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Technology of the Heart



There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? ~ Rumi



Updated: 2018-04-14T10:30:56.815+06:00

 



কুরআনের পরিভাষায় “মাঁয়্যাশাউ”র অর্থ কি?

2018-04-14T10:30:56.738+06:00

কুরআনে ইয়্যাশাউ বা মাঁয়্যাশাউ শব্দটি এর কয়েকটি গঠনে এসেছে ৫১৯ বারের মতো। কুরআন করপাস থেকে সবগুলো রেফারেন্স দেখার জন্য এখানে ক্লিক করুন।মাঁয়্যাশাউ উল্লেখিত কিছু আয়াতের উদাহরন দেখা যাক:ইয়াগফিরু লি মাইয়্যাশাউ, ওয়া ইউআযযিবু মাঁ-য়্যাশাউ (৩:১২৯)(আল্লাহ) যাকে খুশি ক্ষমা করেন, যাকে খুশি শাস্তি দান করেন।ছুম্মা ইয়াতুবুল্লাহু মিন বা'দি যালিকা আলা মাঁয়্যাশাউ। ওয়াল্লাহু গাফুরুর রাহিম (৯:২৭)এরপর যার নিকট থেকে ইচ্ছা আল্লাহ তার ক্ষমাভিক্ষা কবুল করেন এবং আল্লাহ ক্ষমাশীল, পরম দয়ালু।ইন্নাল্লাহা ইউসমিউ মাঁয়্যাশা। (৩৫:২২)আল্লাহ যাকে খুশি তাকে শ্রবণ করান।ওয়ালাকিন ইয়ুদখিলু মাঁয়্যাশাউ ফি রাহমাতি (৪২:৮)কিন্তু তিঁনি যাকে ইচ্ছা তাকে তার রহমতের মধ্যে প্রবেশ করান। এবং অপরাধীরা কোন রক্ষাকারী বা সাহায্যকারী পাবে না।কাযালিকা ইউদিল্লুল্লাহু মাইয়্যাশাউ ওয়া ইয়াহদি  মাঁয়্যাশা। (৭৪:৩১)সেভাবেই আল্লাহ যাকে ইচ্ছা তাকে পথভ্রষ্ট করেন এবং যাকে ইচ্ছা তাকে পথের দিশা দান করেন।এই আয়াতগুলো পড়লে আপাতদৃষ্টিতে মনে হতে পারে যে স্রষ্টা যেন একজন স্বৈরাচারী যে মানুষকে তার ইচ্ছামতো সুপথে, ইচ্ছামতো কুপথে পরিচালিত করেন। এই আপাতদৃষ্টির অর্থ থেকে যেকেউ খুব সহজেই আল্রাহকে একজন স্বেচ্ছাচারী স্রষ্টা মনে হতে পারে।মনে হতে পারে, স্রষ্টা নিজেই যখন মানুষকে পথভ্রষ্ট করেন (নাউযুবিল্লাহ) সেখানে মানুষের বা আমাদের আর কি করার আছে। যেন তিনিই সবার আগেই ঠিক করে দিচ্ছেন কে দোযখে যাবে আর কে বেহেস্তে যাবে। তাহলে পাপপূণ্যের বিচারের কোন অর্থ হয় না, না হয় মানুষের নিজের প্রচেষ্টার। যেন মানুষের স্বাধীন কর্মের কোন ভূমিকাই মনে হয় এখানে নেই।অথচ মাঁ-য়্যাশাউ অর্থের এই ভুল অনুবাদ ভয়ংকর।আসলে কুরআনের পরিভাষায় মাঁয়্যাশাউর অর্থ কি? এ হ'লো ইসলাম, এ ছিলেন মোহাম্মদ (সা.) বইতে ইমামুদ্দিন ত্বো[...]



The Concise Methodology for Understanding and Applying the Wisdom of Qur'an (or Any Divine Scripture)

2018-04-10T09:20:04.946+06:00

God, the Ultimate Reality is one and singular, as Children of Adam - humanity is a single family and religion of humanity is singular Divine Code.Truth is always singular, falsehood is always plural.For every epoch and various communities of humanity God sent messengers and prophet to remind and revise the simple but ancient truth that God is One, humanity is One, Divine Code of God is from Singular Source.Only later on this codex is corrupted and singular truth is broken into many pieces dividing the humanity into many so called "religions", "sects", "denominations" etc.The crux of this division is often manifest by the misinterpretation of the Divinely Revealed Scripture, whether its Torah, Bible or Quran; all of which are revealed from the very same God. The door of these misinterpretation are kept open through human error to over-explain things simply not intended by God and in manner which are unnecessary.In the process we discarded for example the actual teachings of Jesus and followed those who put their opinions after Jesus. Same applies for any and all other Messengers of God.In the Divinely revealed books, often there are certain commands which are plain, simple and direct, which needs no explanation. And yet, various theologian and so called experts in their introducing unnecessary explanations and opinions, mislead and divide people.There are other matters about which the Divine Scripture may provide hints but not so direct command. For that the Prophets and Messengers used to give instruction through their words and action.In order for people to navigate back to the Divine Truth which are corrupted over thousands of years of corruption, here are few concise methodology for studying, understanding and applying the Qur'an - but this can equally apply for any other Divinely revealed book of the past. The texts below are adopted from the writings of Imamuddin Muhammad Toaha bin Habeeb in his magnum opus, This is Islam, This is Muhammad (written originally in Bangla). **1) That which is clear and unambiguous in the Qur'an (or in the Scripture), for that subject, no other explanation is to be considered. Any attempt to explain them need to be discarded to avoid any possibility of divisions due to differences in those explanations.2) That which are only hinted but not enough explained, for that the qawl (sayings) of Rasul (Messenger) and attested by his action should be examined and followed.3) That which are neither mentioned in the Qur'an (or in the Scripture), nor hinted, for such subject no opinion on such subjects by any theologian or doctors of religion, no matter for how long they are introduced, no matter how long we are programmed by these, whether they were introduced by any mufassir, muhaddhis, fuqaha of madhab are aught to be negated.4) If any contemporary issues or problems are raised, for such matter, decision of imam of the time (waqtiya imam) are to be activated.This is the meaning of:Atiu Allaha wa Atiyur Rasula wa ulil amru minkum.The full verse is read as:يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا أَطيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطيعُوا الرَّسولَ وَأُولِي الأَمرِ مِنكُم ۖ فَإِن تَنازَعتُم في شَيءٍ فَرُدّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسولِ إِن كُنتُم تُؤمِنونَ بِاللَّهِ وَاليَومِ الآخِرِ ۚ ذٰلِكَ خَيرٌ وَأَحسَنُ تَأويلًاO you who have faith! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those vested with authority among you. And if you dispute concerning anything, refer it to Allah and the Messsenger, if you have faith in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more favourable in outcome. (Quran 4:59)For the first point above, we are reminded that first priority and obedience is that of God's Command (AtiuLlah).For the second point above, second priority and obedience is that of God's Messenger's (wa AtiurRasul).Third point is critical to avoid sectarianism and if we observer carefully, it [...]



Reflection on Al-Ma'arij: From Cosmic Ascent to Soul's Ascending Journey

2018-03-27T18:47:18.223+06:00

Seeking refuge in God the Owner of Ascent from the rejected SatanReflection Point on Personal Development in Surah Ma'arij - The following are the personal qualities described in the Chapter titled al-Ma'arij or the Ascent.The surah not only speaks of the great Ascent where souls will travel back to its Source, God - but also speaks of qualities expected in true human beings which will ensure their ascent in character or disposition as perfect human being (insan kamil). How the soul of individual may ascend to become worthy of God's representative on earth - some of these qualities are mentioned in this Surah.The 70th Surah gives an illustration of Soul's Cosmic Ascension from which the Title of the Chapter (al-Ma'arij) is derived. In parallel there is a map out for Individual Soul's Ascending Journey in Life here on Earth. The map lays out the pathway and guideposts, following which we may hope of our soul's ascending journey in this very life and through its struggles.To Become Uncommon Among the CommonTo become uncommon among the common - we better realize our human weakness and transcend or grow over it. One of the weakness that is human beings are anxious, impatient.When bad times befalls him, he become impatient, when good touches him, he become withholding or niggardly of the blessings.So the uncommon must learn to behave the exactly opposite, that is, to be hold patience through tough times for surely all human beings are tested in their life and to be grateful and charitable in good times and times of ease.Attributes of faithful are: Who are constant in their turning to God, constant in their devotion, Praise and Prayer both in their good times and bad.Those devoted to Salat (celebration of Divine praise and prayer), those who remain constant in their Salat ; and those who guard their Salat well. (70: 22, 23, 34)His wealth has known share for the poor, the beggars who ask and those in hardship and tough time but can not even ask.Who have faith in the Day of Recompense. Day of Recompense or Day of Judgment is the Symbol of Grand Accountability. A person of soul's ascending journey is a person of accountability both in this world and the world to come.Becoming patient is a great key. In the cosmic scale of things no matter what befall us, or what we have to face, is very tiny, negligible and its an opportunity to practice gracious patience.The ascending human being is never unaware of the promised Judgment Day, the Day of Rendezvous with the Lord.Who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord. Psychologically fear is seen as negative attribute but if channeled to the the fear of God, this is known as the pre-condition for knowledge, wisdom and gnosis. The Bible confirms, fear of God is the beginning of knowledge / gnosis.For claiming the original innocence of the soul, chastity of body is a must (guarding one's private parts and only to engage in lawful intimacy). God is the Most Forgiving and may He forgive us for our falling short. We turn to Him in our repentance in violating chastity of our body. Indeed His Mercy is All Encompassing.Another quality of people of ma'arij or people of ascent are those who are attentive to their trusts and their promises, who in their testimony are truthful and upright. Its worth reminding that the highest testimony is the testimony of the Absolute Truth that God is One.Who carefully maintain their regular prayer.Another quality of people of ascent is their leaving the people of vanity with dignity.So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they meet their Day which they are promised. (al-Maarij, 70:42)For such people and their attributes are promise of God, the garden where they will be honored.Such shall dwell in the Gardens of Bliss (i.e. Paradise) honoured. (70:35)Summary & the Map Needed for Soul's Ascending Journey In bullet points, the qualities desired for Faithfuls who may hope for their soul's ascent: 1. Practice patience with gracious patience (70:5)2. Devotion to praise and prayer (salat) (70:2[...]



Quranic Revelation: Al-Ma'arij - The Great Ascent

2018-03-26T14:29:08.118+06:00

Surah al-Ma'arij is the 70th Chapter of the Qur'an.Theme:The Arabs used poetry as both entertainment and propaganda, and the city of Mecca was the scene of a yearly contest for all the aspiring poets of the land.All through the year, people would also engage in mini-poetry contests in various towns and villages. Some of these men who made their livelihood from poetry began to poke fun at the Prophet, and in time they took to outright slander and venomous hostility, much to the delight of their pagan sponsors.The 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that all truth passes through three distinct stages. First, it is ridiculed, then violently opposed and after finally its accepted as self-evident. In the life of Prophet Muhammad’s mission we see the same. This chapters theme address the first phase of ridicule and rejection in mockery.The chapter boldly takes on the satirizing that the Prophet suffered at the hands of the chiefs and the poets of Mecca. It addresses one incident where the leaders and poets of the Quraysh cajoled the crowds into mocking the Prophet by literally running to the right and left, pretending they were entering into Paradise ridiculing the description of Paradise as revealed by God.First 3 Verses of the Chapter in translation:A supplicant asked for a punishment which is bound to happen.To the rejecter of truth; of it there is no preventer.[It is] from Allah, owner of the ways of great ascent. (70:1-3)Background of the verses 1-3:An-Nadr ibn Al-Harith was a famed poet of Quraysh. In the early days of Islam, the leaders of the Quraysh tribe asked him to ridicule Muhammad whenever he was preaching in the public square. When the Prophet began to speak of God and His ancient prophets, An-Nadr would follow him and speak about the heroes and kings of Persia, saying, "By God, Muhammad can't tell a better story than I, and his talk is only of old fables that he's copied, as have I."An-Nadr's harassment became so intense that the Prophet engaged some of his followers to recite poetry back at him. An-Nadr was unfazed and continued to ridiculed the Prophet, even to the point of inciting people to do him and his followers physical harm.Many Muslims were tortured, and a few killed partly due to an-Nadr's prodding. An-Nadr ibn al-Harith used to say by the Quranic verse,  "O Allah! if this be indeed the truth from Thee, then rain down stones on us or bring on us some painful doom!" [8:32], and so he prayed against himself and asked for chastisement. He is one mentioned here in the passage, having asked for the punishment of God in a mocking way (Asbab ul-Nuzul).Next 2 Verses of the Chapter in translation:The angels and the souls will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years.So be patient, for patience is a beautiful thing. (70:4-5)Some Sharing:In our hasty mentality, often we lose the sense of perspective and become impatient. This is human weakness. Our impatience can lead us to all sorts of misjudgment, reaction and what not.As I was reading the above two lines which talks about a reality that is post-history of mankind. When the predetermined time of this cosmos is over, history of time as we know it, ends, something remarkable will happen. The angels and the collective souls of man, which emanated originally from God, by His command, will return back to Him for Judgment Day. This is a reality about which our mind can not fathom because there is no contrast to understand it. Its not of this current physical reality, no the current time frame that we are familiar with. But after speaking of this great Ascent of the souls, which itself can take thousands of years (the term fifty thousand can be metaphorical to indicate unfathomable time in our scale, Allah knows the best) - that is immediately followed by urging us, we weak human beings to be patient. Not only that, we are reminded that this quality of patience, in Arabic, called Sabur, is also a Divine Quality or[...]



The Key to Self-Transformation and Actualizing the Divine Attributes

2018-03-20T01:41:50.598+06:00



..The key to self-transformation (and to actualizing the Divine attributes as well) is to respond to whatever you are feeling, thinking, and perceiving at this moment, by making the INTENTION to remember Allah with even just a drop of UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE.

This means that even if you do not feel grateful and are feeling utterly downtrodden, it means that you call to mind even the faintest hope in the possibility that Allah is the Lord-Sustainer of all worlds (rabb il-'alamin)--including you and your world at this moment--the possibility that beneath the surface (zahir) of your uncomfortable and even relatively hopeless state, as bad as it can get, is an infinite sea of merciful love (rahma) that is closer to you than your jugular vein, a sea that is ready to flood into your heart once you stop closing the door by forgetting to be grateful and by forgetting about this impending blessed flood.


~ 'Abd al-Haqq, from Sufis Without Borders


wa Huwa ma'akum aynama kuntum

and God is with you, wherever you may be. (Quran 57:4)


wa nahnu akrabu ilayhi min hablil warid

and God is closer to man than [his] jugular vein. (Quran 50:16)



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Any thought that you are better or less than another quickly breaks the wine glass

2018-03-18T10:14:09.255+06:00



The sun once glimpsed God's true nature
And has never been the same.

Thus that radiant sphere
Constantly pours its energy
Upon this earth
As does He from behind
The veil.

With a wonderful God like that
Why isn't everyone a screaming drunk?

Hafiz's guess is this:

Any thought that you are better or less
Than another man

Quickly
Breaks the wine
Glass.


― Poems of Hafiz as re-rendered by contemporary American poet Daniel Ladinsky



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Fact Finding Vs. Fault Finding: On the Adab (Etiquette) of Criticism

2018-03-16T09:48:44.998+06:00

There is a forum called Sufis Without Borders by Prof. Alan Godlas (Shaykh 'Abd al-Haqq) the main purposes of which are: (1) to enable those who have some knowledge of Sufism to share it with those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Sufism;(2) to enable people who are practicing Sufism to share their insights about Sufism with each other; and,(3) to foster harmonious relationships and dialogue between participants.Now just like any other forum, due to our human limitation, some people sometime will start to use it as a spring board to criticize others and turning the space into yet another arena for peoples' egos to fight in. Judgement, more judgment, self-righteousness, my way or highway, our group is better than the rest because... etc.Whenever such a thing happen, the founder of the Group, Shaykh 'Abd al-Haqq will always report and remind the etiquette of communicating in the group as well as remind the guidelines for moderation.While reading it through, I found them very helpful personally in rectifying some of my own lacking and limitations and wanted to pay a lot of attention to them. I am moved to share this here as a post so that others can learn from this as these things are hardly being taught in our schools, colleges and universities or any other place in our societies. I. Criticism of Shaykhs (and Prophets) and their doctrines or writingsMany participants have their own shaykhs and are also devoted to particular prophets. Hence, if anyone were to criticize a shaykh or prophet or their writings, it could easily be offensive to them, leading them to drop out of the forum. This has in fact happened in the past. Consequently, criticism  of a shaykh's (or prophet's) writings, personality, behaviour, or legitimacy is prohibited.----II. Criticism of Members' Postings in General.If you have a different opinion than another member, note that you have a different perspective and express it, but in doing so, refrain from putting down the other person. If you want to criticize a member's posting, you should email the person privately and ask if they want to know your criticism. If so, you can then email them privately your criticism.Alternatively, you can take your criticism over to our Sufism, Politics, and Debates group.Moreover, while all forms of criticism are not permitted on Sufis Without Borders, certain forms of criticism (all either unreasoned or disrespectful) have been voiced in the past and are particularly inviolation of the guidelines/adab of Sufis Without Borders; and if such criticism comes to the attention of the moderators, it will result in one warning; if continued, such criticism will result in the author being put on moderated status; and if continued further, it will result in the author being banned from the group. What follows are some examples of particular forms of criticism that are clear violations of the guidelines:1) Criticism that is not-reasoned or not based in a documented fact (e.g. "What he wrote was is simply wrong!"). This means that even if you are privy to ma'rifah (gnosis) or haqiqah (Absolute truth), if you can't support your gnosis or truth with reason or historical fact, do not use it to criticize a shaykh's or anyone else's statements.2) Criticism that is sarcastic or not respectful (e.g. "I'm appalled that your judgement would be so bad as to accept what he said as being true."),3) Criticism that contains implicit or explicit threats or warnings (e.g. "That's a dangerous statement that he made."), with the exceptions that moderators are permitted to warn members who are violating or coming close to violating the guidelines.4) Criticism involving accusations of saying things that are religiously prohibited (e.g. "What that shaykh is saying is bid'ah (prohibited innovation) [or haram (forbidden) or kufr (disbelief)].") Note t[...]



Prayer for Love, Prayer for Freedom | Don Miguel Ruiz

2018-02-16T00:04:49.690+06:00

Please take a moment to close your eyes, open your heart, and feel all the love that comes from your heart.OrientationFocus your attention on your lungs, as if only your lungs exist. Feel the pleasure when your lungs expand to fulfil the biggest need of the human body - to breathe.Take a deep breath and feel the air as it fills your lungs. Feel how the air is nothing but love. Notice the connection between the air and the lungs, a connection of love. Expand your lungs with air until your body has the need to expel that air. And then exhale, and feel the pleasure again. Because when we fulfilled any need of the human body, it gives us pleasure.To breathe gives us much pleasure. Just to breathe is enough for us to always be happy, to enjoy life. Just to be alive is enough. Feel the pleasure to be alive, the pleasure of the feeling of love.PrayerToday, Creator of the Universe, we ask that you come to us and share with us a strong communion of love. We know that your real name is love, that to have a communion with you means to share the same vibration, the same frequency that you are, because you are the only thing that exists in the universe.Today, help us to be like you are, to love life, to be life, to be love. Help us to love the way you love, with no conditions, no expectations, no obligations, without any judgment. Help us to love and accept ourselves without any judgment, because when we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty and we need to be punished.Help us to love even others just the way they are with no conditions. Help us to accept them the way they are, without judgment, because if we judge them, we find them guilty, we blame them, and we have the need to punish them.Today, clean our hearts of any emotional poison that we have, free our minds from any judgment so that we can live in complete peace and complete love.Today is a very special day. Today we open our hearts to love again so that we can tell each other "I love you," without any fear, and really mean it. Today, we offer ourselves to you.Come to us, use our voices, use our eyes, use our hands, and use our hearts to share ourselves in a communion of love with everyone. Today, Creator, help us to be just like you are.Thank you for everything that we receive this day, especially for the freedom to be who we really are. Amen.Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for giving me everything that I have ever truly needed. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Thank you for living inside me with all your love, with your pure and boundless spirit, with your warm and radiant light.Thank you for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go. I love you just the way you are, and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am. Help me to keep the love and the peace in my heart and to make that love a new way of life, that I may live in love the rest of my life. Amen.~ Shared from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz [+] Please visit TechofHeart.co For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author Technology of the Heart [...]



When Death Arrives ~ Khalwa by Shahbano Aliani

2018-01-31T21:43:10.325+06:00

when death arrivesi don’t want to say:wait, not yetdon’t take me awaythere are stillbeautiful paintingswaiting for the brush in my handsmy heart is still fullof unheard musicand poetryi have debts of remorseand gratitudeto paythere are people whom i lovewho don’t know i feel this waythere is pain i have beenafraid to healmany dark roomsinside myself that i needto open and cleani never realized what an incredible miraclemy life always waswhat treasureswhat opportunitieswere handed to mei had one chanceand such generous Helpbut i was caught upin greed, resentment and anxietyi have just awakenedto why i am herei have still to reach fruitionand unfold my mysteryplease, give me timeextend the number of my daysi am not done yet, not readyplease, don’t don’t, take me away!when death arrivesthis is what i want to say:i know what a blessingexistence has been!i was given lifefrom nothing at allthen raised with love, fed by an astoundingGenerosityi was given breathtaking secretsinside my selfand the thrill to dance with ecstasyi’ve slept in peaceand dreamt of Godin every momenti’ve seen His Handholding mei received what i was givenwith my head bowed downi committed to every momentwith sincerityi savoured the delightshonoured the giftsand spent of my selfwith open hearted generosityi was unsureand afraidbut still actedwith courageit was the couragewhich eventually set me freetake me awayyes, take me awayi’ve done what i came here to dothere are no unsung songsleft in me.Poem by Shahbano Aliani penned on 13th October 2013~ Khawla is a solitary, silent meditation retreat of the Sufis that can extend for up to 40 days© Intent Publishing; Na'layn Publications | Reposted from poet's Facebook post.Shahbano Aliani is a Shaykha (spiritual master) in the Shahdili-Darqawi Sufi order, on the basis of permission from her own Sufi master, Shaykh Ebrahim Etsko Schuitema. Shahbano was born and raised in Pakistan and spent many years studying and working in the United States. Increasingly disillusioned with the mediocrity and futility of her outer endeavours and plagued by a growing disquiet, she searched for deeper purpose and meaning. Her quest brought her to the Sufi path through the Zawia (spiritual retreat) and teachings of Shaykh Ebrahim Etsko Schuitema in 2009. Soon thereafter Shahbano started writing poetry, a collection of which has been published by Intent Publishing South Africa and Na’layn Publications, Pakistan entitled, “Set My Heart On Fire”. (credit) [+] Please visit TechofHeart.co For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author Technology of the Heart [...]



Like the Night and Day in Succession - Let Remembrance and Gratitude Follow Each Other

2018-01-29T13:34:53.130+06:00

وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ خِلْفَةً لِّمَنْ أَرَادَ أَن يَذَّكَّرَ أَوْ أَرَادَ شُكُورًاwa huwallazi ja'ala laili wan nahari khilfatalliman arada an yazzakara ao arada shukraAnd God has made the night and day in successionfor whoever may will to remember or will to be grateful.~ The Qur'an 25:62Think about the cosmic miracle as how night and day works in succession, following each other in such a seamless fashion without failing.Yes modern science may explain the physics, the movement, the mechanism, the play of light and shadow behind it all, but that's just the outward explanation after the grand design has been put in place!Yes we may think we know it all, becoming so caught up with our tiny knowledge of the cosmos and the creation.And yet God is calling us to pay attention to the inner working that glorifies the Masterful Creator.In one of the most beautiful chapter of the Final Testament revealed to mankind, God is drawing the parable of the night and day that follow each other - and telling us that within our heart, like that, may the state of remembrance of the Divine and being grateful to His Gifts follow each other.Remembrance is a function of higher consciousness. Consciousness is a Divine Quality bestowed upon human being.The quality of remembrance is an unique gift given to mankind through our superior quality of our mind that has the freedom of choosing what it wills to remember.In the creation, there is high and low of all phenomena. The highest human being can remember is his Divine Nature and its Source, the Divine Itself. The lowest condition of a human being occur when we forget about our Divine Nature and what is left is our animal instincts.What is Prayer but the Remembrance of what is Highest? Is Payer and Supplication anything but a realigning of our consciousness to the higher call of our heart and soul?Gratitude is the most natural expression of the heart once it realize its natural blissful state that is the default condition of the soul.Only very recently the study in human psychology revealing all the benefits of gratitude. Happiness that the heart feel is directly proportional to its ability to be grateful.Gratitude is proving to be one of the most important and essential emotional state of human being.To Remember the Divine and becoming Grateful for all that is,that's the entire DO & BE of this beautiful journey as HuMan.In the above verse of the Qur'an Night and Day is followed by Remembrance and Gratitude.In meditation on this Sign of the Qur'an the following thoughts came:Like Night and Day are two cosmic phenomena that is reflected in the Natural World or Macrocosm- so within us, within the Microcosm, our Nights should be dedicated to Remembrance / Vigil / Contemplation of the Divine and the Day should take on the Natural State of Gratitude of all the innumerable Gifts  We are Bestowed by the Our Most Generous God.Traditionally speaking night vigil has always been the spiritual practice of the illuminating souls. It is the natural time for Remembrance. Call it Tahajjud or night vigil or meditation, its there. Its the practice towards achieving maqam al-mahmuda (praiseworthy spiritual station of excellence).The day is the natural time to seek the bounty of God and we can never count the so many blessings in which we find ourselves all the time. Thus Day is the Time to be Grateful. May all our waking hours turn into moments of Grateful blissful state, for that is how we can again become like Children of God and may be granted our rights into the Kingdom of God.May in our unconditionally grateful state we utter the following prayer:"I am profoundly blessed, far more than I am even aware of in saying and expressing that.May I [...]



মোরে বারে বারে ফিরালে ~ Knocking at the Closed Door

2018-01-24T20:30:03.418+06:00



মোরে বারে বারে ফিরালে।

পূজা ফুল না ফুটিল, দুখনিশা না ছুটিল,
না টুটিল আভরণ ।

জীবন ভরি মাধুরী, কী শুভলগনে জাগিবে?
নাথ, ওহে নাথ,
কবে লবে তনু মন ধন?


-‍‍ রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, রচনা: ১৯০৬, পর্যায়: পূজা


Time & again 
You've kept the door closed to me, O Beloved

For perhaps, 
neither the flowers of devotion has bloomed,
nor the night of sorrow has ended
nor all the veils of separation have dissolved yet

In agony my heart asks:
On what golden moment shall You grace this life 
with Your beauteous Divine Presence?

O Lord, O Beloved Lord, 
when shall You beckon this all of mine 
to Your Divine Embrace?



- Original Lyrics by Rabindranath Tagore, Written in 1906, Song Dedicated to God

Non-literal translation in English by Sadiq M. Alam


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From Hal - Momentary Epiphany or States of Grace to Al-Halim, the Divine Quality of Tranquility

2018-01-19T11:50:13.016+06:00

The mystics say, "God never reveals Himself / Herself twice in the same manner." As God is Unique, each of His / Her expressions, epiphany is unique.In his book titled "The Sufi Book of Life", Neil Douglas-Klotz wrote, "Suddenly, without warning, an expanded state of awareness can come upon us. Many people have experienced this when walking in nature, being in love or playing a sport. If we shrug off this experience or push it away, we've missed a door into another world."In reality perhaps in that moment we may miss a particular Wajh or 'Face of God' in which He/She wishes to Reveal Itself to us, an unique and supra-limited edition of Self Disclosure of God, so to speak.The classical Sufis called this momentary epiphany by the name of hal. They distinguished these "states of grace" from the awareness that we gain by effort or practice (which are called maqam or stations). However, the division is not so neat. Something that passes away may be just as valuable as what remains, if it shows us a new possibilities or unties the knots of the moment. The eleventh century Sufi Al-Qushayri compared these states to:First, flashes of lighting          from an unknown horizon,then rays of light          showing the path aheadfinally light all around,          the full brilliance revealedonly to those who          turn their senses within.Al-Halim Al-Halim is a Divine Name, one of the Beauteous Names of God in the Abrahamic Tradition. Traditionally Al-Halim is translated as "Forbearing" and "Clement." Its main root is with the word hal, which can mean an accommodation for something, a tent or a spiritual state. A spiritual state can hold us and release us; its nature is to come and go. A state that descends upon us in tune with the purpose of our lives can free us from a rigid view of who we think we are.Al-Halim (pronounced as AAL HA-LEEM) is the Great Stillness, the Cosmic Stillness.The Name Al-Halim, and each Name of God being a Pathway that leads to a particular aspect of the Reality, reveals a part of our inner being through which the Holy One dissolves tension and frees us from our conceptions of the past. This is why the mystics, sufis emphasise unlearning.Those who are full of information and useless knowledge but never applies them in their life, those who don't internalize or practice - are compared with donkey who carries book at its back in the Qur'an (Surah 62:5).We seek refuge from God the All Powerful from being included among such category of people. There is no power and transformation except by and with God. La haowla wa la quwwata illa bi-Llah.What we need is not more information, but a deeper knowledge of ourselves. And if our way of knowing ourselves is faulty, all the teachers and books in the world can't help us.Perhaps life is calling you, us, me right now to relax into the Divine Hands that can loosen the knots in your, our, my muscles, whether emotional, physical, mental or psychic. These hands can knead forever. All we need is to remember that they are always there, ready and waiting.Sami Allah Huliman Hamida - the Beloved Listens Ever So Intently. Ever so readily ready to lend His Hand to us.Perhaps you and me are called upon to release and forgive another person. In one of his poems, the twentieth-century Sufi Samuel L. Lewis recounts a vision of the heaven of Isaac, over the doorway of which was written, "ABANDON TENSION ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE."To become a person of Paradise on this very earth which was Paradise (Our Original Home) before and will be transformed into a Paradise again, its important we strive to abandon all tension, worries and elements of bondage that binds us and become worthy [...]



Mahamudra / Great Seal Meditation

2018-01-12T17:09:11.586+06:00

1.God, the Ultimate Transcending Reality is one, humanity is one family and hence the Divine Nature in which man is created has only one Nature, i.e. Religion, which is the Natural State of Being as Human.What we know as religion outwardly with different labels and terminology and rituals are a collection of cultures whereas the essence is one. Every so called religious tradition belongs to entire humanity for they all holds sacred message for us all, all of the so called religions have wisdom, message and practice for us. The teachings inspired through Buddha later came to be known as Buddhism, in the wisdom body of which many streams of wisdom were later added by enlightened masters, yogis, sages who received inspiration in that tradition. When we refer to Buddhism here, we are not really interested in the difference of one religion to another, but we are interested what this tradition has to offer to humanity and to individual human being for moving towards the Divine Nature of humanity.The teachings of Buddha is a great heritage of humanity when it comes to dealing with the mind and living a life of true Nature of Humanity where compassion has the highest priority. Its a path to learn right way of living and interacting with life. Buddhist tradition is rich in methods for working with the mind. One of the most renowned and powerful is the ancient wisdom tradition known as Mahamudra. Originating in India, the view and practice of Mahamudra gradually spread across Asia and today has reached the West. As a philosophy, it aims to communicate clear knowledge of the true nature of the mind. As a meditation practice, it is designed to bring about that experience swiftly and unmistakably.Mahamudra is a contemplative Buddhist tradition known for its simplicity. The practice is to be genuine, relaxed, and aware in every situation in life, to accept and appreciate who we are. To engage in its profound methods, we aren’t required to change our lifestyle, and any message contrary to that is not a true Mahamudra teaching. The practice of Mahamudra is an experience of our mind that’s completely free and joyful, no matter what our life brings us. It points us to mind’s true nature. The meaning of Mahamudra is found in its name. Maha means “great” and mudra means “symbol” or “seal.” The Great Symbol referred to is the wisdom of emptiness, which is the very nature of our mind and of all phenomena—any object or idea the mind can observe or become aware of. Because it covers the totality of our experience, the Great Symbol is known as the all-encompassing reality from which there is no escape or exception.[1]Mahamudra refers to the absolute quintessence of one's true nature, the ultimate view of realty, in which everything is "sealed," or revealed, by emptiness. The Great Stance or Great Symbol of the non-dual Mahamudra teachings unveils the inherent, sacredness of all things by directly introducing innate awakened awareness.[2]2.I am the carefree yogi who has realizedthe inseparable unity of the Awakened Being, the Lord,and my own heart and mind. Happy am I! There is no need for artificial devotion,As the Hevajra Tantra says:"Samsara and Nirvana, good and evil,have no real, concrete existence. Everything is relative,To realize the true nature of Samsarais to attain Nirvana."~ Jigten Summon, known as the Second Nagarjuna, a teacher of Mahamudra Tradition from Tibet [3]3.Meditation: MahamudraFirst, take your seat on a cushion or chair in an upright and relaxed position. Take a moment to feel the cushion, the posture of your body, the attitude of the mind, and the movement of the breath. Sit quietly for several minutes, gently letting go of your thoughts until you feel a se[...]



Empowerment of Our Soul | Towards Becoming Jesus and Mary

2018-01-21T10:17:50.112+06:00

The angels said, ‘Mary, God gives you the good news of a Word / Command from Him, whose name will be Yeshua, son of Mary, the Messiah, who will be held in honour in this world and the next, who will be one of those nearest to God. - The Qur'an 3:45Metaphysically speaking, Yeshua / Isa / Jesus is Pure Soul in Adamic or human form. Becoming like Jesus means to become Soulful, to orient towards our Original Nature which is Spiritual. It is reorienting to the truth that we are first spiritual being having a physical experience.When God the Most High breathed of His Ruh or Soul into Adam 'alaihi al-salaam, God conferred on human beings a great gift not shared with or by anyone else. This gift is understood as the Most Sacred Trust or Amanah.Now our gross nature of the physical world overwhelms our consciousness and we slowly forget our original nature which is spiritual. This is common more or less to all human beings no matter what culture or faith they belong to. With our increasingly materialistic tendency we are moving further away from our realities of our Soul. We are mostly concerned with our bodily need and our soul is almost forgotten, starved to death, undernourished.Thus to become like Jesus is turning towards our original spiritual reality and making the Soul as sole reality.QUESTION:How do we enrich our Soul so that we may become like Jesus (or Mary) who is understood, spiritually speaking, as the Final Adamic Evolution?ANSWER:The answer is based on the teachings of Imamuddin Toaha bin Habeeb, whom I consider a Teacher of mine in the Way, may Allah preserve him and increase barakah in his life. And the answers are grounded to very practical level, which if people implement in their personal level, it can bring great changes in social level and free the souls from being oppressed. We oppress our soul (zalamtu nafsi) by disobeying the Divine Command which causes our soul to be further suppressed and loses its sole role in our life.The teaching says that in order to enrich and empower our soul, we must become pure or remain chaste in the following five things.1. CHASTITY OF MIND AND HEARTChastity of mind and heart can be understood from the saying of Jesus when he replied to the question when asked "which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus answered, "The Lord our God, The Lord is One; you shall love / adore the Lord, your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind".Never to compromise the Oneness of God is the preservation of chastity of mind and heart. Blasphemy / Shirk in Arabic is the defilement against this chastity of the mind and heart. In many cultures in the name of religion, various ideas crept into to destroy the Oneness of God. Chastity of Mind and Heart is to acknowledge and declare that the Lord God is One / La ilaha illaAllah / Huwa Allahu Ahad (in Arabic) / YHVH 'eloheinu, YHVH 'eḥad (in Hebrew) / in Hindu Vedas and Upanishad declares “He is One and one remains alone; without a second (Ekam evadvitiyam).To maintain the chastity of mind and heart, one must learn to appreciate and embrace beauty of diversity but shun division - be it in humanity which is one family, or Divine Religion. Racism, agenda of superiority or sectarianism are all that violates the sanctity of mind and heart and poisons it.2. CHASTITY OF BODYChastity of body is as the point suggest. It is to preserving the boundaries of Divine Commandment when it comes to preserving bodily chastity or purity as it applies when outside marriage and within marriage.Body should not be rented i.e. not to be prostitutionalize or abuse its sexual aspects. Modesty is what was way of every Prophet, Messenger and illuminated beings guided by God includi[...]



Becoming Like Jesus

2017-12-26T22:24:26.637+06:00

Indeed, to GOD, the similitude of Jesus is like Adam.- 3:59, the Qur'anJesus, the Spirit of God (Isa, Ruhullah in Arabic), metaphysically speaking is Pure Soul in Human Form.When people asked the Messenger of God about Soul, it was revealed that Soul is a Command of God. That is how also the Christ is understood, as Command of God or the Word of God. All of this point to the metaphysical reality of Christ being Pure Soul manifest in Adamic Form (Human form).God says that the similitude of Jesus is like Adam. Some says, the similitude comes from the fact that both Adam and Jesus were brought into existence through God's Word / Command "Be", in different time dimensions; others bring the point that they both had no biological father.But we may dive deeper than the biology of clay and water. The subject matter here is beyond physical realm.We ordinary human beings are primarily Adamic form and our Spirit or Soul is dormant. With our increasingly materialistic tendency we are moving further away from our realities of our Soul. We are mostly concerned with our bodily need and our soul is almost forgotten, starved to death, undernourished.And Jesus himself left us many hints in his teachings when he reminded from Scripture that "Man shall not live by bread alone." The food for Soul is something else. It is through God speaking, breathing into Our very Soul that our Soul is the most nourished and fulfilled (remember the mouth of Lord imagery in Deuteronomy?)To become an empowered Soul, enriched one, to become like Jesus, we need to resurrect our Soul which is of Divine Origin. We who are primarily Adam of water and clay (material stuff), need to and can become like Jesus by empowering our Soul.This God willing is Our journey towards becoming like Jesus. Its not easy. Watch out for baptism with fire! In Arabic the word for fire is NAR and the word for Divine Effulgence is NUR. Through the test of fire (NAR), one can reach NUR, Divine Light, the symbol of Pure Soul.Allahumma azirna minar nar (O GOD save us from the fire), Allahumma atmimlana nurana (O GOD please perfect our Light for us).And again, Jesus, the Lighthouse for Humanity, is Primarily Soul in Adamic Form."Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit." - 1 Corinthians 15:45And Jesus Christ is understood as the Last Adam or said in another way, Soul becoming primary or dominating over the Physical Adamic form (as in Jesus) is the final evolution of Man, in the context of spiritual evolution and completion of Man to become HuMan.We are Primarily Adam and our Soul is waiting to be Resurrected, to be Enriched.So our next evolution, for each of us, waiting to happen is the revolution and resurrection and baptism of our Soul. That is the becoming like Jesus.Some says, the Return of Jesus is waiting within us when our Soul will be resurrected, will ascend again, will experience miraj, when we will again harness the power of our Soul. And God knows the best.Jesus, the Son of Mother Mary is a Sign of God, Ayatullah.May each of us also again become realized that We are the very Wondrous Sign of God,may each of us reach the station of Ayatullah,may each of us again rise to become like Jesus, Isa Ruhullahthrough the enrichment of our Divine Soul within."And peace be upon me the day I was born, and the day I will die, and the day I will be raised alive." thus spoke Jesus.- 19:29-33, the Qur'an "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. Never let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."~ saying of Christ, John 14:27May the peace and bliss of the Universal Soul b[...]



SubhanAllah / Meditation on Perfectness

2017-12-20T05:09:30.613+06:00

SubhanAllah.

Literally means: God is Magnificently Perfect. Glorious is God. Glory be to God. The Ever Perfect is God.

Meditation and Prayer:

SubhanAllah - God's plan in my life is magnificently perfect. May I be given the vision and knowledge to acknowledge that God's work manifesting in my life is always perfect.

May these eyes and this heart and mind only see and behold Perfectness of You and Perfectness in All. SubhanAllah. SubhanAllah. SubhanAllah.

Meditation upon the Scripture/ Quran:

Subḥāna llāhi ʿammā yaṣifūn (37:159; "Glory be to God [who is free from] that which they describe")

Subḥāna llāhi ʿammā yušrikūn (52:43; "Glory be to God [who is free from] that which they associate / compare / contrast with him")

Word:

The root of the word سبحان (subḥān) is derived from the word سبح (sabaḥa = to swim/float on the surface), giving the phrase a meaning that God is above any imperfection or false descriptions.

The phrase often has the connotation of praising God for the totality of Divine Perfection in all the Divine Attributes such as Beauty, Knowledge, Command and so on.

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The Beloved Listens Ever so Intently | Sami Allah

2017-12-25T02:06:40.770+06:00

In my despair, in my bleeding sorrow and seemingly hopeless moments of life,

May I always praise You O Beloved.

The forgetfulness of my human nature amidst the joys and delights of life given as a gift, or the sufferings caused and brought by my own hands - may they not prevent me from praising You more and more -

For I have been given the knowing of the meaning of Your blessed kalam that declares:

"Sami Allah huliman hamida."

For me it echoes heart and soul quenching assurance:

"The Beloved is listening ever so intently to every praise flowing through you and me."

Is that not enough for us to dive deep into His praise and glory in every night and day,
In every moment, near and far away.



Sadiq M. Alam
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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The Invocation of Ya Wahhab, Ya Razzaq, Ya Fattah - Names of Divine Abundance

2017-12-06T11:09:44.982+06:00

The Nameless Reality of the Divine offers ItSelf to be known through many names. Across many traditions, people came to know the One Reality (known as God) in many Divine Names. These names are transmitted across age and lands. The Unknowable Reality offers ItSelf to be known through names revealed to humanity through countless Messengers, Sages and Prophets. Some of these Names are quantified such as: in Hebrew tradition its known as 72 names of God, in Islam its 99 Names (Transmitted as the Beauteous Names / Asmaul Husna) and so on and so forth. These Names and their invocations are the connection to the reality which is beyond names and forms. Each Name carry a different aspect of the Divine. Here three particular Name from Islamic tradition is focused.The InvocationsInvocation of Ya Wahhab is the antidote for the scarcity you feel when you believe nothing is flowing in your life. Ya Razzaq is the remedy for the feeling that the basic essentials of life are scarce. Ya Fattah is the experience of everything being closed to you. There is a wonderful inner and outer relationship between Al Wahhab, ar-Razzaq and al-Fattah. One metaphor that has been given to express their meanings and interrelationship is to say that al-Wahhab is the free rain that is given to all, Ar-Razzaq is the water that flows in irrigation ditches, and Al-Fattah is all the fruit harvested from all the trees that have been irrigated. In other words, Al-Fattah is the continuing action of all that will ever be accomplished.Ya Wahhab (Pronounced as ya wah-HAAB)Al-Wahhab expresses Gods continuous gift of divine blessings. It is a giving that is without any attachment. The grammatical form of al-Wahhab is an intensive, which emphasises giving continually, universally, and without disruption. It is a free gift, with no expectation of recompense, there are no strings attached. You could say it is to give with the right hand without the left-hand knowing.The basic meaning of the verbal root of al-Wahhab is wahaba: to give or to bless, or to bestow something on someone freely with no intention of gaining compensation, recompense, or requital. The eight form, ittahaba, means to accept something as a free gift without any thought of an obligation to return something back. The fourth form of the root is awhaba, which means to give a gift out of superabundance, fullness, power, ability, or capacity.Some physical plane forms that the root of al-Wahhab takes are also instructive as to particular aspects of the divine quality. Mawhibah is a cloud that rains freely on everything without distinction, because of its great abundance of water. Mawhoob is a child or anything that is given byAllah as a blessing.Ya Razzaq (Pronounced as yaa raz-ZAAK)Ar-Razzaq maybe used in connection with the actual reality of scarcity rather than our projections about it. Many people really are poor and don’t have food. Moreover, outward circumstances maybe antithetical to people‘s needs in dramatic ways such as war, famine, and disease. One who realises ar-Razzaq finds that God’s continuing abundance is always a resource for them, regardless of outward conditions.Ya Razzaq is a remedy for feeling that the basic essentials of life are scarce. Those in in dire straits need to overcome the belief that because they don’t have food, there is no abundance. When they invoke the quality of ya Razzaq it gives rise to their God-given ability to find hidden resources to achieve success. Simple example would be finding the inner confidence in taking the initiative to draw water from the well, dig an irrigation ditch, and cultivate [...]



Into the Divine Vastness | English Translation of Tomaro Ashimey

2017-12-03T21:49:12.265+06:00

তোমার অসীমে প্রাণমন লয়ে যত দূরে আমি ধাইকোথাও দু:খ, কোথাও মৃতু্্য, কোথা বিচ্ছেদ নাই।মৃতু্্য সে ধরে মৃতু্্যর রূপ, দু:খ হয় হে দু:খের কূপ,তোমা হতে যবে হইয়া বিমুখ আপনার পানে চাই।হে পূর্ণ, তব চরণের কাছে যাহা-কিছু সব আছে আছে আছে-নাই নাই ভয়, সে শুধু আমারই, নিশিদিন কাঁদি তাই।অন্তরগ্লানি সংসারভার পলক ফেলিতে কোথা একাকারজীবনের মাঝে স্বরূপ তোমার রাখিবারে যদি পাই।In Your Infinite Vastness, O Beloved, the further I approach with all my heart and soul,There is no more sadness, no more death, there is no separation anymore.The moment I turn away from You unto my small self,Only then death takes the form of death, suffering becomes a trap.O the Most Complete, the Most Wholesome,At Your Feet is available all;Selfishly deluding them as mine,This immature self laments day and night.When You are the Center of my lifeAll my self-pity, the weight of this worldvanishes in the blink of an eye.~ Original Lyrics by Tagore, translated by SadiqListen to the Song Sung by Three Different Artists width="100%" height="415" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/21isEAxUDgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S9OP4ftxTwk?rel=0" width="100%"> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ffkBZydCkFQ?rel=0" width="100%">Commentary:We human beings while trapped in this body of minerals, clay and decomposing elements often forget that our essence is our soul. In the vortex of materialistic world, we are swept away by materialistic orientation, thought and behavior. The constant focus on our ego-centric demands and activity make us suffer. Here the mystic poet Rabindranath Tagore is transmitting one of the highest truth about life. The moment we re-orient ourselves to the Infinite Vastness of God, all delusions vanishes. This turning away from everything else to God, to the Real is called Tawbah in the Islamic tradition. Turning to God is the Homecoming of the soul.Death is only real when we are seeing only our individual small self, our individual soul, but it becomes just a door, a transition where we merge back to the Source of All, God, the Supreme Soul. Suffering is only suffering when we entertain our cravings, demands and selfish needs.The more we turn to God, the deeper we fly to God Infinite Vastness, the more we realize the truth that there is no death to the soul, there is no suffering. The natural state of the soul is to be happy for no reason, is to be in constant bliss. In Islamic tradition, one of the Names of the Divine is al-Wasi, the Infinitely Vast. The song reflects on that very quality of God. Allahu Al-Wasi, God is the Most Vast, the Infinite Expanse.God Who is Independent of All, has All. God is the Owner of All. All that is in the Heaven and Earth and the Cosmos belongs to Him. We through the illusions created by our ego claim certain things as mine and mine alone; and that is the root cause of suffering, The more attached we are to anything in this world, the more we suffer. The m[...]



The First Call to Action of Salat is to Cultivate a Grateful Heart

2017-07-05T02:04:33.874+06:00

When we stand for Salat (Divine Prayer), the connection of remembrance for the servant and his or her Lord - the very first Call to Action after the beginning is to cultivate a Grateful Heart. How so?The very first utterance we make when we stand at our salat after the intention is Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin.What does it mean? All true praise and thanksgiving is for the Sustainer Lord of the worlds. Hamd is the praise, the grateful acknowledgement, the thanksgiving, the giving of credit, the apperciation, the ackowledgement out of love, to adore, to exalt and much more. To praise the Real Source of praise is the essence of worship. Rabb is the Lord, the One Who Sustains all, the One Who Preserves all. Rabbil alamin is a reminder to the Universal nature of the Sustainer Lord. Alamin means all the worlds, the multiverse cosmos.There is an external cosmos out there, and like Allah has created everything in pair, so is there an internal cosmos within us. We have within us the entire cosmos, that is the inner cosmos. When we say Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, we are called not only to acknowledge the One Sustainer Who sustains the external cosmos, but Who in every moment is Preserving and Sustaining our inner cosmos. Human beings we are the focus of creation, and hence we are also the microcosm. We have many subtle worlds within including the world of thoughts, the world of mind, the world of emotions, the world of memory, the world of feelings, the world of creativity, the world of intuition, the world of physical body, the world of spirit, the world of the soul. When we give thanks to the Lord of all the worlds, that also includes the many worlds, the multiverses within us. We must thank for the well being and wholeness of our physical body, our mind, wholeness of our emotions and feelings, the outpouring of our creativity, the sparks of our intuitions, the soundness of our spirit and the vitality of our soul.Gratitude is the best medicine, it heals our mind, our body and our spirit. And attracts more things to be grateful for. For Allah is a Generous giver Who loves to give more. A secret of receiving endless gifts from Allah is to continue to be grateful everyday, every moment. And Allah makes sure that we do that by prescribing the Salat which must begin with al-Fatiha (the Opening), which again opens or begins with Alhamdulillah. Isn't that amazing?THAT IS THE CALL TO ACTION TO OPEN OUR HEARTS TO GRATITUDE.The surest path to happiness is gratefulness. The root of joy is gratefulness. One who is grateful for what is, is promised to be gifted with much more. Gratefulness brings contentment and one who is content has everything regardless of what he or she may possess or not. One who is grateful is content and one who is content is free of attachment to the dunya or the transitory world where the only thing that is certain is its uncertainty and impermanence. Every action prescribed by the Divine has a purpose and a goal. The purpose of salat according to the Qur'an is to remember Allah, both as a single human being and also as a collective society. That is why we are called again and again to establish the salat because it is both a collective action, i.e. establishing it as a social action as well as a personal action. The goal of Salat is to get rid of negativity, to keep us away from actions which are contrary to our fitra or natural state or the Divine blue print, actions which are against our conscience, the built in guidance system within us. If our salat is not slowly rubbing off those from us, if our sa[...]



Vision & Mission of a Person of Faith

2017-06-29T13:02:02.178+06:00

A human being who wish to realize his or her human potential and purpose - towards achieving that realized and fully lived life - should have a vision and a mission. One who have faith in God, in God's Kingdom, in the Eternal Life of the Hereafter and Judgement of God can not simply live out their lives only on hollow premise of money, earning and all the gross stuff of life. Such hollow life style measure and trade time with money and money alone, whereas in reality, time is life and life is time. When we run our life with the mantra that time is money, that is a dishonor and disrespect to our precious human existence and the very statement that time is money has become a vicious indoctrination mantra of a godless materialistic life style.We can not possibly best utilize our time on earth if we do not have any vision and mission about what this God-gifted life is all about. Those who can not think anything else about life and time of life except in monetary value, they are highly likely to waste their potential here and there is a heavy price to pay in the hereafter because all that is in the heaven and earth is not created in vain and neither is the gift of human existence.Once we realize our vision and mission as a person of faith, then however we live out life, it offers plenty of opportunities to achieve realization - no matter what we choose or what life choose for us. Once we realize our vision and mission as a person of faith, then whatever we do in life, becomes purposeful.A Person of Faith in the context of this article is anyone, no matter what religion they were born into, no matter what culture they are from - it means anyone who believe in God and the Last Days. A Person of Faith is a person who has the reasonable intelligence to understand that he or she was not his or her own creator and the tremendously balanced creation is Created by an Intelligent Being Who is beyond comprehension. The definition or picture of that God or Higher Power may differ or he/she may not call it by the notion of a Personal God - that doesnt limit a person to be qualified as a Person of Faith because just like incredible diversity of human beings, faith comes in many different color and hues.VISIONSo what is that Vision? Each person of faith depending on their orientation, cultural exposure and subjective worldview may have differences in linguistics about the Vision, but in broad sense, this vision is this:To Enter into the Primordial GardenTo Return to the Original HomeTo Enter into the Original State of BlissTo Reside again at the Paradisal GardenTo Enter into the Permanent State of Nirvana, Highest Plane of ConsciousnessTo Enter into JannahTo Enter into the Swarga Lok (Good Kingdom, Paradise of Bliss)If we understand that as God is one, humanity is one and hence the Dharma or Religion of Man can only be one - which only later on got distorted and divided and different culture gave rise to different cultures around religious thoughts (wrongly calling them religions, whereas in truth, Religion of Man can only be singular) - then we will come to appreciate that regardless how we lost the truth in various cultures and languages across time, the timeless essential truth remains the same.So the long VISION is to return back to the Primordial Garden, the Original Home of Man. That Abode is the Abode of Bliss, Peace and Celebration of Divine Glory.That is the VISION of the Person of Faith who understand that this consciousness that we are experiencing in this temporal body will continue and[...]



The Illusion of Need - Wisdom Sharing by Neale Donald Walsch

2017-06-25T10:11:27.953+06:00

Neale Donald Walsch explains the illusion of need and much more. A recommended interview to watch. May the wisdom spoken through this interview permeate us.The take away points from the interviews:1. Need is an Illusion. We already have everything we need by the grace of God.2. Failure is an Illusion, it doesn't exist. The so called failure is only a way to move forward and to learn and to enrich our life. Every benefit is a gift from God.3. The only lack we may experience as individual is because human species have not learned yet how to share. There are enough given to us on this earth for everyone to have enough food, enough shelter and enough everything. On the planetary level lack is an illusion. Insufficiency is still an illusion. In the individual level lack can be experienced, but it is due to our inability to practice love and care for each other. Because of our immaturity in a sense.4. In the grand scale of the earth's existence (let alone the cosmos), we human beings are a very very young, almost like an infant species if we consider our age on the planet. We have long way to grow as a species.If we took the age of the earth and for the purpose of scale if it were laid on a calendar of scale of 1 year or 12 months, the first form of life, the most simplistic form didn't appear until the end of February or early March, more sophisticated forms of life like fishes in the sea, birds in the sky didn't appear until November, Dinosaur didn't appear on that scale not until December 8th, Dinosaur's didn't live until December 25th (on this scale). Humanoids or mammals who walked on two legs didn't appear until December 31st, human beings didn't appear until quarter past 11pm on the eve of 31st December. The entirety of human history, all of our recorded history took place in the last 60 seconds of that year. That's how young we are as species, relative to the age of the earth!I hope you will enjoy the interview of Neale below. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="355" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3OGNN3Vq32E" width="100%">Interview credit via Youtube [+] Please visit TechofHeart.co For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author Technology of the Heart [...]



The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

2017-06-10T01:26:22.167+06:00

THERE IS GENUINE MAGIC IN BELIEVING.“What you exhibit outwardly, you are inwardly. You are the product of your own thought. What you believe yourself to be, you are.” “Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As King Solomon put it, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Recall”“You must have a mental pattern clearly drawn in your mind. Ask yourself, Where am I headed? What is my goal? Have I visualized just what I really want? If success is to be measured in terms of wealth, can you fix the amount in figures? If in terms of achievement, can you specify it definitely?” “What do you seek? Pay the price and take it away. There is no limit to the supply, but the more precious the thing you seek the higher the price. For everything we obtain we must barter the gold of our own spirits… Where to find the gold of the All Powerful? One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself. When he finds himself, he finds freedom and all riches, achievement, and prosperity.”“Thought attracts that upon which it is directed.”“Thoughts have a creative force in the exact ratio of their constancy, intensity and power.” Far too many people in this world underestimate the power of their belief systems. Indeed many people think that they aren't even sure what beliefs they hold. It truly is shocking because what we believe in we give energy to and what we give energy to we create. This is the premise to The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol.You may listen to this great book as embed in this youtube video: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SoODZ7tEN5Q" width="100%">"The Magic of Believing" By Claude Bristol is a great book on how to use "The Law of Attraction". Another recording of the full audio book can be found here.Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951) worked for nearly forty years as a newspaper reporter and editor. After serving in World War One, Bristol became an advocate for the rights of veterans, whom he believed could better attain success in civilian life by harnessing the powers of the mind.# Related:* How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behaviour: Leonard Mlodinow at TEDxReset 2013* How do you get from unconscious to conscious mind - Alan Watts* Carl Jung - Approaching The Unconscious* Seven Sermons to the Dead by Carl Gustav Jung [Gnostic Audiobook] Psychology, Psychoanalysis* The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Audiobook) [+] Please visit TechofHeart.co For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author Technology of the Heart [...]



Nayan Chhere Gele Chole ~ Beyond Vision is You, Encompassing all Visions

2017-06-10T22:42:45.122+06:00

1.নয়ন ছেড়ে গেলে চলে, এলে সকল মাঝে -তোমায় আমি হারাই যদি       তুমি হারাও না যেফুরায় যবে মিলনরাতি           তবু চির সাথের সাথিফুরায় না তো তোমায় পাওয়া, এসো স্বপনসাজে।তোমার সুধারসের ধারা গহনপথে এসেব্যথারে মোর মধুর করি নয়নে যায় ভেসে।শ্রবনে মোর নব নব          শুনিয়েছিলে যে সুর তববীণা থেকে বিদায় নিল, চিত্তে আমার বাজে।~ Lyrics by Rabindranath Tagore (1927)2.Transliteration of Lyrics in English Nayan chere gele chole ale sakol majheTomai ami harai jadi tumi harao na jePhurai jabe milan rati tabu chiro sather sathiPhurai nato tomar paoya aso swapon sajeTomar sudha raser dhara gagon pathe aseByathare more madhur kari nayone jai bheseShrobone mor nabo nabo sunia chile je sur taboBina theke bidai nilo chitte amar baje3.Translation in English Beyond vision is You, yet made visible in allAt the end of my night vigils -In fleeing moments of life, even though I may lose You, You never lose me, my constant companion are YouSeeking You never endsIn my holy visionsmay You appear again and again Your divine bliss traveling from far away galaxies Transform my pains into sweet ecstasiesMaking my eyes overflow with tears of joyWith ever renewed tunes You fill my earsTransferring melodies from Yours to my heartsinging there forever and ever!~ Translation (Non literal) by Sadiq M. Alam allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Af3yhzyT2Vo?autoplay=1" width="100%">4.'নয়ন ছেড়ে গেলে চলে, এলে সকল মাঝে'লা তুদরিকুহুল আবসারু, ওয়া হুয়া ইউদরিকুল আবসার দৃষ্টিসমূহ তাঁকে পেতে পারে না, অথচ তিনি সকল দৃষ্টিকে পরিবেষ্টন করে আছেন‍- ৬:১০৩La tudrikuhu al-absaru wahuwayudriku al-absara wahuwa allateefu alkhabeerNo vision can grasp the Divine, but His grasp is over all vision: and He is Absolutely Subtle, All-Aware. ~ The Qur'an 6:103...'এলে সকল মাঝে' Allahu al-ZahirThe Divine is the Manifest.5.'চির সাথের সাথি'‍‍‍‍ওয়া হুয়া মা'কুম, আয়নামা কুনতুম -তিনি তোমার চিরসাথী, যেখানেই থাকো না কেন- ৫৭:৪wa Huwa maAAakum ayna makuntumHe is with you wherever you are~ 57:46.'তোমায় আমি হারাই যদি, তুমি হারাও না যে'তিনি পরম করুণাময়, অসীম প্রেমময়যাকে আমরা স্মরণ করতে ভুলে গেলেও, তিনি তাঁরঅপার করুণায় আমাদের কখনো ভুলেন না।'তোমায় আমি হারাই যদি, তুমি হারাও না যে'রাউফুর রাহিম [...]



And Fasting is Better for you, if only you Knew

2017-06-04T22:38:10.983+06:00

1.Fasting is the first principle of medicine;Fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself.~ RumiThe medical benefit of fasting is superb. Unfortunately these health benefits are not well circulated among general people. I came across this greatly shared short video titled, "Longevity & Why I now eat one meal a day" which covers a lot of knowledge and wisdom on Fasting and its health benefit and longevity. It reminds me of the Divine wisdom shared in the Qur'an where God says, "And fasting is better for you, if only you knew." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PKfR6bAXr-c" width="100%">The video starts by asking a very valid question, "HOW DID EATING GET SO COMPLICATED?" The convention wisdom or culture around food and our eating habit has gotten to a very unhealthy and ignorant state.Our biology was not designed for 3 meal a day diet. The environment would have chosen our diet, rather than us. The way we developed our food habit has mostly to do with culture and partly western colonialist culture who tried to prove themselves more civilized when they found indigenous people were eating whenever they were hungry.We know from Islamic tradition that eating only when hungry was not uncivilized but a sure recipe for a healthy body. But when European settlers arrived in North America, then the 3 meal diet was invented. The author argues that one meal a day is much healthier and natural for many good reasons, and yes for many good scientific and biologically valid reason.Reducing caloric intake is directly proportional to longevity or lifespan and its been tested on other organism by scientists. And it is consistent with the Metaphysical reality of Rizq or Sustenance - that is to say, Our Rizq or Sustenance is fixed and if we use it slowly, we will live longer and those who use it up faster end up dying faster.Aging in essence is a result of cumulative damage to our DNA. Fasting stimulates particular protein which are directly responsible for DNA repair. One of the great benefit is that fasting promote the growth of new neurons in our brain. Thus fasting is linked to the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.So what we can learn from this video? BioMed tells us that our modern day unnatural habit of constantly consuming Carbohydrates to maintain blood glucose is not only unnecessary but can be detrimental and vicious cycle (look at the rise of diabetics in our societies). EAT ONLY WHEN YOU NEED TO, NOT WHEN THE CLOCK SAYS. FAST WHEN YOU CAN. The benefit of intermittent fasting and long term benefit of fasting for our health and body is one of the best piece of knowledge we can benefit from if we practice.If we can not regularly practice fasting or one meal a day diet, we can at least do that for one straight month or forty days if we like. Thanks God in Islam this model is practiced in Ramadan.2.Fast for a specific number of days, but if one of you is ill, or travelling, on other days later. For those who can fast only with extreme difficulty, there is a way to compensate- feed a needy person. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him, and fasting is better for you, if only you knew.~ The Qur'an 2:184Muslims around the world have forgotten the wisdom of fasting, they dont even fast as it is commanded in the Qur'an in most Muslim majority countries which [...]