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”The shrub of labour and hope…

…will bear fruit tomorrow”


”Buta as umeed meri naa, kal ne maivey pareyaa” 

This is an ancient saying in one Kashmiri dialect Pahari, the translation is pretty self-explanatory, imagine a shrub, which will become a huge tree one day and abundant in fruit.

It has two meanings, one’s about self-development, and simply means be patient, hard work wont pay instantly, neither will your dream come true instantly, its only a matter of time.

The other is a spiritual one, which means work hard in this world, your good may go unnoticed but it will pay off in the hereafter, I.e. you will get paradise.

This saying is part of a huge book by a Kashmiri Sufi Philosopher.  

There are many more strange and funny ones, but my minds blank at the moment, I thought I’d share this one with you to start with, its also my motto in life.  



February 5, 2008 - Posted by | Art, culture, life


  1. It’s a good motto to live by! It reminds me of the English one; “From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow” Which I guess means that your modest endeavours, if you persevere, will eventually lead to big rewards, or at least, a bloody great tree in your back garden!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 5, 2008

  2. Hahaha.. yeah.. Oak trees are humongous!

    Thats a good one Kev, yeah its not so different to a lot ofthe sayings around nowadays, but its still comforting.

    Comment by supersizeme | February 5, 2008

  3. Hi Supe, great entry! Happy to see some Kashmiri wisdom here in Cafe Crem.
    I must laugh a lot reading Kevin’s comment: good motto to live by! He hasn’t one ounce of patience, and if the fruit is not coming within one minute, he gives up! Well, I am not much better, except in the things which I REALLY want. And so is he…

    Comment by Miki | February 5, 2008

  4. The German have it with oaks too:
    “Jede Eiche war mal eine Eichel”:
    Every oak has been an acorn…

    Comment by Miki | February 5, 2008

  5. That’s alright Miki, we’re all like that, I’s impatient like that too, despite knowing all these wise quotations.

    Nice …. German too!

    Comment by supersizeme | February 5, 2008

  6. Do you have to continue working in paradise?

    I think I will lay about a little, just try to get within view of paradise. That’s where all the bloggers will be hanging out.

    Comment by wrjones | February 5, 2008

  7. According to a certain Mr.Loaf, you can see paradise by the dashboard light…

    Comment by kevmoore | February 5, 2008

  8. Hahaha..
    I’m intrigued now.. is there some inside joke..?

    Comment by supersizeme | February 5, 2008

  9. Oh yeah lots of work in paradise lifting a heavenly grape from a platter of pomegranates and figs in a heavy gold tray, a whole arm-distance away, and lifting a morsel to ones mouth.. exhausting, back breaking.. i’m sweating at the thought of it.

    Comment by supersizeme | February 5, 2008

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