The Angst of a Scholarly Saint-The Grave of a Tome
September 17, 2015 12:41pm CST
When you visit the shrine of a well known saint, and are informed by the attendant, that the grave next to that of the saint, is not a resting place of any human; then you are surely in for a surprise, and I got one such surprise of my life today. On a routine weekly holiday jaunt, I chanced upon a visit to this shrine, and came across the full details of this scholarly thirteenth century saint: One Hasan Amir Ala Sanjari, a fast friend of the famous Indian Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin, of Delhi. This person migrated from North India, down south to Deccan, at the behest of his friend and mentor, and breathed his last here. Legend has it that he was so fed up, with the callous indifference of his time; towards learning, that he had willed that his entire collection of books and manuscripts be buried next to him, upon his demise. His will was adhered to, it seems, and his entire collection of rare books and manuscripts were buried next to him, and there they lie,in a grave next to his. That may be one grave of the tome! I for one, mistook that grave to be that of his spouse, but the attendant there, revealed all this to me, which surely left me surprised. It surely is impossible to guess the mind and angst of a scholar.
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• Aurangabad, India
18 Sep 15
@jaboUK Yes Jabo! that person, a scholar par excellence of his time-seems like a disillusioned man- for the fact that he willed his books be buried next to him, and his will was carried in deed, by his followers. His literary treatises-are masterpieces in Urdu and Persian literature. Wonder what made him so sad!