Why Seek The World?

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This world of palaces, thrones, and crowns.

This world of societies that resent humanity,

This world of those hungry for [material] wealth,

What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

 

Each body is injured, each soul is thirsty,

With confused eyes and hearts full of sorrow,

Is this the world or the dominion of senselessness?

What is this world, even if I get it?

 

In this world where a person’s being is only a toy,

It is an establishment that worships death

Where it costs less to die than to breathe,

What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

 

Here youth wanders in hopelessness,

Young bodies are decorated and sold in the market,

Where love is treated as a product to trade,

What is this world, even if I get it?

 

This world, where human life is nothing,

Where loyalty is nothing, where friendship is nothing,

Where love has no meaning at all,

What is this world, even if I get it?

 

Burn this world, set it on fire!

Move this world away from me!

The world is yours, you take care of it.

What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

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Yeh Duniya Agar Mil bhi Jaaye to Kya Hain? (Pyaasa, 1957)

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Subhanallah, what a beautiful, yet tragic Urdu poem from the 1957 classic Pyaasa. It is worthy to share this ghazal in time where ‘success’ is equated to fulfilling or striving for worldly pleasures. But what happens when one attains all the so-called worldly ‘pleasures’? You gained the world, but at what cost? Does the heart feel full? How many lives were slaughtered or degraded in the process of obtaining “success” and “happiness”?

I’ve met many great souls who are tormented, silently. They were, at some point during their lives, duped into believing that they weren’t ‘successful’ enough because they weren’t attaining enough worldly ‘pleasures.’ Or, perhaps, like myself, they obtained the so-called ‘good life’ and realized it meant nothing. My desire to ‘gain the world’ has lessened. It is my hope that myself and others can gain the strength to resist the deceptively-charming-in-your-face forces that are rampant in society. Life has so much beauty to offer that isn’t always visible to the human eye. After all, what significance is the world in a superficial sense? What significance is a body with no spiritual depth? It is only the soul that is immortal.

I actually feel great sadness when I realize many people are still chasing the worldly ‘pleasures’ to the extent that they become apathetic and soulless. People are seduced by this false notion that ‘gaining the world’ makes a worthy life. Such a predisposition suggests that a life without glamour, superficial beauty, money and power is unworthy. Again, does money, prestige and power make the heart feel full? Or does one even have a heart once they’ve slowly bartered off their soul for their ego?  The world (duniya) is only temporary —  Life becomes meaningful when one focuses on enriching their soul, not their ego. 

Duniya

 

 

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9 responses to “Why Seek The World?

  1. Kendra

    I stumbled upon your blog by chance and have been waiting patiently for another post of yours!
    Glad you’re back.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. MIQ

    Wowww thanx God you are back ! Many people were missing you pretty lady.

  3. Lishon Tov

    A beautiful ghazal,indeed. And like all beautiful creations it is forged in Truth and requires no external illumination to be seen.
    That one thought these thoughts and wrote these words IS why this world is not to be burnt away!
    Despite all the darkness and the dreariness of the Unexamined Life, occasionally a beam of crystalline light slices a bolt of clarity momentarily transforming the deluge into sparkling prisms.

  4. Chrisco

    It’s about time your back.

  5. escortdiary

    Thank you all xx

  6. Sayuri

    beautiful post, again. I was worried you’d never write again. Your writings speak with so much empathy. I hope you are well. Sayuri

  7. albert

    I once fell in love with an the most enchanting woman. She was the pulse to my heart, when i thought of love and beauty it was her i first thought of. Yet she will never understand how immense my love was for her. I was afraid that my status in society would make us grow apart. I ended up losng her. So now i pray for the pain to subside and to feel the world once again.

    pbuh muhammad said: remember allah during times of ease and allah will remember you during times of difficutly.

  8. Nadia

    I missed you so much Sahar. Your deep writings make me think about this world and society. I’ve learnt with you more than with other people; I’m starting to open my eyes. Thank you!
    Could we speak via email?

    Hope you’re well.

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