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Kaun Thagwa Nagariya Lutal Ho 

Chandan Kaath Ke Banal Khatola, Tapar Dulihan Sutal Ho 
Utho Sakhiri Maang Sawaro, Dulha Mosey Ruthal Ho
Aye Jamraja Palang Chadi Baitha, Nainan Ansuwan Tutal Ho 
Char Jane Mil Khath Uthain, Chahun Disi Dhu Dhu Uthal Ho 
Kehat Kabira Suno Bhai Sadho, Jug Se Nata Chutal Ho 

Translation

Who Is The Thug Who Is Robbing The Town.
A Small Cot Is Made Of Sandalwood,
On Which The Bride Is Sleeping
Get Up Beloved Companion 
Adorn Me With Bridal Makeup,
The Groom Is Upset With Me
Yamaraj, The Lord of Death, Is Sitting On The Bed,
Eyes Are Filled With Tears 
Four People Pick Up The Cot,
Sounds of The Flaring Flames Come From All Four Directions
Says Kabira Listen Oh Sadhu,
The Relationship With The World Comes To An End 

Explanation 

The town symbolizes the body. The thug is death itself. It robs the body of its life force. The symbolism is at two levels. At the physical level where body and spirit are intertwined like groom and bride, the spirit thinks that body is its abode and tries its best to hang on. It cries at the sight of such a catastrophic loss. But the relentless time (personified as Yamaraj) is sitting in no mood to yield. The bride or spirit thinks that the groom (body) is upset so tries its best to attract its mate and resorts to all kinds of means represented in the song as "bridal makeup". The impermanence of the physical reality is manifested ever so clearly as the body is consumed by the very sensory attributes that it identified with (represented as flames). At the spiritual level, of course, the bride is starting its true journey to reach its permanent abode and therefore the relationship with the world comes to an end. The latter part is inferred in contrast to the more apparent physical reality. In his typical mystical fashion, Kabir urges the listener (Sadhu or one who is doing Sadhana) to come to this understanding on their own - a realization that is not bookish but experiential. 
 

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Comment Fantastic explanation, thanks!

Nik
12/10/2013 21:13 PM

Comment Amazing!! Thank you so much for the beautiful translation and meaning. :)

Ratandeep
05/12/2013 09:45 AM

Comment marvellous

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01/21/2012 11:32 AM




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