The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in Arabic poetry in Arabia.
Traditionally, in India and Persia, ghazals were written exclusively in Urdu. So when Meher Baba suggested to Bhau to write them in English, Bhau thought it couldn't be done. Feeling that the rhythm of the meter wouldn't translate to English, Meher Baba had to instruct Bhau, starting with the line, “Now my heart is terrified even to hear the name of Love”, and having Bhau repeat the line while Baba drummed out the rhythm on his thighs. Finally, after much difficulty, suddenly “like a gust of wind” understanding came to him instantly and he knew what Baba was trying to show him.
At the very moment Bhau grasped this, without saying a word to Baba, Baba sat up and told Bhau,”Now, compose!” Within five minutes Bhau wrote his first English ghazal and has written over 1,000 since then.