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    ‘Shaloks (English)’

    Farida Jo Tai Maaran Mukkiyan…

    Farida Jo Tai Maaran Mukkiyan Tinhe Na Maare Ghumm
    Aapnare Ghar Jaaiye Pair Tinha De Chumm

    Fareed, do not turn around and strike those who strike you with their fists. Kiss their feet, and return to your own home.

    Farida kiddi pavandiyi..

    Jitt dihaadde dhan vari, saahe laye likhaai,
    Malku ji kanni suneeda, muhu dikhaale aayi.
    Jindu nimaani kaddiye, hadda ku khaddakaayi,
    Saahe likhe na chalni, jindu ku samajhai.
    Jindu vahuti marnu var, le jaasi parnaai,
    Aapan hatthi jouli kae, kae gali laggae dhai.
    Vaalhu niki puraslaat, kani na suniaai,
    Farida kiddi pavandiyi, khadda na aapu muhaai.

    The day of the bride’s wedding is pre-ordained. On that day, the Messenger of Death, of whom she had only heard, comes and shows its face. It breaks the bones of the body and pulls the helpless soul out. That pre-ordained time of marriage cannot be avoided. Explain this to your soul. The soul is the bride, and death is the groom. He will marry her and take her away. After the body sends her away with its own hands, whose neck will it embrace? The bridge to hell is narrower than a hair; haven’t you heard of it with your ears? Fareed, the call has come; be careful now – don’t let yourself be robbed.

    Farida dar darvesi gaakhaddi…

    Farida, dar darvesi gaakhaddi chalaan duniya bhati,
    Bannih uthaayi potali, kithae vanya ghati.

    Farid ji says that it is so difficult for one to be a humble selfless saint at the door of Lord. The ways of the world have tied me up and I have created a bundle of this filth. Where should I throw this bundle?

    Farida je tu akal lateefu…

    Farida, je tu akal lateefu, kaale likhu na lekhu.
    Aapanadde giruvaan mahi, sir nivaan kari dekhu.

    Farid ji tells us to stop saying bad of others. Rather, look into your own collar and correct your own vices.

    Not every heart is capable

    The following couplet was a favorite of Farid’s:-

    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God’s love.
    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

    I wish ever to live

    A Student asked Baba Farid if singing was lawful and proper. He replied that, according to Islam, it was certainly unlawful, but its propriety was still a matter of discussion. Nizam-ul-dauliya told Nasir-ud-din a disciple of his, that one day when he went to visit Baba Farid he stood at his door, and saw him dancing as he sang the following :-

    I wish ever to live in Thy love, O God
    If I become the dust under Thy feet, I shall live
    I thy slave desire none but Thee in both worlds;
    For Thee I will live and for Thee I will die.

    Last night sad thoughts

    The following sentences are taken from Baba Farid’s sermons:-

    Last night sad thoughts possessed me,
    But afterwards I reflected on my beautiful Lover.
    I said I would do everything to go to His door.
    My tears ran, and my Lover then caught my sleeve