A raindrop, dripping from a cloud.
Ashamed when it saw the sea.
‘Who am I ? ,
where is a sea’, it said.
As it saw itself, from the eyes of humility
A shell embraced him and makes him a pearl.
in a Rose garden,
The morning breeze comes back
and from the southern desert
the lapwing returns
The dove’s soft song about roses
I hear that again.
The tulip, who understands what the lily says,
went away, but now she’s back.
With the sound of a bell,
strength and gentleness.
Hafiz broke his vow and damaged his heart,
but now, for no reason, his Friend forgives that,
and turns, and walks back up to his door.
― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )
Barks, C. (1993). The hand of poetry. New Lebanon: Omega Publications
Purshottam Das Jalota (9 September 1925 – January 18, 2011) was Indian classical and devotional music singer, best known for his bhajans. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India, in 2004.
Born in Phagwara, Punjab, he learnt Hindustani classical music from Master Ratan of Sham Chaurasia gharana. At the age of twenty four he shifted to Lucknow and started singing professionally. He gradually shifted to singing Bhajans and set to tune several Bhajans based on Raagdari Sangeet. He considered that this would propagate India’s rich cultural heritage as well as popularize classical music. He is the father of singer Anup Jalota. He died at the age of 84 on 18 January 2011