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Legendary Poetry:>Lalon Shah

Lalon Shah (1772-1892) Songs I. I have not seen her even once-- my neighbor who lives in the city of mirrors near my house. Her village is surrounded by deep boundless waters, and I have no boat to cross over. I long to see her, but how can I reach her village? What can I say about my neighbor? She has no hands, no feet, no shoulders, no head. Sometimes she floats high up in the sky, sometimes in the water. If my neighbor only touched me, she would send the pain of death away. She and Lalon are in the same place, yet five hundred thousand miles apart. II. Who wants to go to the other shore? Come aboard the Prophet's boat. The boat is formed of shapely wood. There's no chance of it sinking. Sailors who don't follow Shariat will die in a storm when the first wave hits. What can their Badar and Gazi do? Where will they be then? Those who don't know the Prophet are infidels in this world. Their worship is rejected. It’s written in black and white. The murshid himself is the Prophet. There's no mistake about it. He is God too. Lalan didn't make this up. It says so in the Quran. III. His play knows no end… no telling what shape He'll take, and when… How will you understand the Saain's Divine Play? Water of the Ganga is called Holy. But it's the same water filling The puddle on the road we call dirty! That is how the Saain shapes Himself… in size with the vessel He fills! How will you understand the Saain's Divine Play? He is the room and its occupant, as well as the thief that steals from it! He is His own Magistrate, sentencing Himself to chains! How will you understand the Saain's Divine Play? Eternal streams flow out of the One. You and I are nothing in it, nameless. Lalon says, "If only I knew 'me,' all riddles would be solved!" How will you understand the Saain's Divine Play? IV. Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?" Lalon says, "I've never ' seen' the face of Faith with these eyes of mine!" Circumcision marks a Muslim man, what then marks a Muslim woman? A Brahmin I recognize by the Holy thread; how do I recognize a Brahmin-woman? Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?" Some wear a garland and some the tasbi, that's what marks the Faiths apart. But what marks them apart when one is born or at the time of death? Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?" The whole world talks about Faith, everyone displaying their pride! Lalon says, "My Faith has capsized in this Market of Desire...." Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?" V. The unknown Bird in the cage... how does it fly in and out? Catch it, I would, if I could... and put my mind's chains on its feet. There are eight rooms with nine doors, with latice-work in between. On top of that, there' s a central yard and a hall of mirrors. The unknown Bird in the cage... how does it fly in and out? The Bird wouldn't behave so, had it not been for my ill-luck. It has broken through its Cage and flown away somewhere.... The unknown Bird in the cage... how does it fly in and out? O Mind, you have lived with high hopes, but your Cage is made of raw bamboo. One day this Cage (too) will fall and break. Lalon says, "The door 's ajar, the Bird's flown!" The unknown Bird in the cage... how does it fly in and out?
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Readers' Comments :

comment : 1
Lalon says, "If only I knew 'me,' 
all riddles would be solved!"

Plato also said "know thyself". So we can think Lalon and 
Plato similar to each other in their way thinking.

comment : 2
it seems to me the unknown bird is like soul. It is a 
mystery, how the soul enter in and out of the living 
being.  

comment : 3
Sir I am very much amused.Ananda Ahmed 
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