बड़ा हुआ तो क्या हुआ, जैसे पेड़ खजूर |
पंथी को छाया नहीं, फल लागे अति दूर ||
खजूर के पेड़ के भाँति बड़े होने का कोई फायदा नहीं है, क्योंकि इससे न तो यात्रियों को छाया मिलती है, न इसके फल आसानी से तोड़े जा सकते हैं | आर्थात बड़प्पन के प्रदर्शन मात्र से किसी का लाभ नहीं होता |
It’s of no use to be great like a date palm tree as it neither gives shade to travelers nor does it allow its fruit to be plucked with ease. In other words, exhibition of greatness does not benefit anyone.
I love Dates or Khajoor. They are a part of everyday diet at our home. Everyone loves them because of their taste and high nutrition value. Infact, my kids love dates. So it’s nothing against them!
I was singing this famous Doha with my girls and wanted to explain to them the meaning. And I explained to them the same meaning as written above. While talking to them I realized that this is not the emotion behind it. It may be the meaning. So what does Kabir want to say in this? It opened up a whole new meaning. Yes, when we grow up and if we do not serve and if we just show or greatness, it’s wasted. When a tree is big, it gives more fruits. The tree does not eat its own fruits. The tree serves food to satiate others’ hunger. Moreover, because the tree is big and dense, many birds make their nest on it for protection and shadow. The more it grows, the more it serves. The more it grows, the more its branches bend down and it supports others. It does not stand straight and unapproachable.
I felt the true meaning behind is, the more you grow, the more you serve and you serve with love. that is the purpose of life. So how do we do it? First we need to do it with love, not with ego. The second thing is we need to start serving. We need to help people, the society, the creation in every possible way with our whole strength and with the best part of us.
And the more we serve the more we grow. So serve with love always and keep serving. That’s when we grow truly.