Shahidain has sent this lovely translation of Bulleh Shah’s verse.

moonh aaee baat na rehndee ey

Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

If I tell a lie, something is left out;
If I speak out the truth, there is a blaze.
My mind fears both the alternatives;
But haltingly my tongue speaks out.
Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

Whosoever found the secret from the mystic,
He searched for the path within himself.
He is a blissful dweller of that temple,
Which knows neither rise nor fall.
Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

Respect and regard to all is essential,
But I know the inner reality of all.
In everyone there dwells the form of the Lord.
In some it is manifest, in some it is latent.
Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

Here, in this world, darkness prevails.
This world is a slippery courtyard.
Enter within and see who is there.
In vain do the foolish seek Him without.
Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

Here the world has been made manifest.
It has a strange secret of its own.
From a single Form a flash bursts forth,
Even as a spark ignites gunpowder.
Word that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

O Bulleh the Lord is not apart from us
Other than the lord none does exist
Alas! we do not have the seeing eye
That’s why life is a tale of suffering
Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.
(Translation by J R Puri)

One Response to Words that come on my tongue – Bulleh Shah

  1. shahidain says:

    “Moonh aaee baat na rehNdee ey

    jhooTh aakhaaN te kujh bachdaa ey,
    sach aakhaan bhaanbar machda ey,
    jee dohaan galaan ton jachda ey,
    jach jach ke jeebhaa kehndee ey,
    moonh aaee baat na rehndee ey,

    jis paayaa bheyt qalandar da,
    raah khojeyaa apn andar da,
    oh waasee hey such mandar da,
    jitney charhdee hey na lehndee ey,
    moonh aaee baaat na rehndee ey

    ik laazam baat adab dee ey,
    saanoon baat maloomee sabh dee ey,
    har har wich soorat rabb dee ey,
    kitey zaahir kitey chhup behndee ey,
    moonh aaee baat na rehndee ey

    eyh tilkan baazee veyhraa ey,
    tham tham ke turo anheyraa ey,
    war andar weyko keyhraa ey,
    kiyoon khalqat baahir dhondeydee ey,
    moonh aaee baat na rehndee ey

    eythey leykhaa paaon pasaaaraa ey,
    eyhdaa wakhra bheyt niyaaraa ey,
    ik soorat daa chamkaaraa ey,
    jiyoon chanag daaroo wich peyndee ey,
    moonh aaee baat na rehndee ey

    bullhaa shoh asaan theen wakh naheen
    bin shoh theen dooja kakh naheeen,
    par weykhan waalee akh naheen,
    taaheen jaan judaayaan sehndee ey
    moonh aaee baaat na rehndee ey

    “Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    If I tell a lie, something is left out;
    If I speak out the truth, there is a blaze.
    My mind fears both the alternatives;
    But haltingly my tongue speaks out.
    Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    Whosoever found the secret from the mystic,
    He searched for the path within himself.
    He is a blissful dweller of that temple,
    Which knows neither rise nor fall.
    Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    Respect and regard to all is essential,
    But I know the inner reality of all.
    In everyone there dwells the form of the Lord.
    In some it is manifest, in some it is latent.
    Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    Here, in this world, darkness prevails.
    This world is a slippery courtyard.
    Enter within and see who is there.
    In vain do the foolish seek Him without.
    Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    Here the world has been made manifest.
    It has a strange secret of its own.
    From a single Form a flash bursts forth,
    Even as a spark ignites gunpowder.
    Word that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    O Bulleh the Lord is not apartfrm us
    Other than the lord none does exist
    Alas! we do not have the seeing eye
    That’s why life is a tale of suffering
    Words that come on my tongue cannot be held back.

    ( J. R . Puri)

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