Aag ka Dariya, jo rahi so be-khabari rahi, Na toh tu raha na toh mein raha, Qurratulain Hyder, River of Fire, Siraj Aurangabadi
Siraj Aurangabadi was a famous mystic poet. He was born at Aurangabad Maharashtra, India. His full name was Siraj-ud-Din Aurangabadi. Along with Wali Dakhni, Siraj was the only other poet from Deccan to have left deep imprint on the tone and diction of Urdu. Influenced by famous Persian poets like Hafiz, Siraj gave ghazal a new orchestration of mystical experience. Hence his ghazals have two dimensional layers of meaning the mystical and metaphysical at one level, and secular and physical at another.
Given below is an excerpt from one of his well acclaimed poems:
Chali simt-e-ghaib se aik hava, ke chaman zahoor ka jal gaya
Magar aik shakh-e-nihal-e-gham, jise dil kahe so hari rahi,
The reference here is to the lost Paradise, and the perennial quest to re-unite with it. The Divine breeze would burn the worldly existence leaving behind the hope for reunion. The worldly existence (chaman) has been likened to a tree of sorrow and suffering, and the Divine breeze as the liberator. Nothing grows on that tree except sadness, caused by the separation from his beloved. Now that entire existence is gone, only the abode of the beloved (heart) has survived.
Khabar-e-tahayyur-e-ishq sunn, na junoon raha na pari rahi
Na toh tu raha, na toh mein raha, jo rahi so be-khabari rahi
This poem appears in the book ” River of Fire” written by renowned writer Qurratulain Hyder