Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS)
Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ of The Multiversal Communist Collective (MP3)—a puppet nation attached to Ṣạdiyqiym hạ–Dāṯ hạ–Bāhāʾiyṯ of Democratic Communist Federation (Spartakusland)—belongs, on NationStates, to The Confederation of Traditional Socialist Nations and to The World Assembly. Moreover, the confederation is a signatory to The Vanguard Treaty. Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ, Path of Bāhūism, governs The Multiversal Communist Collective through a radical proletarian democracy. The genre fuses science–fiction, Islamic studies (Arabic/ʿArabiyyaẗ, دِّرَاسات الإسْلاميّة [MP3], Ddirāsāt ʾal–⫰Is°lāmiyyaẗ), Marxism–Luxemburgism (MP3), Antifa (MP3), and the critical realism of Roy Bhaskar (MP3).
Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ (Arabic/ʿArabiyyaẗ, طَرِيقَة َلبَاهُوِيَّة [MP3]), the namesake of Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (Arabo–Persian/ʿArabiyyaẗ–Fārisiyyaẗ, حَضْرَت سُلْطَان بَاهُو [MP3]), ʿalay°hi ʾal–ssalām (Arabic, عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام [MP3], “upon Him be peace” or “AS”), was established as a parabolic Western branch of Bāhū’s (AS) Punjabi (Persian/Fār°sí, پِنْجَابِی [MP3], Pun°ǧābí; Urdu/ʾUr°dū, پُنْجَابِی [MP3], Pun°ǧābí; Shahmukhi Punjabi/Šāh Muḱ°hí Pun°ǧābí, پَنْجَابِی [MP3], Pan°ǧābí; and Guramukhi Punjabi/Guramukhī Pajābī, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ [MP3], Pajābī) Sār°vārí–i Qād°riýýah–i Ṣūfí–i Ṭaríqat (Arabo–Persian, سَارْوَارِیِ قَادْرِیَّهِ صُویفِیِ طَرِيقَت [MP3]) or Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Qād°riyyaẗ ʾal–Sār°wāriyyaẗ (Perso–Arabic/Fārisiyyaẗ–ʿArabiyyaẗ, طَرِيقَة القَاْدرِيَّة السَارْوَارِيَّة [MP3]).
Therefore, Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ, as a communist internationalist coördinating body, now enters the sil°silaẗ (Arabic, سِلْسِلَة [MP3]), “chain”) of Qād°riyyaẗ (Arabic, قَدْرِيَّة [MP3], “capability” or “competence”). The following listing contains numerous other linguistic renderings of Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ:
According to tradition, ʿAb°d ʾal–Qad°r ʾal–Ǧīlāniyy (Arabic, عَبد القَادْر الجِيلَانِيّ [MP3]), the Ṣūfiyy forebear of Bāhū’s (AS) own ṭarīqaẗ, was the founder (Arabic, الإِمَام [MP3] ʾal–⫰imām, “the pathfinder”) of Qād°riyyaẗ. He is commonly referred to as pír–i pírān (Persian, پِیرِ پِیرَان [MP3], “elder of elders.”) Etymologically:
Bāhū (AS) was born in the Punjabi village of Angah (Urdu, انْگَہ [MP3], ʾAn°gāh), Soon Valley (Urdu, وَادْیِ سُون [MP3], Wād°ý–i Sūn), Khushab District (Urdu, ضِلَع خُوشَابَ [MP3], Ḍilaʿ H̱ūšāba), which is located in today’s Pakistan (Urdu and Shahmukhi Punjabi, پَاكِسْتَانَ [MP3], Pākis°tāna, “land of the pure”). Indeed, He spent His entire life, circa 1628–1691, in present–day Pakistan’s portion of a not–yet–divided Punjab (originally Persian, پُنْجَاب [MP3], Pun°ǧāb; Urdu, پُنْجَابَ [MP3], Pun°ǧāba; Shahmukhi Punjabi, پَنْجَابَ [MP3], Pan°ǧāba; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਪੰਜਾਬ [MP3], Pajāba; or Arabic, Ban°ǧāb, بَنْجَاب [MP3]), the “five–water” land).
These five waters—rivers or waterways—which flow through the Punjab are themselves tributaries of the Indus River (Urdu, دَرِیَائَِے سِنْدْھَ [MP3], Dariýā⫯ýē Sin°d°ha; Shahmukhi Punjabi, سِنْدْھَ دَرِیَا [MP3], Sin°d°ha Dariýā; or Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸਿੰਧ ਦਰਿਆ [MP3], Sidha Dariꞌā). The tributaries are:
Garh Maharaja (Urdu or Shahmukhi Punjabi, گَڑْھَ مَہَارَاجَا [MP3], Gaṛ°ha Mahārāǧā; Hindi, गढ़ महाराजा [MP3], Gaṛha Mahārājā; or Guramukhi Punjabi, ਗੜ੍ਹ ਮਹਾਰਾਜਾ [MP3], Gaṛha Mahārājā, “Fort of the Great King”) is a municipality belonging to Pakistan’s Punjab. That blessed city serves as the capital of Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ of The Multiversal Communist Collective. Most importantly, however, the building which houses the shrine and mausoleum of Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS) is located in Garh Maharaja:
This fanciful collective and its mythical ṭarīqaẗ celebrate the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement (originally Sanskrit/Saṃskrtam, भक्ति [MP3], bhakti; or Urdu, بْھَکْتِی [MP3], b°haḱ°tí, “involvement” with the beloved; and Arabic, صُوفِيّ, Ṣūfiyy [MP3], wearing “woolen” garments), circa 800–1700 A.D. My personal prototype, or ideal type, for devotion is the Bhakti or Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement. The adorational center, or flowering, of the Golden Age of Islam (Arabic, إسْلَام [MP3], ⫰Is°lām, peaceful surrender) might be found in this heart–focused movement. It arose chiefly from within the subaltern, or marginalized, peasant populations of diverse faiths in South Asia, including the Indus Valley (Urdū, وَادْیِ سنْدْھَ [MP3], Wād°ý–i Sin°d°ha).
To put it another way, Sufism principally developed in South Asia. The extended association between devotional Hindus [Sanskrit, हिंदुओं [MP3] Hiṃduoṃ, “rivers” or “oceans”] and Muslims [Arabic, مُسْلِمُونَ [MP3], Mus°limūna, “peacefully surrendering ones”] was largely responsible for this wonderfully transcendent phenomenon. Although aspects of the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement have been carried forward in some contemporary spiritual organizations, the final and unfortunate breakup of India into two, and then three, countries in the 20ᵗʰ century signaled the end of the movement’s prominence as a compelling social force in South Asia. I have produced two relevant podcasts (MP3) for The Dr. Mark Foster Show.
Listen to this delightful Hindu (Sanskrit, हिंदू [MP3], Hiṃdū, “river” or “ocean”) bhakti song (MP3). The ecstasy of infatuation, rather than the tragedy of legalism, galvanized this enlightened era of interfaith amity. Indeed, given the syncretism of the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement, terms from Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Hindi, and so forth are scattered throughout the manuscript. The parent order of Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ, the Sār°vārí–i Qād°riýýah–i Ṣūfí–i Ṭaríqat, was, moreover, integral to both the potency and continuity of that movement.
Yet, the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement’s regional and even Western influence has endured, albeit with considerably diminished influence, to the present. Here is some background information concerning its illustrious history:
The Bhakti–Sufi movement was … [a] major pan–Indian articulation … of subaltern dissent.
The spokesmen/women of the movement mostly came from the subaltern or marginalised sections of society and were workers, women or Muslims …. Sultan Bahu … and other Sufi poets were Muslims by birth.
〜 K. Satchidanandan, “Between Saints and Secularists.” Belonging. Volume II. Issue 3. Undated. No pagination.
An important landmark in the cultural history of medieval India [Hindi, इंडिया; MP3, Iṃḍiyā, “river” or “ocean”] was the silent revolution in society brought about by a galaxy of socio-religious reformers, a revolution known as the Bhakti Movement. This movement was responsible for many rites and rituals associated with the worship of God by Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs [Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ; MP3, Sikhāṁ] of [the] Indian subcontinent. For example, Kirtan [Sanskrit, कीर्तन; MP3, kīrtana, “telling”] at a Hindu Temple, Qawaali [Urdu, قَوُّالِی; MP3, qawwālí, “utterance”] at a Dargah [Persian, دَرْگَه; MP3, dar°gah, “threshold” or, by implication, shrine] (by Muslims), and singing of Gurbani [Guramukhi Punjabi, ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ; MP3, gurabāṇī, “wise speech”] at a Gurdwara [Guramukhi Punjabi, ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ; MP3, guraduꞌārā, “door to the guru”], are all derived from the Bhakti movement of medieval India (800–1700) ….
Sufism represents the inward or esoteric side of Islam or the mystical dimension of Muslim [Arabic, مُسْلِم, Mus°lim, “peacefully surrendering one”] religion. However, the Sufi saints transcending all religious and communal distinctions, worked for promoting the interest of humanity at large. The Sufis [Arabic, صُوفِيُّونَ; MP3, Ṣūfiyyūna] were a class of philosophers remarkable for their religious catholicity …. It [Sufism] rebelled against all forms of religious formalism, orthodoxy, falsehood and hypocrisy and endeavoured to create a new world order in which spiritual bliss was the only and the ultimate goal ….
… Sultan Bahu (ca 1628–1691) was a Muslim Sufi and saint who founded the Sarwari Qadiri Sufi order. Sultan Bahu was born in Anga, Soon Valley, in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Like many other Sufi saints of South Asia Sultan Bahu was a prolific writer. More than forty books on Sufism are attributed to him, mostly in Persian.
〜 Arun Joshi, “Bhakti Movement in India and Punjab.” The Times of India. Undated. No pagination.
India saw a remarkable fusion of Islamic [Arabic, إِسْلَامِيَّة; MP3, ⫰Is°lāmiyyaẗ] and indigenous Hindu traditions, giving rise to a rich composite culture.… One of the best representatives of this confluence of traditions is the Bhakti-Sufi movement, a form of personal piety that challenged the hegemony of the religious orthodoxy and crusaded against caste and community divisions and meaningless ritualism.
A wealth of literature abounds with the teachings and writings of these Hindu and Sufi mystics ….
〜 Laxmi G. Tewari, “Common Grounds between Bhajan and Qawwali.‧ Conference on Music in the World of Islam. Assilah. August 8ᵗʰ–13ᵗʰ, 2007. Assilah, Morocco. Page 1–3. Retrieved on August 17ᵗʰ, 2013.
Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS) wrote principally in Persian. He was, truly, among the leading Exemplars of the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement. Bāhū (AS), “with ʾAllꞌah” (SWT), was a clever portmanteau by His mother, Bíbí Rās°tí (Persian, بِیبِی رَاسْتِی; MP3, “Grande Dame; MP3, Truth”), ssalām ʾAllꞌah ʿalay°hā (Arabic, سَّلَام الله عَلَيْهَا; MP3, “peace of ʾAllꞌah be upon her” or “SAA”). Linguistically, Bāhū (AS), was formulated by Rās°tí (SAA) from the Indo–European “bā” (Persian, بَا; MP3, “with”) and the Semitic “Hū” (Arabic, هُو; MP3, “He,” i.e., ʾAllꞌah (SWT), ﷲ). In her rank as the virtuous, sanctified, and loving mother of Bāhū (SA), she abides, without question, in the company of the most blessed women to have inhabited the Earth.
With one dot, Bā Hū [Perso–Arabic, بَا هُو; MP3, “With He”) becomes Yā Hū [Arabic, يَا هُو; MP3), “O He”] ….
And Bāhū is always steeped in the remembrance of Yā Hū.
〜 Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū. Source unknown. Undated.
I humbly regard that hallowed Soul of the Perfect Man, Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS), viewed within the specific context of Sufism (Arabic, تَصَوُّف [MP3], Taṣawwuf, or صُوفِيَّة [MP3], Ṣūfiyyaẗ; Persian, تَصَوُّف [MP3], Taṣavvuf; or Urdu, تَصَوُّف [MP3], Taṣawwuf) as well as the broader scope of Islam, to be a Lesser Apostle―a Muǧaddad (Arabic, مُجَدَّد [MP3], “Reformer or Renewer”) or a Ġaw°ṯ ʾal–Zamān (Arabic, غَوْث الزَمَان [MP3], “Intercessor, Aid, or Succor of the Time”). He was a pure and receptive Crescent to the resplendent Star of the Prophet Muḥammad (Arabic, النَبِيّ مُحَمَّد [MP3]), ʾal–Nabiyy Muḥammad ), ṣallaỳ ʾAllꞌah ʿalay°hi wa–ssalām (Arabic, صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَّلَام [MP3], “blessings of ʾAllꞌah be upon Him and peace” or “SAAW”).
Lesser Apostles or lesser Prophets, ʿalay°him ʾal-ssalām (Arabic, عَلَيْهِم السَّلَام [MP3], “upon Them be peace” or “AS”), appear, in my view, under the dispensational authority of each major Prophet. Subject to the sovereign Will of ʾAllꞌah (SWT), this sacred pattern may repeat again and again. Some lesser Prophets (AS), even all of Them in the present age, might not be divinely authorized to broadcast their Stations. Yet, Paul (Latin/Latīna, Paulus [MP3]; or Ellēnistikḗ Koinḗ/Common Greek, Παῦλος [MP3], Paûlos), AS, clearly announced His Prophetic bona fides. Though not counted among the original twelve apostles, after witnessing a miraculous vision of Jesus Christ (Common Greek, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός [MP3], ’Iēsoûs Christós), AS, during a journey, Paul proclaimed Himself an Apostle or a Messenger.
An ⫯Uway°siyy (Arabic, أُوَيْسِيّ [MP3]) transmission is an inner, spiritual communication, from Muḥammad (SAAW) or other divinely blessed beings, to a true believer. Unlike other supernal conveyances of grace or sanctification, neither the bestower of the blessing nor its direct recipient are in immediate physical proximity. Rather, this heavenly act of consecration occurs in the sublime realms of concealment, not in the lowly realms of exposition. ⫯Uway°siyy transmissions may thus be considered, in a certain sense, to be miraculous. However, the mechanisms which operate in the celestial, empyrean dimensions vis–à–vis the mundane, prosaic planes should be correlated only with the greatest caution and reservation.
In ⫯Uway°siyy transmissions, permission or authorization (Arabic, إِجَازَة [MP3], ⫰iǧāzaẗ) is conveyed, in occultation (Arabic, غَيْبَة [MP3], ġaybaẗ), by an outwardly unrelated entity (living, deceased, or mythological), including the Prophet Muḥammad (SAAW), the legendary or semilegendary ʾal–H̱iḍr (الخِضِر [MP3], “the Green One),” departed šuyūẖ (شُيُوخ [MP3], “elders” or “shaykhs”), and founders of Ṣūfiyy orders (Arabic, أَئِمَّة [MP3], ⫯a⫯yimmaẗ, “pathfinders” or “imams”). Via otherworldly states of inspired dreams (Arabic, مَنَامَات [MP3], manāmāt) and luminous visions (Arabic, رُؤًى [MP3], ru⫯waṇỳ), vows of loyalty, like the oaths of fealty once owed by knights to medieval European feudal lords, are pledged one to another.
The term ⫯Uway°siyy is named in honor of the great saint, ⫯Uway°s ʾib°n ⫯Amīr ʾib°n Har°b ʾal–Qar°niyy (Arabic, أُوَيس اِبْن أَمِير اِبْن هَرب القَرْنِيّ [MP3]). He was the first individual known to have experienced such a celestial encounter. Although ⫯Uway°s ʾal–Qar°niyy lived as Muḥammad’s (SAAW) contemporary, the two of them never had the opportunity to meet face to face. Yet, tradition has it, this venerated Yemenite (Arabic, يَمَنِيّ [MP3], Yamaniyy) was the recipient, within the world of spirits (Arabic, العَالَم الأَرْوَاح [MP3], ʾal–ʿālam ʾal–arwāḥ), of a sacred transmission from the beloved Muḥammad (SAAW). Linguistically, ⫯Uway°s (Arabic, أُوَيس) translates as “wolf cub,” while ʾal–Qar°niyy (Arabic, القَرْنِيّ) is “the centenary.”
The ⫯Uway°siyy transmission of Muḥammad (Arabic, النَبِيّ مُحَمَّد [MP3]), SAAW, to Bāhū (AS) can be compared, mythopœically, to the experiences of Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn hạ-Lēwiy bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl (Hebrew/ʿIḇəriyṯ and Yiddish/Yiyḏiyš, מֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן בֶּן הֶערְשֶׁעל [MP3]). Following a miraculous ⫯Uway°siyy communion with Bāhū (AS), bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl fictively converted from Judaism (Hebrew, הָיַהֲדוּת [MP3], Yạhăḏōṯ]) to Islam to became the founding píra ū mur°šida or pir–o–murshid (Urduized Persian and Arabic, پِیرَ و مُرْشِدَ [MP3], “elder and” guide possessing “integrity, maturity, and sensibility”) of Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ). The Hindi versions are pīra aura murśida (Hindi, पीर और मुर्शिद [MP3]) and pīra–o–murśida (Hindi, पीर-ओ-मुर्शिद [MP3].
Customarily, bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl is addressed as píra ū mur°šida. This Urdu honorific is a compound phrase from Persian, Urdu, and Arabic. Pír (Persian, پِیر [MP3]) may be translated as either “elder” or “elderly man.” Ū (و [MP3]), like ʾaw°ra (Urdu, اوْرَ [MP3]), is an Urdu term for “and.” Mur°šid (مُرْشِد [MP3]), lastly, remains an Arabic designation for a guide possessing “integrity, maturity, and sensibility.” That being said, bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl is a simple and modest man. Unconcerned with the frivolities of temporal salutations, he regards himself, above all, as a servant of ʾAllꞌah (SWT) and all humanity (Arabic, عَبْد الله وَالبَشَرِيَّة الجَمْعَاء [MP3], ʿab°d ʾAllꞌah wa–ʾal–bašariyyaẗ ʾal–ǧam°ʿā). There is, to him, no more blessed honor.
Other appellations which, to varying degrees, possess similar connotations to píra ū mur°šida include:
Another example of an alleged ⫯Uway°siyy transmission from Bāhū (AS) is Hazrat Syedna Riaz Ahmed Sarkar Gohar Shahi (Urdū, حَضْرَةَ سِیُدْنَا رِیَاضَ احْمَد سَرْکَارَ گُوھَرَ شَاہهِی, Ḥaḍ°rata Siýýid°nā Riýāḍa ʾAḥ°mada Sar°ḱāra Guhara Šāhí [MP3], his holy “presence, our master,” gardens of “paradise, highly prized, overseer, jewel, imperial”). Intriguingly, before I was consciously aware of beloved Bāhū, I sought out and received personal instruction in my suburban Kansas City home (Olathe, Kansas) from an initiator authorized by Guhar Šāhí (commonly, Gohar Shahi). This amiable disciple, whose name I unfortunately cannot recall, represented the American Sufi Institute (P.O. Box 462, Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, U.S. 58301).
The American Sufi Institute has since been renamed as ʾal–Mar°ḱāza-i Rūḥāní Qād°rí [Urdu, المَرْکَازَِ رُوحَانِی قَادْرِی [MP3], the Spiritual Center of Qād°rí] (Qādirīyyaẗ Sufism). This group, which is presently located in the Jamshoro District (Urdū, ذِلَاِ جَامْشُورُو [MP3], Ḏilā-i Ǧām°šūrū) of Sindh (Sindhi, سِنْڌ [MP3], Sin°dʱ; or Urdu سنْدْھ [MP3], Sin°d°h), Pakistan, regards Guhar Šāhí as a Sunni Muslim (Arabic, مُسْلِم السُنِّيّ [MP3], Mus°lim ʾal–Sunniyy)—not as a mih°dí (Urdu, مِہْدِی [MP3]) or mih°dí (Persian, مِهْدِی [MP3]), from mah°diyy (original Arabic, مَهْدِيّ [MP3], rightly “guided one”) or messiah (Hebrew, מָשִׁיחַ [MP3], māšiyḥạ, “anointed one”) —who welcomed people from all religions.
Guhar Šāhí taught various meditative practices, including a type of taṣavvur-i ism-i ḏāt. As I discovered much later, Šāhí, after claiming to have an inward, mystical experience with Bāhū (AS), founded a similarly ⫯Uway°siyy branch of Sār°vārí–i Qād°riýýah–i Ṣūfí–i Ṭaríqata, ʾal–Qād°riyyaẗ ʾal–Mun°tahiyyaẗ [Arabic, القَادرِيَّة المُنْتَهِيَّة [MP3], the Qādirīyyaẗ of the Uttermost], and he developed a comprehensive set of teachings and methods called the Religion of God (Persian, دِينِ اِلَهِی [MP3], Dín-i ʾIlāhí; or Urdu, دِينِ اِلَہِی [MP3], Dín–i ʾIlāhí). Šāhí was, I feel, my personal gateway to Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS).
Born in 1941, and now controversially deceased (2001 or 2003), Šāhí is, I believe, my fellow traveller under Bāhū’s watchful eye:
When … Guhar Šāhí was at about the age of thirty four, at one night Ḥaḍ°rat Barí ʾImām [Urdu, حَضْرَت بَرِی اِمَام; MP3] (tomb is in Islamabad [Urdu, اِسْلَام آبَاد; MP3, ʾIs°lām ʾÂbād, “city of Islam”]) appeared before him and said: “My son your time has come, you must go to the shrine of Sulṭān Bāhū [AS] to receive the Spiritual Knowledge.” … Guhar Šāhí then left every thing and went to shrine of Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū [AS]. Sulṭān Bāhū [AS] appeared before him and advised to read and act upon his book Nūr ʾal–Hudaỳ ([Arabic, نُور الهُدَى; MP3] Light of Guidance) and go to Saý°h°wan Šaríf [Urdū, سَیْہْوَن شَرِيف; MP3], … Dadu [Urdu, دَادُو, Dādū [MP3], Pakistan.… Guhar Šāhí read the book Nūr ʾal–Hudaỳ and went … for self-purification and peace of heart ….
… [Guhar Šāhí] then left his work, family and parents and went to Šūr°ḱuṭ [Shahmukhi Punjabi, شُورْکُوٹ; MP3], where under the blessful supervision of … Sulṭān Bāhū [AS] … [Guhar Šāhí] made the book Nūr ʾal–Hudaỳ (a book written by … Bāhū [AS] …), his journey’s companion. He then went to Sayhwan Šarīf for self-mortification and peace of heart and spent a period of three years in the mountains of Sayhwan Šarīf and the [southern Indian] forest of Lālbāg [Kannaḍa, ಲಾಲ್ಬಾಗ್; MP3, “Red Garden”] in self-Purification. Thereafter pursuant to a revelation … [Guhar Šāhí] went to Ǧām°šūrū where he spent six months in a hut behind the Textbook Board Building, henceforth, with Almighty ʾAllꞌah’s will, His Holiness … [Guhar Šāhí] started to shower Almighty ʾAllꞌah’s creation with his benevolence.
〜 Guhar Šāhí. 2009. Retrieved on September 8, 2013. Some words have been transliterated differently and spellings corrected.
I have never claimed to be Mih°dí. The false claimant [Younus AlGohar?, Urdu, یُونُس الگُوھَر [MP3], Ýūnus ʾal–Gūhar, Joseph the Jewel] is misled and ill–fated. However, I have elaborated the signs of True Mih°dí. As Holy Prophet Muḩammad (peace be upon him) has a seal of prophet at his back. Likewise on the back of Mih°dí there will be a seal of Mih°dí which will be embossed by veins and whosoever will posses this sign we will accept him as … Mih°dí.
〜 Guhar Šāhí, A Great Spiritual Personality. October, 1999. Retrieved on September 8ᵗʰ, 2013. Some words have been transliterated differently and spellings corrected.
With profound humility, Bāhū (AS), in His lovingkindness or compassion (Pāli, मेत्ता [MP3], mettā; Sanskrit, Hindi, and Marāṭhī, मैत्री [MP3], maitrī; Nepālī, मैत्री [MP3], mitratā; Gujarātī, મિત્રતા [MP3], mitratā; Sinhalese/Siṃhala, මිත්රත්වය [MP3], mitratvaya; Thai, มิตรภาพ [MP3], mitrp̣hāph; or Khmer, មេត្តា [MP3], mettea), remains, until the end that has no end, the collective center of our obeisance. Although I only recognized the eminent Bāhū’s (AS) personal agency back in 2011, he may have been with me, guiding me, during my entire life. For some inexplicable reason of the heart, I was drawn, above all else, to beloved Bāhū (AS) while studying Sufism.
Then on September 8ᵗʰ, 2013, during a reflection, I realized that Bāhū (AS) reached out, though Guhar Šāhí, and connected more deeply with me. Šāhí was, at the time, still, unarguably, in this world:
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Joining Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ
Bis°mi ʾAllꞌah or Bismillah (Arabic, بِسْمِ الله [MP3], In the Name of ʾAllꞌah): In the Name of ʾAllꞌah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful! (Arabic, ﷽! [MP3], bismi ʾAllꞌah ʾal–Rrḥman ʾal–Rraḥīmi!). Should one yearn to drink from the life–giving waters or, more literally, wellspring of life (عَيْن الحَيَاة,ʿay°n ʾal–ḥayāẗ [MP3]), one may obtain membership in Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ of The Multiversal Communist Collective. The hand of ʾAllꞌah (SWT) remains outstretched to all sincere souls. None are ever refused.
Only an aspirant (Arabic, طَمَّاح [MP3], ṭammāḥ; طُمُوح [MP3], ṭumūḥ; or طَامِح [MP3], ṭāmiḥ; Hebrew, שׁוֹאֵף [MP3], šōʾēp̄; Persian and Urdu, آرْزُومَنْد [MP3], ʾâr°zūman°d; Shahmukhi Punjabi, بَینَتِیکَرَ [MP3], bēnatíḱara; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਬੇਨਤੀਕਰ [MP3], bēnatīkara; or Hindi, आकांक्षी [MP3], ākāṃkṣī) truly committed to the following reverential activities attains, in both spirit and form (Arabic, رُوح وَقَالِب [MP3], rūḥ wa–qālib), to the station (Arabic, المَحَطَّة [MP3], ʾal–maḥaṭṭaẗ), indeed the exalted station (Arabic, مَكَانَاً العَلِيَّاً [MP3], makānāṇ ʾal–ʿaliyyāṇ), of ʾal–murīd (Arabic, المُرِيد [MP3]), “the aspirant”:
Heartburn doth afflict me with one as with the other.
The moment I cast them aside, my pathway was arid no longer. I found myself immersed in the ocean of divine Unity.
Many souls, poorly prepared for that which awaited them, dived into the ocean and drowned. Few swam successfully to the journey’s end.
Only those who held steadfastly to the Master’s hand reached the heavenly shore in safety.
Furthermore, Bāhū (AS) has made these promises to His beloveds:
O seeker! Thou hast requested permission [Arabic, إِجَازَة, ⫰iǧāzaẗ] for mystical knowledge [Arabic, مَعْرِفَة; MP3, maʿ°rifaẗ] from me ….
I will show thee ʾAllꞌah as nearer to thee than thy jugular [or life] vein [Persian, šāh°rag شَاهْرَگ; MP3], king vein].
〜 Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū, Kalām–i Bāhū. Translation significantly modified by Mark A. Foster (Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn hạ-Lēwiy bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹl).
Whoso shalt study this book, by day and by night, with sincerity, certitude, and conviction will become cognizant of the divine [Arabic, إِلهِيّ; MP3, ⫰ilhiyy] secrets. He hath no need of instruction [Arabic, تَلْقِين; MP3, tal°qīn] and teaching [Arabic, تَعْلِيم; MP3, taʿ°līm] from a living guide [Arabic, مُرْشِد; MP3], mur°šid].
〜 Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū, Kalām–i Bāhū. Translation significantly modified by Mark A. Foster (Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn hạ-Lēwiy bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹl).
Morality is emancipatory. In a theology of liberation, the Apostles were revolutionaries, not reactionaries. Sadly, some social conservatives have have duped the U.S. public. Presumably to win elections, they equate morality with traditionalism, while the opposite is true. Was Jesus (Hebrew, יֵשׁוּעַ [MP3], Yēšūʿạ), AS, in challenging polytheism, a conservative? Muḥammad’s (SAAW) followers, clearly not pacifists in the face of injustice, engaged in a revolutionary defense of their community. When Moses (Hebrew, מֹשֶׁה [MP3], Mōšẹh; AS) and His disciples were persecuted in Egypt, they trusted in ʾAllꞌah (SWT) and traversed the wildernesss. Ḥaḍ°rat Sul°ṭān Bāhū (AS), for His part, challenged both major branches of Islam.
Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy Studies and More
There have been further expressions of the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement (Arabic, حَرَكَة البْهَاكْتِيَّة الصُوفِيَّة [MP3], ḥarakaẗ ʾal–b°hāk°tiyyaẗ ʾal–Ṣūfiyyaẗ), and its subsequent offshoots, to which I was drawn at various points of my life. For instance, at 12 years old (1968), I nearly joined Sikhism, a progeny of that movement, which was founded by Gurū Nānaka (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ [MP3]), 1469–1539. Sikhism’s strong monotheism coupled with its doctrine of reincarnation were particularly attractive to me. However, through snail mail correspondence, that same year, with the Sikh Temple in Stockton, California, I was dissuaded by the five Ks (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਪੰਜ ਕਕਾਰ [MP3], paja kakāra) for baptised Sikhs.
Reluctantly, I acknowledged that Sikhism, however much I loved it, was rooted in an earlier time and a far different locale. The religion’s mode of dress and hair style was never intended for the student locker room of a 1960s American gymnasium. Attiring myself with such unconventional accoutrements, displayed in the two pictures below left, made no more sense than wearing the medieval European apparel of a traditional Hasidic Jew (Hebrew/ʿIḇəriyṯ, יְהוּדִי הַחָסִיד [MP3], Yəhūḏiy hạ–Ḥāsiyḏ), as portrayed below right. Being thus adorned, with the trappings of one faith or the other, would have placed a target on my back. I cannot imagine the reception by my seventh–grade classmates, especially the school’s bullies.
Nevertheless, my interest in Sikhism was undeterred. That affinity has, in fact, continued even to the present day. I established an association with the neo–Sikh Sant Nirankari Mission (Hindi, संत निरंकारी मिशन, Saṃta Niraṃkārī Miśana [MP3]; or Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸੰਤ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ ਮਿਸ਼ਨ, Sata Nirakārī Miśana [MP3], “Mission of the Truth–Teller of the Formless One”) on April 6ᵗʰ, 2018. It is currently under the direction of Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji (Hindi, सतगुरु माता सविंदर हरदेव जी [MP3], Sataguru Mātā Saviṃdara Haradeva Jī; or Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਮਾਤਾ ਸਾਵਿਤਰੀ ਹਰਦੇਵ ਜੀ [MP3], Satigurū Mātā Sāvitarī Haradēva Jī), born in 1957. The organization was started, in 1980, by Baba Buta Singh (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਬਾਬਾ ਬੂਟਾ ਸਿੰਘ [MP3], Bābā Būṭā Sigha; or Hindi, बाबा बंटा सिंह [MP3], Bābā Baṃṭā Siṃha), 1954–2016 (perished in an automobile accident).
The simran (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸਿਮਰਨ [MP3], simarana; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਸਿਮਰਨਾ [MP3], simaranā; Hindi, सिमरण [MP3], simaraṇa; Hindi, सिमरन [MP3], simarana; or Urdu, سِمَرَنَ, simarana [MP3], “remembrance”), an originally Guramukhi Punjabi word (from the Sanskrit, स्मरण [MP3], smaraṇa, “remembrance”), of Sant Nirankari Mission is Eka tū hī niraṃkāra, maiṃ terī śaraṇa, menū bakṣa lo (Hindi, एक तू ही निरंकार, मैं तेरी शरण, मेनू बक्ष लो [MP3] or chanted [MP3], “O Thou Formless One, I surrender to Thee. Please forgive me.”).
Decades earlier, while unaware of the historical connection with Sikhism, I was, in approximately 1970, attracted to the religion of Eckankar (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਇੱਕ ਓਅੰਕਾਰ [MP3], Ika Ōꞌakāra; Shahmukhi Punjabi, اِکَ اوأَنْکَارَ [MP3], ʾIḱa ʾAw⫯ān°ḱāra; Hindi, एक ओंकार [MP3], Eka Oṃkāra; or Urdu, اَیْکَ اَوْنْکَار [MP3], ʾAy°ḱa ʾAwn°ḱāra, “One Oṃ–Maker” or One God, symbolized as ੴ)―a thoroughly Americanized branch of a heterodox, extrasensory outgrowth from Sikhism and, hence, the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement. Eckankar, the organization, was founded, in 1965, by John “Paul” Twitchell (1909–1971).
Twitchell brazenly lied when denying prior involvement with his parent tradition, Radha Soami Satsang (Hindi, राधा स्वामी सत्संग [MP3], Rādhā Svāmī Satsaṃga, “true association” by “the possessor of prosperity”), and its clairvoyant and clairaudient meditation, Surat Shabd Yoga (Hindi, सूरत शब्द योग [MP3], Sūrata Śabda Yōga, “union through attention to the word”). He became an adept of Kirpal Singh (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਕਿਰਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ [MP3], Kirapāla Sigha), 1894–1974, and his Ruhani Satsang (Hindi, रूहानी सत्संग [MP3], Rūhānī Satsaṃga, “spiritual true association”) in 1955. The latter, in fact, was a schism of yet another schism, Radha Soami Satsang Beas (Hindi, राधा स्वामी सत्संग ब्यास [MP3], Rādhā Svāmī Satsaṃga Byāsa).
Eventually, a photograph featuring Twitchell with Singh torpedoed the scam. A considerable number of Eckists, as they are called, dolefully abandoned the organization. Heartbroken, many felt, legitimately it seems to me, as though Twitchell had duped, even swindled, them. In my own case, I recall that only a minor postal miscommunication between me, at around thirteen-years old, and the movement’s Las Vegas headquarters (subsequently in Menlo Park, California, and presently in Chanhassen, Minnesota) prevented me from membership. Their returned letter could have dampened my enthusiasm, but I had already lost interest. Yet, my attraction to Surat Shabd Yoga resumed in earnest several years later.
Kirpal Singh (middle) and Paul Twitchell (far right)
I was, therefore, ultimately initiated, following my ethnographic or participant–observational interests as a sociologist, into three other factions of the contemplative Surat Shabd Yoga:
Due to the primarily inner transmissions of successorship, the neo–Sikh Surat Shabd Yoga movement has repeatedly divided. It began, however, with Agrah (Hindi, आग्रह [MP3], Āgraha), India’s Shri Shiv Dayal Singh Sahab (Hindi, श्री शिव दयाल सिंह साहब [MP3], Śrī Śiva Dayāla Siṃha Sāhaba), 1818–1878. He was, occupationally, a banker. Among his followers, he was known by the reverential title of Soamiji Maharaj (Hindi, स्वामी जी महाराज [MP3], Svāmī Jī Mahārāja, “respectful and sovereign master”).
The mantras recited by devotees vary, sometimes considerably, between the multiple traditions of Radha Soami Satsang. Nevertheless, in Radha Soami Satsang Beas and in many of its branches, the Surat Shabd Yoga tradition with which I am most familiar, five names (Sanskrit, पङ्च नमः [MP3], paṅca namaḥ; Persian, پَنْج نَامَ [MP3], panǧ nāma; Urdu, پانچ ناموں [MP3], panča nāmūṉ; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਪੰਜ ਨਾਮ [MP3], paja nāma; or Bengali, পাঁচ নাম্বার [MP3], pām̐ca nāmbāra) are conventionally used. Eckankar is one well–known exception. In that organization, adherents are instructed to chant Hu (MP3), a word which may be related to Huwa (Arabic, هُوَ [MP3], “He”), frequently a reference to ʾAllꞌah (SWT).
Surat Shabd Yoga consists of two distinct parts. First, the ears are plugged, and the sound current, supposedly intensifying in frequency as one progresses, is listened to from the right side. Second, the eyes are shut, while utilizing the prescribed regimen of mantras, permitting the meditator to allegedly witness visions of progressively higher planes and the beings residing within them (including, ultimately, one’s spiritual master). Before providing the paṅca namaḥ, here are three preliminary points:
With those qualifications now out of the way, the following simran constitutes the most widely taught five–part mantra as presented verbally by the initiator and then silently or inwardly repeated by disciples within the Radha Soami Satsang Beas tradition:
He [a yogī] preached yoga [Sanskrit, योग, MP3, yoga, “union or yoking”] practice but with a few words of praises to God namely: Jot Niranjan, Onkar, Rarankar, Sohang, Satnam. He believed that that the utterance of these words in the initial stage of smadhi [Sanskrit, समाधि, MP3, samādhi, “contemplation”] will help the yogi [Hindi, योगी, MP3, yogī, “practitioner of union”] to attain higher concentration and there after the yogi has to follow his mind where ever it treads. He met a Sikh, Shiv Dyal of Agra and converted him to yogimat [Hindi, योगी मत, MP3, yogī mata, “doctrine of practitioner of union”]. Swami Shiv Dyal preached this concept on a large and organised scale.
〜 Anonymous, “Dialogue with Yogis: The Sidh Goshat of Guru Nanak.” Punjab Monitor. April, 2015. Retrieved on March 5ᵗʰ, 2018.
By contrast, initiates of certain other Surat Shabd Yoga traditions simply recite “Radhasoami” (Hindi, राधास्वामी [MP3], Rādhāsvāmī, “possessor of prosperity”). In Shabd Pratap Ashram (Sanskrit, शब्द प्रताप आश्रम [MP3], Śabda Pratāpa Āśrama, “Word of Power Monastery”), another Surat Shabd Yoga tradition, devotees are instructed to deliver this three–part Dhunyatmak Naam (Hindi, धनात्मक नाम [MP3], Dhanātmaka Nāma; or Urdu, دَنَاتْمَكَ نَامَ, Danātmaḱa Nāma, “Positive Name”):
Furthermore, inspired by my personally transformative experiences with Bāhū (AS), I have been engaged in further participant–observational or ethnographic studies, without becoming a member, of no less than eleven Ṣūfiyy, Ṣūfiyy–influenced, or Muslim–inspired organizations within Islamdom (Arabic, عَالَم الإِسْلَامِيّ [MP3], ʾālam ʾal– ⫰Is°lāmiyy, “the Islamic world”), including:
Significantly, four of the organizations mentioned above—Naqshbandi Order of Sheikh Taoshobuddha, Naqshbandiyya Nazimiyya Sufi Order of America, Naqshbandi Mujaddadi Sardari Tariqah, and The Golden Sufi Center—are associated with Naq°š°ban°diyyaẗ (Arabic, نَقْشْبَنْدِيَّة [MP3]), Naq°š°ban°dí (Persian, نَقْشْبَنْدِی [MP3]), Naq°š°ban°diýýah (Urdu, نَقْشْبَنْدِیَّہ [MP3]), or Nàkèshénbāndí (Mandarin Chinese, 納克什班迪 [MP3]). The portion of the word, ban°d (Persian, بَنْد [MP3]), derives from the same Indo–European root as bond, bind, or binding to ʾAllꞌah. Naq°š°ban°diyyaẗ, an integral part of the Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement, was once the largest Ṣūfiyy order in medieval, or premodern, India.
Another, historically unrelated, Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy movement to which I have been spiritually drawn is Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham (Hindi, श्री विश्व विज्ञान विद्या आध्यात्मिक पीठम् [MP3], Śrī Viśva Vijñāna Vidyā Ādhyātmika Pīṭham, “Spiritual Seat for the Radiant Understanding of Knowledge”). Although it is, historically, a branch of Qād°riyyaẗ, the organization’s members currently include both Hindus and Muslims. It was founded by Brahmarishi Sri Madeen Kabir Shah (Hindi, ब्रह्मर्षि श्री मदिन् कबीर शाह [MP3], Brahmarṣi Śrī Madin Kabīra Śāha), a saintly being born during the final decades of the Bhakti-Ṣūfiyy movement. He was a disciple of the aforementioned ʿAbd ʾal-Qādir ʾal-Ǧīlāniyy.
Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham’s motto is “Service to Humanity is Service to God.” The organization refers to its devotional system of beliefs and practices as Sufi Vedanta (Hindi, सूफी वेदांत [MP3], Sūphī Vedāṃta; or Telugu, సూఫీ వేదాంత [MP3], Sūphī Vēdānta, “Ṣūfiyy End of Knowledge”) and Arsha – Sufi Dharma (Hindi, आर्ष – सूफी धर्म [MP3], Ārṣa – Sūphī Dharma; or Telugu, అర్ష్ – సూఫీ ధర్మ [MP3], Arṣ – Sūphī Dharma, “Sage – Ṣūfiyy Support”):
The ancestors of Brahmarṣi Śrī Madin Kabīra Śāha emigrated from Baghdad (Arabic, بَغْداد [MP3], Baġdād) to the Indian metropolitan distict of Delhi (Hindi, दिल्ली [MP3], Dillī) and, ultimately, to the Indian city of Hyderabad (Hindi, हैदराबाद [MP3], Haidarābāda) in the present–day Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (Hindi, आंध्र प्रदेश [MP3], Āṃdhra Pradēśa). Upon relocating, around 1700 A.D., from Hyderbad to Pithapuram (Hindi, पितापुरम [MP3], Pitāpurama), India, Brahmarṣi Śrī Madin Kabīra Śāha founded the organization. By male primogeniture, the firstborn or eldest son has since become the peethadhipathi (Hindi, पीठाधिपति [MP3], pīṭhādhipati; or Telugu, పీఠాధిపతి [MP3], pīṭhādhipati, “chairman”).
The present, and ninth, peethadhipathi or guru of the organization is Brahmarishi Sri Dr. Umar Alisha–2 (ब्रह्मर्षि श्री डाक्टर ओमर ऐलिस २ [MP3], Brahmarṣi Śrī Ḍākṭara Ōmara Ailisa II), born in 1966:
A separate and an additional Bhakti–Ṣūfiyy attraction, to me, was founded by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Sanskrit, चैतन्य महाप्रभु [MP3], Caitanya Mahāprabhu), 1486–1584, i.e., Gaudiya Vaishnavism (Sanskrit, गौड़ीय वैष्णव, [MP3], Gauṛīya Vaiṣṇava]) and its philosophy of Achintya Bheda Abheda (Sanskrit, अचिन्त्यभेदाभेद [MP3], Acintyabhedābheda, “inconceivable difference and oneness”). Duality and nonduality are harmonized. Gaudiya lies in South Asia’s Bengal (Bengali, বঙ্গ [MP3], Baṅga) region. Vaiṣṇava focuses upon Vishnu (Sanskrit, विष्णु [MP3], Viṣṇu, “All–Pervasive”) worship, but Krishna (Sanskrit, कृष्ण [MP3], Kṛṣṇa, “Dark”), whose dates of birth and death remain disputed, is often included.
Gaudiya Vaishnavism is widely, but not uniquely, linked to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). On July, 1966, this devotional organization was established, in New York City, by Abhay Charanaravinda “A. C.” Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Bengali, অভয়চরণারবিন্দ ভক্তিবেদান্ত স্বামীপ্রভুপাদ [MP3], Abhaẏacaraṇārabinda Bhaktibēdānta Sbāmīprabhupāda; or Sanskrit, अभय चरणारविन्द भक्तिवेदान्त स्वामी प्रभुपाद [MP3], Abhaya Caraṇāravinda Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda). A native of Kolkata (Bengali, কলকাতা [MP3], Kalakātā; or Hindi, कोलकाता [MP3], Kolakātā), previously Romanized as Calcutta, India, he was born in 1896 and died in 1977.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The mantra of ISKCON, one especially conspicuous to members of my own baby–boomer generation from Western metropolises (including my hometown, New York City), is referred to by devotees within the original organization and its several splinter groups as the mahāmantra (Sanskrit, महामन्त्र [MP3] “great mantra”). That mantra is chanted as follows: Hare [Power or Potency] Krṣṇa [Black], Hare Krṣṇa, Krṣṇa Krṣṇa, Hare Hare; Hare Rāma [Dark], Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare (Sanskrit, हरे कृष्ण । हरे कृष्ण । कृष्ण कृष्ण । हरे हरे ॥ हरे राम । हरे राम । राम राम । हरे हरे [MP3], “Power to Krishna, Power to Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Power Power; Power to Rama, Power to Rama, Rama Rama, Power Power.”
The quotation directly below is a complete translation of the only known, or extant, text by Caitanya. Transliterations from the original Sanskrit were humbly modified by me. I also translated these Sanskrit terms into English:
Glory to the Śrī–Kṛṣṇā–saṅkīrtana [Sanskrit, श्री–कृष्ण–संकीर्तन; MP3, “Radiant Krishna chanting”], which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This saṅkīrtana [Sanskrit, संकीर्तन, “chanting”] movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.
O my Lord, Thy holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus Thou has hundreds and millions of names, like Kṛṣṇā and Goviṃdā [Sanskrit, गोविंदा; MP3, “protector of cows”]. In these transcendental names Thou hast invested all Thine transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness Thou does enable us to easily approach The by Thine holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.
O Almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Thy causeless devotional service, birth after birth.
O Son of Mahārāja Naṃdā [Sanskrit, महाराज नंदा; MP3, “Great or Exalted King of Joy,” i.e., Kṛṣṇā’s custodial or “foster” father], I am They eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at They lotus feet.
O my Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant They holy name? When will my voice choke up, and when will the hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of They name?
O Goviṃdā! Feeling Thy separation, I am considering a moment to be like twelve or more years. Tears are flowing from my eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling thoroughly vacant in the world in They absence.
I know no one but Kṛṣṇā as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally.
Artistic Representation of Caitanya Mahāprabhu
The Preternatural Multiverse
Now, in the 21ˢᵗ century, a speculative narrative on many worlds theory (radio show; MP3)—among quantum physics’ theories of everything—and a Ṣūfiyy–type mysticism takes communism into the omniverse. The transformative praxis of the syncretistic, if apocryphal, Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ of The Multiversal Communist Collective can be summarized as follows: the meditative cultivation of a transdimensional commune–ism with loving beings from other metaphysical universes. The figurative “vehicles” for contact and communication with a myriad of omniversal creatures—which reside within both ourselves and this world—are the phenomenological analyses (MP3) of Heartfuless Inquiry or The Echoing Practice.
Ssalāmu ʿalay°kum! (Arabic, سَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم! [MP3], “peace be upon you!”) Before beginning this brief exposition, I feel duly inspired to offer earnest and heartfelt apologies for any possible mispronunciations, on my part, throughout the entire essay. My weaknesses, in this area and in many others others, are acutely abundant to the reader. Nevertheless, I will, as best I can, attempt to set them aside and proceed to the subject at hand. Similar views to the ones presented in the following diagram have been considered more or less cogently within The Institute for Dialectical metaRealism, The Unicentric Paradigm, and Echoes of Cosmic Unity:
Some Concluding Comments
Ṭarīqaẗ ʾal–Bāhuwiyyaẗ of The Multiversal Communist Collective is, through a proposal by Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn hạ-Lēwiy bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl, the founder of the Libertarian Communist Party. It is open to all members of The Confederation of Traditional Socialist Nations. Our political party, including its leadership, is based upon radical democracy. Please join us and the Confederation.
The majestic national anthem of ʾal–ǧamāʿiyyaẗ (Arabic, الجَمَاعِيَّة [MP3], “the Collective”) and its ṭarīqaẗ is beautifully and stirringly vocalized by Muhammad Iqbal Bahu (Urdu, مُحَمَّدَ اِقْبَالَ بَاهُو [MP3], Muḥammada ʾIq°bāla Bāhū):
Bāhuwiyyaẗ (Arabic, بَاهُوِيَّة [MP3])
The state bird of Punjab, India, a species of large hawk, is called the baaz (Hindi, बाज़ [MP3], bāza; or Urdu, بَازَ [MP3], bāza) or northern goshawk (Guramukhi Punjabi, ਉੱਤਰੀ ਗੋਸ਼ਾਕ [MP3], utarī gōśāka; or Shahmukhi Punjabi, اُتَرِی گُوشَاکَ [MP3], ʾutarí gūšāḱa). The blackbuck (Hindi, काला हिरन [MP3], kālā hirana; Shahmukhi Punjabi, کَالَا ہِرَنَا [MP3], ḱālā hiranā; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਕਾਲਾ ਹਿਰਣਾ [MP3], kālā hiraṇā; or Urdu, بْلَیْکَ بُکْسَ [MP3], b°laý°ḱa buḱ°sa) or Indian antelope (Shahmukhi Punjabi, بْھَارَتِی ایْنِیلُوپَ, b°hāratí ʾaý°nílūpa [MP3]; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਭਾਰਤੀ ਐਨੀਲੋਪ, bhāratī ainīlōpa [MP3]; Hindi, भारतीय एंटीलोप [MP3], Bhāratīya eṃṭīlopa; or Urdu, ہِنْدُوسْتَانِی بَارَه سِنْگَا [MP3], Hin°dūs°tāní bārah sin°gā) is the state animal.
Here are two photographs:
However, the provincial bird of Bāhū’s (AS) region of Punjab, in modern Pakistan, is the peacock (Urdu and Shahmukhi Punjabi, مُورَ [MP3], mūra; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਮੋਰ [MP3], mōra; and Hindi, मोर [MP3], mora). The provincial animal is the urial (Urdu, پُنْجَابِی اُڑِیَالَ [MP3], Pun°ǧābí ʾuṛiýāla; Shahmukhi Punjabi, پَنْجَابِی اُرِیئَِلَ [MP3], Pan°ǧābí ʾurī⫯yiala; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਉਰੀਅਲ [MP3], Pajābī urīꞌala; and Hindi, पंजाबी यूरीअल [MP3], Paṃjābī Yūrīala, “Punjabi urial”). This subspecies of wild sheep is also known as the arkars and the shapo. The peacock and the urial have been formally proclaimed, respectively, as the Collective’s official bird and animal:
The rupee ([MP3] originally Persian, رُوپِیِه [MP3], rūpiýih; Urdu, رُوپِیَہ [MP3], rūpiýah; Hindi, रुपीया [MP3], rupīyā; Arabic, رُوبِيَّة [MP3], rūbiyyaẗ; Guramukhi Punjabi, ਰੁਪਏ [MP3], rupaꞌē; Shahmukhi Punjabi, رُپَأَے [MP3], rupa⫯ē; Sindhi, رُوپِيَا [MP3], rūpiyā; Pashto, رُوپۍ [MP3], rupəi; Hebrew, רוּפִּי [MP3], rūpiy; or Amharic, ሩፒ [MP3], rupi, “silver”) is the Collective’s medium of exchange. This legal tender, which has remained the official monetary standard in India to this day, first became the regional currency for much of South Asia, including the Punjab, in the 16ᵗʰ century. These side–by–side photographs illustrate some of the first rupees coined in that century:
I am a libertarian communist on 8values (January 11ᵗʰ, 2018) and a left libertarian with The Political Compass (February 3ʳᵈ, 2018). Those online tests are popular on NationStates. Academically, Luxemburg, as a proto–left communist, is frequently referred to as a libertarian commmunist or socialist. The term has a variety of definitions. One is an absolute rejection of the state. Another is an opposition to authoritarian governance. Rosa supported a democratic proletarian state. However, on a authoritarianism–to–libertarianism scale, she was a libertarian. Other quizzes frame me as a left libertarian (once again), a libertarian Marxist, a Luxemburgist, a left communist, or as a Titoist and a Trotskyist (both valid chronologically).
Libertarian communists tend to focus on a panoply of dimensions which oppose true liberty in the intersectional capitalist world–system. Those factors include racism, ethnicism, sexism, ageism, ableism, nationalism, and colonialism. Some other variants of communism, by contrast, conceive of capitalism using a rather shallow economic determinism or economism. Consequently, I am routinely disparaged, on NationStates, through the crass ignorance of certain posters, as a progressive myself. Those simple–minded individuals, seemingly incapable of distinguishing contemporary progressivism from libertarian communist universalism, do not, in my opinion, even merit a response. More often than not, I efficiently ignore them.
U.S. right–libertarianism, abetted by pro–corporatists from the Foundation for Economic Education, has nothing in common with libertarianism globally. Luxemburg and Bhaskar are properly called libertarian Marxists. They espoused a view of liberty broader than most Bolsheviks. To many libertarian Marxists, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism (homophobia), Islamophobia, and other ideologies are facets of the capitalist world–system. Communism would rid us of these odious ideologies. On the other hand, Bolsheviks tend, with several notable exceptions, to support a pseudo–leftist approach to capitalism which either entirely excludes any consideration of these ideologies or relegates them to a second–rate status.
Capitalism is an aggregated structure. Hence, it must be understood and addressed holistically. Islamophobia, for instance, is one of the foremost bogeymen currently being utilized to justify capitalist imperialism. Piecemeal remedies for domination which focus exclusively, or nearly so, on the economic or financial dimensions of capitalism are doomed to failure. If libertarian communists genuinely care about establishing a global, human–centered civilization, one focused on the ethical principle of eudaimonia (Ancient Greek, εὐδαιμονία [MP3], eu̓daimonía, “good fortune” or, rather loosely, flourishing), they must consider, relationally, the diverse ways in which capitalism destroys human lives. Anything less is sorely insufficient.
Populism, whether on the left or the neofascist right, is highly dangerous. Left–wing populism, as an opponent of critical theory, is hostile toward political correctness, African American socialist intersectionality, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa (even as tactics, not strategies). Critical thinking and the long–term success of legitimate left revolutionary movements are threatened. Moreover, such anti–intellectual, faux left populism thrives on categorical—either–or and good–bad—statements. All critical theorists should be aware of the cancerous growth of leftist populism in certain dark recesses of the Internet and be willing to confront it. This phenomenon might present the most dangerous challenge to the Left since McCarthyism.
Anecdotally, I and my academic colleagues are often treated like trash by left–wing populists. I searched inside myself for any culpability in the anti–intellectualism on NationStates. Then I looked around and could find no other academics. Initially, I was kicked out of a NationStates “region” after standing up to a moderator who verbally abused me. Later, in the Left–Wing Discussion Thread III, I became the target of vicious attacks for simply self–identifying as an academic Marxist and for discussing critical social theory. I have repeatedly stated that I elevate left refoundation and left regroupment over allegiance to my own tendency. That fact notwithstanding, I was oddly accused of being a rigid Luxemburgist and an elitist.
Communists can never be too fanatical about justice. Yet, many left–wing populists, parotting a meme, disparage others as social justice warriors (SJWs for short). What is the point of being a Leftist if one does not fight social injustice? Certainly, there are plenty of other activities in which one could become engaged. Hobbies are abundant. One can shop, text, surf the web, or chat on the phone. Battling particular injustices also does not preclude one from working, more specifically, for communism. One can then enroll in courses, or read books, on time management. Ultimately, how much one chooses to engage daily in this or that activity is a private matter. One could even, heavens forbid, dedicate one’s life to battling injustice.
Among many left–wing populists on NationStates, terms like SJW, regressive left, and, perhaps saddest of all, feminist have become shorthand articulations for everything I do not like—and then some. People use these designations, while rarely (if ever) defining them, and assuming that the people deciphering these postings will share the identical definitions as the original writers. One makes up, concocts, a meaning within one’s own mind. Words, in and of themselves, lack significance. Such jargons are merely convenient means to write or speak without ever saying anything. As an only recently awakened Autistic, new to the experiences of empathy and love, I adore these people and, what is more, deeply identify with them.
Progressive activists may be sorely misguided. Their work, however, should never been disparaged. Such advocates of progressivism, with their admittedly nascent class consciousness, are sometimes excellent candidates to become revolutionaries. The theoretical praxis of constructing thought bridges from progressivism to libertarian Marxist communism can, in some situations, be a decidedly effective revolutionary tactic. Today, a mere one–dimensional “communism” has become disengaged in the struggle for universal emancipation from human oppression. Such a “communism” is not a communism at all. Genuine projects of liberation are ontologically incompatable with populist smear campaigns against feminists and SJWs.
When asked to define progressivism, the first member of NationStates quoted below described it with supposedly negative characteristics, while the second poster replied affirmatively to the comment:
Anti–white racism, misandry, Islamophilia…
Liriena, “Left Wing Discussion Thread IV: Oh Hai Marx.” NationStates Forum. March 13ᵗʰ, 2018. Retrieved on March 13ᵗʰ, 2018.
Ah I see. SJW [social justice warrior] stuff?
West Leas Oros, “Left Wing Discussion Thread IV: Oh Hai Marx.” NationStates Forum. March 13ᵗʰ, 2018. Retrieved on March 13ᵗʰ, 2018.
I grew up, as an Autistic, totally unable to experience, or even to understand, empathetically. Beginning around the year 2000, I had a series of spiritual experiences, some during meditations and others during dreams and visions, which literally awakened me out of my plenary ignorance. I feel blissfully condemned to partake, almost constantly, in a life of empathy. These days, it bothers me, often tortures me, to see feminists and others who suffer being attacked, never loved, by socialist pretenders. Here is a typical, only slightly edited, response which I made to a left–wing populist, on the NationStates forum, who participates in the unfortunate, and all–too common, right–wing mimicry of bashing feminism and feminists:
“Have you heard of socialist feminism, Marxist feminism, material feminism, and anarcha–feminism? No, I have not been asleep at the wheel, as you charged. However, I am an academic communist, not a left–wing populist. This forum has made me aware of a massive rift on the left. As a a New Leftist beginning in 1968, I was somehow previously unaware of it. NationStates has proved to be an awakening for me and, to be honest, a quite difficult, but necessary, one. No academic communists I know, and I literally know hundreds, would ever dream of attacking feminism. We view feminists as our allies or potential allies. Seeing feminists as anything less betrays every principle I have lived by since 1968. I will not change.”
If left–wing populists, fascists, or, candidly, persons across the street, wish to debate with you on their terms, flatly refuse. Should you consent, they will win. They know their rules much better than you do. Long after you are frustrated, they will be talking up a storm. Insist that they they dialogue with you following your own directions. Lay out a regimen, and never back down. Deftly lead them onto your turf of familiarity. Set out guidelines, and topics for discussion, which work to your advantage. In many cases, an unjustified self–confidence, sometimes even conceit, will seduce the other person into acceding to your demands. At that point, the dispute has ended. You have now won the argument before it even got started.
A clique of over–rated pundits, hybrids of left–wing populism and neoconservatism, have launched a smear campaign against alleged regressive leftists. That deplorable pejorative assails to some degree the fact that many academic communists, myself included, refuse to condone imperialist offensives of so–called liberation in predominantly Muslim countries and are Islamophiles, lovers of Islam. I publicly confess my sinfulness in this matter and ask, albeit sardonically, for absolution from these woefully misguided individuals. This wayward world, I suggest, has no place for the unscrupulous notions streaming from the collective consciousness of such persons. The cause is Western imperialism. Islamism is merely the effect.
I oppose no one in particular. My enemy is the capitalist world–system, as an intersectional cartology, and the filth it embodies: classism, racism, ethnicism, sexism, ableism, ageism, nationalism (fervently opposed by Rosa), audism, sizeism, Islamophobia, heterosexism, lesbophobia, mentalism, neurelitism, and so on. If fascists, nazis, white identitarians, or alt–rightists sincerely choose to abdicate their odious ideologies and join the cause of democratic libertarian communism, I would welcome them with open arms. Revolutions are not, or should not be, vendettas. They are fought for the transformation, emancipation, and efflorescence of the human lifeworld. On that course, hate is a stumbling block, not a stepping stone to progress.
Ssalāmu ʿalay°kum, Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn hạ-Lēwiy bẹn Hẹʿrəšẹʿl (Heb. 🙳 Yid., מֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן הַלֵוִי בֶּן הֶערְשֶׁעל), píra ū mur°šida.
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