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"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257

Navroz 2005: A Time to Reflect on the Subtle Body, Satisfaction of the Soul and Enlightenment

On the occasion of Idd-e-Navroz, may the peace and baraka of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam be on you, your family, your Jamat, the Worldwide Jamat. Ameen.

Alwaez Rai Amirali Amlani has created a beautiful card with a verse of ginan by Pir Sadardin. The Holy Pir has used the analogy of rejuvenation of vegetation in spring to the enlightenment of soul. The soul is buried in our physical body and is yearning to go back to its origin where it be eternally alive as described in the following ayat of the Holy Qur'an:

"It is He Who gave you life, will cause you to die, and will again give you life: Truly man is a most ungrateful creature!" (Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 022.066)

All of us have a hope of reaching and living in paradise. In order to achieve this, we have to go through three types of purification:

  1. The replacement of the dense body by the subtle body. Each one of us has a subtle body which is inside our physical body. In order to enter or experience paradise, the subtle body needs to be projected through bandagi or some other means. Those who develop their subtle body while being physically alive will get a great reward of having a powerful subtle body in paradise.
  2. The blessings of the satisfied soul, i.e., obtaining the blessing of reaching the status of the soul which is purifed and reconciled. The status of satisfied soul is reached when commanding soul, i.e., the soul which incites to evil, is defeated by the censuring soul, i.e., the soul which advocates conversion. This is defined as Jihad-i Akbar, the most glorious war which one wages against his own vile instincts (nafs-i ammaara). The blessings of a satisfied soul are reached after winning this war.
  3. Perfection of Intellect with Light. The satisfied soul is then perfected with Light of God. The definition of the intellect in the above sentence is related to enlightennment and not to the acquired intellect through secular education. The subtle body which gets enriched with Light becomes an eternal force in the universe.

May the Almighty Lord guide and advance all of us though three kinds of purification in the New Year. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat, tayid and didar,
Noorallah Juma
Monday, March 21, 2005

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The lit candle represents the Light of Imamat. Let us actualize this Light into our spiritual hearts, heads, & consciences so that we may also be able to submit spiritual & luminous nazranas in the Diamond Jubilee.