“Progress,” a Poem by Chittadhar Hridaya


“Progress”

by Chittadhar ‘Hridaya’

The mind of a lunatic races on
in disarray deranged and rearranged
no point or pause for rest
Is this what we call progress?

The monsoon clouds, yes, billowing up
while the river runs down downward still
mist and snowy peaks, course of all rivers
If uncrossed, can it be progress?

Leaving the home life, starting anew
beginning the monk’s life
ends up the same too
Is this what we call progress?

The crow, in many ways adept,
is so-called clever yet
duped by the cuckoo, eggs exchanged
Shall we speak of this as progress?

Here we’ve arrived, but how much remains
like strolling around a huge rotund well
if travelling east, we wind up west,
Is circling the globe really progress?

A bamboo shoot rises as if to touch heaven
then battered by snowfall bends
hunched backed and humbled by age embraced
Shall we speak of youth is progress?

So too, Garuda, the great who flies
set him aside, for the ant unwavering
steady arrives, as he must as his place
Can his pace be counted as progress?

Translated by David Hargreaves

“प्रगति” – चित्तधर ‘हृदय’

वेंया मन गुलि ब्वां ब्वां वनिगु
नाना भावे हिला:हिला:
पलख मच्वं थातं छुं विषये
थ्व हे प्रगति झीसं धाय् ला ?

वन्यत थें न्ह्याना च्वन ख: मेघ,
क्वे क्वे न्ह्याना च्वंगु खुसि,
सुपांय् च्वापुगुं, खुसि फुक जलधि
पुला मवंसां प्रगति धाय् ला ?

गृहस्थ जीवन तोता: न्हुगु
भिक्षु जिवने वजक वनां
अन नं जीवन अय् हे जुसा
वैत प्रगति झीसं धाय् ला ?

चलाख धाय् का नाना चाल
याना: ज्वीफुम्ह कोयात
लाना: ख्यें हिलि कोकिल छत्तुं
थ्व नं प्रगति जीसं धाय् ला ?

थन थ्यन, थुलि दनि छुं सी मदूगु
त: गो तुं ग: चाहिल्य थें
पूर्वे वंसा पश्चिम ज्वीगु
पृथ्वी हिल्यगु प्रगति ख: ला ?

सर्ग: थी थें पंचो जा:गु
च्वापुं दाया: क्वच्छ्वी थें
जरा पाचिना: धुसि धुसि ल्वीगु
यौवनयात प्रगति धाय् ला ?

अथवा दकले ब्वाय् फुम्ह पंक्षी
गरुडयात नं छख्यर तया:
मद्दिक न्ह्याना मा:थाय् थ्यंसा
ईमू पला: प्रगति ला: ला ?

Reference:

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Hridaya, Chittadhar. “Pragati.” Ed. Daya R. Shakya and Uma Shrestha. Trans. David Hargreaves.Newāh Vijῆāna: A Journal of Newar Studies 1.1 (1997): 10.Http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/jns/pdf/JNS_01.pdf. International Nepal Bhasa Sevaa Samiti. Web. 12 Jan. 2011.

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