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Valentine Day's Song - Let Them Sleep

February 12, 2009
Jo

I've never celebrated a Valentine's Day in my life as I am personally against the idea of such days - be it Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day. I mean, you just don't have to wait for a particular day in the year to take your girlfriend/wife out for a dinner, or give her a surprise gift or a bunch of flowers. But that's just me and I don't go around enforcing what I like or dislike upon others. Now with the folks like Sri Ram Sene coming up in arms against Valentine's Day, accusing it as a "Christian festival" (is there any parish celebrating the festival of St: Valentine in India?), "against the culture" and stuff like that, I cannot just sit and say Aye to these goons.

So here is a song dedicated especially to Pramod Mutalik, the chief of Sri Ram Sene. This song is a poem written by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi. I chose Rumi's poem titled "Those who don't feel this Love" as I thought it would be apt for the situation. I particularly liked the lines "those who don't want to change, let them sleep".

Credits:

Lyrics based on a poem by Rumi
Song composed, orchestrated and sung by: Joseph Thomas (Jo)
(Orchestrated with Music Shake)


Those who don't feel this Love
By Rumi

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way

sleep on.

I've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words around you
and sleep

Mallu who loves music, movies, photography, blogging, family and friends (not in that order). A goldsmith-turned-techie who now works as a web UI designer. Loves music, singing and composing are more than just a hobby. Founder of a global platform for amateur musicians called BlogSwara and M-Pod, the Malayalam Podcast. He blogs at Just Jo.
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#1
temporal
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February 12, 2009
04:29 PM

jo:

enchanting and melodious:)

I've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words around you
and sleep


and smile...

#2
smallsquirrel
February 12, 2009
04:35 PM

wow. quite an impressive effort!
good job!!!

#3
Kerty
February 12, 2009
05:32 PM

Rumi

"But that's just me and I don't go around enforcing what I like or dislike upon others"

But you don't mind blogging your dislikes or throwing provocative poetry around for the benefit of others.

#4
smallsquirrel
February 12, 2009
05:49 PM

kerty for god's sake just sit down and be quiet.

#5
temporal
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February 12, 2009
05:56 PM

ss:

send the lonely fellow yellow roses


or


better still, let him float in cyber outer space

;)

#6
smallsquirrel
February 12, 2009
06:01 PM

OK then, for the love of god, kerts, what do you actually want. have you asked yourself that? is it just attention, are you begging to be understood, are you perverse and enjoy it when people dislike you? are you miserable and have no other way to discharge it? what?

I do not ask to mock you, I ask because for someone to be this persistently annoying and off kilter, something must be going on. and I do not know why, but I feel the teensiest sliver of compassion right now.. in general... so I am asking.

You abuse me, and you will be sorry.

#7
kerty
February 12, 2009
07:09 PM

SS

It is not about me or you or anybody. I raise points in response to points raised by others in any given thread, in the spirit of fulsome discussion of the issues involved and the points raised.

I have no desire to abuse anybody or hold personal vendettas or engage in pissing contests - but you can count on me, whenever I can, to challenge the conventional wisdom and cliched views and opinions.

#8
Sarah Islam
February 12, 2009
11:24 PM

Kerty,

Conventional wisdom? The words of Rumi are not conventional wisdom though how I wish they were!

#9
Ritu
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February 12, 2009
11:43 PM

@ Kerty #3

Kerty you are actually addressing Rumi? The 13th Century poet? I think you would need more than the services of desicritics to get your grievances across. :). LOL!

I would be curious to know what you find provocative in this poetry

#10
Vinod Joseph
February 13, 2009
12:58 AM

"I've never celebrated a Valentine's Day in my life as I am personally against the idea of such days - be it Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day"

Let's see if you will say this after you are married!

#11
kerty
February 13, 2009
01:01 AM

Ritu

My post #3 was addressed to JO, not to Rumi. It was a typo. I addressed to a quote from JO, not to Rumi's poetry.

"I would be curious to know what you find provocative in this poetry"

Calling theology to be trickery and hypocrisy can be construed as provocative. Calling those who do not subscribe to his version of love or change to be asleep can be construed as provocative. Advocating to give up mind and intellect and surrender to wordplay can be construed as provocative. Asking people to shed clothes and embrace nudity can be construed as provocative.

#12
Deepti Lamba
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February 13, 2009
02:08 AM

Jo, its beautiful:) You have a wonderful voice. I'll make my kids hear the song as well once they get home. And I'd sure love to have it on my Ipod.



#13
Jo
URL
February 13, 2009
03:49 AM

Temporal, Smallsquirrel & Deepti - Thank you for listening, for your kind words of appreciation, and for making others listen. :-)

Vinod - LOL! Let's see. :-)

Kerty - It is unfortunate that the literature doesn't speak to some people, to whom it should have really spoken, with all it's beauty and meaning. But it could be the problem of litterateur, not the literature itself.

#14
Ayan Roy
February 13, 2009
04:23 AM

Awesome lines!

#15
kerty
February 13, 2009
04:25 AM

Jo

"It is unfortunate that the literature doesn't speak to some people, to whom it should have really spoken, with all it's beauty and meaning"

What beauty and meaning? What literature? Please do not insult them just because you have borrowed and thrown some meaningless jibberish that resembles like a poetry. If it has any truth or relevance or meaning, than deal with points I raised in #11. And my point in #3. For someone who professes not to go around enforcing on others what your likes and dislikes are, you certainly have no qualms about emphasizing what your idea of beauty, meaning and literature is and imposing that others too must subscribe to the same to be good litterateur.

#16
Ritu
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February 13, 2009
04:45 AM

@ Kerty

"Calling theology to be trickery and hypocrisy can be construed as provocative. Calling those who do not subscribe to his version of love or change to be asleep can be construed as provocative"

So you think sufi and vaishnav streams of thought are provocative? Even the mullahs think so!

You think Meerabai, Swamiraidas, Kabirdas and Amir Khusuro and the Bauls were/are provocative? They all wrote and sang about a path to God that was detached from the organized paths and social orders.

"Asking people to shed clothes and embrace nudity can be construed as provocative."

uhh? That is metaphorical not literal. :)

#17
Kerty
February 13, 2009
05:30 AM

Ritu

The poem does not make any reference to sufi or vaishnava or any particular sect. It refers to theology without being specific to what theology it refers to. Every religion and sect have their own theology. One can not generalize and offer blanket condemnation of all theologies - that is not truthful or scholarly.

"You think Meerabai, Swamiraidas, Kabirdas and Amir Khusuro and the Bauls were/are provocative? They all wrote and sang about a path to God that was detached from the organized paths and social orders."

I do not know what has this got to do with the point raised by the poem or the point raised by me. Be it organized religions or unorganized paths or personality cults, there is some theology is involved. There are millions of people following the organized religions - you can't simply write them off or caricature them as tricksters or hypocrats.

The problem with poetry is that its meanings are not precise. It leaves them entirely up the readers to decipher them. We do not know when the poet intended the reader to take some thing literally and when not to. Or rather, poet leaves it entirely up to the reader. Like the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, the meanings too are in the mind of the reader.

#18
Kerty
February 13, 2009
05:31 AM

Ritu

The poem does not make any reference to sufi or vaishnava or any particular sect. It refers to theology without being specific to what theology it refers to. Every religion and sect have their own theology. One can not generalize and offer blanket condemnation of all theologies - that is not truthful or scholarly.

"You think Meerabai, Swamiraidas, Kabirdas and Amir Khusuro and the Bauls were/are provocative? They all wrote and sang about a path to God that was detached from the organized paths and social orders."

I do not know what has this got to do with the point raised by the poem or the point raised by me. Be it organized religions or unorganized paths or personality cults, there is some theology is involved. There are millions of people following the organized religions - you can't simply write them off or caricature them as tricksters or hypocrats.

The problem with poetry is that its meanings are not precise. It leaves them entirely up the readers to decipher them. We do not know when the poet intended the reader to take some thing literally and when not to. Or rather, poet leaves it entirely up to the reader. Like the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, the meanings too are in the mind of the reader.

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