program-josh malihabadi

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پروگرام ۔ جوشؔ ملیح آبادی

۱

اے شخص اگر جوشؔ کو تو ڈھونڈھنا چاہے

وہ پچھلے پہر حلقۂ عرفاں میں ملے گا

۲

اور صبح کو وہ ناظر نظارۂ قدرت

طرفِ چمن و صحنِ بیاباں میں ملے گا

۳

اور دن کو وہ سرگشتۂ اَسرار و معانی

شہرِ ہنر و کوئے ادیباں میں ملے گا

۴

اور شام کو وہ مردِ خدا رِندِ خرابات

رحمت کدۂ بادہ فروشاں میں ملے گا

۵

اور رات کو وہ خلوتئ کاکُل و رُخسار

بزمِ طرب و کوچۂ خوباں میں ملے گا

۶

اور ہوگا کوئی جبر تو وہ بندۂ مجبور

مُردے کی طرح کلبۂ احزاں میں ملے گا

प्रोग्राम – जोश मलीहाबादि

अए शख़्स अगर जोश को तू ढूँढना चाहे

वो पिछले पहर हल्क़ा-ए-इरफ़ाँ में मिलेगा

और सुब्ह को वो नाज़िर-ए-नज़्ज़ारा-ए-क़ुद्रत

तरफ़-ए-चमन-ओ-सहन-ए-बयाबाँ में मिलेगा

और दिन को वो सर-गश्ता-ए-अस्रार-ओ-म’आनी

शहर-ए-हुनर-ओ-कू-ए-अदीबाँ में मिलेगा

और शाम को वो मर्द-ए-ख़ुदा रिंद-ए-ख़राबात

रहमत-कदा-ए-बादा-फ़रोशाँ में मिलेगा

और रात को वो ख़ल्वती-ए-काकुल-ओ-रुख़्सार

बज़्म-ए-तरब-ओ-कूचा-ए-ख़ूबाँ में मिलेगा

और होगा कोई जब्र तो वो बंदा-ए-मज्बूर

मुर्दे की तरह कल्बा-ए-अहज़ाँ में मिलेगा

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. josh malihabadi (1898-1982) is known as a poet of revolution. He was a secular humanist writing sharply against colonialism, abuse of power, injustice and orthodoxy. This is a lighthearted description of his activities during a typical day. Also see “maqaamaat” by anand narain mulla.
1
aye shaKhs agar josh ko tu DhooNDhna chaahe
vo pichhle-pahar1 halqa-e-irfaaN2 meN milega  
1.late at night 2.circle of friends
O, man, if you want to search for josh, look for him among the circle of mystics in the small hours of the night.

2
aur subah ko vo naazir1-e nazzaara2-e qudrat3
taraf4-e chaman o sahn5-e bayabaN6 meN milega  
1.viewer 2.scene 3.natural 4.towards 5.yard 6.wilderness
josh was known to take early morning walks in the countryside. He has written numerous nazm, Ghazal and rubaaii describing the beauty of dawn. At dawn, that lover of natural scenes will be found towards the garden or some open area of the wilderness. josh was known to take early morning walks and has written extensively and passionately about the beauty of dawn.

3
aur din ko vo sar-gashta1-e asrar2-o-mu’aani3
shahr-e hunar4 o koo5-e bayabaN6 meN milega  
1.perplexed 2.mysteries 3.meanings 4.skills 5.street 6.wilderness
During the day, he, who is perplexed by the mysteries of life, searching for meanings and causes will be found in the city of the skilled and talented or wandering in the streets of wilderness looking for meaning.

4
aur shaam ko vo mard-e-Khuda rind-e-Kharabaat1
rahmat-kada2-e baada-faroshaaN3 meN milega  
1.wine drinker 2.house of blessings 3.wine drinkers
And in the evening that god-fearing man, the reveler and drinker will be found in that blessed house among wine-drinkers.

5
aur raat ko vo Khalvati1-e kaakul2 o ruKhsar3
bazm4-e tarab5 o koocha-e-KhoobaN6 meN milega  
1.intimate, familiar 2.hari, curls, locks 3.cheeks, face, beauty 4.gathering 5.comfort, luxury 6.street of beauties/beloved
And at night he, familiar with the beautiful locks of the beloved will be found comfortable in the company of beauties.

6
aur hoga koi jabr1 to vo banda-e-majboor2
murde3 ki tarah kalba4-e-ahzaN5 meN milega
1.oppression, injustice 2.helpless man 3.corpse 4.room, home 5.sorrowful, distressed
He characterized himself as “helpless” in the sense that he cannot help himself, his passion is aroused and he cannot resist. If there is any injustice anywhere, than that “helpless” man will be found, mournful like a corpse (sharing their sorrow) among the oppressed.

josh malihabadi (1898-1982) is known as a poet of revolution.  He was a secular humanist writing sharply against colonialism, abuse of power, injustice and orthodoxy.  This is a lighthearted description of his activities during a typical day.  Also see “maqaamaat” by anand narain mulla.
1
aye shaKhs agar josh ko tu DhooNDhna chaahe
vo pichhle-pahar1 halqa-e-irfaaN2 meN milega

1.late at night 2.circle of friends

O, man, if you want to search for josh, look for him among the circle of mystics in the small hours of the night.
2
aur subah ko vo naazir1-e nazzaara2-e qudrat3
taraf4-e chaman o sahn5-e bayabaN6 meN milega

1.viewer 2.scene 3.natural 4.towards 5.yard 6.wilderness

josh was known to take early morning walks in the countryside.  He has written numerous nazm, Ghazal and rubaaii describing the beauty of dawn.  At dawn, that lover of natural scenes will be found towards the garden or some open area of the wilderness.  josh was known to take early morning walks and has written extensively and passionately about the beauty of dawn.
3
aur din ko vo sar-gashta1-e asrar2-o-mu’aani3
shahr-e hunar4 o koo5-e bayabaN6 meN milega

1.perplexed 2.mysteries 3.meanings 4.skills 5.street 6.wilderness

During the day, he, who is perplexed by the mysteries of life, searching for meanings and causes will be found in the city of the skilled and talented or wandering in the streets of wilderness looking for meaning.
4
aur shaam ko vo mard-e-Khuda rind-e-Kharabaat1
rahmat-kada2-e baada-faroshaaN3 meN milega

1.wine drinker 2.house of blessings 3.wine drinkers

And in the evening that god-fearing man, the reveler and drinker will be found in that blessed house among wine-drinkers.
5
aur raat ko vo Khalvati1-e kaakul2 o ruKhsar3
bazm4-e tarab5 o koocha-e-KhoobaN6 meN milega

1.intimate, familiar 2.hari, curls, locks 3.cheeks, face, beauty 4.gathering 5.comfort, luxury 6.street of beauties/beloved

And at night he, familiar with the beautiful locks of the beloved will be found comfortable in the company of beauties.
6
aur hoga koi jabr1 to vo banda-e-majboor2
murde3 ki tarah kalba4-e-ahzaN5 meN milega

1.oppression, injustice 2.helpless man 3.corpse 4.room, home 5.sorrowful, distressed

He characterized himself as “helpless” in the sense that he cannot help himself, his passion is aroused and he cannot resist.  If there is any injustice anywhere, than that “helpless” man will be found, mournful like a corpse (sharing their sorrow) among the oppressed.

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