Saints of India

Saints of India

Saints of India

Raskhan

V.V.S.Manian

Love is inaccessible, incomplete, immeasurable’
It is like the ocean
He who comes to its shore will not go back
When he drank the wine of love
Varuna became the Lord of the waters
Because he drank poison out of Love
The Lord of the Mountain (Shiva) is worshipped. Raskhan
Syed Ibrahim Raskhan was a Muslim poet of Pathan origin, who was a devotee of Lord Krishna. He is said to have lived in Amroha, UP. His pen name was Raskhan. He became a follower of Lord Krishna. He was a disciple of Goswami Vital Nath living in Vrindavan. He spent his life praying and singing in praise of Lord Krishna According to him “Lord Krishna was the most powerful and the greatest and was willing to give the greatest of the riches to have anything touched or belonging to Krishna or be in his presence”. (WP)
Early life
There are too many versions about his date of birth. It was said that he was born in 1558 and he was a Pathan Sardar. His birth place was Kabul, Afghanistan. Some claim that Raskhan was the son of a jaghirdar and lived a luxurious life and had good education. He spoke Hindu and Persian. He translated the Bhagavat Purana into Persian.
There are too many stories written about how he became a Krishna devotee. One story as narrated in the Bhaktalpadruma, he once travelled to Brindavan along with a Sufi preceptor. He fell down unconscious and had the vision of Lord Krishna. From that moment, he totally dedicated himself to singing, praying and composting poems on Lord Krishna.
He died in 1628 AD. His samadhi is at Mahaban which few kilometres from Mathura.
Divine poems
Most of Raskhan focuses on Lord Krishna such as Bal Lila, Chirr Haran Lila, Kunj Lila, Ras Lila, and Dan Lila. He also wrote poems on Lord Shankar and Goddess Ganga. His poetry is in the form of Doha, Padwali andSavayya. His Brij Bhasha writings are many. The five most important being the Sujana Rakhana, the Premavatika, the Danalila, and the Astayama.

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