Monday, February 23, 2015

BEING FULLY PRESENT

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BEING FULLY PRESENT 

PART 1

Our Grandshaykh was saying that if you like to take benefit from listening or attending a meeting you must be present in body and heart, but so many people are just like empty jars, sitting. Divine Knowledges pour out when the heart is present. It means when listening with the ears of your heart it gives you Divine Powers.

PART 2
Our Grandshaykh (qs) said that if one person in a meeting is scratching his head, the suhbah must come down seven degrees and the scratching one may lose that Divine outpouring. But worse, some careless people are speaking with each other, some watching the door to see who is coming and going, some looking at the clock, and the power is going down.

Grandshaykh was always annoyed about this. If you are giving care, reminding yourself, "My heart is in the shaykh's hands and he is in relationship with the Prophet ﷺ and the Prophet is in the Divine Presence", you will not be distracted.

PART 3

Our Grandshaykh (q) told of two mureeds in his homeland: one was in seclusion for spiritual practice; the second came one day by order of their shaykh to take the brother for a walk outside of the village. They were going on the road in conversation about important spiritual instructions when they reached the fields of the one in seclusion.

As they approached, his eyes wandered to those fields. The other said, "Oh my brother, turn back to your seclusion, you are leaving pearls and turning to fields."

PART 4

Our attention span is very short. Psychologists say in the first fifteen minutes we have keen attention, afterwards decreasing. Our Grandshaykh (qs) says not to make any meeting more than three hours, even though people may be strongly interested. As much as you can make it shorter more benefit comes, especially in our time.
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Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil an-Naqshbandi, 1979 💞
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HOW TO BECOME FREE OF BAD CHARACTER

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HOW TO BECOME FREE OF BAD CHARACTER

PART 1

Our Grandshaykh (qs) is saying his every advice is like ammo for guns, given to you to use against the enemy (your ego), but you are only taking them and making a stash. We are giving them to you for shooting; that is our intention. We are giving you shells for every range, some for nearby and some for the other side of the mountain. Yet our Grandshaykh is saying, "I can't find anyone to keep my advices."
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O People! I hope you may keep his advice. [To be continued.]
 

PART 2

Grandshaykh AbdAllah (q) is asking, what is that which Allah Almighty and his Prophet ﷺ don't like? You must know, and when knowing, keep far away from it. He answers that it is to look after a person's faults. Allah has prohibited this as it is a big sin and the worst action a person can make. You also have faults, everyone has so many, and you have a responsibility for those faults in the Divine Presence, so why are you looking at the faults of others? You must eliminate your own.

PART 3

When one is looking to the faults of another, the respect we have for him or her in our heart disappears, the love toward that person is extinguished and, therefore, it is prohibited. Everyone has so many faults that if we were looking at them all would become enemies to one another! It causes separation of the community and then comes Shaytan to capture us.
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Tasawwuf calls for such actions that bring love and build strong relations between people, to protect us from badness and give power to our faith. Therefore, we are ordered to worship together so our faith will grow stronger.

PART 4 

Our Grandshaykh (qs)says we must be careful that Shaytan does not make our worship unacceptable. It is unacceptable when we are asking for any rewards. We must ask for our Lord's pleasure only. When all the ego's desires are finished, then one is a servant of the Lord. To look for some reward for worshipping is like idol worship, it is a secret form of polytheism.

Sincerity is to ask only for your Lord's service. So many people are worshipping and then doing what their ego demands. This means they are servants of Allah and of Shaytan, which is a dangerous way.

PART 5 

Until we become clean of bad character we can't be free of Satan, this world, our egos, and vain desires. Until you become fully aware for each step you make with your foot, whether that step is on the right way or the wrong way, you remain in need of alignment in your heart.

You must know and be awake to where you are putting your foot. One second's heedlessness may cause a dangerous accident. Therefore, we are always in need to repeat the word of Testification, to put us on the right way. Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llaah illa-Llaah illa-Llaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluh.

PART 6 

Until we become free of bad character we cannot attain to real faith and without real faith there is no real life, the life that is forever. Whoever realizes real faith in this world will live on in the grave, his body not turning to dust. That is a sign from Allah Almighty that one has reached true life.

PART 7 (Final)

How is it possible to save ourselves from bad character? A bad charecteristic is pride; Shaytan was thrown out of the Divine Presence for his pride. If a person is not humble enough to accept another to teach him lessons, he is proud. You must have a Sufi teacher to show you how to apply the Divine ordinances to yourself,as he learned from his shaykh how to use Shari'ah on himself. There can be no surgeon who hasn't witnessed a surgery performed, but learned only from books.

 

Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil an-Naqshbandi, 1979 💞
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