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The Immortal Sufi Triumvirate: Sanai-Attar-Rumi

Bankey Behari (Translator) Chhaganlal Lala (Editor)
Synopsis Sanai, Attar and Rumi are the renowned Sufi Poet-laureates of Iran. They have composed Poetry in Persian on renunciation and divine love. Sanai, the court-poet of Sultan Bahiramshah, being reprimanded by a dervish, renounced his lucrative service of Sultan and retired to the wilderness to perform spiritual practices such as fasts and vigils in solitude. His fear of God and faith in His mercy were supreme. He always said, "You are a pilgrim in this world with the object of seeking god. You must realize Him at all costs." Attar was regarded as the (nur) effulgence of Mansur-Al-Hallaj reappeared in his spirit. Attar, the Star of Sufism was versatile genius. He wrote 114 books of repute. Born in Nishapur, he was a doctor but he became dervish at the instance of another dervish who aroused him from worldly stupor by passing away before his clinic. He sought salvation by conquest of passion, renouncement of possessions, detachment, constant meditation on God and association with adepts in Sufism. Attar was blessed with high spiritual experience and ecstasy. His chief subject was divine love on which he wrote immortal poems. Maulana Jalaludin Rumi was the founder of Maulvia sect noted for dance and singing songs in praise of the Lord. He worshipped his preceptor Shams Tabraiz verily, as the Lord. By the grace of Shams, he turned out a great poet and composed Masnavi containing 26,600 poems which is the marvel of erudition and storehouse of mystic secrets. It is styled as the Quran in Pehlvi. While traveling, in Nishapur, he had met Faridudin Attar who blessed him, presented him with one of his works and foretold his future greatness. When Rumi performed ecstatic dance, young and old were moved by his melancholy notes. With both hands, he showered gold and silver on the assembled musicians. Describing his final achievement, he writes, "I, a raw was matured in the fire of love and ultimately, having been roasted, I appeared reborn in the world of unity."
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About the authors

Bankey Behari

Dr. Bankey Behari was a scholar of Persian, Urdu and English. In addition to other scholarly books he translated many books on Sufism like Iran Ke sufi Kavi in Hindi, Revival of Religious Sciences by Alghazali in English, Tadkaratula Aulia (i.e., Memoirs of Saints) by Faridudin Attar in English, Fiha Ma Fiha (Tabla Talk of Maulana Rumi), The Immortal Sufi Triumvirate – Sanai, Attar and Rumi, Tuhfa – The Minstrel Divine, Sufis, Mystics and Yogis of India and The Rubaiyat of Sarmad, all in English.. He was awarded the UNESCO Prize on his Paper “Way to Ecstasy” and it was considered as the best Indian work for the year 1973. He renounced his lucrative legal practice and having taken Sannyasa came to Vrindaban in 1940. He adopted the intense spiritual practice and realized God and departed to Goloka Dhama, the Divine abode of the Lord on 7 February 1975 after living in Vrindaban for 35 years.

Chhaganlal Lala

Dr. Chhaganlal Lala was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1972 and D. Litt. Degree from the Agra University. He served as a Lecturer of English in Sri Nimbark Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Vrindaban. He was closely associated with Dr. Bankey Behari and has taken the noble work of editing all the unpublished works of Dr. Bankey Behari. Besides being involved in the study of Scriptures, he is a prolific writer and has published articles in several journals.

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Title The Immortal Sufi Triumvirate: Sanai-Attar-Rumi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817646015X
length 105p., 23cm.