Wisdom of Sindh – Page Four

Sindhis were sensible enough to realize that too much money does not automatically buy them happiness.  Hence they claimed:

Uho sone hi ghoryo, Jo kana chhiney

Which implies that, those golden earrings are not worthy of possession if they are too heavy and tear your ears. Yet Sindhis believed that wealth was an important requisite to happiness. Hence they stated:

Naarey binaa nar vegaano

Which means that without money man feels alone and dejected.

Sindhis observed that being depressed unhappy and worried is like a disease. Hence they stated:

Khushee jairee khuraak koney, gantee jairo marz koney

Which means that there is no nourishment like joy, and no disease is worse than worry.

In the next proverb Sindhis as a matter of fact compared worry to death. They stated:

Chintaa chikhyaa samaan

Then how does one get peace and joy? Sindhis advised:

Vandey viraayey sukh paaye

Which means that sharing what one has with ones brethren , gives happiness. Sindhis believed that if someone gives one something for safe-keeping, one must honorably return it when the time came. Hence they stated:

Amaanat mein khyaanat na kajey

Sindhis believed that those who are honest will never want even though they may be cheated. Hence they claimed:

Baanee saayee jee saayee, Gaayee bukhyey jo bukhyo

Which literally means that the grass of an honest person will remain green, no matter how many people continue to partake of it, and remain ungratified.

The entrance and exit of money, prestige, possessions are stages that come at different times into everyone’s life. Hence Sindhis urged not to criticize others as one never knows when ones turn will come. They said:

Aj hamaan, Subhaaney tamaan

Which literally means, today I suffer, tomorrow you might be the sufferer.

People have a way of noticing how much money comes into the house, but they generally never keep count of how much goes into expenditure. Hence the saying:

Eendo sabko disey, vendo disey kon

What happens when wealth bids adieu? Sometimes it takes your good qualities with it. Hence the saying:

Lachmi vaney ta lachhan bi vanan

.What happens what God is unhappy with you? According to the Sindhis, you lose you good sense. Hence the saying:

Allah rusey mat khasey

Must one be dejected when bad days are around? Not at all! Sindhis believed that when one door closes, another hundred open. Hence the saying:

Hikree latey sau patey

Sindhis believed that one must be sensible before embarking on a tricky mission. Hence they urged one to adopt a course which would make one achieve ones goal, without stepping on anyone else’s  happiness. They said:

Ehro kam kajey, Jo laal labhey, Ain preet bhee rehjee achey

Which means: Let us act in such a manner that we find the sought for gem and we continue to retain the friendship.

The following proverb urges one not to take up too many tasks at one time as it would spoil ones endeavors. About such people Sindhis observed:

Uhey hath roti mein, Uhey hath choti mein

Which means that people who take up too many tasks at one time, are like those who use the same hands to knead dough, and the same hands to plait their hair.

The latter proverb implies that if one performs these two tasks at the same time, then ones food would not get hygienically prepared, and ones hair would get soiled.

The following proverb, though it may sound similar has a different meaning altogether.

Uheyee  hatha neer mein, Uheyee hatha kheer mein

It literally states that the same hands that are immersed in the water (tears) are also immersed in the milk. The implied meaning of this proverb is that at times life doles out two tasks at the same time. One provides pain, and the other gives joy.

Sindhis believed that you should do what you have to do as soon as possible. They stated:

Turt daan, Maha kalyaan


Turt kam maha punya

Which means that if you execute your duty promptly, it is equivalent to performing a good deed.

Sindhis believed that it was the tongue, or unkind words which caused the most harm,  they not only hurt the ones that the harsh language was meant for but also  the one who uttered them. Sindhis stated:

Uhaayee zibaan ussa mein vyaarey, Uhaayee zibaan chhaaon mein vyaarey

Which literally means that the same tongue makes you sit under the sun and it is the same tongue that makes you sit in the shade.

Sindhis urged one never to harm the down-trodden, as God would take up their cause and take revenge for the harm done to the poor. Hence the saying:

Aah gareebaa kair khudaayee

Which literally means that if the down trodden cry in pain for the harm inflicted upon them, then God Himself takes revenge.

Sindhis believed that :

Un-herya na her, mataan hirani, Heryaan na pher mataan phiranee

This proverb states that one should not get someone used to constant favors done out of goodwill, because when you stop doing them the benefaction, they might turn against one.

Alternately Sindhis stated:

Sakhi khaan shoom bhalo, Jo turt dyey javaab

Which means that he is better, who promptly says “No” to a proposition, rather than the one who says “Yes” to proposals, and then goes on to resent the same.

There are people who do favors unto you, but hurt you by constantly reminding you, and/or being nasty to you. To such people Sindhis advise:

Na dijey na dukhoyjey

Which literally means “Do not give, if you must hurt the person later.”

It is ever so difficult to please everyone all the time. And to top it, to please oneself seems to be, even a more monumental task. There is no argument to the statement that if one is happy, the world seems a great place to live in. Hence;

Jeeyu khush ta jahaan khush

Which literally means that if one is happy, the world is a cheerful place to live in.

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