Bulleya Ki Jaana Main Kaun! - Happy HO

Bulleh Shah, whose real name was Abdullah Shah, was a Punjabi Muslim Sufi poet, a humanist and philosopher. Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain (1538 – 1599), Sultan Bahu (1629 – 1691), and Shah Sharaf (1640 – 1724). The verse form Bulleh Shah primarily employed is called the Kafi, a style of Punjabi, Sindhi and Siraiki poetry used not only by the Sufis of Sindh and Punjab, but also by Sikh gurus.  At a time when life was filled with communal strife between Muslims and Hindus, Bulleh Shah served as a beacon of hope for peace. Happy Ho organizes best Meditation and Tarot classes in Noida and Delhi NCR area in India.

 Here is one of his most cherished pieces – ‘Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun’ with English Translation.  Happy Reading!

Na main momin vich maseetaan
Na main vich kufar diyan reetaan
Na main paakaan vich paleetaan
Na main moosa na firown

Not a believer inside the mosque, am I
Nor a pagan disciple of false rites
Not the pure amongst the impure
Neither Moses, nor the Pharoh


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known


Na main andar ved kitaabaan
Na vich bhangaan na sharaabaan
Na vich rindaan masat kharaabaan
Na vich jaagan na vich saun

Not in the holy Vedas, am I
Nor in opium, neither in wine
Not in the drunkard’s intoxicated craze
Neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known


Na vich shaadi na ghamnaaki
Na main vich paleeti paaki
Na main aabi na main khaki
Na main aatish na main paun

In happiness nor in sorrow, am I
Neither clean, nor a filthy mire
Not from water, nor from earth
Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known


Na main arabi na lahori
Na main hindi shehar nagauri
Na hindu na turak peshawri
Na main rehnda vich nadaun

Not an Arab, nor Lahori
Neither Hindi, nor Nagauri
Hindu, Turk, nor Peshawari
Nor do I live in Nadaun


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known


Na main bheth mazhab da paaya
Ne main aadam havva jaaya
Na main apna naam dharaaya
Na vich baitthan na vich bhaun

Secrets of religion, I have not known
From Adam and Eve, I am not born
I am not the name I assume
Not in stillness, nor on the move


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known


Avval aakhir aap nu jaana
Na koi dooja hor pehchaana
Maethon hor na koi siyaana
Bulla! ooh khadda hai kaun

I am the first, I am the last
None other, have I ever known
I am the wisest of them all
Bulleh! do I stand alone?


Bulleya Ki jaana main Kaun

Bulleya! to me, I am not known