Date : 21-11-2003
Dear Sir, Ranjeet Butani,
I have received with thanks October-December, 2003 issue of Sindhishaan.
Regarding Sindhi Dharma, Fusion of Vedantic, Sufi & Sikh thought by Shri Motilal Jotwani, Sufi & Sikh Thought is nothing but Vedant itself. As such there is no question of their fusion into one and there is nothing like Sindhi Dharma. We can only say that we Sindhis have been the true followers of Vedanta. Out of the trinity of Sindhi Poets two i.e. Shah Abdul Lateef and Sachhal Sarmasta though they were Muslims, were very much impressed (may be because of their Purva Janamas) by the philosophy of Vedas, Upanishads. Sufi-ism is nothing but to realise the creation of God in one’s own self and behave with the rest of the world in a way that it is He who is everywhere. Why to seek Him elsewhere and destroy one’s own creation. It is because of this philosophy that we Hindus are most tolerant and exponents of truth. Sindhi Dharma is nothing but Hindu Dharma.
I liked very much the memory of visit of the great poet Shri Ravindra Nath Tagore to Sindh and castigating us that we were too much imitative of the western way of life and he advised us to rekindle love, for our own culture and language. Similarly the advice of Mahatma Gandhi to us to have addressed him in our own mother tongue and to give address even to a foreigner in our own language. He also rebuked us in the matter of demanding dowry on the marriage of son and advised us to see that Deti-Leti is wiped off. Alas we Sindhis are yet backward in respect of both these matters and chant loudly “Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai”. Let us do some self introspection about our social evils and take care of our new generation.
Uttam Chand Issrani
Member – National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL)