hazaarauN KhwaahisheN aisi – raina’s Ghalib

jagjit singh singing

ہر   خواہش  پہ  دم  نکلے   –   مرزا  غالب

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ہزاروں خواہشیں ایسی کہ ہر خواہش پہ دم نکلے
بہت نکلے مرے ارمان لیکن پھر بھی کم نکلے

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ڈرے کیوں میرا قاتل کیا رہیگا اس کی گردن پر
وہ خوں جو چشمِ تر سے عمر بھر یوں دم بہ دم نکلے

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نکلنا خلد سے  آدم  کا سنتے   آئے  ہیں لیکن
بہت بے آبرو ہو کر ترے کوچے سے ہم نکلے

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بھرم کھل جائے ظالم تیرے قامت کی درازی کا
اگر  اس طرّۂ   پر پیچ و خم  کا   پیچ و خم  نکلے

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مگر لکھوائے کوئی اس کو خط تو ہم سے لکھوائے
ہوئی صبح اور گھر سے کان  پر رکھ کر قلم نکلے

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ہوئی اس دور میں منسوب مجھ سے بادہ آشامی
پھر آیا وہ زمانہ جو جہاں میں جامِ  جم نکلے

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ہوئی جن سے توقّع خستگی کی داد پانے کی
وہ  ہم سے بھی زیادہ خستۂ تیغِ ستم نکلے

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محبّت میں نہیں ہے فرق جینے اور مرنے کا
اْسی کو دیکھ کر جیتے ہیں جس کافر پہ دم نکلے

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کہاں مے خانے کا دروازہ غالب اور کہاں واعظ
پر اِ تنا جانتے ہیں کل وہ جاتا تھا کہ ہم نکلے

हर ख़्वाहिश पे दम निकले – मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब

1

हज़ारों ख़्वाहिशें ऐसी कि हर ख़्वाहिश पे दम निकले

बहुत निकले  मेरे अरमान लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले

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डरे क्यूं मेरा क़ातिल क्या रहेगा उस की गरदन पर

वह ख़ूं जो चशम-ए तर से उमर भर यूं दम ब दम निकले

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निकलना ख़ुल्द से आदम का सुनते आए हैं लेकिन

बहुत बे-आबरू हो कर तेरे कूचे से हम निकले

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भरम खुल जाए ज़ालिम तेरे क़ामत की दराज़ी का

अगर उस तुर्रह-ए पुर-पेच-ओ-ख़म का पेच-ओ-ख़म निकले

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मगर लिखवाए कोई उस को ख़त तो हम से लिखवाए

हुई सुबह और घर से कान पर रख कर क़लम निकले

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हुई इस दौर में मन्सूब मुझ से बादह-आशामी

फिर आया वो ज़माना जो जहां में जाम-ए जम निकले

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हुई जिन से तवक़्क़ो ख़स्तगी की दाद पाने की

वो हम से भी ज़ियादा ख़सत-ए तेग़-ए सितम निकले

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मोहब्बत में नहीं है फ़र्क़ जीने और मरने का

उसी को देख कर जीते हैं जिस काफ़िर पे दम निकले

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कहां  मय-ख़ाने का दरवाज़ा ग़ालिब और कहां वाइज़

पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

 

har Khwaahish pe dam nikle – mirza Ghalib

Click on any she’r for meanings and discussion.

1
hazaaroN KhwaahisheN aisii kih har Khwaahish pah dam1 nikle
bahut nikle mire armaan2 lekin phir bhii kam nikle
1.breath/life 2.desires
Thousands of desires, each one worth dying for. Some are fulfilled, but never all because new desires keep coming up. There is the Sufi/Oriental undertone which says that it is better not to have any desires at all.

2.
Dare` kyuuN meraa qaatil kyaa rahegaa us kii gardan1 par
vuh KhuuN jo chashm-e tar2 se umr bhar yuuN dam bah dam3 nikle
1.gardan par aana–to be blamed for, held responsible for 2.wet/weeping eye 3.time and again, always
Why should she be afraid of being blamed for my death – she should not and she should not hesitate in killing me. After all my blood has been constantly dripping away (tears of blood) all my life. She will not be blamed for “spilling my blood”.

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nikalnaa Khuld1 se aadam kaa sunte aa’e haiN lekin
bahut2 be-aabruu3 ho kar tire kuuche4 se ham nikle
1.paradise 2.(even) more 3.disgracefully 4.street
Adam was expelled from paradise disgracefully for eating the forbidden fruit. But the lover has been disgraced even more because (a) he was expelled for no fault of his (he did not get to the forbidden fruit) and/or (b) his loss is greater because the beloved’s street is even better than paradise.

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bharam1 khul jaa’e zaalim tere qaamat2 kii daraazii3 kaa
agar us turrah4-e pur-pech-o-Kham5 kaa pech-o-Kham nikle6
1.bharam khulna is – secret revealed, deception uncovered 2.stature, height 3.extent, length, “tallness” 4.plume, crest, hair 5.curls and knots, twists and turns 6.open up, get uncurled, straightened
Her tangled, knotted curls stand up like a plume and make her look taller than she is. Should their twists and turns be straightened out, then she would not appear as tall in comparison with her long beautiful tresses.

5
magar likhvaa’e ko’ii us ko Khat to ham se likhvaa’e
hu’ii subh aur ghar se kaan par rakh kar qalam nikle
The poet/lover has taken up the profession of scribe for hire. He is so desperate that he sets out at the crack of dawn every morning with the pen stuck behind his ear. The whole thing is a sign of desperation and hopelessness … in the vain hope that rivals would hire him as a scribe and he would be able to assuage some of his jealousy – or is it a claim of excellence in letter writing … if anyone needs a professional scribe, they should come to me, because I am the best – I know what melts her heart!

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hu’ii is daur1 meN mansuub2 mujh se baadah-aashaamii3
phir aayaa vuh zamaanah4 jo jahaaN meN jaam-e jam5 nikle
1.period, times, round (of drinks) 2.associated 3.wine drinking 4.era, age, times 5.goblet of Jamshed
The goblet of Jamshed is legendary. It is filled with the elixir of immortality and reflects the universe. It can serve as a “crystal ball” to divine the future and/or reveal great/deep truths/philosophies. It is also associated with wine drinking. Thus, Ghalib is praising himself and justifying/is proud of his wine-drinking. He writes his best asha’ar while drinking – thus revealing deep truths/mysteries. And this wine-drinking is associated with him in this age! So with his birth, in the present age, the cup of Jamshed has returned!

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hu’ii jin se tavaqqu1 Khastagii2 kii daad3 paane kii
vuh ham se bhii ziyaadah Khastah4-e teGh-e sitam5 nikle
1.expectation, hope 2.wound 3.appreciation, sympathy 4.wounded 5.sword of tyranny (of the beloved)
The poet/lover was hoping to get sympathy for his own wounds of love, but it turns out that the people he was expecting sympathy from were even more wounded by the sword of tyranny (of the same beloved)! But then, it may not be about the beloved at all, but the sword of tyranny of Fate! Everyone is afflicted with the same problems.

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muhabbat meN nahiiN hai farq1 jiine aur marne kaa
usii ko dekh kar jiite haiN jis kaafir2 pah dam3 nikle
1.difference 2.unbeliever, infidel – beloved 3.breath, life
I live to get a glimpse of the same cruel beloved who I love so much that I would die of joy if I saw her (ke Khushi se mar na jaate agar e’tebaar hota).So (in such deep love) there is no difference between life and death.

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kahaaN mai-Khaane1 kaa darvaazah Ghalib aur kahaaN vaai’z2
par itnaa jaante haiN kal vuh jaataa thaa kih ham nikle
1.tavern 2.preacher
The poet is surprised – two very opposite things the preacher and the tavern – but he knows this much, just yesterday the preacher was (openly or on the sly) patronizing the tavern – hypocricy of the establishment.

har Khwaahish pe dam nikle – mirza Ghalib

1
hazaaroN KhwaahisheN aisii kih har Khwaahish pah dam1 nikle
bahut nikle mire armaan2 lekin phir bhii kam nikle

1.breath/life 2.desires

Thousands of desires, each one worth dying for. Some are fulfilled, but never all because new desires keep coming up. There is the Sufi/Oriental undertone which says that it is better not to have any desires at all.
2
Dare` kyuuN meraa qaatil kyaa rahegaa us kii gardan1 par
vuh KhuuN jo chashm-e tar2 se umr bhar yuuN dam bah dam3 nikle

1.gardan par aana–to be blamed for, held responsible for 2.wet/weeping eye 3.time and again, always

Why should she be afraid of being blamed for my death – she should not and she should not hesitate in killing me. After all my blood has been constantly dripping away (tears of blood) all my life. She will not be blamed for “spilling my blood”.
3
nikalnaa Khuld1 se aadam kaa sunte aa’e haiN lekin
bahut2 be-aabruu3 ho kar tire kuuche4 se ham nikle

1.paradise 2.(even) more 3.disgracefully 4.street

Adam was expelled from paradise disgracefully for eating the forbidden fruit. But the lover has been disgraced even more because (a) he was expelled for no fault of his (he did not get to the forbidden fruit) and/or (b) his loss is greater because the beloved’s street is even better than paradise.
4
bharam1 khul jaa’e zaalim tere qaamat2 kii daraazii3 kaa
agar us turrah4-e pur-pech-o-Kham5 kaa pech-o-Kham nikle6

1.bharam khulna is – secret revealed, deception uncovered 2.stature, height 3.extent, length, “tallness” 4.plume, crest, hair 5.curls and knots, twists and turns 6.open up, get uncurled, straightened

Her tangled, knotted curls stand up like a plume and make her look taller than she is. Should their twists and turns be straightened out, then she would not appear as tall in comparison with her long beautiful tresses.
5
magar likhvaa’e ko’ii us ko Khat to ham se likhvaa’e
hu’ii subh aur ghar se kaan par rakh kar qalam nikle

The poet/lover has taken up the profession of scribe for hire. He is so desperate that he sets out at the crack of dawn every morning with the pen stuck behind his ear. The whole thing is a sign of desperation and hopelessness … in the vain hope that rivals would hire him as a scribe and he would be able to assuage some of his jealousy –  or is it a claim of excellence in letter writing … if anyone needs a professional scribe, they should come to me, because I am the best – I know what melts her heart!
6
hu’ii is daur1 meN mansuub2 mujh se baadah-aashaamii3
phir aayaa vuh zamaanah4 jo jahaaN meN jaam-e jam5 nikle

1.period, times, round (of drinks) 2.associated 3.wine drinking 4.era, age, times 5.goblet of Jamshed

The goblet of Jamshed is legendary. It is filled with the elixir of immortality and reflects the universe. It can serve as a “crystal ball” to divine the future and/or reveal great/deep truths/philosophies. It is also associated with wine drinking. Thus, Ghalib is praising himself and justifying/is proud of his wine-drinking. He writes his best asha’ar while drinking – thus revealing deep truths/mysteries. And this wine-drinking is associated with him in this age!  So with his birth, in the present age, the cup of Jamshed has returned!
7
hu’ii jin se tavaqqu1 Khastagii2 kii daad3 paane kii
vuh ham se bhii ziyaadah Khastah4-e teGh-e sitam5 nikle

1.expectation, hope 2.wound 3.appreciation, sympathy 4.wounded 5.sword of tyranny (of the beloved)

The poet/lover was hoping to get sympathy for his own wounds of love, but it turns out that the people he was expecting sympathy from were even more wounded by the sword of tyranny (of the same beloved)!  But then, it may not be about the beloved at all, but the sword of tyranny of Fate!  Everyone is afflicted with the same problems.
8
muhabbat meN nahiiN hai farq1 jiine aur marne kaa
usii ko dekh kar jiite haiN jis kaafir2 pah dam3 nikle

1.difference 2.unbeliever, infidel – beloved 3.breath, life

I live to get a glimpse of the same cruel beloved who I love so much that I would die of joy if I saw her (ke Khushi se mar na jaate agar e’tebaar hota).So (in such deep love) there is no difference between life and death.
9
kahaaN mai-Khaane1 kaa darvaazah Ghalib aur kahaaN vaai’z2
par itnaa jaante haiN kal vuh jaataa thaa kih ham nikle

1.tavern 2.preacher

The poet is surprised – two very opposite things the preacher and the tavern – but he knows this much, just yesterday the preacher was (openly or on the sly) patronizing the tavern – hypocricy of the establishment.

har Khwaahish pe dam nikle – mirza Ghalib
Badri Raina’s Rendition
1
Countless dreams ambush the heart, each imperiously supreme
Countless dreams have been fulfilled, fulfillment still a dream
2
What keeps you from the slaughter pray, for no blood shall stain your head
Except the blood that I have shed through streaming tears instead
3
Indeed, I have heard of Aadam’s dismissal from Grace to ignominy
Yet, how more ignominious, my retreat from your alley
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The people I had hoped would lend compassion to my grief
Turned out to be in greater need of compassionate relief
8
Love simultaneously prolongs and suffocates the breath
Her beloved face spells at once both survival and death
9
The tavern and the holy priest, — antiopodal quantities
Yet, even as I drunkenly emerged, I saw him, if you please

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