a lead time between the two tasks. So if anyone decides the task and finalize and do it in the decided manner this wavering can be avoided.
The similar doha for this
Alasayya kuto vidya, Avidyasya kuto dhanam
Adahanasya kuto mitram, Amitrassya kuto Sukham!!!
J Ravi Bhaskar
07/22/2010
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Index of Dohas in English
  1. Looking at the grinding stone
  2. I searched for the crooked
  3. Tomorrows work do today
  4. Speak such words
  5. Slowly slowly O mind
  6. Give me so much O God
  7. In vain is the eminence
  8. Like sesame contains the oil
  9. Begging is like perishing
  10. Neither illusion nor the mind
  11. Kabira in the market place
  12. Kabir's mind got cleansed
  13. Reading books everyone died
  14. In anguish everyone
  15. Guru is the washerman
  16. Alive one sees
  17. Inexpressible is the story of Love
  18. Worry is the bandit
  19. Don't be so proud and vain
  20. Don't be so proud and vain - 2
  21. By my doing nothing happens
  22. Like the pupil in the eye
  23. When you were born
  24. First the pangs of separation
  25. With the ocean set ablaze
  26. Kabir, save the wealth ...
  27. Hope lives in a dying world
  28. If I say one, It is not
  29. Kabir, This is the abode of love
  30. The Rosary rotating by the hand
  31. Eons have passed whirling rosary
  32. The rosary made of wooden
  33. When "I" was then Hari was not
  34. Ages have passed shaving
  35. What harm have the hair done
  36. Arise from slumber O Kabir
  37. O Kabir, Your Hut
  38. He alone's the Warrior
  39. Guru the Potter ...
  40. Liberation Comes Not in Seclusion
  41. Both Guru and Gobind (God) are One
Index of Dohas in Hindi
  1. Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar
  2. Bura Jo Dekhan Mein Chala
  3. Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar
  4. Aisee Vani Boliye
  5. Dheere Dheere Re Mana
  6. Sayeen Itna Deejiye
  7. Bada Hua To Kya Hua
  8. Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai
  9. Mangan Maran Saman Hai
  10. Maya Mari Na Man Mara
  11. Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein
  12. Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya
  13. Pothi Padh Padh Jag Mua
  14. Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare
  15. Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda
  16. Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe
  17. Akath Kahani Prem Ki
  18. Chinta Aisee Dakini
  19. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye
  20. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye - 2
  21. Kabir Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai
  22. Jyon Naino Mein Putli
  23. Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein
  24. Pehle Agan Birha Ki
  25. Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein
  26. Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye
  27. Aasa Jive Jag Mare
  28. Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin
  29. Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka
  30. Maala To Kar Mein Phire
  31. Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya
  32. Kabir Maala Kaath Kee
  33. Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin
  34. Moond Munddavat Din Gaye
  35. Keson Kaha Bigadia
  36. Kabir Soota Kya Kare
  37. Kabira Teri Jhompri
  38. Kabir Soyee Soorma
  39. Guru Kumhar Sikh Kumbh Hai
  40. Shune Padiya Na Chootiyo
  41. Guru Govind Toh Ek Hain

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