Bahu was born in Avan, Jhang district of erstwhile
Punjab, now in Pakistan. He is said to be a Khalifa
of Abdul Rehman Dehlvi and the order is traced down
to Abdul Qadir Gilani. Sultan Bahu's father was a
Jagirdar, the title-holder of the lands. Hence Bahu
was brought up like a prince, with all the affluence
at his disposal. His family was regarded as pious
and auspicious. Bahu's verse is full of wordly wisodm,
advice and quotable quotes. He attained practical
knowledge by persoanl experience, not through austerity
but by leading a full life of enjoyment and indulgence.
Bahu's thought contents belong to the philosophic
school of Sufi saints and are uttered in a very simple
and effective manner. According to Bahu, a Faqir,
has got to be selfless and a learned person. Humility,
he says, is a decorative ornament for one's personality,
but much more in the knowledge. A real Faqir is not
a beggar but a learned man, who is capable of giving
knowledge in charity to the needy and the deserving.
Bahu condemns all established religions and professes
the path of love.
When the seeker
becomes one with the object of his devotion, then
like Bahu, neither does he go to the mosque nor does
he tell upon the rosary beads. Bahu better known as
Sakhi Sultan died at the age of 63 leaving behind
a rich treasure of mystic tradition and an unending
chain of Murids and Khalifas.