Ek Alif

Here's inspiration, in the form of a soulful rendition of Baba Bulleh Shah's immensely deep poetry. Lyrics and translation (picked from the web) follow.






Parh parh ilm te faazil hoya
(You read to become all knowledgable)

Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na
(But you never read yourself)

Bhaj bhaj warna ay mandir maseeti
(You run to enter your mosques and temples)

Te kaday mann apnay wich warya ee na
(But you never entered your own heart)

Larna ay roz shaitaan de naal
(Everyday you fight Satan)

Te kadi nafs apnay naal larya ee na
(But you never fight your own Ego)

Bulleh Shah asmaani ud-deya pharonda ay
(Bulleh Shah you try grabbing that which is in the sky)

Te jera ghar betha unoon pharya ee na
(But you never get hold of what sits inside yourself)

Bas kareen o yaar
(Stop it all my friend)

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
(stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

Ik Alif teray darkaar
(Only an Alif is what you need)

Bas kareen o yaar
(stop it all my friend)

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar…
(Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
(God is Greatness, God is All)

Nee main jaanaa Jogi de naal
(I shall follow the Jogi {ascetic/Sufi})

Jo naa jaane, Haqq ki taaqat
(those who deny the strength of Truth)

Rab naa devey us ko Himmat
(God does not give them courage)

Hum Mann ke darya mein doobey
(We have drowned in the river of Self)

Kaisi nayya? Kya manjhdhaar…
(the boat and the flowing waters do not matter)

Bas kareen o yaar
(stop it all my friend)

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
(stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
(God is Greatness, God is All)



This, to me, beautifully expresses the difference between chasing knowledge and finding wisdom. If you know how to think, even an Alif is enough. If not, then all the degrees in the world aren't enough.

Comments

  1. Bulley Shah knew a thing or two. I like Bandeya ho Bandeya and Bulla Ki Jaana both of which I discovered from the modern day musicmakers. :)

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  2. I do agree with Rohini, here. Its delightful to have all these new musicians introduce me to the delightfully sublime words of Baba Bulle Shah. Loved it!

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  3. @Pranay: Yup


    @Rohini: Yup, a timeless quality to his poetry.. Modern renditions do justice to them as well..


    @Tangled: Long time! And yup, wish more musicians showcased the wealth of songs in our culture..

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  4. Hey Nice Post.. :)

    btw, What brought me here on your blog is the name of your blog.. :P

    N your sketches are awesome.. :D

    Following You.. :)

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  5. @Arpit: Thanks a lot dude! Glad you like the blog and the sketches.. Anything special about this name? :)

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  6. Larna ay roz shaitaan de naal
    (Everyday you fight the Devil Outside)

    Jo naa jaane, Haqq Ki taaqat
    (Those who don't know the power of Right)
    Haqq = which is rightfully yours, what you deserve, in other words, the one who don't try and work hard to achieve something, even god doesn't help those people

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  7. "Jo naa jaane, Haqq Ki taaqat"

    @ Malwinder -> I think it is open for interpretation. In Arabic Haqq means truth. In certain context, it is used as righteousness.

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