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Muraqaba of ‘fana (annihilation)
Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
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When someone starts writing an essay the first thing that usually comes to his or her mind is the topic. At this point, the mind does not have the contents and details of that topic. However, when that person takes the pen (or keyboard) and activates the mind then the details of that essay start to form. Whatever he or she writes exists in their subconscious before. From that storage the contents take the form of words. In that essay, there is nothing that does not exist in that person’s subconscious in the form of the content and meaning of the subject matter.
If this did not exist then the essay would not have been able to take the form of words. Therefore, there are three stages in this writing process. The first stage is the one where the
content of the essay exists in unwritten form; the second, where it is transformed into words; and third, where the pen writes down those words on the paper and therefore gives it a material form.
Just as the essay has three forms and it takes three stages to reach its final stage, all outward phenomena exist in three spheres. Any existence or movement whether it belongs to past, present or future is not outside these three spheres. This could further be explained by the example of an artist. This artist makes a painting of an eagle on a canvas. If he wants to paint another painting of the same bird, he can. The reason is because the forms and figure of eagle is stored in his mind. What displays on the canvas is merely a reflection of that. The picture does not. He can make as many paintings as he wants; however, the knowledge of that bird never leaves his mind.
Any knowledge, any movement, any phenomenon wherever it exists in the meaningful form is called the Realm of Allegory (a ‘lam mithaal). In this realm, every display consists of form and figure, which is visible to the spiritual eye. When a man tries to learn these figures through Muraqaba then his consciousness is able to gain knowledge of these figures. In these figures lies the event of the future, which shows according to their schedule.
To learn the Realm of Allegory, Muraqaba of fana is given:
The student after closing his or her eyes imagines that all the signs of their life are wiped out and there exists only in the form of a point of light. They try to force the idea into their mind that they are free from their self and are now connected only with the world whose boundary contains the events from the beginning of the time (a’zal) to the end time (abโed).
The more a person practices the Muraqaba the deeper the reflection of the Realm of Allegory is revealed to his or her mind. Gradually itโs meaning is also transferred into their consciousness.
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