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Meri Chunri Mein Parigayo Daag Piya
Panch Tat Ki Bani Chunariya Sorah So Baid Laag Kiya 
Yeh Chunri Mere Maike Te Aayee Sasure Mein Manva Khoye Diya
Mal Mal Dhoye Daag Na Chhute Gyan Ka Sabun Laye Piya 
Kahat Kabir Daag Tab Chhuti Hai Jab Sahib Apnaye Liya

Translation

My Love, my Veil is stained  
Made from the elements five
Absorbed in sixteen hundred sensory traps*
The Veil that came from my parental home
Lost its luster in my in-laws house
I wash it over and over, yet the stain goes not
My Love, bring the soap of knowledge
Says Kabir
These stains will eventually leave
When my Love will make me his own.

* Many authors have translated this line as 1600 physicians or experts. However, to me logically it appears that the body composed of five elements is subject to hundreds of Vikaras or disorders which I find suitable in referring as "sensory traps".

My Understanding

Strange though it appears, in this love song, Kabir the weaver, uses the word Chunri (Veil) deftly to unveil the mis-perception of "truth" as an identification with one's body rather than with the invariant "Self". Perhaps rightly so, as the "Self" cannot get tainted! The love song seems to be indicative of a complete union towards oneness that transcends one from a mere sensual existence to one that is universal. The latter to me personally makes more sense as an absolute union or Samadhi is possible only when the mind becomes focused on a single idea. The idea that there is none other than the Self. 

 

April 29, 2001
Rajender Krishan

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Song Comment Very enlightening indeed.
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07/10/2010
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Index of Love Songs in English
  1. Understand perceive
  2. O my Love, come to my house
  3. Without the beloved, the heart
  4. In dream came my consort
  5. Unable to come to you
  6. When shall I see you again
  7. O Love come but once
  8. Whom shall I inquire
  9. My eyes have developed
  10. Let Us Sing Together The Song
  11. I Don't Like My Father's House
  12. Body, Mind, Wealth are all at sake
  13. My Love, My Veil is stained
  14. The Master is an Expert Dyer
Index of Love Songs in Hindi
  1. Samajh Dekh Man Meet Piyarva
  2. Baalam Avo Hamre Geh Re
  3. Sayeen Bin Darad Kareje Hoye
  4. Supne Mein Sayeen Mile
  5. Aayee Na Sakun Tujhpe
  6. Hey Baliyan Kab Dekhugi Tohi
  7. Naina Untari Aav Tun
  8. Mein Ka Se Bujhon
  9. Ankhiyan To Chhayee Pari
  10. Anand Mangal Gavo Mori Sajni
  11. Naiharva Humka Na Bhave
  12. Tun Mun Dhan Baaji Laagi Ho
  13. Meri Chunri Mein Parigyo Daag
  14. Sahib Hai Rangrej

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