Dewan Hason Raja
(21 December 1854 – 6 December 1922)
A mystic poet and a philosopher of Indian sub-continent was born on 21 December 1854 (bangla 7 Poush 1261) at Tegoria, Lakkansree, Sunamganj, Bangladesh.
“Today most Bangladeshis have heard of Hason Raja’s name and many can sing or cite at least a line from one of his songs. …..His songs are influenced by Vaishnava Padavali Kirtana, Sufi poetry and even Buddhism, and he draws on various images and sources to express his deep longing for spiritual union.” ref: Yazijian, Edward [100 songs of Hason Raja]1999. He sings of human self-awareness, a self reflection which evolves into modern self-led thought of responsibility and creativity. “Like many other mystics of South Asia, especially in greater Bengal, Hason Raja was not easily pigeonholed into any one religious heritage but belongs to a more syncretism tradition that takes inspiration from many different sources”. (Y, Edward 1999 xvi)
He was very sincere and closely approached to any people of any religion, whoever of Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Buddist community. Hason Raja was an ideal symbol of harmony and unity. Above all he was more attached to human compassion and value rather than having a specific identity of one religious group.
Today in society there are all around a constant trend and artificial attitude leading to irresponsibility, making lives difficult and finally submitting to corruption. Hason Raja believed in the essence of short-living lifetime what according to him could onlybe felt by one’s heart. This has been reflected in every song of his writing. He realized the divine spirit and love for all that onle can derive from the existence of God. He used to have been in deep love with and cry for God, the ultimate entity and sings of that no one should spoil his or her life-time, but to adhere to honesty, sincerety, truthfulness and hard-work. From within the devine spirit of one’s own heart, honesty could prevail against dishonesty, truth instead of falsehood and hard work instead of being lazy.
Hason Raja was not only a poet, but he was also a good bird-watcher and an enthusiastic amature naturalist, being fond of woodland, small ponds, wetland, marshland, plant and animal. He never wished of any wildlife to fall in extinction. He used to love watching and keeping tamed one rare bird of South Asia called Kura-birds. He carried out a number of expeditions to track all the mysterious and rare birds down over the years.