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Bahu, whose name translates as "With God," remains highly popular in Pakistan and India today—even illiterate Punjabis can recite his poetry by heart. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Death before Dying , please sign up.
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Jul 01, Aloysiusi Lionel rated it really liked it. This is an interesting compilation of poems, culled from the research and translation project of Jamal Elias. Introducing suprising parallel themes between Christian, Hindu and Islamic philosophies, this book laid out for the curious readers the peculiarity of South Indian cultural symbols.
Graced by explanatory notes on Sufi mysticism on every page and every group of lines, Death Before Dying brought me to the mysterious and suspended me in the ionosphere of the mystical, attesting--as I observ This is an interesting compilation of poems, culled from the research and translation project of Jamal Elias.
Graced by explanatory notes on Sufi mysticism on every page and every group of lines, Death Before Dying brought me to the mysterious and suspended me in the ionosphere of the mystical, attesting--as I observed and reflected--that it is indeed faith, and not religious institutions contesting for dominance, that will draw the "lover" close to the "Beloved". This delightful rendering of the Sultan's poems has one of the most captivating lines in poetry: "Thousands have been lovers, Bahu, but love is in the fortunes of only a few.
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He belonged to the Sufi order known as Qadiri, and the mystic tradition he started has been known as Sarwari Qadiri. Little is known of Bahu's life, other than a hagiography written by a descendant of his seven generations later, entitled Manaqib-i Sultani. Sultan Bahu Sultan Bahu also spelled Bahoo was an Sufi mystic, poet and scholar active mostly in the present-day Punjab province of Pakistan.
More than forty books on Sufism are attributed to him, mostly in Persian, and largely dealing with specialised aspects of Islam and Islamic mysticism.
However, it is his Punjabi poetry which had popular appeal and earned him lasting fame. His verses are sung in many genres of Sufi music including qawwali and kafi, and tradition has established a unique style of singing his couplets. Literary Works The exact number of books written by Sultan Bahu is not known but it is assumed to be more than one hundred, forty of them on Sufism and Islamic mysticism alone. Most of his writings are in the Persian Language except Abyat-e-Bahoo which is written as Punjabi poetry.
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