‘Guftam Ki Roshan Az Qamar’ – Hazrat Amir Khusrou (1253–1325)

I asked, ‘is aught more radiant than when the moon shines?’
‘Yes’, he replied, ‘this countenance of mine’

‘And is aught sweeter than sugar in the land?’
He declared, ‘my words make sugar seem bland’

‘What is death for a lover?’, asked I
‘Separation from the beloved’, was the reply

‘What of the pains of life, can there a cure be?’
‘For you’, he spoke, ‘it is the sight of me’

‘And the right path for a lover?’, I enquired
He answered, ‘Of lovers only faithfulness is required’

‘Do not be so cruel and unfair’, I pled
‘But that is my work and affair’, he said

I said, ‘art thou of the houri or pari?’
‘I am the lord of them all’, said he

‘Thine love hath left Khusrau broken’, I prayed
‘To be my devotee, this price must be paid’
Guftam ke Roshan az Qamar
(said that [what is] brighter then the moon)
Gufta ke Rukhsar-e-man ast
(said that face/countenance of mine is)
Guftam ke shiirin az shaker
(said that [what is] sweeter than sugar)
Gufta ke guftaar-e-man ast
(said that conversation/words of mine is)
Guftam ke marg-e-aashiqaan
(said that [what  is] the end/destination of lovers)
Gufta ke dard-e-Hijr-e-Man
(said that pain of separation from me)
Guftam Ilaaj-e-zindagi
(said [what is] the cure of life)
Gufta ke deedar-e-man ast
(said that seeing/perceiving me is)
Guftam tareeq-e-Aashiqaan
(said [what is] way/method of lovers)
Gufta vafaadaarii buwad
(said that faithfulness/loyalty forever)
Guftam makun jaur O Jafaa
(said don’t be cruel and unfair)
Gufta ke ein Kaar-e-man ast
(said that it work/occupation of mine is)
Guftam ke Huuri yaa Parri
(said are you a houri or a pari)
Gufta ke man shah-e-butaan
(said i am trekking of idols)
Guftam ke Khusrao-e- Naatavaan
(said that khusrou is paralysed/handicapped)
Guftaaa paristaar-e-Man ast
(said [because] worshipper of mine is)
These beautiful verses describe the helplessness and anguish of a lover towards the beloved. The role of lover as the tormented and the beloved as tormentor in the dialectic of love is a familiar theme in Sufi poetry. Hazrat Amir Khusrau also follows sufi poetic tradition and presents the feminine as lover and the masculine as beloved.

On another level, this is a exclamation of his devotion to his spiritual master, Hazrat Nizamuddin of Delhi, and the love spoken of is a spiritual and sacred kind.


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