Hajj at 16

By Acharya Sachidananda on 02-07-2017

It was the first day of the month of Ramzan in A.D. 1173. On this auspicious day Farid-ul-Din Masaud Shakar Ganj was born. All began to wonder whether to open their fast or not. A holy man advised that a great Soul has been born in the house and if that infant suckles then we can break the fast and to everybody’s amazement, infant Baba Sheikh Farid ji was fasting.  When Baba Farid was a few years old, his mother taught him his prayers. The boy asked her what was gained by prayer. His mother replied sugar. Accordingly, she used to hide some sugar under his prayer-carpet, and, when he had finished his prayers, draw it forth, and give it to him as a reward of his devotion. One day his mother forgot to put the sugar but after prayers, there was sugar under the carpet.

When Baba Farid was 16 years old, he went to Hajj. On hearing Farid’s language, a saintly man foretold the Boy’s subsequent greatness. The high reputation Farid obtained during his theology studies in Delhi soon became irksome to him. He therefore made his way to Hansi, where he remained for some time. Later he assumed the mantle of his late spiritual guide. He ultimately left it in the keeping of Jamal-ul-Din of
Hansi and thence proceeded to Ajodhan, the present Pak Pattan. The manner in which the name of Ajodhan changed to Pak Pattan was that a canal which derived its water from the river Sutlej passed near the town. It was usual for all who visited Baba Farid to wash their hands and feet there. The place then became known as Baba Sahib ji da Pak Pattan, or Farid’s cleansing ferry.

Baba Farid, in accordance with his mother’s advice, went to forest, and lived there as an anchoret for some years on leaves of trees. Sheikh Farid ji made Pak Pattan a great center of Sufi Thoughts. People from all over India and Middle East would come to see him. He always used his language that was Punjabi spoken by common people, even though he was highly learned and educated in Arabic, Persian, etc. His all couplets are written in Punjabi, with Persian script. He generally rejected offerings of money, but would accept gifts of food, etc for public kitchen. Baba Sheikh Farid was a great saint of India, who is considered as a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. His successors and descendants carried his torch of thoughts quite successfully, after Baba Sheikh Farid died of pneumonia in the year of 1266.

About The Author

Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.