Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(Pas Che Bayad Kard-10) Asakay Chand Bar Iftaraq-e-Hindian

O Himalayas! O Attock! O Ganges!

how long shall we go on living sordidly like this ?

The old lack insight,

the young are devoid of love;

East and West are free, but we are slaves of others;

our bricks go to the building of others’ mansions.

To live according to the wish of others

is not deep slumber; it is eternal death;

this is not a death that comes from the sky;

its seed grows out of the depths of one’s soul.

Its prey waits neither for the undertaker nor for the grave,

nor for friends from far and near;

no clothes are torn in grief over his death,

his hell is not on the other side of the skies.

Do not seek him among the crowd on the Day of Judgment,

his tomorrow lies in his today.

What use is there to produce before God one

who has both sown the seed and reaped the fruit in this world?

A nation that does not relish the prodding of desire

is wiped off the face of the earth by Nature.

It is through magic that the crown and the throne acquire authority

what is frail as glass becomes through magic bard as stone.

Under the influence of this “clear enchantment,”

Muslims abjured their faith and unbelievers, their unbelief,

The Indians quarrel with one another

having revived their old differences,

until a Frankish nation from the land of the West

assumed the role of a mediator between Islam and kufr.

Nobody knows water from mirage,

Revolution, O revolution, O revolution!

O you who are always anxious for material sustenance,

ask of God a living heart

although its seat is in water and clay

yet the nine heavens are under its authority.

Do not think it belongs to the earth,

it really comes from the highest heavens.

The world is for it the Friend’s abode

and gets the Friend’s smell from the tulip’s tunic.

It is constantly at war with the world,

the stones on the path are broken to pieces by its strokes;

it is familiar with the pulpit and the gibbet,

and keeps a strict watch over its own fire;

it is only a streamlet but has oceans in its lap,

its ripples bring tidings of storms;

it is not by bread that it lives,

it dies as soon as it loses its vision of the Truth;

it is like a lamp in the dark chamber of the body:

it illumines both multitude and solitude.

Such a heart, ever watchful of itself and God-intoxicated,

is not achieved except through Faqr.

O young man, catch hold of its skirt firmly,

you have been born in slavery, now live free.


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