Have you tried a bit of introspection?

Bulley Shah(1680-1757) was a great Sufi Punjabi poet. His poetry is full of philosophical messages. In today’s MHFL we have two poems by the great philosopher-poet. The poems are in Punjabi but the message is universal and very profound. You can find many poems of Bulley Shah sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Wadali Brothers and many others. A side note: Punjabi poetry and Punjabi music are not represented by the dance party junk that you hear these days. Punjab has a rich history of beautiful poetry and sublime music – fortunately most of it is available on youtube

You can hear Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan reciting these poems here( within the first 5 minutes of the video):

Abida Parveen recites the first poem here(from 2:50 minutes to 5 minutes)

Wadali Bothers sing it here( first 5 minutes):

Padh padh aalam fazal hoyan,
Kadi apne aap noon padhiya hi nahin.

( You have read a thousand books and have become a man of knowledge,
But have you even once tried to study yourself?)

Ja ja wardan mandir maseetan,
Kade man apne vich wariya hi nahin

(You enter those moques and temples so many times,
But have you even once tried to enter your own mind?)

Aiven roz shaitan naal lardan,
Kadi lafz apne naal lariya hi nahin.

( Everyday you fight these irrelevant battles with the “evil” in this world,
But have you even once tried to fight with your own words?)

Bulley Shah, asmani uddeiyan fardan,
Jehra ghar baitha unhoon fariya hi nahin!

(Bulley Shah, you try to grab and attain those distant things/people which soar far above you,
But have you ever tried to grab that person who lives in your own house?)
Kanwar

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Macce gayan gal mukdi nahin,
Bhaven sau sau jumeh padh aayiye.

( you can go to Mecca hundreds of times and bow your head there
But you will still not find what you are looking for)

Ganga gayan gal mukdi nahin,
Bhaven sau sau gote khaiye

( You can go to Ganges and take holy dips as many times as you want,
But you will still not find what you are looking for)

Gaya gayan gal mukdi nahin,
Bhaven sau sau pand padh aayiye.

( You can go to Gaya a thousand times and offer prayers,
But you will still not find what you are looking for)

Bulley Shah, gal tahiyon mukdi,
Jadon “main” noon dilon gavayiye

( Bulley Shah says: you will finally find what you are looking for,
When you remove ego/pride from your heart. That is where your quest will finally end.)
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