The Life Of Selfhood
Nahin Hai Sanjar-o-Tughral Se Kam Shikoh-e-Faqeer
If the self is alive, even poverty is kingship:
The prestige of the penniless is not inferior to that of Sanjar and Tughral.
Khudi Ho Zinda To Kuhsar Parniyan-o-Hareer
If the self is alive, the endless ocean is fordable;
To a live self the stones of a mountain are soft like silken cloth.
Nahnang-e-Murda Ko Mouj-e-Sirab Bhi Zanjeer!
A live crocodile is free when encircled by water,
While a lifeless crocodile is enchained even by the wave in a mirage.