Literary Reading: Text and Explanation of “Eji Shah Islamshah Amne Maliya”

Composer of Ginan: Pir Sadardin

Verse 1

Eji Shah Islamshah amne maliya

Ane didha te din-na raaj-ji,

Alakh rupe orakhiya,

Tene sariya amara kaaj

Explanation:

Listen to me, 0 brother!

I have recognised Imam Islamshah (as the Imam of the Age)

who has blessed me with religious wisdom.

I have recognised him as my Spiritual Master

who bears the Noor  (the Divine Light)

which is unseen to physical eyes.

(Indeed)! He has fulfilled all my desires.

Verse 2

Eji Nari thaine ame vinaviya,

Ane orakhiya te saheb eh

Dasawandhi sirabandhi janjo

Jo pura hove sneh

Explanation:

Listen to me, 0 brother!

I have supplicated in a manner of a woman

and recognised him as my Spiritual Master.

They are the ones who sacrifice everything (in the way of religion),

who have complete (intense) love (for the Imam).

Verse 3

Eji Prit jani – ne ginan jodiya,

Ane dil-ma rakhi sudhir,

Gurna ginan to mile,

Jo nirmal thai rahiye nir

Explanation:

Listen to me, 0 brother!

With the love kindled in my heart (for lmam-e-Zaman)

and with patience I have composed the Ginans.

True understanding (Ma’rifah, spiritual recognition) of

Imam can only be gained if one becomes as pure as water.

Verse 4

Eji Nirmal man to rahe,

jo purav hove sneh,

Daya pragat upaje

Satgur thi amar deh

Explanation:

Listen to me, 0 brother! the mind would remain pure

through complete love (for Mowla).

(When purity of heart and mind is achieved),

the True Master (Imam-e-Zaman)

showers his Grace and leads one to eternal life.

Verse 5

Eji Pir Sadardin boliya,

Tame Saheb jano hazur,

E amar padami to mile,

Jo antar bhetiya Noor

Explanation:

Listen to me, 0 brother! (I) Pir Sadardin, advise you:

‘Bear in mind that the Noor of Mowla is always present.

Eternal life can only be achieved

if one experiences the Noor within one’s heart.’

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Reading adapted from “Eji Shah Islamshah Amne Maliya”, Transliteration and Translation by Jehangir A. Merchant, Ilm, March 1984, published by Ismailia Association for the UK. Note the text printed above is missing the Gujarati accents which appear in the original article.

Please also see:  ♦ Literary Reading: The Ginanic Literature of the Ismailis

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