certitude, for sure

certitude for sure hardens society
(open up to possibilities, perceptions)

knowledge consciously clutters minds
(ponder over the depth of Alif*)

wisdom clears your heart with poise
(submerge into the clarity of silence)

observation subtly soothes the soul
(kindle your awareness from within)

certitude, for sure
restrains the promise of infinity


* Alif is the first letter of the Arabic alphabet

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
Ik Alif teray darkaar

(Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend
Only an Alif is what you need)

Read Baba Bulleh Shah’s full poem plus translation


4 thoughts on “certitude, for sure

  1. Dear Sonya,

    Thank you for this very nice post.

    I do definitely agree. Sadiq has one of the very nicest blogs on the internet. He does such an amazing job with his topics and art.

    All good wishes,



  2. Hey this Punjabi poem is awesome. The translation is done well. I learned some Punjabi when we lived in Rawalpindi. It’s awesome to find such a thoughtful poem. Thanks Sonya! :)


    1. Yes Ranu, I love that site which has given not only the literal but also the poetic translation. In addition, there is some historical background as well. I am sure Robert will also agree that Technology of the Heart is one of the best resources for Sufi works and history.


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