Roshanee – Light Encompassing

Roshanee . . . a living light surround … drown …awake … alive

Roshan Ablaze, Bright, Clear, Explicit, Light, Lit, Lucid, Luminescent, Luminous, Lustrous Illuminated, Splendid

Roshani Luminescence

Roshni Eyesight, Light

“Light” the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. The images in this series have a strong presence of directional light. On a spiritual level light takes on deeper meaning its more than a simply an aid to the sense of sight.

The Earth does not have its own light, yet when the Sun is reflected upon it, it shines and is lighted, and the Sun cannot cast a shadow upon it to darken it. And the Sun shines upon the Moon, making it visible to the earth. The eye yearns for the source of light, but you cannot look upon it, for it will blind you. When you see light reflected upon the Earth, it is as if you have seen the Sun. Here are three points of a triangle: the Sun, the source of light; the Earth, upon which its light falls; and the Moon, which becomes visible with the light of the Sun. Know that the physical body, which is the domain of the animal self, is made of coarse matter, like the Earth. Yet the light from the heart, which is the domain of the human soul, reaches to the farthest corner of the body, and from there is reflected upon the mind, where the inner eye starts to see. Just as daylight enables the eye of the head to see, so heart-light shining upon the inner eye makes man worthy to be addressed by his Lord. He says:

Verily in this is a message for any that has a heart. (Quf, 37)

In this state the senses have no more use, for the light by which the inner eye sees is far brighter than that by which the eyes of the head see. What is now seen is the awesome sight of the angelic realm. Then—light upon light—a second eye of the heart opens. This is the eye of certainty, the eye that sees true reality. With this eye you can look upon the source of light itself, which is called the light of certainty. There are two divine lights that come from your Lord: one shines upon the path of knowledge and wisdom, and the other shines upon the path that leads to Him. He has created two inner eyes in your heart: one is the eye of understanding, and the other is the eye that guides you to salvation. He says:

God doth guide whom He wills to His light. {Nur, 35)

That light by which He guides you is the light of certainty. This will guide you to the path to Paradise, for He says:

He will provide for you a light by which ye shall walk [straight to Paradise]. {Hadid, 28)

If the source of light is added to the light shed upon the path of guidance, it will make visible all the hitherto unseen angelic beings in the heavens and on earth. These are the angels who are the agents of your Lord, who carry His secret commands of your destiny. God explains this divine light as:

Light upon light…

{Nur, 35)

 

Excerpt From ~ Chapter 18 – About the Mind and the Light of Certainty that Enlightens the Heart |
Book Titled Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom | (At-Tadbiratal-ilahiyyah fi islah al-mamlakat al-insaniyyah) |
What the Seeker Needs (Kitab Kunh ma la budda minhu Ul-murid) The One Alone (Kitab al-ahadiyyah) |
By : Hadrat Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi al-Hatimi at-Ta’I – Translated by: Shaikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti

 

 

Choon Mah Dar Arz-o-Samaa, TaabaaN Tui
Rashke Malak Noore Khudaa, InsaaN Tui

Roshan ze rooyat do jahaaN, Akse rukhat khursheed-o-maaN
Ay Noore Zaate Kibriyaa, RakhshaaN Tui

Aayaate Quran Abruyat, Tafseere Quran Gaysuyat

Ay Roohay tu Quraan-e-maa, ImaaN Tui

Yaa Mustafaa Yaa Mujtabaa irham lanaa
Dast-e-maa bechara raa, DaamaaN Tui

Man aasiyam, man aajzam, man bekasam haale maraa
Ya Shafa’e Roze Jazaa, PursaaN Tui

Jami ravat az chashme maa Jalvaa numa behre Khudaa
Jaano dilam har do fidaa, JaanaaN Tui
The earth and sky kiss your doorstep; You are the Glow!
Covet of the angels, the Light of Allah; You are the Perfect Man!

The two worlds are illuminated by your [blessed] face
the sun and moon reflects your [blessed] countenance

O Light of Allah Almighty! You are the Luster!
Your eyebrows [reflect the beauty of] the verses of the Quran

Your hair [reflects the vigor of] the exegesis of the Quran
Your [blessed] soul is our Quran; You are [the foundation] of belief!

O Chosen One! O Elected One! Have mercy on us!
Our hands find nothing to cling to; you are the [covering] safe haven!

I am a sinner, I am weak, I am helpless — this is my condition
O Intercessor of the Day of Recompense! You are the savior!

Jami (ra) with his own eyes saw the likeness of the unveiling of God’s [vast] ocean
my body and soul are sacrificed for you; you are the essence!

~ Hazrat Maulana Jami Abdul Rahman bin Ahmad bin Muhammad al Shirazi r.a (1414 – 1492)

Although the Prophet’s light is the most powerful in the universe, since he is the nearest created being to Allah, it is not the only one. Angels are made of light, the Qur’an is light, the spirits of human beings are light, faith is light, knowledge is light, the sun, the moon, and the stars are also lights. The light of each human being depends upon his faith, knowledge, and virtue. Thus the most powerful lights are those of Divine Messengers, then those of Prophets, saints, virtuous believers, and finally those of sinful believers. This is the hierarchy of human beings. Both the first and the last are human, all have lights, and all are slaves of Allah, but the distance between the top of the pyramid and its bottom is so great that those at the bottom, in Paradise, will see those at the top as distant as, in this world, we see the stars at night. [Tirmidhi]

Excerpt From: Haqiqat al-Muhammadiyya (The Muhammadan Reality) by Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

 

God, says, may His remembrance be venerated, God is the protecting friend of those who believe, He brings them forth from darkness into light. (2:257)

In the Quran, darkness is always mentioned in its plural form “Dhulumat” This emphasizes that the varieties of dark­ness are many. Among them we could mention, idolatry, dis­belief, oppression, lying, cheating, fornication, stealing, doubt, pornography, gluttony, etc. Light is always mentioned in the singular—Nur. Truth is one for it emanates from the One, God, who is al-Haqq (the Truth). Involvement with any one of the varieties of darkness will inevitably open the door to involvement with others. A person trapped in such a state will be torn and unfocused in his of her life. When one basks in the light of faith, one will find that God focuses one’s concerns and worldly involvements, and makes them subservient to a single concern, seeking His good pleasure.

~ Excerpt from The translation, notes, and commentary of

Imam al-Harith al-Muhasibi’s Risala al-Mustarshidin

(Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance) by Zaid Shakir

First Thought

 

If you want dervish hood,

spiritual poverty,

and emptiness, you must be friends with a sheikh.

Talking about it, reading books,

and doing practices don’t help.

Soul receives from soul that knowing

~ Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (r.a)

If you are possessed of discernment joined with knowledge, seek the company of the dervishes and become one with them. Love for the dervishes is the key which opens the door into Paradise. The Dervish’s garment is nothing but a patched robe, and he is not led astray by earthly desires and passions.

~ Farid al-Din’Attar

 

Second Thought

For me the way to the light was through my Murshid.

The Holy Quran: Translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali:

Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things. O ye who believe! Celebrate the praises of Allah, and do this often; And glorify Him morning and evening. He it is Who sends blessings on you, as do His angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the Believers. Their salutation on the Day they meet Him will be “Peace” and He has prepared for them a generous Reward. O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad Tidings, and Warner, And as one who invites to Allah’s (grace) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light.
Then give the Glad Tidings to the Believers that they shall have from Allah a very great Bounty. 

~ Surah Al Ahzâb – The Clans, The Coalition 33: 40-47

O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance: In the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, – the Day that Allah will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say, “Our Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness: for Thou hast power over all things.” 

~ Surah At Tahrîm – Banning, Prohibition 66:8

 

Dear friend, your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust, which has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets. When the light from Allah (Who) is the light of the heavens and the earth begins to shine upon the regions of your heart, the lamp of the heart will be lit. It is your private sun, for you are the one whom Allah guides…

~ Hazrat Abdu’l-Qadir Al-Gilani (r.a)

 

Never be without remembrance of Him,

for His remembrance gives strength

and wings to the bird of the Spirit.

If that objective of yours is fully realised,

that is” Light upon Light “…

… But at the very least,

by practicing God’s remembrance

your inner being will be illuminated

little by little and you will achieve

some measure of detachment from the world.

~ Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (r.a)

There is a great difficulty in knowing God because His brightness is too much for the heart of man to bear. Man knows the extraordinary brightness of the sun, which reveals all things, yet if the earth did not revolve around the sun causing night, or if shade did not veil it, no one would know that light exists. He is hidden by His brightness.

~ Ahmed al-Ghazzali

Tis light makes color visible; at night
Red, green, and russet vanish from thy sight,
So too, the light by darkness is made known,
All hid things by their contraries are shown.

~ Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi r.a

 

My Roshanee with still silent elegant grace walks into my being
Sanity once drained refilled regained
She shows me the path to the truth in unimaginable ways
As I am crushed with gratefulness my eyes fill up…
A strange desire sweeps through me
Sweet smells drown my senses
I hope and pray that maybe one day
Due to this immense generosity bestowed upon me
By the blessed souls chain that leads to you -The beyond
Make me worthy to have lived this part of the journey to eternity,
For the sake of the blessed souls
Whose lives touched this wayward mortal and made me whole.

~ fm

Overwhelm me completely
My life, my love, my Murshid
As I gaze forward to increasing light and hope
You take me from the opalescent
To translucent, to luminous, to you

How I wish the day arrive
when you overwhelm me completely
When you haunt my every thought
As I lose track of time and space
All visible colours begin and end in you
All senses perceived hum a single tune
The night shadows reveal you in each turn
Limitless stars illuminate the night sky each star was you
Sunbeam’s radiance the colourful gamut all amplify you

Till such a day arrive
Ashamed to ask of your attention
Hopefully sooner than later the day arrive
To be worthy of your prayers
I live to reach such a time

~ fm

 

My eye a receptacle for the light from your eyes 

such a light is riveting encompassing 

an absolute absorption

leading me compelling humbling 

leaving me requesting for more

 vivid memories 

~fm

Gracious closest moments with you 

Memories humbling times with you 

Walking soaking the radiance of you

 Burning imprinting you in my mind 

etching drawing engraving you in my eyes 

My life my inspiration 

My head clear my heart strong

 And only you you you

~fm

… sunshine’s another seemingly ordinary day

with its eccentric and evident grace

as it catches my eye

 I think of you only

~fm

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