Sufi, Sufism and Sufi music

Sufism and India

Sufism has a special place in India. In fact Sufism is in a way native to India. Sufi from all over world (read middle east) found refuge in India. Most Sufi Tombs (burial places) are secular yet Islāmic places of worship. People of many faith visit and perform rituals for fulfillment of their desires. There is a long page on Sufism in Wikipedia according to which Sufism was later institutionalized which by itself contradiction of terms. Unfortunately the said page is a typical example of too much water but not a drop to drink? Too much details but very little practical information.

Names of rather famous Sufi are Rumi and Bulle Shah, who were also famous poets and who knows singers as well. This is a Sufi music sung by singer Richa Sharma from India. It is a live performance.

Who is a Sufi?

Sufi were rebels. They rebelled against the rituals. As can be under stood from the songs of Bulle Shah sung by two talented singers in the links given at the bottom, they criticized Holy dip in rivers and going for Haz in same breadth. Sufi believed in God or Allah  but refused to follow any ritual. They worshiped Allah without any image. In fact some denied existence of self by calling that only God is in existence. One such Sufi was “Sai Baba” who is now worshiped as Hindu deity. The interesting journey of Sai Baba can be read here.

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Hinduism in a nut shell.

Short Note on Hinduism:

Hinduism is a misnomer rather a colloquial term given by outsiders mainly Turkish and Arabs. Bharat i.e. India as it originally stood was separated from rest of the land by river Indu (later called Indus by English speaking people) in the West and Brahamaputra in the East. India was called by the name of river Indu. However, the Turkish & Arabic languages have no vowels & therefore they chose to speak Indu as Hindu. Thus, the term Hindu was coined. As a matter of fact the so called Hindus call all creatures on Earth as ‘Jeev’ and human beings as ‘Manav Jati’(human cast). The law governing human cast is called Sanatam Dharam which means Eternal Law/Duty/Etiquettes. (Dharma means all the three together.)

Core Principles of Sanatam Dharama

According to Sanatam Dharam, the world exists between Pralay to Pralay. There are 4 yugyas called Satyug, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug. Thereafter, the world destroys itself which is Pralay (a kind of cosmic catastrophe which destroys everything ) and the cycle starts again.

In a way it is similar to the views of Stephen Hawking’s views on “Beginning of time.”Click to read his lecture on the subject.

Om

When there was/is nothing, there existed a sound pronounced as Om. Continue reading

Can we change our life or luck?

Happy New Year 2017.

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What is luck?

The word luck is often understood as some kind of miracle. Often luck is used as synonym of phrase “good fate”. Like wise bad fate is bad luck. Hindi word which has ascended on English vocabulary as well is KISMAT. 

Kismat encompasses everything what happens in a life time. From birth to death. Thus the word kismat is too broad. Thus if one believes in kismat s/he has to fatalistic and leave everything at the fate. But life does not play like that. We are posed with choices every moment and we choose our way forward.

I understand the kismat or luck or fate are relative to circumstances. When facing impossibility, all three are true. For example if I jump off a 30 story building, chances of death are certain and only some strange unforeseen event can prevent it but that is very unlikely too. So the question is:

What really is Kismat?

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Living happens when conspiracy ends. 

Conspiracy is a serious word but it is most appropriate. If you are uncomfortable you may use planning but that is physical preparation. Conspiracy is state of mind to manipulate by any means necessary.  Most of the time we are involved in conspiracy. Difficult to pinpoint when it starts. May be attempt to cheat in a game in Kinder Garden was first conspiracy. Something on social media inspired me to write following:

ईंसान:   समय की प्रत्यचां पर उछलने वाले बिचारे इंसान को ज़िन्दगी को खेल समझते हुए भी, ज़िन्दगी को एक षड्यंत्र में बदल कर बड़ी ख़ुशी महसूस करते है यध्धपि षड्यंत्र किसी के भी नियंत्रण मे ज़्यादा देर नहीं रहते ।

Above would nearly translate in English as under:

Human:   Tied to the fate, human do realise that the life is a play, yet they feel pleasure in converting into a conspiracy even though no conspiracy remains in anybody’s control for long.

Thus living becomes a long chain of planning, deception, manipulation and conspiracies. Newer and newer ideas are invented everyday to achieve desires or rather to chase thoughts we call ideas. How-so-ever small that desire may be.

Example of a smallest conspiracy:

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Division go back. Fusion and Inclusion is needed.

Kabir spoke thus, about 450-550 years back:

(Line by line translation is mine but without any claim of accuracy. Be warned)

साधो, देखो जग बौराना ।

People see the mad word.

साँची कही तो मारन धावै, झूठे जग पतियाना ।

If you tell the truth, they will come after you violently, world floats on lies. 

हिन्दू कहत,राम हमारा, मुसलमान रहमाना ।

Hindu say that they have Ram, Muslim claims over Rehman. 

आपस में दौऊ लड़ै मरत हैं, मरम कोई नहिं जाना ।

Both killing each other without understanding the crux of the matter. 

बहुत मिले मोहि नेमी, धर्मी, प्रात करे असनाना ।

Met may famous and religious who would bath in morning daily. 

आतम-छाँड़ि पषानै पूजै, तिनका थोथा ज्ञाना ।

Leaving self, worshipping stones, with knowledge. As little as straw. 

आसन मारि डिंभ धरि बैठे, मन में बहुत गुमाना ।

Sitting in yogic posture with arrogance in heart. 

पीपर-पाथर पूजन लागे, तीरथ-बरत भुलाना ।

Started worshipping plants or stones and undertaking pilgrimages. 

माला पहिरे, टोपी पहिरे छाप-तिलक अनुमाना ।

Wearing garland, skull cap or applying tilak. 

साखी सब्दै गावत भूले, आतम खबर न जाना ।

Telling singing religious stories, forgetting self knowledge. 

घर-घर मंत्र जो देन फिरत हैं, माया के अभिमाना ।

People who distribute mantras door to door are egotist afflicted by Maya. 

गुरुवा सहित सिष्य सब बूढ़े, अन्तकाल पछिताना ।

Guru and pupils all got old only to regret for a life time.

बहुतक देखे पीर-औलिया, पढ़ै किताब-कुराना ।

Seen many Sufi, pir, aulia, who read book of Kuran.

करै मुरीद, कबर बतलावैं, उनहूँ खुदा न जाना ।

They impress, guide to grave but they know no God. 

हिन्दू की दया, मेहर तुरकन की, दोनों घर से भागी ।

Compassion of Hindu, generosity of Turkish, both have left their homes,

वह करै जिबह, वो झटका मारे, आग दोऊ घर लागी।

This will sacrifice animal slowly and that will kill in one go but houses of both are on fire.

या विधि हँसत चलत है, हमको आप कहावै स्याना ।

Nature is laughing at us but we call ourselves wise. 

कहै कबीर सुनो भाई साधो, इनमें कौन दिवाना ।

Oh Kabir ask every one who among these is crazy.

Has world changed at all. People tease each other troll on tweeter and FaceBook and other gets hurt as each is suprematist of his/her own religion. Then, like class 4 students points fingers and play victim game. Sansation creating journalist drive to their banks in their Bugati, laughing.