WHAT IS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SELF ?


 

What is my relationship with myself ?
I have forgotten all other relationships.
How many mirrors that I have looked into, yet
I have forgotten my face. 
 
 
 The above lines are an attempt by me to translate into English the ‘ghazal’ titled “MUJH SE MERA KYA RISHTA HAI” by Mumtaz Rashid. The ‘ghazal’ is included in the music audio cassette(11/98), “RUBAYEE“(Volume 1). The singer is India’s famous ghazal singer PANKAJ UDHAS. The cassette was released by Music India, Polygram India Ltd. The cassette includes “Rubayees” of Hakim Omar Khayyam translated into Indian language Urdu by Janab Zameer Kazmi and Janab Irteza Nishat. I would particularly invite all Farsi speakers to listen to these songs and appreciate the connection between Persian language and Urdu. This melodious Indian language Urdu represents a bridge that connects the people of IRAN with the people of INDIA.

WHO AM I ? FROM WHERE I HAVE ARRIVED ? WHERE AM I GOING ?  

Human existence raises some fundamental questions about individual’s identity, the purpose in life and the nature of human relationships. I love Hakeem Omar Khayyam for he had asked himself these questions. Does the image I see in the mirror describe my true identity ? Unless I define my identity, how it would be possible to describe my relationship with others. If I do not know as to who I am, why should I contemplate on issues such as my purpose in life and my destination ? Self-Knowledge is the key to answer questions about existence.   

 SIR, WHO ARE YOU ???  

 

Guru Adi Shankaracharya has described his own identity."Mano buddhyaHamkaara, Chittani na aHam; Na karnam, na jihvaa, na cha ghraana neytrey; Na cha vyoma bhumeerna tejo, na vaayuH; Chidaananda ruupaH, Shivo aHam, Shivo aHam." His identity does not pertain to the four functions of the brain, the five organs of special sense, and also the Five Elements of Mother Nature. Sir, who are you? I am Shiva and Shiva alone whose identity is described as Sat+Chit+Ananda.

 

 ‘JAGDGURU’ Sri Adi Shankaracharya had answered the above question. In six verses described as ” NIRVANA SHATKAM “, he had stated what he is not and as to what he could be.    

” I have no death, I have no fear, I do not belong to a category, the differences that we accrue as a result of caste, creed or occupation do not belong to me, I have no father, I have no mother and in fact, I am not born(it implies that I am an eternal entity), I have no relatives, I have no friends, I have no ‘GURU’, and I am not a disciple of anyone. But, I am the reflection of the image of ‘SAT+CHIT+ANANDA, I am that SHIVA and I am SHIVA”.    

I would read that response from SHANKARA to acquire a sense of direction in my search for my identity. If I know, who I am, I could live in a relationship with myself. First of all, I need to forget that image, that reflection that I may have seen in the mirror.     

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,    

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,    

M.B.B.S.,  Class of April, 1970.
 

    

          

   

    

  

        

       

  HAKEEM OMAR KHAYYAMPOET AND PHILOSOPHER

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