of Saint Poets - I
N. Razdan (Mahanori)
fragrant flower garden of our great land tinged in the beautiful mosaic
of variegated hues, irrigated by sacred rivers, fed by a fertile soil and
enriched by mineral wealth, oceanic gems not for lassitude of luxury nor
for evil designs but effectively guided by vigorous spiritualism of ancient
heritage of India for self-confidence, self-reliance and similar positive
'Selves' to stem the tides of destructive storms of pseudo-secularism,
fundamentalism, Communalism and such other negative 'ism' that tend to
flicker out the consumed candle stick of Indian civilization at the end.
This in turn
envisages a high degree of patriotic zeal to firmly knit together the fragmented,
patchwork quilt of national integration to bring out and revive the cohesive
union of warmth of hearts and constructive logic of minds with a keen eye
on humanistic, domestic and international harmony in unison with global
union of brotherhood vis-à-vis the humans and the ecological balance
of the hydrosphere to reap the fruits of the bounty of natural gifts.
May you heed
Death 1390 A.D)
Pandraethan Village (ancient Puranadhisthana)
About the Book
The two of us having gone through Shri P.N. Razdan's
Gems of Kashmiri Literature And Kashmiriyat-1, declare that it is a work of
loving labour, and of deep personal conviction, as is very pertinent to the time
in which we live presently. We are touched. Whatever the author writes, and the
way he interprets the three great saints of the valley, become meaningful
About the Author
Mr. Prithivi Nath Razdan is one of the most knowledgeable but largely
unrecognized intellectuals of Kashmir, now spending his days in Jammu as a
migrant, I have had the good fortune of having been his student in C.M.S.
School, Fatehkadal, Srinagar in the forties, Nearly half a century has passed.
Almost every, week I have wondered how this shy intellectual with few means
could fill himself with so much scholarship and also keep on radiating to
Although a large part of ancient literature in Kashmir was written in
non-Kashmiri languages it, nevertheless, bears a close affinity with the
Kashmiri Language. Several Sanskrit poets and writers of Kashmir have also
written in Kashmiri. Likewise, many Kashmiri poets and writers have been
influenced by the work of Sanskrit poets and literature.
and Background information
was married at the age of twelve to one Pandit boy at Pampore (ancient
Padmanpora) where presumably she was renamed Padmawati, as per the Kashmiri
Pandit tradition, by her-in-laws.
of my wooden bow turned out
To be the
pith of water rush grass;
of the kingdom
the rustic hands of
A crude carpenter;
In the midst
of a busy bazar,
And a pilgrimmage less
wonder, one gets absorbed into thinking whether these honey-sweet Vaakhs:
Shruks and poems of the three saint poets described in this volume, that
appeal to the heart, and stimulate the mind, are innate, intuitive or oozing
fountains of eternal knowledge or clairvoyance.