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Mir Abdullah Shah Qadiri Shatari, often referred to simply as Bulleh Shah (a shortened form of Abdullah Shah) lived in what is today Pakistan. His family was very religious and had a long tradition of association with Sufis. Bulleh Shah's father was especially known for his learning and devotion to God, raising both Bulleh Shah and his sister in a life of prayer and meditation.

Bulleh Shah himself became a respected scholar, but he longed for true inner realization. Against the objections of his peers, he became a disciple of Inayat Shah, a famous master of the Qadiri Sufi lineage, who ultimately guided his student to deep mystical awakening.

The nature of Bulleh Shah's realization led to such a profound egolessness and non-concern for social convention that it has been the source of many popular comical stories -- calling to mind stories of St. Francis or Ramakrishna. For example, one day Bulleh Shah saw a young woman eagerly waiting for her husband to return home. Seeing how, in her anticipation, she braided her hair, Bulleh Shah deeply identified with the devoted way she prepared herself for her beloved. So Bulleh Shah dressed himself as a woman and braided his own hair, before rushing to see his teacher, Inayat Shah.

Bulleh Shah is considered to be one of the greatest mystic poets of the Punjab region.

His tomb in the Qasur region of Pakistan is greatly revered today.

Poems by Bulleh Shah

Recommended Books: Bulleh Shah

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi Bulleh Shah: The Love-Intoxicated Iconoclast (Mystics of the East series) Saint Bulleh Shah
Bulleh Shah: A Selection Rendered Into English Verse Baba Bulleh Shah: Music CD

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Sufi Poets - Bulleh Shah

Brief biography and exploration of Bulleh Shah's poetry.

Bulleh Shah: His Life and Poetry

An extended article on Bulleh Shah's life and spiritual path, with several selections of his poetry.

Bulleh Shah: Leading Light of Punjab

A brief article on Bulleh Shah and a few verses.

Bulleh Shah: Ideas & Identities of India Pakistan

A good article on the life and influence of Bulleh Shah.

Bulleh Shah

Several poems translated by Suman Kashyap.

Bulleh Shah - Wikipedia

Brief biography of Bulleh Shah, along with a quick exploration of his poetic style and influence into the modern era.

Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah Life

An exploration of Bulleh Shah's life and poetry. Many poem excerpts.

Bulleh Shah | Sufi Poetry

A bit about Bulleh Shah's life and philosophy, along with several of his poems in both Punjabi and in English.
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