Thursday, August 01, 2013

Barir Kache Arshi Nogor - Instrumental Music of Fakir Lalon Shah

This is an instrumental music of a song composed by Fakir Lalon Shah who lived from 1774 to 1890. He was born in Kushtia, now in Bangladesh, and my father lyricist Masud Karim who was born in the same district, amongst many other poets and writers, was greatly inspired by him from his childhood.
Lalon was a Bengali saint, poet, mystic, social reformer, thinker and music composer. He was also known as Mahatma Lalon Fakir and Lalon Sain. He is still praised for his universal messages of tolerance and spirituality. Many past and contemporary poets, writers, music composers, singers, thinkers and the ordinary folks like me were and are continuously inspired by his transcendental songs and poems.

In modern time, Bangladeshi legendary singer Farida Parveen sang this immortal song.
Here is the English transliteration of this song (Source:http://www.mysticsaint.info/2012/02/lalon-barir-kache-arshi-nagar.html)
 
Barir Kache Aarshi Nagar
shethae Porshee boshot kore
Ekghor Porshee boshot kore,
Aami ekdino na dekhilam Tare.

Geram bereogadh pani,
Nai kinara nai tarani pare.
Bancha kori dekhbo tare
Kemne shethae jaire?

Ki bolbo porshiro kotha,
Hostho pada skontho matha naire,
Khonek thake shunner upor
Khoner vashe neere.

Porshee jodi amae chuto
Jom jatona shokol jeto dure.
Shey aar Lalon ek khane roy
Tobu lokkho jojon fak re
Ami ekdino na dekhlam Tare.

Barir Kache Aarshi Nagar
shethae Porshee boshot kore
Ekghor Porshee boshot kore,
Aami ekdino na dekhilam Tare.



English Translation (Source:http://www.mysticsaint.info/2012/02/lalon-barir-kache-arshi-nagar.html)

Near my abode, there is a wondrous City of Mirror,
where my Great Neighbor lives.
Alas so near, yet I have failed my chance
to see Him even for once!

At the edge of my town there is a sea
of unfathomable depth with no sight of shore,
nor is there any boat. To meet this longing
of seeing my Mysterious Neighbor's Face,
how can I go to that placeless place?

How can I describe My indescribable Neighbor,
He Who is without form, without a norm.
For one moment His epiphany breaks here,
and the next moment He is beyond any trace of 'where',
encompassing every 'where.'

Had my Great Neighbor touched me only once,
In an instant all my sufferings would finish,
even the pangs of death would vanish.

He and Lalon dwells in the same abode,
Yet there are countless light years between them.
Alas never have I seen Him once!

Near my abode, there is a wondrous City of Mirror,
where my Great Neighbor lives.
Alas so near, yet I have failed my chance
to see Him even for once!



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