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Bulleh Shah - Sufi - Advaitin
« on: December 15, 2011, 05:13:15 PM »
Bulleh Shah (1680–1757) was a Punjabi Sufi poet, a humanist and philosopher. Bulleh Shah is believed to have been born in 1680, in the small village of Uch, Bahawalpur, Punjab, in present day Pakistan. His father, Shah Muhammad Darwaish, was a teacher and preacher in a village mosque. Little is known about Bulleh Shah's ancestry except that some of his forebears were migrants from Uzbekistan and that his family claimed direct descent from the prophet Muhammad.

When he was six months old, his parents relocated to Malakwal. His father later got a job in Pandoke, about 50 miles southeast of Kasur. Bulleh Shah received his early schooling in Pandoke and moved to Kasur for higher education. He also received education from Maulana Mohiyuddin. His spiritual teacher was the Qadiri Sufi Shah Inayat Qadiri, who was a member of the Arain tribe of Lahore.

Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain (1538–1599), Sultan Bahu (1629–1691), and Shah Sharaf (1640–1724).

Bulleh Shah's time was marked with communal strife between Muslims and Sikhs. But in that age Baba Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and peace for the citizens of Punjab. While Bulleh Shah was in Pandoke, Muslims killed a young Sikh man who was riding through their village in retaliation for murder of some Muslims by Sikhs. Baba Bulleh Shah denounced the murder of an innocent Sikh and was censured by the mullas and muftis of Pandoke. Bulleh Shah maintained that violence was not the answer to violence. Bulleh Shah also hailed the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur as a Ghazi, or "religious warrior", which caused controversy among Muslims of that time.

Here is one of his most famous songs -

Bulla ki jaana main kaun
Bulla ki jaana main kaun

Na main moman vich maseetan
Na main vich kufar dian reetan
Na main pakan vich paleetan
Na main andar bed kitaban
Na main rehnda phaang sharaban
Na main rehnda mast kharaban
Na main shadi na ghamnaki
Na main vich paleetan pakeen
Na main aaabi na main khaki
Na main aatish na main paun

Bulla ki jaana main kaun

Na main arabi na lahori
Na main hindi shehar Nagaori
Na hindu na turk pashauri
Na main bhet mazhab de paya
Na main aadam hawwa jaya
Na koi apna naam dharaya
Avval aakhar aap nu jana
Na koi dooja hor pacchana
Mai ton na koi hor syana
Bulle shah kharha hai kaun

Bulla ki jaana main kaun
Bulla ki jaana main kaun

Na main moosa na pharoah
Na main aatish na main paun
Na main rahnda vich Nadaun
Bulle shah kharha hai kaun

Bulla ki jaana main kaun
Bulla ki jaana main kaun
Bulla! I know not who I am
Bulla! I know not who I am

Nor am I the believer in mosque
Nor am I in the rituals of the infidel
Nor am I the pure in the impure
Nor am I inherent in the Vedas
Nor am I present in intoxicants
Nor am I lost nor the corrupt
Nor am I union nor grief
Nor am I intrinsic in the pure/impure
Nor am I of the water nor of the land
Nor am I fire nor air

Bulla! I know not what I am

Nor am I Arabic nor from Lahore
Nor am I the Indian City of Nagaur
Nor a Hindu nor a Peshawri turk
Nor did I create the difference of faith
Nor did I create adam-eve
Nor did I name myself
Beginning or end I know just the self
Do not acknowledge duality
There’s none wiser than I
Who is this Bulla Shah

Bulla! I know not who I am
Bulla! I know not who I am

Nor am I Moses nor Pharoah
Nor am I fire nor wind
I do not stay in Nadaun (city of innocents)
Bullashah, who is this man standing?

Bulla! I know not who I am
Bulla! I know not who I am

(Source: Wikipedia & other internet sources)

Salutations to Bhagavan
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