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Muraqaba of Negation (Muraqaba la)
Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
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La in Arabic means no or negative. La is also the name of the lights emitting from one of the Divine Characteristics, a characteristic that we can analyze in humans. This characteristic is the
unconscious. Usually unconscious is referred as the basis of those actions the human consciousness is unaware of. If we pay all of our attention to any on that basis, with all of our mental strength that we could not understand or even when we grasp it, its meaning appears in our brain merely as a negative (la). Meaning we only regard it as negative.
Every rule of origin is the same, that is when we discuss or in our mind try to understand the origin of anything, the first thing that appear in the depth of our imagination is negation. In other words, in the beginning we are only aware of the void or nothingness.
When we get aware of anything even if it is the awareness of ignorance, it is awareness nevertheless. Every awareness is a reality. Therefore, we are bound to call the awareness of ignorance, knowledge as well. In Sufism the awareness of ignorance is known as knowledge of “la” and the awareness of knowledge is referred as knowledge of “ilia”.
The Divine lights of “la” are those Attributes of God that introduce us to the Oneness. After recognizing the Divine Lights of La the Gnostic’s mind becomes fully aware of the concept of Oneness or Unity (tawheed). This is the first point through which a Sufi or Gnostic takes a step into the God- consciousness.
In the beginning of that step, he or she gets acquainted with his or her own self. Though after searching for themselves they could not get hold of it; which brings them to the correct awareness and realization of God consciousness (maโarifa). This is the station, which is commonly referred in Sufi text as fana (annihilation).
Through the Muraqaba of la the mind becomes aware of the workings of the Saints, Khidr and Angels and is able to communicate with them. One of the abilities of La is that it translates the meaning of the cryptic messages of Khidr, Saints of Takveen and Angels into the language of the Gnostic into his or her hearing. Gradually a full line of communication is developed and with the help of Angels, numerous hidden affairs are revealed.
During the Muraqaba of “la” the eyes must be closed as much as possible. That is why a soft handkerchief or small towel is wrapped over the eyes to apply a little pressure to the eyes. During the Muraqaba the Gnostic puts the mind into the depth of his or her own self by moving away from all thoughts and imaginations. The aim is to achieve thoughtlessness by recognizing ignorance in their thought.
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