Ascent and Descent

All the six subtleties, the Latent, obscure, the Arcanum, the Spirit, the Heart and the Self are the names of six movements. Each of these movements has a specific length in every species. Three of these six movements are ascending movements and other three are the descending ones. Corresponding to the three descending movements three ascending movements takes place on the other side at the same time. The Latent (Akhfa), the first movement of every species is the movement of the Descend or the Aversion. This movement emerges from the depth and rises towards the surface. The surface where this movement reaches after covering its fixed length (distance) is known as the Arcanum (Sirr). This movement was achromatic (colorless) in the Latent but when it enters the Arcanum (the Illustrated Realm) a color is produced in it, making it monochromatic. The colorlessness of the Latent (Akhfa) was the source (origin) of all the colors and now the unicolorness of the Arcanum holds all the color in it. After Acranum, this movement covers another Length. As soon as this length is completely covered all the colors present in the unicolorness are scattered and dispersed. One side of the limits where these colors disperse is in the Heart or the idea (Conception) and the other side is the Self or the Sensation (Feelings) This very combination of the colors is the Manifestation or the Body, whatever 'species' it may be. In this voyage, upto this stage, the Unconcoius i.e. time had been on the surface and space i.e. the Concious remains in the depth. But after becoming the Manifestation Time goes down on the depth and Space become surfaced. The movement which travelled from the Latent (Akhfa) to the Manifestation is known as the Descending Movement but Space is surfaced movement becomes the ascending one. This movement ascends from the Manifestation (the Subtlety of the Self) towards the Spirit and from there it further ascends to the obscure (Khafi). Akhfa (the Latent) is the Preserved Scripturum. The Arcanum is the Illustrated Realm. The combinative form of the subtelities of the Heart and the Self, the Manifestation is the Phenominal World or Body. The Subtlety of the Spirit (Latifa-e-Roohi) is religious terminnology is called the Limbo (Araaf) or the Erebus (Purgatory). The Obscure (Khafi) is the Written Book, the stage of Resurrection and the Judgement. As mentioned earlier, these are seven steps of human life. These seven steps are the seven ages. These seven ages have been sub-grouped into Two. One of them is named as the Realm of Colors of the Phenomenal World, that is, the present world, the other is the Resurrection and Judgement. There are two more stages between these two. The intermediatory phase occuring between the Preserved Scripturum and the Phenominal World is the Realm of Illustartive forms and the other intermediary phase which comes between the Phenominal World and the Resurrection and Judgement is known as the Purgatory (Alam-e-Burzakh). This is that phase which comes during the Ascending Movement.


The Pen i.e. the Knowledge of the Divine Pen and the Tablet i.e Preserved Scripturum. Both these two sides of the Point of Unity. The side facing the Supreme Being of Allah is called Knowledge of the Pen. The very same side is also known as the Beatific Vision of the Being and the same could be called, in general terminology, the Ultra-Achromatic or the Extra-Unconscious.

There are twenty three sections (departments) of the Pen and the Scripturum. Here we would ignore the twenty three sections of the Pen (The Ultra-Achromatic) and discuss only that section of the Scripturum (the achromatic) which has been referred in the above cited verse of the Holy Quran. This section is related to that point of Scripturum or the Unconscious whose one side (plane) is the Memory and the other side is the Thinking. Both these planes are the two sides of the same one movement. One side is the plane of the Memory and the other side is the plane of the Thinking. The plane of the Memory is the vast, deep and engulfing Void of Light. The Thinking plane is mere Light (Noor) which descends from the Void of Light: from the infiniteness towards the finitude. The very same movement has been mentioned by Allah the Most Exalted in the first part of the above referred verse, "Whatever is in the heavens and on the earth declares and celebrates the Praises Glory of Allah…." Thus, everything after coming into finitude from the infiniteness makes it acknowledged that the Supreme Being of Allah, the Most Exalted is Holy, Inerrant and Unlimited and this very limitlessness is the faculty of the Holiness and the Glory of Allah. If the Invariant and the Variable is required to be discriminatively and distinctly understood than the Invariant would have to be termed as the Limitlessness and the variation as the Limitude. When Variation occurs in something, first of all the demarcative limits come into being, that is, nothing can exhibit variation without peripheries and limits. Variation is another name of Movement. And the movement cannot take place unless the limits for something are determined. To be free of variation is to be free from and above every want, need, restriction and frequency. The Limitlessness and Infinitude have been termed in the Holy Quran, as the Creator and the Limitude and Finitude as the creatures.


Loh O Qalam

Qalandar Baba Auliay (R.A)

Alshaikh Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi, Chief Editor of the monthly Roohani Digest, the renowned spiritual scholar, founder of the chain of Muraqba Halls the world over has had the honour of learning the spiritual sciences from his spiritual mentor, His Divine Grace Qalander Baba Auliya, the sage of this age. In order to teach him the spiritual sciences Qalander Baba Auliya made Alshaikh Azeemi to pen down the words that he used to narrate. Alshaikh Azeemi being a devoted disciple not only noted the contents but also did his best to understand what he was taught. The eventual out come of his dedicated work took the form of the ‘Loh-o-Qalum’, the first ever book that comprises the whole syllabus of the spiritual science. Who else was more suitable to explain the contents of this document but Alshaikh Azeemi, the very able student of Qalander Baba Auliya. Dissemination of that knowledge, which is the legacy of prophets and had reached him in disciplic succession, has become an obsession for Alshaikh Azeemi because, according to him, this knowledge is the only elixir and the antidote for the ailing humanity in present times.