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    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 have you reached what’s in your heart?

    -Bulle Shah



     
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    “I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to Allah. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of Allah.”

    Rabi’a al Adawiya


     
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    Hasan then replied, “How did you come to know Him?” Rabi’a al Adawiya said, “You know of the how but I know of the how-less.”

    Rabi’a al Adawiya


     
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    Properties of God 

    What are the properties of God?

    Who knows Him does not describe Him and who describes Him does not know Him.

    Al Hallaj (Sufi mystic)



     
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    How do I know who am I 

    When I first saw Rabbi Shergill’s video for the song Bulla ki jaana main kaun, I knew instantly that I would be spending more time on it.

    After researching the lyrics for 8 hours and listening to it several times to firm up the lyrics, I found my own translation to be the most convincing. Come on folks, I’m not even Punjabi. I even found the guitar tabs here

    Baba Bulleh Shah (1680-1758), has surely been an excellent writer of songs. No other song in an unknown langauage would have impressed me more. Though he lived during the time before the printing press, most of what we know about him has come to us through unreliable anecdotes and folklore. The limited authentic historical record, based on sporadic references to events of his life in his poetry and in the writings of his contemporaries, is barely enough for a brief sketch of his life.

    I’ll read more – if only I find time. Anyways, here is my translation of the song:

    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    
    Na main moman vich maseetan 	Neither am I believer in a Mosque
    Na main vich kufar dian reetan 	Nor a pagan practising false rites
    Na main pakan vich paleetan 	Nor am I the Pure amongst impure
    
    Na main andar bed kitaban 	Neither am I in any Holy Books (Vedas)
    Na main rehnda phaang sharaban 	Nor high on any drugs or alochol
    Na main rehnda mast kharaban	Nor am I an idle delinquent
    
    Na main shadi na ghamnaki 	I am neither happy union nor lonely misery
    Na main vich paleetan pakeen 	Nor am I pure or impure
    Na main aaabi na main khaki	Nor am I water or earth
    Na main aatish na main paun	Nor am I fire or air
    
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    
    Na main arabi na lahori	        I am neither an Arab or a Lahori (Pakistani)
    Na main hindi shehar Nagauri	Nor am I from the (Indian) town of Nagaur
    Na hindu na turk pashauri	Nor am I a Hindu or a Peshawari Turk
    
    Na main bhet mazhab de paya	I did not create any differences in faiths
    Na main aadam hawwa jaya	Nor do I know of any Adam or Eve
    Na koi apna naam dharaya	I did not name myself
    
    Avval aakhar aap nu jana 	I know only of the Self
    Na koi dooja hor pacchana 	and recognise no Other
    Mai ton na koi hor syana	There is nobody wiser than I
    
    Bulle shah kharha hai kaun?	Bulleshah, who is standing (in your place)?
    
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    
    Na main moosa na pharaoh	Neither am I Moses nor the Pharoah
    Na main jagan na vich saun	Neither am I awake nor asleep
    Na main aatish na main paun	Neither am I am fire nor wind
    Na main rahnda vich Nadaun	Nor do I live in Nadaun
    Na main baitthan na vich bhaun	Neither am I at rest nor in a storm
    
    Bulle shah kharha hai kaun?	Bulleshah, who is standing (in your place)?
    
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    
    Oh! Oh! Oh!  Oh! Oh! Oh!
    
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I
    Bulla ki jaana main kaun 	Bulla, how do I know who am I


     
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