Paltu: Saints come in ones

Diamonds don’t grow in clusters,
Lions don’t walk in herds:
Saints – they come in ones.
The rest are just beggars,
Eating away.

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A tree doesn’t grow fruit to feed itself,
A river doesn’t drink its own water:
Saints take on a human body
For the sake of others.

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“nahee~ heera boran chalai, vrichchha pharai na aap ko”
Couplets by Paltu. English translation by Anthea Guinness. Hindi sources: oral tradition; written sources include Paltu Sahib ki Bani (Belvedere, c.1910; 2000).

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