A VOICE FROM BEYOND
Khoya Gya Kis Tarah Tera Johar-E-Idraak !
From the Emperium enquires a voice at dawn: how did
You lose your essential quality of enquiry and understanding?
Hote Nahin Kyun Tujh Se Sitaron Ke Jagar Chaak
How was blunted your scalpel of research?
Why do you not rend open the hearts of stars?
Kya Shaola Bhi Hota Hai Ghulam-E-Khs-O-Khashaak
You deserve to dominate and rule over all that is visible as well as esoteric.
Can a flame be the slave of dry sticks and grass?
Kyun Teri Nigahon Se Larazte Nahin Aflaak
Why are the sun, moon and stars not under your suzerainty?
Why don’t heavens shudder with a mere glance from you?
Ne Garmi-E-Afkaar, Na Andaish-e-Bebaak
True! Even to‐day blood courses through your veins, but
Your thoughts do not inspire nor is your thinking fearless.
Jis Ankh Ke Pardon Mein Nahin Hai Nigah-E-Pak
An eye which in its vision does not imbibe pure virtue
Is capable of seeing, no doubt, but is not all‐seeing.
Ae Kushta-e-Sultani-O-Mullai-O-Peeri !
Not a bit remains in you of your clear reflection of conscience!
Alas! O you victim of imperialism, of mullah‐ism and mysticism!