Dil Hoiya Darvesh
It is really another unique venture on the part of renowned Dogri poet and scholar Dr Jitendra Uhampuri who gave us his new creation ‘Dil Hoiya Darvesh ’ an anthology of 107 verses decorated with Sufi thoughts. The text is both in Punjabi language as well as script. For this he really deserves our heartiest appreciations as well as congratulations.
All the verses of the present text contain sublime thoughts of spiritualism based on Sufi theology. Actually, the Sufism rules over the millions of hearts in many countries including our country. This wonderful spiritual approach of multitude magnanimity has influenced not only to Muslim community alone but also to Hindus, Sikhs and Christians alike etc. The Sufian poetry and music has so magnificent potential that it has reached the hearts of the millions of peoples having crossed all the boundaries and barriers of the nations to make its everlasting impacts.
Being soul of spiritualism the Sufi poetry is eternal to live alive for all the times to come. It seems that prior to taking his pen to write down such a poetry of so high quality the poet, Udhampuri must have not only studied thoroughly the works of the renowned Sufi saint poets like Bulle Shah and Sheikh Fareed, Hafiz etc, but also have imbibed the entire genre of Sufism to the marrow of his hearts of hearts. By taking such a challenging task be set a land mark though in the Punjabi literature, we Dogri speaking people also feel proud of him as by domicile he is not only Dogra but an established Dogri poet too. When we compare his one of the verses with the well known poet Umar Khayam’s following verse, we find a striking similarity-
‘‘Ajj tera rang hai chadhia je,
asin apana aappa bhula baithe.
Ajj ishake di hatti te behike,
asin sara mal luta baithe,
Eh rup husan da kotha bi,
hai ik din aappe dhaih jana’’. (p. 44)
‘‘There was a door to which I could not find key, there was a veil past which I could not see, Some little talk a while of thee and me, There was and no more me and thee.’’ (Umar Khayaam) The poet describes that when a devotee attains his bliss he sees his divine power in every item of this universe. Then he needs nothing except his blessings and thus can not the attracted by the worldy allurements :- ‘‘Chhad tenun hun kithe jana, hor na koi thikana. Chetti-chetti tur jana hai, uth gia aabo-dana, tun hi tun manjil meri, agge tod koi naa, tun hi tun hai mere mahi.’’ (p. 42) The poet further illustrates that when a devotee feels that this world was just like a night of ignorance for him which by dint of his penance has been then now he has certainly attained morning of knowledge. That is why he is feeling that everything is only his creation which is neither of me and nor of you. Prior to that I due to my ignorance I have malign my life, but now I am an enlightened soul :- ‘‘Jeevan si ik rain basera, hun tan hoiya savera, sab-kujh use maahi da hai, kujh nahin tera-mera, jeevan de is mele andar, maili ho gai kaaya...’’ (p. 69) Thus in view of the above we can say that Dr Jitendra Udhampuri has not only established his authority as Dogri poet of romance, pangs and multifaceted social themes but as a poet of Sufism too.