At Karakoram Bikers we put love and connection into everything we do. We appreciate and recognise the power of Sufi poetry and to honour this we name our bikes after some of our favourites. Read below and WHIRL with us.
OUR SUFI BIKES
"Your love has made me dance like mad"
Bulleh is our first ever Karakoram Bikers bike. We love Bulleh very much and have many shared fond memories.
Sufi Bulleh Shah is a much loved Punjabi poet and was a symbol of peace in his life time. He was a humanist providing solutions to the social issues faced by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims in his region, while always in connection with Allah.
"As the stain of mango juice cannot be washed away from clothes, so the stain of love cannot be erased when once the heart has fallen a victim."
Waris Shah is best known for his deeply moving tragedy,
Heer Ranjha, based on the traditional folk tale of Heer and her lover Ranjha.
Waris Shah was born into a reputed Syed family and is one of the most loved Punjabi poets. He is a true Sufi artist with an in depth knowledge of Punjabi life and the political situation in the 1700s giving his works a level of great historical significance.
"I have seen my Lord with the eye of my heart, and I said, 'Who are you?' He said, 'You.'..."
Mansoor is the dark horse we love. Often those who have been persecuted in their lifetime or accused of acts of heresy are punished for their truth, insight and compassion. Where societies fear, Sufi poets like Mansoor stand firm to their love and connecton despite the mistrust and anger hurled at them. All of us are love, connected, there is no cause for hatred.
"We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust."
There are so many beautiful words written by this prolific writer, the most famous of all Sufi poets, that it is almost an impossible task to choose just one quote to share here. Rumi is love, is connection, is a conduit to the divine. This 13th century Persian scholar transformed from teacher to creative artist after his connection with Shams of Tabriz. Rumi is a true philosopher and mystic who wrote of tolerance, positive reasoning, kindness, charity and awareness through love, mindfulness and compassion for all humanity.
"Don't ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, eastern or western…divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire!"
Shams of Tabriz is credited with awakening the asthetic, truth and divine connection in Rumi. Together they shared a bond of pure love. Shams was a roaming Suif saint with extreme intellect who spoke truth no matter how much it pained the listener.
"O fellows, I am here for a few moments, as a gust,
Like morning star I will fade and vanish in a few moments."
Referred to as the "Spiritual Father of Pakistan" he is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both Urdu and Persian. Allama Iqbal was not only a poet but also a philosopher and politician. He reminded us to be wary of materialism and instead focus our self and society on the need for cultivating feeling, ardour and dynamism. He believes that an individual can never aspire to higher dimensions unless he learns of the nature of spirituality.