raam ka naam-manohar lal bahaar

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رام کا نام ۔ منوہر لال بہارؔ
۱
دیکھئے ہوتا ہے کیا اپنا چمن میں انجام
برق نے دیکھ لیا ہے میرے رہنے کا مقام
۲
میں تو پروردۂ گردابِ تلاطم ہوں دوست
رہنے والوں کو مبارک رہے ساحل کا مقام
۳
اُنگلیاں اُٹّھیں ہے جس سمت گُذر جاتا ہوں
گردِشِ عشق نے کچھ ایسا کیا ہے بدنام
۴
تشنگی بُجھتی نہیں اور بھی بڑھ جاتی ہے
اپنی نظروں سے پلا ساقیا تو جام پہ جام
۵
بات دونوں کی اِسی کے لئے ہوتی ہے بہارؔ
نام اللہ کا لب پر ہو کہ ہو رام کا نام

 

شعر ۔ منوہر لال بہارؔ

اِلہٰی اُس چمن پر آگ برسے
چمن والا جہاں پھولوں کو ترسے

 

قطع ۔ منوہر لال بہارؔ

یہ کیا بہار یہ کیا ہے میکدہ ساقی
شراب پی تو رہے ہیں مگر سُرور نہیں
رہِ حیات میں پھر پھیلنے لگے سائے
فریبِ صبح ہے یہ صبح کا ظہور نہیں

राम का नाम – मनोहर लाल बहार

देखिए होता है क्या अपना चमन में अंजाम
बर्क़ ने देख लिया है मेरे रहने का मक़ाम

मैं तो परवर्दा-ए गिर्दाब-ए तलातुम हूँ दोस्त
रहने वालौं को मुबारक रहे साहेल का मक़ाम

उंग्लियां उट्ठिं हैं जिस सम्त गुज़र जाता हूँ
गर्दिश-ए इश्क़ ने कुछ ऐसा किया है बदनाम

तिश्नगी बुझती नहीं और भी बढ़ जाती है
अपनी नज़्रौं से पिला साक़िया तू जाम पे जाम

बात दोनों कि इसी के लिए होती है बहार
नाम अल्लाह का लब पर हो के हो राम का नाम

 

शेर – मनोहर लाल बहार

इलाही उस चमन पर आग बरसे
चमन वाला जहां फूलौं को तरसे

 

क़िता – मनोहर लाल बहार

ये क्या बहार, ये क्या है मैकदा साक़ी
शराब पी तो रहे हैं मगर सुरूर नहीं
रह-ए हयात में फिर फैलने लगे साए
फ़रेब-ए सुबह है ये सुबह को ज़हूर नहीं

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. manohar lal bahaar (1912-????), whose father, rai shahed lal taught him urdu and farsi at home. He was invited to mushaa’era in hyderabad regularly. There are three selections included in a single post. A Ghazal, she’r and qita. The Ghazal is quite conventaional but a couple of ash’aar show strong progressive leaning and there is clear progressive thought in the she’r and the qita.
1
dekhiye hota hai kya apna chaman meN anjaam1
barq2 ne dekh liya hai mere rahne ka maqaam3   
1.result, end 2.lightning 3.place
In traditional urdu poetry lightning seeks out and hits the nest/home of the poet. Here, the poet has been carefully avoiding being seen but now Lightning has seen where he lives and he is fretting what the result will be.

2
maiN to parvarda1-e girdaab2-e talaatum3 huN dost
rahne vaaloN ko mubarak rahe saahel4 ka maqaam5    
1.reared/nurtured by 2.whirlpool 3.storm 4.shore 5.place
The poet is proud that he has been nurtured by stormy whirlpools and likes the challenges of the open sea. He would leave the safety of the shore to those who prefer it.

3
uNgliyaaN uTThiN haiN jis samt1 guzar jaata huN
gardish2-e ishq ne kuchh aisa kiya hai badnaam   
1.direction 2.literally-rotation/movement, figuratively-problems
Because of the problems of love, the poet/lover is in disrepute. Whichever direction he turns he faces finger pointing and blame.

4
tishnagi1 bujhti nahiN aur bhi baRh jaati hai
apni nazroN se pila saaqiya tu jaam2 pe jaam   
1.cup, goblet
Poetic tradition is that the saaqi/wine server of the tavern has beautiful and intoxicating eyes. The poet/lover wants cup after cup of this wine, because his thirst is never slaked but increases even more as he drinks.

5
baat donoN ki isi ke liye hoti hai bahaar
naam allaah ka lab1 par ho ke ho raam ka naam   
1.lips
It doesn’t matter who you pray to, O, bahaar. That is why we have the name of both allah and raam on our lips.

she’r – manohar lal bahaar

ilaahi us chaman par aag barse
chaman vaala jahaaN phoolauN ko tarse    
The poet reflects on the distribution of the fruit of labour. O god, may that garden burn down, where the gardener thirsts for flowers. This is similar to iqbal …
jis khet se dahqaaN to mai’assar nahiN rozi
us khet ke har Khosha-gandum ko jala do

qita – manohar lal bahaar

ye kya bahaar ye kya hai maikada saaqi
sharaab pii to rahe haiN magar suroor1 nahiN
rah-e-hayaat2 meN phir phailne lage saaye
fareb-e-subah3 hai ye subah ka zahoor4 nahiN    
1.pleasure 2.pathway of life 3.illusion of dawn 4.emergence
This is probably a disappointment with the policies after independence. Expectations were high, but promises remained unfulfilled. What kind of a spring is this, what kind a tavern, O saaqi. We are drinking wine, but there is not taste/pleasure. Darkness spreads on the path of live. This is an illusion/deception of dawn not the emergence of the sun.

manohar lal bahaar (1912-????), whose father, rai shahed lal taught him urdu and farsi at home.  He was invited to mushaa’era in hyderabad regularly.  There are three selections included in a single post.  A Ghazal, she’r and qita.  The Ghazal is quite conventaional but a couple of ash’aar show strong progressive leaning and there is clear progressive thought in the she’r and the qita.

raam ka naam – mahohar lal bahaar

1
dekhiye hota hai kya apna chaman meN anjaam1
barq2 ne dekh liya hai mere rahne ka maqaam3

1.result, end 2.lightning 3.place

In traditional urdu poetry lightning seeks out and hits the nest/home of the poet.  Here, the poet has been carefully avoiding being seen but now Lightning has seen where he lives and he is fretting what the result will be.
2
maiN to parvarda1-e girdaab2-e talaatum3 huN dost
rahne vaaloN ko mubarak rahe saahel4 ka maqaam5

1.reared/nurtured by 2.whirlpool 3.storm 4.shore 5.place

The poet is proud that he has been nurtured by stormy whirlpools and likes the challenges of the open sea.  He would leave the safety of the shore to those who prefer it.
3
uNgliyaaN uTThiN haiN jis samt1 guzar jaata huN
gardish2-e ishq ne kuchh aisa kiya hai badnaam

1.direction 2.literally-rotation/movement, figuratively-problems

Because of the problems of love, the poet/lover is in disrepute.  Whichever direction he turns he faces finger pointing and blame.
4
tishnagi1 bujhti nahiN aur bhi baRh jaati hai
apni nazroN se pila saaqiya tu jaam2 pe jaam

1.cup, goblet

Poetic tradition is that the saaqi/wine server of the tavern has beautiful and intoxicating eyes.  The poet/lover wants cup after cup of this wine, because his thirst is never slaked but increases even more as he drinks.
5
baat donoN ki isi ke liye hoti hai bahaar
naam allaah ka lab1 par ho ke ho raam ka naam

1.lips

It doesn’t matter who you pray to, O, bahaar.  That is why we have the name of both allah and raam on our lips.

sh’er – manohar lal bahaar

ilaahi us chaman par aag barse
chaman vaala jahaaN phoolauN ko tarse

The poet reflects on the distribution of the fruit of labour.  O god, may that garden burn down, where the gardener thirsts for flowers.  This is similar to iqbal …
jis khet se dahqaaN to mai’assar nahiN rozi
us khet ke har Khosha-gandum ko jala do

qita – manohar lal bahaar

ye kya bahaar ye kya hai maikada saaqi
sharaab pii to rahe haiN magar suroor1 nahiN
rah-e-hayaat2 meN phir phailne lage saaye
fareb-e-subah3 hai ye subah ka zahoor4 nahiN

1.pleasure 2.pathway of life 3.illusion of dawn 4.emergence

This is probably a disappointment with the policies after independence.  Expectations were high, but promises remained unfulfilled.  What kind of a spring is this, what kind a tavern, O saaqi.  We are drinking wine, but there is not taste/pleasure.  Darkness spreads on the path of live.  This is an illusion/deception of dawn not the emergence of the sun.

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