Sej ho sooni dekh ke ro’oon. Seeing the empty wedding bed, I weep. Poet Amir Khusrau. Sitar music by Ustad Shujaat Khan.

Sej ho sooni dekh ke ro’oon, mai din naine piya piya karathe huun main, pal bhar sukh na chaine, sej ho sooni dekh ke ro’oon. The wedding bed is empty and I am desolate and without a moment’s peace. Bhai ray malla jo hum kon paar utaar, Haath ka devongi mudra mai , gale ka devun haar. Boatman take me to the other side and I will give you all my treasures here are my necklace and bangle, chains for later deliverance. Sej ho sooni dekh ke ro’oon. The wedding bed is empty and I cried out for my Beloved. Khusro bazi prem ki khelun piya sange, jeeth gai tu piya more, haari pi ke sange, the Poet Khusro sings of the game wherein he lost to his Beloved and grateful that he lost. De re re na e na. Bhair re humra balamva bhai gayi nadiya kinar abbe paar uthar gayee huun humko to rahe ese paar.  My Beloved is caught, Boatman take her to the other side now. I must remain bound. Sej he sooni, dekh ke ro’oon. The wedding bed is empty and in flames. Ek guni ne ye gun kina, hariyal biche re main dedina.  One who is virtuous has sung praises which remain evergreen. Dekho chando ghar kamal daale haran niklega. Look worshippers what majesty Khusro brings to the home, defeating yet uplifting its inhabitants. …Gori sohe sej par mukh par daare kes, chal khusro ghar aapne sanjh bhaayi chau des. The fair maiden now sleeps at last, her face covered with tresses. Come Khusrau, let us return home our work finished. whatdoestheseasympbolize

Jerusalem and the Mediterranean ocean.

Jerusalem and the
Mediterranean ocean.

Dhil se thera khayal na jaye tho kya karoon, The Lord’s grief never leaves the soul alone. Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan. Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Vivaldi 2013.

Synagogue, Persia, now Iran.

Synagogue, Persia, now Iran.

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Dhil se thera khayal na jaye tho kya karoon, mai kya karoon ye koi na bathayein kya karoon, dhil se thera khyal na jaye to kya karoon…ummeed dhil nashi sahi, dhuniya hasi sahi, tere bagair kuch bhi na paye to kya karoon mai kya karoon ye koi na bathayein kya karoon, dhil se ….dhil ko khuda kiya yaad thale bheda badhiyan kambhakth phir bhi chain na paye to kya karoon mai…dhil se tera khyal na jai karoon, din ho ki raath hai tho mulakath ki hai baat ith ne se baath bhi na banjai tho kya karoon, mai kya karoon ye koi na bathayein kya karoon, dhil se. What are we to do when the thought Of You never leaves our being? No one ever explains what to do and thus Your thoughts remain secret when it is your name alone that brings the bliss of expectation while world laughs. Without You life is empty yet what is there left to do as no one replied to our pleas. The soul remembers God all the time, it is its special secret. I am a fool for You, yet my destiny is without hope.  Whether it is day or night it is the meeting with Our Beloved that we seek. Yet this was denied what can you expect now?

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Vivaldi 2013.