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EDITORIAL
The world of the Sufi is magical, mysterious,
melodious, marvellous, methodological and
most of all mystical. A Sufi cannot be found
unless he reveals himself.
A Sufi is a moth that dies in the enamouring
Religion has three phases – the first is flames of dissolution. He must not only see
Shariat – the outer core of ritual and rules; the Beloved, he must die in the presence.
the second is Haqiquat – the inner core of Only such a death reveals what is truly worth
truth and realization; and third is Tariquat – living.
the methods, disciplines and techniques to
attain realization A Sufi is one who has died for the world and
is reborn into the paradise of heaven on earth.
Sufism is the inner core of the spiritual quest.
Where a Sufi lives that place is the mythical
The dregs and dross are removed and pure
firdous. Only now is it not a myth. It is a living
love remains. The Sufi approach is one of awe reality. To even meet a Sufi by passing chance
and wonder at the marvels of the Creator is a gift from Allah. Only he who has reached
Who is dissolved in His Creation. One cannot the last stages of spiritual evolution will get
come to appreciate Sufism without being such a grace.
transformed by the very desire to know what
This issue of Meditation Times is about the
Sufism is. To know the Sufi way is to become
Sufi Way, the Sufi Path.
a Sufi by the very process of knowing. But
Sufi is about love – not knowing, at least not Sufis are interested in the transformation of
intellectual knowing. consciousness. Their main focus is how to get
the sincere aspirant to renounce his old ways
The Sufi path is riddled with mysterious and embrace a method that will draw his
parables and mystical insights into very awareness to an inner calling. This is done
ordinary things. When one begins to inquire very mysteriously and mystically, in such a
way that the aspirant does not know when
who is a Sufi then the lamp of knowing is lit.
the old way has dropped and the new way is
When this flame becomes a burning passion adopted. He feels a pull from within and an
that cannot be quelled until the heart dances irresistible urge to follow this Sufi Master. He
with ecstasy at the mere thought of the has fallen in love with the Sufi. This love is
Beloved, only then the search is over. what will carry him to the firdous of his inner
being.
A Sufi is mad. Mad for the Beloved. Mad
Such is the mysterious Sufi Path. A path of
because he has left the arms of world to
pure love, a way of transformation from lead
embrace the open sky without a thought for
to gold.
tomorrow.
‫الطريق الصوفي‬
God created the physical universe to manifest Himself

So that the treasure of His wisdom may be revealed

He said, ‘I was a hidden treasure.’

Listen! Listen attentively!

In the same way you must not let your spiritual

Reality be submerged…

Instead must manifest your spirit in action!!!

RUMI MASNAVI IV: 3028-29

SUFISM is the path of Love!


It is the path of Trust!
Trust your Love!
Trust your being!
A new meaning will certainly arise in life.
Life will be a benediction.
This is my Certitude or Yakeen.
This is Sufism.
‫ن ق ش ب ندي‬ Taoshobuddha ‫يخ‬ ‫ال ش‬

…So too my own existence has given me the authority to speak on any path or any master to speak
on. I am the consciousness that contains all that has happened and all that is yet to happen in this
cosmos. All Sheikhs are in me and I am in all Sheikhs. In fact I am cosmic. This alone gives me the
authority to reflect all that is being reflected. It matters not if I am speaking a Buddha, or a Jesus,
or a Mohammed. It is out of the compassion for the erring humanity that I simply overflow. My
own being has given me the authority for such overflows.

Become silent and in silence


move towards non existence
and when you become non-existent,
you will be all praise!!

DIVAN-I-SHAMS 2628

Whenever a religion is alive it is because of Sufism. Sufism simply means a love affair with God.
The UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWABLE! It is an affair with the ultimate!
A love affair with the whole or TAO, or that which is the very pulse of the existence!
It means that one is ready to dissolve into the whole. In fact you are ready to invite the whole to come into
your heart. It knows no formality. Then it does not matter what is your path because you are so engrossed in
your love affair with God that you have no time for tasubi.
A
nd what I am going to make available to and thus created some upheaval causing pain
you – a little taste. And once you have and suffering at various levels. It was essential so
tasted even a drop of the nectar called that existing impressions of past actions could be
Sufism you will become thirstier for more. And exhausted and each is put on the path of
this thirst will go on getting deeper and deeper. evolution.
For the first time you will start feeling a great
appetite for God in you. Under these circumstances it became imperative
for me, to look into the divine plan of such
There is a life force or energy that flows through consciousness and the process of growth. Guided
the matter envelopment. Under the law of by my essential nature it was essential to
evolution and the descent of light, a observe my role under these circumstances.
consciousness journeys through various stages Certain decisions were made which will reveal
in matter. When this consciousness manifests themselves in the course of time. One important
subjectively a new life is said to have been born. aspect was to start preparing to fold my works in
And when, at the end of the journey of the present manifestation. Not much time is
consciousness through this mind and matter ahead! And the wheel of time is moving too
vehicle, life energy reaches to the realm of No swiftly. It knows not place, person, or thing. It
Mind, it is SATORI – the first glimpse of that has been moving and shall go on forever without
which is. Thus begins the journey into the realm a break. As a result I have started detaching
of the BEYOND. myself more and more from the world and its
duality. This withdrawal is essential so that I can
In the journey of consciousness this process work from behind in my CAUSAL form. For this
continues without a break till eternity lasts. But reason, all the writings that manifested from
because of ignorance and attachment you miss time to time need to be organized and presented
this solemn opportunity of TRANSCENDENCE. Be to maintain its authenticity.
aware of this each finite moment of life. And be
established in your BLISSFUL EXISTENCE — Through this issue I am bringing insight into the
EVER SERENE AND TRANQUIL. Sufi Path in India with particular reference to
Hindu influence and the Naqshbandi Tariqat. The
The matter decomposes but CONSCIOUSNESS first part is in your hand. In the second part I will
that is, remains. NEVER TAKES BIRTH AND discuss the growth of Hindu influence and the
NEVER DIES! It always is. continuation of Tariqat in post Naqshbandi era
in Indian Sub - Continent.
During the recent few years, in the process of
evolution, there prevailed a consciousness that And I am extremely happy that:
envisioned truth only from one plane as partial

Today the Naqshbandi Order is the foremost Sufi order in the world and is experiencing an
unprecedented period of growth, not only in its traditional heartlands of Central Asia, Turkey, the
Middle East and South Asia, but in nations of the Western world, particularly the United States and
Great Britain. In this regard I pay my regards and love for many Sheikhs who are working towards
such revelations.
yh sc hE ik bhut kfvI hE my #s sakI kI

r<g la@gI gr sasae< me< %tr jane dae

Yeh sach hai ki bahut kadvi hai mai is saaqui ki


Rang layegi gar sanson mein utar aane do!!

YES INDEED THE MYSTICAL WINE OF THIS BREWER IS BITTER


ALLOW IT TO ENTER WITHIN
CERTAINLY IT WILL TRANSFORM YOU!!

ijNdgI rahe gm se inkl ja@gI

T
he Sufi path is the unique way to journey
from fana to baka. The uniqueness of the
path is the union between Tasawwuf and terI duinya hI yKsr bdl ja@gI.
tawwzjoh. Tasawwuf is the connected with the
inner core of the Holy Prophet and tawwzjoh is %nke kdmae me< #s bar sr tae Huka
the energy field of the sheikh through which the
saliq attains to the nisbet of Allah Subhan wa %nkI cZme< krm i)r mcl ja@gI.
Taala via the rasool – Holy Prophet.
Zindagi rahe gam se inkal jayegi
Tasawwuf is the very essence of Sufism and that Teri duinya hi yaksar badal jayagi
of man’s existence. Yet still quite often these two Unke kadmo men is bar sar tae jhuka
words are used as synonym. Evolving out of Unki chashme karam fir machal jayegi!!!
Islam it has now become the part of the inner life
of every aspirant. Islam centers around four Life will certainly evolve out of the path of despair
pillars – Shariat, Hadith, Tariqat, and Your world will definitely undergo transformation
Tasawwuf. Of these Shariat and Hadith form Place your conditionings, thoughts and
the part of the outer body of the religion? And Understanding too at Thy feet
Tariqat and Tasawwuf form the inner core of Certainly His vision and grace will begin to flow!!!
The Holy Prophet. Both, Tariqat and Tasawwuf
are connected to the nisbet of the Holy Prophet. Sufism is the way of transformation. It is better
to call this doctrine as Sufi Tariqat. It revolves
Tariqat teaches you the way to nisbet. And around the Sheikh. Sheikh is the encyclopedia
Tasawwuf prepares you for inner serenity, and for transformation. He is the living book from the
for the continuation of the way of nisbet. In its library of the existence. He may look like you!
essence tariqat and Tasawwuf are part of each Walk like you! And talk like you as well! But he is
one of you. Tariqat prepares you along the way
different in many ways from you. As far as his
and Tasawwuf preserves your awareness or
nisbet. awareness, his understanding of the cosmic
phenomena or nisbet to Allah Subhan wa
Taa’la is concerned he is totally different from
you. The more you open the pages the more towards Allah the Unknown and Unknowable is
mysteries of the unknown will unfold. And then inculcated in man. This is in fact the purpose of
journey becomes easier. Let me take you through life.
this living scripture page by page: Tasawwuf or Tariqat therefore does not, at all
negate Deen and Shariat. On the contrary it is
TASAWWUF: incumbent for every seeker to become a Sufi or
one who follows the path of Tasawwuf. Without
Tasawwuf is the beginning or the introduction Tasawwuf, a Muslim cannot truly be described
to this methodology. The aspect of the Shariat as a perfect Muslim. And also without Tasawwuf
that relates to Amaal-e-Baatini or esoteric the seeker cannot begin inward journey.
states of the heart is called Tasawwuf and
Farz or duty is incumbent upon every Seeker to
Suluk. And, the aspect of the Shariat that relates
rectify his esoteric acts. Numerous Quranic
to Amaal-e-Zaahiri or exoteric or physical acts
Aayat and innumerable Hadith narration
is called Fiqh. Tasawwuf deals with Tahzeeb-e-
explicitly indicate its significance. However, most
Akhlaaq or the way to adorn life and living while
people with superficial understanding neglect
it aims at the attainment of Bliss. The Bliss or
these because of their subservience to lowly
surur is attained through the total
desires. Remember Quran and the Hadith are
understanding of the Shariat, and then
explicit regarding the significance of zuhd,
subsequently living by it.
Tawwjoh, Ikhlaaq, Sabr, Shukr, Hubb-e-Ilahi,
Tasawwuf in fact is the rooh or soul and state of Tawakkul, Tasleem, etc., while at the same time
perfection of the Deen or life beyond. Its function they emphasize the acquisition of these noble
is to purify the Batin or the heart or the qulb of attributes? And, who is not aware that the Quran
the aspirant from the lowly bestial attributes of and Hadith condemn the opposites of these
lust, calamities of the tongue, anger, malice, noble qualities, viz., Hubb-e dunya, takabbur,
jealousy, love of the world, love for fame, Riyaa, Hasad, etc., and has warned against
niggardliness, greed, ostentation, vanity, these? What doubt is there in the fact that the
deception, etc. At the same time Tasawwuf aims noble qualities have been commanded and the
to adorn the heart with the attributes of contrary has been prohibited? This is the actual
repentance, perseverance, gratefulness, love of meaning of reforming the esoteric acts. This is
Allah, hope, abstention, Tauheed, trust, love the primary purpose of Tariqat. It being Farz is
sincerity, truth, meditation, reckoning, undoubtedly an established fact.
contemplation, etc. In this way, attention
My heart is like a scroll
That extends without end to eternity
Inscribed from first to last
Do not leave me!

RUMI: DIVAN-I SHAMS 23493

After the departure of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad from this world in 632 C.E., those who were
close to him passed on his teachings to the sincere seekers of the next generation, who in turn
became the perfected guides, or Sheikhs, for the generation after them. This process has continued
down to our present time by the Mercy of Allah. In this way, every authentic Sufi guide has a chain of
Masters who leads directly back to the Beloved Prophet Muhammad. Such a chain of Masters is
known in Sufism as a “Silsila” or a “Shajarah”.

imla jae maEka tae raek dU<ga mh;r ihsab tera

pF<Uga muhBbt ke vae ksIde sun ke h<s prega Aajab tera

IF I EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY,

CERTAINLY I WILL STOP THY DAY OF JUDGMENT! WHY?

I WILL RECITE THOSE COUPLETS OF THY LOVINGNESS AND GRACE.

LISTENING TO WHICH YOUR ANGER SHALL VANISH!!

IT happened once. There was a conference of the the second line, which meant:
learned ones. Somehow a master happened to
I will sing the glories of Thy Love! Also I will
reach there. In that conference he read a couplet.
chant Thy magnanimity! I will overflow
He recited the first line, which meant, “If I ever
glories of Thy compassion! I have lived those
get the opportunity, certainly I will stop the day
moments. Listening to these words Thy anger
of judgment.” It was customary belief among the
will certainly vanish. Such is my certitude. My
people then that on the Day of Judgment Allah
trust! This is my love! This is my being. This is
will punish all those who have deviated from the
my presence.
path. Listening to these words everyone in the
congregation got very angry. But then a silence No one could escape this energy field! All those
descended. Everyone got quiet when he recited who had gathered there now drowned within the
mystical energy field of this master. No word! the Sufi masters. The breath of the cosmos, the
Just an indrawn mystical stillness and inner light of the Holy Prophet, the soil of trust,
tranquility! A stillness that is alive! A stillness and the waters of the separation with the whole,
that is pulsating! A state of meditativeness all provided a congenial environment for the
descended. Everyone got quiet because it was growth of this eternal tree of mysticism as SUFI
TRUTH echoing. It was Love overflowing. Both PATH. Later the awareness, intuition, and trust
truth and love are synonymous. And when of the various masters of the following Orders
Truth manifests itself there can be no better nourished and nurtured the path with their love
song! No better melody! It was the song of the as the energy field and their understanding
being! The pulse of cosmos! The very essence of through various upheavals of life and living.
the master!
1. Chishti Order (India) (1143-1223 AD),
This is Sufism. The path of Love! It is the path of 2. Suhrawardi Order (India) (1234-1335
Trust! Trust your Love! Trust your being! A new AD),
meaning will certainly arise in life. Life will be a 3. Mevlevi Order (Turkey) (1273),
benediction. This is my Certitude or Yakeen. 4. Qadriya Order (Iraq) (1430-1517 AD),
5. Naqshbandi Order (Afghanistan and
Sufism evolved as the inner kernel of Islam. It is India) (d.1642 AD),
the fragrance of the Holy prophet. If Islam is 6. Nimatullahi Sufi Order (Iran) (at the end
alive today it is because of the Sufi path. And of the 14th century AD),
shall continue erelong, as long as human heart is 7. Shattari Order (India) (d.1485 AD)
alive with love!

Sufism evolved in the deserts of the Middle East. This process still continues unabated in the
Inflicted by intense heat and the dearth of name of an ecstatic Naqshbandi master
greenery it flourished amidst the desert of life. It Sayyidina Abul Qasim Gurgani who chants
evolved within the inner sanctum of the masters, erelong:

YA ILAHI TA ABAD KAYAM RAHE YAH SILSILA!

Yaa #lahI ta Abd kaym rhe yh islisla,


MAY THIS PATH OF TRANSFORMATION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUE TILL ETERNITY!
AMEN….

After the departure of the Beloved Prophet or a “Shajarah”.


Muhammad from this world in 632 C.E., those
who were close to him passed on his teachings to Often, one of the Sheikhs may be so prominent,
the sincere seekers of the next generation, who or become so well-known, that his students will
in turn became the perfected guides, or Sheikhs, identify themselves by saying they follow the
for the generation after them. This process has way of such-and-such a Sheikh. The Arabic word
continued down to our present time by the for way is ‘tariqah’. (Plural: ‘turuq’).
Mercy of Allah. In this way, every authentic Sufi So for example, students of the great Sheikh,
guide has a chain of Masters who leads directly Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani, and his successors down
back to the Beloved Prophet Muhammad. Such a to the present day are said to follow the Qadriya
chain of Masters is known in Sufism as a “Silsila” tariqah. Similarly, Bahauddin Naqshband gave
his name to the Naqshbandiya tariqah. belonged to the tradition of Bahauddin
Khawaja Muin al-din Hasan Chishti gave his Naqshband. As a result the path thus originated
name to the Chistiyya tariqah. Abul Hasan came to be known as Naqshbandiya Mujaddadi-
Shadhili gave his name to the Shadhili tariqah. Mazaharia.
Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi gave Mujaddid to the
Mujaddidi tariqah. Sultan Makhdoom Ashraf In the English language, each of these ‘tariqah’ is
Jahangir gave his name to the Ashraf ya known as a ‘Sufi Order’. Ultimately, all of these
tariqah. Mirza Mazhar Mir Jane Jana gave his orders lead directly back to the Beloved Prophet
name to Mazaharia tariqah. Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad. And thus continues the path and the
Faruqi and Mirza Mazhar Mir Jane Jana process of transformation.
Your free will, your power to choose good or evil,
Is increased by the inspirations of the angel
And the promptings of the devil!
The angel and the devil presenting
The opposing choices in us,
Force us to exercise our free will
This is a faculty within us!

RUMI MASNAVI VI: 2985, 3004-5

I teach religiousness. Religion beyond religion! Just pure religiousness! Every Buddha, be he a Jesus,
a Mohammad, an Al Hillaj, a Kabir, a Nanak, or a Lau Tzu has to face the same situation. Such
people live in a state beyond mind. And you live within the four walls of your mind, thinking and,
memory. He is bringing to you the unsay-able, the inexpressible, the unknowable, and the
indefinable. This is absurd. He is bound be in conflict. Because if he is not in conflict then he is not a
Buddha!

Many years ago when I first began talks on Sufi Muslim in you. Is your blood, or bones, or flesh or
Path in a congregation of the learned ones anything else? Do you breathe Muslim air, or
(ulmas), my Hindu name brought conflict. A drink Muslim water. What really makes you a
learned Mohammedan came to me and asked: Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Christian? Remember it
is your mind. It is your conditionings obviously
‘You are not a Muslim; also you do not come from that make you a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Christian or
that faith. So what gives you the authority to a Sikh. A flower knows no religion. Its only
speak on Sufism?’ religion is its religiousness. The very quality of
the being! An ecstatic Jesus says God is Love. Love
This situation still continues. I assumed a name is phenomena of heart or qulb. And Love cannot
that has no religious semblance. Then came the be Hindu, or Muslim or Christian. Jesus also says I
conflict of the genes, my looks! This conflict still am the ‘saltiness’ in salt. Masters come and go but
continues. Such is case from the times human imbecility continues. I am a Sufi to the
immemorial. Prophets and masters come and go very core of my being. Mohammad is the cause of
but human ignorance lingers on. This is what my being, my essence. And all that I am speaking
Sufis call betassubi – narrowness or spiritual to you does not come out of the mind. It is
intolerance and indolence. This will continue until something beyond mind. And that which is
there is total transformation of human beyond mind comes through inner connection.
consciousness. Sufis call this inner connection nisbat. And nisbat
is a phenomenon of qulb as it flows through qulb
I told the person: alone.”

“I am not a Muslim. It is true indeed. In fact, I do I teach religiousness. Religion beyond religion!
not belong to any religion. Just introspect what is Just pure religiousness! Every Buddha, be he a
Jesus, a Mohammad, an Al Hillaj, a Kabir, a Nanak, tariqat – the way to attain to oneness with God
or a Lau Tzu has to face the same situation. Such just as it happened to the Holy Prophet.
people live in a state beyond mind. And you live
within the four walls of your mind, thinking and, Whenever a religion is alive it is because of
memory. He is bringing to you the unsay-able, the Sufism. Sufism simply means a love affair with
inexpressible, the unknowable, and the God. The UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWABLE! It
indefinable. This is absurd. He is bound be in is an affair with the ultimate! A love affair with
conflict. Because if he is not in conflict then he is the whole or TAO, or that which is the very pulse
not a Buddha! I have to face the same situation. of the existence! It means that one is ready to
dissolve into the whole. In fact you are ready to
He also wanted to know: invite the whole to come into your heart. It knows
no formality.
“What gives me the right to speak on Sufism?”
It is not confined by any dogma, doctrine, creed or
I responded: church. Christ is a Sufi. So is Mohammed. Krishna
is a Sufi. So is Buddha. In fact all the masters and
“What authority has sun or breeze, or water gave incarnations are Sufis. No more philosophies. This
to a flower to blossom. In fact it is the very being is the first thing I would like you to remember.
of the flower that gives it the authority to Sufism is the innermost core of all religions. Zen,
blossom. And once the flower has assumed the Hassidism etc. are just names of the same
will to evolve the existence comes from all side to happening. These are only different names of the
help in the process of blossoming. So too my own same ultimate relationship with God. The
existence has given me the authority to speak on relationship is dangerous.
any path or any master to speak on. I am the
consciousness that contains all that has happened It is dangerous because the closer you come to
and all that is yet to happen in this cosmos. All God, the more and more you evaporate. And when
Buddhas are in me and I am in all Buddhas. In fact you have come really close you are no more. This
I am cosmic. This alone gives me the authority to is really dangerous because it is in a way suicidal.
reflect all that is being reflected. It matters not if I But this suicide is beautiful. To die in God is the
am speaking a Buddha, or a Jesus, or a only way to live really. You die as you are. Only
Mohammed. It is out of the compassion for the then you are reborn. Until you die! Until you die
erring humanity that I simply overflow. My own voluntarily into love, you continue to live a mere
being has given me the authority for such superfluous existence. You live simply as
overflows.” mediocre. You vegetate. You do not have any
meaning. No poetry arises in your heart, no
A Sufi need not be a Mohammedan. A Sufi can dance, no celebration and no song. You continue
exist anywhere, in any form. Sufism is the to grope in darkness. You stumble in utter dark
essential core of all religions. It has nothing to do caves. You live at the lowest ebb. There is no
with Islam in particular. Sufism can exist without overflow of bliss or ecstasy.
Islam. However, Islam cannot exist without
Sufism. Only with Sufism does any religion That overflow happens only when you are not.
become alive. Sufism is the very essence, the very Your very presence is the hindrance. Because that
being, the rooh or the soul of the Holy Prophet. presence is nothing else but ego! Sufism is the art
Sufism is the fragrance of Mohammad. Just as of removing the hindrance between you and you,
Bhagwad Gita is the fragrance of Krishna! Just as between the self and the self, between the part
Ramcharit Manas is the fragrance of Tulsidas! Or and the whole. Sufism is the methodology to
just as Japji is the very fragrance of Nanak. Or just dissolve the vanity of ego.
as Talmud is the fragrance of Balshem. So it is the
being of Mohammad that echoes through Sufism. A few things about this word 'Sufi'. An ancient
Sufism is the breath of Mohammad. Sufism is Persian dictionary gives the definition of the word
in a very unique way. It goes in rhyme: SUFI
CHIST - SUFI, SUFIST. WHO IS A SUFI? The for it, they call it silsila. What Hindus call
dictionary answers A SUFI IS A SUFI. What a parampara Sufis call as silsila? Silsila means a
strange but a beautiful way to define a SUFI and transfer from one heart to another heart. From
the path. The phenomenon that we call Sufi is one person to another person! It is a very, very
indefinable. ‘A Sufi is a Sufi.’ It says nothing and personal religion.
yet it says everything. It says that the Sufi cannot
be defined. There is no other word to define the Sufism is the transmission beyond communion. It
entire phenomena. There is no other synonym! is like that happen from a lit candle to the unlit
Also there is no possibility to define it one. Nothing is visible yet still something
linguistically. There is no other indefinable happens. And the closer the unlit candle comes to
phenomenon. You can live it and you can know it, the lit one something jumps and lights the unlit
you can be it! However, through the mind, or the one. This is transmission without lamp. A
intellect, it is not possible. You can be a Sufi. And communication without word! Nay you cannot
that is the only way to know what Sufism is. You call this as communication! Because it is not
can taste the reality yourself, it is available. You communication! Instead it is communion! The
need not go into a dictionary, you can go into disciple remains within the energy field of the
existence. If you are not ready to have a bite of master beyond time and space in a state of
Sufism you can at least taste it. continuum. This he does through trust, love for
the master, and introspection on the words of the
And that is what I am going to make available to master. Thus he goes beyond time and space. This
you – a little taste. And once you have tasted even is Sufi way. Nobody is doing anything. Yet still the
a drop of the nectar called Sufism you will rare magic is happening – the transformation
become thirstier for more. And this thirst will go from baser to the subtle!
on getting deeper and deeper. For the first time
you will start feeling a great appetite for God in You cannot have it without being related to an
you. enlightened Master. There is no other way. You
can read all the literature that exists on Sufism
These talks cannot explain to you what is Sufism. and you will be lost in a desert of words. Unless
Because these are not the talks of a philosopher! I you find a guide! Unless you fall in love with a
am not a theologian either. And I am not really guide, you will not have the taste of the
talking on Sufism, I will be talking Sufism. I am miraculous. I am ready to take you on this inner
here to give you a taste of Sufism. If you are journey. This can happen only if you are
ready! Ready to go into this adventure, and then courageous and adventurous. Only courageous
you will attain the very taste of it. It is something people get attracted towards the real. The real is
that will start happening in your heart. It is not for cowards, and for your so-called religious
something like a bud opening. You will start people.
feeling a certain sensation in the heart. It is as if
something is becoming alert, awake, and alive Remember this place is not for so-called God-
there. It is as if the heart has been asleep for long fearing people either. In fact this place is for the
and now it is the first glimpse of the morning. And God loving people. Love knows no fear. Love is
thus you will have the taste. the disappearance of fear. Just like when light is
darkness can no more be. And such a person has a
Sufism is a special kind of magic, a rare kind of totally different quality. A God-fearing person can
magic. It can be transferred only from a master to never move into the deeper realms of religion.
the disciple, not from a book. It is ilme seena or Certainly he cannot move to his inner realm
knowledge of the heart. It cannot be transferred because of his fear. You will start feeling a certain
by scriptures. No way can this be communicated sensation in the heart. And this sensation is such
through the mind. It is also just like Zen – a that if something is becoming alert, awake there;
transmission beyond words. It is a wordless as if the heart has been asleep for long and now it
communion. Nothing is spoken, yet still is the first glimpse of the morning. And it is in
everything is heard. The Sufis have a special word such wakefulness you will have the taste of the
miraculous. Know this the Sufi way. Sufi way can come to know God! Come to be God! Is indeed a
happen once you are open to love and its deeper Sufi! Why do I say so? Try to understand the word
realms. Then it matters not what is your outer ‘Sufi’ and it will become clear to you. The word
garb. I invite you for such an experience. ‘Sufi’ is a new coinage. It is of a German origin. It
emerged out of German scholarship. Is not more
This place is for those whom I call God loving than one hundred and fifty years old? In Arabic
persons. And they have a totally different quality. the word is tasawwuf. But both come from a root
A God-fearing person never moves into the ‘suf’ which means wool.
deeper realms of religion, he cannot because of
his fear. People who come to me are God loving. It seems very strange. Why should wool become
When I say ‘God loving’ I mean they are in search. the symbol of Sufism? The scholars go on saying
They want to know. They want to be. They want that it is because Sufis used to wear woollen
to attain to inner oneness. They want to explode robes. That is true. But why! Nobody has
their blissfulness. And they want to know answered it. Why should they be wearing woollen
authentically. They do not want to have borrowed robes? Mohammed says in the Quran that even
knowledge about it. They want to have a taste. Moses was wearing a woollen robe when he
They want to encounter, they want to face God. encountered God. When God spoke to him he was
They want to look into his eyes. entirely in a woollen robe. But why! There is a
deep symbolism in it. The symbolism is that wool
But before you can become capable of looking is the garb of the animals and a Sufi has to
into the eyes of God, you will have to become become as innocent as an animal. The Sufi has to
capable of looking into the eyes of a Master. From attain to a primal innocence. He has to drop all
there you take off. The journey begins. Master is kinds of civilization! He has to drop all kinds of
the one who looks like you. He talks and walks cultures. He has to drop all conditionings. And
like you. Yet still there is something of the thus has to become again innocent like an animal.
beyond. He is soaked in God. He is overflowing Then the symbol becomes tremendously
the blissfulness. And in that state whatever he significant.
says transforms you. It is the miracle of the
unknown. Beyond time and space- a continuum! I When man becomes animal he does not fall back
am making myself available to you. Sufism is just as is normally conceived. Instead he goes higher.
an excuse. I will not be talking about Sufism. I will When man becomes animal he is not just an
be talking Sufism itself. The word ‘Sufism’ is also animal. That is not possible. You have not
beautiful. It has many orientations and all are regressed. You cannot fall back. When a man
beautiful. And I would not like to emphasize any becomes an animal he becomes a saint. His
one specific orientation. A few people choose one becoming an animal is his conscious choice. He
orientation. While others choose another! remains conscious but his consciousness is no
However my understanding is that all those more burdened by any conditioning. He is no
orientations are beautiful and have something more a Hindu and no more a Mohammedan and
special to say. I accept them all. Each orientation no more a Christian. He is in tune with existence
speaks of the inner state of the one who is as deeply as any animal. He has dropped all kinds
expressing this. of philosophies. No more conceptualizations in
his mind. Mind is without any content. He is, but
One old Naqshbandi Master, Abul Hassan he is no more in the mind. To be like innocent
Kharqani, has said, ‘Sufism was once a reality animals is the very meaning of woollen robe. He
without a name and now Sufism is a name is no more in the duality of what is good and what
without reality.’ is bad. Only then the highest good the Absolute
Good arises! This is ‘summum bonum’ the ultimate
For many centuries Sufism existed without a good!
name. It existed as reality only. That is why I say
Jesus was a Sufi! So was Mohammed! So was When you know this is good and that is bad, and
Mahabir! And so was Krishna! Anyone who has you choose good against bad. And you remain
divided. This is duality. When you choose, there You avoid it. You get occupied in a thousand and
is repression. When you say, ‘I will do this! This one things just to avoid it. You do not look at it.
has to be done. This should be done’, this You want to forget about it. It is too scary and
becomes an ‘ought’. Then naturally you have to frightening. But it is there – and whether you
repress. You have to repress that which you have avoid it or not it goes on growing. It is
condemned as bad. And the repressed part continuously accumulating momentum. It can
remains inside you and goes on poisoning your come to the peak any time. Any small thing can
system. And sooner or later it will assert. Sooner trigger it. When you choose, you have to repress.
or later it will take revenge. When it explodes! It The animal does not choose. Whatsoever is
will surface even without your knowing. You will actually is. The animal simply accepts it. Its
go mad. acceptance is total. It knows no choice. So does a
Sufi.
Hence all civilized people are always on the verge
of madness. This earth is a big madhouse. A few A Sufi knows no choice. He is choicelessly aware.
have already become mad. While a few are Whatsoever happens he accepts it as a gift, as a
potentially ready. The difference between you God-given thing. Who is he to choose? He does
and the mad people is not of quality! It is only of not trust his mind. Instead he trusts in the
quantity! The difference is only of degree. Maybe universal mind that is why when you come across
they have gone beyond the hundred degrees and a Sufi you will see such animal innocence in his
you are just lingering somewhere near nineties. eyes and in his being. There is an expression of
And any moment any situation can push you such freedom, such joy, as only animals know! Or
beyond the boundary. Don't you see it? Can’t you trees or rocks or stars manifest! Idrish Shah has
observe your mind? Can’t you see the madness condemned the definition of ‘Sufi’ from ‘suf’ –
that goes on and on inside? It is continuously wool – on exactly the same grounds as I am
there. Waiting for the opportunity to explode! approving of it. He says that Sufis are so alert
about symbols how can they choose wool as a
To me, to be an animal means to be innocent. symbol? The wool represents the animal and
Innocence is spontaneous and natural. It knows Idrish Shah says Sufis cannot choose the animal
no morality or immorality. To be an animal is not as a symbol. They are the people of God – why
a condemnation. A saint is more like animals than should they choose the animal? He seems very
like you. The difference between a master and logical, and he may appeal to many people.
you is his innocence and spontaneity. That is why
he is more like an animal than like the so called But on exactly the same grounds I approve the
human beings. The human beings are not natural definition. It needs deeper insight into the whole
beings. They are very unnatural! They are phenomena that is Sufism. You need to know the
artificial, plastic like. Their whole life is a life of very essence of Sufism. You have to be a Sufi to
deception. If you touch somebody’s face you will know this. You have to be in the ocean like a fish
never touch his face, you touch only his mask. And to know what is ocean. You have to dive deep in
remember, your hand is also not true. It has a the womb of the ocean to explore the inner
glove on it. Even lovers do not touch each other. treasures of the unknown. You have never known
Even in love you are not innocent. Even in love such treasures. This is the rare experience. Sufism
you are not without masks. But when you want to is such rare experience. Idrish Shah has done
love God you have to be without masks. You have tremendous work in creating a Sufi character in
to drop all deceptions. You have to be Mulla Nauruddin. Through this character he has
authentically whatsoever you are. You have to be hit human ignorance and unconsciousness. I love
choice less. Be whatsoever you are. In that primal him for this. But I do not accept when he says
innocence God descends. So the reasons Idrish about the symbol of animal as the symbol for
Shah finds to condemn the definition that ‘Sufi’ Sufism. Animal symbolizes innocence. So is a Sufi.
comes from ‘suf’ are exactly the reasons I approve This is the reason Sufis have chosen this symbol.
it. It is a natural and spontaneous choice.
I have heard that once a dog bit a man in Sufi progress. At the sight of his Devil’s costume,
garb. AT this the man hit the dog with a stick. people began to scatter through the doors and
Then the dog went the city chief to lodge the windows. Somehow one lady got her coat sleeve
complaint against the man who had hit him with caught on the arm of one of the seats and as the
the stick. The chief who is called quazi called the man came closer she pleaded, ‘Satan, I have been
two parties together. He listened to the plaintiff a member of this church for twenty years, yet still
and the defender. Now it was the time for the I have really been on your side all the time. So
judgment. The dog bit the man and then the man please excuse me.’ But such is the situation of all
hit the dog with his stick. The chief said this so called ladies and of all gentlemen.
squares the situation. Surprised the chief asked
the dog why was he complaining when he bit the We only pay lip service to God. And in reality we
man first. Because you bit the man and this is the are surrendered to the Devil. The Devil is deeper
reason that the man hit you back. The case is because the Devil has been repressed. Whenever
squared now. There is no case then. But then the something is repressed it goes deeper into your
chief got surprised when the dog said that his being; you become only a hypocrite on the
complained was not against the man who hit him. surface. By asserting the symbol of the animal
The dog said when I saw this man in a sufa garb I Sufis declare, ‘We are simple people. We do not
bit him to test if he is really a Sufi –the innocent know what is good and what is bad. We know
one. But this man is a deceit in a Sufi garb. A Sufi only God, and whatsoever happens is his gift. We
is bound to be an innocent one. Sufi is the one accept it. We are not doers on our own accord.’
who cannot harm anyone. My complaint is that This is the first meaning of the word ‘Sufi’.
this man is deceiving as a Sufi. Such was the time
when no one could deceive in a Sufi garb. And There is another possibility. The word ‘Sufi’ can
now what is happening? be derived from ‘sufa’! It implies purity,
cleanliness, and purification. That too is good.
I do not know if this happened really. But the When you live a life of choicelessness a natural
parable gives a very important message. Such is purity comes. But remember, this purity has
Sufi Way. That is how we go on living. All our nothing of morality in it. It does not mean pure in
religion is just like that - just verbal. It does not the sense of being good. It means pure in the
penetrate into your being. And you know that sense of being divine! Not in the sense of being
whatsoever you say you do exactly the opposite good either. Pure simply means pure of all ideas,
of it. You think one thing, say another, and do good and bad both. Purity is transcendence. One
something else. You are a trinity, you are not one. has no idea at all of purity! No prejudices
And all those three persons are going in three whatsoever! One trusts life so utterly that one
different directions. You are a crowd. And this is need not have any ideas. And when there is no
the cause of your misery. The animal is one. This idea then one can live without ideas. When ideas
is the cause of the blissfulness of the animal. The are there in the mind they create impurity! Ideas
animal has nothing whatsoever to be happy create wounds. When you are too full of ideas,
about. He has not a big palace to live in. He has no you are too full of dirt. All ideas are dirty. Yes,
TV, no radio and all that you consider even the idea of God is a dirty idea. Because ideas
entertainment. He has nothing and yet you will are dirty. For a Sufi, God is not an idea. Instead it
find great peace, silence, joy, celebration. Why? is his lived reality. It is not somewhere sitting on a
One thing is there: the animal is not a chooser. throne high in the heavens as is conceived by
The Sufi is not a chooser. Choose and you deceive; your religious people. No! It is here now. It is all
choose and you start going false; choose and you over the place. It is everywhere. God is just a
become plastic. name for the totality of existence. Totality! Just
Totality!
I have heard: A man was going to attend a
Halloween party dressed in the costume of the Purity means a mind without contents! Just a
Devil. On his way it began to rain, so he darted mechanism! Never be misguided by the word
into a church where a revival meeting was in ‘purity’. It does not mean a man who has a good
character. It does not mean a man who behaves is.’ If you start living in God you become
according to the Ten Commandments. It does not intolerable to the so-called society, to your so
mean a man who is respected by the society as a called family. Because family is the by product of
good man. It does not mean a man who regularly the society! The society lives in hypocrisy. So is
goes to the temple or a church or chants the family. None can tolerate truth. Truth has to
scriptures. be crucified. A society! A family can love the
Church but it cannot love Christ. It can love the
A Sufi has never been respected by the society. A Vatican pope but it cannot love Jesus. When Jesus
Sufi lives such a rebellious life that the society has is gone then it is good. Then you can go on
almost always been murdering Sufis. Crucifying worshipping him. When Mansur is gone you can
them! Because the Sufi makes you aware of your go on talking about him. But when he is there he
falsity! He becomes a constant sermon against all is a fire. Only those who are ready to be
that is artificial. He reminds you of your ugliness. consumed by the fire will be ready to fall in love
He is a reminder against your inner inhumanity to with Mansur. Remember both society and family
human beings! Against your masks! Against all are false. They exist only in your dictionaries and
that you are and represent. A Sufi becomes a the mind. In reality you never come across
constant pain in the neck to the so-called society anything like family and the society. All you see is
and to the so-called respectable people. people. A person can be transformed. He is living
phenomena. No society! No family can ever be
I have heard. It happened that once Abu Yazid, a transformed. Both are nonexistent. And anything
Sufi mystic, was praying. These are just parables. that is nonexistent can never be transformed.
In no ways these have any historical semblance!
It is said God spoke to Abu Yazid and said, ‘Yazid, ‘Sufa’ means purity. Purity in the sense that there
now you have become one of my chosen people. is no content in the mind anymore! Mind has
Should I declare it to the world?’ Abu Yazid disappeared. There is no mind, no thinking, and
laughed. He said, ‘Yes, you can – if you want me to no thought. It is a state of Satori, or Samadhi.
be crucified. Declare!’
There is another possibility and that too is
You declared about Al-Hillaj Mansur! You made beautiful. And I accept all these possibilities. The
him declare “A’nal Haq…” and what happened third possibility comes from another word, ‘sufia’.
then? They crucified him. Whenever you declare The word means: chosen as a friend by God. Sufis
that somebody has attained, people crucify him say that you cannot search for God unless he has
immediately. They do not love you. The world already chosen you. How can you search for God?
cannot tolerate your people. So if you want me to You talk as if you have already known God. You
be crucified, declare. And it is said that God never can search only for that you have already known?
declared about Abu Yazid. He kept quiet. This has You can never know the unknown. And god is
always been so. both UNKNOWN and UNKNOWABLE. All
initiative is from the side of God. He is searching
Someone asked al-Hillaj Mansur, the greatest for you. God desires for you. He goes on groping
mystic ever, ‘What is the ultimate in Sufi for you. He goes on calling 'Where are you?' When
experience?’ Al-Hillaj said, ‘Come tomorrow! he chooses somebody only then do you start
Tomorrow you will come to know what the choosing him. You may not know it. Because
ultimate in Sufi experience is.’ Nobody knew what when he chooses, how can you know?
was going to happen the next day. The man asked,
‘Why not today?’ Al-Hillaj said, ‘You just wait. It is The same is true about a Master. You think that
going to happen tomorrow - the ultimate in you choose a Master? All Holy Nonsense! Just
Sufism.’ And the next day he was crucified. And nonsense! It is always the Master who chooses
when he was crucified he shouted loudly for his you. The very idea that you choose the Master is
friend who had asked the question. He said, egoistic. How can you choose the Master? How
‘Where are you hiding in the crowd? Now come will you know in the first place who the Master is?
on and see the ultimate in Sufism. This is what it How will you decide? What criterions have you
got? You cannot choose a Master. Instead the things you can choose! How can you choose God?
Master chooses you. A master goes on choosing You have not even had a glimpse, not even in your
many who are not yet even alert about it. But they dreams. How can you choose something so utterly
have started moving the moment a master unknown to you? But you are not unknown to
chooses. They think they are searching for a God. So He can choose you. Whenever he
Master. They think they are seekers. And it is chooses, a great desire arises in you to find him.
natural. It can be forgiven. But they have been That is an indication that he has chosen you. You
chosen by somebody. And so is the ultimate case have become a Sufi - chosen as a friend by God.
with God. God chooses first. Then you start feeling That is also beautiful.
a hunger for him. And it is only Sufis who have
told it. No other tradition has said so clearly that The fourth possibility comes from the Greek word
man cannot choose God! It is God who chooses ‘Sufiya’. ‘Sufiya’ means wisdom. Wisdom is not
man. It is a blessing. Even to feel a thirst for God is synonymous with knowledge. Knowledge is
a great blessing. You should feel happy that you through scriptures, through others. It is
have been chosen. You should be happy that God borrowed. Wisdom arises in your own being. You
has already called you. The first call is always are a light unto yourself. Wisdom means that you
heard in the deep unconscious. This you cannot know! And when you know there is no question
figure it out. You do not what it is. From where it to believe. Knowledge is belief. Somebody says
is coming! You feel it as if it is coming from within ‘God is’ and you believe. You believe the man;
you. It is not coming from you. hence you believe whatever he is saying must be
truth. Jesus says ‘God is’ and you believe. I say
Man cannot take the initiative. How can man take ‘God is’ and you believe. This is knowledge. You
the initiative? Man is so impotent! Man is so love me, you trust me, and you start believing. But
helpless. Man cannot start the journey on his own it is all knowledge. And a man becomes a Sufi only
unless he is pulled! Unless some magnetic force when he has known. When he himself has known!
starts pulling him towards some Unknown goal! When he himself has touched the reality! When
You can choose only that which you know. How he himself has seen the face of God! Then he
can you choose God? You can take the initiative becomes a Sufi. He has become wise. He is no
for worldly things, because you know them. You more just knowledgeable, it is his own experience
can have an idea of how to purchase a beautiful now.
house or how to have this woman as your wife or
this man as your husband or how to have more Only this much for now!
money, more power, and more prestige. All such
‘Spiritual Knowledge is like water, it takes the color and shape of the cup. Allah's Knowledge is so
great, that however much we take, it is like a drop of a huge ocean. It like a vast garden, however
much we have cut it is as if we had cut but one flower.’

‘To reach the Secrets of Oneness is sometimes possible, but to reach the Secrets of Spiritual
Knowledge (marifat) is extremely difficult.’

MUSOLEUM HADTHRATH SHAH BAHAUDDIN NAQSHBAND

T
he Sufi path or tariqat began from the other additions were made but its original design
Noor of Allah Subhanhu Taala via His remained.
Prophet, Hadhrat Sayyidina Wa Maulana
Muhammad Mustafa Rasulullah Sallallahu Ta'ala Of the Naqshbandiyah Tariqah Shah
'Alaihi Wa Alihi Wa Ashabihi Wa Barik Wa Naqshband said,
Sallam! In the beginning this Tariqa was called
“Siddiqiya” because of Hazrat Abu Bakr Our Way is very rare and very precious. It is the
Siddiqui. With the advent of Shah Bahauddin curwati-l-wuthqa -‘Firm Handhold’. It is the way

Naqshaband however it came to be known as the of remaining firm and steadfast in the footsteps
Naqshbandiyya Tariqah. And from then of the Prophet and of his Companions. They
onwards this remains as Naqshbandiyah brought me to this Way from the door of Favors,
Tariqah. However with the passage of time many because at its beginning and at its end, I
witnessed nothing but the Favors of God. In this
Way great doors of Heavenly Knowledge will be came to Bukhara to see the sage, seek his advice,
opened up to the seeker who follows in the and receive teachings in the school he had
footsteps of the Prophet. established.

To follow the Sunnah of the Prophet is the most Following his death in 1389, Sheikh Bahauddin
important means by which the door will be al-Naqshbandi was buried adjacent to his school,
opened to you. He said, ‘Whoever is not coming directly upon the site of an ancient pagan temple.
to our Way, his religion is in danger.’ He was The Naqshbandi Sufi order is one of the
asked, ‘How does someone come to Your Way?’ oldest living traditional Sufi orders. The early
He replied, ‘By following the Sunnah of the members of the order rejected outward shows of
Prophet.’ religious expression and concentrated upon the
inner spiritual life while engaged in the affairs of
He said, ‘We have carried in this Way the world.
humiliation, and in return Allah has blessed us
with His Honor.’ With followers throughout Central Asia, Turkey,
Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the Naqshbandi
Some people said about him that he was Sufis, as both travelling merchants and mystics,
sometimes arrogant. He said, ‘We are proud played a major role in the introduction of NOOR
because of Him, because He is our Lord, giving us of Allah across Asia. Believing that piety is better
His Support!’ expressed by social activity than retreat from the
world, the Naqshbandi masters often became
Bahauddin said, actively involved in politics. By the 15th century
they had become the dominant Sufi order in
‘To reach the Secrets of Oneness is sometimes much of Central Asia and actively influenced
possible, but to reach the Secrets of Spiritual politics from China to India to the Middle East.
Knowledge (marifat) is extremely difficult.’
Today the Naqshbandi Order is the foremost Sufi
He continued, order in the world and is experiencing an
‘Spiritual Knowledge is like water, it takes the unprecedented period of growth, not only in its
color and shape of the cup. Allah's Knowledge is traditional heartlands of Central Asia, Turkey,
so great, that however much we take, it is like a the Middle East and South Asia, but in nations of
drop of a huge ocean. It like a vast garden, the Western world, particularly the United States
however much we have cut it is as if we had cut and Great Britain.
but one flower.’
It was from Hazrat Amir Kulal that Bahauddin
The Naqshbandi Sufi order, as I have mentioned received his fundamental training on the path
earlier traces its lineage back to Hazrat Ali, and whose company he kept for many years. Still
Hazrat Abu Bakr and other masters or the more significant, however, was the instruction
central figures in early Islam derives its name in Bahauddin received in the method of silent dhikr
the present form from that of a 14th century from the Ruhaniya of Abdul Khaliq Gijadwani
Central Asian mystic named Bahauddin al- (Ruhaniya refers to an initiation dispensed by
Naqshbandi. the spiritual being of a departed preceptor).
Although he was a spiritual descendant of Abdul
Born in 1318 AD, in the village Qasr-i-Hinduvan Khaliq, Amir Kulal practiced vocal dhikr, and
(later renamed Qasr-i Arifan) near Bukhara, after Bahauddin received instruction in silent
Bahauddin experienced profound visionary dhikr (dhikr khafi), he would absent himself
revelations in his youth. Became a brilliant from Amir Kulal's circle of followers whenever
Islamic scholar before the age of twenty! He they engaged in dhikr of the tongue. This
made the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca three times separation of Bahauddin from Amir Kulal's circle
and became a greatly venerated holy man during may be thought of as marking the final
his life time. Visitors from across Central Asia crystallization of the Naqshbandiya, with silent
dhikr, received from Abdul Khaliq Gijadwani and preparation, Bahauddin used to initiate them.
ultimately inherited from Hazrat Abu Bakr. This Something like this never happened before.
later established as normative for the order. While visiting the sick he used to give them a
technique to practice. To these he used to give
the most intricate techniques, which were
hm ouda OvahI vhm duinyaye dU< yI< Oyal AStae forbidden up to now. This surprised even his
disciples in the inner circles - the khalifas. They
Mauhal AStae junU< all felt these state they attained with so much
efforts. And now the master is sharing these with
Once you are ready to thread along the inner all and sundry without any reservation.
journey one has to severe all relations with the
outer and more so with lower emotion. It was Had Bahauddin not made such changes in the
considered all such connections are system the humanity would have remained
impediments along the path. This was the belief deprived of this inner treasure? Another
then. It was Azizan Ali Ramatini who made Naqshbandi master Sufi Raghuber Dayal said
certain changes in the technique. And thus made man attains much through service to God
the path easier for the aspirants! It was he who through the creation. And greatest service is that
said that from now onwards the master also has of time. Devote your time in the service of the
certain responsibility in this process of Eternal. Because of all such changes in the
transformation. Earlier it was the aspirant who system this came to be known as
has to do all efforts in this process. But from now Naqshbandiyah. Along with any technique or
onwards 80% is the responsibility of the disciple dhikr Bahauddin used to inscribe certain
and the remaining 20% is the responsibility of impressions on the heart of the person that
the master. But this could not be brought into worked like hypnosis. And now the person
practice until later. cannot think of anything else. This is called
inscriptions. And these work very deep in the
It was only Bahauddin Naqshband who brought human heart. This made his master Hazrat Amir
this into practice. He broke the tradition of Kulal says that you are Naqshbandi now - one
khanquah - the commune or ashram. He used to who makes impressions.
initiate people even during the travels, and also
en mass. Even those who have no inner
In Post Naqshbandi Era
God created the physical universe to manifest Himself
So that the treasure of His wisdom may be revealed
He said, ‘I was a hidden treasure.’
Listen! Listen attentively!
In the same way you must not let your spiritual
Reality be submerged…
Instead must manifest your spirit in action!!!

RUMI MASNAVI IV: 3028-29

F
rom Bahauddin Naqshband, the silsillah Intibah Fi Salasil e Awliya Allah’ that the most
branches into several sub-orders. And not effective of all is the Naqshbandia Owaisiah.
only had this silsilah traveled to Indian Sub
Continent in preparation for the second
millennium and the advent of Sheikh Ahmad Al
Naqshbandi Tahiri:
Farooqui. Each of these sub-orders claims to be
In Pakistan, Naqshbandi Order is mostly
the only authentic Naqshbandi path. One of the
most important and widespread is the prevalent under this branch. Previously known
Naqshbandi-Mujaddadi branch founded by as Ghaffari branch, the Naqshbandi Tahiri
Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi. The chain between order belongs to a famous Sheikh of Pakistan,
Bahauddin Naqshbandi and Ahmad Sirhindi Sheikh Muhammad Tahir Abbasi Naqshbandi
continues as here under: Mujaddidi, who is more famous with the name
1. Khwaja Alauddin al-Bukhari al-Attar Sajjan Saeen. The headquater of this branch is at
2. Khwaja Yaqub al-Charkhi Dargah Allahabad, near Kandiaro, in the province
3. Khwaja Ubaydullah al-Ahrar of Sindh. This order is prevalent in all provinces
4. Muhammad Az-Zahid of Pakistan, and many other countries such as
5. Darwish Muhammad U.K, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, USA, etc.
6. Khawaja al-Amkanaqi
Sheikh Muhammad Tahir Abbasi belongs to the
7. Muhammad al-Baqi Billah
8. Ahmad Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf-thani previously known as Ghaffari branch of
Naqshbandi order; His lineage goes back to
Sub-orders: Sheikh Fazal Ali Qureshi, the great Naqshbandi
Sheikh of Twentieth Century.
There is no single authority for the Naqshbandi
order today. Rather, there are numerous sub- Naqshbandi Owaisiah:
orders which operate in autonomy. Among them
are the Sardaria, Owaisiah, Haqqani, Aslamiya, Naqshbandi Order has another famous branch
Hijazi, Mujarradiya and Tauheedia branches. called Naqshbandi Owaisiah Order. The method
Hazrat Shah Wali Ullah has stated in his book ‘Al of spiritual instruction is quite close to
Mujaddidya order. However, there are two main century. Anybody who visited him was duly
differences. First Naqshbandi Owaisiah order rewarded with a share of spiritual bliss
uses the ‘Pas Infas’ method of dhikr. Secondly, commensurate with his/her sincerity and
the method of spiritual instruction is ‘Owaisee’, capacity. Sheikh Allah Yar Khan’s mission
which means that the Sheikh can impart spiritual produced men and women of deep spiritual
instruction regardless of physical distance and vision and eminence.
even difference of time period. Seekers of
Naqshbandi Owaisiah can obtain spiritual Naqshbandi-Haqqani
blessing from their Sheikh regardless of their
location in the world. Owaisiah connection is Golden Chain
also useful in obtaining spiritual blessings from
Sufis of the Past. Naqshbandi Owaisiah Order is
based in Pakistan and its modern founder was The Golden Chain is a lineage of Khalidiyya-
Sheikh Allah Yar Khan. Naqshbandiyya. Its followers claim that it passes
from Iraq under Sheikh Khalid al-Baghdadi to
Daghestan, where it remained through seven
Current sheikh is Maulana Muhammad Akram
generations of Sufi masters, to finally return to
Awan. Headquarters for this sect is Dar-ul-irfan,
the Middle East in Damascus with the emigration
Minara, and Chakwal, Pakistan. The Owaisiah
of Sharafuddin ad-Daghestani and his disciple
Order employs a similar method of dhikr but
Abdullah al-Fa'iz ad-Daghestani, and then to
acquires the Prophetic blessings in the manner
Cyprus under Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi, leader of
of Khawajah Owais Qarni, who received this
the Naqshbandi-Haqqani order worldwide. He
beneficence from the holy Prophet without a
was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, on the 23rd of April
formal physical meeting. The dhikr employed by
1922, Sunday, the 26th of Shacban, 1340 H. His
the Naqshbandi is ‘dhikr-e Khafi Qulbi’ or
lineage from his father's side traces its roots to
remembrance of Allah’s Name within the heart
Sayiddina Abdul Qadir Jilani, founder of the
and the method is termed ‘Pas Anfas’, which in
Qadiri Order. His lineage from his mother goes
Persian means guarding every breath. By far the
back to Sayiddina Jalaluddin Rumi, founder of
greatest singular distinction of the Naqshbandi
the Mevlevi Order. He is Hassani-Hussaini,
Owaisiah Order is the honor of Spiritual Bayat or
related to the Prophet through the lineages of his
Oath of Allegiance directly at the blessed hands
grandfathers to the Family of the Prophet. From
of the holy Prophet Muhammad.
his father's side he received the Qadiri Tariqat.
From his mother's, side he received the Mevlevi
The Reviver Sheikh Tariqat.

During his childhood in Cyprus he sat with his


Sheikh Allah Yar Khan was born in Chakrala, a
grandfather, who was a Sheykh of the Qadiri
remote village of Mianwali District of Pakistan, in
Tariqat, to learn its discipline and its spirituality.
1904. He completed his religious education in
Extraordinary signs appeared early in him. His
1934. The same year, he met Sheikh ‘Abdul
conduct was perfect. He never fought nor argued
Rahim, who took him to the shrine of Sheikh
with anyone. He was always smiling and patient.
Allah Deen Madni. By Divine Will his spiritual
His grandfather from his father's side and his
connection was immediately established with
grandfather from his mother's side trained him
the saint of the 10th century Hijra (sixteenth
for the spiritual path.
century CE) and he started receiving spiritual
grace. His sublime education in Sufism, signifying
progressive spiritual growth and advancement, Tauheedia Naqshbandi:
continued for about twenty-five years, after
which he was directed to undertake the In 1955 Hazarat Kawajah Abdul Hakeem Ansari
propagation of Prophetic blessings - a noble along with his only khaliph Hazarat Abdul Sattar
mission that he accomplished with singular zeal Khan accompanied by Kawajah Sattar's wife and
and dedication for a period spanning half a daughter founded a new branch of the
Naqshbandia Mujadidiah Order. He named it not care for inner development and
'Tauheediah', with a focus on unity or Tauheed, transformation. Their main emphasis is on
truthfulness and love and making it more business like activities functioning out of ego.
practical for modern Westernized society aiming These sub orders look more real than the real
towards unification of ummah... and itself. However there is no fragrance of
development of humanity. It has a base in transformation. Organization is very easy. But to
Lahore, and disciples throughout the world. bring about transformation is an altogether
different process.
Naqshbandi-Mujaddadi-wa
What is more important is bringing inner
Mazaharia: transformation. And when the lamp of
awareness or noor is lit within its light is bound
This is an important branch of Naqshbandia to spread in the outer world. And thus evolves
silsillah. It establishes a connection between the way of transformation. This happens
Shah Bahauddinn the original designer, Sheikh spontaneously.
Ahmad al Farooki Mujaddadi Alif Thani, one who
set the trends of the second millennium, and Whenever in deep silence, a flowering happens
Hazrat Mazhar Mir Jane Jana who gave a new one knows that the beauty and the fragrance of
direction to the path. This sub – order has Hindu this flower are not going to last forever.
influence with the advent of Naqshbandi Sheikh Whatever happens to the flower is momentary;
Ram Chandra ( Lala Ji), about who a forecast was bees gather around the flower and begin to
made by a Sheikh of this order 100 years ago. experience its beauty, fragrance, aliveness,
The following is the golden chain of sheikhs from presence, and its fragility.
Sheikh al Ahmad Mujadaddi Alif Thani:
This is the experience in the end, of all those who
1. Khawaja Muhammad Masoom are thirsty of something emanating from deep
2. Sheikh Safuddin within the flowering of the Being; and the flower
3. Sayidiana Noor Mohammad Badayuni continues to share its presence, its being, its
4. Hazrat Mazhar Mir Jana Jana silence, and its wholeness. The flower need not
5. Sayiaddina Naim Ullah Shah make any publicity. Once inner flowering has
Baihraichi happened its beauty and the fragrance will
6. Sayiaddina Hazrat Shah Murad Ullah engulf the atmosphere. Those who are near such
7. Khawaja Abulhasan Nasirabadi flowering, begin to experience their own inner
8. Hazrat Maulwi Ahmad Ali Khan flowering. This is the Secret of the Golden Flower
9. Hazrat Maulana Fazl Ahmad Khan of a Zen master, Lu Tzu. Such is the milieu.
10. Hazrat Maulwi Shah Abdul Ghani
Khan Out of this flowering, a commune is born. A
11. Sufi Hazrat Ramchandra Buddhafield! Commune refers to a deep union
12. Sufi Hazrat Raghuber Dayal between Meditation and Love. An oasis in the
13. Sufi Hazrat Brij Mohan Lal desert of the world! In such an environment of
14. Sufi Hazrat Onkar Nath deep lovingness, one grows in awareness,
understanding, and meditation. For this one
When a master is alive there is light and need not make any effort. Just allow the
fragrance. And after the master is no more the flowering to happen. And the rest happens on its
organization begins by the vested interest who own accord.
are only interested in politicizing the silsillah.
Almost everyone begins striving for his own Communication between heads was replaced by
shop. Thus many sub orders mushroom along the communion of hearts! Whenever so many
with the genuine ones. Some still maintain hearts open, many flowers blossom! Fragrance is
connection with the main source. Such people do released. This fragrance that surrounds a
Buddha is the fragrance or the energy of the
Being or the Noor of Allah. We may call this as a Buddhafield, a Sangha, a sanctuary of the
Buddhafield. master. Individuals with complex diverse
potentials gather around the Buddha. Everyone
If someone has attained this flowering or the works wholeheartedly in his or her own way
Noor has descended within, a commune is bound without any dictatorship or leadership. Through
to happen. No one can prevent this. This is the the Buddha or the Enlightened One, Godliness
law of the existence. All those who are thirsty, starts overflowing and consciousness creates a
will start moving towards the flowering of this commune or Buddhafield.
Buddha. Just like, when a flower blossoms, the
magnetic pull of the fragrance attracts many In the absence of this inner flowering pseudo
bees – only bees! No dog will ever be attracted to masters mushroom. Prompted by ego and ego-
this magnetic pull of a flower. Or when the lamp centric desires many open their own shop after
is lit moths begin to dance around the lamp. A the master is no more. In many cases after the
Buddha and a commune exist only for those who master is no more this happens. This is what
have the sensitivity, the perception, the happens in most of the cases. And this is the
availability, the search, and the openness. Many reason for so many sub-orders.
will pass but will go on missing the Master and
the commune. The post Naqshbandi era flows through the
Volume 3 of Leaves from a Sufi Heart, by
When many individuals with openness and a Sheikh Taoshobuddha and beyond as well.
deep search within, are completely dissolved and
merged into one another, what is created there is Only this much for now!
MAY ALLAH SANCTIFY HIS SOUL

The intellect has two forms.


The first is acquired, learned from the books and teachers, By reflections and memorizing,
through logic and the sciences.
In this way your intellectual powes increase,
But the more knowledge you acquire,
The more you are burdened.
The second form of intellect is a gift from God.
Its fountainhead is thye very heart of human soul.
But the water of divine knowledge bubbles up- from the spirit into intellect. It is clear and
sparkling and can never become stagnant or dull.

RUMI MASNAVI IV: 1960-5

ALlah Agr TaaE)Ik n de #Nsan ke bs ka kam nhI<

)Ejane muhBbt Aam hE #r)ane muhBbt Aam nhI

Allah agar taufik na de insan ke bas ke kaam nahi


Faizane muhabbat aam he irfane muhbbat aam nahin!!

If Allah does not make you capable


Remember it is not in the hands of finiteness of man
Ordinary love is common
But that leads to duality and conflict
Eternal love or love divine is not common!!
Only an enchanted heart is filled with this energy –
The sublime and sanctified!!!

K
hawaja Baqi Billah was the originator and 1563A.D. His lineage reaches Khawaja Ubaid
pioneer of the Naqshbandia Order in the Ullah Ahrar through his maternal grandfather.
Indian sub-continent. His name was Razi- His grandmother came of a Syed family. Hazrat
ud-Din Muhammad Baqi but he was commonly Baqi Billah was admitted to the school of
known as Khwaja Baqi Billah. His father Qazi Khawaja Saad at five to learn the Holy Quran. He
Abdul Salam Khilgi, Samarkandi Qureshi was a learnt by heart when he was eight years old.
famous scholar and saint of Kabul. KHAWAJA After getting elementary education, he went to
BAQI BILLAH was born at Kabul in 971A.H or
Maulana Sadiq Hilvahi a famous scholar when he Hazrat Khawaja Amkanqi was calling him and
was of 30 years. waiting for him anxiously. He left this worldly
life behind and sought spiritual knowledge from
Serenity or saintliness radiated from his face the Master of the century. He kept company with
from the very early childhood. He preferred masters and saints, until he himself became an
solitude and simple life. He went to Mavara-un- ocean of intellect and a saint of spirituality. He
Nahr, which was considered as the centre of travelled continuously until he reached the city
Muslim saints at that time. There he met a large of Samarqand. There he connected himself to the
number of Sufis and Saint from whom he Master of his time, Khwaja al-Amkanaqi (q). He
gathered a lot of spiritual knowledge. Firstly, he received from him the Way of the Naqshbandi
attended Khawaja Ubaid a spiritual khaliph of Order. In a very short time he received what
Maulana Lutf Ullah but he was not satisfied. Then most seekers require a lifetime to receive. He
he stayed with Hazrat Sheikh Samarkandi who was elevated also through the spiritual care of
prayed for him but even in his company he did Ubaidullah al-Ahrar (q). His honor became
not get the fulfillment or what his inner quest known everywhere. His sheikh, Khawaja
was. Thereafter, he attended the company of Amkangi blessed him with his Khilafat and
Hazrat Amir Abdullah Balkhi from whom he felt authorized him to take followers and to train
somewhat peaceful. them in the conduct of the Order. He ordered
him to go back to India in preparation of the new
During the period of learning, he was going millaneum. However he went to India in the first
through a book on Sufism. Suddenly, he saw that instance on personal business. There he was
the place was illuminated with light. He saw that attracted to an attraction from God’s attraction.
Khawaja Shah Bahauddin Nashband was
standing before him and showering spiritual The Sheikh predicted, ‘You are going to have a
favour on him. After this incident, his heart was follower who will be like the sun.’ This
filled with the love of Allah and the Holy Prophet prediction was for Imam Rabbani Ahmad al-
Sallalaho Alyhe Wasalam. He wandered from Faruqi (q).
Central Asia to India in search. He traveled to
Lahore and Multan on foot. Once, when he was Baqui Billah expressed his inability do such a
offering prayers in a mosque at Lahore, a terrible difficult task. However Khawaja Amkangi
voice rose from his heart. All the people in the insisted and ordered him to get guidance from
mosque felt terrified. Hazrat Khawaja left the ‘istikharah’ (prayer for getting judgment from
mosque immediately after completing his Allah), Baqui Billah performed ‘istikhara’. In a
prayers. One of his devotees narrated that, once, dream he saw a parrot sitting on the branch of a
when Hazrat Khawaja was leading prayers, he tree. He thought that if the parrot sat on his
was looking to Qibla as well as to the people hand, he would consider this journey lucky one.
behind. After the prayers Hazrat Khawaja No sooner did this thought flashed across his
advised his murids not to reveal this secret to mind, than the parrot flew towards him and
anyone else. perched on his hand. Hazrat Baqi Billah put his
saliva into its beak whereas the parrot put sugar
Hazrat Khawaja Baqi Billah was blessed with into his mouth. This was the indication next
great spiritual qualities because of his extra- morning Hazrat Baqi Billah related the whole
ordinary love for and obedience to the Holy dream to his guide, who said that he should act
Prophet Sallalaho Alyhe Wasalam. Once he in the light of the istkhara.
related that a painful voice came out of the holy
heart of the Holy Prophet Sallalaho Alyhe So, the Sheikh ordered him to leave for India
Wasalam while he was offering the prayers. He immediately. Under the instructions of his
could see before him and behind simultaneously. Sheikh, he travelled to India and stayed at
Lahore for a year. Here a lot of scholars and
Hazrat Khawaja Baqi Billah once travelled to nobles of the city met him and got spiritual
Mavara-ur-Nahr. On his way, he dreamt that blessings from him. Then he proceeded to Delhi
and stayed at Qilla Ferozabad. It was a beautiful miracles quite spontaneously. Many of his
place situated on the bank of River Jamuna. He miracles reflected his immense love for his
set up his dwelling in a mosque over there. fellow beings and his sympathy with other
creatures of Allah.
Hazrat Khwaja Baqi Billah strengthened the
Naqshbandi Order in the Indian sub-continent. One, late at night, a few guests of Hazrat Baqi
His contacts with the nobility of the Mughal Billah came to see him. Since no foodstuff was
Empire proved useful for the reformation of the available at home, he asked the baker, who held
Muslims of India. He took bold steps and played Hazrat Baqi Billah in great esteem and
a heroic role to stop the prevailing religion Din-i- reverence, to serve the guests as directed. After
Ilahi which was considered as heresay by the having served the guests, the baker appeared
Muslim fundamentalists. His writings and before Hazrat Baqi Billah and demanded his
counsels encouraged the people to combat this remuneration. At this Baqi Billah enquired the
very innovation. The nobility also favoured him baker how much he was to pay for the dinner. On
and he used their power for the betterment of his own part, he tried to pay the price of the
the Muslims. He stressed on Shariat during his dinner but the baker declined to accept the
life and influenced the people by virtue of his remuneration in terms of money. The baker
piety and his strict adherence to the Sunnah. He requested Hazrat Baqi Billah to make him just
preferred Shariat to Tariqat (Sufism) and like him.
reformed the Sufis and Ulama of that time.
Khwaja Muhammad Kishmi, a disciple of Hazrat Hazrat Baqi Billah took the baker into his (Hujra)
Mujaddid Alif Sani, writes about the room, embraced him, and transformed him into
achievements of Hazrat Baqi Billah as under: his own facsimile. When Hazrat Baqi Billah and
the baker came out of the room both of them
‘Probably his greatest achievement is that in two resembled each other so closely that it was
or three years, he firmly established the difficult for the people to distinguish between
Naqshbandi Order in India, whereas others of the two. The only difference between them was
the same Order lagged behind and worked for that whereas the actual Baqi Billah performed
many years’. his duties, as usual, in a normal way, the
transformed Baqi Billah lay lost in trance. He
Hazrat Mujaddid Ali Thani paid tribute to could not bear such a state of transformation the
Hazrat Baqi Billah in the following words. baker died three days later.

‘I am convinced that such training as I received Another miracle, showing Baqi Billah’s love for
from him has hardly been given by anyone else any sympathy with other creatures of God,
after the Holy Prophet Salallaho Alyhe Wasalam. I deserves special mention. It is said that one night
did not enjoy the Prophet's company but I thank Baqi Billah after having offered his Tahajad
Allah, I was not denied the honour of Khwaja prayers, stepped towards his bed for rest. To his
Baqi Billah's Company.’ great surprise, he saw a cat couching in his bed.
Blessed and gifted as Baqi Billah was with a kind
In fact, extra-ordinarily firm faith in the and benign heart, he did not disturb the cat.
supremacy of Allah and strict adherence to Instead quietly he sat down on the floor and
Sunnah had elevated Hazrat Baqi Billah to such spend the rest of the night in the coldness of the
heights of spiritual excellence as could not be winter. However the cat enjoyed a sound sleep
attained by any other sheikh of the Naqashbandi until morning.
Order. He is torch-bearer of the Order, which he
practized. According to Khwaja Baqi Billah Tawwakkal
(trust in Allah) does not mean that a person
All words, deeds and actions of Hazrat Baqi should not earn his living and become idle. This
Billah which were in the wake of the Holy would be an act of disobedience to Allah. A
Prophet Sallalho Alyhe Wasalam, worked person should do some work to earn his living,
and should have a strong faith that only Allah is
the Sustainer. Work is just like a source,
JOURNEY TO INDIA
mediation or an intersessor. There is a great AND WORKS:
moral lesson for our modern youths to learn
from the philosophy and preaching of this Baqi Billah was the first Naqshbandi master to
sheikh. In fact, according to all Naqshbandi Sufis come to India. And latter settled in New Delhi.
and saints, escape from the struggle of life is His shrine is in old Delhi behind Pahar Ganj
cowardly. According to Khwaja Baqi Billah a railway station inside the Mohammaden
hermit lives in a world of dreams, whereas to the cemetery. I have given the picture depicting the
adventurous and the brave, this world offers a outside view of the cemetery, and the actual
splendid scope to struggle for existence. shrine. The gate has the inscription of Baqi
Billah. Inside anyone can direct you to the shrine.
Lucky are those who can pay the visit to the
shrine. And those who cannot reach there for
such aspirant meditation considering the picture
as shrine will work. This is my trust. This work is
the link between you and the master. Only you
have to be available.

His sheikh, Muhammad Khwaja al-Amkanaqi did


not make any changes in the technique or
tariqat, however he instructed Baqi Billah to
bring even the ordinary ones into the fold. Make
Shrine Hazrat Baqi Billah- behind Pahar Ganj Railway this spiritual awareness available to the people
Station New Delhi, India who are still not on the path, was the trust and
the instruction of his master. Once Baqi Billah
visited a master who told him it is good that you
have brought so many into this fold. Nearly half
of these are incapable on their own. Transform
these people. Bring the light divine or noor into
their hearts so that it begins to shine with the
Light Absolute and can kindle up the dark being.

Sheikh Amkanaqi asked him not to look at the


inner capacity of the individual. This way you
will never find aspirants. Had Baqi Billah not
brought such relaxations in the tariqat a vast
cross section would have remained deprived of
this inner treasure. Amkanaqi said, “I am sending
Hazrat Khwaja Baqi Billah entered eternity on 25 you to a distant land whose very texture is
Jamadi-ul-Sani 1012 A.H. or 1603 A.D. His Shrine soaked in spirituality. It is the land sanctified,
is situated in Delhi near the Qadam Sharif (foot- nourished and nurtured by such forces from
prints) of the Holy Prophet Sallalho Alyhe times immemorial. A land which is ready to
Wasalam at a platform. No dorne was explode any path! A land whose very being is not
constructed over his shrine according to his will. only ready but has the capability to infuse life
There is no tree to cast a shadow on the shrine. even in a dead heart. I am sending you to INDIA.
In spite of this, the visitors do not feel the effect India has been the University of Meditation and
of heat when they stand barefooted beside the the BEACON LIGHT not only now but from
shrine. TIMES IMMEMORIAL. It has created many
Buddhas.
Baqi Billah was the Knower. Annihilated in God He moved back to India and stayed in the city of
(Fana Billah) and Existing in His Existence (baka Delhi, which he filled with faith and knowledge
Billah), who was lifted to the highest state of and secrets and lights. Through him the
Inner Vision. He was a Secret of Allah's Secrets Naqshbandi Order was spread with great
and a Miracle of Allah's Miracles. He combined in swiftness throughout the Indian Subcontinent
his person the two types of knowledge: the Outer and millions of people were connected to him
Knowledge and the Heavenly Knowledge. God through his various Khalifas. All nations in the
gave him from the two Oceans, and conferred on Subcontinent were attracted to his knowledge
him Authority in the two worlds of men and Jinn and his ENERGY FIELD or tawwajzoh and to the
- the souls after they leave human body. It is not Prophetic Characteristics dressing him. It
easy to transform these. A jinni does not exist at became known throughout the Indian
normal plane of existence. The methodology Subcontinent that anyone coming to him and
differs in such case. looking in his eyes, or sitting in his proximity
doing dhikr, would enter a state of Self-
Imam Rabbani Ahmad al-Faruqi said, Effacement and intoxication, through which he
‘Muhammad al-Baqi was the One Sitting on the could reach a state of Annihilation, in a single
Throne of all Sheikhs, and he was the Deputy of meeting. By this miraculous power he attracted
all Masters of the Naqshbandi Golden Chain, who millions of people, until this Naqshbandi Order
reached the end of the Infinite, who achieved the was on the tongue of every person during his
highest states of wilayat (Friendship of God). He time.
was the qutb (Spiritual Pole) who supported
every creature on this earth. He unveiled the He passed the Secret of the order to his
secrets of Reality. He was the Verifier of the successor, the Sheikh of this order, the Sheikh
Station of the Reality of Muhammad. He was the Ahmad Farooki Mujaddadi Alif Thani. Thus the
Pillar of the People of Guidance. He is the name Mujaddadi was added to the already
Essence of all that is known and all that still known Naqshbandi order. Later on another
remains unknown and unknowable. Also he was name was added to the Shajarah of Naqshbandi
the Guide of the Verifiers (muhaqqiqin).’ order. And now it is known as NAQSHBANDIA
MUJADDADIA MAJAHARIA!
MAY ALLAH SANCTIFY HIS SOUL?

Those who deny God are like man who,


Forsaking of sunshine and moonlight,
Has buried his head in a pit, only to ask,
‘If the spirit of God is present in nature,
Then where is its light?’
In order to see the beauty of God around him,
He must first lift up his head and look.

RUMI MASNAVI III: 4796-7

Shrine Sheikh Ahmad Faruqi Mujaddadi Alif Thani Sirhindi, India

TAOSHOBUDDHA AT SHRINE SHEIKH AHMAD AL FARUQI MUJADDADI ALIF THANI (26 TH JUNE1564 - 10 TH OF DECEMBER 1624)
Sheikh Ahmad al Farooqi is The 25th Sheikh from Silsila Auliya Naqshbandia.
He is the master of the second millennium.

W ith him the tariqat attained a new


dimension and a new impetus. Earlier
the tariqat was known as Naqshbandi
one who designs the path of growth and
aspirants. With Sheikh Ahmad a new era was
ushered into the Naqshbandi tariqat. Accordingly
Mujaddadi was added to the path. Now the
tariqat is known as NAQSHBANDI MUJADDADI.
transformation of the consciousness of the He is the Diamond of the Crown of the Masters.
And the treasure of those who came before and in which I saw Allah's Messenger Holy Prophet-
also of those who came after and those who are sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reciting first the
yet to come as well! In him were combined all Adhaan and then the Takbir in the ears of my
their favors and generosity. He is the Sinai of son.’ In addition, the khalifa of Hazrat Sheikh
Divine. Manifestation, the Furthermost Bodhi Abdul Quddoos Gungohi, namely Sheikh Abdul
Tree of the Knowing, awareness, and Aziz, was present in Sirhind on that day, and in a
understanding is Sheikh Ahmad al Farooqi. Also state of Kashf he saw a huge gathering of angels.
he is the Fountain of the Hidden Prophetic
Knowing. The Genius of Scholars is Sheikh. And Sheikh Ahmad was bestowed by Allah subhana
the Sultan of the Earth, which smiled when he wa ta'ala with natural adherence to the Sunnah
was born and was honored by his existence! He of Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
is the perfect Perfected Guide. (another name of the Holy Prophet) right from
his first days. He was born with the physical
He was the Caller to Allah’s presence, the One requirements of the Sunnah already fulfilled, and
Qutb and the Unique Heavenly Imam. He was the as an infant he was unlike other children. He
Reviver of the Second Millennium, Sayyidina and would not cry, would always have a smile on his
Maulana (our Leader and Master) Sheikh Ahmad face and would never be seen naked. When Shah
al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi. He is regarded as having Kamal Kaythli saw the child, he said, ‘A huge
rejuvenated Islam, due to which he is commonly number of practicing scholars and Kamil Sheikhs
called ‘Mujaddidi Alf Thani,’ meaning ‘reviver of will obtain faiz from this child. The light of his
the second millennium’, referring to the Islamic guiding words and instructions will shine until
tradition of Mujaddid. He is said to have had the day of Qiyamath. He will rid the land of
considerable and long lasting influence in India, innovation and falsehood, and will revive the
and to have given ‘to Indian Islam the rigid and Sunnah of Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa
conservative stamp it bears today.’ sallam.’ After saying this, the Sheikh placed his
tongue in the baby's mouth, and Hazrat Sheikh
Numerous Naqshbandi suborders, such the Mujaddid Alf Thani suckled on it.
Mujaddidi, the Khalidi and the Haqqani sub-
orders, trace their spiritual lineage through When Sheikh first went to school, he memorized
Sheikh Sirhindi, referring to them as the Quran in a very short space of time. He
‘Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi’. Sirhindi's shrine is received his early education through his father
located in Sirhind, India and is referred to as and through many sheikhs of his time. He made
‘Rauza Sharif’. progress in three tariqats: Suhrawardiya,
Qadiriyyah, and Chistiyya. He was given
BIRTH AND LIFE: permission to guide followers in all three
tariqats at the age of 17 years. He was busy in
spreading the teachings of these tariqats and in
It has been related that the blessed day of the
guiding his followers, yet he felt that something
Sheikh’s arrival into this world was Thursday the
was missing in him and he was continuously
fourteenth of Shawwal 971 Hijri, or twenty-sixth
searching for it. However he felt an interest in
of June 1564. His place of birth, also the place
the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, because he could see
from where the Sheikh enlightened the world
by means of the secrets of the other three
with his presence, was a town called Sirhind. At
tariqats that it was the best and highest. His
the time of his birth, some extraordinary events
spiritual progress eventually brought him to the
were recounted. His mother relates, ‘After the
presence of the Ghawth and Qutb of his time,
birth of my son Sheikh Ahmad, I fell unconscious
Sheikh Muhammad Baqi Billah who had been
whereupon I had a vision, and saw that my home
sent from Samarqand to India by his Sheikh,
was full of Awliya’ Allah who was all
Muhammad al-Amkanaqi. He took the
congratulating me on the birth of my son’. The
Naqshbandi Order from the sheikh and stayed
Sheikh’s father Makhdoom Abdul-Ahad relates,
with him for two months and some days, until
‘On the day of the birth of my son, I had a vision
Sayyidina Muhammad Baqi Billah opened to his
heart the secret of this tariqat and gave him Sheikh was married and returned to Sirhind with
authorization to train his murids in the Order. He his bride.
said about him, ‘He is the highest Qutb in this
time.’ After marriage, the Sheikh remained in the
service of his father and attained the faiz of inner
He then became a student of his father and perfections. When his father was getting close to
acquired much knowledge very quickly. The his last days, he gave khilafat to the Sheikh in the
Sheikh could easily solve many complicated Suhrawardi, Chishti and Qadiri Silsila, and in the
masaa'il. His childhood behaviour and pastimes, presence of all his sons and companions he
in fact, were more like those of a youth, and as appointed the Sheikh as his successor. The
soon as he finished his studies, the famous Sheikh’s father had attained khilafat in the
scholars of Akbarabad began to talk about the Suhrawardiya silsila from his ancestors; from
talent of this young man. Akbarabad at the time Hazrat Shah Kamal Kaythli in the Qadiriyyah
was the capital city from where the Moughal silsila; and from Shah Rukn-ud-deen, the son of
Emperor Akbar ruled his Empire. The Sheikh Hazrat Sheikh Abd-ul-Quddoos Gungohi, in the
went to Akbarabad, and it was not long before Chistiyya silsila. Thus he was authorized to
many great scholars were considering it an guided the aspirants in all these paths.
honour to be his students and learn Ahadeeth
and Tafseer from him. His popularity spread to Soon after this, Hazrat Sheikh himself fell very ill,
the extent that a renowned scholar of the time and out of much anxiety his wife prayed two
called Abul Fayz Fayzi, who was in the process of rakats nawaafil prayer and supplicated for his
writing a Tafseer of the Quran, came to the health. While supplicating, she fell into a slumber
Sheikh requesting assistance regarding a and heard a person saying, ‘Do not worry; we
particular point that he could not explain. At his have many an important task for this man.
request, Hazrat Sheikh wrote one detailed and Indeed, not even one in a thousand of these have
perfect page regarding that particular topic. The yet been accomplished.’ And it was not long
scholar was so astonished at the accuracy and before the Sheikh regained his full health.
knowledge of the Sheikh that he too became a
firm believer in the Sheikh. However when
Sheikh Ahmad learned that the beliefs of this
MEETING WITH SHEIKH
scholar were not correct, he expressed his dislike BAQI BILLAH:
for him.
Hazrat Sheikh always had an intense desire to
It has been related that during this period, visit the Haramayn to perform tawaaf of the
Sheikh Sultan had a dream in which he saw Ka’aba and to visit the shrine of Allah's
Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but due to
who said to him, ‘Your daughter is the most the health of his father he did not travel. After
pious woman of this age; marry her to my son the demise of his father, the Sheikh made
and representative Sheikh Ahmad. This will be intention for Hajj and set out on the journey. The
extremely beneficial for both yourself and your first stop on the way was Delhi. In Delhi, Maulana
daughter.’ He had this same dream on three Hasan Kashmiri praised a Sheikh of the
occasions and each time he was shown the image Naqshbandi Silsila who had recently arrived in
of the Sheikh. So Sheikh Sultan set out in search the city. The name of this Sheikh was Khwajah
for the Sheikh Ahmad. By apparent coincidence, Baqi Billah and because Sheikh Ahmad had
Hazrat Sheikh happened to be in the area and always had a deep interest in the Naqshbandi
upon seeing and recognizing the Sheikh Ahmad, silsila, he was keen to meet him. After the
Sheikh Sultan took him home as a guest. Sheikh meeting, Hazrat Baqi Billah asked Sheikh Ahmad
Sultan informed the Sheikh Ahmad of his dream that he should stay with him for at least one
and the instruction of Allah's Nabi sallallahu month. After just two days, the Sheikh was
alayhi wa sallam. Hazrat Sheikh gladly accepted overcome by the Tareeqah, and there followed
the offer of marriage. Soon afterwards, Hazrat
events that can neither be expressed in words Hazrat Khwajah said, ‘My body has now become
nor understood by the ear. Hazrat Sheikh very weak indeed and it is evident that I will not
acquired all the stages of the Naqshbandia order live in this world for much longer.’ On returning
within two months and a few days. to Sirhind, the Sheikh realized that this was the
last meeting he would have with Hazrat Khwajah
Hazrat Khwajah Baqi Billah states, “Sheikh
Ahmad is the meaning of my dream, the dream Sheikh Ahmad then travelled to Lahore, and it
that caused my Sheikh Khwajah Amkanki to send was in Lahore that he learnt that Hazrat Khwajah
me to India, saying, ‘There will emerge from your had passed away. As soon as he heard the news,
companions in India a very great person who he set off from Lahore to Delhi. The companions
will enlighten the world with his presence; and of Hazrat Khwajah saw his arrival as a great
you too will benefit from him.’ When I passed the blessing, and the Sheikh attended all the
town of Sirhind on my way to Delhi, I was gatherings that took place while he was there.
informed through a vision that I was in the
neighbourhood of this Qutb, and I was also The Prophet predicted the advent of Sheikh
shown an image of this person. I saw myself Ahmad in one of his Hadith when he said, “There
lighting a very big lamp, and all the people will be among my nation a man called Selah or
around me lit their lamps from mine; and when I the connection. By his intercession many people
approached Sirhind, I saw that the whole area will be saved.” It was mentioned in the collection
and countryside around it was lit up with of Suyuti, Jamc ul-Jawamic. What confirmed the
burning torches.” truth of this Hadith is what Imam Rabbani wrote
about himself: “God has made me the Selah
There was no limit to the respect and trust that between the two Oceans.” So he meant that God
Sheikh Ahmad had for his Sheikh Baqi Billah. One had made him a connection between the two
day Sheikh Baqi Billah called him, and as soon as oceans the two knowledge, external and internal.
he heard his voice, his whole body began Sheikh Mir Husamuddin said, “I saw the Prophet
trembling uncontrollably out of fear and in one of my dreams standing on the minbar
reverence. Regarding the love and service that he (pulpit) and praising Sheikh Ahmad as-Sirhindi.
showed his Sheikh, Sheikh Ahmad writes, ‘Four The Prophet was saying, ‘I am proud and happy
persons were blessed with the opportunity to be with his presence among my Nation. God has
in the service of Hazrat Khwajah Sahib at all made him a reviver of the religion.’”
times, and I was one of them. Until then I had
never believed that such love could exist after Many saints predicted his advent. One of them
the time of Allah's Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa was Sheikh Ahmad al-Jami (q). He said, ‘After me
sallam, and I am very grateful to Allah subhana will appear seventeen men of the People of God,
wa ta'ala. ‘Never had anyone seen nor heard of all of whom are named Ahmad and the last one
such a relationship between a murid and his among them will be at the head of the
Sheikh. On one occasion, Hazrat Khwajah Baqi millennium. He is going to be the highest of them
Billah said, ‘Mian Ahmad is one of the complete and he is going to receive the state of Unveiling.
lovers and seekers.’ Another time he stated, He is going to revive this religion (the tariqat).”
‘Under the skies, there is no one like him living
today.’ He was also heard to have said, ‘After the Another to predict his advent was Khwaja al-
Sahaba and the blessed Tabi'een, there have only Amkanaki (q). He said to his khalifa, “A man from
been a handful of people like him.’ India is going to appear. He will be the Imam of
his century. He will be trained by you, so hurry to
Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Thani himself stated, ‘It meet him, because the people of God are
seems that when Hazrat Khwajah completed my awaiting his arrival.” This was mentioned for
training, he withdrew from teaching as a Sheikh Muhammad al-Baqi (q). He said said, “That is
and transferred his students to me.’ He also why I moved from Bukhara to India.” When they
stated, ‘On the third occasion that I travelled met he told him, “You are the one whose
from Sirhind to Delhi to see Hazrat Khwajah, appearance the sheikh Muhammad Khwaja al-
Amkanaki predicted. When I saw you I knew you been passed down from the Ghawth al-Azam,
were the Qutb of your time. When I entered the Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (q). Sayyidina
region of Sirhind in India, I found a lamp which Abdul Qadir had said about it to his subsequent
was so big and so bright that its light reached up successors, ‘Keep it for that one who is going to
to the heavens. Everyone took from that lamp's appear at the end of the first millennium. His
light. You are that lamp.” name is Ahmad. He is going to revive this
religion. I have dressed him with all my secrets.
It is said that the sheikh of his father, was Sheikh He combines in himself both the internal and
Abdul Ahad, of the Qadiri Order. He had been external knowledge."
given a jubbah (cloak) from his sheikh which had
MAY ALLAH SANCTIFY HIS SOUL

It was a fair orchard, full of trees and fruit


And vine and greenery! A Sufi there
Sat with eyes closed, his head upon his knee,
Sunk deep in mystical meditation!
‘Why’, asked another, ‘do you not behold?
These signs of God the merciful displayed
Around you, which He bids us contemplate?’
‘The signs,’ he answered, ‘I behold within;
Without is nothing but symbols of the signs.’
What is all beauty in the world? The image,
Like quivering boughs reflected in a stream,
Of that eternal orchard which abides
Unwithered in human hearts.

RUMI MASNAVI IV: 1358-65

Saidyana Shamsuddin Shaheed Feesawi Lillah Hazrat Shah Mahboob Habibullah Mirza Mazhar Mir
Jane Jana is the third master who provided a new yet profound direction to the Naqshbandi-Mujadadi-
Mazaharia sub order of the Sufis. The influence of Mughal was waning and other significant influences
were at the threshold to give a new direction. Indian Spiritual Horizon provided a background for the
merger of many streams into the vast ocean.

Life and Birth:


His full name is Saidyana Shamsuddin Shaheed Feesawi Lillah Hazrat Shah Mahboob Habibullah
Mirza Mazhar Mir Jane Jana. He was the Sun of Eternal Happiness. He was the Beloved of Allah,
Almighty and Exalted. He was the Spirit of the People of Truth, and he was the Essence of the Spirit of the
People of Taste. He was the Kaaba of the Godly and one of the Flags of the Noble Messenger. He elevated
the Knowledge of the Religion of Muhammad. He revived the Way of the Naqshbandi Order.
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TAOSHOBUDDHA IN MARAQBA AT THE SHRINE MIRZA MAZHAR MIR JANE JANA, NEW DELHI, INDIA

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KOI NAZA HAI TEERO TEGO SHAMSHEER KE DAM PAR


MUJHE HAI FAKR DAGE ISHK KI TANVEER KE DAM PAR
HOO ALLAH KE SIVA KUTCH BHI NIKALTA HI NAHI MUH SE
YEH TAKAT AA GAYEE DEEWANE KO ZANZEER KE DAM PAR
GARIBE RAHE ULFAT SHAAD HUN DUNIYA SE KYA MATLAB
BAJATA CHAIN KI BANSHI HUN APNE PEER KE DAM PAR
SOMEONE EXISTS AS THE OUTCOME HIS OWN EGO THE FALSE,
I REALLY BOAST ON THE INNER STRENGTH OF LOVE ETERNAL;
WITH LOVE ETERNAL ‘HOO ALLAH’ ALONE ECHOES
MY EXISTENCE MY BEING!
AND NOW BINDS MY EXISTENCE EACH FINTE AND INFINITE MOMENT, WITH LOVE ETERNAL
EVER INTOXICATED I DWELL IN MY MASTER UNCONCERNED OF THE FINITENESS AND DUALITIES:
INTOXICATED! NOW EACH PARTICLE OF MY BEING ECHOES THE SONG OF BLISS AND HARMONY!!!

INTRODUCTION: eternity where a master rests after he


relinquishes the finite world after leaving the
body. All that comes from this realm is not only
BEFORE BEGINNING THE SHAZRAH OR
sublime but transforming as well. The best way
ANYTHING SUBLIME ONE MUST BEGIN WITH to explain this is Cyber Space – that stores
PRAYER. SUCH IS ETERNAL ETIQUETTE OR everything yet still remains hidden from human
ADAB. NEVER CONSIDER THIS A MERE cognition. Only one who knows how to enter this
TRADITION. SOMETHING THAT SPRINGS FORTH space will have an access.
FROM DEEP WITHIN THE INNER SANCTUM IS
Man ultimately gets all that he has earned for.
NOT TRADITION. KNOW THIS AS YOUR BEING.
Hindus call this as the law of Karmas. Because of
POINTING TOWARD THIS I NOW BEGIN THIS our accumulated actions we assume human
OVERFLOW. form. Each moment we continue to accumulate
new actions. With awareness and meditative
Each finite moment life is plundered with what insights each action exhausts the web of past
appears to our individual ego as benediction and actions and impressions on our consciousness.
at other times as obstacles. All this happens And in this process never accumulates any more
because of the cosmic energy field or what we impressions. Such are the ways of a spiritual life.
know as God. The source of all this ever remains A life of Awareness! Only benediction happens!
hidden from human cognition! From an Even amidst all vicissitudes and turmoil that life
unknown source it springs forth. Sufis call this as presents. Awake and arise therefore! O Fool!
gaib. Laments an ecstatic Shankar through Bhaja
Guided by an energy field within we interact. Govindam – an immortal epic of the being!
Undergo pain and pleasure! Continue to blame It is said that at the time of initiation or what
others for all states of unpleasantness. Thus Sufis call as bay’at the aspirant once again
moves on life and living. This we consider as our becomes childlike. Like a mother the master
destiny. Ecstatic Umar Khayyam laments: nourishes and nurtures the disciple even when
he is no more in physical form. What flows from
Moving finger writes and having writ, moves on! a mother’s heart as love towards her child flows
from the being of a master towards the disciple
Nor all thy wit nor piety shall lure it back to cancel
or murid as compassion or spiritual energy or
half a line!!
faiz. This can happen no other way. This is the
reason that mother is considered second after
Such are the ways of human understanding. God as replica. So too a master is replica of the
However this is not Sufi understanding. Whole in finite form. This all happens because of
Generally gaib refers to the realm that contains this indomitable unknown and unknowable
within its womb all that is hidden and remains energy-field or gaib. All that one attains this way
unknown to human understanding. To a Sufi van happen no other way.
gaib refers to a state of awareness. It is a Initiation is like a mother feeding the child.
storehouse of various energy fields that are Unless the mother breast feeds the child the
capable to transform human consciousness. child cannot grow. So too without initiation and
Bayazid Bistami explains gaib as that realm of
its conscious recognition by the disciple no One look of his Sheikh opened in him the Nine
progress is ever possible along this path. Points, the loci of the Naqshbandi Secrets. From
the knowledge of the nine points, he delved into
BIRTH AND LIFE: the secrets contained in the five of the more
powerful points, until his Sheikh authorized him
He was born in 1113 H /1701 AD in India. From to “activate” the Nine Points at any time and to
his childhood the light of Guidance and the use them. Then he brought him back down to be
Traces of Piety shone from his forehead. His in his presence and only in his presence. He
features (Mazhar) were moulded with the brought him up and down, from one stage to
Manifestation of heavenly beauty (tajalli-l- another, and enveloped him with his light and
Jamal). He was famous, like the Prophet Yusuf, protected him with his gaze, until he achieved
for his beauty. And everyone loved him because the ultimate fruition and awakened himself from
he represented beauty both inner and outer. Ignorance and inertia.
That is the attribute of God, about whom the
He stood fast in serving his Sheikh with complete
Prophet said: “God is beautiful and he loves
truthfulness and sincerity. He continued to
beauty,” and it is also the attribute of the
progress by entering seclusions in the desert and
Prophet, about whom Anas said, “Your Prophet
in the jungle at the instructions of his Sheikh. In
was the most beautiful in appearance and had
these seclusions, his only food was grass and the
the best voice of all prophets.” Because of this,
leaves of trees. During his period of asceticism in
Sheikh Abdur-Rauf al-Munawi said, “The Prophet
the desert and jungle, he wore only what would
has no comparison in his beauty.”
cover his nakedness. One day, after many of
When Sheikh Mazhar was nine years of age, he these seclusions, he looked in the mirror and
saw Sayyidina Ibrahim, who gave him didn't see himself instead, he saw his Sheikh.
miraculous powers through spiritual
At this stage the Sheikh authorized him to guide
transmission. At this age, if anyone mentioned
Allah's servants to their destinies and to the
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq in his presence, he would see
Straight Path, and he put him on the Throne of
him appear with his physical eyes. He was also
Succession, and by him the Sun of Guidance
able to see the Prophet and all the Companions
ascended the Tower of Happiness.
of the Prophet as well as all the Sheikhs of the
Naqshbandi Order, especially Sayyidina Ahmad When his teacher passed away, he continued to
al-Faruqi Mujaddadi. visit his shrine and for two years he received
whatever lights and knowledge his master was
His father raised him and educated him in all
able to transmit to him from his shrine. Then he
branches of religious knowledge. At a young age
was ordered through his spiritual connection to
his heart was attracted to the spiritual light
his Sheikh to connect himself with a living
coming from his Sheikh, as-Sayyid Nur
master.
Muhammad Badayuni. His Sheikh opened the
eyes of his heart and fed him from the nectar of He reached the Door of the perfect Saints of his
the flower of the Hidden Awareness and time, Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, Sheikh Safi
Understanding. The Sheikh took him out of the Sadullah, and Sheikh Muhammad Abid. He
state of self-awareness and lifted him up to the attached himself to Sheikh Shah Kalshan and to
Highest Realms, which produced in him great another Sheikh by the name of Muhammad az-
astonishment and caused him to faint. When he Zubair. He used to attend the session of Shaikh
awoke up he accompanied Sheikh Nur Muhammad Afzal, one of the khalifas of the son
Muhammad in further ascension. The Sheikh of Muhammad Masoom. He visited and studied
allowed him to observe the Mysteries of the with Sheikh Abdul Ahad and received from him
Hidden World and gave him gifts from his knowledge of the Prophetic Hadith. During this
miraculous Powers and realms. class, whenever the Sheikh would mention a
Hadith, he would disappear through Self-
Effacement, and a vision would come to him in
which he would find himself sitting with the gaib. For an ordinary consciousness this is very
Prophet and hearing the Hadith directly from the difficult to understand. There is no inner
Prophet. He would correct any mistakes that connection. Once the realm doors are unlocked
might occur in the Sheikh’s narration of the you are connected to all the masters that
Hadith, and was acknowledged as a genius in the happened in the past and also those who are to
science of Hadith. happen at some future date. With this inner
connection all the inner states of awareness,
He kept the company of these Sheikhs for twenty tariqat and all that is needed for transformation
years. He progressed further and further in the becomes available.
States of Totality, until he became an Ocean of
Bliss and Knowing. He rose in the Firmament of It is said that with Mazhar Mir the Naqshbandi
the Qutbs until he became the Qutb of his time, tariqat attained to its totality. This should mean
shining like the sun at high noon. Sheikh the tariqat was incomplete or faulty. He
Muhammad Afzal said, “Sheikh Mazhar emphasized that one can be in the world and still
Habibullah was given the state of Qutb and he is follow the path to inward journey. One can
the central pivot of this tariqat at this time and continue totally in the outer and its affairs and
will remain so in times to come.” deep within flows the stream of benediction and
awareness. With trust and adab one remains
His spiritual understanding and awareness connected with the realm of masters. Remember
attracted people from all reaches of the trust and adab is not an outward exposition
Subcontinent. In his presence, each seeker would instead it is an understanding. And for this no
find what he needed, until through his blessing external expression is needed. Then one realizes
the Indian Subcontinent became like a Kaaba that that the energy field of the master is always
encircled by flocks of angelic beings. envelops the aspirants.
In his noble person were combined the energy of
four tariqats. He was a master of the Naqshbandi, #nayt ka r<g Aaj bdla huAa hE
Qadiri, Suhrawardi and Chishti Orders. He used
to say, “I received the secrets and knowledge of vh hE< ya< jama bdl kr bEQe hu@
these orders from my Sheikh, Sayyid Nur
Muhammad Badayuni, until I attained a very jra Apne cZme hkIkI se deoae
distinguished awareness in these Orders. He
lifted me from the Ibrahamic Stage to the n yh jam oalI n vh jam oalI
Mohammaden Stage, which caused me to see the
Prophet sitting in my place, while I was sitting in INAYAT KA RANG AAJ BADLA HUYA HAI,
his. Then I disappeared and I saw him sitting in VOH HAIN YAN JAMA BADAL KAR BAITHE HUYE;
the two places. Then I saw him disappearing and JARA APNE CHASME HAQUIQUI SE DEKHO;
I saw myself sitting in both places.” N YEH JAAM KHALI N VOH JAAM KHALI!!!

About gaib many misconceptions exist. It is


argued that after the master is no more then how TODAY THE FORM OF GRACE
can the disciple be nourished and nurtured. AND COMPASSION IS DIFFERENT,
Master is the connection or the link between the
TODAY HE IS AMONG US IN A DIFFERENT GARB!
murid and the realm of gaib. SO when the master
is no more then how can this link remain. Just as FORGETTING YOUR PHYSICAL
before the birth of child milk descends in INSTRUMENTS OF COGNITION,
mother’s breasts so too with the inner
connection with the master the treasures of this LOOK DEEP WITHIN THROUGH
unknown and unknowable realm open for the YOUR CELESTIAL VISION;
disciple. For this unwavering trust for the master NO REALM OR PLACE IS EVER DEVOID OF THY
is the first criterion. With adab comes in love for PRESENCE SOLEMN AND SUBLIME!!!
the master. Love is the key to treasure realm of
His father was one of the jwels in the court of Most of his external teaching happened through
Moughal emperor Aranguez. Every one used to his grandfather. From his mother he got the
call his father MIRZA SAHAB out of respect. Once training of adab and akhlaq respect and
Mazhar accompanied his father to court of the etiquette. His mother was the daughter of a
emperor, someone asked his name. At this master from Lahore. Over an incident he
Aranguez responded by saying, ‘The child is the resigned from the army and later settled in Delhi
life essence of the father. Therefore this boy is in India. It was there that he started the work of
JAANE JAANA.’ Thus Mirza JANE JAANA was transformation. Because of the loss of job he
added to his name. He was a poet who composed underwent through financial hardships. It was
in Arabic and Persian languages. his wife who supported him then. It was then
that his uncle said, ‘It is during financial
His entire training completed in just six months!
hardships alone inward journey attains new
During the time he lived it was difficult to follow
dimension. Also the progress that one attains
the path of spirituality. Aranguez imposed severe
during such hardships is very difficult otherwise.
restrictions. His tariqat or the methodology was
Spirituality is beyond all riches and poverty.” At
intuitive or guided by gaib.
this he expressed desire for initiation from him.
With him the tariqat attained to totality. The first This his uncle refused as he was not permitted
change happened because of Bahauddin for this. Then he took Mazhar to his fellow
Naqshband. As a result Naqshbandi was added to disciple Noor Mohammad Badayuni. He
the nomenclature. The second change happened remained there until his uncle died. Mirza
because of Ahmad Farooki Mujaddadi Alif Thani. Mazhar sought the permission to visit Sirhind.
With this Mujaddadi was added to the already The two Mazhar and Noor Mohammad visited
existing name. And with Mirza Mazhar Mir Jaane the shrine of his uncle. While still on the shrine
Jaana the third change was affected in the intuitively Mirza Mazhar felt the need for
nomenclature of the tariqat. He emphasized that initiation and thus expressed the desire
it is not important that the disciple does the intuitively as well! At this the master Noor
dhikr, or any thing else. What is more important Mohammed extended his had in agreement. And
is the inner connection with the master. This even without expressing the desire Noor
inner connection happens only because of inner Mohammed initiated Mirza Mazhar. Mirza never
connection, love, and adab towards ones master. had to ask for anything from his master.
Once this has happened the journey becomes Everything used to be answered intuitively.
easy. When the aspirant begins to move within
The life of Mirza Mazhar is full of anecdotes and
the journey becomes difficult. Because of your
incidents. All of these cannot be mentioned. He
constant negligence of the inner there remains
was quite young when his master Noor
utter darkness. And travelling through the dark
Mohammad passed away. Once he had a vision
caves of the being is not only difficult but
that a congregation of masters descended from
dangerous as well. It is the light of the master
heaven. And one the masters resembled Noor
that guides the aspirant until one reaches to a
Mohammed! At this he sought the confirmation
state when darkness is no more. Instead these is
from the master. At this the master responded I
illumination. And you are ‘LIGHT ONTO
am your thought not your master. At this Mirza
YOURSELF’.
expressed agony that it was for the first time I
In his youth he worked in the army of Aranguez have been inclined towards another master. At
and fought certain wars as well. Even in spiritual this the master in question appeared in his true
realm he used the terminology of a soldier. He form. He was in fact his master. This he thought
said that an aspirant needs to be like a soldier was due to any weakness. Thus he attained to
who sacrifices even his life for his master. He the association of 17 masters.
reached his master when he was quite old.
Following are some sayings of Sheikh Mazhar:
Mazhar served his master to his utmost. He used
to do all kinds of work. He came from an affluent “Once I was sitting in the presence of Sheikh
family. Muhammad Abid and the Sheikh said, "The two
suns at the two ends met, and if their lights were One day he became angry at a tyrant and he said,
combined and spread throughout this universe, "A vision came to me in which I saw that all
they would have burned everything.” Sheikhs, from Abu Bakr as-Siddiq up to the
Sheikhs of today, were unhappy with that
“Sheikh Muhammad Afzal was much older than I tyrant." The next day the tyrant died.
but he used to stand up for me when I entered,
and he used to say to me, 'I am standing in A man came to him and said, “O my master, my
deference to the high lineage that you possess.’” brother has been jailed in another village. Please
pray to Allah to save him.” He said, “O my son,
“This whole world and the entire universe are in your brother has not been jailed, but he has done
my hand, and I can see everything in them, just something wrong and tomorrow you will receive
as clearly as I can see my hand.” a letter from him.” It turned out to be just as he
He had innumerable miraculous experiences and described.
numberless visions about the Heavenly world as He informed his followers of great tidings and
well as the lower world. some jealous people refused to accept what he
Once he travelled with some of his followers said. He said, “If you don't believe me let us bring
without any food or provision. They walked and a judge. We will each tell him our point of view
and let him judge between us." They said "We
whenever they got tired they sat. The Sheikh
would call them and say, "This food is for you," don't accept any judge except the Prophet, and
and tables of food would appear in front of them. on Judgment Day we will ask for his judgement
in this matter." Then he said, "There is no need to
One day during the trip there was a terrible wait until the Judgment Day. We will ask the
storm and the wind was blowing everything in Prophet to give his Judgment now.” He entered a
its path. It was freezing and everyone was deep state of contemplation in his heart and was
shivering because of the cold. Their situation told to read the Fatiha. This he did, and
worsened until it appeared that they were going immediately the Prophet appeared to everyone
to die in that frozen desert. Then Sheikh Mazhar and said, "Al-Mazhar Habibullah is right and all
raised his hands and said, "O Allah make it of you are wrong.”
surround us but not be upon us." Immediately
About Creation:
the clouds lifted from around them, and though
the freezing rain continued to fall one mile away, He said, “Existence is an Attribute of Allah alone.
around them the temperature rose to a This world is a mere shadow of realities existing
comfortable level. in the Divine Presence. The reality of all possible
He said, "One time I visited the grave of Sheikh creations or haqaiq al-mumkinat results from
Muhammad Hafiz Muhsin. I disappeared from the action of the Divine Attributes and Qualities
on the Void adm. The Real Existence of all that
myself and in a vision I saw his body. It had
manifests in physical creation is confirmed as a
suffered no decomposition, and his shroud was
still perfectly clean except for a patch of dirt on light in the Divine Presence.
one part by his feet. Through my spiritual power, "Everything that appears in the physical creation
I asked him about that. He said, 'O my son I will is a mere shadow of the luminous reality
tell you a story. One day I took a stone from the projected by the Divine Qualities upon the void
garden of my neighbor and put it in a hole in my of non-existence. The World of the Divine
garden, and I said to myself, 'in the morning I Attributes or sifat is the Origin of the Well-
will return it to him,' but I forgot. As a result of springs of the Created Universes or mabadi'
that action, the dirt has appeared on my shroud. taayyunat al-alam. Because all physical creation
That one action has tainted my shroud.'" arises from a combination of Allah's Divine
He said, "As long as you are lifted upward in Qualities and the Void, creation thus partakes of
two origins of opposite nature. From the nature
piety you will be lifted up in sainthood."
of the void of non-existence and nothingness
arise the dense qualities of physical substance when he was gone. Then he took a paper and
that in the sphere of human action produce wrote to one of his successors, Mullah Abdur-
darkness, ignorance and evil. From the Divine Razzaq, “O my son, I am now over eighty and my
Attributes come Light, Knowledge and Good. life is coming to its close. Remember me in your
Thus the Sufi, when he looks at himself sees all prayers.” He sent him that letter and he sent
that is good in him as a light from the Divine that many others the same letter.
is reflected on him, but that is not of him. A
simile for it would be a borrowed suit of fine Thanking Allah for His Favors he said, “There is
clothes with which one is beautifully dressed but nothing left in my heart of anything that I have
that does not truly belong to him and for which wished to achieve or to reach that remains to be
he deserves no credit. Conversely, he sees accomplished. There is nothing for which I have
himself as base substance, full of darkness and asked Allah that I did not receive. My only
ignorance, with a nature worse than that of an remaining desire is to leave this world and be in
animal. With this dual perception he loosens his His Presence continuously. Allah gave me
attachment to the attractions of the self and everything, except permission to go to Him. I am
effaces himself, and turns in repentance or tawba asking Allah to take me to Him today, before
towards the Divine Source of all good. With this tomorrow. But I don't want to go to Him as an
turning, Allah fills his heart with love and ordinary person. I want to go to him, as Allah
yearning for the Divine Presence. As Allah said in described in the Holy Qur'an, as a martyr who is
a Holy Hadith, “If My servant approaches Me by always alive. So, O Allah, make me a martyr in
one hand's length I will approach him by one this world and take me to you as a martyr. This
arm's length; and if he comes to Me walking I will kind of death will bring happiness to my heart
come to him running.” and will cause me to be in the presence of Your
Prophet and of Ibrahim and of Musa, and with all
Shortly before his death Sheikh Mazhar (q) was your 124,000 prophets; and to be with all the
in a state of great emotion and intense love of Companions of the Prophet, and to be with al-
God. He experienced a great unhappiness at Junnaid and the master of this Order, Shah
having spent so long in this transient world. He Naqshband (q), and with all the masters of the
spent his last days in intense contemplation and, Tariqat. O Allah, I want to combine the
when asked, he would always say that his state witnessing of physical martyrdom with spiritual
was that of Annihilation and Existence in Allah death in the State of Witnessing, in the State of
Sublime and Exalted. He increased his dhikr in Annihilation.”
his final days, and as a result of the intense light
of attraction generated thereby, thousands and DEATH
thousand of seekers entered into the tariqat.
THE ULTIMATE TRANSCENDENCE:
Each new day would bring three thousand new
people to his door, and he would not let one of
them go without meeting him. Finally, he became It was Wednesday evening, the seventh of
so exhausted that he scheduled only two times a Muharram, of the year 1195 H/1780 CE. His
day to meet with people. servant came to him and said, “There are three
men at your door. They want to visit you.” He
One day, one of his followers, Sheikh Mullah said, “Let them enter.” When they entered, he
Nazim, asked permission to travel and visit his came out of his bedroom and greeted them. One
parents in his homeland. He said, “My son, if you of them said to him, “Are you Mirza Jaane Jaana
want to go you may, but I may not be here when Habibullah?” He answered, “Yes.” The two said to
you return.” This reply went from one mouth to the third, “Yes, he is the one.” One of the men
another, shaking the hearts of people, as it took a knife from his pocket and stabbed him in
indicated that his era was ending. With tearful the back, piercing his kidney. Because of his age,
eyes, and broken hearts, people all around the he was unable to withstand the severity of the
Punjab began wailing and crying. His house was blow and he fell to the ground. When it was time
full and no one knew what was going to happen for the Fajr prayer, the King sent him a doctor.
He sent back the doctor and said, “I don’t need these past two days, because my body is full of
him. As for the men who stabbed me, I forgive blood and I have been unable to raise my head.”
them, because I am glad to die as a martyr and They asked him, “If a sick person is in such a
they came as an answer to my prayer.” weak condition, is he obliged to pray with
He passed from this life on Friday. When the day movements of his eyes and his forehead or to
reached its middle, he read the Qur’anic chapters postpone his prayer?” He answered, “Both ways
Fatiha and Ya Sin until AzR time. He asked his are correct.”He waited with patience for the
followers, how many hours were left until sunset, and then he died. It was the night of
sunset. They told him, “Four hours.” He said, “It Ashura, 1195 H /1781 AD.
is still long until the meeting with my Lord.” He
said, “I have missed ten prayers in my life, all in He passed his secret to his successor, Hadhrat
Abdullah Shah Naimullah.
I am sending you to a distant land whose very texture is soaked in spirituality. It is the land
sanctified, nourished and nurtured by such forces from times immemorial. A land which is ready to
explode any path! A land whose very being is not only ready but has the capability to infuse life even
in a dead heart. I am sending you to INDIA. India has been the University of Meditation and the
BEACON LIGHT not only now but from TIMES IMMEMORIAL. It has created many Buddhas.
Sheikh Mohammad Al Amkanaqi RA-to Sheikh Mohammad Baqi Billah

N aqshbandiyah tariqat was the part of the


fundamentalist Islamic tradition until it
came to Indian sub continent. It evolved,
grew and flourished as an oasis amidst the
“I am sending you to a distant land whose very
texture is soaked in spirituality. It is the land
sanctified, nourished and nurtured by such forces
from times immemorial. A land which is ready to
deserts of the Middle East. However, it was explode any path! A land whose very being is not
entering a new climate of - political, religious and only ready but has the capability to infuse life
social fabric. Therefore it could not separate itself even in a dead heart. I am sending you to INDIA.’
from the prevailing influences.
India has been the University of Meditation and
Politically Muslim invasions continued from the the BEACON LIGHT not only now but from TIMES
North West part of the continent. After the IMMEMORIAL. Truly its cultural heritage is older
invasion Mughal rule of Babar was established than any of the oldest civilizations. Indus valley
because of political disunity and fractions among civilization is even older than the Egyptian or
the Hindu rulers. Because of atrocities of the Babylon civilization. Scientific and astrological
Islamic rulers there was social, cultural, and researches have proved the existence of
political unrest. In the name of religion scriptures that mention of constellation of stars
conversions were imposed. All this was causing that happened nearly 90,000 years ago. It has
unrest. created many Buddhas, saints, sages, incarnations
and masters.
On the other hand Bhakti movement was at its
pinnacle. In north and South many streams and It has absorbed many religions and paths for
tributaries were flourishing. A Sheikh of this spiritual development.
Golden chain Hadhrath Al Amkanaqi realizing it And in the process has lent its texture to all that
to be the will of Allah Subhan wa Taala sent once appeared to be alien.
Hadhrath Al Baqui Billah to India. Before he
actually did he spoke of these words about the Hadhrath Baqui Billah moved back to India and
land and the climate where this sacred chain was stayed in the city of Delhi, which he filled with
now being sent. faith and knowledge and secrets and lights.
Through him the Naqshbandi Order spread with
Hadhrath Amkanaqi said: great swiftness throughout the Indian
Subcontinent and millions of people were place, while I was sitting in his. Then I
connected to him through his various Khalifas. disappeared and I saw him sitting in the two
places. Then I saw him disappearing and I saw
All nations in the Subcontinent were attracted to myself sitting in both places.”
his knowledge and his ENERGY FIELD as
tawwajzoh and to the Prophetic Characteristics Although the tariqat was blending within the
dressing him. It became known throughout the social and religious fabric of the continent yet still
Indian Subcontinent that anyone coming to him the custodians of the various paths maintained
and looking in his eyes, or sitting in his proximity their separate identities and rancor against one
doing dhikr, would enter a state of Self- another. Religious narrowness continued among
Effacement and intoxication, through which he the fundamentalists and those who considered
could reach a state of Annihilation, in a single themselves the custodians of the path of inner
meeting. transformation.

In the name of religion and conversions many


By such miraculous energy-field he attracted atrocities were inflicted upon the common
millions of people, until this Naqshbandi Order masses. As a result many revolted. On one hand
was on the tongue of everyone. And the tariqat these custodians (the combination of the priestly
blended with the existing spiritual trends and communities and the polity) spoke of
textures. religiousness, however their hearts were all filled
with ignorance and the lack of the understanding
His spiritual understanding and awareness of the message of Allah Subhan wa Taala and the
attracted people from all reaches of the masters. Religious intolerance remained the
Subcontinent. In his presence, each seeker would order of the day.
find what he needed, until through his blessing
the Indian Subcontinent became like a Kaaba As the journey continued the Naqshbandiyah
encircled by flocks of angelic beings. tariqat that once wore a totally Islamic texture
began to have other color and hue. Some resented
The journey of the tariqat continued through these while others welcomed this as the setting of
various Sheikhs of the Naqshbandiyah tariqat. a new trend.
Along with also developed other tariqats – like
Quadriyah, Chistiyah, and Sohrawadiyah. The Constant atrocities by the Moughal emperors on
Naqshbandiyah path traversed through the the other religious sections especially Hindus in
Mujaddadi era for which Hadhrath Baqui Billah the name of religions saw the emergence of Sikh
was sent. The journey passed through Sheikh religion. The masters maintained the spiritual
Ahmad Farooqui Mujaddadi, Hadhrath values of both Hindu and Islam and incorporated
Mohammad Masoom, Hadhrath Sheikh Safuddin, these as integral part of their religious teaching.
Hadhrath Nur Mohammd Badyuni and reached Yet still their survival made the Sikh Gurus follow
another juncture at Hadhrath Mirza Mazhar Nir the road to become militants. This was once again
Jane Jana. the revival of the era of the Holy Prophet when
for survival he had to take the sword in his hand.
In the noble person of Hadhrath Mirza Mazhar Nir
Jane Jana were combined the energy of four Saints like Tulsidas, Mira, Sahjobai, Tukaram,
tariqats. He was a master of the Naqshbandi, Kabir, Nanak, and all the remaining nine gurus
Qadiri, Suhrawardi and Chishti Orders. came on the spiritual horizon along with Sufi
Masters like Moin Uddin Chisti, NizamUdin
Hadhrath Mazhar Mir Jane Jana used to say, “I Auliya, Amir Khushroo, Raskhan etc rose to the
received the secrets and knowledge of these occasion. All these different traditions, and faiths
orders from my Sheikh, Sayyid Nur Muhammad blended in the main stream of Indian spirituality
Badayuni, until I attained a very distinguished that was at its pinnacle from times immemorial.
awareness in these Orders. He lifted me from the Thus evolved new poetry, values, and many
Ibrahamic Stage to the Mohammaden Stage, influences.
which caused me to see the Prophet sitting in my
Naqshbandiyah tariqat could not keep itself 7. Hadhrat Muhammad Waaqif Amkanki r.a.
separate from these trends. Both Hindu and (d. 21/22 Sha'baan, 1008AH) - Akang
Muslim followed the tariqat. Yet still religious (Bukhara)
narrowness continued. It was in such an
environment one of the Sheikhs of this Golden From here the tariqat came to India and became
Chain of Naqshbandiyah tariqat made predictions the part of Indian Sub continent. There has to be a
for the setting of a new trends and influence in reason for this. And when it came to Indian
the tariqat. Subcontinent that was predominantly A Hindu
community how could it keep itself separate. Such
Shah Bahauddin Naqshband is the 17th Sheikh of is the will of Allah Subhan wa Taala. Yet still
the Golden Chain. Therefore I have given the fundamentalists maintain the Islamic texture and
chain in that order. This does not mean there has negate the will of Allah Subhan wa Taala, and go
been no one else who carried on the tariqat. Each on calling themselves to be on the path. It is time
sheikh had many khalifas. However the chief to rise beyond narrowness of all kinds. Only then
among them was handed over the golden chain of you will seek the realm of spiritualism.
the tariqat while others worked in harmony with
the main stream. Yet still there were a significant 8. Hadhrat Khwaja Baqui Billaah r.a. (d. 25
numbers who cut off the links for various reasons Jumaad al-Aakhar, 1012AH) - Delhi (India)
and started their own work under the false 9. Hadhrath Imam Rabbani, Mujaddid Alif
banner of truth. These I will not mention as this is Thani, Hadhrat Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui
not the work of the one who seeks light or Noor. Sirhindi r.a. (d. 28 Safar, 1034AH) - Sirhind
And since this is happening it must have the (India)
sanction of Allah Subhan wa Taala. Nothing ever 10. Hadhrat Muhammad Ma'soom Farooqui
happens without the Supreme will. May the r.a. (d. 9 Rabi al- Awwal, 1079AH) - Sirhind
masters guide those who have deviated along the (India)
path? 11. Hadhrat Sheikh Sayfuddeen Bin Ma'soom
Farooqui r.a. (d. 19 Jumad al-Oola, 1095-
There has been many other khalifas who have 1096AH) - Sirhind (India)
done tremendous work in the process of 12. Hadhrat Nur Muhammad Badyooni r.a. (d.
transformation as part of the main stream. Still 11 Dhul Qa'dah, 1135AH) - Dehli (India)
they are not the part of the golden chain. 13. Hadhrat Mirza Mazhar Jaan-I-Jaanan r.a.
Following is the actual chain from Shah (d. 10 Muharram, 1195AH) - Khanqah
Bahauddin Naqshband. Mazharia Turk Man gate Delhi(India)
14. Hadhrat Abdullah Shah Naimullah r.a. (d.
1. Kwajah Bahauddin Naqshband r.a. (d. 2 22 Safar, 1240AH) - Behraich U.P.(India)
Rajab al-Murajjab, 791AH) - Qasr-e- 15. Hadhrat Mawla’na Muradullah r.a. (d. Dhul
Aarifan (Bukhara) Qa'dah, 1248AH) - Lucknow U.P.(India)
2. Hadhrat Alaa'uddin Attaar r.a. (d. 20 Rajab 16. Hadhrat Sayyed Abul Hasan Sa'eed r.a. (d.
802AH) - Jafaaniyan (Mawralnahar) Sha'ba'n, 1272) - Rai Bareli U.P.(India)
3. Hadhrat Ya'qoob Charkhi r.a. (d. 5 Safar, 17. Hadhrat Mawla’na Khalifa Ahmad Ali Khan
851AH) - Charkh (Bukhara) r.a. left on 04.11.1904(AD) Kaimganj, Distt.
4. Hadhrat Ubaidullah Ahraar r.a. (d. 20/29 Farrukhabad (Uttar Pradesh)
Rabi al-Awwal, 895AH) - Samarqand 18. Hadhrat Mawla’na Shah Fazl Ahmad Khan
(Mawralnahar) r.a. (1857-1907 A D) Qusba- Raipur Distt.
5. Hadhrat Muhammad Zaahid r.a. (d. 1 Rabi Farrukhabad (Uttar Pradesh)
al-Awwal, 936AH) - Wakhsh (Malk Hasaar) 19. Hadhrat Mawla’na Abdul Ghani Khan
6. Hadhrat Darwesh Muhammad r.a. (d. 19 r.a.(1867-1952 AD) Qusba- Bhogaon, Distt.
Muharram, 970AH) - Samarqand Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh)
(Mawralnahar) 20. Hadhrath Sheikh Ramchandra (Lalaji) Ji
Maharaj (1873-1931 AD) r.a. Fatehgarh
(Uttar Pradesh) India
21. Hadhrath Sheikh Raghubar Dayal However with this Nisbet came to Hindu Sheikhs
(Chachaji) Ji Maharaj (1875-1947 AD) r.a. beyond the narrowness of religions and religious
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh India belief. Spirituality is beyond religions and
22. Hadhrath Sheikh Brij Mohan Lal (1898- narrowness of any kind.
1955 AD) r.a. Lucknow Uttar Pradesh,
India Almost one hundred years ago a forecast was
23. Hadhrath Sheikh Onkar Nath (1935-2008 made by Sayadina Hazarat Kutub-i-alam Abul
AD) r.a. Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, India Hasan Naseerabadi. Who in turn mentioned of
this to his khalifa Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan (Khalifa
As I have mentioned earlier it was from Sheikh Sahib) Kayamganji.
Baqui Billah that the tariqat came to Indian Sub
Continent. With Imam Rabbani Sheikh Ahmad Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan too waited lifelong for these
Mujaddadi a new era was ushered in the tariqat. two people. No one came. So when it was the time
And then with the advent of Hadhrath Mazhar Mir for Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan to leave the finite realm
Jane Jana the existing tariqat entered a new he spoke to his chief khalifa, Sufi Maulana Fazl
phase. Ahmad Khan, who became the next Naqshbandi
master:
And once again after the advent of Mazaharia
Nisbet the path underwent another major ‘Maybe my master had seen your reflection
influence. It was the advent of the Naqshbandiyah through me. And this forecast is for you. Take
Sheikh beyond the Islamic religion, instead from care and be ever aware about this forecast. Maybe
Hindu religion. About this advent a prediction these people will come to you.
was made by one of the Sheikhs nearly 100 years
before the actual happening of the event. All along Sufi Fazl Ahmad Khan waited. The
It was the 33rd Sheikh Hadhrat Sayadina destined time of the meeting was coming closer. It
Hazarat Kutub-i-alam Abul Hasan was rainy night! Thunder and lightning! Amidst
such an atmosphere when serenity prevailed
Naseerabadi who made the following prediction
amidst turmoil indicating that at the center of
to his Khalifa. And in the process each sheikh
waited and then passed on the forecast to the cyclone there always exists tremendous serenity.
next Sheikh. It was Hadhrath Abul Hasan The destined meeting happened! A person named
Ramchandra came to the company of the master
Naseerabadi who mentioned of this forecast to his
wading through the external turmoil.
khalifa – the next Sheikh Hadhrat Mawla’na
Khalifa Ahmad Ali Khan Kaimganji, who left
the body on 04.11.1904(AD). The forecast This was followed by his younger brother
meant, Raghuber Dayal. These were the two destined
ones about whom the forecast was made nearly
‘I am witnessing the lack of interest among the one hundred years ago. Ramchandra and
Muslim community towards this Raghuber Dayal later came to be known as
Naqshbandiyah tariqat. I am seeing two Naqshbandi Sufi Ramchandra or Lala ji, and
Naqshbandi Sufi Raghuber Dayal or Chacha ji.
persons from Hindu religion will come to you.
They are the true inheritor of this Nisbet. Do
not hesitate in transferring the secrets of this The entire system of roohaniyat is based on such
tariqat and the Golden Chain to these two forecasts or wisharads. Thus came the dawn of a
new era in Naqshbandi order of Sufis. This was
persons.’
the beginning of the Hindu influence into tariqat.
This was the time of ‘tassubi’ or spiritual
narrowness, division on the basis of religious Although the outer appearance may differ, beliefs
too may differ but the inner state of awareness or
beliefs and many atrocities in the name of
truth or Nisbet never changes. And if there is any
religion. There was division and ignorance as far
as spirituality or ‘roohaniyat’ was concerned. change in that state then it is not truth. Truth is
sublime and most auspicious. Truth is ALHAM
DIL ALLAH, SUBHAN ALLAH. OR what Hindus say narrowness of all kinds. Remember the words of a
it SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDRAM. Let us dwell in Sheikh of this tariqat:
the realm of truth or haquiqat beyond
‘BETASSUBI SADAKAT KI JAAN HAI!’
‘TO RISE ABOVE NARROWNESS IS SPIRITUALITY!’

From here the tariqat came to India and became the part of Indian Sub continent.
There has to be a reason for this. And when it came to Indian Subcontinent that
was predominantly A Hindu community how could it keep itself separate. Such is
the will of Allah Subhan wa Taala. Yet still fundamentalists maintain the Islamic
texture and negate the will of Allah Subhan wa Taala, and go on calling themselves
to be on the path. It is time to rise beyond narrowness of all kinds. Only then you
will seek the realm of spiritualism.
Human beings climb the ladder of egotism,
But in the end everyone must fall from this ladder,
The higher you climb, the more foolish you are,
For your bones will be more badly broken
When you die to yourself and come alive through God,
In truth you have become one with God, in absolute unity.

RUMI MASNAVI IV: 2763-7

From Saidyana Shamsuddin Shaheed Feesawi Lillah Hazrat Shah Mahboob Habibullah Mirza
Mazhar Mir Jane Jana a new era in Naqshbandi Sufi path ushers. It was the beginning of the decline of
Mughal Empire. The atrocities of Aurenguez have brought the downfall of the Empire. The other
influences like Sikhism and Hindu influence was on the rise. The Shazrah from here continues as under:

1. Hazrat Mazhar Mir Jana Jana


2. Sayiaddina Naim Ullah Shah Baihraichi
3. Sayiaddina Hazrat Shah Murad Ullah
4. Khawaja Abulhasan Nasirabadi
5. Hazrat Maulwi Ahmad Ali Khan
6. Hazrat Maulana Fazl Ahmad Khan
7. Hazrat Maulwi Shah Abdul Ghani Khan
8. Sufi Hazrat Ramchandra
9. Sufi Hazrat Raghuber Dayal
10. Sufi Hazrat Brij Mohan Lal
11. Sufi Hazrat Onkar Nath

It was Khawaja Abulhasan Nasirabadi RA who Spirituality is beyond religions and narrowness
envisioned the advent of Hindu influence into the of any kind. Yet still the custodians have tried to
Sufi Path. He spoke to his Calipha Hazrat Maulwi muddle it up within the narrow boundaries of
religion, caste, and creed.
Ahmad Ali Khan.
Almost one hundred years ago a forecast was
Before the advent of Sufi Ramchandra – Lala ji made by the 33rd Naqshbandi Master Hadthrath
the Naqshbandi Nisbet was confined basically Sayadina Kutub-i-alam Abul Hasan Naseerabadi.
with the seekers of Islamic community. This was Who in turn mentioned of this to his khalifa Sufi
the time of ‘tassubi’ or spiritual narrowness, Ahmad Ali Khan (Khalifa Sahib) Kayamganji. The
division on the basis of religious beliefs and forecast meant:
many atrocities in the name of religion. There
was division and ignorance as far as spirituality ‘I am witnessing the lack of interest among the
or ‘roohaniyat’ was concerned. However with Muslim community as far as roohaniyat is
this the Nisbet came to Hindus beyond the concerned. I am also seeing two people will come
narrowness of religions and religious belief. from alhe hinud or Hindu Religion. They will be
true inheritor of this spiritual treasure. Do not Same time the Sufi master caught the glance of
hesitate in giving them this wealth.’ him and looked at him lovingly. The glance came
like the warmth from the soul. Sufi said such an
After this kasf Hadhrath Sayadina Abul Hasan atmosphere of thunder and lightning and still
waited life ling for the arrival of these two you are here. Lalaji used to say these words of
destined ones. But no one came. When he was Sufi came like panacea for the soul that erelong
leaving the world he mentioned of this to the aspired for the union. Ramchandra came in the
next master Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan saying that may company of the master wading through the
be this forecast if meant for you. external turmoil.
Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan, who lived in a place called Even in such a state Lalaji paid his regards of the
Kayamganj in U.P. India, too waited lifelong for master. The two eyes met. With this a high
these two people. No one came. So when it was voltage current flowed through his body from
the time for Sufi Ahmad Ali Khan to leave the head to toe. And the body and mental
finite realm on 4th November 1904 he spoke to consciousness drowned in that current. It
his chief khalifa, Sufi Maulana Fazal Ahmad Khan, appeared as if a new soul from the unknown and
who became the next Naqshbandi master: unknowable realm entered his being.
‘Maybe my master had seen your reflection The Sufi instructed him to go in and change the
through me. And this forecast is for you. Take clothes. In the mean time he lit the fire-place and
care and be ever aware about this forecast. asked LalaJI to sit along with him before
Maybe these people will come to you.’ returning home. Lalaji followed the instruction.
The two sat on the same bed as the only sitting
All along Sufi Fazal Ahmad Khan waited. Sheikh
Fazal Ahmad Khan was a school teacher. He used place. The Sufi covered him with his comforter to
to rent a small room in same school compound of maintain the natural warmth. The two went into
the state of meditativeness as the Tawazjoh of
Mufti Sahib where Sufi Ramchandra Lala Ji had
the Sheikh Fazal Ahmad Khan overflowed and
also rented a room to carry on his studies. Sufi
saint used to teach children in his room as part Ramchandra (Lala Ji) was pulsating at its melody
of livelihood. Each time when LalaJI would pass totally intoxicated and blissful.
in front of the room of the Sheikh to reach to his It was a state of intense meditativeness. The
room; with door open the Sheikh would wait and effect of Tawazjoh or the energy-field was
LalaJI will pay respect before reaching to his intense. It appeared as if all outside turmoil was
room. Thus the communion continued drowning in such energy-field. The inner and the
mystically. The meeting has not yet happened. outer states merged into one another. It
In 1891 Ramchandra got a temporary job for a appeared as if the bliss overflowing from the
very small salary as the financial situation was soul was drowning the body and its
very tight and the resources were meager to consciousness. It also appeared as if all the cells
of the body were breaking into its components.
meet the basic needs. He still maintained the
room for his studies. The destined time of the This was the first physical commune. The
meeting was coming closer. It was a dark yet meditative commune lasted for nearly two
cold wintry rainy night! Thunder and lightning! hours. As the rain had ceased with the
Amidst such an atmosphere serenity prevailed permission of the Sheikh Lalaji left for his home.
amidst turmoil indicating that at the center of Lalaji explains the state of his awareness as he
cyclone exists tremendous serenity. In the night entered the outer world coming out of the
Ramchandra was returning to his room in this Sheikh’s room:
cold wintry rainy night. His condition was
pitiable. He was shivering with cold as his whole ‘It appeared as if the sky, the stars, the entire
body was drenched in rain. The destined creation, the plants, everything were overflowing
meeting happened! the bliss that flowed at that moment. All the
psycho-centers of head, heart and the body were
opening. Also it appeared as if his Sheikh had fulfilled! Saying this he became meditative and
dissolved in him – a state of fana-fi-ul-murid.’ said, ‘You are very dear to me. I used to see you
very often and whenever you paid respect you
On reaching home he did not take dinner. were being nourished and nurtured by the
Instead went to sleep straight away. And at dawn Tawwajzoh, faiz and nisbate-illahi mystically.
a vision happened. He saw a congregation of Persons like you are rare whose life is for the
Sheikhs and enlightened ones. Suddenly a upliftment of humanity. It appears that the
magnificent platform descended and a glorious Maasheikh has accepted you and all that
happened to you in the first commune rarely
sheikh sat on it. Full of etiquette and loving
happens to others even after a long association.
respect Sheikh Fazal Ahmad Khan presented Lala You will not only attain to the state of fana-fi-ul-
Ji to this sheikh. He was immediately accepted by sheikh instead that of fana-fi-ul-murid as well.’
the Maasheikh saying ‘your life and the being are
inclined towards truth since birth. This was the advent of Hindu beginning into
Naqshbandi Sufi Path.
As Lala Ji narrated this vision to his Sheikh tears
began to overflow. And wished this vision to be Only this much for now.
Who broke the religious barriers

Naqshbandi Sufi Ram Chandra


Lalaji
Lars Jensen, Naqshbandi

Stockholm, Sweden

Naqshbandi Sufi Sheikh Ram Chandra (q) (Lala ji) (1873-1931)


137th Birth Anniversary
Lalaji - Naqshbandi Sufi Ram Chandra, 1873-1931

In Hindu scripture Bhagwat Gita the Lord Incarnate as Krishna proclaims

Whenever there is decline is religiousness and eternal value, O Bharat, for the establishment of
righteousness and resurrection of declining values! For the protection of the sage, the destruction of
the lowly narrowness and for the transformation of Human Consciousness I rise from age to age!!!

W
hat will be the form in which Absolute once again Taoshobuddha asked me to present
consciousness will manifest, everyone you the moment of celebration of the life of this
has his own understanding. Christians mystic and master. Ecstasy of my being knows no
are waiting and will continue to wait for the limits as I never thought that being in such
arrival of Jesus. In existence nothing can be spiritual desert of Sweden Oasis of Spirituality
repeated. When absolute consciousness chooses could be created. All this is the grace of this Soul
to assume the human form it can choose any that we know as LalaJi.
form. Lucky are those who recognize this. Walk a
In the month of February on Basant Panchami (A
few steps along with such consciousness hand in
Hindu festival declaring the arrival of spring
hand. In the process they are transformed.
season) the birth anniversary of Lalaji is
I am really fortunate that I lived in an era that saw celebrated. This event is even celebrated at the
the advent of this great soul that humanity came inner planes, as it is a special happening. And to
to know as Lalaji(q) – A Naqshbandi – me that is the real celebration. First we celebrate
Mujaddadi – Mazaharia Sheikh from Indian Sub deep with and then its beauty manifests in the
continent. And Lo! My good fortunes does not end outer realms. Unless we learn to celebrate like
here, the existence has now brought me in this we are still far from truth as Taoshobuddha
association of another Naqshbandi Sheikh from says. His birth was foretold and his mastership
the same linage Sheikh Taoshobuddha. Thus prophesized several decades before its actual
the sunshine and moonlight of this great soul happing. Lalaji is unique, as he became the very
surrounds us each finite moment. first Hindu Sufi master who did not convert into
Islam. Different religions are only outer labels, as
And I count on my good fortune as grace when a
it has nothing to do with your inner self or with
few months ago Taoshobuddha asked me to edit
your inner contact with God. Spirituality lies far
the work ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’, and now
beyond the religious spheres. The labels of the
different religions are just labels and nothing Munshi Raghubar Dayal was born. So the eternal
more. It says nothing of your inner qualities, happenings had to flow with the destiny, as
whereas your actions, words and thoughts reveal foretold by the Fakir.
your inner state. Lalaji lived a perfect life and his
words were so potent that they affect even the Mastership is prepared even
people of today who read it, more then hundred
years after.
at childhood
Both his parents love him very dearly and he was
His birth was predestinated like a prince. However his father used to drink
and engage in ostentatious and flamboyant
Even the birth of Lalaji had to obey to the
activities and the wealth was thus wasted. On
happening of destiny. His mother was a very
Lalaji’s fourth birthday his father’s friend
pious and religious lady spending her time in
celebrated and a lot of liquor was served. His
prayer, singing and recital of the Ramayana
mother never liked it but she kept mum. He was
(Hindu book about Rama, one of the incarnations
not an infant anymore and when his father with
of Lord Vishnu). She often used to visit saints and
love embraced him tightly, with a sudden jerk he
spending her money for helping the poor.
came out of his embrace and said, “You are
Once a saint came to their city and she went to his stinking”. It hit his father and he hated himself for
CONGREGATION (satsang). The saint explained having taken liquor. It is said that thereafter he
some certain compositions of Saint Kabir and she sopped drinking. Not only that, he even started
was completely absorbed in them that as tears hating it. After that he did not even mention the
started rolling out of her eyes. Perceiving her word liquor again. By three words alone this four-
state the saint was moved and showered her with year-old boy changed his father’s bad habits. It
blessings. From that day she got more and more was as a master had told them, because these
dedicated to God and she often started to fall in words completely transformed his father within
deep meditation and Samadhi. seconds.

After some time a Muslim Fakir came to her door Lalaji wrote in his book, “I never liked to play
and she gave him some food. He asked for some with children of my age. As long as my mother
other food, which she did not have. She did some was alive, she was my friend, companion, and
arrangement so that the food he asked for could everything. Whatever she did, I too did…because
be served. The Fakir was very pleased with her of her company I developed interest in seeking
and asked her if there was anything she was the Truth and getting religious knowledge…When
missing in her life. She was a woman of heart and I was seven years old, my mother passed
wanted to be a mother, so the servant of the away…My childhood thus ended.”
house told that she has everything except a son.
His mother lived a devotional life and he learned
The saint looked up in the sky and rising two
from her practical living. She was his first teacher
finger to heaven and said, “One…two…. one...two”
and he copied her good character. His mother
and departed never to be seen again.
played an important role for the preparation of
The blessings of the Fakir materialized and after Lalaji’s spiritual growth. It seems like even his
about a year on the 2nd February 1873 Ram mother was selected by destiny - for her good
Chandra alias Lala ji was born. After two years, on character - so he could be developed from the
the 7th October 1875 his younger brother, spiritual side right from the start.
The meeting with a 150 entrusted me with the task of spreading his
mission to the people. “
years old saint
On the 23rd January 1896 Shah Fazal Ahmad
As Lalaji’s mother had got the blessings form a Khan took Lalaji completely in his shelter and
Kabir panthi saint and a Sufi fakir. Likewise her accepted him as his disciple. And on 11th October
son got the blessings in the same order. Lalaji 1896, he conferred upon Lalaji full authority to
follow the same destiny and met Swami work as a master after only ten months of
Brahmananda, a saint of the Kair-panth who was intensive training after his initiation.
told to be over 150 years old. So in the same
order as it already happened with his mother he Authorization and approval
first met a Kabir saint and later he come in
contact with a Sufi saint that he adopted as his After some time, Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan called a
master. It was Swami Brahmananda that meeting in which many spiritual heads of
difference religions and sect was invited. Shah
mentioned to Lalaji that there was one greater
Fazal Ahmad Khan then presented Lalaji and told
saint in this area then himself. He was referring to
the Sufi Sheikh Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan (q), but the assembled mahatmas:
did not give his name. This Lalaji found out much “In my entire life, I have prepared only one
later after meeting his Sufi Master. These two person. Now these are my last days. It appears to
saints were very close to each other. me to be the order of great Masters that I should
give dear Puttulal (he used to address Lalaji by
THE FIRST HINDU SUFI MASTER this name) the full authorization and appoint him
Lalaji became the very first Hindu disciple of the my successor. All of you, who are assembled here
Sufi master Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan of the are kindly requested to test him and concur in my
Naqshbandi Sufi order. In his diary Lalaji writes decision or to reject it.”
about the very first meeting:
All who was present were asked to meditate and
“At the very first encounter of my spiritual Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan asked Lalaji to give
director, he whispered into my ear, “Your life has Tawazjoh (transmission of divine energy) to them
been inclined towards the way of truth since long and to answer question that may be asked.
before, for this reason it shall be revealed to you.
And you yourself shall relate the truth to others.
Relate the truth; relate the secrets of the Divine
principle in such a way as to make its
transmission and the refuge your sword. Take the
help of the shade to create your own display and
do not rely on anything but the Pure Essence.”

After giving me such a hint, my director did not


leave me on my own, but himself acting like a
shadow provided me for a period of sixteen years
with his inner and outer attention. He ordered me Shrine Naqshbandi Sheikh Maulana
to keep always apart from the outer tenets of the
Fazal Ahmad Khan RA
tariqat (way, path and method), and finally
Lalaji’s brother Sufi Raghubar Dayal (the already decided within that this was to happen. A
grandfather to the mother of Taoshobuddha) who decision was taken from within at the assembly of
also was invited at the meeting used to say that the saints and now the time was right for it to
this session was an extra-ordinary happening. blossom. When a tree is planted it will definitely
This experience was never repeated again. He has bear fruit, if the tree is watered daily. So the outer
described his experience in detail during this happening is the fruits of the inner happening.
sitting:
Sheikh Abul Hassan Naseerabadi the Adi Guru
Initially there was a feeling of happiness, then the (great grand guru) of Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan had
thoughts started disappearing and the state of foretold the event of initiating a Hindu disciple
thoughtlessness was there. There was total half a century before. He told to his successor
absorption in this state. Only the remembrance of Shah Amad Ali Khan, “Someone from the Hindus
God was there. All the Masters of the order will come to enjoy your company…and since they
appeared to be present. Gradually a light possess the qualities for this task, do not refuse
appeared and that light alone was visible, not them this incomparable treasure of our spiritual
even ones own body. There was no land or sky, heritage.”
they were only surrounded a light. The light
However Shah Ahmad Ali Khan could not fulfill
appeared to be the real Master and one desired to
his masters instructions, since no right person
completely merge with it. Eyes were full of tears
among the Hindu community came for this
and the heart totally melted. One did not desire to
purpose. So when Shah Ahmad Ali Khan
come out of this state. This state remained for a
authorized Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan as his
long time after Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan asked the
spiritual successor, he told that he had not much
meditation to stop.
time left in this world and therefore he entrusted
After the sitting some questions was asked to this task to Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan by the words,
Lalaji and he answered them to all the assembled “These orders of my Guru could not be fulfilled by
mahatmas’ delight. All mahatmas approved Shah me…these will not remain empty words, now they
Fazal Ahmad Khan decision to appoint Lalaji to will manifest themselves through yourself.”
his successor.
The responsibility of granting Hindus access to
The new era that was the order’s spiritual heritage had to wait one
generation without having been accomplished by
prophesize Shah Ahmad Ali Khan to whom it had originally
been entrusted. But through the meeting of Shah
Thus Lalaji carried out the mission upon Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan and Lalaji this prophesy was
Fazal Ahmad Khan’s commands faithfully until his fulfilled.
last breath. He was the first Sufi master who used
the language of the Hindus and won polarity The religious barriers
among the Hindu community and later his
teaching even spread to the western world. Due to the religious misconceptions even Lalaji
himself initially hesitated about his master being
It was a start of a new era that blossomed, but
only a Muslim. Lalaji wrote, “I considered that
was prophesized long before. It was the wave of
great personality, who was in fact free from any
Time (Kal – the lord of justice - the director of this
bondage of religion and communal feelings, ‘just a
creation) that read out loudly from the book of
Muslim’ because of my worst thinking, “Just a
the destiny that was written long before. It was
Muslim” – how communal…This entire untrue they affect even the people of today who read it,
behavior of mine was unraveled by none other more then hundred years after.
than my wife. I was fortunate that it was she who
Lalaji told: ‘God has hidden himself inside your
made me realize my folly… Not only did she save
hearts and exposed you. Hide yourselves and
me from sinking, but gave me guidance too. Her
expose God! This is the real spiritual practice.’
silent words seemed to sink into my heart, “Saints
These words are so simple but so pregnant with
do not belong to any cast or any race. They are
meaning. They melted my heart and send me to
free from all bondage. …Take me also to that great
another dimension the first time I heard them,
Saint. I am at your service…A woman’s duty is to
hundred years after Lalaji uttered these.
follow her husband. Without me, your wish will
not fructify.” Lalaji’s birth was foretold and his mastership was
predestinated. All the eternal happenings had to
For this insight Lalaji look up on his wife as one of
flow with the destiny, as foretold. It is an internal
his teacher.
happening materialized to the outer. It was
After adopting Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan as his already decided within that these barriers of the
master worldly people complained that Lalaji had religion had to fall. The words of Lalaji reveal his
not converted to Islam, so once Lalaji asked inner state but the outer label says nothing about
permission from his master to adopt Islam. Shah his inner state. The prophecy was an internal
Fazal Ahmad Khan told, “You should never think happening materialized to the outer. And with the
of such an absurd idea. Spirituality does not need materialization to the outer world the religious
following of any particular religion. Spirituality barriers was broken and a new era into
seeks after the truth and self-realization that are spirituality ushered.
the matter of soul, which is the same in every one
May all of us join together in this eternal
regardless of outer label of religion one belongs
celebration?
to.”

The time was ready for this happening. The seed


was planted long before at another level and now
the tree had grown ready to bear forth fruit. As
the destiny had preordered the happening
followed accordingly.

Your inner state is the


indicator of truth
Your inner state is the real indicator of your
spiritual state and, not the outer labels of religion.
Spirituality is beyond all these outer labels and
rituals. As I already told you in the beginning the
labels of the different religions are just labels and
Lala ji Naqshbandi Sheikh Ram Chandra (q)
nothing more. It says nothing of your inner
qualities, whereas your actions, words and
thoughts reveal your inner state. Lalaji lived a
perfect life and his words were so potent that
LARS JENSEN is born in Sweden. Professionally he works with project management in Stockholm, the capital of
Sweden. He has Master of Science in Engineering, from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. At level of
heart he is a spiritual seeker after God. His interest in Lalaji brought in contact with
Taoshobuddha.

References:

1. Leaves from a Sufi Heart Vol 1 By Taoshobuddha E Book Mall.com


2. Leaves from a Sufi Heart Vol 2 By Taoshobuddha E Book Mall.Com
3. Shah Bahauddin Naqshband – Life and Works by Taoshobuddha E Book Mall.Com
4. Tasawwure Sheikh By Taoshobuddha
5. Maraqba-I- Naqshbandi by Taoshobuddha
6. Maraqba-I-Rumi by Taoshobuddha
7. The Spirit of Sufism by Taoshobuddha : Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India
8. Meditation the way to Self Realization by Taoshobuddha: Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India
Links to Taoshobuddha

Talks on Sufism

MARAQBA KHAMOSHI PT 1 OF 2

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INTRODUCTION SAMA E MARIFFIA’T

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7XHvAeFOPo

INNER AND THE OUTER MARAQBA –I-RUMI PART 3 OF 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2XPYNWFxP0

WHAT IS TAWAZJOH? PT 2 OF 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=037vZUdNNVM

Choose to be Happy Pt 1 of 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtznprRZmm8