Amir Khusrow (d. 1325) The disciple of Nizamuddin Awlia, opens his Diwaan with
these magnificent lines:

The cloud rains, and I am separated from the Friend.
How can my heart be separated from the Friend on such a day?
The cloud, the rain, I - and the Friend taken away.
I am alone, crying, the cloud is alone and the Friend is alone.
Greenery, newly-sprouted, joyful air, a green garden.
The nightingale, disgraced, remains separated from the rosegarden.
O, what are You doing to me, with the root of every hair
Of Your tresses, bound together?
I am enchained by being tied up, and all of a sudden, alone…


Abr mibaarad-o man mishawam yaar jodaa
Chun konam del bechonin ruz ze deldaar jodaa
Abr-o baran-o man-o yaar setaada budaa’
Man jodaa keria konaan, abr jodaa, yaar jodaa
Sabza naw-khiz-o hawaa khorram-o bostaan-e sarsabz
Bolbol-e-ruye-siyah maanda ze golzaar jodaa
Ay maraa dar tahe har mui ze zolfat-e bandi
Che koni band ze bandam hama yakbaar jodaa.

The Chishti Sufi Mas’ud-e-Bakk (d. 1387) whose real name was Sher Khan, wrote
the following quatrain:

If outside your own self you would go,
Into the veil of unity you would go.
And if you would go beyond the why and when,
Leaving yourself, into the without why and when you would go.

Gar az khodiye khwish berun aa’i to
Dar pardaye tawhid darun aa’i to
Var az rosh-e chun o cheraa bargozari
Az khod shode bi cheraa o chun aa’i to


The following has been received from Hz. Mohammed Siraj of Holland who writes:
The [following] Persian text has been transcribed and translated by me. I've taken them from a
book called "Rubaiyat-e Abu Sa'id Abu'l-Khair, Khayyam, Baba Taher"; Naheed Publ., Tehran;
1378.


Abu Sa’id Abu’l-Khayr writes:


If I am travelling, my Friend in this travel is You.
If I am at home, my Companion at home is You.
In short, wherever I am and wherever I travel
I am thinking of no one except of only You.

Gar dar safaram toi rafiq-e safaram
Var dar hazaram toi anis-e hazaram
Al-qisse be har kojaa ke baashad gozaram
Joz to nabud hichkasi dar nazaram



Get up in the night as lovers disclose their secrets at night,
Sit near to the door of the Friend and to His roof take a flight;
Wherever there is a door, it is closed at night,
Except for the door of the Friend, which is open at night.


Shab khiz keh ‘aasheqaan ba shab raaz konand
Gird-e dar o baam-e dust parwaaz konand
Har jaa keh dari bud ba shab dar bandand
Ella dar-e dust raa keh shab baaz konand



translated and contributed by Mohammed Siraj Elschot

Poet's Corner

Translations & Transliterations
from the 'old masters'.