The Sufi Way is to Love
Mysticism is the pivotal point of Sufi poetry. The Sufi way is direct communion and absorption in the Supreme with sheer love and devotion. Sufis believe that God is present in every human being but He is hidden from us by khudi, or ego, what is called aham in Sanskrit. We need to overcome khudi before we can become one with the Supreme. The path chosen by Sufis for this purpose is Ishq Majazi to Ishq Haqqiqi.
In Ishq Majazi, lovers have normal earthly feelings of joy, pain, agony and ecstasy. In Ishq Haqqiqi, the lover is a human being and the beloved is God. But the Sufis do not ask for worldly comforts. They neither yearn for Heaven nor live in fear of Hell. They seek only the enchanting sight of the Beloved.
In Punjab, many love lores are sung but the Sufis adopted the theme of Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah for illustrating Ishq Majazi. Ranjha of Takht Hazara had heard a lot about the enchanting beauty of Heer of Sayals. He went to Heer’s village and met her in her garden. They fell in love at first sight. There were impediments to their meetings but this only made their love more intense. In this love lore, Heer is the human being and Ranjha, the beloved, is God.
Shah Hussain describes their union thus, “Yesterday, I was away from my Ranjha/ Today, I have become one with my Lord/ He is Heer/ He is Ranjha/ Friends, do not call me Heer/ Call me Ranjha.”