Sunday, August 19, 2012

From ‘Agnostic Khushwant. There is no God!’ by ‘Khushwant Singh with Ashok Chopra’

George Bernard Shaw once wrote that every intelligent man makes his own religion though there are a hundred versions of it.

Masjid ddhaa dey, Mandar ddhaa dey
Ddhaa dey jo kuchh ddhenda.
Ik kisey da dil na ddhavein
Rabb dilaan vicch rehndaa
(Break down the mosque, break down the temple
Break down whatever there is besides;
But never break a human heart
That is where God Himself resides.)
-          Bulleh Shah, a Punjabi Sufi poet

Mai khor, mimbar ba-soz, O aatish andar Kaaba zan
Sakin-e-butkhana baash, O mardam azaari mekun
(Drink wine, tear up the holy book, set fire to the house of God
Go make your house in a temple full of idols;
You may do all these but do not hurt a man.)
-          Hafiz (the fourteenth-century Sufi poet)

Dile badast aavar keh haj-e-akbar ast
az hazaaraan Kaaba, yak-e-dil behtarast
(Go into your hearts, it is the greatest pilgrimage
One heart is better than a thousand Kaabas.)
-          Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (a thirteenth-century Sufi poet)

This above all: To thine own self be true
And it must follow as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man
-          Shakespeare in Hamlet

Caveab homine unius libri: Beware of the man of one book
-          Old Latin saying

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