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Style of Posture for Muraqaba
Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
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Make the surroundings and the place to sit for Muraqaba as comfortable and serene as possible, to avoid tension in the nerves and physical fatigue. Based on your physique and natural tendencies, you can adopt any of the following sitting styles.
Either sitting on the floor or on a cushion double the left leg and put in on top of the right thigh. The back and neck should remain straight so it should not bend or get tense. In this position, place both hands on the knees or in the middle.
Sitting Straight Position
If you feel uncomfortable with the above posture then sit the way Muslims sit during prayers. Even in this position, be careful not to bend the back or to make it too rigid. Again sit comfortably.
One of the other styles is to sit on the hips, then fold the legs upward so the knees would touch the chest, and then fold the hands around them as if embracing them. In this position, the upper body slightly leans forward. Best point about this position is that you can perform a long Muraqaba without getting tired.
You can do Muraqaba in a chair; however, keep the back straight and to avoid drowsiness do not let the body lean backward on the chair. In this position, you can perform Muraqaba on a sofa, ottoman, or in a bed. You can also perform Muraqaba by lying down. However, we recommend avoiding this position as it leads to sleep and therefore its purpose remains unachievable.
You can also do Muraqaba standing and there are some imaginations (tassawar) that require focusing during walking. Those Muraqabas are the exceptions; otherwise you can perform most of them in sitting position. In sitting position, it is lot easier for an individual to gain focus.
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