Phar Nukta Chadd Hasaban Nu…


Phar nukta chad hisaban nu;

Ek nukte vich gal mukdi aa.

I have taken these two lines from poetry of Sufi Saint Bulle Shah of 17th century. The poem is long one, but I dwell upon only this opening portion of his poetry. Script used by him was Urdu while language was Punjabi.

Urdu is a script which uses number of dots to define alphabets; the place and count of dots on similar looking alphabets define the sound of the alphabet. A dot here or a dot there will change the meaning of entire dialogue.

Translation – Literal

Phar- Catch hold.

Nukta- Dot

Chadd – let go

Hasaban nu – all calculations

Ek- one

Nukte- Dot

Vich Gal Mukdi aa- changes the essence of entire discourse.

Translation- Philosophical

Hold on to (the dots of) your actions, virtuous or vicious, only your actions shall define your destiny. You can catch hold of only your actions; rest is beyond your control. A single dot of vicious or virtuous action has ability to change the discourse of your life.

Put your dots at right place.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sundeepbhardwaj
    Nov 15, 2016 @ 22:12:10

    Good Thoughts and inspiring ones

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  2. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 10:54:58

    thats the beauty of poetry, it can be interpreted in many ways

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  3. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 10:54:13

    very true

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  4. Tanuja pathak
    Jun 30, 2016 @ 11:44:04

    Nukta can also be seen point that we want to make( nukta-chini is finding faults, finer ones) This can also mean that we must not unnecessarily exaggerate things. Hissab is our attempt at justifying our words/actions/deeds. So, when a single word can suffice, don’t waste your breath.

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  5. dilipnaidu
    Jun 30, 2016 @ 06:02:46

    Nicely penned and I do believe in “You can catch hold of only your actions; rest is beyond your control”. If only we could let go the illusion of control ….life would be so much more peaceful.

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  6. writeshefali
    Jun 28, 2016 @ 22:35:14

    Nice message 👍🏼😊

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  7. Paramjit S. Virk
    Jun 28, 2016 @ 16:00:33

    Allow me to add & fine tune your post….. Urdu is a language, a mix of old derivatives of Hindustani mixed with a handsome serving of Arabic & Persian vocabulary. It’s script is Arabian basically…. in Punjab, the Punjabi is either written in Shahmukhi or Gurmukhi, Urdu was largely alien to Punjab until the idea of Pakistan.
    An poetic addition on Nuktas,
    “… hum wafa likhtay rahe
    Woh zafa padhtey rahe
    Ek Nuktay ne Mehram se Muzrim bnna diya”

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