Category: Practice

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi order (8)

8) The recollection (Yad Dasht) The “recollection” means: continuous remembrance, to keep your heart in the divine presence, closer to the Truth. It is the contemplation, the constant awareness at the divine presence. The...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (7)

7) The attention (Nigah Dasht) Nigah means “view”, “attention”. This principle is the invitation to be vigilant and to observe one’s heart and safeguard it from being occupied by harmful thoughts. It means being...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (6)

‘Return’ means ‘the return to Allah”,”to recognize the divine uniqueness”. The ego continually seeks satisfaction in doing; it must always have new ideas, new programs, the next step to do. At the stage of...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (5)

5) The essential remembrance ( “Yad kard“) The meaning of Yad is dhikr, remembrance. Kard  is the essence of dhikr. It means focusing on the divine presence. It’s not you doing the act of remembering,...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (4)

4) The loneliness in the crowd (Khalwat dar Anjuman) Khalwat means ‘retreat’. Tradition says that perfection is not to show miraculous powers but it is to sit in the midst of others, sell and...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (3)

 3) The inner journey (Safar dar watan) It means “to travel towards your homeland”. In Persian and Arabic Safar means “journey”. In the tradition we call everyone sàfari, “travelers”, as the common destination of...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (2)

2) Observe your own step (Nazar bar qadam) It means keeping the eyes lowered while walking, be careful with every step that you do. It also means to be present and to recognize when...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi order (1)

Among the eleven principles that guide the Naqshbandi dervish toward his spiritual realization, eight were coined by Khwaja ‘Abdul Khaliq al-Gujdawani (d. 1220). The last three principles were added by the great master Shah...

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30. YA LATIF

Al-Latif The Subtle One Exalted and Glorious No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision.  He is Al-Latif, the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things. (6:103) Certainly, my Lord is...

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18. YA FATTAH

Al-Fattah The Opener Exalted and Glorious Our Lord! Reveal (open) the truth between us and our people, and You are the Best of those who give judgment.   (7:89) He will decide between us with truth....