The Ginan Gist – By Karim Maherali
This Ginan is an expression of love and devotion by an individual murid for the Imam of the time par excellence. Within this context, it highlights the essential purpose of this relationship: to seek and to be blessed with the Vision (Darshan) through which the heart attains bliss and contentment. The mutual relationship is depicted as a ‘curtain’ of mutual separation which must be opened through His mercy. The ‘unveiling’ of the ‘curtain’ goes through the spiritual state of aloneness, dryness, ignorance and forgetfulness towards an enlightened state of Union and bliss revealing all the mysteries of life and this existence in the process.
The Holy Qur’an mentions the respective veiled and unveiled states of darkness and light:
“When the sun is wrapped up, And when the stars are obscured” (81:2-3)
“In that day other faces will be calm, Glad for their effort past, In a high garden, Where they hear no idle speech, Wherein is a gushing spring, Wherein are couches raised And goblets set at hand And cushions ranged.” (88: 7-15)
ab terī mahobat lāgī
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Transliteration, Translation and Commentary
|ejee ab teree mahobat laagee mere saaheb, dil mere mahobat laagee mere saaheb
nainuse nain milaavo o mere saaheb, ab teree mahobat laagee………1
O my Imam! Now I am in love with you. O my Imam! My heart is filled with love for You. O my Imam! Let Your eyes meet mine, Now I am in love with You…..
|ejee kholo pardaa sanmukh dekho’
has has mukh dikhlaavo mere o saaheb…ab teree…………..2
O my Imam! Open the curtain and look at me face to face. Bless me with the sight of Your smiling face. Now I am in love with You……
|ejee teree suratkaa peer shams pyaasaa
darshan daan dilaavo mere o saaheb…..ab teree…………..3
O my Imam! Peer Shamsh is thirsty for (the vision of) your face. Bless me with the generosity of Your Vision (Darshan), O my Imam!. Now I am in love with You…..
|ejee hamsu(n) rees na kariye o pyaaraa
hamku sang chalaavo mere o saaheb….ab teree…………….4
O my Beloved! Do not be angry with me and keep me in Your company, O my Imam. Now I am in love with You…..
|ejee juvaanee deevaanee so kuchh na nibhegee
jiyu(n) nadiyu(n)kaa neer chalaavo mere o saaheb..ab teree…………….5
O my Imam! This youth and civility will not accompany me(for ever). They will flow away like water of river, O my Imam! Now I am in love with You…..
|ejee aashaq teraa tere saath chalegaa
dostee deel beech laavo o mere saaheb…ab teree………….6
O my Imam! Your lover will remain with You. Please create our mutual friendship in our hearts, O my Imam! Now I am in love with You….
|ejee chhel chhabeelaa e suno alabelaa
mayaa tu(n) man beech laavo o mere saaheb..ab teree……….7
O the beautiful, listen, o the lively and vibrant! Have mercy for me in Your heart, O my Imam! Now I am in love with You….
|ejee cha(n)chal chaalaa e joban matvaalaa
mahobat man me(n) laavo o mere saaheb..ab teree…………..8
O my Imam! You are full of mysteries, intoxicated and vibrant with youth. Create love for you in my heart, O my Imam! Now I am in love with You…
|ejee teree ramzakaa peeyaa me(n) hu(n) deevaanaa
ishk akal bhulavo o mere saaheb..ab teree…………9
O my Imam! I am in madness for the love of Your mysteries and secrets. Let love for You make me forget my intellect, O my Lord! Now I am in love with You….
|ejee mukhaddaa dekheeyaa tab man harakhyaa
peer shamsh kathee sunnaayaa o mere saaheb..ab teree……..10
O my Imam! Peer Shamsh thus says openly: “When I was blessed with the Vision of Your holy countenance, my heart became saturated with happiness”. Now I am in love with You….
Ginan Series – By Karim Maherali
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