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Contentment (Santokh) - Prabodh Chandar Natak


In a royal court of Bibek [Discerning Intellect], when Santokh [Contentment] arrives he addresses the court and outlines his qualities. To see more about Prabodh Chandar Natak view the previous post. ਜਨ ਮੂਰਖ ਨਾ ਮਮ ਚੀਤ ਧਰੇਂ ਅਤਿ ਮੋਹ ਭਏ ਸਠ ਦੇਹ ਤਪਾਏ ॥ The lowly idiots do not enshrine me (Contentment) in their mindset, and for this the bodies of these idiots burn in the bondages of attachment. ਬਹੁ ਬਾਰ ਅਰੰਭ ਭਏ ਭਗਨਾ ਜਗ ਫੇਰ ਕਰੇ ਪਸੁ ਨਾਹਿ ਲਜਾਏ ॥ For the sake of wealth they begin all sorts of work, all of which fails, but they continue on in the world with their animalistic mentality with no shame. ਜਿਮ ਕਾਲਰ ਨੀਰ ਭ੍ਰਮੇ ਹਰਣਾ ਇਤ ਤੇ ਉਤ ਮੂਰਖ ਤਿਉਂ ਜਗ ਧਾਏ ॥ Just like a deer gets enticed and goes after a mirage of water, an idiot goes about in the world chasing [an illusion of happiness]. ਬਿਨ ਮੋਹ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦ ਨ ਆਸ ਮਿਟੇ ਹਤ ਬੱਜ੍ਰ ਸਮਾਨ ਘਨੋ ਬਿਲਲਾਏ ॥98॥ Without my (Contentment's) Grace one's desires are not quenched; desires which strike down and make these [idiots] cry out in pain.

ਪ੍ਰਬੋਧ ਚੰਦ੍ਰ ਨਾਟਕ, ਅੰਕ 4, ਕ੍ਰਿਤ: ਪੰਡਿਤ ਗੁਲਾਬ ਸਿੰਘ (1789) Prabodh Chandar Natak, Chapter 4, author: Pandit Gulab Singh (1789)

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