d’aavat-e fikr – gopal mittal

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دعوتِ فکر ۔ گوپال مِتّل

۱

ہر دِل وفورِ درد سے ہے بے قرار دیکھ

ہر آنکھ فرطِ غم سے ہے خوں نابہ بار دیکھ

۲

ہاں، اِس میں نیک و بد کی نہیں ہے کوئی تمیز

ہر شخص ہے ہلاکِ غمِ روزگار دیکھ

۳

اِنساں کہ کُشتۂ سِتمِ بے حساب ہے

ہے شاہکارِ صنعتِ پروردگار دیکھ

۴

فکرِ جہاں کے ساتھ جہنّم کا خوف بھی

کِن آفتوں میں ہے دِلِ ناکردہ کار دیکھ

۵

اِن میں خزاں کا رنگ بھی شامِل ضرور ہے

گہری نظر سے نقش و نِگارِ بہار دیکھ

۶

تخریب ہے اُصول جہانِ خراب کا

ہر ذرّہ ہے فساد کا آئینہ دار دیکھ

۷

لِللہ تجھ کو دیدۂ بینا کا واسطہ

اے مدّعی رحمتِ پروردِگار دیکھ

दा’वत-ए फ़िक्र – गोपाल मित्तल

हर दिल वफ़ूर-ए दर्द से है बेक़रार देख

हर आँख फ़र्त-ए ग़म से है ख़ूं-नाबा बार देख

हाँ इस में नेक ओ बद कि नहीं है कोई तमीज़

हर शख़्स है हलाक-ए ग़म-ए रोज़गार देख

इन्सां के कुश्ता-ए सितम-ए बे-हिसाब है

है शाहकार-ए सन’अत-ए परवरदिगार देख

फ़िक्र-ए जहां के साथ जहन्नुम का ख़ौफ़ भी

किन आफ़तौं में है दिल-ए नाकर्दागार देख

इन में ख़िज़ां का रंग भी शामिल ज़रूर है

गहरी नज़र से नक़्श ओ निगार-ए बहार देख

तख़्रीब है उसूल जहान-ए ख़राब का

हर ज़र्रा है फ़साद का आईना-दार देख

लिल्लाह तुझ को दीदा-ए बीना का वास्ता

अए मुद्दई रहमत-ए परवरदिगार देख

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. gopal mittal (1901-1993) was an erudite scholar. He edited a literary magazine, wrote literay criticism, bits and pieces of history and short stories. In this nazm/Ghazal he writes sarcastically about the benevolence of god. For very similar sentiments see ahmad faraaz “mashvara”, qateel shifaaii “insaan” and josh malihabadi “kya sota hai bhagwaan” – all three posted on this site.
1
har dil vufoor1-e dard se hai be-qaraar2 dekh
har aaNkh fart3-e Gham se hai KhooN-naaba4 baar5 dekh 
1.excess 2.restless 3.much too much 4.tears of blood 5.raining
Every heart is restless with excess of pain. Every eye rains tears of blood with great sorrow.

2
haaN is meN nek1 o bad2 ki nahiN hai koii tameez3
har shaKhs4 hai halaak5-e Gham6-e rozgaar7 dekh 
1.virtue 2.vice 3.differentiation 4.person 5.killed by, victim of 6.sorrow/pain 7.daily (struggle)
Look there is no differentiation of good or bad. Every person is the victim of the pain of daily struggle.

3
insaaN, ke kushta1-e sitam2-e be-hisaab3 hai
hai shaahkaar4-e san’at5-e parvardigaar6 dekh  
1.killed by, victim of 2.cruelties 3.innumerable 4.masterpiece 5.skills 6.creator, god
This human, who is prey of innumerable cruelties is supposed to be the masterpiece of the creation of god.

4
fikr1-e jahaaN ke saath jahannum ka Khauf2 bhi
kin aafatauN3 meN hai dil-e naakardagaar4 dekh  
1.worry 2.fear 3.calamity, misfortune 4.useless, ineffective
The fear of punishment in hell on top of the worry of daily life in this world – look at how many calamities have befallen this ineffective heart.

5
in meN KhizaaN1 ka raNg bhi shaamil2 zaroor3 hai
gahri4 nazar5 se naqsh-o-nigaar6-e bahaar7 dekh  
1.fall, dry season 2.included 3.for sure 4.deep, careful 5.look 6.decoration, embellishment 7.spring
Look carefully, even the embellishment/beauty of spring has signs of fall included in it.

6
taKhreeb1 hai usool2 jahaan-e Kharaab3 ka
har zarra4 hai fasaad5 ka aaiina-daar6 dekh 
1.destruction, devastation 2.ways, methods 3.bad world 4.grain of sand 5.tumult, disorder 6.reflecting
Destruction is the normal way of this world. Every grain of sand reflects/shows the tumult it has gone through.

7
lillaah1 tujh ko deeda2-e beena3 ka vaasta4
aye muddaii5 rahmat6-e parvardigaar7 dekh  
1.for god’s sake 2.eye 3.seeing, discriminating, refined 4.in the name of 5.one who prays, beggar 6.benevolence 7.god
For god’s sake, in the name of your discriminating eye, look at the ‘benevolence’ of god (and you will see how useless it is to pray).

gopal mittal (1901-1993) was an erudite scholar.  He edited a literary magazine, wrote literay criticism, bits and pieces of history and short stories.  In this nazm/Ghazal he writes sarcastically about the benevolence of god.  For very similar sentiments see ahmad faraaz “mashvara”, qateel shifaaii “insaan” and josh malihabadi “kya sota hai bhagwaan” – all three posted on this site.
1
har dil vufoor1-e dard se hai be-qaraar2 dekh
har aaNkh fart3-e Gham se hai KhooN-naaba4 baar5 dekh

1.excess 2.restless 3.much too much 4.tears of blood 5.raining

Every heart is restless with excess of pain.  Every eye rains tears of blood with great sorrow.
2
haaN is meN nek1 o bad2 ki nahiN hai koii tameez3
har shaKhs4 hai halaak5-e Gham6-e rozgaar7 dekh

1.virtue 2.vice 3.differentiation 4.person 5.killed by, victim of 6.sorrow/pain 7.daily (struggle)

Look there is no differentiation of good or bad.  Every person is the victim of the pain of daily struggle.
3
insaaN, ke kushta1-e sitam2-e be-hisaab3 hai
hai shaahkaar4-e san’at5-e parvardigaar6 dekh

1.killed by, victim of 2.cruelties 3.innumerable 4.masterpiece 5.skills 6.creator, god

This human, who is prey of innumerable cruelties is supposed to be the masterpiece of the creation of god.
4
fikr1-e jahaaN ke saath jahannum ka Khauf2 bhi
kin aafatauN3 meN hai dil-e naakardagaar4 dekh

1.worry 2.fear 3.calamity, misfortune 4.useless, ineffective

The fear of punishment in hell on top of the worry of daily life in this world – look at how many calamities have befallen this ineffective heart.
5
in meN KhizaaN1 ka raNg bhi shaamil2 zaroor3 hai
gahri4 nazar5 se naqsh-o-nigaar6-e bahaar7 dekh

1.fall, dry season 2.included 3.for sure 4.deep, careful 5.look 6.decoration, embellishment 7.spring

Look carefully, even the embellishment/beauty of spring has signs of fall included in it.
6
taKhreeb1 hai usool2 jahaan-e Kharaab3 ka
har zarra4 hai fasaad5 ka aaiina-daar6 dekh

1.destruction, devastation 2.ways, methods 3.bad world 4.grain of sand 5.tumult, disorder 6.reflecting

Destruction is the normal way of this world.  Every grain of sand reflects/shows the tumult it has gone through.
7
lillaah1 tujh ko deeda2-e beena3 ka vaasta4
aye muddaii5 rahmat6-e parvardigaar7 dekh

1.for god’s sake 2.eye 3.seeing, discriminating, refined 4.in the name of 5.one who prays, beggar 6.benevolence 7.god

For god’s sake, in the name of your discriminating eye, look at the ‘benevolence’ of god (and you will see how useless it is to pray).

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