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The Sheldrake or in Gurbani, the chakvi duck ਰੇ ਮਨ ਐਸੀ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਜੈਸੀ ਚਕਵੀ ਸੂਰ ॥ rae man aisee har sio preeth kar jaisee chakavee soor || O mind, love the Lord, as the chakvee duck loves the sun. In Gurbani, the chakvi duck is connected to a Hindu legend. Hindu legend says that the male and female cry all night for one another, and only become content when they meet again in the morning. This was the result of a sorcerer's curse on a princess and her forbidden lover. At night the male and female sleep apart on opposite banks of the river or pond. When the sun rises they are united. ਕਬੀਰ ਚਕਈ ਜਉ ਨਿਸਿ ਬੀਛੁਰੈ ਆਇ ਮਿਲੈ ਪਰਭਾਤਿ ॥ kabeer chakee jo nis beeshhurai aae milai parabhaath || Kabeer, the chakvi duck is separated from her love through the night, but in the morning, she meets him again. ਅਨਿਕ ਸੂਖ ਚਕਵੀ ਨਹੀ ਚਾਹਤ ਅਨਦ ਪੂਰਨ ਪੇਖਿ ਦੇਂਹ ॥ anik sookh chakavee nehee chaahath anadh pooran paekh dhaeneh || The chakvi duck does not desire many comforts, but it is filled with bliss upon seeing the dawn
spnadmin, May 13, 2008