Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


"And he for whom Allah hath not appointed light, for him there is no light." — Holy Qur'an 24:40


Timeless Batuni-Noorani Didar Preparation Gems for the Global Jamat
Holy Ginan verses, Gems of Knowledge and Special Dhikr

Gem No. 5 :: Holy Batuni-Noorani Didar and the Practice of Bandagi (Meditation)

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

Ya Ali Madad! This ../bandagi/post has five parts:

1. Selected verses from beautiful ginans of our Holy Pirs;
2. Knowledge Section;
3. Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 5;
4. Special Dhikr; and
5. Angelic Salwat Dhikr.

Part 1: Holy Didar and Bandagi

The following verse is taken from Pir Shams's Saloko Moto:

Satgur kahêrê
Didâr to amâro dohêlo
Anê râtê jâgo lok
Nindrâ tênê shu(n) karê
Jê râkhê Pir Sham-su(n) het re ....235

The True Guide says:
Our vision (i.e., the Golden Noorani Didar in the forehead) is difficult to attain
(However) be awake at night for bandagi (meditation at the luminous time)
What can sleep do to the one who maintains love for Pir Shams?
(meaning: If you have ardent love for Mowla
then you will become punctual in bandagi) ...235

Part 2: Is Luminous Didar only possible through Bandagi?

Before we address the issue of luminous Didar through bandagi, let us explore the concept of unity of Luminousness, i.e., the unity of Light of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and the Light of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) by studying the following excerpts from Spiritual Secrets (pages 35-36):

  1. Teachings of Allah, the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) and the Holy Imams (a.s.)

    "The Prophet has said about Imam Ali: "You are from me and I am from you". He has also said: "I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate". Here these Prophetic traditions show the ways in which Ali is from the Prophet and the Prophet is from Ali, or in other words, their unity, is not a physical thing, but it is the unity of luminousness (light), spiritualism (soul) and knowledge.
    Similarly, the Prophet's being the city of knowledge and Ali's being its gate is not so in its physical sense, but in the sense of the light of knowledge, wisdom and guidance. Thus in this sense, then according to "Nurun alaa Nur (Light upon Light)" they become one light. This reveals the fact that the Nur-i Nubuwwat (Light of Prophethood) and Nur-i Imamat (Light of Imamat) is one and the same.
    In this it is said that the light which adopts the form of the city of knowledge and provides the bounties and peace of intellect and wisdom to the people of faith, which become the gatekeeper of this city dressed in talismanic raiment (i.e. dressed in the form of the present living Holy Imam). Then why should there be any astonishment?
    The corporeality and humanity of the Holy Imam has been compared with talismanic picture (drawing) in the sense that inexperienced people, despite finding treasure cannot obtain it because of its talismanic design, so in the same manner ignorant people because of the corporeality (physical form) and humanity of the Holy Imam – the True Guide – fail in having access to the treasures of his spiritualism (soul) and luminousness (light). For their vision is confined only to his corporeality (physical form)." [Source: Spiritual Secrets, pp.35-36]

    In simple words, our present and living Imam Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) is the embodied Light of Muhammad (s.a.s.) and the Light of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). He has a physical form which everybody can see. However, he also has a spiritual form and is the ocean of all souls. Therefore he plays a role of a spiritual mother. He also has a luminous form and his Light is the Light of all Lights. In this role, he is a luminous father. Therefore, our soul and the light in it are linked to the our Holy Imam's soul and light. However, in order to actualize these links and see them, one has to develop his own soul. Then it is possible to see Mowla's soul and light in one's own soul. This is the reason that after fulfilling the obligations of dasond and Dua, we embark on a spiritual personal search through bandagi, dhikr, giriyauzari and service under the supervision and authority of the Holy Imam.

    Much has been written on the topic of bandagi on However may I draw your attention of Eighteen Bandagi Gems? The table of contents for this project is shown below:

    Part 3: Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 5: Practising bandagi for higher spiritual enlightenment every morning

    Now it is the time to conduct a self assessment by answering the following question:

    If practising bandagi for higher spiritual enlightenment every morning is given a rating of 10, and not practising bandagi at all is rated as zero, where do I stand?

    Let us all intensify our personal search for higher spiritual enlightenment through the practice of bandagi as we approach the Darbar in Canada!

    Please reflect deeply on the following excerpt of Baitul Firman of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam made in 1966 during his visit to East Africa:

    "It is, therefore, through Noor of Ali, Noor of Imamat that you must seek to come closer, to have a better understanding of He who is above all else. This is the meaning of Bandagi, that is the meaning of Baitul Khayal."

    Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator List

    1. Creating Staunch Faith in Noor Mowla Hazar Imam (a.s.)
    2. Sincere Repentance
    3. Submission of Dasond in Full and On Time
    4. Reciting the Holy Dua at Sacred Times
    5. Practising bandagi for higher spiritual enlightenment every morning
    6. Shedding torrential tears of love for the Holy Imam (Giryah-u zâri)
    7. Practising Dhikr in order to present spiritual and luminous nazranas
    8. Performing voluntary service for the Holy Imam, his Jamat and his institutions
    9. Being Imam conscious & ethical
    10. Recognizing the Light of the Holy Imam


    Part 4: Special Dhikr

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

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

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

    Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

    Part 5: Angelic Salwat

    The recitation of angelic salwat tasbi with knowledge, understanding and ardent love leads purification of the soul, spiritual upliftment and enlightenment. It is one of the best ways to demonstrate ardent love to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. Let us now present a bouquet of angelic salwats to our beloved Mowla.

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

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad:
    O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants

    Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

    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) tayid (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
    Friday, May 12, 2017

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