‘An Poshi Teli Yeli Wan Poshi’ – Nund Rishi (ca. 1377-1440)

.

Food will thrive only
Till the woods survive
.
.
an poshi teli
(food/sustenance suffices then)
yeli wan poshi
(when forests/trees suffice)
.
.
Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali (also known as Nund Rishi) was not only a supreme spiritual poet, but he also was a visionary with profound insights about the environment he lived in. To imagine someone thinking about conserving the environment in the lush, verdant landscape of 15th century Kashmir – when the bounty of nature would have seemed limitless and inexhaustible – is quite difficult indeed.

This saying is ingrained in Kashmiri culture and has guided Kashmiri attitudes towards nature for centuries. However, alas, rampant consumerism of the last few decades have now turned this quote to just a sound-byte in the minds of Kashmiris.
.
.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s