A Doha by Kabir Das


What you would do tomorrow, do it today
And do it right now without delay
This life is frail, it may cease any day
So seize the moment ere it goes away


Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

(tomorrow’s work do today, today’s do right now
in an instant disaster may strike, when will you do it then?)



This doha is one of Kabir’s most quoted. Used to the same motivational effect as ‘carpe diem’ is in the west. And as much, if not more, part of its cultural weave.



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