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  • sean tremblay
    Cool ... From: medit8ionsociety Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Sufi Rules To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 9, 2010

      --- On Sun, 11/7/10, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Sufi Rules
      To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 9:04 PM

      These are the indispensable Rules of the Naqshbandi Order:
      1. Awareness of Breathing. The mind must
      be attuned to be secretly aware of everything, even breath.
      At the same time, the mind must pulsate with thoughts
      of the Infinite (divine essence and omnipotence).
      2. Travel in One's Own Land. It must be remembered
      frequently that the Sufi is a 'traveler'- along the Sufi Path.
      3. Watching the Feet. When walking, the seeker must
      glue his gaze upon his steps. The secret meaning of
      this is that he must be aware of where he is going,
      in a metaphorical sense.
      4. Solitude in Company. The mind is to be
      repeatedly concentrated so that, even
      in company with others, in the midst of distractions,
      the Sufi may keep his thoughts relevant to his task.
      5. Remembering. The Sufi must never forget that
      he is a dedicated person.
      6. Restraint. This refers to short prayers
      which are used to punctuate the repetitons of the
      Dhikr. (religious technique used by Sufis, where
      a name of God or a short religious phrase is
      repeated over and over again. The object of
      doing this varies somewhat; it could be to glorify
      God or, as it is more common in Sufism, be the
      means by which one tries to step out of
      this world in order to come closer to God. The Arabic
      term "dhikr" should be translated with "remembrance".)
      7. Awareness. The mind must become aware that
      there are many distractions. These are to be combated.
      8. Recollection. Concentration must be possible
      through thinking this word, and without words.
      9. Pause of Time. During pauses in thinking,
      the Sufi must recapitulate his actions, and examine them.
      10. Pause of Numbers. Awareness that the required
      number of repetitions of the Dhikr phrase have been completed.
      11. Pause of the Heart.. During this pause the
      mind is trained to visualize the Seeker's heart
      bearing the Name of Allah.

      1. Hosh Dar Dam conscious breathing
      2. Nazar Bar Qadam watch your step
      3. Safar Dar Watan journey homeward
      4. Khalwat Dar Anjuman solitude in the crowd
      5. Yad Kard essential remembrance
      6. Baz Gasht returning
      7. Nigah Dasht attentiveness
      8. Yada Dasht recollection
      9. Wuquf Zamani awareness of time
      10. Wuquf Adadi awareness of numbers
      11. Wuquf Qalbi awareness of the heart

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