From “Parshuram Kee Pratiksha”

भामा ह्रादिनी-तरंग, तडिन्माला है,
वह नहीं काम की लता, वीर बाला है,
आधी हालाहल-धार, अर्ध हाला है।
जब भी उठती हुंकार युद्ध-ज्वाला है,
चण्डिका कान्त को मुण्ड-माल देती है;
रथ के चक्के में भुजा डाल देती है।

खोजता पुरुष सौन्दर्य, त्रिया प्रतिभा को,
नारी चरित्र-बल को, नर मात्र त्वचा को।
श्री नहीं पाणि जिसके सिर पर धरती है,
भामिनी हृदय से उसे नहीं वरती है।
पाओ रमणी का हृदय विजय अपनाकर,
या बसो वहाँ बन कसक वीर-गति पा कर।

जिसकी बाँहें बलमयी, ललाट अरुण है,
भामिनी वही तरुणी, नर वही तरुण है।
है वही प्रेम जिसकी तरंग उच्छल है,
वारुणी-धार में मिश्रित जहाँ गरल है।
उद्दाम प्रीति बलिदान-बीज बोती है;
तलवार प्रेम से और तेज होती है।

(This is Dinkar in Parshuram Kee Pratiksha. Hindi words used are a bit too tough for me to be able to translate them properly. Still I will give it a try.)

Woman is the current of heart and (what is the meaning of तडिन्माला?) . She is not a vine of lust, she is a brave girl. She is partly the current of poison and partly wine. When the fire of war calls, woman (like Chandika) gives the garland of human-heads to her man. She puts her hand in the wheel of the chariot.

Man looks for beauty, woman for talent; woman looks for the strength of character, man only for skin. One who is not blessed with vicotory will not be accepted whole-heartedly by the woman. Either win her heart by gaining victory or stay in her heart as a craving by getting a brave death.

Only the women and men with strong arms and red forehead (basically representing health, pride etc.) are young. Only the active current can be called love, where poison is mixed with water. Love sows the seed of sacrifice. Love makes the sword yet sharper.

(I am afraid, the translation looks real absurd. If you do not know Hindi, you are missing the charm here 🙂 )


One thought on “From “Parshuram Kee Pratiksha”

  1. Since I am removing the Haloscan Comments, I am copy-pasting the comments I got on this post here.

    जया, कहीं तडिन्माला ( तङित् + माला ),प्रबल विद्युत धारा से संबंधित तो नहीं ।
    Prem Piyush | Email | Homepage | 02.15.05 – 1:47 pm | #

    Vibhanshu | Homepage | 02.17.05 – 2:12 pm | #

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