Bulleh Shah (quotes)

  • Seek the spirit, forget the form.
  • It’s not me, it’s he himself He amuses his own self.
  • Seek your master, say your prayers and surrender to God.
  • You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved! You alone exist, I do not!
  • Hide not behind the veil, my love, I long to have a glimpse of you.
  • How long can the truth be veiled? The spirit is all there is to know.
  • It’s all in the One contained, understand that one and forget the rest.
  • You have read thousands of books of knowledge, have you ever tried to read your ownself.
  • Repeating the name of the Beloved, I have become the Beloved myself.. Whom shall I call the Beloved now?
  • Tear down the mosque, the temple, everything in sight. But don’t break a human heart. For that is where God resides.
  • If I speak, you speak with me: If I am silent, you are in my mind. If I sleep, you sleep with me:  If I walk, you are along my path.
  • If I search for you for you inside, then I think you are confined. If I search for you outside, then who is contained within me? You are everything, you are in everything, you are known to be free from everything. You are me and I am you, so who is poor Bullha?
  • Yes, yes; you’ve read thousands of books but you’ve never tried to read your own self; you rush into your temples, into your mosques, but you have never tried to enter your own heart; futile are all your battles with the devil for you have never tried to fight your own desires.
  • Not a believer in the mosque am I, Nor a disbeliever with his rites am I. I am not the pure amongst the impure, I am neither Moses nor Pharaoh. Bulleh, I know not who I am. Not in the holy books am I, Nor do I dwell in bhang or wine, Nor do I live in a drunken haze, Nor in sleep or waking known. Bulleh, I know not who I am. Not in happiness or in sorrow am I found. I am neither pure nor mired in filthy ground. Not of water nor of land, Nor am I in air or fire to be found. Bulleh, I know not who I am. Not an Arab nor Lahori, Not a Hindi or Nagouri, Nor a Muslim or Peshawari, Not a Buddhist or a Christian. Bulleh, I know not who I am. Secrets of religion have I not unravelled, I am not of Eve and Adam. Neither still nor moving on, I have not chosen my own name! Bulleh, I know not who I am. From first to last, I searched myself. None other did I succeed in knowing. Not some great thinker am I. Who is standing in my shoes, alone? Bulleh, I know not who I am.