Sochataa huu.N
Sahir Ludhianvi

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat se kinaaraa kart luu.N
dil ko begaanaa-e-taraGiib-o-tamannaa kar luu.N

[begaanaa-e-taraGiib-o-tamannaa=devoid of inspiration and desire]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat hai junuun-e-rasavaa
cha.nd bekaar-se behuudaa Khayaalo.n kaa hujuum
ek aazaad ko paaba.nd banaane kii havas
ek begaane ko apanaane kii sa_i-e-mauhuum

[rusavaa=bad name/infamy/notoriety (sometimes it also stands for reputation)]
[sa_i-e-mauhuum=illusionary effort]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat hai suruur-e-mastii
isakii tanviir me.n raushan hai fazaa-e-hastii

[tanviir=light; fazaa-e-hastii=environment of life]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat hai bashar kii fitarat
isakaa miT jaanaa, miTaa denaa bahut mushkil hai
sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat se hai taabi.ndaa hayaat
aap ye shamaa bujhaa denaa bahut mushkil hai

[bashar=man; fitarat=nature; taabi.ndaa=lighted; hayaat=life]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat pe ka.Dii sharte.n hai.n
ik tamaddun me.n masarrat pe ba.Dii shart.en hai.n

[tamaddun=culture]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat hai ik afasurdaa sii laash
chaadar-e-izzat-o-naamuus me.n kafanaa_ii hu_ii
daur-e-sarmaayaa kii rau.ndii hu_ii rusavaa hastii
daragah-e-mazahab-o-iKhlaaq se Thukaraa_ii hu_ii

[afasurdaa=disappointment; chaadar-e-izzat-o-naamuus=sheet/cover of respect]
[daur-e-saramaayaa=age of capitalism (Sahirís socialistic leanings peeking out here)]
[daragah-e-mazahab-o-iKhlaaq=temple of religious and moralistic opinions/viewpoints]

sochataa huu.N ki bashar aur muhabbat kaa junuu.N
aisii bosiidaa tamaddun se hai ik kaar-e-zabuu.N

[kaar-e-zabuu.N=bad deed]

sochataa huu.N ki muhabbat na bachegii zi.ndaa
pesh-az-vaqt kii sa.D jaaye ye galatii hu_ii laash
yahii behatar hai ki begaanaa-e-ulfat hokar
apane siine me.n karuu.N jazb-e-nafarat kii talaash

[pesh-az-vaqt=time preceding now (past); begaanaa-e-ulfat=turned away from love]
[jazb-e-nafarat=feeling of hatred]

aur saudaa-e-muhabbat se kinaaraa kar luu.N
dil ko begaanaa-e-taraGiib-o-tamannaa kar luu.N

[saudaa-e-muhabbat=madness of love]

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