A lyric by Bulleh Shah – A sufi Poet

(Original in Punjabi- Scroll further down for English translation)

 

Keen Jaana mein kaun

Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun

Na maen momin vich maseet aan

Na maen vich kufar diyan reet aan

Na maen paakaan vich paleet aan

Na maen moosa na pharaun.

 

Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun

 

Na maen andar ved kitaab aan,

Na vich bhangaan na sharaab aan

Na vich rindaan masat kharaab aan

Na vich jaagan na vich saun.

 

Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun.

 

Na vich shaadi na ghamnaaki

Na maen vich paleeti paaki

Na maen aabi na maen khaki

Na maen aatish na maen paun

 

Bulleh!, ki jaana maen kaun

 

Na maen arabi na lahori

Na maen hindi shehar nagauri

Na hindu na turak peshawri

Na maen rehnda vich nadaun

 

Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun

 

Na maen bheth mazhab da paaya

Ne maen aadam havva jaaya

Na maen apna naam dharaaya

Na vich baitthan na vich bhaun

 

Bulleh , ki jaana maen kaun

 

Avval aakhir aap nu jaana

Na koi dooja hor pehchaana

Maethon hor na koi siyaana

Bulla! ooh khadda hai kaun

 

Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun

 

 

(English Translation)

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

Not a believer inside the mosque, am I

Nor a pagan disciple of false rites

Not the pure amongst the impure

Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

Not in the holy Vedas, am I

Nor in opium, neither in wine

Not in the drunkard`s intoxicated craze

Niether awake, nor in a sleeping daze

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

In happiness nor in sorrow, am I

Neither clean, nor a filthy mire

Not from water, nor from earth

Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

Not an Arab, nor Lahori

Neither Hindi, nor Nagauri

Hindu, Turk, nor Peshawari

Nor do I live in Nadaun

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

Secrets of religion, I have not known

From Adam and Eve, I am not born

I am not the name I assume

Not in stillness, nor on the move

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

 

I am the first, I am the last

None other, have I ever known

I am the wisest of them all

Bulleh! do I stand alone

 

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

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