Bulleh Shah

(1680 - 1758 / Uch, Punjab / Pakistan)

Stay Silent To Survive - Poem by Bulleh Shah

Stay silent to survive.

People cannot stand to hear the truth.
They are at your throat if you speak it.
They keep away from those who speak it.
But truth is sweet to its lovers!

Truth destroys shara.
Brings rapture to its lovers,
And unexpected riches,
Which shara obscures.

Those lovers cannot remain silent
Who have inhaled the fragrance of truth.
Those who have plaited love into their lives,
Leave this world of falsehood.

Bulla Shah speaks the truth.
He uncovers the truth of shara.
He opens the path to the fourth level,
Which shara obscures.

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Translated by Suman Kashyap

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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