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عنوان شاھ جو رسالو
شارح / محقق محمد يعقوب آغا
ڇپائيندڙ ثقافت کاتو، حڪومتِ سنڌ
ڇپجڻ جي تاريخ 1980-01-01
ايڊيشن 1

فھرست

Sur Kalyan

Chapter I
1

To begin with, I begin in the name of Allah, the Omniscient, the Supreme and the Lord of the Universe, by His Divine powers He is the Omnipotent since infinity. He is Uncreated and Unchangeable. (He is the very first, before whom there was no first, and the very last) He is the provider of sustenance, He is Fosterer and the Compassionate. Praise Him – the real Lord! Verily all praise is due to Him. He is the Sagacious. (His knowledge is all-Encompassing. It was His kindness that Allah, the Compassionate, perfected the universe by satisfying all its requirements in due measure.

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2

When Allah created and perfected the universe, He particularly created Prophet Muhammad, (May Allah’s blessings be on him!) and sent him to this world (as His apostle). He clearly included him in the Kalima-e-Touhid; and further declared: “I am your Lord and you are My beloved”. He perfected both the worlds, and as per the Sayed, He then presented them to him (i.e. the Prophet).

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3

After harmonizing ideally the conditions in the universe Allah manifested Himself through the Prophet of Islam, the helper and the guide (to mankind), the scion of the illustrious tribe of Hashmites, and the leader of all Prophets, (who preached and glorified His Oneness and His Unique attributes). It fitted well with his position to be amidst his comrades in that auspicious mosque (at Madina). His four companions particularly were constantly with him.

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4

You should always recite and continue to recite: "Allah is One and without partners". Do not forsake, much less abandon, any category of Namaz. Simultaneously offer repentance repeatedly on rosary. O naked (or ignorant man!) put your self on the straight path so that the flames of Hell may not approach you.

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5

So long as you affirm the Oneness of Allah, you should sincerely and lovingly belief in apostleship of Prophet Muhammad, (May blessings of Allah be on Him!) for his sake the world was created. You should not, under any circumstance, Prostrate before any object other than Allah.

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6

Whoso reiterated their faith in The Oneness of Allah, they also heartily believed in the apostleship of Prophet Muhammad, (May Allah's blessings be on him!) for whose sake the universe was created. No such believer would be pushed to an unfavourable landing place (i.e. sent to Hell).

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Whoso faithfully admitted the Oneness of Allah, they also accepted the apostleship of Prophet Muhammad (May blessings of Allah be on him!) with their mind and tongue. They are always prominent in the execution of Allah’s orders. Such persons, shall not miss the proper ferry.

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Those persons who had the (Divine) knowledge and who recognized the Oneness of Allah and the apostleship of the Prophet, became one with Allah even in this world. Such inestimable persons went straight to good ferries without being drifted to wrong places. (i.e. they were not misled by Satan). These inestimable friends (of Allah) were elevated to higher stations from the very start.

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9

At the precreation stage Allah made him/them as embodiment of light. These truthfuls have no fear of interrogation on the Day of judgement nor y remorse at what they left behind in this world. In fact Allah had decreed their elevation before the world was created.

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10

Those seekers who fully support and ardently believe in the Oneness of Allah, affirm and identify themselves with the theory that there is no god except Allah. Their hearts are absorbed in the Reality; and thus placed, they practise self-abnegation. Very unobtrusively and uncommunicatively they visit remote places and delve deep spiritually in quest of the Divine knowledge. But they know no rest, nor do they settle down at a particular place as an evidence of inertia. Abdul Latif says: “these lovers cut themselves into two halves from their shoulders downwards, (i.e. they resort to extreme piety and austerity and are always ready to sacrifice their life. This results in self-abnegation.)

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11

Whoso are deeply assimilated in the Oneness of Allah and have reached the state of complete self-effacement, they have fully recognized the & Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad, (May Allah's blessings be on him!), as the final apostle of Allah and submitted themselves totally to the orders of is Allah and the Prophet. Thus they are de facto Muslims. They have done it out of love. In recognition thereof, Allah has absolved them of all earthly affiliations and impurities, more so because they are assimilated in the Oneness of Allah. This is what Abdul Latif says.

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12

Those seekers who are assimilated in the Oneness of Allah, very ardently advocate that there is none except Allah. In fact they are, as if, cut into two on the alter of the Unity of Allah. It is only unfortunate persons, who, noticing the above conditions of the seekers, give-up their desire for reunion with Allah.

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These persons, particularly when they are in trance, feel uncertain about themselves whether they are without trunk or head and whether their hands, wrists and fingers have been truncated. (This is where self oblivision starts). In fact those seekers who sought union with Allah, had to efface their entity and be non-existant first.

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14

O you deaf fellow! Did you not hear the fact that Allah is Unique and without a partner? Would you still remain apathetic to the perceivable promptings and exhortations of your soul in this connection? In that case, you shall be the sufferer on the Day of judgement, when witnesses shall be marshalled against you (to your detriment).

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You must purchase merchandise of Oneness of Allah. Whether you gain or lose, you will make the future by your faith and deeds, in this world. This world is that of action and it paves way for your future life. In case you stick y to your faith in the Oneness of Allah, you shall be called and rewarded with a cup-full of wine available in Paradise.

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He (i:e: Allah) is Unique and without a partner. It is His significant and unflinching claim in respect of Oneness. (That too is the basic fundamental of faith for the Muslims). Those persons who clung to their belief in duality or polytheism went astray without doubt.

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Do not call Him (Allah) the Lover nor the Beloved. O immature person! Do not address Him as the Creator nor as the creature. But this matter can only be explained alongwith the higher mysteries to those whose faith and record are without blemish.

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The plurality has emanated from the unity. The fact is that both of them originate from the Prime of everything- the Infinite, the Unique Allah. (The creatures implying plurality have emanated from the Creator, which signifies Unity. That is monism par excellence). Verily there is the One Transcendental Being. There is nothing outside or beside Him. Do not be misled in this connection. I swear by Allah that nothing else exists. All what you hear in this connection is a mere noise and speculation, originated by Him.

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Allah is the possessor of Majesty. Simultaneously He is the sole essence of Beauty. He Himself is the Beloved and embodiment of Beauty. He Himself is the Pir (Guide), and simultaneously the follower also. He is His own manifestation. The seeker can know all this introspectively from within his heart.

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20

He is the Lover of Himself and He is the Beloved of Himself. He creates handsomely and then goes for His creatures lovingly.

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21

He is this and He is that. (He is the beginning and He is the End). He is the Destroyer and He is the Creator. He is the Beloved and also the very breath of life. He is the Enemy and simultaneously the Guide as well.

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22

If you can ascertain the stark truth, void of its intricacies, you will find that the sound and its echo are in reality one and the same thing. (You feel as if you hear two distinct voices, but the echo has no substance, and the originator of both is the same agency.)

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23

This universe is like a palace with a millions doors and windows. Wherever I look I find Allah before me. (I find His manifestation in each one of His creatures).

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24

(O Allah) Your manifestations are in millions of forms. Your essence is present in every human being, and yet human appearances and performances are dissimilar to each other. Your manifestations through them accordingly are different. My dear Lord! How can I describe your Attributes? (I simply can not do it).

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vaayi

All persons worship the Beloved (i.e. Allah). The eyes (i.e. tears) express love for Him and His remembrance through them is considered a great virtue.
(Whether the worship is open or secret is immaterial).
He knows even whatever we harbour in our mind. Verily Latif's talk about you is tantamount to a call from you.

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Chapter II
1

My illness had the requisite effect. My Beloved was grieved on its account. After mounting the giblet (preceded by self-effacement) I got the full benefit. (i.e. union with the Beloved).

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2

O you perverse physician! Why do you brand my skin? I am already in bodily distress and you force me to take the (bitter) potion! Whoso deem the gallows a bridal bed, death to them is the means (or prelude) to their union with Allah.

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3

The gibbet beckons. (I must obey the call.) Would any of my friends accompany me there? Only such persons will go there who claim to love (i.e. call themselves the lovers and know the implication of love).

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4

The gibbet calls such lovers as are impatient to sacrifice themselves. If you really have pretensions to be in love, do not keep yourself away from it. You should be prepared first to surrender your head (i.e. annihilate yourself completely) before you think of. love.

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The gibbet has always been primarily an embellishment for lovers. They are prominently present there for sacrifice and they would consider it an ignominy to turn aside or withdraw there from. They had in fact covenanted at the beginning of the creation to sacrifice their lives.

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The gibbet as a matter of fact, adorns the lovers. Latif says: “they would never waver but would (boldly) offer themselves before the spears fixed in the gibbet for self-immolation. They are then called to its side and immolated on its spear”.

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7

Why are the lovers so eager to be immolated on the gibbets? That is a explained by the fact that ever since they saw the Beloved, and their eyes met mutually, gibbet becomes a bridal bed for them.

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9

Even if you are put on the gibbets spears and immolated a hundred times a day, see that you do not cease yearning for the Beloved. Once the love is generated (in the heart), it should know no limitations. (It should continue to be fostered from its fountain head and the lover should be prepared for the greatest sacrifice.)

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10

First surrender yourself completely and annihilate the self and then think of love. Your whole system should pulsate rhythmically like a musical instrument due to the travails of separation from Allah and the consequential worry to reunite with Him. If you think of love and claim to be a lover, you should be prepared for roasting your flesh on burning pikes in sacrifice.

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11

The fault does not lie with the knife. Its handle is in the hand of the killer, whose will dominates in the matter. Perceiving the will of the Wondrous Allah, the iron knife just shakes and does its job. The (poor) lover is all the time worried about the pleasure of the Beloved.

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May the knife not be sharp (to make short work of my body)! Let it be a blunt. That way the hands of my Beloved shall be touching me for a longer time.

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13

The Beloved's knife, at the most, will affect the skin and affiliations. On the other hand the lovers have offered their life as sacrifice - for the sake of Allah.

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14

If you are a true lover, do not groan when the knife is applied to you, (e.g. when a calamitous misfortune visits you). Stifle the pain caused to you by the Beloved and do not let it out to others. Nay, keep the anguish to yourself, consider it a blessing, and celebrate the occasion by offerings.

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15

It is settled to behead you, (i.e. you are approved as a lover,) stay on, else go your way. This land belongs to Him who holds the knife in His hand; (and is ready to use it).

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16

I Love Him who holds the knife (ready for use). I continue to advance along the path of love inspite of it. In fact I have already kept my head on the chopping block wishing the Beloved to behead me.

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The front liners stand ready at the chopping block and the rear ones hold themselves in readiness. Offer your head promptly so that you may be accepted. Else you are likely to be under rated. Think not of any lesser sacrifice. Do you not observe the fallen heads of the first liners lying on they ground? At this liquor shop you are offered a cup of wine in barter for your head.

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If you have the desire to sip the wine, visit the liquor distillery. Latif says: “then offer your head as sacrifice near the jar of liquor. Drink deep of the thick liquid, O bridegroom! If you get the liquor, which intoxicates even veteran persons, in exchange for your head, it would be a good bargain you".

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If you are keen to drink the wine, contact the wine shop. Latif says: “then disconnect your head and place it near the wine jar. Barter it for wine and enjoy quite a few of its cupfulls”.

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If you are really interested in this wine, then proceed to its vendor's lane. You will always find hustle bustle there, implying acute demand for this hall mark wine approved by Shiv Maharaj, the Deity. Personally when I realized the significance of its brand, I at once offered my head for a blessed sip thereof.

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If you long for a sip (of wine), go to its producer's house. His tradion (for a bargain) is first to tear into pieces the customer. Inspite of it if you can secure a cup of wine, consider it an economical bargain, says Sayed.

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The wine is not available for cash transaction. Or is its value much too high so that none can afford it? The Sayed says: “Keep ready your head for sacrifice". This is the place meant for those who lay down their life near the wine jars".

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23

The Lovers are addicted to poison-taking. Hence when they see the poison, they become jubilant. They are always accustomed to the bitter and deadly wine. Latif says: “They have fallen in love, and separation from their Beloved has completely obliterated them. Even though they actually suffer from the wounds (of separation), they would never speak about it to any person.

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Do not wish for, the wine if you can not bear a little bitter fruit like colocynth (i.e. a small discomfort). After taking it (wine) the life, as if, lies dormant in the nervous system. "Sacrifice your head (i.e. surrender completely by discarding all worldly thoughts) and then taste the wine". Latif suggests.

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Why are the pseudo-lovers enquiring about this wine? They get scared at the sight of daggers of the wine producer and retreat. Only those shall sip they wine, who offer their heads in barter for it.

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26

Not only are heads severed from trunks, but the limbs too are boiled in a cauldron. Such persons may by all means think of wine who are ever ready for the sacrifice of their heads in payment of the fixed price of wine.

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Their body-pieces are boiling in cauldrons, and still not even a whimper from them is audible. In these conditions the worldly physicians are ineffective, and they just leave the wounds of such persons bleeding.

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The cup bearers demand of you your head (self-annihilation). So why would those who have prepared the wine ask for anything else? (Nothing less than that would be acceptable to them.)

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29

At the other end lovers never think of safeguarding their heads. Latif says: "they are always ready to sever them and sacrifice their life along with it. In fact they cut off their heads right from their shoulders first and then request for love".

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30

Primarily by tradition, the lovers have always believed in sacrifice of self (and worldly desires). For them, a moment with the Friend is by far better than possession of hundred lives. This body of flesh and bones is not worth a sip of the Beloved's wine.

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If union with the Beloved could be had in exchange of life, everybody would have aspired for the honour. If the sacrifice of life were to conclude the bargain, all lovers would have offered themselves en masse. The most precious Beloved is priceless. He is attainable only as a matter of good luck irrespective of any efforts in that direction.

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A drop of this wine is inestimable. (What to talk of a sip or a cup thereof!) Even a yearning for it is worth the sacrifice of life. Our function is to adore Him, and His general reaction is likely to be coquetish; (Our 'prayer' should be to worship His coquetish glance. Thus its pattern is different from that of the conventional prayer.)

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vaayi

I saw and recognized the Beloved while I was taking the wine (of love). After I had taken a cupful thereof, I was fully initiated in the mysteries of love. Inwardly I am on the fire of love of the Beloved. The human life is not eternal, It is hardly worth the count, being barely two days. Abdul Latif says: “O Allah! You alone pervade the entire universe and you are Permanent”.

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Chapter III
1

The Beloved has caused within me the all consuming turmoils of love and then left me. He has implanted in me the consequential suffering and restlessness. Any consultation with physicians for relief is fruitless. Nay, it seems grotesque to me.

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2

I absolutely dislike any sort of contact with physicians. The Beloved is my Consultant and the Physician of my present ailment.

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3

My Beloved became my consultant guide and healer, He has, by forcefully curbing the malady uprooted it, and it has completely vanished. His method, no doubt, was harsh, but it has definitely cured me of all suffering.

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4

The malady becomes significantly unusual when the Guide is the Friend. The conventional physician would not in the least be effective in his treatment. Finally it is Allah, the Beloved, the Guide and the Preserver, who like the medicine of Sathar (which causes remedial boils after application), would restore me to health.

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The Beloved, like the 'Sathar' always means health, and not malady. To all and sundry generally He is kind in company. But He is ‘All-Powerful'. When He is particularly interested in you, He calls you to Himself. He then tests you in different cruel ways. He, repeatedly stabs you when He becomes friendly to you. But He is the Lord and the coverer of sins. He covers up your deficiencies as He knows your vital arteries (i.e. your inner trends, and your weaknesses too.)

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My all veins vibrate constantly (due to the Beloved's love), like the strings of a rebeck. I writhe but do not even moan and groan, and the Beloved too remains unconcerned and unresponsive. (Possibly He enjoys this scene watchfully) But it is my firm belief that He, Who has caused me so much torturous suffering, will cure and re-enliven me. If he causes acute suffering, He also grants relief and tranquility to the soul.

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7

It is He who blocks the way (of guidance, health or elevation) and it is He who leads the way to it.

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8

In confidence He enquired from me about the causes and symptoms of (the disease of) love. Then He prescribed what was rather hard to take. Eventually He advised patience in the matter. Thereafter (after abiding by his prescription), I constantly yearn for an opportunity to do obeisance to Him.

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Why are you merely yearning for doing obeisance to Him? Why do you not take initiative in that respect and pay homage to Him? Those who know Him, discard all other sources and concentrate on Him. (All worldly media constantly are to be discarded as gratuitous and forbidden.)

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10

When He speaks, every word of His is very melodious and a sheer blessing. There is no bitterness in His talk. But when He does not speak, even then His silence radiates peace.

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11

All Divine directions are palatable and favourable to you. Only develop proper receptivity for them and try to know them in the correct perspective. You will then find that none of them is bitter or unfavourable.

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12

He has deliberately subjected you to certain discomforts. (Actually they are not meant as a torture but as a favour in disguise). How could you, under the circumstances, discuss them with others (including your physician?).

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13

Those whom you remember, they too remember you. Note and follow implications of the Quranic provisions: “Remember Me and I remember you”. Allah carries a knife in His hand and sweets in His mouth. (i.e. When He causes you a misfortune, He conveys the good news of reward in return too). That is the Beloved’s tradition. (Allah expects you to appreciate His policy of mixed favors).

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14

The Beloved had once beckoned me graciously. I harped on it for the rest of my life.

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15

At one time the Beloved smilingly asked me: "Am I not your Lord” The impact of His embrace has not yet ceased its effect on my body.

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16

Those persons (who were interrogated as above on the day of the covenant) enquire smilingly as to where the Beloved's hand (holding the spear) is, so that they may offer themselves for sacrifice. They do not flinch a bit under the Beloved's spear. In fact they come there for death with high heads without the least compunction (or fear). To those who hold acceptance of their life's sacrifice by the Beloved as a matter of favour to them, death actually means an audience with the Beloved.

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Either he calls you to kill you or He kills you and thereby calls you immediately after your self-immolation or death in the cause of Allah. In any case do not keep away from the Beloved's spear, Proceed thither without self-consciousness or ego to meet your death, O lover!

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18

The (seeming) rejection by the Beloved, (i.e. His causing you lots of discomforts) tantamounts to your acceptance by Him. This reverse or unusual procedure actually evokes more ardour. That is how love recoils. Never yield to frustration. The fact is that when He disrupts, He actually connects. (Or) It is solely His privilege to connect or disrupt connections. (It is definitely the privilege of Allah to guide or misguide you and to accept your good performances or to discard them. You must always obey His orders without argument and believe in their ultimate good).

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When He kills you (i.e. subjects you to hardships), He in fact fosters you (i.e. He draws you to Himself). Similarly, when He wants to nurse you i.e. to elevate you, He subjects you to some killing tests. O mother! His acts may harm me and at the same time they may benefit me ultimately. Verily it is His privilege to cause harm or to exhilarate the mind in turn.

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20

He who kills you, also fosters you: In either case He beckons you nearer to Himself. That has been His trait at all times. The surgeon who operates on you (to remove your trouble in the form of disbelief or sins) and uses the knife, also affords you healing and heart felt happiness thereby.

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21

To kill you or to call you near Himself has been the prominent feature of the Beloved's policy. He would put you on the gibbet (i.e. put you to the maximum test), and brand you daily (i.e. torture you) in addition. Thus does He apportion or distribute the love's tribulations. O you smitten by love! Come and purchase the same.

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vaayi

I am confident that the Beloved, as the Specialist in human diseases, will Successfully administer medicine to me for my disease.
My wondrous Lord will come to me and give me a potion of mercy for my malady. He will come and attend to me of His own accord.
The Expert Physician has actually come and attended to me and cured all sufferings in my body. Abdul Latif says: “O sisters! My Beloved is indeed an expert physician".

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Sur Yaman Kalyan

Chapter I
1

You are the Beloved! You are the Physician. You are the medicine for my trouble. O dear me! I have taken lots of maladies from which my body suffers. O Lord Physician! kindly cure my all diseased persons of their troubles.

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vaayi

My heart is affected by the Divine love and the poor physicians have been confounded in its diagnosis. Accordingly O physicians! please clear out at once with your medicines. My heart suffers from the pain of separation from the Lord. The Lord, who had caused the pain, has now come and He would give me the merciful drug and enliven me.

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
1

To visit door of the Beloved, now and again would certainly reflect immaturity and impropriety. O ignorant man! it would not befit you at all to visit the Beloved’s locality aimlessly. Do not, like the immature lovers, communicate to passers-by the Divine love secrets or consult them with regard to the travails of separation. According to Abdul Latif, the Beloved will automatically convert your sorrows into happiness (after testing you.) Your policy should be to talk to Him secretly and have mutual exchange of love with Him within yourself.

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13

A wine dealer can never be good man. In fact his origin is low. (This is Islamic view of a wine dealer). By giving excessive cup fulls of drinks he is responsible for the (self)-annihilation of many stalwarts (in love).

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vaayi

The lord has stepped in. I have had an occasion to meet him. It is after many days that I am meeting with the grace of Allah.
Allah, the Unique, has done a good turn to me, and now separation has receded and given place to union.
He who was said to be remote has today come close to me.
Abdul Latif says: "the Unique Personality has himself done this great favour to me.

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Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
1

To visit door of the Beloved, now and again would certainly reflect immaturity and impropriety. O ignorant man! it would not befit you at all to visit the Beloved's locality aimlessly. Do not, like the immature lovers, communicate to passers-by the Divine love secrets or consult them with regard to the travails of separation. According to Abdul Latif, the Beloved will automatically convert your sorrows into happiness (after testing you.) Your policy should be to talk to Him secretly and have mutual exchange of love with Him within yourself.

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vaayi

O friends! I am suffering agony due to separation from the Beloved. Lots of love loin persons like me are bound to be hovering round the Beloved’s abode to see Him.
The Beloved is famous everywhere for His beauty and people talk about it.
Discriminate well and treat the Beloved’s footprints’ dust as the special antimony for your eyes.
Abdul Latif says: “My Beloved is always very beautiful”.

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Sur Pirbhati

Chapter I

Sur Asa

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV

Sur Barvo Sindhi

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III

Sur Kapaiti

Chapter I

Sur Dahar

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V

Sur Ripp

Chapter I
Chapter II

Sur Karayal

Chapter I
Chapter II

Sur Bilawal

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV

Sur Sarang

Chapter I
1

Shah Latif says (to herdsmen): “It is cloudy. Look at the rainy clouds that have gathered in a mass against the silvery sky. Nay, it is actually raining in big drops. You had (better) take out your herds of cattle, and leave the sheds for open plains. Hurry up to fill your panniers thoughtfully and carry them with yourselves. This is no occasion at all for pessimism in Allah’s favour (for a good harvest).”

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
11

The monsoon has staged a come back and formed clouds. The lightning too has accompanied it to bring rain to the earth (which gets illumined all around by its flashes.) Some of the lightning left for Constantinople and some turned towards the west. It glittered over China also, and some covered Samarkand. Some of it went to Turkey and some operated in Kabul and Kandahar. Delhi, Deccan and Girnar also received showers and light bolts. Some lightning glittered over Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Bakar, and a heavy downpour to Bhuj and then to borders of the desert. Some drenched Umerkot and Walhar or low areas. My Lord! Keep Sindh surplus and prosperous at all times! My dear Friend! Pray extend your benevolence to the entire world!

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Sur Khambhat

Chapter I
1

My beloved is an embodiment of grace, aye of unique grace.
He is so kind that he would not scold any person face to face,
Even though I have committed sins, He is always prone to do good in return.

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15

When my beloved lifts his drowsy eyes coquettishly, the sun’s rays turn oblique and the moon becomes haggard. The stars respectfully retreat and (recede) at his sight. (All this occurs because they are dazzled by his beauty). Even the precious stones lose their lustre at the sight of the gorgeous beauty of the beloved.

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vaayi

O night! Stay on. Do not recede quickly. I have got to have the beloved reconciled to myself (and I need time for it). I would burn like a lamp during the night (to relieve darkness), and consume myself in joy celebrating the beloved’s visit and his reconciliation.
Would that I were to burn and reburn alternately after getting extinguished in turn like the fire of the roving nomads, (which dies and revives successively for want of adequate fuel).
An uninitiated man cannot understand the full impact of the love that I bear for the beloved.
The fact is that I have a permanent pain (or longing for) the beloved.
I am a friend of the Prophet. (He has completely over hauled or reformed me). There is no defect left in me, (or) I have no further ambition. His friendship is enough for me.
Latif says: I entertain an everlasting love (for the Prophet).
If I were really absorbed in the love (for the Prophet), I would verily glitter in the mirage (i.e. be successful in this world which is a mere farce).
The black (or the awe inspiring) Day of Judgement would be quite easy for him whom he (i.e. the Prophet) patronizes.
I have got to dwell among the (uninitiated) people (of this world) so long I am ordained by my Lord. (I cannot long for death or precipitate it).

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Chapter II

Sur Surirag

Chapter I
1

It is possible that the Beloved may enquire about you. Hence always bear Him in mind. (In addition) comply His directives so that you may not go unrewarded.

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The Beloved may possibly think of you. Hence always be in communion with Him. Cleanse your heart by means of soap (i.e. have it purged of all ungodly thoughts by means of prayers). O sea-farer! Keep awake, so that you may reach your destination (safely).

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vaayi

Thousands of thanks for innumerable favours of the Gracious Allah. Recite humbly praises of the Gracious Allah with full zest, O heart!
My Lord! Kindly show to me the secret mysteries (of the Divine love).
O seeker! Do not forget to glorify Allah. Bear Him in mind and also remember Him vocally.
Do not spare yourself. Nay, annihilate yourself in contemplation of Allah.
Thereby Allah may be pleased to grant you (further) favours.
O bondman! Submit yourself humbly to Him and purge all perfidy from your mind (about His Oneness).
O mad man! (You do not know the likes and dislikes of your Lord). Be discreet and know that He likes what is the truth.
How can those persons who had completely submitted themselves to the will of Allah, be or remain unhonoured?
(The fact is that) whoso kept vigil for Allah at night they were definitely honoured. Allah says in the Quran (a) “Remember Me and I remember you”. (b) “Be thankful to Me and do not take to disbelief”. Divest yourself of ingratitude, Allah would set right (pardon) all your bad deeds.
Praise Allah sincerely, properly and heartily. O you man! Offer repentance quickly and enthusiastically, so that Allah, the Compassionate, may be pleased to lead you on the path of belief and security.
a) And Allah will certainly reward the grateful . (145, Al-Imran).
b) And as for those who strive in Our path, We shall surely guide them in Our ways. And verily Allah is with those who do good. (69, Al-Ankabut).
c) O you who believe! If you fear Allah, He would grant you distinction and would remove your sins from you and would forgive you and Allah is Lord of great bounty. (29, Al-Aufal).
d) If you are grateful, I shall assuredly bestow more favours on you. (7, Ibrahim).
e) if any person commits a misdeed and thereby causes harm to himself (i.e. to is soul), and then repents and seeks forgiveness of Allah, he will find Him, the Forgiver, the Merciful . (110, Al-Nisa).
f) Do not say about Allah except what is truth. (171, Al-Nisa).

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vaayi

O Allah! You are ever present in my mind, but (due to ego) I have drifted away from you. (I have hardly realized it due to worldly preoccupations, Besides) I have no guide to lead me correctly.
My eyes longingly look in the direction of those of the Beloved and the prostrate before them.
Since they annihilated themselves they became immortal. It entirely rest with Allah to create in human beings, the tendency to offer prostration and repentance.
Only those persons would be approved by Allah who have neutralizer themselves.

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Sur Samoondi

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O women! Stay at the hawser and exercise vigil (over the sea-men), lest they may sail away surreptitiously at any time and thereby plunge you in distress.

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vaayi

O mother! What can I do? My uncontrollable love knows no restraint. My trader-friend has put me on the pyre (of separation) by sailing away.
I lament this connection with the seaman night and day in tears.
Sorrows climb upwards on me (and affect me) as do the white ants (on a piece of log) i.e. they would soon eat me up.
In fact they entwine me as do the creepers.
O mother! I would like to go to my guide (or friend) with folded hands, (seeking his benevolence). (or) “O mother! I would clasp and hold fast my guide and go with him.”

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Sur Khahori

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Sur Ramkali

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX

Sur Poorab

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Chapter II

Sur Kedaro

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
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Sur Marvi

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
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Sur Sasui Abri

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Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII

Sur Mauzoori

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Chapter II
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Chapter IV
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Sur Desi

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Chapter II
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Chapter V
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Sur Kohyari

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Sur Hussaini

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Chapter II
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Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
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Sur Kamod

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Sur Mumal Rano

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1

Expectantly I kept the candle burning till the first streaks of day appeared at dawn. "O Rano Mendhra! In the name of Allah kindly return to me as I am dying without you! Ere this I have sent out crows from Kak to fetch me some news about you (i.e. I am extremely impatient to have news of your return to me)".

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Sur Leela Chanesar

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Sur Sorath

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Sur Suhni

Chapter I
1

The river's current is swift and tumultuous and so are the escape channels or creeks. But the course of love, where it exists, is different. (It dominates the mind more tumultuously), though externally it controls the lover and keeps him tight-lipped. Nay, the persons who are in love with the deep sea (i.e. Allah), are seclusion-minded (so as to remember Him, unnoticed and undisturbed). O Patron Lord! Kindly return (safely) those who have captivated my mind.

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The water herons were (restfully) perched on the river-bank-trees and the time for late afternoon prayer was practically over. Suhni got into the water with a jar after hearing the Muezzin’s call for the evening prayer. She scanned the horizon and looked for the place where the beloved was likely to be.

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vaayi

On what utility would be my existence without the beloved?
Prize not that life which passes without love.
That time alone was good, which was passed in company of the Friend. The remaining period was aimless and void.
O slave woman! Abstain from sins. In good deeds too (if committed o merely to secure good reputation in this world and not for the pleasure of Allah), there is no particular benefit, nor is it in shallow piety nor in music.
O Ashkar! Bypass the religions. In the course of love sinfulness and righteousness cannot be discriminated.
What concern has a reckless fellow with the demonstrative reformation or piety? What relationship has the sermon with music on rebeck?
The fact of the matter is that if you keep humble and forbearing, you will automatically be evolved spiritually. (No doubt the unchaste requires to be chaste, but by the above modus operandi) even a depraved reprobate can become chaste and be acceptable to Allah. Nothing can come upto the humble and forbearing earth - like disposition. It is only then that one can attract (the Divine mercy and be green or fertile as compared to a barren rock.)
How can a rock bear verdure in spring? Be dust so that different kinds of flowers may spring up.
Whatever particle sparkles on water (and appears interesting or enchanting in this world) is a mere bubble without substance. Proceed to your goal across the border as a loyal slave in the company of the guide. O Falcon! swiftly swoop upon the thief (i.e. Satan or the baser self), hold him in your talons and disable him. Maintain contact with your guide else the veil created by your transgressions shall obstruct the view of your Friend or His patronage.
Just as in 'idgham' two letters lose their separate entity and merge into one letter, similarly the union with Allah necessitate effacement of self. Prepare to roast yourself in Divine love, and in addition keep your mouth sealed as if it has ceased to function, (i.e. do not be communicative.)
O Allah! Better serve the celestial wine to those who yearn for it. (I am not one for it). I have given vent to the above worthless prattle while in disease (or ecstasy):
Lest what I have expressed is misconstrued I must say that it is the result of ecstasy

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Sur Ghatu

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(The surge in the sea was terrific).
At its sight even the self-confident experts lost nerve and got non-plussed. (All the six brothers) were simultaneously dragged into the vortex. Down the dark abyss they went helplessly - poor chaps - forgetting all the tips that they had received about the murderous vortex.

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vaayi

The fishermen have not returned home. Possibly they have been seized by the whale. Hence O sailors! Navigate your boats in the direction of the whale and attack the evil one energetically.
(By the way) where are your hooks and nets? (It is hoped that they are quite appropriate for the occasion.).
The vortex is thunderous and full of white surf. It is just ahead of you.
Abdul Latif says: “O sisters! (By Allah’s grace) all shall steer through this wide expanse of water.” (i.e. life).

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