Protecting of the soul
( I was just turning the pages of the tenth standard Hindi text of my grand daughter and saw this poem called “Athma Thran. From the text I came to know that it was a poem of Tagore,. In Hindi the poem is called “Athma Thran”, but I do not know the title given to this great poem by Tagore. This is my humble effort in Translating it to English as I understood it .I have translated “Karunamai” which is “One pervaded by kindness” as “Ocean of kindness” because in English it conveyed the meaning more forcefully.As I understood what Tagore was trying to convey by the poem, my mind was in turmoil as I always use to pray God to help me but never asked him to make me capable of helping myself . I have given the transliteration in English after my translation.)
1.”Save me from danger” is not my prayer to you,
But oh ocean of mercy, I only want this much,
Let me never get scared of danger.
2,Do not ever think of giving consolation to my mind full of sorrow and pain,
But oh ocean of mercy let this happen,
Let me always win over sorrow.
3,Let my courage not ever be shaken ,
If I am not able to get help from any one ,
In this world where we lead a life with difficulties and are deceived by success,
Let my mind not think that it is ever a defeat.
4,”Daily make me cross over ” is not my prayer ,
But let this much happen , oh ocean of mercy ,
Let me always have ability to cross it .
5.Do not even think of consoling me for having to carry a heavy burden,
But this much you please keep for me .
Let me able to fearlessly be able to carry it .
6.Holding the head high in the days of pleasure,
Let me be able to know that it is your contribution at each and every second.
7.When in the sorrowful night the world deceives, but the entire days are happy ,
Let that day be like this , oh ocean of mercy ,
I should never have any doubt on you
Hindi lyrics of the poem in English
1,Vipadon se muja bachao, ye meri prarthana nahi,
Keval ithna ho Karunamai ,
Kabhi na Vipadaa men pavum bhay.
2.Dukh Thap se vyadhith chith ko naa dho santhvana nahi sahi,
Par ithna Hoven Karunamai ,
Dukh ko mein kar sakoon sadaa Jai.
3.Koi kahin sahayak na mile ,
Tho apna paurush na hile ,
Haani utani padi jagat mein lab yadi vanchana rahi
Tho bhi man mein na manum Kshay
4.Mera thran karo anudhin meri prarthana nahi,
Par ithna hove karunamai,
THarne ki ho shakthi anamai.
5.Mere Bhaaar agar laghu karke na dho santhvana nahi sahi ,
Keval ithna rakhna anunai ,
Vahan kar sakoon isko nirbhai.
6.Nath shir hokar sukh ke dhin mein,
THava mukh pahchanu chin chin mein.
7.Dukh rathri mein kare vanchana , meri jis dhin Nikhil mahi,
Us dhin eisa ho karunamai,
Thum par karoon nahin kuch samsai.