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Volume 1: Seven Gems from Moti Venti
(Morning Project: August 15 to 21, 2003)

Postings for Days 1 to 7

Date: 8/15/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 1 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! The first verse of Pir Hasan Kabirdin's Moti Venti describes the origin of our soul and its relationship to its creator.

Eji Âdam âd niri(n)jan
nargun âpê arup
asal amârâ sâmi tamê
judâ padiyâ thai rup
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, In the beginning, You were Unseen (Niranjan),
Attributeless (Nargun) and Formless (Arup).
0 Master, from Thee alone is my origin.
By taking a physical form, I have been separated from Thee.

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

1

Allah teaches us about our origin through the following Qur'anic Ayat "'Innaa lillaahi wa- 'innaaa 'ilayhi raaji-'uunn" (Lo! we are Allah's and lo! unto Him we are returning) (Surah 2, Ayat 156)1. This verse also affirms that we are Allah's creations and to Him is our return as described by Hazrat Ali2:

Hazrat heard somebody repeating the passage of the Holy Quran "We belong to God and our return is towards Him", Hazrat said, "How true it is. Our saying that we belong to God indicates we accept Him as our Master, Owner and Lord. And when we say our return is towards God indicates that we accept our mortality."

Please follow this link (http://www.salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=1) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (1-7 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 14% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Pickthall, M. M. The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, 46.
  2. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Sayings of Hazrat Ali: 99, 282.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.
  2. Pickthall, M. M. The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. The New American Library, 12th. Edition.

Date: 08/16/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 2 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! The eighth verse of Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin presents the concepts of hope and forgiveness.

Eji hêl bhari sâmi amê âviyâ
sâmi amâri hêl utâro
rakhê pâchhi hêl fêravo
bakhsho dosh hamara
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, I have come with my soul (symbolized by water-pot) with the fullest hope, and
with the plea to accept the wishes of my soul and fulfill my desires.
Let not my soul (water-pot) be rejected, (i.e. union denied).
0 Lord, forgive my short comings.

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

8

All the Prophets, Pirs, Daa-ee and great momins in search of Light (Noor) have used the technique of supplication to come closer to He who is above all else. Supplication is the language of the soul and is used to generate hope, seek mercy and ask for forgiveness. Hope brings courage, increases patience and builds endurance to stay on the right path. Sins create obstacles for our souls. Therefore, it is a duty upon all the lovers of Light (Noor) to seek forgiveness with the intention of not committing the same sins again. These concepts were also taught by Hazrat Ali1:

I want to teach you five such things which deserve your greatest anxiety to acquire:

  1. Have hope in God and none else;
  2. Be afraid of nothing but sins;
  3. If you do not know a thing, never feel ashamed to admit ignorance;
  4. If you do not know a thing, never hesitate or feel ashamed to learn it;
  5. Acquire patience and endurance, because their relation with true faith is that of a head to a body; a body is of no use without a head, similarly true faith is of no use without attributes of resignation, endurance and patience.

Please follow this link (http://www.salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=2) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (8-14 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 29% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Sayings of Hazrat Ali: 82, 281.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

Date: 08/17/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 3 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! In the 15th verse of Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin yearns for closeness when the Lord ascends on the throne.

Eji târê amê tyâ(n) pukârshu(n)
jârê takhatê bêsasho ho râj
âd uniyâdthi kar zâliyâ
tê kêm mêlo âj
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, I shall bewail loudly
when you ascend on the throne.
You held my hand since the beginning
Why do you abandoning me now?

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

15

The vision of the Divine Throne and the conditions to achieve this have been described by Hazrat Ali1 as follows:

"Remember that for those who fear God, He will find ways and means to keep them out of mischief and troubles, out of vices and impieties and out of temptations and trials. He will guide them out of darkness into light. He will bestow upon them His Bounties in this world and in the Heavens, He will grant them such an exalted place that it will be in the vicinity of His Throne, will be lighted with Divine light, and will have angels, prophets, and saints as visitors and neighbours. Now be ready for this glorious world, make yourself deserving of it and be ready to face death happily and hopefully, for death shall overtake every one of you and when it arrives the door of repentence will be closed and opportunities for good deeds will be lost. Remember that still you are passing through a period towards which those who passed before you have wished to return (i.e. life), but your stay here is ephermeral, you are also a traveller. Be ready to depart from this abode which is not your home and where you are not going to stay eternally. He has clearly informed you that this life is a transitory phase and you must make provisions for the next world before you leave it."

Please follow this link (http://www.salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=3) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (15-21 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 43% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba 188, 150.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

Date: 08/18/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 4 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! In Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin presented himself as a naari (spiritual wife) and the Lord as nar (Husband, Lord). Thus, the Pir is linked to the name of the Lord, as described verse 22.

Eji sâmi tamârê nâmê to hu(n) chadi
chadi tê chokabajâr
jyâ(n) kalap jugnâ(n) jiv marshê
karodâ karod apâr
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, I am linked to your name,
and this is well known everywhere,
and to the assembled millions of souls of the Kalap period.

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

22

We are linked to Allah through the Holy Prophet and the Holy Imams. The following extracts from three Khutba of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) clearly describe the position of aale-e-Muhammad (Descendants of Muhammad, may the peace of Allah be upon them):

"The Almighty God has placed His trust in Aale-e-Muhammad (Descendants of Muhammad, may the peace of God be upon them). They are strongholds where His Commandments receive protection and from which they are expounded and interpreted. They are fountain heads of knowledge created by Him, shelters for His teachings, refuges for Heavenly Books, mountain like citadels to defend His religion. Islam in its beginning was weak and helpless, they came to its help and defence. Islam was nervous of the infidels around it, they made it strong and powerful."1

"I swear by the Lord that I know fully well all the messages of God that the Holy Prophet (may the peace of God be upon him and his descendants) has received, the ways of fulfilment of promises made by God and of all the knowledge that science or philosophy could disclose.

We, the progeny of the Holy Prophet (may the peace of God be upon him and his descendants), are the doors through which real wisdom and true knowledge will reach mankind: we are lights of religion."2

"Remember that descendants of the Holy Prophet (S.A.S.) are stars in the Heaven, if one sets the other will rise to illumine your path; the Merciful Lord has thus completed His Blessings amongst you."3

Please follow this link (http://www.salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=4) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (22-28 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 57% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba 5, 7-8.
  2. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba 123, 91.
  3. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba 103, 72-73.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

Date: 08/19/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 5 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! In the 29th verse Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin implores and recognizes the Holy Imam as the only true guide.

Eji sâmi lâj amâri tamê râkhajo
bijê hâthê kêmrê javâya
tamârâ nâmno nâriyêr âviyo
bijo kêm jovâya
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, Have mercy and protect my honour.
How can I associate with a stranger?
I have received the gift of your acceptance
(symbolized by a coconut),
now how can I look at anyone else?

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

29

In the path of spiritual development, it is necessary to submit only to Mushid-i-Kamil, Imam-e-Zaman. Pir Hasan Kabirdin has expressed this concept in the above verse of ginan. Hazrat Ali (a.s.) has also articulated the path that we should take to get clear guidance:

"Where are you going and whom are you following? The truth (Islam) has fixed its landmarks, has lighted its beacons and has set up direction indicators, inspite of all this you are being misled and confused. But why should you be perplexed when you have Ahlay Baith (decendants) of the Holy Prophet (a.s.) amongst you. They will direct you towards truth and religion, guide you towards the path of God, they will speak to you in the language of truth. Love and respect them as you love and respect the Holy Quran. To satisfy your thirst for realities of life turn to them as thirsty animals gather around watering places."1

Please follow this link (http://www.salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=5) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (29-35 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 71% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba 90, 56.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

Date: 08/20/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 6 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! In the 36th verse Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin uses the sacred name (Ism-e Azam) to enter paradise of his personal world.

Eji sâmi tamârâ nâmnê partapê kari
jâu saragaj mâ(n)hê
tyâ(n) ketlâk chor âdâ bêthâ
tê tamârâ nâmthi aragâ thâya
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri

0 Lord, With the blessings of your (sacred) name (ism-e azam),
I can reach paradise.
However, I am ambushed by thieves (who steal my concentration).
On hearing (sacred) name (ism-e azam), they will flee.

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

36

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) has advised us to make good use of our time in this world to procure the rewards for the life hereafter.

"Verily this world is a house of truth for those who look into it deeply and carefully, an abode of peace and rest for those who understand its ways, and moods, and it is the best working ground for those who want to procure rewards for life hereafter. It is a place of acquiring knowledge and wisdom for those who want to acquire them, a place of worship for friends of God and for angels. It is the place where prophets receive revelations of the Lord. It is the place for virtuous people and saints to do good deeds and to be assigned with rewards for the same; only in this world they could trade with God's favours and blessings and only while living here they could barter their good deeds, with His blessings and rewards. Where else could all this be done?"1

Please follow this link (http://salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=6) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (36-42 & 50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 86% completed

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Sayings of Hazrat Ali 130, 287.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

Date: 08/21/03
Subject: Moti Venti Recitation: Day 7 highlight

Ya Ali Madad! In the 43th verse Moti Venti, Pir Hasan Kabirdin uses the analogy of a spiritual bride awaiting and yearning for her spiritual husband. The bride begs for mercy and protection as she advances on the path towards spiritual union.

Eji sâmi bharjoban mâru(n) pâkiyu(n)
bahâr nikartâ lâjaj thâya
agynânni â(n)ch kalmâ(n)hê ghani
sâmi rakhê vansi jâya
mahêr karo morâ sâ(n)hiyâ
abarâ sharan tamâri
0 Lord, My youth has attained its peak (glory)
and I feel shy to venture out.
In this age (Kaljug), ignorance results in great pain,
so let not my youth fade away.

Have mercy on me, my Lord.
I am helpless and dependent on you.

43

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) has described four attributes and their effects on a person as follows:

"Any one who has been granted four attributes will not be deprived of their effects: one who prays to God and implores to Him will not be deprived of granting of the prayers; one who repents for his thoughts and deeds will not be refused acceptance of the repentance; one who has atoned for his sins will not be debarred from salvation; and one who thanks the Lord for the blessings and bounties will not be denied for their increase in them.

The truth of these facts is attested by the Holy Quran, As far as prayers are concerned He says: "Pray thee to me and I shall accept thy prayers" (Surah 40, Ayat 60). About repentance He says: "Whoever has done a bad deed or has persuaded himself to sin, and then repents and asks for His Forgiveness, he will find the Lord most Forgiving and Merciful" (Surah 4, Ayat 110). About being thankful He says: "If you are thankful for what you are given then I shall increase My Bounties and Blessings" (Surah 14, Ayat 7). About atonement of sin He says: "The Lord accepts the atonement of those who have committed a vice without realizing its enormity and then atone for it, God accepts such atonements, He is Wise and Omniscient " (Surah 16, Ayat 119)."1

Please follow this link (http://salmanspiritual.com/moti_venti_verse7.cfm?day=7) to see the text and the literal translation of the verses (43-50) which were recited this morning in our Jamat Khana.

7-day Moti Venti recitation status (Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2003): 100% completed

The postings for all seven days have been archived at http://salmanspiritual.com/ginans.html#postings under the heading: Volume 1: Seven Gems from Moti Venti. Shukranlillah Wal Hamdulillah (All thanks are due to Allah, and all praises are due to Allah), Maashallah (Whatever Allah wants to give, He gives).

In this project, the text and meaning of the first verse recited every morning over 7-days was augmented with excerpts from Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Hazrat Ali (a.s.). Let us hope and pray (Laa hawla wa laa quwwat illaa billa hi'l aliyyul-azim: There is no strength or power except in Allah, the High, the Exalted) for strength and courage to conduct more research on Pir Hasan Kabirdin's Moti Venti in subsequent projects. Ameen.

May the barakat of the recitation of Moti Venti inspire you to regularly practice Ibadat (bandagi) at the prescribed time. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat and taid,
Noorallah

End Notes

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Sayings of Hazrat Ali 134, 288.
References

  1. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.

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