The kalams of Bulleh Shah

Peer Baba Bulleh Shah was a Punjabi humanist and philosopher born in 1680.

Known for the form of versus that he employed i.e. Kafi popular in Punjabi, urdu and Sindhi poetry.

The simplicity with which Bulleh Shah has been able to address the complex fundamental issues of life and humanity is a large part of his appeal.

Baba Bulleh Shah opposed the differences created by humans on the basis of religion that too primarily focusing on the division between Hindus and Muslims.

His poetry was a patronage of finding true, divine and spiritual love.

In the contemporary times also his writings are of significant relevance as most of the songs which are written and composed in India and Pakistan are based on his versus only.

Chaiyan Chaiyan, Dama Dam Mast Qalandar, Kun Faya Kun, Bulleya, Bullah Ki Jaana Mai Kaun.

I hope you all will read the versus of Baba Bulleh Shah as they are having the potential to change your thinking and the way you see life.


PS: I have taken alot of pain to translate these verses from Punjabi to English. So please do read.



Makkay gayaan, gal mukdee naheen
Pawain sow sow jummay parrh aaeey

Going to Makkah is not the ultimate
Even if hundreds of prayers are offered


Ganga gayaan, gal mukdee naheen
Pawain sow sow gotay khaeeay

Going to River Ganges is not the ultimate
Even if hundreds of cleansing (Baptisms) are done

Gaya gayaan gal mukdee naheen
Pawain sow sow pand parrhaeeay

Going to Gaya is not the ultimate
Even if hundreds of worships are done


Bulleh Shah gal taeeyon mukdee
Jadon May nu dillon gawaeeay

Bulleh Shah the ultimate is
When the “I” is removed from the heart!


Ibaadat kar ibaadat karan de naal gal ban di hai gal ban di a
kise di aaj ban di hai te kise di kal ban di a

pray n pray, praying will make things happen
someone's today n someone's tomorrow.



Parh Parh Kitaaban Ilam Diyan Tu Naam Rakh Liya QAAZI,  

By reading an umpteen number of books

you have accomplished the title of a 'Qaazi'.


Fad Talvaar Tu Naam Rakha Liya GHAZI,  

By conquering lands and winning fierce

wars you have accomplished the title of a 'Ghazi'(warrior).


Makkay ja ja Hajj Guzaare Tu Naam Rakh Liya HAAJI,  

By going to Mecca time and again for pilgrimage

you have accomplished the title of a 'Haji'


Par Bulleya Tu kuch nhi baneya, je tu yaar na kitta raazi.

But Bulleh Shah, what did you accomplish

if you haven’t kept your friend happy?





Allah Hoo!



"Bulleh nu loki matti dende bulleya aa ja vich maseeti"


People advised Baba Bulleh Shah to leave his wooden hut (where he used to live)

and come to the mosque to pay obeisance to the creator (allah/god).


“Vich maseeta de ki kuj hunde je dilo namaz na meeti"


Bulleh Shah replies to the people that what's the use of

going to the mosque if you are not praying from your heart and soul.


“baro dhooye latta gode andro rahi paleeti, tera dil khidawe munde kudiya, sajde kare maseeti"


He advises the people that what's the use of cleansing the

body with water and kneeling in front of the lord, when your mind is diverted towards

worldly affairs.


“duniyadaara rabb de naal vi chaar so veeh ta keeti"


People you have tried to trick the lord with your useless rituals


“ Allah hu da awaaza ave, kuli ni faqir di vicho"


People, I chant the lord's name continously in my

wooden hut, without false rituals that you make


“na kar bandeya meri meri, damm da vasah koi na, allah hu da awaza ave kuli ni faqir di vicho"


"People don't be so selfish. Sufism goes beyond

religion and talks about true love for the

Almighty. One doesn't need to visit the temple or

the mosque to pray to god, but can do that with

an honest plea from anywhere, even from my hut."


“Mere yaar da chaumukheya diva, nadiyo paar jagda"


The lord listens to my plea from all the four directions,

I dont even need to cross the river, his divinity is like a

light coming from all directions that erases all the darkness"


Allah hoo


Hail the mighty lord



Contesting Religion


Umar gawai wich maseeti,

Having wasted all your life in mosques and temples

andar bharya naal paleeti.

you heart is still filled with dirt.

Kade namaaz tuheed na keeti,

Not once did you truly declare that god is one,

hun ki karna e shor-pukar.

so why this hue and cry now on the basis of religion?



Masjid Dha De, Mandir Dha De, Dha De Jo Kucch Dainda,

Tear Down The Mosque And The Temple; Break Everything In Sight


Par Kisi Da Dil Na Dhain, Mera Rab Dilan Vich Vasda.

But Do Not Break A Person’s Heart, It Is There That God Resides








Bulle nu loki matti dende

To Bulla people give advice (saying)


"bulleya tu ja baih masiti"

O Bulla, go and sit in the mosque


vich masita de ki kujh hunda

To which Bulleh Shah replies '"what avails it going to the mosque"


je dilo namaz na nitti

if the prayers dont come from the heart.


bahro pak kitte ki hunda

What matters it being pure outside


je andaro gai na paliti

when the dirt from inside has not gone


bin murshid kamil bulleya

o Bulleya, without the guidance of a perfect master



teri aive gai ibadat kitti..!!

all your prayers are of no avail







Ved, Quran parh parh thakey

Tired of reading the Vedas and Quran


Sajdey kardiyaan ghis gaye mathey

Kneeling and prostrating my forehead shorn


Na Rab Tirath, na Rab Makkeh

At Mathura or Mecca He does not dwell


Jis paya tas nur anwaar

He who has found Him, only he can tell




The Divine and spiritual Love



Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Ni,

Repeating the name of my lover (Ranjha)


Me'N Aapay Ranjha hoi,

I have become Ranjha myself


Sado ni Me'N no Dhido- Ranjha,

O call me ye all Ranjha


Mano Heer Na Akho Koi

let no one call me Heer





Mai to putli kaath ki,

I am nothing but a wooden doll


dor piya ke haath.

my strings are in the hands of my master


Nachat hu mai prem se,

I dance in love,


jeso piya nachaat.


the way he pulls my strings





Tere Ishq ne dera mere andar keeta

Bhar ke zeher payala main taan aape peeta,

Your love has made an adobe in my heart

and falling in love with you 

was like taking a sip of poison



Jhabde wahudi tabiba nahin te main mar gaiyaan
Tere Ishq nachaiyaan kar key thaiyaa thaiyaa


Come my healer, forsaken, I am sad.
Your love has made me dance like mad.










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