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Bulleh Shah

1680 - 1757 | Kasur, Pakistan

Famous Punjabi Sufi poet who still feels contemporary.

Famous Punjabi Sufi poet who still feels contemporary.

Sufi Quotes of Bulleh Shah

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The moment I seized the secret of His love, duality vanished. My exoteric and esoteric states were cleansed. Now wherever I see, I see my Friend.

The moment I seized the secret of His love, duality vanished. My exoteric and esoteric states were cleansed. Now wherever I see, I see my Friend.

People said: “O Bullah! Go and sit in the mosque.” What avails it going to the mosque, says Bullha, if the heart had not said the prayer? What matters it being pure outside when from within dirt has not gone? Without a perfect teacher, says Bullah, your prayers are of no avail; the Lord is met from within me, but the people are searching Him elsewhere.

People said: “O Bullah! Go and sit in the mosque.” What avails it going to the mosque, says Bullha, if the heart had not said the prayer? What matters it being pure outside when from within dirt has not gone? Without a perfect teacher, says Bullah, your prayers are of no avail; the Lord is met from within me, but the people are searching Him elsewhere.

I know not who am I. I am neither Muslim, bird of mosque, nor infidelity is my task. Neither am I righteous, nor sinful, nor am I Moses, nor Pharaon. Nor am I filthy, pious, saint. I live neither in pleasure nor in anguish. I am neither aquatic nor of earth, nor of fire, nor airy creature.

I know not who am I. I am neither Muslim, bird of mosque, nor infidelity is my task. Neither am I righteous, nor sinful, nor am I Moses, nor Pharaon. Nor am I filthy, pious, saint. I live neither in pleasure nor in anguish. I am neither aquatic nor of earth, nor of fire, nor airy creature.

I know you are the First, You are the Last. I have no second thought beyond this. In wit and wisdom no one surpasses me. Bullah! Who is He that persists?

I know you are the First, You are the Last. I have no second thought beyond this. In wit and wisdom no one surpasses me. Bullah! Who is He that persists?

Your love made me dance recklessly. Your love dwells in the temple of my heart. I drank cup of poison full to the brime. Rush to my rescue O my Saviour, test I should die. O mother! Don’t prevent me from love making. Is there anyone who can bring back my love? I have lost reason and wisdom and myself lost in sailor’s arm.

Your love made me dance recklessly. Your love dwells in the temple of my heart. I drank cup of poison full to the brime. Rush to my rescue O my Saviour, test I should die. O mother! Don’t prevent me from love making. Is there anyone who can bring back my love? I have lost reason and wisdom and myself lost in sailor’s arm.

O Comrade! Love is an attribute of God, but for people it is taunt.

O Comrade! Love is an attribute of God, but for people it is taunt.

The moment I learnt the lesson of Divine love, my heart feard the mosque and I found abode in His pavilion where thousands of songs (hymns) are being sung i,e., every iota in the cosmos is singing His praise. His love remains new and afresh ever.

The moment I learnt the lesson of Divine love, my heart feard the mosque and I found abode in His pavilion where thousands of songs (hymns) are being sung i,e., every iota in the cosmos is singing His praise. His love remains new and afresh ever.

Listen to the story of Bulleh Shah, he has got hold of a pir and shall have salvation, My preceptor, Shah Inayat, he will take me across,

Listen to the story of Bulleh Shah, he has got hold of a pir and shall have salvation, My preceptor, Shah Inayat, he will take me across,

I am librated, I am free, neither inflicted nor knowledgeable. I am neither Muslim nor polytheist, I stroll in the celestial realms, not interned anywhere. I walk in the holy tavern (wine-house) no concern with good or evil. What do you ask about the caste of Bulleh Shah? He exists no more.

I am librated, I am free, neither inflicted nor knowledgeable. I am neither Muslim nor polytheist, I stroll in the celestial realms, not interned anywhere. I walk in the holy tavern (wine-house) no concern with good or evil. What do you ask about the caste of Bulleh Shah? He exists no more.

At the time of initiation, Shah Inayat said: “O Bullah, the secret of God is this; on this side He uproots, on the other side He creates.”

At the time of initiation, Shah Inayat said: “O Bullah, the secret of God is this; on this side He uproots, on the other side He creates.”

He who calls me a Saiyad shall receive torment in Hell; he who calls Araien (caste) shall have swings in heaven. O Bullha, if you want pleasure of the Garden, become a disciple of the Araien.

He who calls me a Saiyad shall receive torment in Hell; he who calls Araien (caste) shall have swings in heaven. O Bullha, if you want pleasure of the Garden, become a disciple of the Araien.

Bulleh Shah stands for the Unity, so essential for human welfare regardless of religions and sects. He sees God installed in the heart of each individual, no matter to what religion he belongs.

Bulleh Shah stands for the Unity, so essential for human welfare regardless of religions and sects. He sees God installed in the heart of each individual, no matter to what religion he belongs.

Neither Hindu nor Muslim, let us sit to spin, abandoning pride. Neither a sunni nor a shia, | have taken the path of complete peace and unity, Neither am I hungry, nor satisfied, nor naked, nor covered. Neither am I weeping nor laughing nor deserted nor settled. Neither a sinner I, nor pious one. Bullah, in all hearts I feel the Lord.

Neither Hindu nor Muslim, let us sit to spin, abandoning pride. Neither a sunni nor a shia, | have taken the path of complete peace and unity, Neither am I hungry, nor satisfied, nor naked, nor covered. Neither am I weeping nor laughing nor deserted nor settled. Neither a sinner I, nor pious one. Bullah, in all hearts I feel the Lord.

Love made me forget fasting, Haj and prayers. When I got cognition of Him, I forget logic and sarf-o-nahv (grammar) etc. Now touch the chord and sing His praise.

Love made me forget fasting, Haj and prayers. When I got cognition of Him, I forget logic and sarf-o-nahv (grammar) etc. Now touch the chord and sing His praise.

Without the Lord, there is none in the heaven and earth. Carefully let you feet take the step as for a second time, you will not return.

Without the Lord, there is none in the heaven and earth. Carefully let you feet take the step as for a second time, you will not return.

You attained exoteric knowledge and became Shaikh and Mashaikh. You filled your belly with food full to the brim and slept long sleep. When time of departure arrived, you wept bitterly. You drowned in the sea, being not on the either shore i,e., total helpless.

You attained exoteric knowledge and became Shaikh and Mashaikh. You filled your belly with food full to the brim and slept long sleep. When time of departure arrived, you wept bitterly. You drowned in the sea, being not on the either shore i,e., total helpless.

In whose heart He got abode, he proclaimed: “I am the Truth, I am the Truth.” Such person does not want ‘sing and song’; he, rather dances in ecstasy. O Bullah! I found the Real One, the falsehood vanished. I declared truth to the seekers of Truth, since the time, I witnessed the Divine Light.

In whose heart He got abode, he proclaimed: “I am the Truth, I am the Truth.” Such person does not want ‘sing and song’; he, rather dances in ecstasy. O Bullah! I found the Real One, the falsehood vanished. I declared truth to the seekers of Truth, since the time, I witnessed the Divine Light.

Never again shall I bear pride (to be Saiyid) for my Beloved (God) O friend, tonight do stay in my house; undo the knots of your heart and laugh with me. (This, Bullah said, while singing, he saw Shah Inayat among his audience).

Never again shall I bear pride (to be Saiyid) for my Beloved (God) O friend, tonight do stay in my house; undo the knots of your heart and laugh with me. (This, Bullah said, while singing, he saw Shah Inayat among his audience).

O Friend! Shun attaining more knowledge. Your need is just one word ‘Alif’. Exoteric knowledge is not counted here, nor fleeting life is dependable. Your need is just one syllable ‘Alif’.

O Friend! Shun attaining more knowledge. Your need is just one word ‘Alif’. Exoteric knowledge is not counted here, nor fleeting life is dependable. Your need is just one syllable ‘Alif’.

You eat up the simple folk by fraud and making false promises to them. By gaining bookish knowledge, you have become mullah, jurist. God is happy without such knowledge. Your greed is intensified each day and it had made you wretched.

You eat up the simple folk by fraud and making false promises to them. By gaining bookish knowledge, you have become mullah, jurist. God is happy without such knowledge. Your greed is intensified each day and it had made you wretched.

Love is the foe of religious rite, it never thinks of creed and caste. The beloved dwells over-seas. Now His love has seized all of my perceptions.

Love is the foe of religious rite, it never thinks of creed and caste. The beloved dwells over-seas. Now His love has seized all of my perceptions.

By iterating Ranjha, Ranjha, I have become Ranjha myself. Call me now as Dhido Ranjha, not by the name of Heer. Ranjha dwells in my inmost being and I in Him and none else reside there. I am not, He only exists and He consoles Himself. Whatsoever seen in me, my faith and caste is the same. With whom I am knitted in love, transmuted me into His Love. Now you put aside your white mantle, put on beggar’s blanket. White mantle is stained easily, but blackened seldom accepts stain.

By iterating Ranjha, Ranjha, I have become Ranjha myself. Call me now as Dhido Ranjha, not by the name of Heer. Ranjha dwells in my inmost being and I in Him and none else reside there. I am not, He only exists and He consoles Himself. Whatsoever seen in me, my faith and caste is the same. With whom I am knitted in love, transmuted me into His Love. Now you put aside your white mantle, put on beggar’s blanket. White mantle is stained easily, but blackened seldom accepts stain.

You say supererogatory prayers too much and repeat aloud Call to Prayer. On the pulpit of the mosque you make lofty speeches. The greed and appetitive desire has abased you.

You say supererogatory prayers too much and repeat aloud Call to Prayer. On the pulpit of the mosque you make lofty speeches. The greed and appetitive desire has abased you.

aaj ik aur baras biit gayā us ke baġhair

jis ke hote hue hote the zamāne mere

Recitation

Jashn-e-Rekhta | 8-9-10 December 2023 - Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate - New Delhi

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