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Bandagi Gem No. 6 :: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 6: Why does Bandagi have a lofty status?

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.)

"Ek taraf âkhi duniyâno mâ anê biji taraf ibâdat avu(n) ibâdat no jabaru(n) wajan chhê" (Zanzibar, 6-4-1900).
 
Literal translation: The weight of all materal wealth of this world can be counter balanced with ibadat, such is the lofty status of ibadat (bandagi)
 
(Source: Gawahrê Rahêmat, p. 31)
"Rât khudâvand shâ mâtê pêdâ chhê? Râtno badho wakhat suee rahêvâ nathi, ibâdat mâtâ pan chhê anê ibâdatmâ khushi samâeli chhe." (Vâdhn Camp, 18-10-1903)
 
Literal translation: Why has God created the night? The time of the night is not only for sleeping, it is also for performing ibadat (bandagi) and true happiness is contained in ibadat.
 
(Source: Gawahrê Rahêmat, p. 32)

From the above teachings, it is clear that spiritual wealth generated through bandagi has a much higher status and significance than all the material wealth of this world. However, performing bandagi properly is not an easy matter. Mowlana Hazar Imam has mentioned in his firmans that performing bandagi is difficult and it requires time, effort and conviction. It is quite obvious that those murids who practice bandagi go to bed early so that they can be present and awake at the luminous time to perform it. Peace, happiness and light are all the sweet fruits of bandagi.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the speeches of Mowlana Hazar Imam which I have interpreted in the context of bandagi:

"The day we no longer know how, nor have the time nor the faith to bow in prayer to Allah because the human soul that He has told us is eternal is no longer of sufficient importance to us to be worthy of an hour of our daily working, profit-seeking time, will be a sunless day of despair."
 
Excerpt from the Peshawar University address, Pakistan, November 30, 1967

The above speech was made to a general audience. However, the Holy Imam has prescribed an hour of extra prayers for the elevation of our soul in the small watches of the night. He has given us the method, prescribed the time, bestowed the luminous word of the esoteric faith, and has explained that the soul is eternal. The True Guide wants us to reach the Abode of Peace (Daras-Salaam).

"As the demands on his time increase, every Muslim will find it more difficult to seek for himself the answer to the fundamental question of how he should live his life for it to be truly Muslim. It is men such as you who will have to be practical and realistic in the world of today and tomorrow. Rather than let force of circumstance impose upon us through our default in not having suitably prepared ourselves for the future, ways of life which are not, or should not be ours, we must ourselves design the path we should tread."
 
Excerpt from the Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12th, 1976

Each one of us has to set priorities. The Holy Imam brought the issue of time management and priorities in 1976. At the present, life is more hectic and the challenge of practising bandagi is enormous. However, the time invested in bandagi has material as well as spiritual benefits. It is a key to our survival and growth!

2. Dhikr Section:

For today's session, let us use the dhikr of Ya Ali, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad, Ya Ali to call on the Lights of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and NOOR Mawlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). At present, these Lights are manifested in NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam.

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Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (33 beads)

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

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (1)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (2)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (3)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (4)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (5)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (6)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (7)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (8)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (9)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (10)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

Ya Ali Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (11)
(I call upon the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad through this prayer)

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

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 3, verses 6 to 10):

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

Âshâji mêhêr karinê tamê motâ karo
ham nâr chhu(n) tam sâmikiji
âs karinê hu(n) nâri âvi
hu(n) nâri chhu(n) tam shâmaki
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Have mercy upon us and raise our status
I am the (devoted) wife of You the Lord
I have come to you with all the hopes and wishes
and I remain a (devoted) wife to You the Lord
Hari You are eternal; ........................
6
Âshâji bhavo bhavki hu(n) kathani ka(n)thu
kêti kahu(n) têni vâtji
vênti suno tamê muj nârini
hirkhêshu(n) jâlo morâ hâth
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Oh Lord I am narrating to You about matters of many ages
and am describing to You in many different ways
Listen to my supplications, Your wife
and hold my hands with happiness
Hari You are eternal; ........................
7
Âshâji hu(n) nâri bahu aprâdhan chhu(n)
amê âvyâ tamârê pâsaji
bê kar jodi amêj âvyâ
tamê sa(m)bharo morâ nâth
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord I am a completely sinful wife
and have come in Your presence
It is only us (me) who have come folding both of our hands
My master listen to us (me)
Hari You are eternal; ........................
8
Âshâji dil bhari amêj âvyâ
ubhâ tamârê darbârji
hari var tamê ha(n)sâjinâ râjâ
sâmi satiyu(n)ni karjo sâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord It is only us (me) who have come having filled our hearts (with love)
and are standing in your gracious presence
You are the Protector Lord and the king of all souls
Oh Lord perfect the lives of the truthful
Hari You are eternal; ........................
9
Âshâji araj karinê pirji bolyâ
amê avyâ tamârê pâsaji
Pir Hasan Kabirdin vênati bolyâ
sâmi amnê chhê tamâri âs

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 The respectful Pir spoke having made a request
we have come to Your presence
Pir Hassan Kabirdin uttered these supplications
Oh Lord we have our hopes (upon You)
Hari You are eternal; ........................
10

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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