PARCHI MANSUR JI KI
PARCHI MANSUR JI KI is a versified account, in an episode mould, of the life of Mansur, the famous Sufi saint. The authorship of the work is not known for certain, though it is generally attributed to Bhai Sahaj Ram, a Sevapanthi saint. A manuscript copy of this still un-published work is held at the Central Public Library, Patiala, under MS. No. 2916 (ff. 44150). The work is in Sadh Bhasa, Punjabi vocabulary predominating, and has dohird chaupai as the meters. Mansur was born in Persia where he spent the first 18 years of his life and where he received his early education.
Then occurred his meeting in Baghdad with Junaid, another well known Sufi who initiated him into the Divine mystery. His preaching tours of India and China are followed by the account of his death by stoning for his slogan of an-alhaq “I am God” which was considered to be a blasphemous statement. Only those incidents have been chosen from Mansur`s life which reflect his spiritual eminence. The author has discussed in this work the concepts of God, self, jiva, mdyd, etc. Realization of God is put forth as the principal aim of human life and meditation on His name as the means to it.
1. Gurmukh Singh, Sevdpanthian dl PanjaK Sahit nun Den. Paiiala, 1986