Saint Syed Waris Ali Shah (R.A.)

(Sarkar Waris-e-Pak Alam Panah)

“Adhere to one face it will help you”
Waris Ali Shah

Incidences of
Sarkar Waris-pak Alam Panah

Incident of an Englishman Mistaking Sarkar Waris for Jesus Christ

One day after late afternoon Prayer an Englishman of high status visited our Saint. Who received him great warmth of feeling. The Englishman began to stare at Sarkar Waris face keenly. After taking leave he once again returned that very night and addressing Sarkar Waris with great respect said, "I am keen to ask you what was your name?" our Saint replied, " the same what I bear today. He said, No! Excuse me. I know too well at first your name was JESUS CHRIST. I would like to remind you to fulfill your promise to me. Otherwise you will be responsible for committing an innocent's blood hearing this Mr. Sharfuddin said, "Gentleman your remarks and complaint need further elucidation. "the Englishman continued, " a year back on the 27 of December I saw in my dream Jesus Christ embracing me and holding a corner portion of his coverlet said, " do not fear, we will give the same to you." Our Christ has the same clothes what you are wearing, the same facial features like yours. From that time I am awaiting when my Christ would give the same cloth to me. Today after seeing you at the Railway Station in I am convinced you are the same person for whom I have been waiting since the past fourteen months. You are the same person who broke the promise. Our saint give his own tahband to the Englishman to wrap around, which he instantly did our Saint then gave him the name of Vilayath shah and advised him not to entangle himself In worldly affairs but should dye for the love of God.

Sarkar Waris, Meeting with the Mahant (Hindu Monk)

When our saint camping at faizabad a Mahant (Hindu Monk) came to meet him. Our Saint embraced and asked him to sit close by him. Impressed by our Saint's sincerity and gentle manners he said,"Maharaj, favor me with what ever you can give."

Our Saint smilingly asked, "What is the live of asceticism?" the Mahant said, "I will accept whatever you favor me, our Saint give four small oranges to him and said, "please depart, we will meet again," saluting our Saint he came out, and instead of going home sat there and was so absorbed about some thing that tears were flowing form his eyes but he was insensible to his actual condition. Learning of the Mahant's pitiable condition our Saint said, Mahant in your love, you have lost your creed and world. Then Mahant said, "Please honor my dwelling with your presence and partake of whatever humble food is available. If not I will set fire to every thing and retire to the jungle. Our Saint said yes we will go tomorrow to your house. There he made arrangements for food and rooms spread with an exquisite carpet. But our Saint as usual ate chapattis with broth. And said, "the God who is Ram here, one who discards the feeling of self he sees every where one entity." Our saint said, "what ever you want do not forget the love of God. Travel for three years with belief and confidence in God on the way with out any distinction of race and creed visit every temple and mosque and every shrine without bias, do not Fear, we will be with you.

Incident relating to the ship stopping in mid ocean

A remarkable incident during the voyage which throws light on Sarkar Waris spiritual eminence and nobility of his conception of life. He was at that time fasting and would break his fast with whatever was available at that moment or postpone it indefinitely till something was available.

He boarded the ship while fasting and took nothing to break his fast, suddenly the ship lost its propulsive notion and was becalmed, the very night Mohd Ziauddin said a prominent merchant of Bombay traveling in the same ship saw in his dreams our holy prophet (peace be on Him) saying, "Ziauddin you are eating, but at the same time think of your co passengers." To obviate the difficulty of searching the real person the invited all the passengers for a dinner and kept an eye to locate the person on whose behalf the holy Prophet(peace be on Him) came in his dream, finding nine hi searched every nook and corner of the ship. Finally in a dark niche hi found a solitary figure lost in deep meditation. Hi entreated Sarkar Waris to honor him by accepting his invitation.

It was a marvel of Omnipotent Divine power that as soon as our Saint conceded to accept the invitation of his host the ship resumed its motion and the journey was continued.

Incident with Hindu Pundits

Hindu Pandit who was proficient in Vedic Knowledge and spiritual leaders of their belief and creed, due to the heart rending effects of love, find a sudden and revolutionary change in their lives. Pandit Fazul Shah Warsi whose former name was Ramavtar Shastri, was a Sanskrit Spiritualist and was far superior in meditation. When he became a disciple of our Saint and practiced uttering prayers of love, he attained highest degree of knowledge because of absorbing himself in Divine Love and submission.

Similarly Pandit Sita Ram a well to do priest came to pay respects to our Saint. During their mutual conversation our Saint advised him to know and find out God. He replied that he had just found God in whose quest he was wandering from door to door. He further asked, "When I have found Him, where should I go?" Smiling our Saint gave him a mendicant's garb advised him not to go home and to embark on with travels and never to stretch hand even if he were to starve for a week.

Incident in the cave of soor
One day while going towards the cave of soor Sarkar Waris saw on old woman lamenting bitterly. When I enquired the cause of her sorrow she said that her youthful son had just expired. I advised patience but she complained where she could get relief from sorrow in such a deserted place. Neither had she money to buy medicine nor could she implore any one to make arrangement for efficacious relief. I removed the cloth from his face and sprinkled water over it. Fortunately he opened his eyes and began to talk.

Incident of Ali Bin Hafiz at Taayef

Sarkar Waris Said I know a well to do person named Ali Bin Hafiz at Taayef. When he became by disciple hi entreated with humility and folded hands to show him some way by which he could make God happy. I advised him since God has done well to him he should likewise behave with his creatures. Hi agreed and went away. After eight days he came to Mecca and told me he carried out my instructions and did good deeds to God's creatures by distributing the proceeds of the sale of his property amongst the poor and nothing was left for him. Hi had done a good turn for God's kindness. But from the next day without his asking God was favoring him with good meals. Now that he was penniless. He wondered how he could continue to serve God's creation. I told him in return for this Divine favor to supply free water daily to his creatures because water is a great divine blessing. A water skin was purchased and given to him. From tat day to make God happy he was distributing water free to the people. After some time he came again and said that he was suffering from another anxiety. God was favoring him with tasty food but his eyes were suffering from a strange disease. He could see none but God and to whom should he supply water? Then I suggested to throw away the water skin, betake himself to the cave of Sur and sit there till he breathed his last.

Important Incident

Mohammad yahya Saheb Warsi judge of Azimabad followed a set pattern of habits, in the sense he would every year come to Dewa Sheriff for the Karthic Mela on a particular date. But once it so happened that when the date for his departure to Dewa Sheriff neared his daughter was very sick, but he left her in this delicate condition and come to Dewa sheriff. The next day he received a telegram from the family doctor Asad Ali Khan Saheb that his daughter died. When this news reached Sarkar he called Maulvi Saheb aside and said, "Maulvi Saheb you have passed the test of formalities. But generally people mistake a swoon to be death." At that time no one cared to understand the meaning behind this utterance but on the third day, Maulvi Saheb received a letter from his brother that his daughter became alive, six hours after she was pronounced dead.

Snake Bite

Once a snake bit Sarkar Waris finger and to remove its poison Sarkar Waris cleaned it with water. The next morning Sarkar Waris found the snake sitting near his room too intoxicated to move.

Incidence of Sarkar Waris Devotees who endured beyond endurance

Badnam Shah Saheb Warsi resident of Barabanki at first a special servant of our Saint was directed to adopt a recluse life. Our Saint took a promise from him to remain indoors and open it whenever he came to Dewa Sheriff. From the provisions supplied for food he used some of them when Sarkar Waris visited him and the remaining kept for his use. When even that food supply was exhausted, he spent his days by eating mud but never opened the door. For Sixteen years he abided by the command of Our Saint In this condition he has up his life once and for all.

Incident of a Mendicant who sacrificed his life rather than breaks his vow of silence to our Saint

Once an elderly person of Lucknow related an incident of a mendicant clad in patched clothes who suffered by silence according to the command of Our Saint. During the first war of independence the sepoys mistook him to be a secret agent of the British and for refusing to answer their queries were fatally wounded and died but never opened his mouth, sealed by the command of Our Saint. The result was that his tomb became a shrine for people's pilgrimage.

Abdul Razaaq Shah Sahib Warsi never opened his mouth.

Our Saint made Abdul to observe silence. From that time he was writing or gesturing for his requirements. The people seeing his pitiable condition approached Our Saint when camped at bankipur to relax the order and permit him to speak in time of necessity. So Sarkar Waris questioned Abdul whether he was experienced any difficulty. He stood dumb before him eyes filled with tears and our Saint advised him to maintain his mode of life and spend his short span of life for a few months as befitting his way of life, never to open his mouth even in the grave before the angels who come to questing and before the Almighty Lord on the Dooms Day.

Incident of Mustaqim Shah who closed his eyes eternally

It is known from reliable sources that during Our Saints second voyage to Hijaz, Mustaqim Shah, an old disciple and mendicant went with him. He was ordered by our Saint to sit on Madartedri (hillock of Ajmer) for sixty years. He requested him to show his face to which our Saint complied and told him never to see any thing of this world. From that time he closed his eyes. This extraordinary effort, the implementation of which was beyond the capacity of human beings as the grandeur of our Saints spiritual face was such that an ordinary person kept his eyes closed for seventy two years against nature and abstained from seeing worldly things. At first he remained for forty years on Ajmer hillock, and after wards sat near the ground gate of shrine.

Incidence of Gulab Shah
To others Sarkar Waris proposed hard unbearable efforts which were against human nature, To Hafiz Gulab Shah, resident of Agra, his strict order was not to close his eyes at any time, to sit day and night in one posture alone and always to remain awake to see what ever God shows and for all time observe meditation. He also instructed him to repeat the name of God Continuously. Hence for Forty four years the loyal devotee of our Saint rested on a stone pillow with eyes open in a state of be wilderness. From his entire appearance it looked as if he was staring at the miracles of Divine Phenomenon In this contemplative mood this Warsi devotee attained freedom from worldly existence as if lost to reach the Divine proximity.

Incidence of Khuda Baksh

Our Saint ordered him to lead a recluse life outside the town of Barabanki district. On certain conditions namely

Never to go out

Not to remain in door but to spend his life under a tree.

Vegetarian and non vegetarian food was forbidden along with salt.

He fulfilled those conditions for seven years and whenever he felt hungry drank ash dissolved in water. Later he was asked to eat wild plants without the use of salt thus he spent thirty six years by drinking boiled grass solution.

Incidence with Pandit

Pandit Chatra Bahaj Sahai wants to Join Our Saints Folds. He recited before our Saint two slokas about Unity of God, Hearing there our Saint said to Pandit, this oral confession needs heart's confirmation, without which it will be like tasteless food lacing salt for a headless portrait. For comprehension love is essential. The distinctive quality of love is effacement of self thought and polytheism clearly, without which the belief of unity of God in impossible, you might have read in Bhagwad Gita that Krishnaji taught Arjuna that until the thought of polytheism is obliterated from the human heart the oneness of God and his intimate knowledge is impossible'. Panditji with great humility said, “ I have read the black words printed in the book and for their confirmation I have come to you. You are a renowned teacher from your door surely this beggar will get a crumb.

Sarkar Waris replied, “Panditji the gist is if there is love, you will get everything, if there is no love you will get nothing.”

Incidence with a Punjabi Dervish

Once a Punjabi dervish in the dress of a recluse came to Dewa Sheriff and sat near Aughat Baba's bed. Upon enquiry he said, he had come from Amritsar and for twelve years was wandering in search of a Pir to attain the way of Salvation. Haji Sahib took him inside and Our Saint was standing near his bed in the verandah. Seeing his God like face the Punjabi mendicant bowed, kissing the ground and with diffidence went near him and placed his head at his feet.

When they came out Haji Aughat Shah Saheb asked him why he remained silent and not placed his grievance before him especially to his query whether Narein (God) is within or outside the human body. He replied with tearful eyes without enquiry, I got the answer. When the door opened I saw a beam of light emanating from his face and reaching the sky. When I laid my head on his feet, I found his body. Thus I was satisfied. Up to know, what I has not grasped I understood.”

Incidence at Shikohabad near Agra

One year the people were perturbed by continuous drought. At this juncture our Saint came to Shikohabad from Agra. Every one complained about the crop's failure for want of rain and that they will be utterly ruined. Our Saint said, “God likes humility, repent and perform your Namaz regularly. Prayer is an exact picture of humility and a symptom of God's devotee. God will be merciful. Hearing this every one repented and promised to be punctual in prayer. The next day rein poured heavily. Crops came up profusely and the produce of grain was bountiful.
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