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Abdur Rahim Khankhana (1556-1627)

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Abdur Rahim Khankhana (or simply known as Rahim to his admirers) was one of the Nav Ratnas (Nine Jewels) in Akbar's court. He was known for his philanthropy. Once Goswami Tulsidas, renowned poet and the composer of the great Indian Epic ‘Ramcharit Manas' sent him the followingcouplet through a courier in praise of his generous nature:

Where did you learn to be so philanthropic, Sire, tell me please.
That your eyes look down while raising your hand to give charities.

Rahim who was also a well known poet, presented the messenger with several gifts and dedicated a couplet to Goswami Tulsidas as under:

It's the God who showers me with boundless wealth day and night.
But the people believe it's me and that's the cause of my plight.

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: charity,poet
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
रहीम के बारे में विख्यात है कि वो बड़े ही दानी थे. वे जब दान देते थे तो अपनी आँखे झुका लेते थे. लोग चर्चा करते थे कि रहीम कैसा परोपकार करते है, दान भी करते है और शर्मिंदा भी होते हैं. इस बात की चर्चातुलसीदास जी के पास पहुंची.कहा जाता है कि संत तुलसीदास ने अपने पास आये एक याचक को रहीम के पास भेजा था और साथ में एक छंद भी उनको समर्पित किया था जो इस प्रकार है:

ऐसी देनी देन जू कित सीखे हो सैन।
जों जों कर ऊंचे उठे तातें नीचे नैन।।

रहीम ने सप्रेम उस याचक को सहायता दी और अपनी ओर से भी एक छंद गोस्वामी तुलसीदास को समर्पित कर भेज दिया:

देनहार कोउ और है भेजत है दिन रैन ।
लोग भरम हमपे करें तातें नीचे नैन।।

अर्थात हमारा परमात्मा दिन रात हमें दे रहा है, जब हम लोगो को देते है तो लोग सोचते है कि हम दे रहे है ऐसा सोचते ही शर्म से आँखे झुक जाती हैं. रहीम के व्यक्तित्व की यही विशेषता उन्हें महान बनाती है.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jagdish Singh Ramána 02 September 2019

Aha! Soulful account of two legendary poets of Ours. Wonderfully described the lovely account. Translation of both the couplets is melodious. Beautiful philosophiy. That's why the He was Khan-e -Khana. And still is in the poetry. A lovely poem indeed, Sir.

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Rajnish Manga 02 September 2019

I'm really pleased to read your wonderful review and a very positive feedback on this poem. So supportive and inspiring. Thanks a lot, Jagdish ji.

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Jagdish Singh Ramána 03 September 2019

Sir, it's my pleasure to read such poetic inspirations. Poemhunter has given me a lot, turned my taste to read, write and listen good. It has mould my mind and heart and still is doing....

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Kumarmani Mahakul 28 August 2019

It's the God who showers me with boundless wealth day and night. But the people believe it's me and that's the cause of my plight........these two lines reveal the humanity, humility and charity of Abdur Rahim Khankhana who was known as Rahim, one of the Nav Ratnas (Nine Jewels) in Akbar's court. Dear Manga ji, You have so nicely presented the wit of Rahim through Goswami Tulsidas, renowned poet and the composer of the great Indian Epic ‘Ramcharit Manas'. Thanks for sharing.

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Rajnish Manga 28 August 2019

We are fortunate to be living in a culturally rich and vibrant country. Episodes of this kind reaffirm our faith in our values which have stood the test of time and come to us through ages. Thanks, Kumarmani ji, for a lively review of the poem.

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Michael Walker 25 August 2019

You bring a philanthropist from the distant past to life, very well. The epic poem also sounds worth reading.

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Rajnish Manga 25 August 2019

These stories can be found everywhere and they enrich our culture and become a part of our folklore. Thanks a lot.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 25 August 2019

A brilliant work sir! Thanks for sharing.....10

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Rajnish Manga 25 August 2019

Thank you so much, Dr Dillip, for your kind visit and encouraging comments.

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