Movement Of The Subtlety Of Self

The first movement, after awakening, is to blink the eyes. This act of blinking the eyes, activates the sight. The sight or the act of seeing is such a state which confirms our knowledge about something that a thing does exist at this time i.e. Mental perception about something is there. This process appears to be associated with the memory but when memory is made to recollect something or some external stimulus stimulates the memory of any particular thing, the sight confirms its presence which, by then, has been able to see the form and figure, features and outlines of the perceived thing under the continuous action of blinking. This act of blinking only begins when the Subtlety of Self comes into action. The movement of the Subtlety of Self initiates propensity for something. The subtile sense of sight initiates mind's inclination towards something, upon activation of the Subtlety of Self. After awakening as soon as the eyes open man subconsciously longs to understand the things present around him and what are the situations of the ambient environment. He wants informations about all these things, the informations which are authentic. Nothing can satisfy him unless one of his own senses confirm and verify the things around him Hence first initiative, to carry out this duty, is taken by his sight. When the eyes are closed the function of the sight is suspended, blinking puts an end to this suspension and the sight becomes functional once again.


It is one of the laws of material world that unless the eye-balls are not stroked by the eyelids the optic nerves do not function. The senses contained in these nerves become functional when these are stroked by the eyelids. It is a rule, as soon as the closed eyes open they become static for the first two or three moments. This state of inertness puts an end to the movement of the Latent Subtlety. After this as soon as the centrality of the Subtlety of self is moved, the inclination, trend or wish is initiated One who wakes up, for instance, wants to know about the surroundings and tends to understand his ambient environments. This is the first movement of the Subtlety of Self which is continuously followed by more wishes and desires one after another. This keeps going on till the movement of the Subtlety of self is stopped. And, all the senses of the human body, just like the sight, keep on verifying, confirming and completing the generated desires and wishes. When the lights of the Subtlety of Self focus in a particular direction all the senses also turn in that direction.

The most delicate and subtile of all the senses is the sight which is the first to be affected by the light of the Subtlety of Self. This light initially induces man to delve deeper into the realm of thoughts. In this state the mind exhibits two types of images: one, pertaining to meanings; the second, to figures. It does not mean that images pertaining to meanings can occur without any form and figure or face and features. However tenuous may the meanings are they have to have form, figure, shape and features.

When, in the beginning, the power of sight comes into action, the sight witnesses the external objects in the inner and the inner things in the outer. To explain this the example of the mirror can be cited as such.



One type of example of mirror has been stated earlier. In the other type the mirror dazzles the viewing sight and reveals the virtual image of that which is there before it upon the sight.

This is that viewing which after coming out from the inner takes the form of a scene.

Contrary to this when the act of viewing is directed towards the inner from the out, in that case some 'stimulus' coming before the sight causes it to behave as a mirror and furnishes informations to the human mind through its form and features. If we delve into both the angles, it is revealed that in every case the human mind ac and behaves like a mirror and this is the only channel which enables the human soul to envision its imaginations in an embodied form.

In a nutshell, an endless chain of existence of objects remain there in the human mind. The mind in which the chain of existence of objects is there, is the creation of the luminescences of the Subtlety of Self. In other words, the lights of the Subtlety of Self, with respect to their expanses, are pervading to infinitesimal limits. If an attempt be made to demarcate these limitless lights then the whole universe will be found engulfed in these lights which know no boundaries. These lights are encompassing everything of the existents. It is not possible for any thought, fantasy vision or image to exceed the lights. Circle of these lights in terms of Sufism' called 'Jovviyah' (Confluence). Whatsoever had ever occurred or is happening presently or will ever happen in the Confluence, all is present before the human sight. Whatsoever is there in the out the sight verifies it during wakefulness. If the sight could not make its access to it then its existence is pointed out by the imaginations. If imaginations, too, fail to have access to it, the thought expresses the same in the form of an idea. If something is even beyond the limits of the reach of thoughts, the fantasy makes its presence felt somehow or the other. This, we have to admit on principle, that the lights of the Confluence cause and make the human self expand limitlessly.

Those with the powers of Observation (Shahood), during the course of spiritual association, have compelled the sight to see into every expanse of the Confluence. The first lesson, according to the teachings of prophets of Allah regarding this endeavour is to remain awake for twenty-one hours and twenty minutes in each round of the clock. This practice is called 'Tanween' (Varigation).

The second lesson of the Discernment; the prophetic teachings is to continuously stare, without blinking, in the dark for long intervals of time. This practice is known as 'Istarkha' (gazing in the dark).

When lben-e-Hashshaam called upon Hazrat Owais Quarni (Allah be pleased with him) he had to wait for seventy two hours, that is, three days and three nights. After continuously performing supererogatory rituals of worship for seventy two hour, he beseechingly prayed;

"O' Allah, I seek refuge with You, from eating excessively and sleeping excessively".

A sufi, thus, arouses in himself the powers of Observation by remaining awake continuously. Earlier it has been discussed briefly that man possesses those abilities which keep on expressing their virtues from time to time. Sight is one of the senses of man. Its creation, formation and system will be discussed.


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.