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 observance of the last five principles of our order opens the connection to the world of the soul.
The dervish shapes the outer world according to its own inner structure. When he starts to give shape to his inner thoughts, no movement is more accidental. He has no other direction besides the Divine and he is dedicating every action to Him.
A loving heart is the key, the conscious attitude toward the world. Then the union is possible, the liberation is possible.
Yad Dasht is also the constant and firm remembrance of the divine presence in your heart during the recitation of the dhikr.
In the daily life the training to this is to say: Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim, “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate”, every time you start, you take or you give something, when you dress up, you enter or get out of a place.
The dervish cooks reciting the surahs of the Holy Quran to remain all the time in dialogue with God. he tries to never get away from His presence, whatever he is doing or thinking.
For this reason it is so important to know the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that is the set of his habits and ways of behavior; this is the dervish model in the everyday actions.