Cutting the long story short, darya ku koozay may bund kiya, Bulleh Shah in this masterpiece replies to all those who discriminate on the basis of caste, race or family lineage. Syed Abdullah Shah (aka Bulleh Shah) was a “Syed”.
Syeds were considered superior in knowledge and spirituality owing to their lineage from Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), they enjoyed special reverence on these basis from others. It was considered “demeaning” for a man to be a syed and have a non-syed teacher/murshid/guide/rahbar. People, even those from his very family (like he mentions in the kalam, his sisters and sisters in law) discouraged Bulleh Shah from accepting Inayat Shah as his master/murshid in spiritual matters as Bulleh Shah had already accepted him as his spiritual guide in Sufi tradition. Inayat Shah was an “Arain”. But Bulleh showed great love and reverence for his master and did not pay any heed to this objection.
As regular practice, first download this kalaam sung by the queen, Abida Parveen. Click here
And then try to understand what he is trying to say.
BULLEH NU SAMJHAWAN AAINAN BHAINAN TE BHARJAIAN
MAN NE BULHYA SADA KAHNA CHAD DE PALLA RAIAAN
AAL-E NABI AULAD-E ALI NUN TOON KION LEEKAN LAINAN
JEHRA SANOON SYED SADDE DOZAKH MILAN SAZAIAAN
JO KOI SANOON RAEEN AAKHE BHISHTEEN PEENGAN PAIAAN
RAEEN SAEEN SABHI THAEEN RAB DIAN BE PARWAAIAN
SOHNIAN PARE HATAIAN NE TE KOJHIAN LE GAL LAAIAN
JE TU LOREEN BAAGH BAHAARAN CHAKAR HO JA RAEEAN
BULHE SHAH DI ZAAT KI PUCHNA-EN SHAKAR HO RAZAAIAN
To counsel Bulleh, his sisters and sisters in law have come
Pay heed to us and give up mixing with the low caste Araeen
You are a scion of Ali,the Prophet, why must you shame our fair clime.
Those who call me Syed, are destined to hell made for them
Those who call me Araeen, have the swings in heaven laid for them
The low caste and the high caste, are created by God who cares not for family
He regards the beautiful and cherishes the not so comely.
If you wish to enjoy the glory of the Garden, go and serve the Araeen
Why bother about Bulleh’s caste? Obey the command that comes from Saeen