Chand Bibi

Santiniketan, Birbhum Diatrict

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’resides (Ore La Ilaha Illallah)

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’resides,
Will join Allah, the crazy, and Rasul Muhammed. 1   (2)

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ resides…

When you have conquered the six storeys
The ungraspable you will grasp;2
Then you will hear the veena3 play
On your yonder blue river, night and day.
Your consciousness, your voice
Will reveal the way
And you will see Medina,
Bathed in golden light.
Look inside you then,
You will see your soul has merged
With Him.

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ resides…

Twenty-one thousand and six hundred times
Breath enters and leaves the nose,
Clutch the feet, just once,
Of the murshid4 and you will know.
Allah exists in the Aleph5
And Muhammed exists in between6,
So it is said in the Quran,
Which we may not yet utter.

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ resides…

Heed the words of the Nabi7 and Fakir
“Keep the path to Paradise clean”
It is He who will take you along
On your journey to Paradise.
Or else, you are destined for Hell
If so be Allah’s will.

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ resides…

When you have conquered the six storeys
The ungraspable you will grasp;
Then you will hear the veena play
On your yonder blue river, night and day.
Your consciousness, your voice
Will reveal the way
And you will see Medina,
Bathed in golden light.
Look inside you then,
You will see your soul has merged
With Him.

You, in whose heart ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ resides…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Recorded 19th January, 2011 at Santiniketan, WB

This song combines elements from both Baul philosophy and Islamic faith. Although the lyrics are Bengali, the song frequently invokes a lot of Persian words taken from Islamic texts like the Quran and the Kalima Tayyab. Baul philosophy and practice is primarily concerned with the anatomical human body (Deha-Tattva) and this forms the subtext of the song. Yet, the driving force seems to be a faith in Islam and in Allah’s will. However, the song also invokes references from other existing belief systems such as the reference to the ‘Veena’ which heralds the vision of golden Medina. The ‘veena’ is a musical instrument almost immediately associated with the worship of goddess Saraswati in Hinduism.

1 ‘La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadur Rasool Allah’ means ‘There is no god only Allah, Muhammad is the Rasool (Messenger) of Allah’ according to the Kalima Tayyab in Islam.

2 The ‘six storeys’ here refers to the human body which is the cornerstone of philosophical thought and practice in Baul philosophy.

3 The ‘veena’ is a musical instrument resembling the ‘sitar’ and is iconographically associated with Saraswati, Hindu goddess of learning and music.

4 The word ‘Murshid’ means Guru or Teacher who shows the true path to Allah.

5 ‘Aleph’ or ‘Alif’ is the first letter in Arabic and Perso-Arabic alphabet. As such, this line would mean ‘Allah exists in the word’.

6 This line is likely saying that the Rasool (Messenger) of Allah, Muhammed, communicates the true meaning of the word of Allah to humankind.

7 ‘Nabi’ is a title given to prophets in Islam.

Translator: Parjanya Sen

Directed by Aditi Sircar
Camera : Alok Maity, Shakyadeb Chowdhury
Sound : Tapan Bhattacharya