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Spark No. 21 :: The Possessors of the Heart

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

Ya Ali Madad! In this posting I would like to present some thoughts of William C. Chittick and his views on the spiritual teachings of Rumi. Let us first reflect on the concepts of the physical heart and the real heart:

  1. What the difference between the physical heart and the Real Heart?

    The most direct answer to the above question is captured in the following excerpt:

    "The ultimate center of man's consciousness, his inmost reality, his "meaning" as known by God, is called the "heart" (dil, qalb). As for the lump of flesh within the breast, that is the shadow or outermost skin of the (real) heart. Between this (physical) heart and that (real) heart are infinite levels of consciousness and realization.

    "As man's inmost reality, the heart is always with God. But only the prophets and saints — who are called the "Possessors of the Heart" — have achieved God-consciousness, whereby they are truly and actually aware of God at the center of their being. Most men are veiled by innumerable levels of dross (something that is worthless or of a low standard or quality) or darkness, so that in practice the center of their consciousness or "heart" is their animal spirit or ego." [Source: W. C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, p.37]

  2. Why is enlightenment necessary?

    The most direct answer to the above question is captured in the following teaching of Rumi:

    "The house of the heart that remains without illumination from the rays of the Magnificent Sun is narrow and dark like a miser's soul, empty of the Loving King's sweet taste. The Sun's light does not shine in that heart, space does not expand, doors do not open: the grave is more pleasant for you — arise from the tomb of your heart! (M II 3129-32)" [Source: W. C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, p.37]

  3. What can be seen in an enlightened heart?

    The most direct answer to the above question is captured in the following teaching of Rumi:

    "Once the mirror of your heart becomes pure and clear, you will see pictures from beyond the domain of water and clay, not only pictures but also the Painter, not only the carpet of good fortune, but also the Carpet-spreader. (M II 72-73)" [Source: W. C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, p.38]

  4. What does one have to do to see pictures in his heart?

    The most direct answer to the above question is captured in the following teachings of Rumi:

    "The saints have polished their breasts until cleaned of greed, cupidity (meanness), avarice (materialism) and hatred. Without doubt the pure mirror is the heart acting as a receptacle for infinite pictures. The Moses-like saint possesses within his breast, in the heart's mirror, the infinite, formless Form of the Unseen. What does it matter if that Form is not contained by the heavens, the divine Throne, the Footstool, or the Fish supporting the earth? These things are all delimited and defined, but the heart's mirror has no limits — Know that! Here the intellect must remain silent, or else lead us astray. For the heart is with Him — indeed, the heart is He. (M I 3484-89)" [Source: W. C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, p.38]

Prayer Card for the Well-being and Health of the Whole Noorani Family

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. (Muslim, IV, 1883; Tirmidhi, V, 663)" [Source: Tawil 144: A Thousand Wisdoms]

Now let us use a bouquet of salwats for this session.

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

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, make us One global Jamat with One Sound Heart (Qalb-i Salim), bless us with the Golden Noorani and the Golden Jubilee Didars, 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, Golden Jubilee and Golden Noorani Didars,
Noorallah Juma
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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