Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sufi counsel from Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi


Happiness

Always be happy. No matter what happens, the single most important thing is to be happy and to spread happiness to others.

Peace

Once connection with God is established, the heart becomes completely satisfied and heavenly bliss of peace and tranquility becomes his or her destiny.

Love

Love and respect of others is the biggest secret of success.

Help

One of the best ways to become a friend of God is by helping and serving His creations.

Kindness

When two people meet, they always talk to each other. Before the conversation if one begins to think of words that will cause the other person to become delighted he or she will make the other person extremely at ease, convincible and light hearted.

Necessities

We must trust God for all of our needs. Look at your past and see how every single need that you had was met by Nature.

Obstacles

Real strength is gained by handling obstacles of life.

Quest

Quest for spiritual knowledge is everyone's duty. We must sincerely have a genuine desire in seeking the unseen world and encourage others for its quest.

Self

In the beginning the Spiritual Master makes you aware of your Self, of a treasure within you. And then he opens the door of that treasure.

Sincerity

That first candle burns by itself and then the moths give away their lives for the candle. Let us promise that we will follow the wisdom of the Prophets and will set the standards by first acting on them sincerely. We will introduce humanity to the Spiritual wisdom without making it a business so that we become true friends of God.

Spirituality

Spirituality is having, in addition of worldly and scientific knowledge, a desire for Spiritual growth and mystical knowledge.

Vastness of the Universe

* One Book (kitab al mobeen) - Open and clearly manifested.
* The Book contains three hundred million Preserved chapters therein.
* Each Preserved chapter consists of eighty thousand Galaxies.
* Each Galaxy has more than one hundred billion permanent inhabitants and settled systems and 1.2 trillion unstable systems.
* Each system is composed of a Sun (star) and its related planets; averaging 9.12 or 13 planets per solar system

Treating Others

Every single member of humanity whether male or female, big or small, young or old is brother and sister. Superiority is only for the one who is aware of the endless oceans of Spirituality within Soul, has good manners, serves humanity, and never hurts anyone in anyway or form.

Understanding

Never try to prove your Order superior to any other Sufi Orders, as all Sufi Orders are simply different ways of reaching the same destination. Understand your nocturnal life is as important as our diurnal life. We spend half of our lives in the nocturnal form (dreams, sub-conscious etc.).

Anger

Anger is a poison that contaminates the blood. It diminishes the stored up Spiritual Energy within you. You will never be able to become spiritual unless you overcome anger and resentment.

Waste

Whether it is good or bad do not whine. Whatever you have done, or whatever has past, try to forget it. You are given only a few breaths don't waste them.

Charity

Remember that whenever you give, do it with the intention of pleasing God; without any hope for fame, respect or reward from others.

Children

Do not scare children in an early age, as this fear will remain hidden in their minds, which would prevent them achieving big things in life.

Do not call your children lazy, bad, or worthless. Instead, when you notice their weaknesses and shortcomings imagine that not long ago, you were a child too and you made numerous mistakes and acted carelessly.

Treat them with respect and love so that their hearts are filled with you respect and obedience.

Doubt

Never let the doubt in. No one with doubt in his heart can be a Sufi. Doubt is the biggest weapon of Satan through which he is able to create distance between God and you.

Explanation

Simply believing explanations of the facts (assumption) is not acceptable in Spiritual world. Only seeing and experiences of the inner-eye are worth believing.

Forgiveness & Detachment

Three things that are the biggest secrets of success:
* When you do something to hurt anyone, be very quick to ask for forgiveness.
* If somebody hurts you, forgive him or her.
* Do your best, but do not worry about the outcome, because the outcome is in the hands of the Lord.

Greed

Because our life on this planet is short and someday all of us have to go, it is foolish to love a temporary place and ignore the final destination. It is like if someone stopped at a motel for a few days and started decorating or refurbishing the place even though he knew that he has to leave the place in a few days! Nobody lives forever, why then all the hassle?

- Teachings of Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi, Patriarch of Azeemia Sufi Order, via SufiBlog.com



About Shaykh Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi, may Allah be pleased with him

Born Khwaja Shamsuddin Ansari on October 17, 1927 in Siharanpur, U.P., India into a radical Sunni cleric household; young Shamsuddin saw first hand the superficiality of the legalistic outward religion. Growing up he had several encounters that provoked his interests in the esoteric side of religion. At the young age of twenty, he set out on the quest of finding a true murshid (Sufi Master). That nine-year journey took him from his native city to places like the Patiala State, India and then to Lahore and then later Sadiqabad, Pakistan. Finally in Karachi, he arrived at the doorsteps of the Syed Muhammad Azeem a.k.a. Qalandar Baba Auliya (1896-1979) founder of the Sufi Order of Azeemia and grandson of the famous Indian Sufi, Baba Tajuddin of Nagpur (1852?-1929).

The next fourteen years under his tutelage saw his transformation from an undereducated and functionally illiterate person into the respected author, advisor, healer and spiritual teacher. In 1962, Shaykh Azeemi started writing articles on spirituality in various Pakistani newspapers and magazines. The most famous of them was his advice column Roohani Daak, in Urdu Daily Jung. People from all walks of life and faith would write to him for his advice on their problems. On average, Shaykh Azeemi received 3,000 mails a day. Because of its huge success, a monthly magazine Roohani Digest was launched in 1978. Shaykh Azeemi is the Editor in Chief of the magazine. In 1979 before his physical death, Qalandar Baba Awliya designated Shaykh Azeemi as the Patriarch of the Sufi Order of Azeemia.

What sets this Sufi Order apart from most of the other Orders is that it is available to people from all the faiths. Hence, a number of Shaykh Azeemi's students are Hindus, Christians and Zoroastrians as well as members of other faiths. The main headquarters of the Sufi Order of Azeemia is its convent (khanqah) at Surjani Town, subdivision of Karachi, where Shaykh Azeemi still receives and gives free advice to people daily. The convent holds weekly Muraqaba sessions as well as training classes and lungar.

Since 2001, Shaykh Azeemi has delegated most of his editorial responsibilities to his eldest son and shaykh-designate Dr. Waqar Yousuf Azeemi.

Patriarch of the Sufi Order of Azeemia, Shaykh Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi is author of over 35 books and has written numerous articles on Parapsychology, Telepathy, ESP, Color therapy and on meditation. He has spent most of his life guiding the serious seekers of Self-awareness from all walks of life and also in dispelling the ignorance of the orthodox Muslims by awakening the higher consciousness of the Ultimate Reality.

The essence of the teachings of Qalandar Baba Auliya, spiritual teacher of Shaykh Azeemi is that man has not been created solely to pursue a livelihood in order to earn bread, to eat and clothe himself. The first and foremost purpose of his creation is that he should recognise his Own Self and have an intimate relationship with his Creator.

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* Silsila Azeemia
* Azeemia Foundation, South Australia
* Azeemia Foundation, UK
* Muraqaba (Sufi Meditation) Halls in UK
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