Chapter 17

SONG OF ANCIENT HINDU

VANIKA

 

THE SONG OF THE ANCIENT SINDHI HINDU

The Song of the Ancient Sindhi Hindu is an ancient song that was composed by Karkarta Bharat in 5000 years B.C at the bank of Sindhu (Indus) River.

It is a fascinating song and it deserves to be preserved so that the future Sindhi generations understand and appreciate the Sindhi ancient  culture and  philosophy.

Mr Arjan Daswani is in the process of making a basic translation into Sindhi to the best of his understanding and ability.

  Reproduced from ’Return of the Aryans’ (pages 65 & 82-83)by Bhagwan S. Gidwani


I present to you the ’Song of the Sindhu Hindu’, as given in  Bhagwan S. Gidwani’s book, Return of the Aryans (pages 65 & 82-83)

 The song is drawn from ancient texts and tradition. Author Bhagwan Gidwani has presented the Song in modern  version by clarifying  phraseology and  terms which may appear obscure or  archaic in present times due to transition of so many years.

THE SONG


“Our desires have grown immeasurable. But they should be desires to give, not merely to receive, to accept and not to reject; to honour and respect, not to deny or belittle…

In my  (Shakun’s) words: We have so many desires. The best desires are those that know how to bestow, to accept, to honor, respect.

Desires should not be of the kind to deny (hurt) or belittle (makes others feel small)

 “God’s gracious purpose includes all human beings and all creation_
 “For God is the Creator; and God is the Creation…
 “Each man has his own stepping stones  to reach the One-Supreme…

In my words: God includes all human beings and creation in His Gracious Purpose (Leela)

For God is the Creator and God is the Creation…

Each man has his own stepping stones (way) to reach the One-Supreme.

“God’s grace is withdrawn from no one; not even from those who have chosen to withdraw from God’s grace…
 “How does it matter what idols they worship, or what images they bow to, so long as the conduct remains pure…

“A Hindu may worship Agni (fire), and ignore other deities. Do we deny that he is a Hindu? …

“Another may worship God, through an idol of his choosing. Do we deny that he is a Hindu?…

“Yet another will find God everywhere and not in any image or idol. Is he not a Hindu?…
 “He who was Karkarta before me (Probably he is talking of a previous incarnation or generation)  was a Sun-worshiper. Did the worshipers of Siva ever say that he was not a good Hindu? …
 “Do the worshipers of Vishnu feel that he who worships before the image of Brahma is not a Hindu?…
 “How can a scheme of salvation be limited to a single view of God’s nature and worship?_

“Is then God, not an all-loving Universal God?…

“Clearly then, he who seeks to deny protection (Who does not
  look after the welfare of another)  on the basis of his faith (religion), offends against the Hindu way of life, and denies an all-loving God…

“Those who love their own sects, idols and images more than Truth, will end up by loving themselves more than their gods…
 “He who seeks to convert another to his own faith, offends against his own soul and the will of God and the law of humanity…font-family: Arial”>

“In the Kingdom of God, there is no higher nor lower. The passion for perfection burns equally in all, for there is only one class (We are One) even as there is only one God…
 “The Hindu way of life?… Always it has been and always it shall be…that God wills a rich harmony –(People of different faiths)  not a colorless uniformity…(All made identical in their way of thinking)
 “A Hindu must enlarge the heritage of mankind_
 “For a Hindu is not a mere preserver of custom (He is more!) …
 “For a Hindu is not a mere protector of present knowledge (He is more!)…

“Hinduism is a movement, not a position; a growing tradition and not a fixed revelation…
 “A Hindu must grow and evolve, with all that was good in the past, with all that is good in the present, and with all goodness that future ages shall bring …

“Yet he remains a Hindu_
 “Hinduism is the law of life, not a dogma; its aim is not to create a creed but character, and its goal is to achieve perfection through most varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing, and yet refines everything, through continuous testing and experience…
 “Yet he must remain strong and united, for a Hindu must know that not an external, outside force can ever crush him, except when he is divided and betrays his own…
 “What then is the final goal of the Hindu? Through strength, unity, discipline, selfless work, to reach the ultimate in being, ultimate in awareness and ultimate in bliss, not for himself alone, but for all…
 “This was the silent pledge that our ancient ancestors had taken, when they called themselves the Hindu…

“If I cannot abide by that pledge, how can I retain the right to call myself a Hindu?  

Karkarta Bharat 

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VANIKA

Most Sindhi business houses during the years 1947 to 1967 (give or take a few years) kept accounts in ‘Vanika’

My husband Narain tells me that it was kind of a ‘secret’ language and people with dire motives were not  able to decipher it easily.

Vanika had numerical figures and consonants but no vowels and it could be taken as an optional extra subject in school.

In certain cases, the very people that it was supposed to help, got the wrong meaning.

Let me give you an example.

A person sent a message ‘Bb j mr gy’

The person who received it burst into tears as he read it as ‘Baba aaj mar gaya’ which means: ‘Baba died today’

Actually the message was: ‘Baba Ajmer gaya’ which means ‘ Baba has gone to Ajmer’

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Sincerely Shakun

Courtesy:

http://www.Sindhi-net.com