Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bulleh Ki Jaana Mein Kaun?

I know not who I am.

I am neither a believer going to the mosque,
Nor given to non-believing ways.
Neither clean nor unclean.
Neither Moses nor Pharaoh.
I know not who I am.

I am neither among sinners nor among saints;
Neither happy nor unhappy.
I belong neither to water nor to earth.
I am neither fire nor air.
I know not who I am.

Neither do I know the secret of religion,
Nor am I born of Adam or Eve.
I have given myself no name.
I belong neither to those who squat and pray,
Nor to those who have gone astray.
I know not who I am.

I was in the beginning, I'd be there in the end.
I know not any one other than the One.
Who could be wiser than Bulleh Shah
Whose Master is ever there to tend?

I know not who I am.

- Translation by  S.Kartar Singh Duggal
   (in Sain Bulleh Shah - The Mystic Muse)

--I salute Thee ...O...Bulleh...Shah...

Bulleh Shah's search for truth led him to the spiritual path--Sufism: singing, dancing and finding expression in verse.

I am emancipated, emancipated I am,
I am no prisoner of being born a Syed,
All the fourteen heavens are my territory,
I am slave to none.

Denouncing worldly bookish knowledge, Bulleh Shah sang-

Enough of learning, my friend
For it is no end.
An alphabet would do for me,
No one knows when one's life would end.

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