The Call to Truth (“peghaami haku”)


Sent by Anand Krishna

Agha Sufi (Darazi),

in Sufi Mahavaru (Monthly)

Dec. 1931 Larkana Sindh.

special edition in commemoration of the Generous Lord Sachal of Daraza

Edited by: Kismet T. Chagani (Chhagarnii)

 

(translation from Sindhi by Gul Agha)

 

This is the message that the King of Mendicants, the Lord of Shah

Daraza Sachal Sarmast gave in his holy life 108 years ago. I plead

with our Hindu and Muslim brothers, if they desire the welfare of

their nation and country, they should follow his prescription — a

prescription laid out by the true physician who has been sent by the

the Revered Creator (Khuda), the Pure Supreme Spirit (Paramatma) to

this country of Sindh in order to spread peace and harmony. Through

his poetry — a divine mission of peace and justice — he conveyed a

message of ending religious strife and promoting spiritual liberty.

 

It is true that this holy and pure human is not with us today, but

there is no doubt that his holy and pure spirit moves us to this day.

He gave us that word, that voice, that message, which years earlier

Guru Nanik had revealed to unite Hindus and Muslims. The noble desire

of such a Gur Dev has not been discharged but its echo has remained in

Hind, and now has found its expression in Sachal Sarmast of Daraza,

our leader who embodies love and divine knowledge, who asks us to

follow the way of the truth. He says:

 

raamu rahiimu hiko hiku samjhii moja mohabati marniin

maan tuun suurati saaggii sachaa, je tuun paarna pachhaarniin

 

Know that Ram and Rahim are one and stay in the ecstacy of love

You and I manifest the same, if only you recognize your true self

 

It is true that people belonging to many religions were the followers

of this carefree Lord, and he never spoke ill of any of them, and

never ingratiated himself with any of them. Instead he has given the

plea that Hindu and Muslims should consider themselves the same. He

says:

 

jaa na chavarna jehrrii saa muun chavaan kiien

kiso aahe hiien, Hindu Momin hika thiyo

 

what is not to be said, how would I say it?

the true story is like this: Hindus and Believers be one

 

He has clarified this message very explicitly:

 

kalme muunkhe kiina kayo muuro musalmaanu

nakii aahmada mokiliyo ho araba maan iimaanu

‘sachalu’ aa subhaanu para admiyuni lekhe aadmii.

 

proclamation of faith did not me a Muslim make

nor did the Prophet send faith from Arabia

‘Sachal’ is the Praised One, though mortals consider him a mortal

 

If Muslim brothers, without reflection and meditation, think of the

above message as something different, then the weakness of their own

comprehension is responsible and not the messenger. In reality, these

words are to inform and remind those Muslim sahibs who merely recite a

proclamation of faith and declare they are Muslims, that they ought to

learn the true meaning of the proclamation and through it realize

their own true selves. That they should not listen to those folks who

have made a business out of faith and rituals. That they should not

follow those folks the goal of whose literature is only to curse

others and speak ill of others. That they should not keep the company

of those whose profession is suppression of spiritual freedom. They

should forget all these things, and pay heed to this exalted message

of truth — applying full concentration and reflection put it in a

practical shape so that the curtains of bigotry, the artificial walls

of separation between people of different religions are melted away.

 

Sachal explains:

 

mazahabani mulaka men maarnhuun munjhaayaa

sheikhii aen piriia bbiyo buzargiia bhulayaa

oddo kiina aayaa, sachala uuhe ishka dde

 

religions in the land confused people

the priests and gurus besides the elders misled

they did not, O Sachal, come near love

 

It is true that the religions of today, the creeds of today, are like

brains in hollowed skulls, the brains whose gray matter has shriveled

up having suffered a terrible neurological disorder. Besides engaging

in cussing each other, in maligning each others’ spiritual leaders,

they cannot find any other path of ‘progress’; while in reality, the

foundations of these creeds has been put on a completely exalted

basis. Their prophets, their saints, were not ordinary people. They

were divinely inspired, the vicegerents of the Supreme Spirit

(parmaatmaa), their words and deeds were true; it is just our

understanding that has been perverted.

 

There is an allegorical tale of a Sindhi and a Persian who, while

crossing each other on a road, together found a dram (coin). The

Sindhi said that with this dram we should buy a ‘suufu’ (apple). The

Persian got angry and retorted, ‘suufu chi balaa ast, man seb khuvaam’

(what monster is a ‘suufu’, I want an apple). Neither could one

understand ‘suufu’ nor the other understand ‘seb’. Finally, a learned

person passed by and took the dram from them and bought the two an

apple from the market. As soon as the two saw it, they excitedly

exclaimed: “iho ahe, iho ahe” (this is it, this is it) and “vallah iin

ast, iin ast” (By God! this is it, this is it). To this Sachal says:

 

ke thaa chavani suufu, ke thaa chavani sebu

ina men kehrro ebu, phalu mirriyoii hekrro

 

some say ‘suufu’, some say ‘sebu’

what evil lurks in this, the fruit is merely one!

 

Sachal says the truth: there is no religion like compassion and love!

There is no difference between a Hindu and a Muslim. If someone

claims that it is difficult to find unity and affection between Hindus

and Muslims for they are suffering from dogmatic and ritualistic

divisions, and that day by day these differences are igniting the

embers of contention and disaffection in their hearts, that they are

fanning the flames of wrath, then I must say that this rejoinder to

them is sufficient: “Come and come forthwith– O seekers of justice!

O worshippers of truth! Come and learn true Sufistic lessons and

immerse yourself in Sufistic thoughts that you may learn the Sufi way.

This is the way that will very quickly make you conscious of the

destructive mores of every organized religion, and you will understand

the reality of their terrifying traditions. There is no harm in

searching for truth, no evil in it, no shame in it; your own fingers

do not need a mirror to comb your own hair: do not be put off by the

label ‘Sufism’ or ‘Sufi’.

 

Well, you also have the right to be put off. These days you can even

find petty tyrants calling themselves ‘Sufis’, and seeing them it is

true that you may develop a dislike. For such pretenders, read the

message of Saaiin Sachal:

 

ddiiyo bbare sijja khe thii ddahirani ddittho

halko hina havaa sando mutthiyuni kani kattho

khatto aen mittho chariini saaggii chiti men

 

the fools lit a lamp to see the sun

they made fists to smash the lightness of air

they graze for sweet and sour in the same place

 

In his Persian ‘Divan Ashkar’ Sachal says:

 

“Sufism is not a specific religion or ritualism. Rather it is the

name of that guiding knowledge on which the foundation or basis of

every religion has been. By helping those trapped by the walls of

religious divisions see the light, Sufism plays the role of

moonlight on a dark night.”

 

Sachal says:

 

sachuu saaiin hekrro naahe shaku gumaanu

kaathe parrhe pothiyuun kaathe parrhe kuraanu

kaddhen krishin kaani, kaddhen ahmadu arab men

 

‘Sachal’ the Lord is One, there is no doubt or skepticism

Somewhere He reads Hindu scriptures, somewhere Quran

Sometimes He is Lord Krishna, sometimes Prophet of Arabia

 

To end the chasms, these sayings of the perfect sage are sufficient.

 

Forget about dividing Hindus and Muslims, but even for atheists (who

deny the very existence of God), the Lord Sachal says:

 

ggaalhi ta samjharna jehrri, para satguru samjhaae

kafiri momini hikrro ‘sachaa’ bburraji bbiyaaii

 

it is worth understanding, but may the Master explain it

atheist and believer are same, Sachal forget divisions

 

The Hindus in any case believe in God’s unity. They are worshippers

of God. They have many Avatars. Despite all this, if some ignorant

fool does not desist from calling a righteous Hindu a kafir (an

atheist or agnostic), then it is best we stay away from such a person.

If some Muslim is an alcoholic, then is his religion liable? If there

is a sinner, it is the person himself. Similarly, if there are some

among the Hindus who do not follow the path laid out by their Avatars,

and are lost in manifest ritualism, if they are staining their faith,

then they themselves are the sinners, and their religion is not

responsible. It does not follow that we should associate them with

the righteous Hindus.

 

Be that as it may, Sachal Sarmast (‘the Lord of the Intoxicated’) says

that if you dive deep enough, you will not find any difference between

an atheist and a believer. This lesson of unity, this message of love

and compassion is not simply intended for spiritual transcendence;

rather in this material world, in these treacherous times, what you

aspire for can only be attained by the way of harmony and love, the

path lit by the lamp of Sufism. In support of which I repeat this

saintly wisdom:

 

diini kufuru dil daamu, ddijju mirriyoii moja men

tihaan poi hukaamu, hari jaa sachaa tuhinjo

 

faith and disbelief are snares of the heart

made merely in the lap of passions

 

 

in the end is what is ordained

everywhere, O true one (Sachal), is by Thee

 

 

hukumu hale tho jehen saan, so kari pedaa paarna

haakimi thii mehkuuma saan, sachaa silaarrhiji saarna

suurati saa sunjaarni, moi kare morata khe

 

the one who ordains fate, create that yourself

being the ruler and the subject, Sachal unite one with other

recognize that (true) face,

having dissolved the (illusory) representations

I will explicate the above two verses in an article to appear in a

subsequent volume of the Sufi Monthly. Having observed the emerging

conditions in the atmosphere one hundred and eight years ago, what the

great Sarmast (‘the Lord of the Intoxicated’) prophesied, that too I

shall present in another article of the Sufi Monthly–so that the

message of truth be furthered, evil uprooted and the good celebrated.

 

Suffice to say, the gist of the message of truth is furtherance of

love and harmony, and ending religious persecution. I hope that my

Hindu and Muslim brothers and sisters will, having carefully and

deeply pondered on this message, follow the principles laid out. I

hope my Darazi brothers and sisters (fellow followers of Sachal) will,

without fear or favor, with courage and fortitude, and with a depth of

understanding, persevere in spreading the message of truth to each and

every one. They should take it as a duty to demolish this farcical

religious conflict by showing every man and women the neo-Nanaki vision.

 

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