us kaa mu;Nh dekh rahaa huu;N so vuhii dekhuu;N huu;N
naqsh kaa saa hai samaa;N merii bhii ;hairaanii kaa

1) I am looking at her face-- thus I see only/emphatically that
2) the degree/level/rank of even/also my stupefaction is like a picture/engraving



dekhuu;N huu;N = dekhtaa huu;N


naqsh : 'Painting; colouring; drawing; designing, &c.; —delineation; —embroidery; —a painting, a picture; portrait; drawing; a print; a carving, an engraving; ... a design; —an impression; a stamp; a mark'. (Platts p.1145)


samaa;N : 'Equality, level, rank;'. (Platts p.672)

S. R. Faruqi:

The word naqsh means 'image, picture', but in the word there's also the 'mood' [kaifiyat] of magic. The person who is entirely silent or unmoving is also called 'entranced'. Here the pleasure is that the shape that is used for the task of entrancing is that of the entranced one himself. Mir has used this theme a number of times. From the second divan [{898,5}]:

rahe hai;N dekh jo ta.sviir se tire mu;Nh ko
hamaarii aa;Nkh se :zaahir hai yih kih ;hairaa;N hai;N

[when we are looking like a picture at your face
through our eye it's manifest that we're stupefied]

Another point is that the 'picture' can also be a picture on the wall. That is, having seen the beloved, stupefaction so overpowered him that he became a picture on the wall.



This is the first real verse of 'mood' [kaifiyat] that we've encountered. It also contains the idea, developed so often by Mir and Ghalib, that in one way or another the lover 'mirrors' the beloved.

The word order in the second line might be a bit confusing. Here's a prose re-ordering: merii bhii ;hairaanii kaa samaa;N naqsh kaa saa hai .

Note for grammar fans: The first line contains the archaic dekhuu;N huu;N , instead of (here) dekhtaa huu;N . (In another context it could be for dekhtii huu;N .) There are a great many such archaic verb forms in Mir's ghazal verses. Beyond offering a literal translation, I do not plan to mark and discuss each one each time it occurs. For further information, see the 'Grammar' page.