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Avoidance – (Don’ts) during Muraqaba Practice
Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
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In the beginning do not practice Muraqaba for too long or too frequently. Moderation is a better course of action. Extremism could lead to apathy, which in turn would lead to avoidance. It is possible for you to become overwhelmed by confusion and apathy and even stop practicing it altogether. Therefore, in the early days keep the duration of the Muraqaba to a minimum (average 15-2o minutes) and gradually increase it, when the need arises. It is also important to perform Muraqaba in a timely fashion. Some people have the tendency to do long Muraqaba some days, while on other days, short ones, and then some days they even miss it.
Consciousness tries its best to end the practice of Muraqaba once and for all. Sometimes we feel fatigue and think about postponing it until the next day. While on other days we think that we did not have a good night’s sleep and so we should sleep earlier that day. Sometimes a thought comes to our mind that instead of today we will start the practice the next day and so we keep missing the practice every day.
Often people complain about the environment or the lack of improved conditions. Of course, for every work, a stable condition and environment is needed. However, the consciousness uses that as an excuse to avoid the practice altogether. When the said condition finally improves, the person comes up with any other excuse. When we try to fulfill any wish or accomplish something then we usually do that regardless of any resistance or difficulty. When we are drowsy then we get to sleep even in noisy surroundings. When we are late to work then we miss breakfast and head to work. For our regular job, we get up early in the morning; whether we would like it or not we go to work anyway.
If you want the benefits of Muraqaba, you ought to find time for it just as you do for other important matters. When we look at the daily routine of our life, we realize that after daily economic and social business, we waste a noticeable amount of time being idle, worrying or engaging in unworthy activities. Despite that, we end up whining that there is not much time left for us to do anything extra. When on the one hand you want to get all the benefits of Muraqaba but cannot find the time to do it, you are simply deceiving yourself. You truly do not want to do Muraqaba anyway.
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