Sohbet of the Week (43 - 21)

Hazrat Inayat Khan - Hindustani Lyrics - 39 - Wali

Hazrat Inayat Khan, together with Jessie Duncan Westbrook, gathered Hindustani Lyrics of various poets, of whom he knew especially well Asif… We present you some of these poets and their lyrics:

Wali: of the Deccan, the first to write an Urdu Diwan and is considered the Father of Urdu poetry – born in Aurangabad, wrote in the latter half of the 17th century. He held a just balance between Sunnis and Shias, and did not flatter any Ruler in his verses. He knew the literature and art of Europe and wrote many mystical and spiritual poems.

O Lovely One, when to the ravished sight

Thou wilt unveil that radiant face of thine,

Each atom of the worlds, catching thy light,

Reflecting thee, bright as a sun shall shine.


Walk not, my flower, within the garden close,

Lest thou should give the bulbul new distress,

For at thy glance each blossom turns a rose

To lure him with her cruel loveliness.


Victorious One, thou hast unsheathed thy sword,

The scimitar of thy beauty gleams again,

So over all thy lovers thou art Lord,

Holding dominion in the hearts of men.


Art thou serene and calm and unafraid

When thou considerest thy tyranny?

Think of the reckoning that shall be made

Between thy heart and mine at Judgment Day.

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Dear friends, here are the collected 'Sohbets' of 2021, much joy listening!