Classification of Perception

Everyone is an indivisible entity and a perception in himself. When we want to understand it in terms of its activity, we would call it sight.

Man is sight, rest is flesh apiece,

Sight is only sighting of the Friend.


 Man, who is perception in unity and sight in plurality, has been mention in this stanza by Maulana Roomi.


We are looking at our reflection formed in a mirror and we say that we are looking at ourselves. This is, in fact, indirect narration. The direct narration would be that the mirror is looking at us. Or, we are viewing that thing which is being observed by the mirror. This is the direct approach. Its explanation would be that when we look at something initially, the image of that thing is there in our mind. In the second stage that thing is sighted through our eyesight. If, we have never had an idea, never thought about that thing or never had any prior knowledge about that particular thing then that thing cannot be sighted at all.


A person has a paralyzed hand which has lost its sensation. When stealthily pricked and asked what has been done to his paralyzed limb. His reply would certainly be, “I do not know".

 Why has he responded in the negative?

Simply because he could not feel the pin-prick, that is, he did not have the knowledge of pin-pricking would have been the first stage of perception. If his eyes had been open he would have seen the act of Pin-pricking. In this case his sight could have given him the knowledge of Pin-pricking. Therefore, in any case, this Knowledge would have been the first stage of sight.

 First of all, knowledge about something is acquired by man and this is the first stage of Perception. Then he sees it. This is the second stage of perception. Then he hears it. This is the third stage of perception. Then he smells it. This is the fourth stage of perception. Lastly, he touches it. This is the fifth stage of perception.

The right name, in fact, for perception is the sight and it has five stages in all. In the first stage its name is idea. In the second stage, the sight. In the third, the hearing. In the fourth, it is smelling. And, in the fifth stage it is touch.

Every stage is an additional form of knowledge. Idea, in its own stage is a primary knowledge. Sight in its own stage becomes an additional knowledge. Hearing in its own stage becomes a detailed knowledge. Smelling becomes an extended knowledge. And, in the final stage touch becomes a sensual knowledge. Only knowledge has priority which in actuality is the sight, and every sense is a classification of the same only.

Meanings of sight have been explained comprehensively and now we shall dwell on its angles and reality. 


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.