Saturday, February 1, 2014
Marathi Sufi poet who surrendered to a Vaishnava Hindu guru
Kadri Sufi Sheikh Mohammed (1560-1650) was son of Raje Mohammed. He wrote his seminal work Yoga Sangram (1645) in the ovi metre in Marathi. His guru was Shri Canda Bodhale was a Vaishnava. He was considered by many as an incarnation of Kabir. He lived in Shrigonda in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra where he is buried. His mazar is visited by Hindus as well as Muslims. Shri Shaikh Mohammad Maharaj Samadhi is honored by people of all the religions in the region. Hindus worship Mohamad Maharaj with Haldi and Kumkum. The Mohamad Maharaj Yatra is held for two days in the month of March when all the worshipers and believers visit the temple-mosque. During the ceremony of applying Chandan (Sandalwood) paste to the Samadhi.
According to the celebrated book Santavijaya Samartha Ramadas, Shivaji Maharaj's guru, praised Sheikh Mohammed as a great bhakta.
Sheikh Mohammed has said, "There is no difference between Paramatma (universal spirit) and the saint. They are essentially the same although they appear different."
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