By Dr Sughra Sadaf
January 29, 2019
Human being primarily is a dangerous
creation. There are good and bad powers who run her whole system. If humans do
not follow moral values, they obviously will go towards destruction. So there
should be some people who remind them of the reality of righteous life. After
the prophecy, it was needed that some people devote themselves for the moral
training of others.
Therefore, in every society of the world,
such great personalities are born whose souls are linked to the soul of the
universe. They are blessed with such divine powers that help them discover the
reality of hidden and obvious things pertaining to humans and the universe.
They can discover unlimited human potential and infinity of universe. Traveling
from a bit to wholeness, they move towards such a unity where the whole
universe transforms into a single unit. At this stage, humanity becomes the
biggest connection. Love and respect assume the status of faith.
Their thoughts leave the boundaries of a
particular faith and spread over entire universe trying to make the foundation
of a broad human society by disregarding all kinds of differences between
humans at a fixed and practical level. Usually they are called Sufi, Saint or a
Spiritual Leader. They are on higher level of spiritual development but their
concern is common people. They never try to build their relations with kings
Most of the Sufis in this region have had
mastery over Persian and Arabic languages, but they still wrote in the local
language. They adopted masses ‘language, living manner and culture to come
closer and get their attention. Then, with words and actions, they instilled
seeds of collective goodness into hearts and minds. Goodness is the asset of
humanity and in it lays the survival of humanity. Every part of Pakistan is lit
with the thoughts of such great Sufis. But our state neither gave importance to
this light of earth and hearts, nor tried to connect with it. The consciousness
of any society appears through the creations of its writers, philosophers,
poets, and painters.
Ethically and culturally developed
societies recognise and honour them because literature and art reflect the
collective wisdom of the society. If the state adopts this collective wisdom of
society, not only healthy state originates but also brings conformity to both.
And, if the state does not accept the positive awareness of the society, then
there will be conflict in the values of both. Narrow ideology and ignorance
will flourish; chaos will prevail in the society and the state will move
towards destruction and failure instead of development.
Bulleh Shah is a great Sufi poet and
thinker of this land and his work is representation of universal thought. He,
in his imagination, considers the whole universe as a single dot that cannot be
divided. Oneness of humanity is his first priority. He has nothing to do with
anyone’s specific ideology, sects, colours, race and nation. Bulleh Shah does
not like hypocrisy, double standards and difference in sayings and actions.
Bulleh Shah raised rebellion against all kinds of religious, academic, and
social conservativeness, racism and sectarianism. He considered all humans just
like a family because all are creation of one Creator. He opposed any division
and discrimination between humans. Conservatives tried to create controversy
regarding his universal thoughts by portraying his poetry as against religious
Infarct, Bulleh Shah was not against any
religion but was against religious exploiters. To safeguard their interests,
these religious exploiters created many hindrances in his life. Even after his
death, they refused to read his funeral just to reduce the importance and value
of his thoughts. By giving ‘fatwas’ against him they tried to openly preach
hatred against him but failed to finish the name of Bulleh Shah because his
philosophy rose from the soil of the land and stayed in the hearts of the
people. Bulleh Shah himself knew that there was no death in the way he was
travelling. That’s why he had announced before his death, “my realm is my
thinking, my ideology and my consciousness. Thought, ideology and consciousness
never die, so I will live. Though, the body will mix in mud but I will live
among all,” and that is what has happened, Bulleh Shah is still alive today.
He exists in hearts and minds of people
because of his truthfulness. There is no existence of those who gave ‘Fatwas’
against him. But it is a national misfortune or a conspiracy that the state
rather than adopting the ideology of great Bulleh Shah has implemented the
thoughts of rigid preachers. They still occupy educational institutions at each
level. Thoughts of elements whose mission is hatred and division are promoted.
They believe in the Creator but reject its creatures.
ulleh Shah can bear the loss of everything
including the temple and mosque, but cannot bear indignity of humanity. For
him, humans are honourable because he believes that the heart of a human is
home of the Creator. Then, how, by destroying the heart of a human which is
home to its Creator, can one relish?
The state has realized that extremism can
be addressed through promoting the message of Sufis. For this, it is necessary
for the state to adopt society’s collective awareness, accept it and promote
it; otherwise the people will remain cut from their land, culture, thought and
become victim of anybody’s ambitions. State should encourage Sufi teachings and
support institutions and persons who are working for spreading the message of
Today, if we are divided on the basis of
faith and are in quarrel with each other, its responsibility lies on those who
snatched our culture, heritage and wisdom. Therefore, if we have to improve our
nation, we will have to return their language and its knowledge. The day when
the state plans to adopt the wisdom of society, a journey of goodness will
start. It is important to understand the poetry of Bulleh Shah and reach the
spirit of his message. Then we will realize that salvation of humanity lies in
the collective consciousness preached by Bulleh Shah. We can attain
universality and become one family by leaving the thieves of our inner self.