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Saturday, August 15, 2009

A mango tree and a sufi tale



A mango tree and grape vine (on left side) always go side to side. I am lucky to have a grape vine and a mango tree in my home garden. Mango tree has stopped producing flowers and fruits due to lack of some fertilizers but for birds, it is still a favourite spot.

Mango tree is originated in Indo Pak subcontinent. It fruits, and leaves are associated with fortune, peace and fertility.



Mango tree and a sufi tale.

Bulleh shah is a great sufi poet of Punjab. Inayat Shah is the master of Bulleh Shah. This story describes the first meeting of Bulleh Shah with his master.

It is said that even before coming in contact with Inayat Shah, Bulleh Shah used to do some spiritual practice, and had acquired certain miraculous powers.

When Bulleh Shah, the seeker, passed near the gardens of Inayat Shah, he saw fruit laden trees on both sides of the road. Shah Inayat was at that time the head gardener of the Shalimar gardens of Lahore. These gardens are Moghul gardens. Bullah Shah visited these gardens and as it was summer, he roamed in the mango-groves. Inayat Shah himself was engaged in planting onion seedlings.

It occurred to Bulleh Shah to test Inayat Shah of his spiritual power. Invoking the name of God, Bullah looked at the trees, and the fruit started falling on the ground. Inayat Shah looked back and saw that unripe mango fruit was falling from the trees without any reason.

Inayat shah immediately realized that it was due to the mischief played by the young man passing by. He looked towards Bulleh Shah and said,

"Well, young man, why have you brought down the unripe fruit from the trees?"

This is what Bulleh Shah wanted, to find an opportunity to talk to Inayat Shah. He went up to him and said,

"Sir, I neither climbed up the trees, nor did I throw any stones at the fruit, how could I tear it from the trees ?"

Inayat Shah cast a full glance at Bulleh Shah and said, "0, you are not only a thief, you are also being clever!

Inayat shah said: “You do not know how to pronounce properly the holy words and so you reduce their power”.

So saying he used the same invocation and all the mangoes in the gardens fell on the lovely lawns. Once again he repeated the same and the fruit went back on to the trees.


But the Inayat's glance was so penetrating that it touched Bullah's heart and he instantly fell at his feet.

Inayat Shah asked him his name and the purpose for coming to him. Bullah replied,

"Sir, my name is Bullah and I wish to know how I can realize God." Inayat Shah said,

"Why do you look down? Get up and look at me."

As soon as Bullah raised his head and looked at Inayat Shah, the Master again cast at him a full glance, laden with love, shaking him all through.

He said "0 Bullah, what problem is there in finding God ? It only needs to be uprooted from here and planted there." This was enough for Bulleh Shah. He got what he had wished for .

Referenes:

The mango

The life of Bulleh Shah

1 comment:

birdy said...

Very interesting story. I'm always inspire by spiritual tales. I love to hear/read about Sufia Karam and Sufism (Tasawaf).

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