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Promoting Personal Search for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment & Vision


"So believe in Allah and His messenger and the light which We have revealed. And Allah is Informed of what ye do." — Holy Qur'an 64:8

Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam's ta'lim guides the murid to higher spiritual enlightenment & vision.

 

The Paramount Need for Higher Spiritual Education
Spark No. 4 :: Actualizing Higher Spiritual Enlightenment
Monday, Aug. 11, 2008

Ya Ali Madad. Over the past 51 years, Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam has consistently made firmans on the topic of higher spiritual enlightenment. Let us reflect deeply on the spiritual and luminous dimensions of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam and then assess our progress on the path of enlightenment:

  1. What is encompassed in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam?

    "God encompasses all the subtle things of the universe, the existents, this world and the next world in the manifest Imam, because it is the Imam who is the house of His sacred light. Thus, the act of reviving the two kinds of the dead and the record of deeds and traces is also in the Imam, as Allah says: "Verily We bring back the dead to life, and We write down what they have sent before them, and their traces. And We have encompassed everything in a manifest Imam." (36:12). That is, nothing is beyond the domain of the subtle body, the great soul and the perfect intellect of the pure and holy Imam."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 24)

  2. What can be seen through the Light of Imamat?

    "By the Divine Pen is meant a great angel called the Universal Intellect and the Guarded Tablet is also a great angel called the Universal Soul, and they are the perfect intellect and the soul of the Imam of the time. They are one Light, which works like the Pen and the Tablet of the higher world. It is a miracle of the perfect power of the omnipotent God, the spiritual miracles of the light of Imamat are practically shown in the personal world of each arif (a mu'min who sees) so that the chain of His spiritual favours may continue forever."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, pp. 24-25)

  3. What is the potential of an ardent lover of Mowla?

    Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) has explained one of the great wisdoms of the personal world as follows:

    "Do you think that you are a small body; while the great cosmos is contained within you? You are the speaking Book; By whose letters the hidden (secret) is revealed."

    The explanation of the above wisdom is as follows:

    "Although apparently this external universe is the macrocosm and man is the microcosm, yet in reality, it is the man who is the macrocosm, because the heavens and the earth of the external world are enfolded (i.e., wrapped up) in him, as mentioned in the following verses of Holy Qu'ran (21:104; 39:67). This supreme miracle takes place when the mu'min on the spiritual path becomes annihilated in the true Imam. In this the mu'mins (male and female) attain the light (57:12, 29; 66:8) and they become the speaking Book which contains the secrets of recognition within it."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, pp. 40-41)

  4. What is the best advice for actualizing higher spiritual enlightenment?

    "We should become the true lovers of the real light, because we are granted a special place in Islam and all the means are availed to us to attain this sublime goal. Let us see and reflect on our religious status among countless people of the world, look back and assess how many people there are behind us and far distant from our destination."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 45)

  5. What is the practical action for actualizing higher spiritual enlightenment?

    "We should make a habit of the vigil of the night for the sake of remembrance of God and ibadat (i.e., practice bandagi), and dive in the ocean of love and annihilation through luminous means of supplication in the court of God, the Provider of needs, so that the mirror of the hearts (consciousness) may be cleansed and God willing, we may see the manifestations of the higher world in it (i.e., in our foreheads) and as a result the heavenly love may be firm."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 45-46)

  6. What do we need in order to be blessed with higher spiritual knowledge and manifestation of light in our foreheads?

    "Just as birds have two wings, our spiritual birds also have two wings. One of them is ibadat (bandagi) and the other of (higher spiritual) knowledge. Just as the birds use their wings frequently in search of sustenance, we too should use our two wings of (higher spiritual) knowledge and ibadat (bandagi) frequently, so that we may have sustenance in the form of tayidi (given) (spiritual and luminous) knowledge."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 48)

  7. What do we have to do as followers and friends of the Ali of our time, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.)?

    "Just as daily physical food is a necessity for the subsistence of the body, remembrance, ibadat (bandagi), (higher spiritual) knowledge and wisdom are necessary for the subsistence of the soul and the intellect, respectively. We should also know that in comparison to physical bounties, spiritual and intellectual (luminous) bounties are far greater, sweeter and more superb. This is why the earthly and heavenly angels are always engaged in (Divine) remembrance (dhikr) and ibadat (bandagi), (and acquisition of higher spiritual) knowledge and wisdom, and they are enlightened thereby."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 51)

  8. What is our fundamental duty from a spiritual point of view?

    "O lovers of the Holy Qur'an and the Manifest Imam! It is the fruit of this blessed love that we should always yearn for the pearls and gems of higher spiritual knowledge and wisdom and also acquire them. How generous we would be that we could give these to others also? We would be very fortunate because we are happy not only by amassing them but also by distributing them."
    (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p. 49)

In preparation of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam's visit to Syria and Canada, let us practise our faith with conviction and start attending Jamat Khana regularly, submitting dasond, saying three Duas on time, practising bandagi because it is a luminous prayer, reciting angelic salwats, performing abundant dhikr, performing volunteer service, balancing din and duniya, and accumulating material, spiritual and luminous nazranas in our personal worlds. Educational resources for these activities are listed as quick links on SalmanSpiritual.com.

May Mowla bless us immense barakat of his spiritual (ruhani) and luminous (noorani) knowledge so that we may all become his real, luminous spiritual children in this glorious, extended Golden Jubilee year! Ameen.

Additional readings on bandagi and higher spiritual enlightenment:

  1. Bandagi, Dhikr and Giryah-u zâri Project to Prepare for Golden Jubilee Darbars and Golden Noorani Didar in our Foreheads (18 web posts plus reflection)
     
  2. Preparation for Golden Noorani and Golden Jubilee Didars :: Spiritual and Luminous Nazrana Sparks :: (23 web posts) (Download PDF)
     
  3. Forty Norms for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment :: Imam Mustansir bi'l-laah II's (a.s.) (40 web posts) (Download PDF)

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;
  7. External and internal peace for the whole humanity; and
  8. Improvement of our physical, spiritual and luminous quality of life.

Let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.

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.

Peace, light, barakat, tayid, Golden Jubilee and Golden Noorani Didars,
Noorallah Juma
August 11, 2008

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