Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hazrat Sachal Sarmast {Sindh, Pakistan}

Sachal Sarmast (1739-1829), renowned Sufi Saint & poet is regareded as Shair-e-haft zaban (poet of seven languages). His real name was Abdul Wahab. The shrine of Sachal Sarmast is in village Daraza of district Khairpur Mirs Sindh, Pakistan.

Sachal Sarmast (1739–1829) was a Sufi poet from Sindh, Pakistan during the Kalhora era. Abdul Wahab was his real name and "Sachal" was the name he used in his own poetry. Sachalu means truthful in Sindhi. Sarmast means mystic in Sindhi and Urdu. Sachal Sarmast literally means 'truthful mystic'.

He is regarded as 'shair-e-haft zaban' (poet of seven languages) due to his poetical works in Arabic, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian and Balochi to address the wider audience in these languages. He spread the message of love for humanity through his poetry.

His poetical works are sung by local singers in Sindhi and Saraiki. His shrine is in village Daraza, Khairpur District, Pakistan.

[edit] Poetry of Sachal Sarmast
The brave speak the truth
Let others like it or not;
For the talk of false friendship we care not.

Sachal Sarmast was an ardent follower of Wahdat-ul-Wujood (unity of existence), an Islamic Philosophy synonymous with Hamah Oost (all from One). Sachal says (translation by Gul Agha):

There is no other Beloved,
There is only what I see everyday!
I was sitting by the roadside,
When the path became clear to me;
In the palace the Beloved I saw,
a glimpse the Beauty gave;
Through the window was the vision,
a glimpse the Beauty saw;
Take care of the ignorant;
Our bond was made for a reason.
I truly recognized the Lord,
My companion He sure became;
'He is the Creator of all
and intrinsic to all',
All doubts in this perished;
With happiness shall I carry
Sisters, if your trust I have.
All the journeys, all the manifestations
The Dear One's own;
Friend 'Sachal' know this correctly,
Slumber has created illusions.
Sachal regarded love as the path to spirituality:
'Tis not in religion I believe
'Tis love I live in.
When love comes to you.
Say Amen!
'Tis not with the infidel
that love resides
Nor with the faithful.

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