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Bandagi Gem No. 15 :: Saturday, April 5, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 15: What can be achieved through bandagi and ism-i azam?

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:

The answer the above question, let us study the mechnnism of the achievement our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.):

"From the numerous Qur'anic verses it is an established fact that the Prophet had spiritual relation and the luminous connection with the blessed ism-i azam (Supreme Name) of his Lord. The Prophet used to remember the ism-i azam and its accompanying great names (asma 'uzzam) of God before and after attaining the status of prophethood, and God had made him the treasurer of the spiritualism, luminousness, knowledge and wisdom of all His great names."
 
(Source: Divine Remembrance, p. 17)

What is the teaching of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) on the topic of bandagi and dhikr?

The answer is given in the following excerpt of his firman:

"Khudavandtaâlâ tamârâ tarafthi e eechê chhê kê tamê bandagi ibadat karo. Uthtâ, bêstâ khudanê yâd karo."
 
Literal translation: God desires from you that you perform bandagi and ibadat (luminous prayer). Remember God when you wake up and while you are sitting and walking (i.e., be God conscious at all times).
 
(Bâgâmoyo, 21-9-1899)

Please note that Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has explicitly stated that we should perform bandagi regularly. He has then commanded us to be God conscious for the remaining of the day and night. God consciousness results in purification which results in much greater happiness and progress during bandagi. Let us pray for a Golden Noorani Didar in our foreheads! Ameen.

2. Dhikr Section:

The relationship between Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), NOOR Mawlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) has been described by Pir Shihabu'd-din Shah Al-Husayni as follows:

"Muhammad and 'Ali both were manifestations of one and the the same Divine Light, but they came in two different persons (libâs,—dress) in order to uphold each other's mission among humans, and in order to introduce each other to people."
 
"The holy Light which manifested in Muhammad and 'Ali continued in the world through Fatima, in her sons, Hasan and Husayn, and no power in the world can extinguish this Light. It is said (9:32): 'they wanted to extinguish the Light of God, but God brings His light through, to the end,' i.e., to the completion of its mission"
 
(Source: True Meaning of Religion, p. 31)

For today's session, let us use a bouquet of Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad, Ya Ali tasbis to call on the Light of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and NOOR Mawlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). At present, the Lights of Muhammad and Ali are manifested in NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) Hazar Imam (Please recite the Holy Salwat).

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Ya Ali, Ya Allah, 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 Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (1)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (2)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (3)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (4)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (5)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (6)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (7)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (8)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (9)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (10)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

Ya Ali, Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad Ya Ali (11)
(Invoking Allah, the Light of Ali and the Light of Muhammad in the spiritual heart)

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

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 8, verses 1 to 5):

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for verses 1 to 10 of the sixth Chhugo (Chapter)

Âshâji evi nâriyu(n) târi ati ghani chhê
tê karê chhê shangârji
pâki nâri jê hoi rahi
tê poti dêvnê duâr

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 women of yours are in large numbers
and they are decorating (Your abode)
The ones who remained ripened (matured) wives
have reached the doorstep of the Lord's abode
Hari You are eternal; ........................
1
Âshâji jyârê nar nâriku(n) lâvyâ
nê kidhi hamâri sârji
muj nârinê ghêr naraj âvyâ
tê ja(m)puadip mi(n)jâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord When the Husband brought the wife home
then He perfected me
At my home It was only my Husband who came
and He came in the Indian Subcontinent
Hari You are eternal; ........................
2
Âshâji nâri puri pritni kahie
tênu(n) Pir Sadardin nâmji
sâchi nâri târi thai rahi
tamê chho sâchâ morâ sâm
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord We regard the wife of complete love and devotion
whose name is Pir Sadardin
She became and remained as Your true wife
You are my true Lord
Hari You are eternal; ........................
3
Âshâji sat karinê jênê shâhnê srevyâ
teni vêd mâ(n)hê chhê sâchi shâ(n)khji
sacho nar mâro sâmi râjo
tênu(n) nâm alakh Aly avtâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Whoever regards the Lord as the truth and worships Him accordingly
In his/her recitation of the scriptures there is the true link (with the Lord)
The true Husband is my Lord
and His name is the undescriptible Manifestation of Ali
Hari You are eternal; ........................
4
Âshâji enê nârnâ suâgi bêthâ
tê bêthâ sarag mi(n)jârji
enê nâri pâsê narji rahyâ
tênâ haidê tê hirakh na mâya
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord The marriage partners of this Husband are seated
and they are seated inside the heaven
It is with such wives that the Husband stayed
and the happiness in their hearts cannot be contained
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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