A beautiful Shabad by Bhagat Kabir Ji, taken from Sri Guru Granth Sahib inspires me a lot.It reflects the pluralistic and humanistic ethos of India.

I first heard it in the movie Road To Sangam (one of the best movie I ever saw).Here is the Youtube link to the song:

 

Here are the lyrics with the translation (copied from here)

Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey?
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

logaa bharam n bhoolahu bhaaee ||
O people, O Siblings of Destiny, do not wander deluded by doubt.

khaalik khalak khalak mehi khaalik poor rehiou srab t(h)aa(n)ee ||1|| rehaao ||
The Creation is in the Creator, and the Creator is in the Creation, totally pervading and permeating all places. ||1||Pause||

Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey?
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

Maati ek,aneik bhaa(n)th kar saajee saajanehaarai ||
The clay is the same, but the Fashioner has fashioned it in various ways.

naa kashh poch maattee kae bhaa(n)ddae naa kashh poch ku(n)bhaarai ||2||
There is nothing wrong with the pot of clay – there is nothing wrong with the Potter. ||2||

Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey?
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

sabh mehi sachaa eaeko soee this kaa keeaa sabh kashh hoee ||
The One True Lord abides in all; by His making, everything is made.

hukam pashhaanai so eaeko jaanai ba(n)dhaa keheeai soee ||3||
Whoever realizes the Hukam of His Command, knows the One Lord. He alone is said to be the Lord’s slave. ||3||

Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey?
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

Allahu alakh n jaayi lakhiaa gur gurr dheenaa meet(h)aa ||
The Lord Allah is Unseen; He cannot be seen. The Guru has blessed me with this sweet molasses.

Kaho kabeer meri shankah naasee sarab niranjan ddeet(h)aa ||4||3||
Says Kabeer, my anxiety and fear have been taken away; I see the Immaculate Lord pervading everywhere. ||4||3||

Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey?
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

Beautiful isn’t it!!

Once I was crooning this song and my father heard it.I could see the light in his eyes.He read about this Shabad during his school days.I consider myself unfortunate that I didn’t get much of moral education from school (except for my initial years).People often advocate dissociating religion from education.I think it is absolutely essential to teach universal humanistic aspects of all religions especially when opinions are so prejudiced against one another’s religion.

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