guru nanak – shaatir hakeemi

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گُرُو نانک ۔ غلام محی الدین شاطرؔ حکیمی

۱

گُرُو نانک جسے کہتے ہیں وہ اِک مردِ کامل تھا

کہ اُس کے پاس سینے میں تقدّس آفریں دل تھا

وہ گونجا نغمۂ ناہید بن کر آسمانوں میں

لیا جاتا ہے نام اس کا مقدّس داستانوں میں

۲

حقیقت اپنی منوائی حقیقت آشنا ہو کر

جو اٹھا اِبتدا ہو کر تو بیٹھا اِنتہا ہو کر

سبق انسانیت کا دینے آیا ابنِ آدم کو

ترقّی کی طرف لے جانے والا اہلِ عالم کو

۳

زمیں بھی اُس کا لوہا مان کر سونا اُگلتی تھی

کہ جس کے دبدبے سے چرخ کی چھاتی دہلتی تھی

وہ آیا تھا مِٹانے کے لیے تفریق مذہب کی

دمِ آخر بھی کی جس نے اِطاعت ایک ہی رب کی

۴

وہ انساں جس کے قدموں پر زمانہ سر جھکاتا تھا

طریقِ گفتگو سے غیر کو اپنا بناتا تھا

وہ رہبر جس نے گمراہوں کی اکثر پیشوائی کی

بھلائی کی ہمیشہ جِس نے بھی اُس سے برائی کی

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گرنتھی راگ سن کر آدمی بیدار ہوتا ہے

زمانہ کی نظر میں صاحب کردار ہوتا ہے

فلک بھی تالبندی کی زمیں پر ناز کرتا ہے

کہ اُس کا طائرِ دل عرش پر پرواز کرتا ہے

۶

گرو نانک کی کم سے کم اطاعت ہی کئے ہوتے

اثر کے موتیوں سے دامنِ دل بھر لیے ہوتے

गुरु-नानक – ग़ुलाम मोहिउद्दीन शातेर हकीमी

गुरु-नानक जिसे कहते हैं वो एक मर्द-ए-कामिल था

के उस के पास सीने में तक़द्दुस-आफ़्रीं दिल था

वो गूँजा नग़्मा-ए-नाहीद बन कर आसमानों में

लिया जाता है नाम उस का मुक़द्दस दास्तानों में

हक़ीक़त अपनी मनवाई हक़ीक़त-आश्ना हो कर

जो उट्ठा इब्तेदा हो कर तो बैठा इंतेहा हो कर

सबक़ इंसानियत का देने आया इब्न-ए-आदम को

तरक़्क़ी की तरफ़ ले जाने वाला अहल-ए-आलम को

ज़मीं भी उस का लोहा मान कर सोना उगलती थी

के जिस के दबदबे से चर्ख़ की छाती दहलती थी

वो आया था मिटाने के लिए तफ़्रीक़ मज़हब की

दम-ए-आख़ेर भी की जिस ने इताअ’त एक ही रब की

वो इंसाँ जिस के क़दमों पर ज़माना सर झुकाता था

तरीक़-ए-गुफ़्तुगू से ग़ैर को अपना बनाता था

वो रहबर जिस ने गुमराहों कि अक्सर पेशवाई की

भलाई की हमेशा जिस ने भी उस से बुराई की

ग्रंथी राग सुन कर आदमी बेदार होता है

ज़माने की नज़र में साहब-ए-किरदार होता है

फ़लक भी ताल-बंदी की ज़मीं पर नाज़ करता है

के उस का ताएर-ए-दिल अर्श पर पर्वाज़ करता है

गुरु-नानक कि कम से कम इता’अत हि किए होते

असर के मोतियों से दामन-ए-दिल भर लिए होते

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. Ghulam mohiuddin shaatir hakeemi (1912-1988) and started writing verse from 1931 and worked as a teacher from 1942 to 1977. He belonged to a sufi order and served as its leader (sajjaada nashin) after the death of his older brother. This tribute was written in 1969 to celebrate the 500th birth anniversary of nanak.
1
guru-nanak jise kahte haiN vo ek mard-e-kaamil1 tha
ki us ke paas siine meN taqaddus-afriN2 dil tha
vo gooNja naGhma-e-nahid3 ban kar asmaanoN meN
liya jaata hai naam us ka muqaddas4 daastanoN5 meN   
1.perfect/virtuous man 2.purity/sanctity increasing 3.song of Venus/love 4.sanctified, holy 5.stories/books
He who is called ‘guru nanak’ was a virtuous man. In his bosom beat a sanctity increasing heart. His teaching echoed through the skies like a song of Love. His name is mentioned in holy legends.

2
haqiqat apni manvaai haqiqat-aashna1 ho kar
jo uTTha ibteda2 ho kar to baiTha inteha3 ho kar
sabaq4 insaaniyat ka dene aaya ibn-e-aadam5 ko
taraqqi6 ki taraf le jaane vaala ahl-e-aalam7 ko    
1.aware of Truth 2.beginning 3.end/completion 4.lesson 5.progeny of Adam, humanity 6.progress 7.people of the world
He convinced everyone of Truth only after learning of Truth. He rose to begin his movement and did not stop until he completed it. He came to teach humanity the lesson of humanism (universal equality). He was the one to pull the people of the world towards progress.

3
zamiN bhi us ka loha maan kar sona ugalti thi
ke jis ke dabdabe1 se charKh2 ki chhaati dahalti3 thi
vo aaya tha miTaane ke liye tafriq4 mazhab ki
dam-e-aaKhir5 bhi kii jis ne itaa’at6 ek hi rab7 ki    
1.pomp, dignity 2.fate (determined by birth) 3.terrified 4.differentiation 5.last breath 6.obey, follow 7.lord, god
A golden era dawned as the world accepted the strength of his word. His dignity terrified those who claimed that fate was determined by birth. He came to erase the differentiations/conflicts of religion. To his last breath he followed one (universal) god.

4
vo insaaN jis ke qadmoN par zamaana1 sar jhukaata tha
tariq-e-guftugu2 se Ghair3 ko apna banaata tha
vo rahbar4 jis ne gumrahoN5 ki aksar6 peshvaai7 ki
bhalaai ki hamesha jis ne bhi us se buraai ki    
1.times, the world 2.way of speech 3.other 4.guide, teacher 5.wayward, lost (from the right path) 6.often 7.advocacy, speak for
The world bowed at his feet. With his (gentle/loving) way of talking he claimed the “other” as his own. The guide/teacher who often spoke up for even wayward/transgressing people. He always returned good/love for evil/hatred.

5
granthi-raag1 sun kar aadmi bedaar2 hota hai
zamaane3 ki nazar meN saahab-e-kirdar4 hota hai
falak5 bhi taal-bandi6 ki zamiN par naaz7 karta hai
ke us ka taa’er-e-dil8 arsh9 par parvaaz10 karta hai    

1.song/hymn of the book 2.wake 3.world 4.person of character 5.skies, heaven 6.birthplace of nanak 7.pride 8.bird of heart/love 9.sky 10.fly
People woke up when the heard the hymns of his book. The world looked upon them (those who woke up/accepted the teaching of the book) as people of character. Even heaven was proud of the land of taal-band, because the bird of love, was flying high in the sky.

6
guru-nanak ki kam-se-kam1 itaa’at2 hi kiye hote
asar3 ke motiyoN se daaman-e-dil4 bhar liye hote
1.at least 2.obey/follow 3.effect/impact (universal love) 4.hem of the skirt/robe
O, if at least we had followed the teaching of guru-nanak, if we had gathered the pearls of wisdom/love in the hems of our dress.

Ghulam mohiuddin shaatir hakeemi (1912-1988) and started writing verse from 1931 and worked as a teacher from 1942 to 1977. He belonged to a sufi order and served as its leader (sajjaada nashin) after the death of his older brother.  This tribute was written in 1969 to celebrate the 500th birth anniversary of nanak.

1
guru-nanak jise kahte haiN vo ek mard-e-kaamil1 tha
ki us ke paas siine meN taqaddus-afriN2 dil tha
vo gooNja naGhma-e-nahid3 ban kar asmaanoN meN
liya jaata hai naam us ka muqaddas4 daastanoN5 meN

1.perfect/virtuous man 2.purity/sanctity increasing 3.song of Venus/love 4.sanctified, holy 5.stories/books

He who is called ‘guru nanak’ was a virtuous man.  In his bosom beat a sanctity increasing heart.  His teaching echoed through the skies like a song of Love.  His name is mentioned in holy legends.
2
haqiqat apni manvaai haqiqat-aashna1 ho kar
jo uTTha ibteda2 ho kar to baiTha inteha3 ho kar
sabaq4 insaaniyat ka dene aaya ibn-e-aadam5 ko
taraqqi6 ki taraf le jaane vaala ahl-e-aalam7 ko

1.aware of Truth 2.beginning 3.end/completion 4.lesson 5.progeny of Adam, humanity 6.progress 7.people of the world

He convinced everyone of Truth only after learning of Truth.  He rose to begin his movement and did not stop until he completed it.  He came to teach humanity the lesson of humanism (universal equality).  He was the one to pull the people of the world towards progress.
3
zamiN bhi us ka loha maan kar sona ugalti thi
ke jis ke dabdabe1 se charKh2 ki chhaati dahalti3 thi
vo aaya tha miTaane ke liye tafriq4 mazhab ki
dam-e-aaKhir5 bhi kii jis ne itaa’at6 ek hi rab7 ki

1.pomp, dignity 2.fate (determined by birth) 3.terrified 4.differentiation 5.last breath 6.obey, follow 7.lord, god

A golden era dawned as the world accepted the strength of his word.  His dignity terrified those who claimed that fate was determined by birth.  He came to erase the differentiations/conflicts of religion.  To his last breath he followed one (universal) god.
4
vo insaaN jis ke qadmoN par zamaana1 sar jhukaata tha
tariq-e-guftugu2 se Ghair3 ko apna banaata tha
vo rahbar4 jis ne gumrahoN5 ki aksar6 peshvaai7 ki
bhalaai ki hamesha jis ne bhi us se buraai ki

1.times, the world 2.way of speech 3.other 4.guide, teacher 5.wayward, lost (from the right path) 6.often 7.advocacy, speak for

The world bowed at his feet.  With his (gentle/loving) way of talking he claimed the “other” as his own.  The guide/teacher who often spoke up for even wayward/transgressing people.  He always returned good/love for evil/hatred.
5
granthi-raag1 sun kar aadmi bedaar2 hota hai
zamaane3 ki nazar meN saahab-e-kirdar4 hota hai
falak5 bhi taal-bandi6 ki zamiN par naaz7 karta hai
ke us ka taa’er-e-dil8 arsh9 par parvaaz10 karta hai

1.song/hymn of the book 2.wake 3.world 4.person of character 5.skies, heaven 6.birthplace of nanak 7.pride 8.bird of heart/love 9.sky 10.fly

People woke up when the heard the hymns of his book.  The world looked upon them (those who woke up/accepted the teaching of the book) as people of character.  Even heaven was proud of the land of taal-band, because the bird of love, was flying high in the sky.
6
guru-nanak ki kam-se-kam1 itaa’at2 hi kiye hote
asar3 ke motiyoN se daaman-e-dil4 bhar liye hote

1.at least 2.obey/follow 3.effect/impact (universal love) 4.hem of the skirt/robe

O, if at least we had followed the teaching of guru-nanak, if we had gathered the pearls of wisdom/love in the hems of our dress.

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