Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein, Dhuan Na Pargat Hoye
So Jane Jo Jarmua, Jaki Lagi Hoye
With the ocean set ablaze
The smoke yet manifests not
Only the one who gets burnt
Envisions the heat of loving thought
The agony and turmoil in the heart of a lover, a devotee, is symbolically
shown in this Doha as the flame that is burning the ocean. Yet none
knows or can know about this pain because the "smoke"
is not visible! Only the one who is suffering the separation from
one's beloved can understand the force of such a fire.
Kabir, in this Doha depicts the agony that a devotee feels for
his Lord or Ishta, or in our normal day to day life, a lover feels
for the beloved. To others, the intensity, the pain of separation
is not comprehensible for this too is precious for the lovers to
reveal. It is but a private affair! Don't they say, only the wearer
knows where the shoe pinches!!
This Doha by Kabir is again a superb example of mystic poetry where
in two lines, Kabir is able to project the agony and the ecstasy
of true love and devotion.