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What is there to say about this song? Just listen to it…

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Shraddha Pandit, Vijay Prakash
Music: A R Rahman

In Punjabi:
♫ Mann chandre nu raas na aave, Na aave dharwaas
Jigar da sauda kyon kar baitha, mukadi jaandi aas
Je lut janda te lut janda dil, hauke kha ke chhup jaanda
Beparwah da ki kehna, Na aave dharwaas..
Jigar da sauda kyon kar baitha, mukadi jaandi aas..
Dard sataunda bedardaan nu, bedardaan da ki jaanda..
Dard sataunda bedardaan nu, bedardaan da ki jaanda
.. ♪

Crazy heart neither gets satisfaction nor can afford..
Why it did the deal of heart, now even the hopes are dying..
Once heart is gone, its gone! It hides after crying..

What to say about heartless people, there is no relief..
Why it did the deal of heart, now even the hopes are dying..
Pain hurts and heartless have no regret about it..
Pain hurts and heartless have no regret about it..

PS: This song is not from a movie. It’s from the music album ‘Connections’ released by Nokia.

I have heard and seen this song on TV in India and did not pay much attention to it. I recently stumbled on Karmatube which opened my eyes to Bulleh Shah, the Sufi poet who wrote this.

Bulleh Shah was a Sufi poet who lived in Pakistan from 1680 to 1758. His given name was Abdullah Shah, Bulleh was a nickname and it is the name he chose to use as a poet. Bulleh traveled to Lahore in search of a Murshid(Master). He found Hazrat Shah Inayat, a well-known Qadiri Sufi and gardener by profession. He asked Inayat, “I wish to know how to realize God.” Inayat Shah replied, “What is the problem in finding God? One only needs to be uprooted from here and replanted there.” Inayat graced Bulleh with the secret of spiritual insight and the Knowledge of God.

Bulleh Shah’s poetry reflects a turbulent period in Punjab history and highlights his mystical spiritual journey. He is critical of those in power – intellectuals, academicians and religious authorities – who put obstacles in the way of the common people in discovering the love of God.

Sufism has produced a multitude of saints, Bulleh Shah is arguably one of the greatest Sufi saints and Punjabi poets. His tomb is in Qasur (Pakistan).

Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides
But do not break the human heart as it is there that God resides.
– Bulleh Shah

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