Akkash Fakir

Gourbhanga, Nadia

The Dispute Over This Inhabited House is Unending (Basat Barir Jhogra)

Who blows smoke over another’s cowshed[1]?

All around I see people clueless,

The dispute over this inhabited house is unending[2]. (2)

 

The one who has a house for the sake of it

Can never find happiness in this inhabited house;
Like the dance of restless spirits—

His inhabited house begins to torment him.

The dispute over this inhabited house is unending.

 

At the court of the one who has conquered all[3],
I thus place my request;
Fakir Lalan says,
“Oh! Glance at me but once!”

The dispute over this inhabited house is unending.

 

Who blows smoke over another’s cowshed?

All around I see people clueless,

The dispute over this inhabited house is unending.



[1] Possibly a reference to the vices of others.

[2] The ‘house’ is a metaphor of the physical body. The dispute seems to be between the mind and the six vices, only by conquering which can one attain a vision of the divine.

[3] Possibly a reference to the Guru who has conquered the vices and attained a vision of the divine. The guru/ murshid is the one who can show the path to the disciple/ mureed.


Recorded February 25, 2015 at Townsend Road, Kolkata, WB

Directed by Aditi Sircar

Camera: Jesse Alk

Audio: Koustav Sinha

Camera Assistant: Rajib Kuila

Translated by Parjanya Sen

Edited by Rhonda Granger