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"Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light however much the disbelievers are averse." — Holy Qur'an 61:8

 

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. 11 :: Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 11: What are the benefits of concentrating 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:

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

"Jêo das minute ek dhiyânthi ibâdat kari shakê chhê têoni chalis varasni ibâdat kartâ vadhâre ibâdatno faydo ha(n)shal thây chhê anê châlis varas karta vadhu kabul thâya chhê. "
 
Literal translation: Those who can concentrate for ten minutes in bandagi will get the benefit of 40 years of bandagi (done without concentration) and will get the acceptance of having performed more than of 40 years of bandagi.
 
(Karachi, 3-5-1920)

Please refer to post number 10 for Mowla's methods of concentrating in bandagi. Concentration is power which leads to enlightenment provided all other actions as described in the curriculum for higher spiritual enlightenment are met. Let us pray for a Golden Noorani Didar in our foreheads! Ameen.

2. Dhikr Section:

For today's session, let us use a bouquet of Ya Wali, Ya Karim tasbi to appreciate the Lord's protection and generosity upon us.

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Ya Wali, Ya Karim (36 beads)

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

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (3)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (6)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (9)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (12)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (15)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (18)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (21)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (24)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (27)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (30)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (33)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim, Ya Wali, Ya Karim (36)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

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

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 6, verses 1 to 5):

 

Question and Answer for a dominant theme in Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ

One of the members of the SalmanSpiritual.com has asked me to explain the concept of 'the wife' and 'the husband' in the granth of nant Nâ Nav Chhugâ. Here is a short and a simple answer to this question.

The sixth verse of the first chhugo provides a context for the two granths of Pir Hasan Kabirdin. The Holy Pir composed 500 verses of Anant Akhado and wrote them on cotton-like substance. This was folded into a turban. He then composed 90 verses and made nine tussles (chhugas). In order to present his voluminous work to the Holy Imam, the inspired Pir composed 90 verses of supplication which demonstrate his absolute devotion, humility and submission.

In these Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ verses, the Lord is symbolized as a husband (nar) and the Pir is symbolized as a spiritual wife (nari). All other souls are symbolized as children. Therefore, the Pir becomes the entity which nurtures and educates the Jamat, and prepares the members to come closer to the Holy Imam. The sheer responsibility of being a mother was (is) a great burden, therefore after performing intense giryah-u zari and bandagi, the Pir begs the Holy Imam to accept the turban. This physical act of submitting the turban with nine tussles also symbolizes a tremendous amount of humility, love and work, therefore the stakes are really high. Now let us read the verse and its literal meaning.

Âshâji nav chhugâni pâgaj vani
tê kidhi gharni nârji
havê paghadi bâ(n)dho e var râjâ
jê lâvi tamâri nâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord A turban of nine tussles only has been folded
and it has been done by the (devoted) housewife
Now put on the turban, Oh the Protector King
the one that has been brought by your wife
Hari You are eternal; ........................
6

In this context, I would request the members to downloaded a document which has three verses of supplication from Anant Akhado in Gujrati text with English transliteration and translation. These were the three verses which were recited at the Dubai Darbar. We, too, used our spiritual mother's words to supplicate to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. Look at the power of giriyah-u zari of Pir Hasan Kabirdin. There are no words to describe the impact of his works!

I view his voluminous works as a nazrana of time and knowledge that he submitted to Imam Islamshah. The impact of this unique contribution has moved the Jamat over many, many generations!

Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 6, verses 1 to 5):

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

Âshâji pâki nâri jê pâkaj rahêvê
jênu(n) pâk purashsu(n) kâmji
nâri vinyâ nar nahi âvê
na sarê jivu(n)nâ kâm

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 The ripened (matured) woman is the one who remains pure always
and her concern is only with the Perfect Gentleman
Without the wife the Husband will not come
and will not purify the work of the souls
Hari You are eternal; ........................
1
Âshâji nâri vinyâ nar nahi âvshê
nahi âvê âpanê ghêrji
pâki nâri to narnê lâvyâ
satini e chhê pêr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Without the (devoted) wife the Husband will not come
and will not come to Your homes
The ripened (matured) wife has brought the Husband
this is the sign of a saintly woman
Hari You are eternal; ........................
2
Âshâji nârie purash puro srêviyo
tran bhuvanno nâthji
toyê purakh tamê sâchâ sâmi
tê chhê ati kodâmano
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The wife served the Husband completely and devotedly
the one who is the Master of the three worlds
Even then You are the true Lord
and you are the good-looking Lord
Hari You are eternal; ........................
3
Âshâji ehi pursh ati rupê râriyâmano
jêni nâriu(n) lâkho lâkhaji
pâki nâri jê narni thâyasê
tê purakhnê lâvê nirvân
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord This gentleman (the Imam) is the best looking Lord
and He has hundreds of thousands of wives
The ones who remain ripened (matured) wives of the Husband
will certainly bring the Lord home
Hari You are eternal; ........................
4
Âshâji pâki nâri tê satiyu(n)nê kahie
jê karê kâyâni vâraji
kâyâ to tê sâfaj karshê
nê kidhi sêvâ apâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The ripened (matured) wife is the one who is always truthful
and she does look after her material body
The one who will have indeed purified her body
is she who will serve (the Imam) abundantly
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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