Muraqba

Light is a void and this void is an existing being. This void; an incessant movement, is flowing in ascending and descending order. Ascending and descending movement has many spheres. The first sphere of the movement is called the Angelic Realm. Material elements are not found in this realm and for this reason the angelic realm cannot be sighted by means of the physical eyes.

                                                 Light = Void = Being = Movement

            Light flows in single and dual movements. The single movement is Time. When distance and movement combine together a dual movement is produced in the void and this dual movement is called space. This movement is also called- ‘Tripartite’; three kingdoms of vegetable, animal and inanimate. Lights operative in the human self is based upon two types of movements. One of the movements is the attraction i.e. man is being attracted towards his origin and the other movement is that man is absorbing the lights to live this life.

The movement which is drawing us towards that exalted being, whose command has brought this universe into being, is called the angelic attributes and the light which is taking man away, by causing aversion, is the human quality Each of these two attributes is obeying a principle. The more one lives in this world, attracted towards the external world, the more he gets away from the lights of attraction. The person who gets away from the lights of attraction starts wasting the lights in him. The more a person is averted towards the spatiality, the lesser becomes the angelic attribute in him. Consequently, he is further drawn away from the angelic realm, so much so, that he becomes oblivious of the fact that there ever existed any angelic quality in him, which actually is his origin and base. Ultimately, a time comes when all his interests become centered in the spatiality and. his faith, regarding the angelic property in man, grows so weak that he denies its existence altogether. This is the situation about which in the Holy Scripture the Lord of the worlds has stated. “God has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and there is a veil on their eyes and great is the penalty they incur.” “Penalty they incur” is indicative of the meanings that they have been deprived of the angelic attribute.

Feelings of un-delightfulness are the lower world of matter; the world incarcerated in spatial dimensions. Disobedience and eventual unhappiness experienced is a proof that Adam’s relationship with God had temporarily disconnected. With the disconnection of the link, the lights lost their balance and Adam found himself encased in the physical body. At this point Adam experienced the feelings of nudity. The feeling of nudity means that a rush of density fell over Adam and Adam started feeling himself out of place in the Garden. Or to say, when Adam’s interests were slackened in the lights the density attracted Adam towards itself. When Adam was attracted towards the gravity and density, he fell into the lowliness and the atmosphere of the Garden rejected Adam and refused to accommodate him any longer.            The important point, in the creative formulae of the angelic realm and the material world, is that the light causing distinguish between the angelic attribute and the human qualities is responsible for the production of the human urges and, when the human urges and needs are produced in great many numbers, man becomes more absorbed in the world of matter and space, resulting in man’s fall to the lowest of all the regions. The more one falls into the abysmal depths of degradation, the more is the increase in density, gravity and pollution of these lights. The Lord of the Worlds said to Adam, “0, Adam, dwell with your wife in the Garden and eat delightfully what you want, from anywhere of the bountiful things provided for you but, do not approach that tree or you will run into harm and transgression”.

As long as Adam had not entered the gravity he was in the peripheries of time. Feelings of being guilty of disobedience incarcerated Adam in spatiality. By expressing aversion and repelling the attraction Adam closed down the doors of angel city upon himself. When a person manages to enter the range of attraction the doors of angel city once again open up for him.

Entering the metaphysical world is not possible unless man has not liberated himself from spatial incarceration. Here, liberty means that man should give secondary importance to the physical needs and urges and should be attentive towards that realm from where the needs and urges are descending in the form of light.

For becoming attentive towards the lights, performance of Muraqba with concentratively focused mind is the best of all methods. The simple way to perform muraqba is that,

1)   Man, after adopting a comfortable posture should sit in a dark corner where the temperature is moderate.

2)      All the limbs and the muscles of the body should be relaxed in order to have that state in which the mind becomes oblivious of the existence of the physical body.

Entering the metaphysical world is not possible unless man has not liberated himself from the spatial incarceration. Here, liberty means that man should give secondary importance to the physical needs and urges and should be attentive towards that realm from where the needs and urges are descending in the form of light.

For becoming attentive towards the lights, performance of Muraqba with concentratively focused mind is the best of all methods. The simple way to perform muraqba is that,

1)    Man, after adopting a comfortable posture should sit in a dark corner where the temperature is moderate.

2)      All the limbs and the muscles of the body should be relaxed in order to have that state in which the mind becomes oblivious of the existence of the physical body.

3)     Entering the metaphysical world is not possible unless man has not liberated himself from the spatial incarceration. Here, liberty means that man should give secondary importance to the physical needs and urges and should be attentive towards that realm from where the needs and urges are descending in the form of light.

1) Man, after adopting a comfortable posture should sit in a dark corner where the temperature is moderate. 

2) All the limbs and the muscles of the body should be relaxed in order to have that state in which the mind becomes oblivious of the existence of the physical body.

For becoming attentive towards the lights, performance of Muraqba with concentratively focused mind is the best of all methods. The simple way to perform muraqba is that,

3) Breathing should be deep. Deep breathing helps in having a reduced rate of breathing.

4) Eyes are to be kept closed and sighting the inner of the self is required to be attempted.

5) Thoughts are to be kept purged.

6) Purity of deeds purports to piety i.e. nobody is to be considered bad. Mustn’t have any spite, hatred, malice or grudge. If you feel hurt you should be forgiving instead of becoming revengeful.

7) Should struggle for earning livelihood diligently, leaving the results and consequences to follow upon God.

8) If it is felt that some one has been hurt due to his behavior and attitude he must apologize profusely regardless of weakness, poverty or inferiority of the aggrieved person.

9) The same should be offered to others, which is considered befitting for one’s own self.

10) Wealth and riches shouldn’t be everything for him. Means and resources granted by God should be used cheerfully and gratefully, without falling in love with them and they should not be considered the sole purpose of life.

11) Creatures of God should be served with a passion of affection in every possible way.

Having virtuous thoughts and decent qualities result in the enlightenment of the soul and the mind starts experiencing the clarity of vision and perception.

Muraqba is a process in which the directives and orders of the spiritual teacher are required to be obeyed in sheer obedience, in their true spirit. If there is resistance or defiance in the spiritual associate and he lacks in submission then the performance of Muraqba is far from accomplishment.

Unconditional submission of the self is necessary for one’s success in the field of learning spiritual sciences. Functioning of the physical body is directly related with spiritual sciences, one is not required to dissociate from breathing totally, only slowing down of the breathing rate is necessary. When a person keeps his relation with the physical body to the extent of breathing only the body becomes imperceptible. Dreaming is one of the most appropriate examples in this regard.

In the state of dreaming, one keeps on respiring. Only the breathing grows deeper and the respiration becomes light. Lightness of respiration causes the astral body to ascend towards the Beatific Vision. It is our observation that when we go to sleep, physical system of our body remains in operation but we are mentally dissociated from the body If this temporary dissociation with the carnal body could be induced in the state of wakefulness then man can transcend to the metaphysical or the Unseen realm The unseen world is a subtle world One performs all the activities of locomotion, eating and drinking in the delicate and subtle world of Unseen just as these are enacted in this phenomenal world.

Muraqba is such an activity, which enables man to acquaint him with the ceaselessly moving and kinetic world obscured in the inner recesses of his self just as he is acquainted with this phenomenal world.

In muraqba, after liberating ourselves from the physical needs, we witness that world which is inconceivable by the ordinary senses just as in the state of dreaming we peregrinate in that realm which cannot be seen by the physical eyes upon awakening, this world of ours, in stages transforms into world of experiences. Similarly when a spiritual associate starts witnessing through the inner eye, he starts experiencing the wonders of the world’s existing in the Unseen. With the development of interest in the Unseen realm the individuals living in the unseen realms become acquainted with and, one gets comprehensively familiar with the routines of the days and nights of the Unseen. Whether it is the world of Unseen realm or it is the phenomenal world of the seen realm, for both the worlds, the experiences are of pivotal importance. A progressive conscious is operative in the unseen world just like the conscious of this world, which gradually develops and matures after birth.

It is in our knowledge that in this phenomenal world, after birth, an infant recognizes its mother because of her aroma and then gradually develops intimacy with close relations of father, brother, sister and grandparents. After that he acquaints himself with other relatives. Eventually, his conscious manages to accommodate the worldly sciences, which enable him to make an independent place for himself, and he lives in this world with individuality. In the same way when a spiritual associate becomes familiar with the unseen world found in his own inner-self, his vision enlarges enough to encompass both the ends of time. He perceptually comes in contact with all that exists in the unseen world. Traveling in the far reaches of the outer space meeting and conversing with the individuals of the outer space become part of his unconscious life.

In parapsychology or spirituality, all that is observed in the unseen realm, no longer remains the unseen and becomes the observed realities. It becomes pragmatically easy to converse and acquaint with the working and functioning of the angelic creatures existing in the inestimable cosmic systems. He witnesses what types of lights are operative in the structural formation of the universe. What is the source of these lights? Where and how are these lights being created? How are these lights distributed in the creatures of the universe and how the alterations and changes in quantities of these lights are forming the features of the universe? How does the Beatific Vision descend to become the Invisible Light (Noon and how is the Noor taking the form of the ordinary light? What rules and principles are governing the Invisible and ordinary lights?

The movements of life pertaining to the carnal body of flesh and bones are resultants of descending movements and the movements that take place without any obligation of physical body, are the ascending movements of life. When the physical life and the urges related with the physical body are studied analytically, we would eventually conclude that there does not exist a single urge, which could be fulfilled without having a thought about it. Thoughts and urges are related with information that comes to our mind from somewhere. Mind ascribes meaning to the information perceived. Completion of perception about the information or, in its final stages of perception, the information takes the form of an emotion or an urge. We have to admit inexorably that life is coming from somewhere and the life that is coming from somewhere is also going somewhere and, the continuity of life is maintained in such a way that an emotion after appearing vanishes upon its completion. Urges and emotions arouse again and again and vanish, leaving behind a record, when they are fulfilled.

Every urge of life is and information. There is a
source from where the information is relayed
upon the mind, continuously.
Enactment of information with the body of flesh
& hones in its limitations is the descending
movement of the information.
Enactment of information after liberating from
the confines of the physical body is the
ascending movement, which is related to with
the nocturnal senses. “Enactment of
information is being recorded. The life is being
constructed by the descent and ascent of ever
continuing process of needs and urges.

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Spiritual Teachings of Hazrat Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi

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