धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय
माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय|
This Doha of Kabir suits well the today’s digital age and simply tells how Kabir’s wisdom remains valid even after a few centuries. The internet boom has made things so different than what they were; if you wanted to publish your writings a few decades before, you were at mercy of publishers, news editors, magazine editors and a long list of many others. Today, getting your work in front of people is so easy. You can have a blog, write for online magazines or can even have your own Kindle book.
Internet has made many things easy but, some things have become much more difficult than before. This internet boom has resulted in a lot of noise everywhere and hence, though getting published has become easier, getting attention from audience is much more difficult. This couplet of Kabir has the hint to deal with this tough situation. In fact, this centuries old couplet of Kabir tells us to do exactly the same thing which which Seth Godin is telling us to do now. Great minds think alike!
धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय |
Oh mind, be patient. Results take some time to show up.
माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय||
Even if the gardener feeds a plant hundred buckets of water, the fruits will come only when the right season arrives.
In simple words, this doha from Kabir asks us to be patient. It tells us that whatever good work you do, it will take some time to get you the results you expect. I think is the best advice that can be given to anyone in the digital age.
Take the example of this blog, which was started almost 8 years ago. When it was started, I and a few handful of my friends were only readers. No one else even knew that this blog existed. It was quite easy and obvious for me to get fed up and stop writing. I could have spent my time on something else. And look at the picture today. This blog gets thousands of visitors from many countries. Along with me, 5-10 of my friends had started their blogs; not even one of them blogs today! The universal truth which Kabir wants to tell us is, people tend to take some time before they notice the good work that you do. Unfortunately, in the digital era, as publishing or anything for that matter is become so easy, there is a lot of noise around and hence, it takes even longer time for people to take notice of the work that you do.
This couplet of Kabir also falls in line with the theory of Dip that Seth Godin has shared with us through his book, The Dip. Consider the world of start-ups for example. If you track them over a period of time, you will come to know that 90% of them just disappear five years down the line. It means, most of the people doing something drop their efforts as they do not see the meaningful results. Who are these 10% people? They are the people who really love what they are doing and hence, they do not leave the good work at the Dip.
This Doha of Kabir is for all of us. If you are doing what you love to do, Kabir says, it will take some time before people notice you and you start getting results. You just keep on doing your work. Eventually, the others will fall off and you will lead.
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