Ravidas: How can I leave off now?

How can I leave off now?
Naam goes on, all by itself.

Beloved Lord, your fragrance
Has merged, sandalwood in water,
Into every drop, every cell, of me.
So how can I leave off now?

Lord, if you choose to be
A monsoon cloud, I’m the peacock –
Entranced like a moonstruck moonbird!
How can I leave off now?

Beloved, you are the candle
Containing the wick: together
We burn night and day.
Naam goes on, all by itself…

Beloved Lord, you are the pearl
Threaded by me – we’re inseparable
Like borax fired with gold.
How can I leave off now?

Dear Lord, you are the master,
I am your slave. That’s what devotion
Has done to Ravidas.
Naam goes on, all by itself:
How can I leave off now?

____________

“ab kaise chooTai naam raT laagi”
Ravidas Ji ki Bani (Belvedere, 1971)
English translation by Anthea Guinness

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