Posted by: samandal | October 24, 2010

Zikr’u’lláh, III

United Nations Day

“It hath been ordained that every believer in God, the Lord of Judgement, shall, each day, having washed his hands and then his face, seat himself and, turning unto God, repeat ‘Alláh’u’Abhá’ ninety-five times.”                                                  (Bahá’u’lláh: Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 18)

The subtle centers (latá’if) need to be activated and awakened in order to reintegrate them with their latent spiritual principles in the form of pure light. It is believed that the five basic subtleties lost their original purity and luminosity due to their association with the nafs-i-ammára, the irrational or insistent self, in the course of their descent into the world of creation. The latá’if, therefore, need to be purified so that they may acquire their original uncontaminated state. However, human purity is always relative and always subject to human nature, from which one can never fully escape; divine purity is always absolute, because divine purity is eternal and continuous. “He [God] is sensitive only to the effort put out by His creature in the act of glorifying Him” (Jean Cras).

The meditation of the heart (zikr-i-qalbí) is conjoined with the silent remembrance of God (zikr-i-khafí) in order to invoke the energy of love and compassion that is used to still the mind; God (Alláh) is the silent emptiness and is therefore most fully reached in silence. Archetypal dreams reflect the individual guidance that comes through the efflux of the soul on the path of love, the path of the Súfí.

In the Bahá’í Faith, as in the Naqshbandí-Mujaddidí Súfí dynasty, the latífat-i-qalb is the center of love; by his activation of the latífat-i-qalb, love is created by Bahá’u’lláh (in concert with the Holy Maiden) through his spiritual power. The result, from a Súfí point of view, is that the whole spiritual process of faná’ (impermanence) and baqá’ (permanence) is initiated through one center only, which gradually purifies and opens up all the other subtle centers. The latífat-i-qalb is the sénéchal and the sénéchal is the representative of the ruler in his domains; it is the latífat-i-qalb that facilitates the full integration of heart, soul, mind and strength. Once the latífat-i-qalb (associated with the anáhata-cakra and the cardiac plexus) is fully activated and awakened, the mystical seeker may be taken to the nafs-i-nátiqa (associated with the ájná-cakra and the optic chiasma), the subtle abode of the soul, in a single step; the single-hearted seeker (sálik) becomes the single-eyed saint (wásil).