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"And he for whom Allah hath not appointed light, for him there is no light." — Holy Qur'an 24:40

 

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Bandagi Gem No. 5 :: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 5: What is the Relationship between Bandagi (Meditation) and Iman (Faith)?

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad! This post has five parts:

1. A knowledge section on bandagi;
2. A dhikr section to activate the soul;
3. 5-verses of Giryah-u zâri from Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ presented sequentially;
4. A prayer card for the well being and health our most beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam and his family, the upliftment the global Jamat, global Muslim community, and humanity at large, and the salvation of all departed souls; and
5. A prayer for the global Jamat.

1. Knowledge Section on Bandagi:

Let us reflect on the following teachings of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.)

"Jo ibâdatni âdat nahi padsho anê susti karsho to amârâ upar tame tetlu(n) imân majbut hashê to pan tamâru imân astê astê khasi jashê atlê tamâru imân jatu rahêshê" (Zanzibar, 18-8-1905)
 
Literal translation: If you do not develop the practice of ibadat (bandagi) and become lazy, then in spite of having a strong faith, your faith will slowly diminish and it will fade away.
 
(Source: Gawahrê Rahêmat, p. 33)
"Jê shakhsh ibâdat nathi karto tè hakni roji nathi khâto anê tênâ dil upar shêtân kabu kari tênu(n) imân lu(n)ti lyê chhê. (Amadâwâd, 14-2-1896)
 
Literal translation: The person who does not perform ibadat, then whatever sustenance he gets from God (roji), it is not lawful for him. The devil will have control over his heart and plunder his faith.
 
(Source: Gawahrê Rahêmat, p. 32)

From the above teachings, it is clear that bandagi (luminous prayer, meditation) is the key mechanism to sustain one's faith. Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has also taught us that faith is light, therefore enlightenment can only happen if one practices bandagi.

The practice of bandagi is a fundamental pillar of personal search under the guidance of the Holy Imam. Therefore, whenever we hear the word 'enlightenment' in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam's firmans, he is referring to being regular in the practice of bandagi.

Please reflect deeply upon the following words of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam from his Irshad Mubarak of July 11, 2007: "... let spiritual enlightenment guide you". In my humble opinion, Mowla has given a tremendous emphasis on the practice of bandagi as this is the key to: (1) survival in this materialistic and turbulent world, and (2) enlightenment and eternal existence in the next world.

2. Dhikr Section:

The ism-i azam is the door to luminosity, therefore it is a treasure that should be constantly remembered. Here is a humble dhikr to emphasize this point. Let us pray to NOOR Mowlana Hazar to empower us to practice the luminous prayer at a luminous time with a luminous word, i.e., perform bandagi with ism-i azam, the Supreme Name of God, with a greater effort, strength and enthusiasm.

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Ism-i Azam (99 beads)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (11)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (22)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (33)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (44)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (55)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (66)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (77)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (88)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (99)

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 3, verses 1 to 5):

Download mp3 track in the voice of Shafiq Rawji for verses 1 to 10 of the third Chhugo (Chapter)

Âshâji hêtsu(n) nâri têri âsaj karti
nê kashu(n) kidho sâ(n)hiji
jân tamê lainê âvjo
to karie narsu(n) vân

hari ana(n)t ana(n)t
hari anatê(n)jo sâmi shâh
anantê(n)jo a(n)t tu(n)hê jânêjê
Hari ana(n)t ...................................

 
Oh Lord Your (devoted) wife was affectionately relying on You
and always followed her Lord
(Oh devoted souls) come and bring together your lives
and be in the company of the Husband (the Lord)
Hari You are eternal; ........................
1
Âshâji pêli rât vivâj tani
târê karo satiyu(n)nâ kâjaji
tê tamê sa(m)bharo ha(n)sâjinâ râjâ
nârinâ sâro kâj
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The first night will be entirely devoted to the (spiritual) wedding
at that time perform the work for the devotees
Listen about this Oh the King of the souls
and perfect (purify) the deeds of the wife
Hari You are eternal; ........................
2
Âshâji hêt karinê nâri âvi
tê bâl ku(n)vâri nâriji
chhedo nâkhi sâmi tamêj dhâ(n)kjo
jêm lok nê dêkhê lagâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The (devoted) woman has arrived filled with love
and she is the youthful unmarried woman
By fitting the skirt, only You veil me
so that the rest of them may never notice (my imperfections)
Hari You are eternal; ........................
3
Âshâji châr jugni amnê âshâj poti
kaljugmâ(n) kidhi tamê sâraji
amê nâri tamê nâthji
tamê amârâ bharthâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The entire hopes and desires (of all the souls)
of the four eras have reached us
In the present era, You have perfected (fulfilled) them
We are the (devoted) wives and You are the Master
and You are our Husband
Hari You are eternal; ........................
4
Âshâji nar har motâ tamê nâthji
amê tamâri nâriji
nich nârini tamê pataj râkhajo
amanê âshâ chhê tamâri
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord You are the great Husband, the Lord and the Master
and we are Your wives
maintain the status of the lowly wives
We have our reliance on You
Hari You are eternal; ........................
5

4. Prayer Card

Niyat and Wish List:
Let us first declare our noble intentions and then invoke the angelic salwat for exoteric and esoteric purposes. Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, we pray for:

  1. The well being and health of the whole NOORANI family;
  2. Protection from the elements of dross and darkness;
  3. Sunshine in hearts, Light in our foreheads and the blessing of the inner vision of the Truth;
  4. Mushkil Aasan and material, spiritual & intellectual upliftment of the global Jamat, the global Muslim community and humanity at large;
  5. Salvation of all departed souls;
  6. Empowerment of our children with the correct understanding of our holy faith; and
  7. External and internal peace for the whole humanity.
"It is mentioned in verse (33:33): "O you the people of the house (of the Prophet)! Verily Allah intends but to keep off from you (every kind of) uncleanness and purify you with a thorough purification." By the people of the house or ahl-i bayt are meant the holy Prophet himself, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Fatimah, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Husayn."
[Source: Muslim, IV, 1883; Tirmidhi, V, 663)

Now let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.

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Angelic Salwat (33 beads)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (8)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (9)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (10)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (11)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

5. Global Prayer:

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant us, our families, our Jamats, the worldwide Jamat, the Muslim Ummah, and humanity at large, luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) ta'id (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually.

O Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam bless us with many Holy Batuni-Noorani didars during the Diamond Jubilee year, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.

Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)

Peace, light, barakat, tayid and a 'golden noorani didar',
Noorallah Juma

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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.

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