Peace, one and all…

Chasm-e-Maste is a beautiful qawwal, written by Hazret Amir Khusrau and sung by the inimitable Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  I have given the basic text of the poem below, alongside an English translation (by Regula Burckhardt Qureshi). Enjoy, and may all who pass by be blessed with goodness.

Part 1

Part 2


Chashm-e-Maste `ajabe, zulf taraze `ajabe
O wondrous ecstatic eyes, O wondrous long locks

Maiparaste `ajabe, fitna taraze `ajabe
O wondrous wine worshipper, O wondrous mischievous sweetheart,

Bahr-e-qatlam chu kashad tegh neham sar basujud
As he draws the sword, I bow my head in prostration so as to be killed

U banaze `ajabe man banyaze `ajabe
O wondrous is his beneficence, O wondrous my submission

Waqt-e-bismil shudanam chashm baryush baz ast
In the spasm of being killed my eyes beheld your face;

Mehrbane `ajabe bandanawaze `ajabe
O wondrous benevolence, O wondrous guidance and protection

Turk taze `ajabe shoba babaze `ajabe
O wondrous amorous teasing, O wondrous beguiling

Kajkulahe `ajabe `arbada saze `ajabe
O wondrous tilted cap, O wondrous tormentor

Haq mago kalma-e-kufr ast dar in ja Khusrau
Do not reveal the Truth; in this world blasphemy prevails Khusrau

Razdane `ajabe sahib-e-raz-e-`ajabe
O wondrous source of mystery, O wondrous knower of secrets.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

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