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Tuhfa:The Minstrel Divine

Bankey Behari (Translator) Chhaganlal Lala (Editor)
Synopsis This is the tale of an Iranian Muslim lady saint named Tuhfa who sacrificed her life to the love of God. Although she was a poor slave girl misunderstood by the people as a nomic. In fact she was intoxicated with the love of God. In the introduction, the learned author has compared the tenets of divine love giving example from all the religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Christian mysticism. Hazrat Siri Siqti, the preceptor of Hazrt Junaid was inspired in his prayers to search out the lover of God. He found a lady imprisoned in the mental hospital in chains and fetters. Having talked with her, he tried to get her released from the mental hospital. The lady’s master who had purchased her for 20,000 dinars told Hazrat Siqti that he was attracted to her by her beauty and divine effulgence surrounding her. She neither ate nor drank but passed all her time in the remembrance of God and His love. All the night, Hazrat Siqti prayed to God to enable him to purchase her. In the morning, a rich man was inspired by God to help Hazrat Siqti with the price for purchasing the lady. Thus, having pleased her the master and the richman turned Dervishes. Hazrat Siqti found her in Kaba asa a lean and emaciated figure due to austerities. She was accepted by the Lord as His own lover. Thus, having changed the life of three persons. Tuhfa attained the abode of the Lord. But her life story narrated by the realized saint Dr. Bankey Behari will change the life of many seekers who will go through this inspiring tale of the divine lover.
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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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Bibliographic information

Title Tuhfa:The Minstrel Divine
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176460281
length 72p., 23cm.