A journey begins….

Adil Najam’s post on Lahore and its only statue made extremely nostalgic. I am however, excited as I will be there soon to spend the winter vacation.

Adil also reflected on Lahore here. There is a picture that depicts Lahore’s glorious past. The picture shows the famous Badshahi Mosque and also captures the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh “both reflected in some rain water”.

My favourite is this one on the left- showing the depth of the mosque’s architecture and its self contained spirituality. See how the “view’ elevates upwards like souls reaching out the Highest, the Loftiest…This image has been taken from here.

I know what I will be doing in Lahore – revisiting the Fort, the Shahi mosque, Wazir Khan’s mosque and the Lawrence gardens that would be glowing under the winter sun or freezing at dusk. Winters are fabulous in Lahore notwithstanding the pollution levels that have crossed all limits of public health and saftey.. Such is life and the times we live in!

A visit to Cocoo’s Cafe would be essential to view the splendour of Badshahi mosque and Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi at night.

See this picture on the right borrowed from Conor’s travel blog. The domes and the mist (or is it the glare?) make the place look so surreal. I think the picture was taken from the Cocoo’s or a nearby rooftop.

Of course there will be heartaches to see another hideous plaza illuminated with lights and neon signs that disturb the mood. More trees (see the one above right, in Lawrence taken by Makbruno) would have been offered at the altar of modernity (see the photo below from Metroblog) but then Lahore Lahore aye – resilient, booming and a place that is unforgettable for those who belong there – like myself. An emigre – in exile – and never content with any other place.

Provincial? Yes.

Myopic? Perhaps.

Rooted? Yes.

I may have missed the music conference (does it take place now?) that used to be organized every winter and spring but I am sure Data’s shrine is there to stay. It has been alive for almost nine centuries.

Ali Hajwery’s tomb popularly known as Data (literally the giver) Saheb defines the supremacy of Lahore’s station as a leading source of Sufi practice. This is where most Indian Sufi traditions sought inspiration and one of the oldest texts on Sufi thought emanated..

I will be there soon.

More later….

 

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  1. May Allah bless your journey, and guide your safe return.

    I am happy for you🙂

    Ya Haqq!

  2. I lived in Delhi for three years where I studied Urdu Zabani at Jamia Millia University. It was 20 years ago. Since then I have developed a strong love and passion for Nizamuddin Awlia. I spent much time next to the shrine, and after coming back to Italy I kept studing and thinking about Him. Little by little I discovered Sufism, started meditation, read books and poems, and my link and affection towards him grow stroger. My daughetr’s name is Sofia and pictures of the Dargha is next to my bed, first thing I see in the morning and last in the evening. During the years Nizamuddin has helped me a lot, in many occasions. Every time I call him in dispair He cames to me. No one ever loved me like he does. To experience the power of His love is something impossible to express with words, something that has changed complitely the prospective of my life.
    Every now and then I go accross the web looking for His name to see if something else has come up. That’s how I came accross your site and with great joy I found new pictures of the shrine. The best gift for Christmas. I am not muslim, nor christian, or anything else, but however my heart is full of love for God which, I am sure, is One and Overwhelming. And does embrace me all time long. If my presence doesn’t offend anyone in your site I will be glad to come back again, and possibly talk to anyone close to the Great Chisthy Saint. Sorry for my improper english. Khudafis. Marta Franceschini

  3. the post creates longing to visit the spiritual places of pakistan.

    may your journey be blessed!

  4. Mashallah!
    beautiful words and sharing from Marta. May God bless you dear friend on the path.

  5. I once read famous Urdu poet Krishan Kumar Toor’s series of small Nazms (picture poetry kind) and was so enamoured. I don’t remember where I had copied them. Feel like reading them again and posting.

  6. No doubt! whatever faith you possess, the love for God is above everything. Its just the way you see it, or when you go out to search and could find anywhere, you wont even think of!. He has mysterious ways to show Himself and His love.
    I offer you to visit some shrines in Pakistani Punjab, whenever you feel liking coming over.

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