A very interesting connection between the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath & a Muslim Guru has come up. This also shows Yogi Adityanath’s deep connection with Gujarat other than being involved with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The erstwhile mahant of a math (ashram) of Nath sampradaya in Visnagar, Mahant Gulabnath Bapu, who was born as a Muslim with the name Gul Mohammad Pathan, was Yogi’s ‘gurubhai’.
It is known that Mahant Avaidyanath who was the guru of Yogi Adityanath, was also the guru of Gulabnath Bapu. Relations between Yogi Adityanath & Gulabnath were so strong that when his gurubhai breathed his last, Adityanath visited Visnagar in Gujarat to do his last rites. This was on December 6, 2016. Yogi Adityanath even appointed the new mahant of the math, Sankarnath.
“Bapu was the sixth generation in guru-shishya lineage. His association with Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhpur math & guru of Adityanath Yogi was very old due to the dynamics of Nathsampradaya,”said Sankarnath, the newly appointed mahant of the Visnagar math.
“Bapu also considered Avaidyanath his guru & thus he considered Adityanath as his gurubhai. Bapu was invited to Gorakhpur for every major event. When he went there last year, Adityanath had him felicitated by PM Narendra Modi,” said Shankarnath.
Yogi Adityanath used to phone regularly to get updates on Bapu’s health. He even visits the math at Visnagar at least 2-3 times annually.
Gulabnath Bapu’s History
Gulabnath Bapu was born in a Muslim family. His family was associated with farming & labour activities that first settled in Dehvasan village & later shifted to nearby Vadgam in Banaskantha district.
At the age of 18, Gulabnath Bapu came across MahantBalaknath. As he witnessed his activities, he got attracted to him & the sect. Soon after, he took diksha. Dilawar Khan Pathan, Balaknath’snephew, said that the roots of his transformation can be found in Bapu’s upbringing.
“My grandmother had died when her children were very young &thus they grew up with their grandfather, Hafi Khan. A follower of Sufi tradition, Hafi Khan used to recite bhajans & respect all religions,” said Pathan. “These early memories might have played an important role when the 18-year-old Gul decided to take diksha,” he added.
A Muslim not only converting to Hinduism but also becoming a Mahant shouldn’t be surprising. Such events of religious harmony are ample, but it’s the media that focuses only on the extremist elements & amplifies those incidents that have the potential to create rifts between communities.
We saw how the Dadri incident was blown severely out of proportion, while incidents that happened around the same time like Hindus giving Muslims shelter in Ganapatipandals to recite Namaz or, the one in Maharashtra where Hindus took a Muslim woman who was suffering from labour pains inside a temple & helped her give birth. The woman even gave her child a Hindu name. But all this is conveniently ignored by the media at the expense of worsening inter-community relations.