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Abou Ben Adhem (Hindi Translation)

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अबू बिन आदम (काश उस जैसे लोग और भी होते)
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
मूल कवि: जेम्ज़ हेनरी ली हंट
Written by James Henry Leigh Hunt
हिंदी अनुवाद रजनीश मंगा द्वारा
Hindi Translation by Rajnish Manga

एक रात गहरी नींद में ख्वाब देखते हुये वह उठा,
उसने देखा- कमरे में आने वाली चांदनी में,
जो खिली हुई लिली की तरह से थी समृद्ध-

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Abou Ben Adhem (Hindi Translation)
This is a translation of the poem Abou Ben Adhem by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: angel,god,love,love and life,name
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw—within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich and like a lily in bloom—
An angel, writing in a book of gold.
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
‘What writest thou? '—The vision raised its head,
And, with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, ‘The names of those who love the Lord.'
‘And is mine one? ' said Abou. ‘Nay, not so, '
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still, and said, ‘I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men.'
The angel wrote and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
Geeta 15 March 2021


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Indu 10 February 2021

Why does the poet say may his tribe increase? Answer -Abou Ben Adhen is virtous man who did good to everyone. So the poet prays and blessed him, wishing that there should be more good people like him.

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Milind M. 26 August 2020

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold.............What is the Subtle meaning of this line? I do not want mere translation.

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Jagdish Singh Ramána 24 April 2020

" ?? ?????? ??? ???? ???? ????? ?? ?? ?? ???? ??? ???? ??? ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?? ????? ???? ??'." It's a wonderful experience to read both the translations and the Poet.

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Rajnish Manga 29 April 2020

I'm glad to have received such a tremendous feedback. Thanks, Jagdish ji.

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Nisha 31 July 2019

Thanks you

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A great moral lesson for human beings and children and it remains always true.A great job done in translating this poem in Hindi

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Rajnish Manga 22 October 2018

Yes, you are right. This is the beauty of the poem which has inspired generations of readers. Thanks for your kind words, Dear Akham ji.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 15 September 2018

Such a wonderful poem! If you love your fellowmen and serve them with love and compassion, then, you have automatically loved and served God. I truly value this philosophy. i loved both the versions, in English by James Henry Leigh Hunt and so meticulously translated in Hindi by you Rajnish ji.........10 This goes to my PoemList as well.

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Rajnish Manga 15 September 2018

Yes, the message of this poem is laud and clear- Treat each human being with love and compassion as God has created them with equality. I appreciate the way you have reviewed the poem and shared your own views about it's universal appeal. I have always wanted to translate it. Thanks a lot, Geeta ji, for giving it a special place.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 05 September 2018

James Henry Leigh Hunt has written this poem very amazingly and your translation adds values to it. Waking up from deep sleep after seeing a dream is really very interesting. Getting love of God and bless is fortune. An amazing translation poem is shared here...10

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Rajnish Manga 06 September 2018

Thanks, Kumarmani ji, for your kind words about the poem and this translation. I read this wonderful poem during my school days and several times after that and have been fascinated by its matchless poetic beauty.

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