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Bandagi, Dhikr and Giryah-u zâri Project to Prepare for Golden Jubilee Darbars in Dubai and USA and Golden Noorani Didar in our Foreheads
Bandagi Gem No. 10 :: Monday, March 31, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 10: How to concentrate in Bandagi?

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:

In one of his teachings, Imam Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has talked about the technique to concentrate in bandagi. Mowla has advised us to start by just concentrating for one minute. Then, on the next day, concentrate for two minutes. In the due course, one should be able to concentrate for 30 minutes and then for 60 minutes. Mowla has also said that if you cannot concentrate for one minute in one day, then try to concentrate for one minute over 4 days. Then follow the process outlined above. The key to success in bandagi is to eliminate worldly thoughts and concentrate on name, for example, Ya Ali.

In order to concentrate, it is necessay to say something and listen to it. For example, let us close our eyes and recite Ya Ali 5 times loudly and keep our ears tuned to it. Let us do this together:

Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (5)

The purpose of this exercise is to make sure that you are listening to what you are saying. Could we please try to do this again? For the second time, let us recite Ya Ali 10 times loudly and keep our ears tuned to it. Let us do this together:

Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (5)
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (10)

Now let us do the same exercise silently. With our eyes closed, we will say the word with our inner tongue and listen to it with our inner ear. For example, let us recite Ya Ali 5 times silently and keep our inner ears tuned to it. Let us do this together:

Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (5)

The purpose of this exercise is to make sure that you are listening with you inner ear to what you are saying with your inner tongue. Could we please try to do this again? For the second time, with our eyes closed, let us recite Ya Ali 10 times silently and keep our ears tuned to it. Let us do this together:

Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (5)
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (10)

I hope you are getting the hang of it. If you try to do this for an extended period, you may still notice that other thoughts are still coming in.

Before, I can explain how to eliminate these thoughts, let me give you a physical example. Supposing you are walking along a street and you notice that somebody is following you. One action that you may take is to increase your pace of walking. If the person following also increases his pace, then you might even consider running. The purpose of you action is to increase the speed so that you may shake off the person who is following you.

Similarly, thoughts come in when the initial pace of reciting the name is slow. Therefore, let us try this exercise by reducing the gap between Ya and Ali, and also between Ali and Ya. With our eyes closed, let us try this and recite Ya Ali 10 times silently by eliminating the gaps in this special dhikr and also keep our ears tuned to it. Let us do this together:

Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (5)
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (10)

Please repeat this exercise with your eyes closed and try to extend this chain to 15 seconds, then to 30 seconds, then to 45 seconds and then to 1 full minute. Even if you say one Ya Ali per second, you will get a count of 60 in one minute. If the thoughts are coming in, then try to increase the pace and to two beads of Ya Ali per second and you will notice that the disturbing thoughts are being reduced. Keep on practising and adjust the rate till you can concentrate on Ya Ali for one full minute. Please note that breathing in and out does not come into play with this exercise.

So now let us do the homework which Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has given to us. The objective is to sit in concentration and increase the length of the concentration gradually till we can sit in full concentration for 60 minutes!

Finally, with your eyes closed, just look into the area between your eye brows, i.e., your inner eye. Be humble, patient and happy that you are performing bandagi. You have played your part and Mowla will do his part in his own way at his own time. Relax, be happy and search for that light!

Also, study the curriculum for higher spiritual enlightenment and apply it to yourself. Let us pray for a Golden Noorani Didar in our foreheads! Ameen.

2. Dhikr Section:

On the occasion of the upcoming Darbars in the USA, here is a dhikr track to invoke two additiuonal attributes of the Light of Eternal Ali which is manifest in our present and living Imam, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.):

Let us reflect on the 55th and 42nd beautiful name of Allah:

001 Ar Rahmân The Beneficent He who gives blessings and prosperity to all beings without showing disparity Yaa Rahmân
002 Ar Rahim The Merciful He who gives blessings and prosperity, particularly to those who use the Divine gifts as Allah has directed; and He is merciful to believers in the hereafter too Yaa Rahim

Let us reflect on the wisdom pertaining to the word 'Rahmân' (Most Beneficent, Most Kind):

"It is mentioned in verse (21:107): "And we sent you not but as mercy unto the worlds (personal worlds)." According to Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, by worlds are only meant human beings and human beings are born in all times. Thus, the holy Prophet is made the treasure and centre of mercy or the universal mercy for the cycles of Prophets as well as for the cycle of Imams. Therefore, the holy Prophet, according to his own blessed words, is the chief of Prophets. If someone is truly the leader of his community, then he is chief in word and deed. That is, the true chief is the one who benefits the community in every respect."
 
[Source: Tawil No. 385, A Thousand Wisdoms]

For today's session, let us use the Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim tasbi to appreciate the Lord's kindness and mercy upon the individual personal worlds of all human beings.

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Ya Rehman, Ya Rahim (33 beads)

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

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (3)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (6)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (9)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (12)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (15)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (18)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (21)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (24)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (27)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (30)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, (33)
(O the Most Kind and the Most Merciful Lord of individual personal worlds of all human beings)

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

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 5, verses 6 to 10):

Âshâji nâri hirakhê ardâs karê chhê
suno ka(n)th bharthârji
utam nâri jênê naraj lâvyâ
tê karvâ jivu(n)nâ kâm
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The wife supplicates happily
listen to what I have to say Oh Husband
The best wife is the one who brought her husband only
to perform the work of the souls
Hari You are eternal; ........................
6
Âshâji utam nâri jê thainê avtari
tê karê chhê sahunâ kâmji
kutu(n)m parivârnê tê târê
jê thai tribhovarni nâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The best wife has manifested
and is performing everybody's work
She saves her family and relatives
and she has become the wife of the three worlds
Hari You are eternal; ........................
7
Âshâji e to gat parivâr sahunê târê
ugârê tê jivu(n) apâraji
jê tribhovar sâmini nâr thai rahi
tê gat anantnê utârê pâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord She is the one who saves all her fellow companions of the congregation
and she saves them in a limitless manner
The one who remains the wife of the Lord of the three worlds
saves the congregation of countless souls
Hari You are eternal; ........................
8
Âshâji pâki nâri tamâri pragati
tê karvâ anatni sârji
tê to nâri anantnê odhârsê
utârê sahu(n) jivu(n)nê pâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Your ripened (matured) wife has manifested
to perform the good of the eternal (souls)
This wife will save the countless (souls)
and will enable all souls to cross the limits of material existence to eternity
Hari You are eternal; ........................
9
Âshâji e purakh to manê bhêtyo
hu(n) jâu(n) têni balahâriji
Pir Hasan Kabirdin sachu(n)aj bolyâ
sâmi nârini karjo sa(m)bhâr

hari ana(n)t ana(n)t
hari ana(n)têjo svâmi shâh
ana(n)têjo a(n)t tu(n)hê jânêjê
Hari ana(n)t ...................................

 
Oh Lord Such a perfect entity embraced me
and I went to him as His slave
Peer Hassan Kabeerdeen has spoken the truth only
Oh Lord look after the (devoted) wife
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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