MYSTICAL POEMS: “Song of not-being and being” by Ghalib


Song of not-being and being

The world is no more than the Beloved’s single face;

In the desire of the One to know its own beauty, we exist.

Each place, each moment, sings its particular song of not-being and being.

Without reason, the clear glass equally mirrors wisdom and madness.

Those who claim knowledge are wrong; prayer just leads to trance;

Appearance and faith are mere lees in the Unknowing Wine.

Wherever the Footprint is found,

the handful of dust holds the oneness of worlds.  

This earth, burnished by hearing the Name, is so certain of Love

That the sky bends unceasingly down, to greet its own light.


Translated by Jane Hirshfield

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sajda Afifi says:

    Really beautiful one.. U R talented

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much dear friend! ❤ All the credits go to the great poet Ghalib 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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