jashn-e azadi-baalmukund arsh malsiani

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جشنِ آزادی ۔ بالمُکُند عرش ملسیانی

۱

برق رفتاری پہ اپنی رشک کرتا تھا جہاں

سوئے آزادی ہمارا قافلہ تھا تیز گام

سیکھنا ہے لیکن اب مے خانۂ تعمیر میں

جنبشِ نبضِ تمنا و خرامِ دورِ جام

۲

منزلِ مقصود تک یہ قوم جا سکتی نہیں

جس کے قبضے میں نہیں اسپِ سیاست کی لگام

ہم کو بچنا چاہئے ہر اُس بُرے اِقدام سے

جس سے ہو مطعون دنیا میں وطن کا نیک نام

۳

اِتّحاد و آشتی ہر دم رہیں پیشِ نظر

جا گزیں دل میں رہے ذوقِ عمل بالالتزام

دورِ آزادی کا گوہر عیش ہے عیشِ حلال

دل یہ کہتا ہے کہ یوں پابند ہونا ہے حرام

۴

دل کی تلقینات پر پہلے عمل فرمائیے

شوق سے پھر جشنِ آزادی مناتے جائیے

۵

عیش کے ساماں بھی ہوں اور فرض کا احساس بھی

جشن بھی ہو غم زدوں کی ناز برداری بھی ہو

داخل آدابِ مے نوشی ہو ساقی کا ادب

مستیاں ہوں مستیوں کے ساتھ ہشیاری بھی ہو

۶

کچھ پئیں اور کچھ بچائیں تشنہ کاموں کے لیے

سادگی کا ناز بھی انداز پرکاری بھی ہو

حال کی خاطر خِرد کوشی ہے مُستَحَسن مگر

بہرِ مستقبل جنونِ ذوقِ بیداری بھی ہو

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نرم رفتاری ہو وقتِ سیرِ گلزارِ طرب

راہِ پُرخارِ عمل میں گرم رفتاری بھی ہو

اس خوشی کے وقت کتنے دل ہیں غم سے پائمال

لطف آ جائے اگر ان سب کی غم خواری بھی ہو

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رونے والوں کی ہنسی کو پہلے واپس لائیے

شوق سے پھر جشنِ آزادی مناتے جائیے

जश्न-ए आज़ादी – बालमुकुंद अर्श मल्सियानी

बर्क़-रफ़्तारी पे अपनी रश्क करता था जहाँ

सू-ए-आज़ादी हमारा क़ाफ़िला था तेज़-गाम

सीखना है लेकिन अब मय-ख़ाना-ए-तामीर में

जुम्बिश-ए-नब्ज़-ए-तमन्ना ओ ख़िराम-ए-दौर-ए-जाम

मंज़िल-ए-मक़्सूद तक ये क़ौम जा सकती नहीं

जिस के क़ब्ज़े में नहीं अस्प-ए-सियासत की लगाम

हम को बचना चाहिए हर उस बुरे इक़दाम से

जिस से हो मतऊन दुनिया में वतन का नेक नाम

इत्तेहाद ओ आश्ती हर दम रहें पेश-ए-नज़र

जा-गुज़ीं दिल में रहे ज़ौक़-ए-अमल बिल-इलतिज़ाम

दौर-ए-आज़ादी का गौहर ऐश है ऐश-ए-हलाल

दिल ये कहता है कि यूँ पाबंद होना है हराम

दिल की तलक़ीनात पर पहले अमल फ़रमाइए

शौक़ से फिर जश्न-ए-आज़ादी मनाते जाइए

ऐश के सामाँ भी हों और फ़र्ज़ का एहसास भी

जश्न भी हो ग़म-ज़दों की नाज़-बरदारी भी हो

दाख़िल-ए-आदाब-ए-मय-नोशी हो साक़ी का अदब

मस्तियाँ हों मस्तियों के साथ हुश्यारी भी हो

कुछ पिएँ और कुछ बचाएँ तिश्ना-कामों के लिए

सादगी का नाज़ भी अंदाज़-ए-पुरकारी भी हो

हाल की ख़ातिर ख़िरद-कोशी है मुस्तसन मगर

बहर-ए-मुस्तक़बिल जुनून-ए-ज़ौक़-ए-बेदारी भी हो

नर्म-रफ़्तारी हो वक़्त-ए-सैर-ए-गुलज़ार-ए-तरब

राह-ए-पुर-ख़ार-ए-अमल में गर्म-रफ़्तारी भी हो

इस ख़ुशी के वक़्त कितने दिल हैं ग़म से पाएमाल

लुत्फ़ आ जाए अगर इन सब की ग़म-ख़्वारी भी हो

रोने वालों की हँसी को पहले वापस लाइए

शौक़ से फिर जश्न-ए-आज़ादी मनाते जाइए

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. baalmukund arsh malsiani (1908-1979), son of josh malsiani, both renowned shu’ara of progresssive views, from malsiyaan, punjab. They moved to dehli in the 1930s. arsh malsiyaani was assistant editor of Govt of India urdu publication ‘aaj kal’ under josh malihabadi and took over as editor after josh left for pakistan.
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barq-raftaari1 pe apnii rashk2 karta tha jahaaN
suu3-e aazaadii hamaara qaafila tha tez-gaam4
siikhnaa hai laikin ab mai-Khaana5-e taamiir6 meN
jumbish7-e nabz-e-tamannaa9 o Khiraam10-e daur-e-jaam11    
1.lightning speed 2.envy, pride 3.towards 4.fast paced 5.tavern 6.progress 7.movement 8.vein of desire 10.gait, pace, style 11.circulation of the cup of wine
The world admired our lightning pace (I put this down to poetic exaggeration). Our caravan moved towards freedom at a fast clip. Now we have to learn from the tavern of progress, the throbbing of the vein of desire and the style of passing around the cup of wine i.e. we have to learn how share the fruits of freedom fairly.

2
manzil-e-maqsuud1 tak ye qaum jaa saktii nahiiN
jis ke qabze2 meN nahiiN asp-e-siyaasat3 kii lagaam4
ham ko bachna chaahiye har us bure iqdaam5 se
jis se ho matuun6 duniya meN vatan ka nek naam  
1.desired destination 2.control 3.horse of politics 4.bridle 5.undertaking 6.blame worthy
No nation can get to its desired destination, which does not control the bridle of the horse of politics. We should avoid every faulty undertaking that is likely to put us to shame.

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ittehaad1 o aashtii2 har dam raheN pesh-e-nazar3
jaa-guziiN4 dil meN rahe zauq-e-amal5 bil-iltezaam6
daur-e-aazaadii ka gauhar aish7 hai aish-e-halaal8
dil ye kahta hai ke yuN paaband9 hona hai haraam  
1.unity 2.peace, harmony 3.in sight, before our eyes 4.room in the heart 5.desire for action 6.required, necessary 7.luxury, pleasure 8.permitted luxury 9.bound
The objective of unity and harmony should always be before us. The desire to do what is needed should always find room in our hearts. The period/reign of freedom might appear like a luxury, but it is a luxury that is permitted/allowed. To be restricted in enjoying is not correct … I am really not sure what he is trying to say here. Any ideas that you have are welcome.

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dil ki talqiinaat1 par pahle amal2 farmaaiye
shauq se phir jashn-e-aazaadi manaate jaaiye    
1.teachings 2.action
First act upon what love teaches us and then celebrate freedom.

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aish1 ke saamaaN bhii hoN aur farz2 ka ehsaas3 bhii
jashn bhi ho Gham-zadoN4 ki naaz-bardaari5 bhi ho
daaKhil6-e aadaab7-e mai-noshi8 ho saaqi ka adab9
mastiyaaN hoN mastiyoN ke saath hushyaari bhi ho    
1.luxury, pleasure 2.duty 3.feeling 4.sorrow stricken 5.cater to their feelings 6.included 7.traditions 8.wine drinking 9.respect
By all means, enjoy and celebrate but along with it, there should be a sense of responsibility to cater to the needs of the grief stricken. Included in the traditions of celebration (wine drinking) should be a respect for the saaqi (??god??). By all means, let us get drunk with the pleasure of freedom, but alongside it there should be awareness (of those who are missing out). Here again I am unsure of my interpretation.

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kuchh piyeN aur kuchh bachaaeN tishna-kaamoN1 ke liye
saadagi2 ka naaz3 bhi andaaz4-e purkaari5 bhi ho
haal ki Khaatir Khirad-koshi6 hai mustahsan7 magar
bahr-e-mustaqbil8 junuun9-e zauq-e-bedaari10 bhi ho    
1.thirsty 2.simplicity 3.pride 4.style 5.completion of a task 6.endeavour to gain knowledge 7.commendable 8.for the sake of the future 9.passion 10.taste/desire for awareness
Let us drink some (wine of celebration of freedom) and save some for the thirsty. That (saving for others) is ‘purkaari’ – completion of the task. So we need both, simplicity (celebrate now) and purkaari. To celebrate the present is commendable but, for the sake of the future a passion for awareness (of the condition of the thirsty) is also needed.

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narm-raftaari1 ho vaqt-e sair-e-gulzaar-e tarab2
raah3-e pur-Khaar4-e amal5 meN garm-raftaari6 bhi ho
is Khushi ke vaqt kitne dil haiN Gham se paa’emaal7
lutf8 aa jaaye agar in sab ki Gham-Khvaari9 bhi ho    
1.soft/comfortable pace 2.pleasure 3.pathway 4.thorny, difficult 5.action 6.fast/enthusiastic pace 7.trampled 8.pleasure 9.relieve sorrow
A gentle saunter through the garden for a pleasurable walk is fine, but there should also be a fast past on the path of action. At this time of celebration there are so many who have been trampled by sorrow/need. It will be a great pleasure if their sorrow is relieved.

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rone vaaloN ki haNsi ko pahle vaapas laaiye
shauq se phir jashn-e-aazaadi manaate jaaiye  
First, bring smiles to those who are mourning and then by all means observe the celebration of freedom.

baalmukund arsh malsiani (1908-1979), son of josh malsiani, both renowned shu’ara of progresssive views, from malsiyaan, punjab.  They moved to dehli in the 1930s.  arsh malsiyaani was assistant editor of Govt of India urdu publication ‘aaj kal’ under josh malihabadi and took over as editor after josh left for pakistan.
1
barq-raftaari1 pe apnii rashk2 karta tha jahaaN
suu3-e aazaadii hamaara qaafila tha tez-gaam4
siikhnaa hai laikin ab mai-Khaana5-e taamiir6 meN
jumbish7-e nabz-e-tamannaa9 o Khiraam10-e daur-e-jaam11

1.lightning speed 2.envy, pride 3.towards 4.fast paced 5.tavern 6.progress 7.movement 8.vein of desire 10.gait, pace, style 11.circulation of the cup of wine

The world admired our lightning pace (I put this down to poetic exaggeration).  Our caravan moved towards freedom at a fast clip.  Now we have to learn from the tavern of progress, the throbbing of the vein of desire and the style of passing around the cup of wine i.e. we have to learn how share the fruits of freedom fairly.
2
manzil-e-maqsuud1 tak ye qaum jaa saktii nahiiN
jis ke qabze2 meN nahiiN asp-e-siyaasat3 kii lagaam4
ham ko bachna chaahiye har us bure iqdaam5 se
jis se ho matuun6 duniya meN vatan ka nek naam

1.desired destination 2.control 3.horse of politics 4.bridle 5.undertaking 6.blame worthy

No nation can get to its desired destination, which does not control the bridle of the horse of politics.  We should avoid every faulty undertaking that is likely to put us to shame.
3
ittehaad1 o aashtii2 har dam raheN pesh-e-nazar3
jaa-guziiN4 dil meN rahe zauq-e-amal5 bil-iltezaam6
daur-e-aazaadii ka gauhar aish7 hai aish-e-halaal8
dil ye kahta hai ke yuN paaband9 hona hai haraam

1.unity 2.peace, harmony 3.in sight, before our eyes 4.room in the heart 5.desire for action 6.required, necessary 7.luxury, pleasure 8.permitted luxury 9.bound

The objective of unity and harmony should always be before us.  The desire to do what is needed should always find room in our hearts.  The period/reign of freedom might appear like a luxury, but it is a luxury that is permitted/allowed.  To be restricted in enjoying is not correct … I am really not sure what he is trying to say here.  Any ideas that you have are welcome.
4
dil ki talqiinaat1 par pahle amal2 farmaaiye
shauq se phir jashn-e-aazaadi manaate jaaiye

1.teachings 2.action

First act upon what love teaches us and then celebrate freedom.
5
aish1 ke saamaaN bhii hoN aur farz2 ka ehsaas3 bhii
jashn bhi ho Gham-zadoN4 ki naaz-bardaari5 bhi ho
daaKhil6-e aadaab7-e mai-noshi8 ho saaqi ka adab9
mastiyaaN hoN mastiyoN ke saath hushyaari bhi ho

1.luxury, pleasure 2.duty 3.feeling 4.sorrow stricken 5.cater to their feelings 6.included 7.traditions 8.wine drinking 9.respect

By all means, enjoy and celebrate but along with it, there should be a sense of responsibility to cater to the needs of the grief stricken.  Included in the traditions of celebration (wine drinking) should be a respect for the saaqi (??god??).  By all means, let us get drunk with the pleasure of freedom, but alongside it there should be awareness (of those who are missing out).  Here again I am unsure of my interpretation.
6
kuchh piyeN aur kuchh bachaaeN tishna-kaamoN1 ke liye
saadagi2 ka naaz3 bhi andaaz4-e purkaari5 bhi ho
haal ki Khaatir Khirad-koshi6 hai mustahsan7 magar
bahr-e-mustaqbil8 junuun9-e zauq-e-bedaari10 bhi ho

1.thirsty 2.simplicity 3.pride 4.style 5.completion of a task 6.endeavour to gain knowledge 7.commendable 8.for the sake of the future 9.passion 10.taste/desire for awareness

Let us drink some (wine of celebration of freedom) and save some for the thirsty.  That (saving for others) is ‘purkaari’ – completion of the task.  So we need both, simplicity (celebrate now) and purkaari.  To celebrate the present is commendable but, for the sake of the future a passion for awareness (of the condition of the thirsty) is also needed.
7
narm-raftaari1 ho vaqt-e sair-e-gulzaar-e tarab2
raah3-e pur-Khaar4-e amal5 meN garm-raftaari6 bhi ho
is Khushi ke vaqt kitne dil haiN Gham se paa’emaal7
lutf8 aa jaaye agar in sab ki Gham-Khvaari9 bhi ho

1.soft/comfortable pace 2.pleasure 3.pathway 4.thorny, difficult 5.action 6.fast/enthusiastic pace 7.trampled 8.pleasure 9.relieve sorrow

A gentle saunter through the garden for a pleasurable walk is fine, but there should also be a fast past on the path of action.  At this time of celebration there are so many who have been trampled by sorrow/need.  It will be a great pleasure if their sorrow is relieved.
8
rone vaaloN ki haNsi ko pahle vaapas laaiye
shauq se phir jashn-e-aazaadi manaate jaaiye

First, bring smiles to those who are mourning and then by all means observe the celebration of freedom.

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