The Pilgrim's Way - Diwan Of Bhai Nand Lal Goya

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FOREWORD To Book  'The Pilgrim's Way' Diwan Of Bhai Nand Lal Goya
by
DR SARVAPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN

In this little book Bawa P.L. Bedi has given a simple readable translation of some poems of Bhai Nand Lal who wrote under the pen-name of 'Goya'. Bhai Nand Lal was a disciple of Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. The poems are full of piety and mystical feelings. I cannot judge about the fidelity of the translation as I am not familiar with Persian.

Accompanying the translation are some explanations which are symbolic of different aspects of mystic experience. Blake in his time was called mad; others looked upon him as a visionary. What Blake saw wiith the eye of imagination could be seen by others also. It is the function of the poet to give from to the invisible realities through words or symbols. In this book we have both.

The author will be amply rewarded if those who read this book are led to feel that human fulfilment consists in communion with the Divine who, according to some well-known mystics, is regarded as the Great Beloved. We have in Indian poetry similar accounts of the Divine.

 

ON GOYA

Far off Ghazni, an old capital city in Central Asia, is Known to the people of India as the home-town of two gigantic figures. One belonged to the field of battle and the sword, and the other to thought and the pen. One was Mahmud of Ghazni and the other was Bhai Nand Lal. Mahmud was drawn to India by the lustre of yellow metal and Bhai Nand Lal by the soundless call of the spirit.

India, the ageless magnet, has drawn, since known history seekers of soul and bullion. Bhai Nand Lal also arrived in India and took his place at the court of Aurangzeb in the 17th century. He rose fast through the momentum of talent, but the air of the Imperial Court in the days of the last Great Moghul had become putrid. Fanaticism and acquisitive indiscretion were accelerating the Empire's decay. Bhai Nand Lal, known to Poetry as "Goya" meaning "One who speaks out" spoke with indignance at the Moghul court as well, and finally found cool refuge with Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs.

Guru Gobind Singh was warring against the Moghul Emperor, in defence of human rights, of body and soul.

Behind the battle line of cannon and thought, over fifty scholars of eminence were labouring to create literature, new and translated, for the new pattern of mind which the Guru was designing for his followers. Background music to the creation of the master, and men of letters, came from Bhai Nand Lal, the mystic Poet Laureate. His songs range from the beloved to the Beloved.

The erotic symbolism of Omar Khayyam and the spirituality of Hazrat Hafiz Shirazi have been to the men of heart like "Kausar O Tasnim" the twin Streams which make the Paradise blossom. Both, colour and fragrance of Paradise have been brought to us mortals, verse bound, by Goya. The rosary and the cup both move to the tune of his songs.

Goya wrote in Persian. In every  word his soul dances, and love plays on the harp of the Heart. For nearly three hundred years, millions of eyes have shed pearls of love tears, moved by the song of Goya. These songs will float down the stream of time and ripple round the spheres, as long as the ears of the soul do not burst, with the "Atam" or the Atom exploding.

FIRDAUS

EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC EXPLAINED

GOYA'S poems, like life, flow form one to the other. There is continuity of thought and emotion in such a manner that the first nine Poems but together make a Unity of experience which can only be described as an Ecstasy.

Ecstasy is a state of existence when the mind goes under suspension and the only consciousness that remains is that of emotions which sweep through the body, and the mind is overwhelmed through the streaming in of such transcendental influences which one cannot describe except experience them. These are orgasms of joy, sorrow, depressions and elevations which cannot be organically located in the normal working of the human physique.

The mystic thought in Goya flows form poem to poem and the result is a spiral of emotions. It has its swirls and eddies and takes man down the stream of consciousness. At the end stands the Great Experience what we call Awareness.....realisation of ultimate light......beyond which lie the realms of darkness....darkness of non-existence.

Goya was among the masters who could put in verse what he felt deep within, and like the entirety of his self, laid at the sacred feet of the great Guru, the Beloved. And no doubt, those who surrender the self, master the world.

This is the character of all those who experience what we call "Wajd" among the mystics and sufis and saints. "Wajid" is the Inner Nature of what we call Realisation........of oneness........of ultimate extinction of Duality. Thus man becomes one with God and ultimately one with His creation.

True realisation dawns and the blinkers of Duality fall. And the light of Oneness dispels the Dark of ultimate ignorance.......... which men call the Self. This realisation comes when we become aware of all that is good, not just in the wordly sense of the Right and the Good, but in the penultimate sense of oneness even with evil. No longer man loves one thing and hates another. The moment he gets into that state of mind, realisation comes that all is one, and thus the becomes liberated. This is the enlightened and blissful state of mind which takes birth from the experience Ecstatic. It is the experience ecstatic which the first nine poems encompass as a unit of Light.

 

Table Of Contents For 'The Pilgrim's Way' Diwan Of Bhai Nand Lal Goya

 
 

CONTENTS

 
I. FOREWORD BY SARVAPALLI RADHAKRISHAN (ix)
II. ON GOYA (xi)
III. EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC EXPLAINED (xiii)
IV. ECSTASY IN NINE POEMS  
  (With the mechanics of Ecstasy & its phases of Inner Experience)   
  MEDITATION  
1.                DEVOTION TO YOU, LIKE THE BREEZE 3
  SPIRAL ACCENT  
2.                 MY FAITH AND ACTION, BOTH 5
  FLASHES OF INNER LIGHT  
3.                  GIVE ME MY BELOVED 7
  DAWN OF AWARENESS  
4.                  COME  MY GAY BELOVED 9
  GRANDEUR OF LIGHT  
5.                   I BOW MY HEAD 11
  REALISATION  
6.                   IF THEHEART GETS WISE 13
  DESCENT TO SENSES  
7.                   THE EYE HAS SEEN 15
  PRAISE DIVINE  
8.                    THE FULL MOON DIMS 17
  THE FINALE  
9.                     EVEN KINGS CANNOT VIE 19
V. MORE POEMS  
10. IN THE CHAMBER OF MY HEART 21
11. O HEART IF YOU YEARN TO BREAK 23
12. I GO TONIGHT TO REVEL 25
13. YOU SAW HIM ! 27
14. MY HEART IS BURNT 29
15. FROM THOSE INTOXICATING 31
16. THOSE LOST IN YOU 33
17. O, DARKNESS OF THE LOCKS 35
18. FROM THE WELLS OF SORROW 37
19. REJOICE ! 39
20. THE LOVER WHO HAS NO PANGS 41
21. WHEN THE SPRING BREEZE BECOMES 43
22. EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SALUTATIONS 45
23. O, THE CHANGE OF TIMES 47
24. TILL PEARLS OF SPEECH DO NOT BECOME 49
25. WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS 51
26. BLESSED IS THE FOOTSTEP 53
27. A THOUSAND PEACOCK THRONES 55
28. IF THE HANDS AND FEET 57
29. WHO HAS TODAY THE MADNESS 59
30. NO MAN OF PIETY ACHIEVES 61
31. A HANDFUL OF DUST 63
32. A KISS 65
33. LIKE HOLI 67
34. TO SING YOUR PRAISE 69
35. FOR THOSE WHO KNOW 71
36. WITH THE BLESSING 73
37. FROM YOUTH I HAVE REACHED 75
38. AS WE SAW THE ENTRANCE 77
39. WITHOUT YOU 79
40. DRINK, EVER AND EVER 81
41. SCORCHED IS THE HEART 83
42. EVERY ONE HAS HEARD 85
43. APPEAR IN THE GARDEN OF MY EXISTENCE 87
44. TO YOU ALONE 89
45. WHEREVER YOU GO, MY HEART ! 91
46. YOUR FACE BRIGHTENS THE FLAME 93
47. AWAKE MY BELOVED 95
48. IF YOU  CLEANSE YOUR HEART 97
49. THE BRIDLE OF SEPARATION LED ME 99
50. HEAR FROM ME THE TALE 101
51. SINCE I HAVE BEEN CREATED 103
52. YOUR PERFECTION 105
53. GOD IS PRESENT 107
54. WE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED 109
55. IN THE EYES OF THE MAN OF VISION 111
56. FROM THE FRIEND 113
57. WE LIVE ONLY AS LONG 115
58. WE ARE MEN OF LOVE 117
59. EVERY TIME THE EYE TURNS 119
60. FOR NONE ELSE CAN THESE EYES 121
61. ONE LOOK FROM YOU 123
62. POUR MY BELOVED IN THE CUP OF LIFE 125
63. NONE IS FAITHLESS 127
VI. QUATRAINS  
1. WHOSOEVER OUT OF LOVE 129
2. BLIND WAS THE EYE ......
3. EVERY HEART ......
4. THIS EYE OF YOURS ......

 

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