O, laal meri pat rakhiyo bala jhoole laalan Sindri da, sehvan da, sakhi shabaaz qalandar Duma dum mast kalandar, Ali dum dum de andar!
O the red robed, May I always have your benign protection, Jhulelal
The friend Sindh and Sehwan, red robed God-intoxicated Qalandar,
The lord in every breath of mine, glory unto to you!
I can't tell you how much I love this song. I can listen to it a million time and never get tired of it. Let's drown in a trance of Lal Shabaz qalandar, a Sufi, mystic, philosopher and a poet of current day Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was called Lal (ruby-colored) after his usual red attire which he wore. He was a wandering holy man born around 1177 AD in Persia. His father was a Qalandar (dervish) and mother a high ranking princess.
Lal Shabaz Qalandar had a leaning towards the holy spirits and knew he Quran by heart when he was 8 years old. As a holy man with no possession he wandered the Middle East and finally arrived at Sindh. He settled down is Sehwan, a religious centre and a city on the banks of River Indus. From there he expounded Islam and guided thousands of people enlightening their soul. He was a profound scholar and spoke multiple languages like Pashto, Sanskrit, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sindhi.
Lal (ruby coloured) Shabaaz (falcon) Qalandar (an order of Sufism) was the name given to him. He was an ascetic who was acknowledged by Hindus and Muslims living in that area and shot to fame because of his knowledge and the miracles he performed. The jealous pseudo saints there did not like him. The gave him a bowl full of milk filled up to the brim telling him that there's no space for anything more. Indirectly they meant there's no room for him. But he gave back the bowl and when they looked at it, a pretty flower was floating on the top. His entire life he taught about the true concept of Islam and the essence of Sufism.
He lived up to 97 years and died in present day Pakistan. A tomb was constructed and even now, every year, half a million devotees visit his tomb on his death anniversary to pay their respects. Devotional music and dance festivals with several dervishes swirling in the intoxication of holy spirit is a beautiful sight to see. Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's divine heart was the abode of God.