The tragedy with geniuses of Kashmir poetry is that whereas they could have expressed concepts like that of Ibn-Arabi, Firdousi, Rumi, Buley Shah, Baba Fareed Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shakespeare and Iqbal, little is thought about them outdoors of Kashmir. It’s a undeniable fact that many of the college students of comparative poetry and literature in Kashmir really feel that the poetic collections of Sufi poets of Kashmir maintain nice potential and could be in contrast with, and even surpass, a few of the nice legends of the world. However sadly, many of the works of Sufi poets have both remained with out translations or have had very common translation works which don’t seize the essence of the works. Socha Kral is amongst these nice poets who, if translated properly, can definitely make a mark on the planet of literature.
Arif Kraal and his spouse Zooni of Koil Pulwama hadn’t a baby for a really very long time till a God fearing saint visited the village. As was a convention these days, folks would welcome the saints and sages with nice reverence and respect, right here additionally folks went to see this saint. Together with the villagers got here Arif Kraal and Zooni and requested the saint for particular prayers of their favour in order that they don’t die as a childless couple.
The saint gave candy candies- one to the husband and one to the saying that they may haven’t one however two kids. However there was a situation that he wished them to stick to and promise- he instructed them that the male baby, when born, be returned again to him after twelve years. After a while a male baby was born they usually named him Ismail.
Precisely after twelve years, the identical saint visited the village once more and got here straight to their residence. After being greeted by the couple, although with some quantity of concern for his or her baby, he renamed him as Socha and took him alongside to Inder village of Pulwama. Relaxation is the story of rising up of this boy right into a saint and an awesome sufi poet who would change into an epitome of thought upsetting model of poetry that nobody might ever match.
Socha Kraal is among the many nice sufi saints our valley has produced and when his poems are studied and analyzed, his nice stature is unfolded- layer after layer. One of many narrative relating to the poet says that he was not a conventional man and would sometimes go to mosque for prayers. This was not one thing that his neighbors preferred they usually even went on to criticize him severely.
Usually folks from the Inder village had been displeased with this act of Socha Kraal and wished him to behave like a pious and devoted Muslim who wouldn’t skip prayers. Although theu knew the poetic genius that he was however refused to acknowledge this publically and went on to disallow him to be buried in native graveyard after his dying.
By some means this information reached Socha Kraal and he enquired from few villagers if this was true after which he was conveyed that the villagers had really determined to kind of abandon him and wouldn’t permit his burial in th native graveyard of his dying.
Then got here the sufi response to all the state of affairs that was build up. Socha Kraal stated to the villagers that “you assume wrongly about me. I do know what I’m. I’m one of many worst human beings on this planet, neither pure nor pious to face earlier than Almighty. As soon as I provided two Rakat prayers in mosque with you, I feel I’m nonetheless busy in these two Rakats and they don’t seem to be over for me. I see the essence of salah (prayer) is far deeper and obscure then you definitely may assume. One who prays often in mosque with utmost religion and perception can’t be a liar, a cheater. He gained’t kill an harmless being and by no means be a flawed doer. Once I introspect myself, I feel regardless of providing prayers I’m nonetheless a flawed doer”.
This modified all the discourse within the village and the reply from this Sufi saint despatched shivers down peoples backbone who started to introspect and likewise query their convictions and the concept of being in resembling place in order to take such a stand in opposition to somebody.
The poet is among the most revered sufi’s and has written extensively on sufi strains. His poetry, which was largely preserved in spoken phrase as many had memorized his works, was later revealed and is unfold throughout a number of books.
His expressed was easy and but filled with connotations. His verses are in on a regular basis language and but obtain the supreme high quality of poetry. He’s amongst these nice poets who, like Alama Iqbal, expressed emotions within the type of communicative method. One in every of his greatest recognized poems is like Iqbal’s Shikwa-Jawab-e-Shikwa with solely the distinction that Iqbal wrote them individually whereas in Socha Kraal’s scheme the query and reply occurs immediately. Every verse is a query adopted by one other verse that’s a solution.
“Dapomie balyaras yaer lagow,
Temi dopnum bozwun chus koni lagow,
Dapomus kein chi abad kein wearan,
Temi dopnum ami seith cham keam nearan,
Dapomus kya chu ander kya chu neabar,
Temi dopnum yie chu ander tie chu neabar.”
Some narrations say that in Socha Kraal’s neighbourhood, there lived a Pandit man who was affected by some illness. He was a extremely literate man and knew that Socha Kraal wasn’t an unusual particular person and thus visited Socha Kraal’s residence to get some reduction from the ailment. His prayers had been, he thought of, a minimum of an efficient drugs .Earlier than his dying, Pandit ji had instructed his partner “When Socha Sahib passes away, he needs to be buried in our land as a result of the folks of his locality have determined to not permit his burial within the native graveyard”. After Socha Sahib’s dying he was buried within the land owned by the identical Pandit which was purchased from him by Socha Kral by the earnings had collected by promoting earthen pots.
Writer is a columnist and teaches at Govt Secondary Faculty Anderwan Ganderbal.