Introducing Paigham-i-Goya: Expression of Love, new translations of a selection of ghazals from Bhai Nand Lal “Goya.” Today’s podcast begins with a recitation of Bhai Nand Lal’s ghazal in Persian, followed by a new English transcreation, the result of a unique collaboration between Dr. Fatima Fayyaz and Dr. Nadhra Khan of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Damanpreet Singh, writer, and graduate student, and Inni Kaur of SikhRI, followed by a discussion between Daman and Inni about the beauty of the ghazal and the transcreation process.
Follow Damanpreet and Inni as they discuss their learnings and challenges while engaging with the words of Bhai Nand Lal. The unique and symbolic meanings that these ghazals reveal are a treat for those who yearn to get a glimpse into the court of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib.
Author: Bhai Nand Lal “Goya”
Transcreators: Fatima Fayyaz, Inni Kaur, Nadhra Khan, and Damanpreet Singh
Persian Narrator: Gholamhossein Sajadi
English Narrator: Ryan Gillis
ز فیض مقدمت ای آبروی فصل بهار
جهان چو باغِ ارم پُر شد است از گلزار
تبسّمِ تو جهان را حیات می بخشد
قرارِ دیدهٔ صاحب دلانِ پر اسرار
بغیرِ عشق خدا هیچ عشق قایم نیست
بغیرِ عاشقِ مولا همه فنا پندار
به هر طرف که نگاه می کنی روان بخشی
نگاه توست که در هر طرف بود جاندار
خدا که در همه حال است حاضر و ناظر
کجا ست دیده که بیند به هر طرف دیدار
بغیرِ عارفِ مولا کسی نجات نیافت
اجل زمین و زمان را گرفته در منقار
همیشه زنده بود بندهٔ خدا گویا
که غیر بندگیش نیست در جهان آثار
O pride of spring, with the grace of Your arrival,
The world, just like the garden of paradise, abounds with flowers.
Your smile graces the world with life,
It is the ointment that soothes the eyes of men whose hearts can discern divine secrets.
No love can last unless graced by Divine love,
All shall be annihilated other than the one in love with the Divine.
Everywhere You look, You grace life,
It is Your gaze that bestows life in every direction.
The Divine is always present and watchful,
Where is the eye that can witness these manifestations in every direction?
It is only the Divine’s mystic who attains liberation,
As time and space are held in the beak of fate.
Goyā: The Divine’s slave becomes immortal,
As other than this bondage, nothing in the world has permanence.
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There is a deeply profound sentiment tied to martyrdom in Sikhi as well as in many other faiths groups. Throughout the ages, we have seen challenging circumstances of oppression that have chosen to desecrate the bodies of those who address it. How do we find and center shukrana (gratitude) within this bleak depiction of reality? How does the idea of resisting oppressive forces allow us to connect to our inherent mode of being, IkOankar, 1Force? There are undoubtedly important metaphysical stakes in this kind of conversation. Still, perhaps we need to come closer to more practical lessons that can help Sikhs better understand the concepts of shahadat (martyrdom) and shukrana as they exist in conversation with one another. The trajectory of the webinar will be brought to bear on a living understanding of what it means to be grateful during trying times, ultimately serving as the grounding force for Sikh persistence and resilience.
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ਤਿਲੰਗ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੀ
tilaṅg bāṇī bhagtā kī kabīr jī
Tilang, utterance of the Bhagats, Kabir Ji:
This is a continuation of the Persian Voice of the Guru's featuring the Sikh Research Institutes Researcher Asha Marie Kaur.
In this transcreation, the original Gurmukhi is followed by an English transcription to guide the Sabad’s (Divine Word) pronunciation in its original form. The Persian recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib, and standard Persian often have different pronunciations of words with the same meaning. The Perso-Arabic transcription is written with spellings that allow a modern-day Persian reader to understand the text.
Bhagat Kabir brings to mind a paradigm where there is no distinction between Creator and creation. Instead, the Creator lies within each of us; we will all one day perish or decompose, but the sheer existence of IkOankar is Eternal. As a result, we can find Eternal connections to the Divine within our own hearts and minds. We shall unfold the vastness to reflect the boundless qualities of the Creator.
Sabad Recitation: Parminder Kaur Chanana
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