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Teri karam kahaani teri aatmaa bhi jaane

Posted on: March 27, 2015


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.This is the 100th Sahir Ludhianvi lyrics contribution by Avinash Scrapwala in the blog.

(Thanks to our beloved Shri.Raja ji for his kind support and guidance to me in completion and presentation of this article)

We know Sahir Ludhianvi as a poet of the highest quality, a romantic at heart, and a rebel.

But for me, he was much more than this.

For me he was a truly secular individual, a humanitarian, and a motivational philosopher.

There were many aspects to Sahir’s poetry and writing. But, today, for the purposes of this article, I would like to dwell upon just one of them. The ‘bhajans’ that he wrote.

Sahir has given us many memorable, or perhaps I should say ‘immortal’, bhajans which lead us to the world of the sublime, to introspect within ourselves, to be inspired and to be motivated in this journey of life. When one looks at these bhajans and the conviction in them, it becomes clear that they come straight from Sahir’s heart.

The Gramophone Co of India Ltd (HMV) had brought out in 1985 a beautiful compilation of ‘bhajans’ from this great poet.

Titled as ‘Bhajans from Films – Poet SAHIR LUDHIYANVI’, this audio cassette (which I purchased on 28.11.1988 – I had this habit of marking my signature and date on the cassettes which I used to purchase regularly for my collection) has, in all, a total of ‘twelve’ gems.

Out of these twelve, so far ten have been discussed on our blog. I am reproducing herewith a few lines from each write up/comments which talks about the song or about Sahir (by Atul ji and our regular contributors and few comments also) which accompany each respective post.

Here they are (with the links):

1) Allah tero naam ishwar tero naam
“There are many people who may think that this is a non-filmy prayer. That is how
Well-known this song is.”
‘Allah tero naam, ishwar tero naam’ this poignant song is written by Sahir
Ludhianvi and its music is composed by Jaidev.This song is easily a timeless classic.
(By Atul ji)

2) Prabhu tero naam

Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist and Jaidev is the music director, as mentioned earlier
this song is an outstanding song, and one can listen to this song several times,
without feeling bored. (By Atul ji)
Both the above i.e. (1) & (2) from the Navketan’s film ‘Hum Dono’.

3) Tora man darpan kehlaaye from the film ‘Kaajal’.

This song is one of the most well-known bhajans created by Bollywood. Considering that Ravi was the music director that was only to be expected.”
(By Atul ji)
“Our mind is like a mirror it shows us good and bad experiences that we have been through what is the meaning of Karma?
It means my karm whatever I do with my hands or mind or body is karma. So mind has a hard disk which stores everything without being biased for mind there is nothing good or nothing bad it will keep storing and it has the ability to bring back those memories at random access wgenevr it wants,
That’s why it is called darpan a mirror …..
If you like to understand further please respond I shall revert soon” (By Girish)

4) Aan milo aan milo shyaam saanwre from ‘Devdas’
The words by Sahir Ludhianvi are simply wonderful. To imagine that a shayar who has given us some great shaayaris and qawwalis could write such a beautiful song using colloquial words is such a pleasant surprise. What a gem of a song this is. (By Atul ji)

5) Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo from ‘Pyaasa’
“The lyrics of this song are just amazing. It is written in chaste Hindi, and sound very nice to the ears. It is difficult to imagine that this song is written not by some noted Hindi lyricist but by one who was renowned as a shayar. Yes, this song is written by Sahir Ludhianvi, and here he shows that he could write very nice sanskritised lyrics too, if the situation so demanded.
It was not a fluke either. Sahir Ludhianvi himself had written another great sanskritised song in “Devdas”, and that too was for the same music director. That song was “aan milo aan milo Shyam saanware”. This shows what great literary skills Sahir Ludhianvi possessed. This also shows the importance that lyrics were accorded by music directors. No wonder these songs have gone on to become timeless classics. (By Atul ji)

6) Kaam krodh aur lobh ka maara jagat na aaya raas from ‘Bahurani’
This poignant song is sung by Mahendra Kapoor. Sahir Ludhianvi has come up with simple and effective lyrics (by Atul ji)

7) Ganga tera paani amrit from Ganga Tera Paani Amrit’ (post by Khyati ji)

(a very nice post and all comments there are full of emotions! who else other than Sahir Ludhiyanvi could do that, he has given words to our emotions for ‘Ganga’ – the soul of India !!!) by Avinash Scrapwala

8) Tora manwa kyon ghabraye from ‘Sadhna’ (by Atul ji)

9) Man re too kahe na dhir dhare from ‘Chitralekha’
(Post by Atul ji)
“Intensely Beautiful song! The meaning touches the soul each time!” – Indyana

10) Ishwar allah tere naam from ‘Naya Raasta’…
“Here is this awesome bhajan from “Naya Raasta” (1970). This song, which is sung
by Rafi and chorus, is bound to bring solace and comfort to listeners.” By Atul ji

(Apart from bringing solace and comfort this song also speaks of one to lift oneself above caste, creed, religion, and do good … it emphasizes ‘karm’ and seek peace for all!!!) – By Avinash Scrapwala.

Another beautiful song (which is not in the compilation) is teri hai zameen, teraa aasmaan from ‘The Burning Train-1980’

This is another lovely gem penned by Sahir. (And this was the song which started my interaction with Atul ji and eventually I started contributing lyrics posts on our blog).

The two songs from the album that remain to be posted are:
1) Raam rahim Krishna kareem… sab ki hain ik hi taalim -Mehmaan (1974)
2) O praani re … teri karam kahaani teri aatma bhi jaane – Chingaari (1971*).

*The film itself is said to have been released only in 1989.
I will discuss the first song at another time, but today I would like to discuss the song from “Chingaari”(1971). (Incidentally, there was a film in 1955 with the same title in which there is ONE song whose lyrics have been penned by Sahir).

This song from Chingaari(1971) is a beautiful, philosophical, gem about our ‘Karma’.

Sahir is talking to man, saying that however much he tries to cover up his deeds, his soul (aatma) knows. And He (the Lord, Parmatma) knows. So it is futile to commit sin and then try to cover it up.

Sahir emphasizes that you reap what you sow. The world is the result of karma. And your ‘karma’ cannot be hidden from your soul. And from Him (the Lord, Parmatma).

Such a clear philosophical statement coming from a man, known primarily for his Urdu shaayri!

I will leave all of you with this song now.

And, while on this subject, I would also like to take the opportunity to pray to the Almighty to shower his love and affection on all of us, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

This special song happens to be my one hundredth Sahir Ludhianvi lyrics contribution in the blog.


Song-Teri karam kahaani teri aatmaa bhi jaane (Chingaari)(1971) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

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Part I
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O o o
praani re ae ae
Praani re ae ae

Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Kahaan chhupegaa re praani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane

Kitney hi pardon mein
Paap kamaaye tu
Kitney hi jatnon se
Bhed chhupaaye tu
Kitney hi pardon mein
Paap kamaaye tu
Kitney hi jatnon se
Bhed chhupaaye tu
Bhaley burey ki kahaani ee
Praani re ae
Praani re ae
Bhaley burey ki kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane

Jag jisey kehtey hain
Karmon ki kheti hai
Jaisaa koyee boye usse
Waisaa phal deti hai
Jag jisey kehtey hain
Karmon ki kheti hai
Jaisaa koyee boye usse
Waisaa phal deti hai
Toone boyaa kyaa thhaa praani ee ee
O o o
O o o
Toone boyaa kyaa thhaa praani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane

Prabhu ke dwaare teraa
Aanaa hi bahot hai
Bol ke naa bol
Pachhtaanaa hi bahot hai ae
Prabhu ke dwaare teraa
Aanaa hi bahot hai
Bol ke naa bol
Pachhtaanaa hi bahot hai
Jo hai vipadaa sunaani ee
Praani re ae
Praani re ae
Jo hain vipadaa sunaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane

——————————-
PART – II
——————————–
Kaise kaise patit
Mahaan bane jag mein
Kaise kaise paapi
Gunwaan bane jag mein
Kaun wo manushya hai jo
Duniyaa mein aaya ho
Phir bhi kabhi naa koyee
Paap kamaaya ho
Jab bhi teri aankh khule
Tab hi saweraa hai
Kshamaa kare sabko wo
Bhagwaan teraa hai
Yugon yugon ki kahaani ee
Praani re ae
Praani re ae
Yugon yugon ki kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane
Teri karam kahaani
Teri aatmaa bhi jaane
Parmatmaa bhi jaane

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
—————————————–

ओ ओ ओ
प्राणी रे ए ए
प्राणी रे ए ए
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
कहाँ छुपेगा रे प्राणी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने

कितने ही पर्दों में
पाप कमाए तू
कितने ही जतनों से
भेद छुपाये तू
कितने ही पर्दों में
पाप कमाए तू
कितने ही जतनों से
भेद छुपाये तू
भले बुरे की कहानी ई
प्राणी रे ए
प्राणी रे ए
भले बुरे की कहानी ई
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने

जग जिसे कहते हैं
कर्मों की खेती है
जैसा कोई बोये उसे
वैसा फल देती है
जग जिसे कहते हैं
कर्मों की खेती है
जैसा कोई बोये उसे
वैसा फल देती है
तुने बोया क्या था प्राणी ई ई
ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
तुने बोया क्या था प्राणी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने

प्रभु के द्वारे तेरा
आना ही बहोत है
बोल के न बोल
पछताना ही बहोत है ए
प्रभु के द्वारे तेरा
आना ही बहोत है
बोल के न बोल
पछताना ही बहोत है
जो है विपदा सुनानी ई
प्राणी रे ए
प्राणी रे ए
जो है विपदा सुनानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने

——————————-
PART – II
——————————–

कैसे कैसे पतित
महान बने जग में
कैसे कैसे पापी
गुणवान बने जग में
कौन वो मनुष्य है जो
दुनिया में आया हो
फिर भी कभी न कोई
पाप कमाया हो
जब भी तेरी आँख खुले
तब ही सवेरा है
क्षमा करे सबको वो
भगवान तेरा है
युगों युगों की कहानी ई
प्राणी रे ए
प्राणी रे ए
युगों युगों की कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने
तेरी करम कहानी
तेरी आत्मा भी जाने
परमात्मा भी जाने

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7 Responses to "Teri karam kahaani teri aatmaa bhi jaane"

Avinashbhai,
Congratulations on reaching personal milestone of one hundredth lyrics contribution of Sahir sahab.
Your list of 10 bhajans by Sahir has my most fav bhajan Tora man darpan kahelaye…

Following may not fit in the bhajan category of yours but just listing few more in the category of prayer, philosophical
Meri sunle araj banwaari
Rom rom mein basne waale Ram
Jahan mein aisa kaun hai
Na munh chhupa ke jiye
Main Zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya (Dev sahab’s fav)
Sansar se bhaage phirte ho

Thanks for the post.

thank you Khyati ji .
there are few more songs which I came to know after this post and that can also be added to this list. Will list them here later.
This particular post was based on the compilation mainly brought out by EMI.
thanks again !!

Got it. May I request you to introduce at least one of those gems?
Thanks.

I think we may add “Aana hai to aa” from Naya Daur to this list.

Yes Sir, this can be added and as mentioned above there are few more which I got to know after sharing this post.
thanks !!

video link

audio link:

@ Prakash ji – thanks for the video link. (I had also shared two video (in parts) links, but the one shared by you has the complete song in one link. Thanks !!

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