Tranalation Of Ballad Of Shivaji Maharaj By Mahatma Phule

August 31, 2006 at 10:31 am | Posted in Great Writings | 1 Comment

Oh (Shivaji) Maharaj, speak with us, please ! Why have you stopped (given up) speaking with us? You took as your companions the simple peasants (of Maharashtra). You made the (half) naked (folk) into soldiers. You braved the scorching heat of the Sun, and were not afraid of the (pouring) rains. you wandered high and low over the mountains (and through the cavers) and, thus brought the Mohammedans to heel (subjugated them). sometimes, you resorted to plunder the (enemy’s) territory, but took care to foster and encourage your own countrymen (compatriots). You displayed extraordinary intellectual powers and thereby cast your magic spell over all in the country. Though the state exchequer was full, he (Shivaji) was most economical in his expenditure(he managed the state finances very prudently. He allowed the soliders a certain share in the state treasury (exchequer), as he never coveted wealth (for its own sake) (was never avaricious), as he never coveted wealth (for its owns sake ) (was never avaricious). He was eternally vigilant, and banished idleness and sloth (from his own life). He was ever mindful of (he never neglected) his cavalry units- be they every so small, or great. He was pre-eminently the first king among all the Kshatriyas, and nobody could hold a candle (up) to him (je was in a class by himself, non-pareil). He was unrivalled (deeply skilled) in subtle trcikes and stratagems (of state-craft) and used to impress and persiade the common folk to join his side (support his cause). He was intrepid and undaunted in calamities and saved himself most skilfully and dexterously (he came off unscathed through all calamities). He used to capture forts and other territories from the enemy by resorting to secret and furtive tactics. He used to fight with (and vanquish) the traitors first, and, then, would engage himself in a great battle(with the enemy).Even when he was engulfed in (a number of ) battles, he was ever mindful of his subjects and always endeared himself to the ryots.(the ryots were ever close to his heart). He was never impervious (indifferent) to the welfare of the ryots, and always enacted new laws (which were beneficial to the common people). He used to pay attention even to the meanest of the mean among his subjects), and everybody’s interests were safeguarded by him. (Nobody was neglected). He was of a diminutive stature, and always relied more on resourcefulness and clever stratagems than on physical moght. He has a pleasant, attractive mien and it was a veritable seal (imprint) inscribed with jewel-like virtues and graces. He was also un-assuming that he never took liberties with others, and was guileless and innocent by temperament (at home). His conversation was sweet and pleasant. He was thoughtful and resonable (by temperament), and, thus, would establish his supremacy (over ohters). He strove ceaselessly for the welfare of (his subjects), and kept many of his relatives in his employ ( as retainers and faithful followers). Sometimes he used to wroth with those whom he had pampered (who were very dear to him). Having read historical records in English, I designate Chhatrapati Shivaji as a scion of the Kshatriya race who was thoroughly exposed (made fun of, discomfited) the inquities of the Brahma, Jotirao Phule has sung the praises of (eulogised) the son of a Shudra (Shivaji Maharaj) who has the authentic and chief overlord of the Peshwas. I chant (recite) the ballad of Shivaji Mharaj), the darling son of Jijabai, who proved to be the scourge of the Mohammedans. I, hereby, chant (recite) the ballad (Saga) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhonsle who was an adorement of (celebrated and famous among) the toiling peasants.

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  1. ‘His conversation was sweet and pleasant. He was thoughtful and resonable (by temperament), and, thus, would establish his supremacy (over ohters).’

    What the Bahujan enlightenment require in their stance is precisely captured in this one of the greatest creation. What Tatya perceived is all alone, no one could match his perception. This uniqueness of Tatya’s perception established him as IDEOLOGY. What many Bamani intellectualls has been dreaming day and night to turn their say into thought and further in Ideology, Tatya with his unique perception turned into PHULEVAD- modern India’s ideology. I think it has the following in Chatrapati Shivaji Raje’s above characteristics.

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