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Sultan Bahu was a 17th-century mystic, poet, and scholar active mostly in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He started a Sufi mystic tradition, Sarwari Qadiri, which emphasized thhe contemplation of belovedness towards God and, unlike the orthodox Qadiriyya approach, did not adhere to a specific dress code, seclusion, ascetic practices, breathing exercises, or other lengthy exercises. A 7th-generation descendant wrote "Manaqib-i Sultani," a hagiography that provided almost all we know about him. He authored more than 140 books, mostly in Persian, dealing with Islam, as well as the "Abyat-e-Bahoo" poetry in Punjabi, which is still sung in many genres of Sufi music including qawwali, a 13th-century fusion of Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions intended to induce hypnotic states among the musicians and audience, and kafi, a simpler genre credited to Rumi that emphasizes the words rather than the music.
Intellect and wisdom find no footholdWhere the secrets of unity in God are revealedPriests are no help thereNor is any knowledge of the scriptures.You can only merge yourself in the AbsoluteWhen the Master reveals the divine secret.You can only acquire ultimate knowledge of GodAfter you put away the scriptures.The abode of God is in the innermost heartBut God knows where the heart’s abode isBecome a loverand let your heart be like a rock.If people hurl abuse at youconsider it as a blessing.Even Mansur, who knew all the secrets of God,Was sent to the gallows.Once you have bowed your head in prayer,Do not lift it again, O Bahu,Although the multitude may brand you an infidel.O MasterThere is no place for wisdom or thought thereWhere the Unity of the Divine is the secret - He!Grand professors, priests, and astrologers have no use thereAnd bookish knowledge of scripture has no worth – He!With the veil of "m" removed, when "Ahmad" was revealed as "Ahad" (one with God)Then all creation merged with the Reality of Him – He!You've acquired all kinds of knowledge, Sultan BahuNow shut the holy books and put them awayI am an ecstatic mysticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?I am an ecstatic mysticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?I am an ecstatic mysticI am a mystic...MasterWhen my own ego was there, then the awareness of God was notNow there's only God, no "me"No "me"When illumination of Knowledge chased away the darkness in meThere was no need to light a lampI am an ecstatic mysticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?I am an ecstatic mysticEcstaticO MasterMy beloved Master!Love dealt me such a lethal woundThat I wander indifferent to the world and its pleasuresThen I found the Beloved I searched for right in my homeThe Beloved I searched forMy Enchanter dwells in my very own heartI am an ecstatic mysticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?I am an ecstatic mysticEcstaticThe abode of God is in the innermost heartBut God knows where the heart's abode isWhere?Where is the heart's abode?I am an ecstatic mysticBecome a true loverBecome a true lover and thus gain loveKeep your heart as staunch and unfaltering as a mountain – HeThe hundreds of cruelties, and thousands of insults you suffer at people's handsConsider these to be a joyous blessing – He!Even true devotees like Mansur Hallaj were hung at the gallowsWho had known all His Secrets – He!We don't lift our bowed head from prayer, Sultan BahuEven if crowds and crowds of people call us infidels – He!I am an ecstatic mysticEcstaticMy constant remembrance of Your name merged me into YouAll trace of me was erased until there was nothing left but YouWherever I turn, I can see only YouI am an ecstatic mysticO Master!It’s just as well my clay-pot brokeNow I'm free from having to fetch water!Now I'm freeI am an ecstatic mysticThe tremendous power of the words ‘Ali and MuhammadIs something the uninitiated just cannot fathomO Ali!The tremendous power of the words ‘Ali and MuhammadIs something the uninitiated just cannot fathomThis enigma is one that only pure devotees comprehendThat these names turn a verse into a fragrant bouquetI am an ecstatic mysticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?I am an ecstatic mysticEcstaticWho can trace the path of my inward journey?
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