'Somewhere beyond right and wrong,
there is a garden. I will meet you there.' --- Rumi
'The purpose of words
Is to convey ideas.
When the ideas are grasped
The words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man
Who has forgotten words?
He is the one I would like to talk to. ----- Thomas Merton
'Silence is the language of God,
all else is poor translation.' --------------- Rumi
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I generally don't remember quotes but these three have stayed with me since the moment I read them.
The lines that I wrote earlier and tore up in disgust were probably better than what I write now and keep. I don't consciously compare my lines with those of someone like Ghalib, Nirala or Mahadevi Verma anymore and so I no more feel the same dislike for my work. They were giants. But then can I call myself a poet? When I realized I didn't like calling myself one, this line occurred to me, 'कवि नहीं तुकबंद ज़रा हूँ.' There was a little more peace hereafter.
Someone called our 'ऐ.... जस' A.... Jas ! That moment my search for a Pen Name (तख़ल्लुस) was over.