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Sufi poetry resonates a spirit of defiance and self-sacrifice. The transformation of secular (majazi) into divine (haqiqi) love and the seeker’s attitude towards God and the elimination (fanaa) of the self for merger (wisaal) with God is the aim and object of this love. In all Sufi poetry, the central theme is Love: it overrides all other reasons why God should be obeyed. Although some Sufi orders objected to sama (music), for others, it was a means to achieve mystic ecstasy. To understand the words that are spoken, the underlying reference has to be understood.

A snobbish lady with arrogant looks, That’s what you are. King Amir, on seeing you, Will cast love-glances on you. The spring is here again, Enjoy the spring today. ; Oonchi naar kay oonchay chitvan, Ayso diyo hai banaaye; Shaah-e Amir tohay dekhan ko, Nainon say naina milaaye, Suhaagun, aaj basant manaalay. COUPLETS OF AMIR KHUSRAU The original ‘doahs’ are in Hindi and the translations are mine. On the night of honey moon, The bride is awake all night, Lying in bed with her groom. ” Khusrau raen suhaag ki, jaagi pi ke sung, Tun mero mun pi-u ko, dovu bhaye ek rung.

He sat down at the gate and composed the following lines in his heart : Tu aan shahi ke ber aiwan-e qasrat Kabutar gar nasheenad, baaz gardad Ghareeb-e mustamand-e ber der aamed Be-yaayad andaroon, ya baaz gardad (You are a king at the gate of whose palace Even a pigeon becomes a hawk. ) Hearing this Khusrau decided that this was the right place for him and entered. Happy and ecstatic, he sang - there is color today, mother, for I have found my love and my teacher - Aaj rung hai hey maa rung hai ri, Moray mehboob kay ghar rang hai ri, Mohay pir paayo Nizamudin Aulia.

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