Sant Baba Maluk Das

Sant Maluk Das was a great poet saint of India with a universal message for equality, brotherhood among men, and oneness of God. Living at a time when India was passing through a period of spiritual and physical turmoil, He like other known saints appeared to revive the true spirit of religion and bring peace and harmony among mankind.

Sant Maluk Das, (1574-1682), was born in Kada, near Allababad. The central theme of his teachings was as ones of Mirabai, Chaitanya, Kabir, Rumi, Guru Nanak and others. Noble ideas of social reform, religious tolerance, and goodwill among men were echoed by those seers of that time, through poetry, to restore order in the society.

His fame as a holy man spread far and wide. Even members of other religious groups were convinced of the purity and sublimity of His character. Emperor Aurangzeb also recognized Sant Maluk Das' true worth and conferred two villages for the maintenance of his Gaddi (spiritual seat). Thus His spiritual outlook was all embracing. His heart was open to all without any distinction of caste or creed. He believed that:

"jati pati puchhe nahi koi, Hari ko bhajay so Hari ka hoi."
"In the house of God there is no caste or creed. Whatsoever yearns and worships, God is with Him."

This aspect of His character was highlighted in his life when a devout Muslim Officer sent by Emperor Aurangzeb came to meet Sant Maluk Das. After testing the officer's genunity and  sincerity, Sant Maluk Das acceded to his request and gave him initiation. He also gave him the name Meer Madhav, a combination of the Muslim name Meer and the Hindu word Madhav.

This universal concept was a great example of the liberal outlook of Sant Maluk Das towards religion and became a challenge to those bigoted persons who were spreading hatred between different communities in name of religion. The samadhi of Meer Madhav stands near one of Baba Sant Maluk Das 

Swamiji Yogiraj Nanak, the spiritual heir of Baba Sant Maluk Das, describes Him: 
"He imbibed the universal religion. He saw complete God and went beyond. That is how He was able to say- neither am I repeating the name of Ram, nor doing prayer, God is doing all these for me, I remain at peace."

Swamiji Yogiraj Nanak further expresses through the Indian ethos:

"Satyam, Sivam, Sundaram” - "Truth, Ideality, Beauty.”
 and declares:
"Great men  see God through any one of these 3 aspects, but Baba Sant Maluk Das absorbed all these 3 and went beyond."