By N. V. Subbaraman from Chennai
Here is a beautiful poem by Mahakavi Subhramaniya Bharathiyar, one of the greatest national, patriotic poets from Tamilnadu , who lived in the early part of twentieth century. This poem deals with the importance of realizing that a thing or event which has gone by cannot be retrieved and there is no meaning in regretting over the spilt milk. Drawing the lessons, one has to carry one has to carry on as if he is born anew on this earth!. As usual his poem original in Tamil, its English transliteration and translation with comment are given hereunder.
Original in Tamil
சென்றதினி மீளாது மூடரே! நீர்
எப்போதும் சென்றதையே சிந்தைசெய்து
கொன்றழிக்கும் கவலையெனும் குழியில் வீழ்ந்து
குமையாதீர்; சென்றதனைக் குறித்தல் வேண்டாம்
இன்றுபுதி தாய்ப்பிறந்தோம் என்று நீவிர்
எண்ணமதைத் திண்ணமுற இசைத்துக்கொண்டு
தின்றுவிளை யாடின்புற் றிருந்து வாழ்வீர்
தீமையெலாம் அழிந்துபோம், திரும்பி வாரா.
TRANSLITERATION in ENGLISH
Senradhini meeLaadhu moodarae! Neer
Eppoadhum senradhaiyae sindhaiseydhu
Konrazhikkum kavalaiyenum kuzhiyil veezhndhu
Kumaiyaadheer; senradhanaik kuriththal vaeNdaam
Inrupudhi dhaayppirandhoam enru neevir
ENNamadhaith thiNNamura isaiththukkoNdu
ThinruviLai yaadinpur rirundhu vaazhveer
Theemaiyelaam azhindhupoam, thirumbi vaaraa.
GONE CAN’T BE RETRIEVED oh, fools! You
Brood not over what has already happened
Fall not into the pit of killing worry
Fret not; think not of the thing happened
Born we are today anew – realize it
Listen and sing this thought firm
Eat, play and live happily
All bad things will be gone, not to return!
Human life is never wholly good or bad; in the nature of things it is a mixture of both. Philosophically taking, there is no meaning in jumping with joy over the good happenings and sit in a corner worrying about the past happening for ever. Bharathiyaar in this small but great poem, says that keep not in mind the bad happening, brooding and worrying for long and spoiling mind and body. Take it that you are born today anew and enjoy the life. May be difficult to practice but there does not appear to be any alternative if we are to be at peace!.