Vision and the Substantial Observation

It has been stated above that the lights of the Subtlety of Self are encompassing every particle of the existents. One ray of this Subtlety is termed as Vision (Basra) which circulates in the whole circle of the Universe. In other words, the whole universe is a circular thing; say a sphere and the light of the Subtlety of Self is a lamp. The flame of this lamp is the vision. Wherever the flame of this lamp is reflected, its surroundings and precincts are sighted by this flame. There are grades and variety in shades of all the lights of this flame of the lamp. At some places the light of the flame is dim, at places it is dimmer, at others it is bright and at certain places it is blazing bright. The things upon which the light falls very dimly a fantasy of the same is produced in our mind. The things which come under the dim shade of the light, a thought regarding those things occur in our mind. The things upon which the bright shade of the light falls, image of those things is formed in our mind. And, the things which come under the direct blaze of the light of the flame of the lamp are sighted by our sight. Thus, there are four primary stages of the light of the Subtlety of Self. Each stage is a step of observation of the lights of the Subtlety of Self. Observation is the reach and access of the sight to any of these lights whether it is dim or bright. Substantial Observation (Shahood-e-Nafsi) is the name of such an ability which even coverts the faintest trace of light into sight so that the things which had only been a fantasy so far could be sighted in their proper form, shape, figure, features, colors and complexion.

That ability of the soul which is termed as Observation brings the fantasy, thought or the imagination to the sight and unveils their details upon the sight. When this ability of the soul acts within the limits of the Subtlety of Self and expresses itself as a ruling principle in the lights of the Subtlety of Self, it fulfils those conditions which are particular for the senses of the wakefulness And, the Manifestation of these particularities is called the Substantial Observation. The limits and range of action of Substantial Observation is termed as Jowviyah (Confluence). The details of Confluence are responsible for creating the purposefulness, activities, consequences, aims, and objectives of wakefulness. This is the first stage of the Subtantial Observation In this stage all the activities remain associated with the vision or sight only. More developed forms of this observation create the same effects which are particular for the other four senses - smell, hearing, taste and touch - during wakefulness.

When the lights of the Subtlety of Self suffer a stroke i.e. Any of the sensations of the vision recurs repeatedly, other senses are formed, gradually, step by step. This formation depends upon the increase of lights of Subtlety of Self. This increase is maximum when a person is assuaged in keeping his mental inclinations continuously focused on one single p int during wakefulness and this can be achieved by repeated performance of 'Istarkha' (gazing in the dark). 


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.