Thursday, November 28, 2013

(Javed Nama-12) Taseen-e-Gautam (Gautam Budh Ki Taleemat)

The Repentance of the coquettish Dancing-Girl

Ancient wine and youthful beloved are-nothing;
for men of true vision the houris of Paradise are-nothing.
Whatever you know as firm and enduring passes away,
mountain and desert, land, sea and shore are-nothing.
The science of the Westerners, the philosophy of the Easterners
are all idol-houses, and the visiting of idols yields-nothing.
Think upon Self, and pass not fearfully through this desert,
for you are, while the substance of both worlds is—nothing
On the road which I hewed out with the point of my eyelash
station and caravan and shifting sands are-nothing.

Transcend the unseen, for this doubt and surmise are nothing;
to be in the world and to escape from the world-that is. Something!
The Paradise that some God grants unto you is nothing;
when Paradise is the reward of your labours-that is something.
Do you seek repose for your soul? The soul’s repose is nothing;
the tear shed in sorrow for your companions-that is something.
The wine-drenched eye, the temptress glance and the song
are all fair, but sweeter than these-there is something.
The cheek’s beauty lives for a moment, in a moment is no more;
the beauty of action and fine ideals-that is something.
The Dancing-Girl
Give not occasion for conturbation to this restless heart;
add one or two curls more to my twisted tress.
In my breast is such a lightning-flash of revelation from you,
I have yielded the bitterness of expectation to the moon and the sun.
The joy of God’s presence founded in this world idolatry’s wont;
love ever eludes the soul that is full of hope.
So that with carefree heart I may play a new melody
give back again to the meadow the true bird of the meadow.
You have granted me a lofty nature; release the shackle from my foot
that I may bestow a prince’s robe upon your sackcloth.
If the axe struck against the stone, what cause of talk is that?
Love can carry upon its back a whole mountain-range!


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