चलती चक्की देख के, दिया कबीरा रोये
दुई पाटन के बीच में, साबित बचे ना कोए
Chalti chakki dekh ke, diya kabeera roye
Dui paatan ke beech mein, sabit bache na koye
In the days of supermarket aisles, frozen rotis, store-bought breads and pre-made pasta, it is difficult to imagine the time when a chakki (stone mill) was a good metaphor to get across the point that no matter who you are, life is a darn hard thing. Or as Kabeer says, that in the stone mill of life, no one comes out in ‘one piece’.
I wonder if this is relevant today. Are we still living through the stone mill, or with changes of lifestyle and technology, are we better off than Kabeer’s generation?
Actually, I feel blessed in so many ways that I can not remotely claim that my life is in any way close to a stone mill (and also my ego would never let me to say that I have allowed life to break me in some way). But I also think that, in a way, this attitude of Kabeer would be good to have. If you admit that life by definition means getting ground to powder, most problems would stop bothering you and even small positive things would make you happy 🙂