15 Feb
Source – SufiLive.com
Sayyid Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqanis Classic Sobah on Sufi Meditation

“A person who is asking to reach the station of meditation with their Lord must first be prepared. The master teaches his students how they must be in order to be ready to reach their Lord’s meditation. He does this through Sufi meditation. Whether his disciples are near or far, the master prepares them through Sufi meditation, just as engineers prepare a rocket for its ascent. Through Sufi meditation, the shaykh is teaching a way of making meditation to God. Before you can reach the Divine Presence, your heart must be with the shaykh and your mind must be with the shaykh’s mind, so that you will be prepared. You cannot prepare yourself, by yourself, for such a journey.

Consider the Prophet’s Night Journey. Even he first had to prepare. He did not go directly up to the heavens. First, the archangels Israfil, Michael and Gabriel came to him in the Sacred Mosque.

They were preparing the Prophet for meditation with his Lord Almighty, and they did not leave him until he was ready. Archangel Gabriel brought hirn to the Station of the Highest Lote Tree. Up to that point, he was in meditation with Archangel Gabriel. When they reached that station, then Archangel Gabriel, left, saying, “My meditation is finished. Muraqabah with me is finished. Now you have reached what you were asking for.” Archangel Gabriel could not pass that point because that is the boundary beyond which the mind can no longer function, beyond which there can be no understanding.

Those who have the requisite spiritual abilities can bring to mind the inheritors of the Prophet, in order that they may prepare them for the journey to the Divine Presence. They may use their imagination to bring the spiritual master to mind, but it requires special power. Sometimes, the shaykh will appear to them through dreams. Sometimes, if the seeker is more advanced, they may look for the shaykh while they are awake and find him. The spiritual guide is a means. He is not the target. The guide is serving, helping and directing his disciple. Therefore, the disciple must be with the guide. He must make meditation with his master. His master takes him to his ultimate destination which is to our Lord Almighty.”

Al Fatiha

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Photo: Salaam, Jumma Mubarak, Sayyid Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqanis Classic Sobah on Sufi Meditation"A person who is asking to reach the station of meditation with their Lord must first be prepared. The master teaches his students how they must be in order to be ready to reach their Lord's meditation. He does this through Sufi meditation. Whether his disciples are near or far, the master prepares them through Sufi meditation, just as engineers prepare a rocket for its ascent. Through Sufi meditation, the shaykh is teaching a way of making meditation to God. Before you can reach the Divine Presence, your heart must be with the shaykh and your mind must be with the shaykh's mind, so that you will be prepared. You cannot prepare yourself, by yourself, for such a journey.Consider the Prophet's Night Journey. Even he first had to prepare. He did not go directly up to the heavens. First, the archangels Israfil, Michael and Gabriel came to him in the Sacred Mosque.They were preparing the Prophet for meditation with his Lord Almighty, and they did not leave him until he was ready. Archangel Gabriel brought hirn to the Station of the Highest Lote Tree. Up to that point, he was in meditation with Archangel Gabriel. When they reached that station, then Archangel Gabriel, left, saying, "My meditation is finished. Muraqabah with me is finished. Now you have reached what you were asking for." Archangel Gabriel could not pass that point because that is the boundary beyond which the mind can no longer function, beyond which there can be no understanding.Those who have the requisite spiritual abilities can bring to mind the inheritors of the Prophet, in order that they may prepare them for the journey to the Divine Presence. They may use their imagination to bring the spiritual master to mind, but it requires special power. Sometimes, the shaykh will appear to them through dreams. Sometimes, if the seeker is more advanced, they may look for the shaykh while they are awake and find him. The spiritual guide is a means. He is not the target. The guide is serving, helping and directing his disciple. Therefore, the disciple must be with the guide. He must make meditation with his master. His master takes him to his ultimate destination which is to our Lord Almighty."Al Fatiha© Sufilive.com
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