Hold tight to this point, forget your calculations, Leave the miserable state of unbelief, Do not torment yourself with the fear of death and hell, For these are imaginary fears. Only into such a house will the truth enter. At this one point, all talk ends.
For no reason you abrade your forehead on the ground, You display reverence at the mehraab, You recite the Kalma to entertain a listener. But knowledge does not enter your heart. Can the truth ever remain hidden? At this one point, all talk ends.
Many return from Mecca as hajjis, Blue shawls across their shoulders. They profit from the merit earned by haj. Who can admire such behavior? Can the truth ever remain hidden? At this one point, all talk ends.
Some withdraw to the forest, Eat a single grain a day. Bereft of understanding, they exhaust the body, And return home in bad shape, Their life sucked dry with useless fasting and prayer. At this one point, all talk ends
Hold fast to your murshid Become a devotee of all creation, Intoxicated, carefree, Without desire, indifferent to the world. Let your heart be fully clean. Bulla asks, can the truth then be stopped?
At this one point,all talk ends
Banish the timekeeper, my beloved has come home
- by Bulleh Shah1
Banish the timekeeper, my beloved has come home, my precious one!
Again and again the time keeper strikes the gong, Diminishing this night of our union. Were he to look into my heart, Himself, he would fling it away.
The unheard music plays majestically. The singer accomplished in rhythm and measure. Forgotten are my prayers As the distiller gives me plentiful wine.
At the wondrous sight of his face, All my sorrows vanished. The night marches on. How can I extend it? O build a wall against the day!
I have lost myself. I can not remember when I was wedded. It is not possible to hide, This complete grace that is upon me.
Many magic spells were cast, Magicians came, big and small. Now that my beloved is home, I will remain with him for a hundred thousand years.
Says Bulle Shah, in this beloved bed I have crossed over to the other side. Finally, my turn came, Separation is no longer possible.
Banish the timekeeper, my beloved has come home, my precious one.
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