Love for one’s Master

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion, respect

A unique story illustrates Hazrat Amir Khusro’s unbounded devotion and love for his Pir. Once a poor man, having heard of the reputation of Hazrat Nizamuddin’s munificence, came to Delhi from a distant part of India in the hope of getting assistance from him to solve his financial problems. Incidentally, the saint had nothing to offer him that day except a pair of his old shoes. Greatly disappointed the poor man nevertheless thanked the saint and left to return to his village.

On his return journey, he stayed at an inn for the night. Coincidentally, the same night Hazrat Amir Khusro, who was returning to Delhi from a business trip in Bengal, was also staying in the same inn. Hazrat Amir Khusro at the time traded in jewellery and precious stones and was considered to be one of the most wealthy citizens of Delhi. The next morning, when Hazrat Amir Khusro got up, he remarked: “Boo-e-Sheikh mee ayad” (I smell my Pir’s fragrance here).

After finding the source of the scent, he found the man and asked him if he had been to see Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya during his stay in Delhi. The man replied in the affirmative and told Hazrat Amir Khusro the story of his meeting with Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, whilst holding up the pair of shoes to show how old and of little value they were.

Hazrat Amir Khusro at once asked the man to give him the shoes in exchange for his entire wealth to which the man duly obliged. Overjoyed at this totally unexpected good fortune, the poor man thanked Hazrat Amir Khusro profusely and went away rejoicing. Amir Khusro eventually reached his Master and placed the pair of shoes at his feet. After explaining that he exchanged his entire wealth for the pair of shoes, Hazrat Nizamuddin remarked “Khusro, Bisyaar arzaan kharidi” (Khusro, you got them very cheap).


This is a great example of love of a disciple for his Master. The guru’s paduka (slippers) is the most sacred for the disciple. It teaches one how to let go of one’s ego and learn to surrender


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