It is said that Khusrau, at the age of eight years, was coerced by his mother to visit the saint’s (Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia) khaneqah (monastary) for the first time.
When he reached there, he didn’t enter at once – he wanted to test him out. He sat down at the gate and composed the following lines in his heart :
Tu aan shahi ke ber aiwan-e qasrat
Kabutar gar nasheenad, baaz gardad
Ghareeb-e mustamand-e ber der aamed
Be-yaayad andaroon, ya baaz gardad
(You are a king at the gate of whose palace / even a pigeon becomes a hawk. / A poor
traveller has come to your gate, / should he enter, or should he return?)
It is said that Nizamuddin Aulia at once asked one of his servants to go out at the gate and narrate the following lines to a boy who is sitting there :
Be-yaayad andaroon mard-e haqeeqat
Ke ba ma yek nafas hamraaz gardad
Agar abla buvad aan mard-e naadan
Azaan raah-e ke aamad baaz gardad
(Oh you the man of reality, come inside / so you become for a while my confidant / but if
the one who enters is foolish / then he should return the way he came.)
Hearing this Khusrau decided that he has come to the right place and entered.
Located within the meandering lanes of Nizamuddin is one of the most important centers for Sufism, the Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin where the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Amir Khusrau Dehlavi are worshiped and prayed over each day by thousands of Sufi pilgrims.
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