H-M synthesis: Before the rise of Hindutva, Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhnath mutt nurtured Muslim Yogis

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H-M synthesis: Before the rise of Hindutva, Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhnath mutt nurtured Muslim Yogis

Post by Rashmun on Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:31 pm

In eastern Uttar Pradesh, dozens of villages are inhabited by Muslim yogis who, like members of the Nath sect, wear saffron gudri or kantha and wander through villages singing folklore on their sarangi, narrating how Gopichandra and Raja Bharthari became sanyasis under the influence of Gorakhnath. Villagers offer them food and money and passionately listen to while they glorify Gorakhnath in their songs.


Who are these yogis and how are they related to the Nath sect influenced by Gorakhnath? Few people know about their history. The Muslim yogis once used to be a common sight. Not any more...


There are Muslim yogis even today who call themselves devotees of Gorakhnath and Bharthari, and associate themselves with the Nath sect. They live in villages of Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Devaria, Sant Kabir Nagar, Azamgarh and Balrampur. But under growing pressure from within as well as outside the community, they are now leaving their traditions. Amidst rising communal violence and sectarianism, the yogis feel uneasy donning saffron. The young generation looks down upon the practice and view it only as a form of begging. On the other hand, the Hindutva brigade looks at them as a threat because these Muslim yogis practice the philosophy and ideals on which they have based their politics of hate....

Another yogi Qasim says, “These are bad times. We are Muslims but we keep the Ramayana in our homes along side the Quran. We narrate the tales of Baba Gorakhnath and his disciples Gopichand and Bharthari. Earlier, we were only jogis. Nobody asked us whether we were Hindus or Muslims. But nowadays, there is a lot of fear. Wherever we go, we are asked about our religion.”
“We are afraid that something might go wrong or somebody might ask us why we are wearing saffron or singing praises of Gorakhnath on a sarangi? Today, I have picked up the sarangi after 12 years.”


https://thewire.in/119102/before-the-rise-of-hindutva-gorakhnath-nurtured-muslim-yogis/

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Another yogi Qasim says, “These are bad times. We are Muslims but we keep the Ramayana in our homes along side the Quran. We narrate the tales of Baba Gorakhnath and his disciples Gopichand and Bharthari. Earlier, we were only jogis. Nobody asked us whether we were Hindus or Muslims. But nowadays, there is a lot of fear. Wherever we go, we are asked about our religion.”
“We are afraid that something might go wrong or somebody might ask us why we are wearing saffron or singing praises of Gorakhnath on a sarangi? Today, I have picked up the sarangi after 12 years.”


https://thewire.in/119102/before-the-rise-of-hindutva-gorakhnath-nurtured-muslim-yogis/

Muslim Jogis associate themselves with Baba Gorakhnath of Nath sect still reside in Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Sant Kabir, Balrampur and Azamgarh. Many families of Jogi cult live in Sahjanwa at Bargo village, but very few among them practice their old tradition.


"My husband, Ali Raj, is a Jogi and I also belong to a Jogi family," said Munni. "He's journeying and will probably return in two weeks. We believe in Baba Gorakhnath and also practise Islam with five times namaz. We see no difference between Hindus and Muslims or any other religion because Daata (God) is one and we all take birth and die."


Munni never went to school and learnt the philosophy of life from songs her father and husband sing. Asked about the decreasing number of Sufi Jogis, Munni said, "We are facing pressure from within and outside. Muslims don't accept us as Muslim and maulvis ask us to quit singing Ramayana and saffron attire.

"On the other hand, Hindus also don't like us and many of them ask us to either leave Islam or leave Jogi garb and sarangi. We live in fear and to save us from such people, most young Jogis have left the tradition. We still follow both religions but I'm not sure of my children. No one asked religion from our forefathers but now people ask."


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/vanishing-tribe-of-muslim-jogis-of-east-up/articleshow/58019722.cms

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