Maraqbah (Meditation) means to sit with full concentration and a lowered head. The purpose being, with closed eyes and lowered head, to completely concentrate on the objective and receive or absorb the feelings of the station being concentrated on. Hence, after doing the Lata‘if (Spiritual Organs), the Maraqbaat(Meditations) are practised.
The best form of Maraqbaat (Meditations) is that one should attain bright and clear Mushahidaat (spiritual visions), for which Mujahidah (effort/endeavour) is a pre-requisite. Mujahidah is an effort, if adopted even by a Kafir (non-believer), he can also gain visions of this physical (world), because Iman (Faith) is not a requirement to observe worldly events. Iman is required only for observing the realities of the Higher Realm and the Akhirah (Hereafter). If someone has the wealth of Iman and Mujahidah both, he may start experiencing Mushahidaat(Spiritual Observations), even in the absence of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher). However, it is another matter that, once the faculty of Mushahidah(Spiritual Observation) develops, Shaitan(Satan) may pluck him, because in the absence of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher), one cannot understand by oneself, which direction to go or what to do.
The second fact is that in the absence of Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention), one may acquire Mushahidaat(Spiritual Observations), but certainly not Maraqbaat(Meditations). With reference to Maraqbaat(Meditations), it is necessary that the Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) is available. Else, if one starts travelling in the right direction towards Ahadiyyat(Station of Spiritual Path), with the speed of the Rooh(Soul), instead of the speed of light, it would take fifty thousand years to reach Ahadiyyat(Station of Spiritual Path). Therefore, the Maraqbaat (Meditation) cannot be attained by oneself. It is only the Tawajjuh (Spiritual attention) of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) that can take one to Ahadiyyat(Station of Spiritual Path) in an instant. If a seeker is blessed with Maraqbaat(Meditations) through the Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher), then the degree of Mushahidah(Spiritual observation) should be such that, while doing Maraqbah Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation), he should be able to see Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation), his own self and those who are present there. This is the best observation. A lesser degree is that he should see the station and experience its feelings. If he cannot see the station, he should at least see himself (his Rooh) (Soul) standing there, he should see at least one of the two. If, even this is not the case, then an even lesser degree is that he should see the lights of Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation), and when the station changes, he should start seeing the lights of the next station.
Some people are granted Wajdan instead of Mushahidaat(Spiritual Observation). Wajdan is stronger and surer as compared to Kashf, and is a very superior form of intuition from Allah-swt. There is a much greater possibility of Shaitan’s(satan) interference in Kashf than in Wajdan. As Wajdan is an intuition from Allah-swt, being received directly from the Divine Being, if Shaitan(satan) tries to interfere, the light is immediately interrupted and is replaced by darkness. Thus, there is much greater protection in it than in Kashf. There is only one criterion for a normal person, seeker or a beginner to judge Wajdan. For example, a seeker has attained Maraqbah Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation) and his Rooh(Soul) gets there. Although he doesn’t have Mushahidah(Spiritual observation), but his heart feels convinced that his Rooh(Soul) is present at Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation). If this conviction is an intuition from Allah-swt and it is Wajdan, then no external reasoning can shake this conviction. However, if this conviction starts to wane, then it is his personal opinion and not an intuition from Allah-swt. In any case, Wajdan is certainly quite rare if not totally unavailable. One out of millions is blessed with this wealth of Wajdan, then that person becomes as solid as a rock. When he takes a stand, no power in the world can shake him. Try to achieve at least one of the two forms described above, and this requires a lot of attention.
First, while doing the Lata‘if [Zikr on (Spiritual Organs)], try to guard every breath, so that ‘Allah Hoo’ is continuous. It shouldn’t happen that breathing continues rapidly out of habit, whilst the thoughts are wandering somewhere else. One has to make an effort to focus the thoughts at one point. It is a difficult task that has to be undertaken continuously. Continuous practice helps in developing concentration and the greater the concentration the clearer will be the visions. Once attained, it becomes second nature. It is so pleasurable and delightful that a person automatically remains attentive towards it. He becomes habitual to this pleasure and wherever he may be, whether in the market or in the home or in any company, he remains absorbed in his own pursuit. In the terminology of Tasawwuf (Sufism) this is known as ‘Solitude in a Crowd’. So, to attain this concentration, don’t let a single moment go by without Zikr(Remembrance). Expel every foreign thought from the mind and try to focus only on this point so that complete concentration is achieved and the Qalb(Heart) is firmly oriented in this direction. It gets stuck at one point so that even the Earthquake of Qiyamah(Judgement Day) cannot move it.
Remember, if the Lata‘if (Spiritual Organs) are not strong and the Rooh(Soul) is taken to various stations, it will return to its original place when the person separates from the Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) or when the Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) of the Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) is withdrawn. A person can only stay at these stations when he possesses his own strength. He goes to a station with the Shaikh’s(Spiritual Teacher’s) power but stays there due to his own. After finishing the Lata‘if [Zikr on (Spiritual Organs)] with total attention and concentration, when you attend towards Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation), then forget about the earth, the heavens and even yourself and see yourself at Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation). (The Rooh (Soul) has the same appearance, the same shape and the same clothing that the body is wearing). Leaving behind every other thought and consideration, see your self at Ahadiyyat(Station of Meditation) and recite the Tasbeeh of Ahadiyyat with your full attention, thinking that the Rooh (Soul) is also reciting the Tasbeeh at this station. Similarly, when you intend proceeding to M‘aiyyat (Station of Meditation), then with the same attention and concentration, see yourself the very next moment at M‘aiyyat(Station of Meditation), and, as before, imagine that the Rooh (Soul) is reciting the Tasbeeh of Maraqbah M‘aiyyat(Station of Meditation). This is the method for doing all the Maraqbaat(Meditations).
Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan (RH)