tum-anand narain mulla

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تم ۔ پنڈت آنند نرائن مُلّا

۱

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

جو بن گیا ہے مرا جزوِ لب وہ نام ہو تم

۲

تمہیں خیال کی رعنائیوں میں دیکھا ہے

تمہیں اُمید کی تنہائیوں میں دیکھا ہے

تمہیں کو روح کی گہرائیوں میں دیکھا ہے

جِدھر بھی آنکھ اُٹھی ہے فروغِ بام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۳

ہر ایک امید کا میری تمہیں ہو گہوارہ

تمہیں ہو جیسے ہر اک درد کا مرے چارہ

تمہیں پہ آ کے ٹھہرتی ہے چشمِ آوارہ

ہر اِبتدائے محبّت کا اِختتام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۴

میں کون؟ اک گُلِ افسردہ و دلِ ناشاد

تم ایک بزم کی زینت تم اک چمن کی مراد

کہاں تم اور کہاں مجھ سا زندگی برباد

مرے نصیب کی جس میں نہیں وہ جام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۵

اُفق حیات کا پھر بھی تمہیں سے ہے زرّیں

ہر ایک بزمِ تصوّر تمہیں سے ہے رنگیں

تمہاری سمت ہے دل کی نگاہِ باز پسیں

اندھیری زیست کی اک زرنگار شام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۶

کروں میں عرضِ تمنّا مری مجال نہیں

سوال دل میں ہے اور جراؑتِ سوال نہیں

تمہاری یاد سے غافل مرا خیال نہیں

میں کچھ کہوں نہ کہوں حاصلِ کلام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۷

خموشیوں میں ہے دمساز کون؟ تم جو نہیں

نظر نظر کا مری راز کون؟ تم جو نہیں

نفس نفس کی ہے آواز کون؟ تم جو نہیں

پیام بر ہوں اگر میں مرا پیام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

۸

کسی نگاہ کا جو دل غلام ہو نہ سکا

جو سر کبھی کسی چوکھٹ پہ آج تک نہ جھکا

تمہارے در پہ وہی آج ہے جبیں فرسا

تو کیا جہان کا مُلّا سے انتقام ہو تم

سحر کی یاد ہو تم اور خیالِ شام ہو تم

तुम – आनँद नारायन मुल्ला

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

जो बन गया है मेरा ज़ुज़्व-ए लब वो नाम हो तुम

तुम्हेँ ख़याल की रानायौँ में देखा है

तुम्हेँ उमीद की तन्हाइयौँ में देखा है

तुम्हीँ को रूह की गहराइयौँ में देखा है

जिधर भी आँख उठि है फ़रोग़-ए बाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

हर एक उमीद का मेरी तुम्हीँ हो गहवारा

तुम्हीँ हो जैसे हर एक दर्द का मेरे चारा

तुम्हीँ पे आ के ठहरती है चश्म-ए आवारा

हर इब्तेदा-ए मोहब्बत का एख़्तेताम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

मैँ कोन? एक गुल-ए अफ़्सुर्दा ओ दिल-ए नाशाद

तुम एक बज़्म की ज़ीनत तुम एक चमन कि मुराद

कहाँ तुम और कहाँ मुझ सा ज़िंदगी बर्बाद

मेरे नसीब की जिस में नहिँ वो जाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

उफ़क़ हयात का फिर भी तुम्हिँ से है ज़र्रीँ

हर एक बज़्म-ए तसव्वुर तुम्हीँ से है रँगीँ

तुम्हारी सम्त है दिल की निगाह-ए बाज़-पसीँ

अंधेरी ज़ीस्त की एक ज़रनिगार शाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

करूँ मैँ अर्ज़-ए तमन्ना मेरी मजाल नहीँ

सवाल दिल में है और जुर’अत-ए सवाल नहीँ

तुम्हारी याद से ग़ाफ़िल मेरा ख़याल नहीँ

मैँ कुछ कहुँ ना कहुँ हासिल-ए कलाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

ख़मोशियौँ में है दमसाज़ कौन? तुम जो नहीँ

नज़र नज़र का मेरी राज़ कौन? तुम जो नहीँ

नफ़स नफ़स कि है आवाज़ कौन? तुम जो नहीँ

पयाम-बर हूँ अगर मैँ मेरा पयाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

किसी निगाह का जो दिल ग़ुलाम हो ना सका

जो सिर कभी किसी चौखट पे आज तक ना झुका

तुम्हारे दर पे वही आज है जबीँ फ़रसा

तो क्या जहान का मुल्ला से इंतेक़ाम हो तुम

सहर की याद हो तुम और ख़याल-ए शाम हो तुम

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. anand narain mulla (1901-1997), a kashmiri panDit from lukhnow, a high court judge, member of lok sabha and then of the rajya sabha was a liberal thinker reaching across communal lines with a strong love of urdu. The bulk of his work is rationalist and speaks to social issues. This is an exception with a delicate romantic and loving touch.
1
sahar1 ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum
jo ban gaya hai mera juzv2-e lab3 vo naam ho tum   
1.dawn 2.component 3.lips
Who this is addressed to is deliberately left unstated. It can be interpreted as beloved, god or maybe his wife. His verse is predominantly rational, secular/agnostic/atheist and related to social issues. I like to think that he is expressing his love/gratitude to his wife in a delicate manner at some stage of his life. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night. It is your name that has become a component of my lips.

2
tumheN Khayaal ki raanaiyoN1 meN dekha hai
tumheN umeed2 ki tanhaiyoN3 meN dekha hai
tumhiN ko rooh4 ki gahraiyoN5 meN dekha hai
jidhar bhi aaNkh uThi hai faroGh-e-baam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum   
1.beauty, elegance 2.hope 3.loneliness 4.spirit 5.depth 6.height of the roof
Traditional poetry looks for the beauty of the beloved at the top of the roof, when she comes out. There are numerous ash’aar urging her not to come out on the roof on moonlit nights so as not to embarrass the full moon. I have seen/thought of you in the elegance of thought/imagination, as hope during my loneliness/despair, in the depths of my soul. Wherever I turn your beauty shines as if from the rooftop. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

3
har ek umeed ka meri tumhiN ho gahwaara1
tumhiN ho jaise har ek dard ka meray chaara2
tumhiN pe aa ke Thaharti hai chashm-e-aawara3
har ibtida4-e mohabbat ka eKhtetaam5 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum
1.cradle 2.cure, balm 3.wandering/searching eye 4.beginning 5.end, fulfilment
You are the cradle of my every hope. You are the balm of my every pain. My searching eye always comes to rest on you. You are the fulfilment of the beginning of my love. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

4
maiN kon? ek gul-e-afsurda1 o dil-e-nashaad2
tum ek bazm3 ki zeenat4 tum ek chaman ki muraad5
kahaaN tum aur kahaaN mujh sa zindagi-barbaad6
mere naseeb7 ki jis meN nahiN vo jaam8 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum   
1.wilted flower 2.sorrowful heart 3.gathering 4.embellishment, grandeur 5.desire, objective 6.wasted life 7.fate 8.cup (of wine)
Who am I but a wilted flower, a sorrowful heart. You are the centre of any gathering, the desire of every garden (a beautiful blooming flower). How can I, a wasted life, stand before (deserve) you. You are the cup that holds the wine that is not in my fate. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

5
ufaq1 hayaat2 ka phir bhi tumhiN se hai zarreeN3
har ek bazm-e-tasavvur4 tumhiN se hai raNgeeN
tumhaari samt5 hai dil ki nigaah6-e baaz-paseeN7
andheri zeest8 ki ek zar-nigaar9 shaam ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum   
1.horizon 2.life 3.golden 4.gatherings of my imagination, my poetry 5.direction, towards 6.glance 7.last, final, parting 8.life 9.gold embroidered
(In spite of all this) The horizon of my life shines golden because of you. My poetic imagination in colourful because of you. It is towards you that my parting glance turns. You are the gold-embroidered evening of my otherwise dark life. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

6
karuN maiN arz-e-tamanna1 meri majaal2 nahiN
savaal dil meN hai aur jur’at3-e savaal nahiN
tumhaari yaad se Ghaafil4 mera Khayaal nahiN
maiN kuchh kahuN na kahuN haasil-e-kalaam5 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum    
1.speak/ask/assert desire 2.ability 3.courage, daring 4.forgetful, neglect 5.essence of verse
That I speak of my desire, I do not have the ability. Questions reside in my mind/heart but I have not the courage to ask. My memory is never neglectful of thoughts of you. Whatever I say, you are the essence/focus of my verse. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

7
KhamoshiyoN meN hai damsaaz1 kaun? tum jo nahiN
nazar nazar ka meri raaz2 kaun? tum jo nahiN
nafas3 nafas ki hai aavaaz4 kaun? tum jo nahiN
payaam-bar5 huN agar maiN mera payaam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum  
1.life giver 2.secret, reason 3.breath 4.sound 5.messenger 6.message
When I fall silent, who brings me back to life, if not you. Who/what is the secret behind every thought (glimpse of understanding), if not you. Who/what is the sound of every breath, if not you. If I am the messenger, you are the message. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

8
kisi nigaah1 ka jo dil Ghulaam ho na saka
jo sar kabhi kisi chaukhaT2 pe aaj tak na jhuka
tumhaare dar3 pe vahi aaj hai jabiN-farsa4
to kya jahaan ka mulla5 se inteqaam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum    
1.glance (amorous) 2.threshold 3.door 4.rubbing forehead 5.pen-name of poet 6.revenge
The heart that never became slave to any amorous glance. The head that never bowed at any threshold. He now rubs his forehead at your door. Does this mean that you are the revenge/punishment that the world metes out to (proud) mulla. You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn. You are the last thought at night.

anand narain mulla (1901-1997), a kashmiri panDit from lukhnow, a high court judge, member of lok sabha and then of the rajya sabha was a liberal thinker reaching across communal lines with a strong love of urdu.  The bulk of his work is rationalist and speaks to social issues.  This is an exception with a delicate romantic and loving touch.
1
sahar1 ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum
jo ban gaya hai mera juzv2-e lab3 vo naam ho tum

1.dawn 2.component 3.lips

Who this is addressed to is deliberately left unstated.  It can be interpreted as beloved, god or maybe his wife.  His verse is predominantly rational, secular/agnostic/atheist and related to social issues.  I like to think that he is expressing his love/gratitude to his wife in a delicate manner at some stage of his life.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.  It is your name that has become a component of my lips.
2
tumheN Khayaal ki raanaiyoN1 meN dekha hai
tumheN umeed2 ki tanhaiyoN3 meN dekha hai
tumhiN ko rooh4 ki gahraiyoN5 meN dekha hai
jidhar bhi aaNkh uThi hai faroGh-e-baam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.beauty, elegance 2.hope 3.loneliness 4.spirit 5.depth 6.height of the roof

Traditional poetry looks for the beauty of the beloved at the top of the roof, when she comes out.  There are numerous ash’aar urging her not to come out on the roof on moonlit nights so as not to embarrass the full moon.  I have seen/thought of you in the elegance of thought/imagination, as hope during my loneliness/despair, in the depths of my soul.  Wherever I turn your beauty shines as if from the rooftop.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
3
har ek umeed ka meri tumhiN ho gahwaara1
tumhiN ho jaise har ek dard ka meray chaara2
tumhiN pe aa ke Thaharti hai chashm-e-aawara3
har ibtida4-e mohabbat ka eKhtetaam5 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.cradle 2.cure, balm 3.wandering/searching eye 4.beginning 5.end, fulfilment

You are the cradle of my every hope.  You are the balm of my every pain.  My searching eye always comes to rest on you.  You are the fulfilment of the beginning of my love.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
4
maiN kon? ek gul-e-afsurda1 o dil-e-nashaad2
tum ek bazm3 ki zeenat4 tum ek chaman ki muraad5
kahaaN tum aur kahaaN mujh sa zindagi-barbaad6
mere naseeb7 ki jis meN nahiN vo jaam8 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.wilted flower 2.sorrowful heart 3.gathering 4.embellishment, grandeur 5.desire, objective 6.wasted life 7.fate 8.cup (of wine)

Who am I but a wilted flower, a sorrowful heart.  You are the centre of any gathering, the desire of every garden (a beautiful blooming flower).  How can I, a wasted life, stand before (deserve) you.  You are the cup that holds the wine that is not in my fate.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
5
ufaq1 hayaat2 ka phir bhi tumhiN se hai zarreeN3
har ek bazm-e-tasavvur4 tumhiN se hai raNgeeN
tumhaari samt5 hai dil ki nigaah6-e baaz-paseeN7
andheri zeest8 ki ek zar-nigaar9 shaam ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.horizon 2.life 3.golden 4.gatherings of my imagination, my poetry 5.direction, towards 6.glance 7.last, final, parting 8.life 9.gold embroidered

(In spite of all this) The horizon of my life shines golden because of you.  My poetic imagination in colourful because of you.  It is towards you that my parting glance turns.  You are the gold-embroidered evening of my otherwise dark life.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
6
karuN maiN arz-e-tamanna1 meri majaal2 nahiN
savaal dil meN hai aur jur’at3-e savaal nahiN
tumhaari yaad se Ghaafil4 mera Khayaal nahiN
maiN kuchh kahuN na kahuN haasil-e-kalaam5 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.speak/ask/assert desire 2.ability 3.courage, daring 4.forgetful, neglect 5.essence of verse

That I speak of my desire, I do not have the ability.  Questions reside in my mind/heart but I have not the courage to ask.  My memory is never neglectful of thoughts of you.  Whatever I say, you are the essence/focus of my verse.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
7
KhamoshiyoN meN hai damsaaz1 kaun? tum jo nahiN
nazar nazar ka meri raaz2 kaun? tum jo nahiN
nafas3 nafas ki hai aavaaz4 kaun? tum jo nahiN
payaam-bar5 huN agar maiN mera payaam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.life giver 2.secret, reason 3.breath 4.sound 5.messenger 6.message

When I fall silent, who brings me back to life, if not you.  Who/what is the secret behind every thought (glimpse of understanding), if not you.  Who/what is the sound of every breath, if not you.  If I am the messenger, you are the message.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.
8
kisi nigaah1 ka jo dil Ghulaam ho na saka
jo sar kabhi kisi chaukhaT2 pe aaj tak na jhuka
tumhaare dar3 pe vahi aaj hai jabiN-farsa4
to kya jahaan ka mulla5 se inteqaam6 ho tum
sahar ki yaad ho tum aur Khayaal-e shaam ho tum

1.glance (amorous) 2.threshold 3.door 4.rubbing forehead 5.pen-name of poet 6.revenge

The heart that never became slave to any amorous glance.  The head that never bowed at any threshold.  He now rubs his forehead at your door.  Does this mean that you are the revenge/punishment that the world metes out to (proud) mulla.  You are the first thought that comes to my mind at dawn.  You are the last thought at night.

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