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Candle Posts :: Motivational Gems for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment
:: Candle Post #26 :: How to Change One's Human Nature and Acquire Virtues? ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! Great Philosophers and Pirs composed supplications for higher spiritual enlightenment. The content of their supplications show the state of their spiritual refinement and intense yearning. Let us draw inspiration on how to change one's nature and acquire virtues from the following parayer of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi:
"O God, I ask of You light and guidance, and good behaviour in [my] confirmity. I seek refuge in you from the evil of my soul, and from the evil of everything that separates me from You. There is no god but You. Purify my soul from doubt and bad character, from misfortune and negligence. Bestow upon me true servanthood, that I may be obedient to You in all my states.
O Knowing One, instruct me in Your Knowledge! O Wise Judge, confirm me with wisdom of Your Judgement! O Hearing One, let me hear from You! O Seeing One, let me see Your Favours! O Fully Aware One, grant me awareness of You! O Living One, vivify me with Your Remembrance! O Willing One, purify my will through Your Grace, Power and Magnificence! Indeed You have power over everything.
O God, I ask of You [that I may be given] a governing divine nature, a subservient human nature, and incisiveness of mind, embracing all in totality and in differentiation, in both form and measure."(Source: Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi. The Seven Days of the Heart. Translated by Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein. 2000. Anqa Publishing, Oxford, p.35)
Now let us draw our inspiration from Syed Abdul Nabi's Venati karu(n) chhu(n) Saheb mora ginan:
Eji Kar jodine em maa(n)gu(n) ho Saheb
Aash hamaari Ya Ali puro ji
Hame gunehgaari bando dosaari
Maaro jivdo chhe tamaare hajur ji
With humbly folded hands I ask, O Master.
Fulfil my hopes, O Ali.
I am a sinful and blameworthy creature,
and my soul lies before You. ...(2)
Eji Aap pirsaade Sahebe ardaas saambhli
Amne kidha te jooga joogna daas ji
Bhane Syed Abdul Nabi haathidu(n) dejo
Aasha kaljoog vikhdo sonsaar ji
Through His grace the Master has heard my prayer,
and made me his humble disciple for age after age.
Pir Abdul Nabi says: help me in my hopes,
for the world of the present age is full of evil. ...(10)
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
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