makke giyaan gal mukdi naain
paave sou sou jumme parh aaiye
ganga giyaan gal mukdi naain
paave sou sou gaute khaaiye
bhulleh shah gal tayun mukdi
je main nu manno ganvaaiye
parh parh ‘aalim faazil hoyo
kadhi apne aap nu parhya hi nai
ja ja andar mandir maseetaan
kadhi mann apne vich varhyaa hi nai
bhulleh shah asmaani udd-di pharheya
te jehrha ghar bettha unho pharheya hi nai
sir te ttopi te neeyat khotti
lena ki ttopi sir thar ke
chille kite par rabb na mileya
lena ki chilleyaan vich varh ke
tasbeeh phiree par dil na phiryaa
lena ki tasbeeh hath pharh ke
bhulleya jaag binaa dudh nai jamda
paave laal hove karh karh ke
going to mecca, your tale did not end
even after offering prayers a hundred-fold!
going to the ganges, your tale did not end
even after ablutions a hundred-fold!
bulleh shah, your tale is fulfilled
when the i is abandoned from the self!
studying much, you became a scholar
yet you never studied yourself!
entered into temples and mosques,
yet never entered into yourself!
bulleh shah, you grasp for the skies,
but grasp not what is within your own home!
your head bears a cap, but your intent is wrong
what good then the cap
you went into retreat but did not find your lord
what good then the retreat!
though the beads turned your heart does not
what good then the rosary in your hand!
bullah, without the yeast, milk does not curdle
though it turn red boiling!