Bulleh Shah

Seek the spirit, forget the form

Seek the spirit, forget the form

Seek the spirit, forget the form Seek the spirit, forget the form Close the chapters of blasphemy forever Forget the tortures of the grave and hell It appeals to the heart that the spirit is all there is to know Pilgrims return from the holy land Clad in robes of honor Keen to sell their repute for pennies When did the faqirs ever care for pilgrimage? How long can the truth be veiled? The spirit is all there is to know. by Bulleh Shah English version by Fawad Usman Original Language Punjabi »

The preacher and the torch bearer by Bulleh Shah

The preacher and the torch bearer by Bulleh Shah

The preacher and the torch bearer by Bulleh Shah English version by Fawad Usman Ali Original Language Punjabi The preacher and the torch bearer are one and the same Both illuminate the path for others Yet remain in the dark forever »

One Thread Only by Bulleh Shah

One Thread Only by Bulleh Shah

One Thread Only by Bulleh Shah English version by Ivan M. Granger Original Language Punjabi One thread, one thread only! Warp and woof, quill and shuttle, countless cloths and colors, a thousand hanks and skeins — with ten thousand names ten thousand places. But there is one thread only. »

I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do by Bulleh Shah

I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do by Bulleh Shah

I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do by Bulleh Shah English version by J. R. Puri and T. R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do? I can neither live, nor can I die. Listen ye to my ceaseless outpourings, I have peace neither by night, nor by day. I cannot do without my Beloved even for a moment. I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do? The fire of separation is unceasing ! Let someone take care of my love. How can I be saved without seeing him? I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I ... »

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. »

Chanting, chanting the Beloved’s name by Bulleh Shah

Chanting, chanting the Beloved’s name by Bulleh Shah

Chanting, chanting the Beloved’s name by Bulleh Shah English version by Ivan M. Granger Original Language Punjabi Chanting, chanting the Beloved’s name, I am myself become the Beloved. Whom then does that Name now name? »

One Point Contains All by Bulleh Shah

One Point Contains All by Bulleh Shah

One Point Contains All by Bulleh Shah English version by Mahmood Jamal Original Language Punjabi One point contains all; Learn about the One, forget the rest. Forget hell and the terrible grave; Leave the ways of sin and purify Your heart. That’s how the argument is spun: It’s all contained in One! Why rub your head against the earth? What point in your vain prostration? Your Kalimah read, makes others laugh. You do not grasp the Lord’s word! Somewhere the truth is written down: It’s all contained in One! Some go to the jungle in vain And starve and cause themselves so... »

Bulleh has no identity by Bulleh Shah

Bulleh has no identity by Bulleh Shah

Bulleh has no identity by Bulleh Shah English version by Fawad Usman Original Language Punjabi Bulleh has no identity of caste or race This single point makes all the difference It is all the Teacher taught me »

Look into Yourself by Bulleh Shah

Look into Yourself by Bulleh Shah

Look into Yourself by Bulleh Shah English version by Mahmood Jamal Original Language Punjabi You have learnt so much And read a thousand books. Have you ever read your Self? You have gone to mosque and temple. Have you ever visited your soul? You are busy fighting Satan. Have you ever fought your Ill intentions? You have reached into the skies, But you have failed to reach What’s in your heart! »

Bulleh! to me, I am not known by Bulleh Shah

Bulleh! to me, I am not known by Bulleh Shah

Bulleh! to me, I am not known by Bulleh Shah Original Language Punjabi Not a believer inside the mosque, am I Nor a pagan disciple of false rites Not the pure amongst the impure Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh Bulleh! to me, I am not known Not in the holy Vedas, am I Nor in opium, neither in wine Not in the drunkard`s intoxicated craze Neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze Bulleh! to me, I am not known In happiness nor in sorrow, am I Neither clean, nor a filthy mire Not from water, nor from earth Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth Bulleh! to me, I am not known Not an Arab, nor Lahori Nei... »

The soil is in ferment, O friend by Bulleh Shah

The soil is in ferment, O friend by Bulleh Shah

The soil is in ferment, O friend by Bulleh Shah English version by J. R. Puri and T. R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi The soil is in ferment, O friend Behold the diversity. The soil is the horse, so is the rider The soil chases the soil, and we hear the clanging of soil The soil kills the soil, with weapons of the soil. That soil with more on it, is arrogance The soil is the garden so is its beauty The soil admires the soil in all its wondrous forms After the circle of life is done it returns to the soil Answer the riddle O Bulleh, and take this burden off my head.” »

He Who is Stricken by Love by Bulleh Shah

He Who is Stricken by Love by Bulleh Shah

He Who is Stricken by Love by Bulleh Shah English version by Mahmood Jamal Original Language Punjabi He who is stricken by Love Sings and dances out of tune. He who wears the garb of Love Gets blessings from above. Soon as he drinks from this cup No questions and no answers remain. He who is stricken by Love Sings and dances out of tune. He who has the Beloved in his heart, He is fulfilled with his Love. No need he has for formality, He just enjoys his ecstasy. He who is stricken by Love Sings and dances out of tune. »

You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved  by Bulleh Shah

You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved by Bulleh Shah

You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved – by Bulleh Shah English version by Safir Rammah Original Language Punjabi You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved! You alone exist, I do not! Like the shadow of a house in ruins, I revolve in my own mind. If I speak, you speak with me: If I am silent, you are in my mind. If I sleep, you sleep with me: If I walk, you are along my path. Oh Bulleh, the spouse has come to my house: My life is a sacrifice unto Him. You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved! »

Brief Biography of Bulleh Shah

Brief Biography of Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Mir Abdullah Shah Qadiri Shatari, often referred to simply as Bulleh Shah (a shortened form of Abdullah Shah) lived in what is today Pakistan. His family was very religious and had a long tradition of association with Sufis. Bulleh Shah’s father was especially known for his learning and devotion to God, raising both Bulleh Shah and his sister in a life of prayer and meditation. Bulleh Shah himself became a respected scholar, but he longed for true inner realization. Against the objections of his peers, he became a disciple of Inayat Shah, a famous master of the Qadiri Sufi l... »

The moment I bowed down by Bulleh Shah

The moment I bowed down by Bulleh Shah

The moment I bowed down by Bulleh Shah English version by Fawad Usman Ali Original Language Punjabi The moment I bowed down offering the prayers of passion The thought of temples and mosques vanished Bulleh danced oblivious of the world, to win his Friend and lost all his false ego One look of the Teacher changed Bulleh forever »

I have got lost in the city of love by Bulleh Shah

I have got lost in the city of love by Bulleh Shah

I have got lost in the city of love by Bulleh Shah English version by J. R. Puri and T. R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi I have got lost in the city of love, I am being cleansed, withdrawing myself from my head, hands and feet. I have got rid of my ego, and have attained my goal. Thus it has all ended well. O Bullah, the Lord pervades both the worlds; None now appears a stranger to me. »

What a carefree game He plays by Bulleh Shah

What a carefree game He plays by Bulleh Shah

What a carefree game He plays – by Bulleh Shah English version by J.R. Puri and T.R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi He said, “Let there be,” and it happened. He made the latent turn into the manifest, Out of the formless He created the form. What a wondrous game He played! What a carefree game He plays! When He disclosed the hidden secret, He lifted the veil from over His face. Why does He now hide from me? The Real permeates everyone. What a carefree game He plays! He said, “We have honored mankind; None has been created like you; You are the crown of all creation.... »

Love Springs Eternal by Bulleh Shah

Love Springs Eternal by Bulleh Shah

Love Springs Eternal by Bulleh Shah English version by Mahmood Jamal Original Language Punjabi Love springs eternal! When I learnt the lesson of Love I dreaded going to the mosque. Hesitantly, I found a temple Where they beat a thousand drums. Love springs eternal! Come! I am tired of reading holy books, Fed up with prostrations good. God is not in Mathura or Mecca. He who finds Him is enlightened! Love springs eternal! Come! Burn the prayer mat, break the beaker! Quit the rosary, chuck the staff! Lovers shout at the top of their voices: Break all rules that tie you down! Love springs eternal... »

Your passion stirs me by Bulleh Shah

Your passion stirs me by Bulleh Shah

Your passion stirs me by Bulleh Shah English version by Fawad Usman Original Language Punjabi Your passion stirs me into a frenzied dance: Thaiya, thaiya Come swiftly, my healer as breath escapes me The venom of passion resides within me The brimming bowl of poison I gulped down eagerly Your passion stirs me into a frenzied dance: Thaiya, thaiya Come swiftly, my healer as breath escapes me The peacock coos and beckons from the deep recesses of passion The sight of the Beloved is nothing less than pilgrimage He slits my heart with one stroke and never looks back Your passion stirs me into a fre... »

If the divine is found through ablutions by Bulleh Shah

If the divine is found through ablutions by Bulleh Shah

If the divine is found through ablutions by Bulleh Shah English version by Fuad Usman Khan Original Language Punjabi If the divine is found through ablutions surely frogs and fish would find him first if the divine is hidden in jungles the cattle would have discovered him by now O Bulleh, the divine is found by those with pure and true heart »

Your love has made me dance all over by Bulleh Shah

Your love has made me dance all over by Bulleh Shah

Your love has made me dance all over by Bulleh Shah English version by J. R. Puri and T. R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi Your love has made me dance all over. Falling in love with you Was supping a cup of poison. Come, my healer, it’s my final hour. Your love has made me dance all over. »

Remove duality and do away with all disputes by Bulleh Shah

Remove duality and do away with all disputes by Bulleh Shah

Remove duality and do away with all disputes by Bulleh Shah English version by J. R. Puri and T. R. Shangari Original Language Punjabi Remove duality and do away with all disputes; The Hindus and Muslims are not other than He. Deem everyone virtuous, there are no thieves. For, within every body He himself resides. How the Trickster has put on a mask! »