The Ultimate Peace


Makkay gayaan, gal mukdee naheen

Pahwein sau sau jummay parrh aaye

Ganga gayaan, gal mukdee naheen

Pahwein sau sau gotay khaaye

Gaya gayaan gal mukdee naheen

Pahwein sau sau pand parrheaaye

Bulleh Shah gal taeeyon mukdee

Jadon ‘Main’ nu dilon gawaaye

The great late 17th and 18th century sufi poet, ‘Peer Baba Bulleh Shah’ said those lines.

Born as Syed Abdullah Shah Qadri, Bulleh Shah was a Punjabi Philosopher and Sufi Poet. He didn’t just say words. He made words. He annihilated the orthodox conventions of ‘Religions’.

He saw religion and god as two separate entities. And he mostly ignored the former.

In the aforementioned lines, Bulleh Shah points out how it is completely and utterly useless for one to go to religious places and think that he will be relieved of all his crimes, indecencies, errors, oppressions, etc.

According to him, going to ‘The Mecca’ and offering hundreds of prayers won’t solve anything.
Going to ‘The Ganga’ won’t help even if one takes hundreds of ‘cleansing’ dips in the holy river.
Going to ‘Gaya’ won’t relieve one of his/her vices.

He says, the ultimate peace will only come to the one who is able to remove ‘I’ from within himself/herself. The one who is able to see himself/herself as not something complete on its own, but as something that is a part of something much larger and beyond comprehension.

Going to the temples, churches, mosques, gurudwaras, etc. won’t help. Unless you can rise above yourself, and rise above the fact that you are nothing but just a speck in something that is so large that it has no beginning and no end, you won’t find peace, no matter how hard you try.

The priest won’t give you any peace. The Ganga won’t wash away your evils. The idols won’t lend you a hand.

If there is someone who can help you, it is ‘YOU’.

Bulleh Shah gal taeeyon mukdee

Jadon ‘Main’ nu dilon gawaaye

The ultimate peace. The ultimate place where it all ends in glory. The place that is beautiful and serene and calm and quite.

You will only reach that place when you are able to remove the arrogance of ‘I’ and are ready to accept the peace of ‘We’.

Categories: Sufism

7 replies

  1. Peer Baba Bulleh Shah is 100% right of course. The problem people have is identifying with ‘we’, or as can also truly be said, the real ‘I’.Most people think the ‘we’ nature is expressed in solidarity with a causal teaching -hence religion which gives a sense of security. What Baba is saying requires one to embrace insecurity as a way of life.

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