Some lines from Masnavi, Book III, by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.
Translation: A person can walk fearlessly on a path half a yard wide on the ground. But if you have to walk over a high wall which is 2 yards wide, you won’t be able to do so. Your preconceived fears have deluded your mind and you fall. Use your intellect to understand fear and delusion.
Jab teri dhun mein jiya kartay thay
Hum bhi chup chaap phira kartay thay
Aankh mein piyaas hooa karti thi
Dil mein toofan uthaa kartay thay
Loug aatay thay ghazal sun’nay ko
Hum teri baat kiya kartay thay
Sach samajhtay thay teray vaadon ko
Raat din ghar mein raha kartay thay
Kisi veeranay mein tujh say mil kar
Dil mein kia phool khila kartay thay
Ghar ki deewaar sajanay kay liye
Hum tera naam likhaa kartay thay
Wo bhi kia din thay bhula kar tujh ko
Hum tujhay yaad kiya kartay thay
Jab tere dard mein dil dukhta tha
Hum teray haq mein duaa kartay thay
Apnay aansoo bhi sitaron ki tarah
Tere honton pay saja kartay thay
Flying above the clouds was a wonderful experience for me, as I love watching them from below and always wanted to get closer. I was so amazed by seeing them so close that I felt like jumping off and floating among them, and I hardly held my tears of excitement and awe. Then I decided that if I ever gonna marry someone, that would be clouds.
I took these shots on 4th April 2013, during a flight from Islamabad, Pakistan to Doha, Qatar.
Woh bulaayein tou kia tamasha ho
Hum na jaayein tou kia tamasha ho
Ye kinaaron se khelnay walay
Doob jaayein tou kia tamasha ho
Banda-parvar jo hum pe guzri hai
Hum batayein tou kia tamasha ho
Aaj hum bhi teri wafaaon par
Muskurayein tou kia tamasha ho
Teri soorat jo ittefaaq se hum
Bhool jaayein tou kia tamasha ho
Waqt ki chand sa’atein Saghar
Laut aayein tou kia tamasha ho
With the help of some Aluminum foil and a flash-light, here’s the shadow sculpture I made.
Those related to Pakistan can identify this silhouette. It is the famous Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
Happy is the moment, when we sit together,
With two forms, two faces, yet one soul,
you and I.
The flowers will bloom forever,
The birds will sing their eternal song,
The moment we enter the garden,
you and I.
The stars of heaven will come out to watch us,
And we will show them
the light of a full moon –
you and I.
No more thought of “you” and “I.”
Just the bliss of union –
Joyous, alive, free of care, you and I.
All the bright-winged birds of heaven
Will swoop down to drink of our sweet water –
The tears of our laughter, you and I.
What a miracle of fate, us sitting here.
Even at the opposite ends of the earth
We would still be together, you and I.
We have one form in this world,
another in the next.
To us belongs an eternal heaven,
the endless delight of you and I.
Kurt Cobain said:
“I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t.”
Well, if they think so, stay what you are, just to piss off these usual people and keep them away. Being labelled as Gay is usually associated with people having less interest in sports and more in aesthetics, so artists usually have to face such situations, just like Kurt in his school years has to face some awkward situations. Kurt states that he started accepting the fact that people think him gay, just to piss of homophobes.
They are making a fool out of me.
They can sense my strength, they can feel my uniqueness, and that is what keeps them restless.
They take me as an alien or a rebel, so they disapprove me altogether. Some are kind, so they tend to make me feel understood. They hardly change their own principles, but make me change mine. They wanted to change my glasses so that I could see the world the way they want.
They make me suffer for the unseen things. They live their life in a way that gives me a constant sense of guilt. Yes, I am responsible for their hurt and tears, this is what they want me to think. They keep on giving me some small amounts of sympathies to make me feel protected, and pleasures to keep me curious, but they spend the greater time in making me feel sad and tired… Or precisely “Tied”.
They make me live under certain patterns, and make me believe that it is the only way. They put conditions that take my freedom. They bound me to the promises of a better tomorrow for which I will be held responsible. They do anything to make me suffer during the time when my life has the greatest amount of passion and zeal. They distract me from all the places till I start feeling that my passions are worthless. They take the worth out of everything… every little thing that is a source of joy for me now.
They are making a fool out of me. Yes, all of them.
I won’t let anyone kill me.
Wednesday, the 13th March, 2013
“But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.”
― Pablo Neruda
Often, I sit down and think,
What if I hadn’t met Knonie?
Then somebody tells me,
“Your life wouldn’t be Aligned”
People like him, may not be one in millions, but may be one in billions.
I would say such a thing for I have lived the most important 10 years of my life with him, where I had to choose my direction, create my goals and focus on them, make right decisions at right time, set priorities, and how to accomplish them.
This man made it happen for me. Thanks Knonie for being a greater part of my life, and teaching me how to design your life in a pretty way. You taught me how to align with life. I agree, you are Knonie.