philosophical and hence they made invaluable observations of life.
jey man mein hikri, Sahib jey man mein bee
Literally means: While man has something on
his mind, God has something else on His
The above proverb shows that Sindhis believed
in God’s will, and felt that man proposes and God disposes. Sindhis not only
believed in God’s will, but also in His mercy. Hence they claimed:
Maaran vaarey khaan, Rakhan vaaro
Which means: God, the Protector is greater
than he who wants to harm you.
In connection with death, Sindhis said:
Jinjo hitey khap, Tinjo hutey bhi khap
Literally means: Those who are most needed on
earth, Seem to be needed by God as well.
Or, Those people who are needed, die sooner than we would like them to.
When one speaks a lie, one tends to speak so
many more to substantiate the first untruth. Hence Sindhis believed:
Sach ta vetho nach
Which literally means: If you speak the truth
you can continue to dance with joy. In other words, if you speak the
truth, you can enjoy peace as there is no fear of you contradicting yourself.
Akul khaaey gam
Which literally means that the wise one
swallows ones pain and pride for the benefit of the majority.
Sindhis also claimed:
Chor jee maau, Kund mein rooey
Which literally means that the mother of the
thief, cries in a corner. This proverb implies that the mother of a guilty one
cannot share her grief with anyone, and hence cries alone`
How did such people console themselves?
By telling themselves to forget about what has transpired, and to look to
the future. Hence they stated:
Ditho sab visaar, Undithey khey yaad kar
Which literally means that one must forget
what one has seen, and look towards the unseen future. But is what one literally
sees with ones own eyes a fact? Sindhis claim that sometimes ones own eyes
deceive us. The latter is what the next proverb claims:
Kadheen kadheen akhyoon bi dokho khaayee
If one learns to sit in a corner of a room on
the floor, no one will push one around. It is this belief that the following
proverb agrees with:
Jainh khaado taro, Tainh khey nako soor
Which literally means that if one eats the
food from the bottom of the saucepan, one will not suffer from pain or
humiliation. It implies that it pays to be humble.
Obviously Sindhis believed in the wisdom of
the last proverb because they claim the opposite to be true. They
Jeda utha, Teda loda
Which means: The bigger the camel, the bigger
the jerks it experiences.
Sindhis believe in reciprocating a favour.
Khaado khaaey, Ta akhiyoon lajayeen
Which means that if you partake of
somebody’s food, you feel embarrassed until you reciprocate the favor. Also
Jainjo khaaibo, Tainjo gaaibo
Which means that one must appreciate and
praise, those who feed you and/or do you a favour.
The following saying echoes the latter
Khaado khaaibo ta khangbo bhee
Which means that while eating, you will be
sometimes forced to clear your throat.
On the subject of food, Sindhis observed:
Daaney daaney tey mohir.
Which means that every grain of food is
stamped with the name of the eater.
The above proverb ascertains that Sindhis
believed in destiny.
Sindhis connected well-being with food. The
latter they very poetically connected with Muslim festivals, with which Hindu
Sindhis were familiar, as they lived midst Sindhi Muslims.
Aahey ta Eed na ta Rozo
Which means that if one is financially sound,
then one eats well, like one does during the festival of “Eed”. If one, on
the other hand is not economically comfortable, then one must perforce fast like