A contemporary of Bhagat Naamdev, was
a Vaishya (trader caste) and was born in the village
of Barsi. Bhagat Kabir's works mention a conversation between Naamdev
and Trilochan showing that these 2 great souls were good friends.
Literally meaning "three eyes", Trilochan spend most of
his life in Maharashtra, India
Bhai Gurdas Ji speaks of Naamdev and
'Trilochan would visit daily to lay his eyes
In each other's company they contemplated the Lord, and Naamdev
would speak of the greatness of the Almighty. "Pray
for my soul so that if the Almigthy accepts, that I may catch
a glimpse of Him" [Trilochan requests Naamdev].
Asking 'Thakhur' [the Master, the Almighty], Naamdev asks how
Trilochan may gain His audience.
Happily, Thakur said "I have no need of offerings, but
I will reveal Myself to Trilochan for My own pleasure.
For I am under the control of my devotees, and I reject not
Sometimes even I cannot comprehend them.
Their contemplation and love becomes the media through which
I meet them'
(Bhai Gurdas Ji, Vaar 10, Stanza 12)
Within his works, Trilochan emphasises on seeking
the Almighty, self-development and rejecting all forms of
ritualistic worship. 4 ballads composed by Trilochan can
be found within Adi Guru Durbar.
The exact dates of when this great saint was born
or died are lost in the mists of time. Macauliffe claims that Parmanand
lived in Barsi (Sholapur District, Maharastra).
The great saint often referred to himself as 'Sarang'. There
is abird known as Sarang in India is known to long for heavenly
Born as a Brahmin (Kankbuj caste) he became a devotee
of Vishnu (known as a 'Vaishnav') under the guidance
of Swami Vallabacharya. His works were compiled in a text known
as 'Granth Parmanand Saagar' which expounds the
greatness of the Almighty.
An early painting of Vishnu with his consort
Lakshmi seated upon Sheshnaag (the ruler of the Snakes)