Throne of Divine Guidance and Persuasion
by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo
After taking physical oath of allegiance, Sultan Bahoo returned from Delhi. There he started executing his duty of guiding and persuading people towards righteousness. From that day onwards, the Divine radiance and theophanies manifested from his existence. Moreover they were so intense that his single glance (nigah نگاہ ) elevates hundreds of people to the level of Divine union.
Sultan Bahoo has defined an independent Fakir as compared to the conventional spiritual guides and shrine caretakers that:
- Rules and regulations do not constrain an independent Fakir. As he is free from all the constraints. First, he is not bind to stay at one place. Secondly, his beneficence continues in every condition and in every direction. Usually, he distributes the bounty of Faqr among common people while travelling from place to place.
SULTAN BAHOO AN INDEPENDENT FAKIR
Sultan Bahoo travelled all his life to educate and guide people on the path of Faqr. Among common people he distributed the treasure of Divine love and knowledge. Important to realize is that he did this on Allah’s commandment. As he says:
نفس را رسوا کنم بہر از خدا
ہر ہر درے قدمے زنم بہر از خدا
Explanation: I disgrace my self by begging from door to door just to obey and please my Allah. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)
Sultan Bahoo spent his entire life wandering in search of the seekers of Allah. Once he would come across any, he elevated them to the level of Divine Oneness there and then. As the Holy Prophet ordered him to execute the duty of guiding people towards Allah.
AREAS HE VISITED
Mostly, he travelled towards the valley of Soon Sakeser, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Sindh and Balochistan for guiding and persuading people towards Faqr. Yet the details about his travels are not in any book, anthologies or manuscripts of Saints. As he always remained away from the centers of culture and education of his age and never met any writer. Moreover his visit to Delhi is mentioned only once. For the most part he distributed the treasure of Ism-e-Allah Zaat among the common villagers. Hence those villagers continued and promoted his teachings.
While travelling, he often blessed any person on the way with Divine closeness by his single glance.
SULTAN BAHOO’S STATE OF DIVINE ABSORPTION
Emperor Shah Jahan had granted a grand property to his father Bazayd Mohammad which included vast land, a fort of bricks and several running wells. Although, the property was very vast and needed proper care but Sultan Bahoo was completely indifferent towards it. He used to leave home whenever the Divine absorption occupied him. Sultan Hamid Ali writes in Manaqib-e-Sultani;
- Sultan Bahoo never indulged himself in worldly jobs or relations. Twice he tried to plough the fields but both times, the passion of Divine love overcame him to the extent that he left the bullocks there and then and went to jungles and mountains absorbed in the theophanies and revelations of vision of Allah.
In short, Sultan Bahoo was the perfect spiritual guide and was the absolute light of guidance. Such spiritual guide possesses the power to elevate a devotee by his spiritual attention. Moreover he would also persuade and educate. Given these points, the level where he would bless was of the Divine vision (Deedar-e-Elahi). So much so that seeker does not require any other mystic devotion, invocation or meditation.