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Sufism | Bridging religions

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This is something extremely relevant is the current ecosystem. It is a story that has various aspects. It involves the beautiful relation between a master and his disciple; it involves two friends belonging to two different faiths and people belonging to different strata of the society. How rare it is these days to find people who keep humanity above religion and don’t let their ego come in the way of interacting with people! The competition, envy is getting deep rooted in us and apparently we are forgetting the fact that after all we are all humans. It gets my goat when I read online, people killing people in the name of religion. I am not an erudite but I’m pretty sure no religion teaches us to kill. I usually come across balderdash that people post against each other on social media as if trying to prove that one religion is better than the other. When will this ‘my religion is better than yours’ thing end!

 

In this blog post trying to mention an example that demonstrates the communion across religions and status. Sufism has many such examples that can help us mitigate the existential tension among religions. Mian Mir a sufi saint and his life is a brilliant example that blazes a trail for all of us. Mian Mir a Muslim sufi was invited to lay the foundation of the Harmandir Sahib popularly known as ‘The Golden Temple’. Mian Mir, a quintessential Sufi loved simplicity and had a huge disdain for gloating and arrogance. The Mughal emperor Jahangir wanted to meet Mian Mir but Mian Mir never really entertained him. Mian Mir didn’t like his greed and insatiable desire for power.

 

Mian Mir liked Dara Shikoh, a Mughal emperor with Sufi inclination. Dara Shikoh was a learned man who believed in humanity and had not even an iota of arrogance in him. Dara Shikoh was a highly devoted disciple of the Saint Mian Mir and the saint liked him as well. Mian Mir was also friends with Guru Arjan Dev Ji the fifth Sikh guru. It was Guru Arjan Dev Ji who invited Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the golden temple. The shrine of the saint Mian Mir is visited and believed by Sikhs and people of other religions as well!

 

When our genesis is so eclectic in nature, what then instigates us to draw blood in the name of religion! This is a beautiful example and teaches us that religion and stature shouldn’t stop us from befriending people and loving them. We are all humans after all. Even if someone doesn’t treat you well, reciprocate with utmost generosity.

“What forgiveness is?

Sufi replied: It’s the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.”

Fantastico experience at Lucknow!

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India has many states and each state offers something unique. Every state has a lot of history associated with it and thus exploring these is always a fantastico experience! You should keep travelling and exploring places, it gives you a chance to interact with a lot of people in the process. Travelling is always a fantastico thing to do. So, keep travelling and keep exploring places. I have explored a few of the Indian states and it is always a fantastico experience. Each state has its own language, culture and its own traditions. This is the most beautiful and fantastico thing about the various Indian states. That is the reason that tourists keep visiting our nation in large numbers.

 

If you haven’t visited Uttar Pradesh yet then you must for sure plan a trip to this state of India. Uttar Pradesh has various cities of historical and cultural importance. So, you can visit and explore many places in the state. The state is extremely rich in culture and heritage. The state has some great spots for people who have fad about wildlife as well! Thus you also get a chance to explore a few forest areas in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Also, the state has various places of religious importance as well. The state has some extremely holy cities like Ayodhya, Varanasi and others. These cities have huge cultural values. Thus, visiting the state is always a fantastico experience for anyone who loves travelling.

 

I visited Lucknow and indeed it was a fantastico experience! The city also happens to be the state capital. The city has many monuments and buildings of historical importance. Also, the city has some building with modern architecture as well! There are various amusement parks in the city as well. Also, the city has a zoo that you can visit for fun and entertainment. The city has many monuments of Mughal style architecture and there is huge heritage associated with these monuments. The city offers a lot for those who like to shop as well! You can wear ‘kurtas’ of different sorts. Lucknow is famous for ‘chicken kurta’ in particular. Thus, the city offers a fantastico shopping experience as well!

 

If you are a foodie then for sure you will love the city Lucknow! The city is a fantastico place for food lovers as well! The city offers a variety of cuisines. The non-vegetarians can surely try biryani and kababs here and it will for sure satisfy their taste buds! The food in this ‘nawabi’ city is really awesome! The place is filled with awesome food joints and offers a lot in terms of taste. You can try desserts of different sorts as well! The place is extremely famous for ‘kulfi’, an ice-cream dessert!

It was really a fantastico experience visiting the place!

 

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