Published on 06 Mar 2012 | over 4 years ago
Kalaam: Siraj Aurangabadi 1715-1763 CE
Khabar-e-tahayyur-e-ishq sun na junun raha na pari rahi
Na to tu raha na to main raha, jo rahi so bekhabari rahi
Shah-e-bekhudi ne ataa kiya mujhe ab libas-e-barahanagi
Na khirad kii bakhiya'gari rahi na junun kii parda'dari rahi
Chali simt-e-gaib se ik hava ke chaman zahoor ka jal gaya
Magar ek shaakh-e-nihal-e-gham jise dil kahein so hari rahi
Nazar-e-tagaful-e-yaar ka gila kis zaban se bayan karun
Ke sharab-e-sad-qadah aarazoo khum-e-dil mein thi so bhari rahi
Wo ajab ghari thi main jis ghari liyaa dars-e-nuskha-e-ishq ka
Ke kitaab-e-aql ki taaq mein jyun dhari thi tyun hi dhari rahi
Tere josh-e-hairat-e-husn kaa asar is qadar so yahan hua
Ke na aaine mein rahi jila na pari ki jalva-gari rahi
Kiyaa khaak atish-e-ishq ne dil-e-benavaa-e-"Siraj" ko
Na khatar raha na hazar raha magar ek bekhatari rahi
Transliteration: Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed
The Tale of Love's Perplexity
Hearken to the tale of Love's [metaphysical] perplexity:
neither the ardour of madness remained,
neither the angelic beloved remained;
Neither did thou remain, neither did I remain,
only [undifferentiated] unawareness remained.
The Shah of no-self-ness has now bestowed upon me
the garment of nakedness;
Neither the stitching of reason remained,
neither the veiling of madness' ardour remained.
A wind blew from the threshold of the unseen,
and the garden of bliss was consumed.
Yet, but a branch of the tree of sorrow
―known as the heart― green remained.
With which tongue am I to recount the indifference of the beloved?
Desire akin to the wine of a hundred goblets brimmed up
in the vessel of the heart yet, therein remained.
What a marvelous instant it was that I learned of the elixir of Love!
The book of reason placed on the shelf,
on the shelf remained.
The intensity of the perplexity of your beauty,
was so brilliantly revealed, that
neither the mirror's shine remained,
neither the angelic beloved's beauty remained.
The fire of love has reduced the mute heart of Siraj to ashes,
neither fright remained,
nor caution remained,
only fearlessness remained.