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Abdul Kadir

Abdul Kadir ''Bedil'' (1814 - 1872)

Another major poet of the 19th century was Bedil, the most voluminous poet of Sind, even more so than Shah Lateef, with 10 books of poetry to his credit. Most of his poems were written in Persian, Arabic and Urdu, and his famous Sindhi works were Wahdat Namo (Book of Union) and Surood Namo (Book of Melody). Here is a kafi written in the Saraiki dialect—a combination of Sindhi and Punjabi, widely used by many poets—enunciating Sufistic principles in the most clear terms :—

Sikhu ramz vijood vinjavan dee, nahe hajat parhan parhawan dee

1.         Akharan de vich koee arya, ishq dee charhi moor na charhya Asbati da vilm jo parhya, ta mouja unha savan dee.

2.         Nal daled na labhse dilbar, aqul na the seen adaheen rahbar, Samjhe mam ko sufi besar,Shahi tabal vajavan thee.

3.         Bedil vahdat dee ghal man toon, vahim tilsam dooee da bhan toon, Vich urooj nizool de ghin toon, lazzat awan jawan dee.

Translation :—

Learn the art of losing yourself; there is no need to be taught or to teach.

1.         He who gets entangled in words, can never climb love's heights.

            He who has learnt the knowledge of truth, enjoys monsoon-showers on his soul.

2.         The lover cannot be found with arguments, reason cannot be a guide in that direction.

            A headless sufi alone can understand the secret of beating the Royal drum.

3.         Says Bedil: accept the truth of Oneness, and break illusion of duality,Derive the joy of coming and going between the highest zenith                   and the lowest depth.