Na Jaane Tera Saahab Kaisa Hai – Lyrics and Meaning

ना जाने तेरा साहब कैसा है
Na Jaane Tera Saahab Kaisa Hai
Don’t know the nature of your God
(Are the nature of your deeds like the nature of your God?)

मस्जिद ऊपर मुल्ला पुकारे , क्या साहब तेरा बहरा है
Mazjid Oopar Mulla Pukaare, Kya Saahab tera behra hai
From the top of mazjid mulla shouts a loud prayer, Is your God deaf?

चींटी के पग नेवरा बांधे, वह भी साहब सुनता है
Chinti ke pag nevara baandhe, woh bhi to saahab sunta hai
The sound from an ant’s feet, God listens to that as well.

पंडित होके आसन मारे , लंबी माला जपता है
Pandit Hoke Aasan Maare, Lambi Maala Japta Hai
Become a pandit and make aasanas, Chant with long garland,

अन्दर तेरे कपट का करनी , सो भी साहब लखता है
Andar Tere Kapat Ka Karni, So Bhi Saahab Lakhta Hai
The deceitful deeds of your mind, that also God knows

ऊँचा नीचा महल बनाया , गहरी नींव जमाता है
Ooncha Neecha Mahal Banaya, Gahari Neev Jamaata Hai
Making tall and short buildings, man makes deep foundations

चलने का मंसूबा नाहि, रहने का मन करता है
Chalne Ka Mansooba Naahi, Rehne Ka Man Karta Hai
Without dreams of going (dying),  the mind wants to stay

कौड़ी कौड़ी माया जोड़ी , गाढ़ी भूमि में झड़ता है
Kaudi Kaudi Maya Jodi, Gaadi Bhoomi Mein Jhadtha Hai
You earn every penny, then you bury it in sand to preserve it

जहि लेना हैं सो ले जईहें , बाँकी वहीं वहीं मरता है
Jahi Lena Hai Le , Baki Wahin Wahin Marta Hai
Who takes life will take it away,  remaining dies where it is.

सतवंती को गजि मिले नहि, वेश्या पहिने खासा है
Satvanto Ko Gaji Mile Nahi, Veshya Pahine Khasaa Hai
Good natured woman does not get a cotton cloth, the prostitute wears silk

जेहिं घर साधु भीख न पावे , भड़वा खात बताशा है
Jehi Ghar Saadhu Bheek Na Paave, Bhadva Khaat Batasha Hai
Household does not give alms to saint, pimp eats a delicacy

हीरा पायी परख नहीं जाने , कौड़ी परखन करता है
Heera Paayi Parak Nahi Jaane, Kaudi Parkhan Karta Hai
You have not examined the diamond (Life)in your possession,  you examine the penny

क़हत कबीर सुनो भाई साधो, हरी जैसे को तैसा है
Kahat Kabir Suno Bhai Saadho, Hari Jaise Ko Taisa Hai
Kabir says, listen brethren, God gives the things that are sought