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:: Candle Post #21 :: Why Does Bandagi Have Such a Lofty Status? ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad. Why does bandagi (luminous prayer which is performed at a luminous time with a luminous word) have such a lofty status? Let us look for an answer from the following teachings of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):
"Ek taraf âkhi duniyâno mâl 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." (Vâdhvân 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.
On December 13, 2008, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.) said:
"I convey to all my beloved spiritual children individually ... blessings ... for spiritual enlightenment to guide you in your lives ..."
Now here is a question which needs deep reflection:
How can spiritual enlightenment guide us in our lives? Is there an indication here that the time has come that we should evolve to such a state that the Light of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam becomes a guiding Light for us? If this is the case, then should we not practise bandagi regularly?
In my opinion, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam has set a new standard and raised the bar for the whole global Jamat since the launch of the Golden Jubilee on July 11, 2007. At that time, Mowla said in his last Dua:
"And I pray that you may live in peace, and with spiritual enlightenment to guide you."
Now it is up to us to understand the meaning of these duas and to create an enabling environment within our consciousness so that NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam's LIGHT (NOOR) guides us in all matters! Al-Hamdulillah, now we know and that is what we try should do! This is not easy and needs a change in one's outlook and lifestyle, but the results are a taste of eternal peace and true happiness while we are still in this hectic, material world! What can we not do when the Light of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam is with us?
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
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