Monday, January 31, 2005 By Maryam
They ask for faith and are ashamed of love, such arrogant hearts!
Faith has no idea of the place where love transports you.
I swear by my faith, Bahu, keep my love firm!"
From Death Before Dying, The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu. Translated and Introduced by Jamal J. Elias (University of California Press, 1998).
Since his childhood people could perceive a special light on his face and he didn't seek education from any group because, as he used to say, he had been enlightened with the ilm al-laduni (light of inspired knowlege, or just inspired knowlege) In Sufi circles, he is called Sultanul Arifin, which means the Sultan of Gnostics.
His path in Sufism was made intuitively. Only his mother tought him some essential exercices in dhikr (The Invocation of Allah and His Names). Even though he had fatherly obligations, his love for Sufim always leaded him to wander throughout the world of Mysticism, travelling to sacred lands, and meeting people who would become his fellow friends in the world of Tasawwuf. As a seeker of truth, he spent his life travelling to remote places, unknown and difficult trips and his love for the Sufism went far beyond. He went to the Saraiki region , up to Sindh, he went to Delhi and met the Emperor Aurangzeb.
In 1961 AD he died in Shokrot, where he was buried near the river. After some floods, his body was moved to a more secure place , actually Darbar Hazrat Sultan Bahu (District Jhang, Punjab).
This verse appears on a wall that stands adjacent to his tomb:
Oh noble Sultan Bahu! in the realm of reality, you are perfect.
Help me in all the spiritual states ____ in interiority as well
as in exteriority.
For more information regarding Sultan Bahu, please visit "Sultan Bahu"
Category: sufi masters