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"Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he can never come out?" — Holy Qur'an 6:122

 

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Bandagi Gem No. 1 :: Saturday, March 22, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 1: What is the mechanism for enlightenment of the personal world?

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 practice of bandagi, a luminous prayer at a luminous time with a luminous word, is a key to higher spirituality and luminosity in Ismailism. Bandagi requires time, will, conviction and ability to perform it. Therefore, those murids who have the desire to excel in their search for higher spiritual enlightenment continually purify themselves and attend the prayer session every early morning and practice bandagi. Esoterically, the Holy Imam's Light enters into the personal world of the murid provided the murid centers his focus on the supreme word, ism-i azam. This is vividly described in the following gem of knowledge on the topic of bandagi:

The tawil of Habl Allah (Rope of Allah) is the Imam of the time and the mechanism for enlightenment of the personal world is through Ism-i Azam:

"God has sent the rope of His holy light from the higher world to the inhabitants of the lower world for the purpose that they may all together hold it fast so that they may be lifted to the higher world (Holy Qur'an 3:103). Externally the luminous rope of Allah is the holy personality of the Imam of the time and internally it is his ever-reaching light. The holy light of the Imam of the time comes to you specially through the ism-i azam (the supreme Name). Thus the Imam within you is the rope of Allah in the position of ism-i azam, to which you have to hold fast in such a way that all faculties of the heart and the mind are turned towards and centered upon it."
(Source: Tawil number 264, A Thousand Wisdoms: An Encyclopaedia of Tawil, pp. 142-143)

2. Dhikr Section:

The ism-i azam is the door to luminosity, therefore it is a treasure that should be constantly remembered. Here is a humble dhikr to emphasize this point. Let us pray to NOOR Mowlana Hazar to empower us to practice the luminous prayer at a luminous time with a luminous word, i.e., perform bandagi with ism-i azam, the Supreme Name of God, with a greater effort, strength and enthusiasm.

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Ism-i Azam (99 beads)

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

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (11)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (22)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (33)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (44)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (55)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (66)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (77)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (88)

Ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam,
ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam, ism-i azam (99)

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

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

Âshâji pâchhâm disthi narji âvê
âvê tê ja(m)pu dipmâ(n)hê jânji
evo nar mâro kâyam âvasê
thâyasê tê purakh avtâr

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 .....................................................1

Oh Lord The respectful Husband (the Lord) comes from
the horizons of the west (always spiritually) and
He comes to the Indian Subcontinent (our home)
Such an eternal Husband of mine will come (materially)
and He will become a complete (and perfect) Manifestation
Hari You are eternal ..........................................1
Âshâji evo purakh vira tamê srêvo
jê sâchi nârino bharthârji
sêvâ kartâ(n) sarvê mâno
mâno tê ja(m)pudip mi(n)jâr
Hari ana(n)t .....................................................2
Oh Lord Brothers worship such a complete entity
who is the Husband of the truthful and devoted women
Everyone who undertakes to serve Him will enjoy every fruit
and they will enjoy it in the Indian Subcontinent
Hari You are eternal ..........................................2
Âshâji amê purakh Sri Islâm shâhâ lâdho
anê lâdho tê dinno dâtârji
eni nâri jê thai rahêshê
nê kâ(n)tyo sutar apâr
Hari ana(n)t .....................................................3
Oh Lord We (I) have found the complete and perfect Shri Islam Shah
and have found the Protector (Saviour) of religion
Whoever will remain His (devoted) wife
will get the benefits of spinning the cotton-like substance
(upon which these verses have been written)
in an abundant manner
Hari You are eternal ..........................................3
Âshâji sirba(n)dh sâro amêj ka(n)tyâ
anê âlyâ tê hâthoi hâthji
tê dâdâti amê nâri thai rahi
tê sâchê shâhni jân
Hari ana(n)t .....................................................4
Oh Lord It is only we (I) who have spun the cotton-like substance
from which the entire turban was made
and took it personally (at His presence)
We (I) have remained the wife of that Saviour
and indeed, truthfully as the wife of the Lord (Himself)
Hari You are eternal ..........................................4
Âshâji evo nar nârie gotinê lâvyâ
tê karva jivu(n) nâ kâmji
eni nâri jê thainê châlshê
tê pâmsê amrâpurimâ(n) thâm
Hari ana(n)t .....................................................5
Oh Lord The woman has found and brought such a Husband
who will perform the (liberating) work for the souls
Whoever remains a (devoted) wife to Him
will attain the abode of paradise
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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