Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fakir Lalon Shah and the basic meaning of the kO’RAN


“The Koran possesses an external appearance and a hidden depth, an exoteric meaning and an esoteric meaning. This esoteric meaning in turn conceals an esoteric meaning (this depth possesses a depth, after the image of the celestial Spheres which are enclosed within each other). So it goes on for seven esoteric meanings (seven depths of hidden depth). ” Henry Corbin [1903-1978]

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Muhammad was a Prophet – and Baul’s do not dispute that he was the last one – however he was also a Man and unlike other Prophets the only 'miracle' he had was, that his limits were as limited as any Man in their search for truth. Where Muhammad succeeded is to unlock the mysteries of the world came in the form of the words of the kO’RAN which is the faithfully encrypted seed truth as revealed to him by the angel Gabriel. Contrary to popular misconception: Islam, Muslim and the words of the kO'RAN are three separate matters. The confusion starts when we mix them up.

The kO’RAN is the only book known to mankind that can be memorized and ‘commands believers’ to use their own intellect to interpret its words, sentences, text and letters. Even during the times of Prophet Muhammad, traditions say men and women would not only write it during the twenty three years it took for the revelation to meet its conclusion – hundreds would memorize them, and by the time the Prophet passed away, thousands knew it ‘by heart’.

The book as we read in the form it is today, was compiled (not edited) about twenty years following the death of the Prophet Muhammad under the direction of Caliph Uthman, and sequence followed, whereby the largest of verses start at the beginning and the smallest were placed at the end, without disengaging or disrupting the original revelation at any point.

kO’RAN is a ‘Book of Knowledge for believers and the knowledgeable’ and aL-kO’RAN translated from Arabic closely means ‘The Recitation’ i.e. as there are words, there is also rhythm, meter, music, quantize, and even mind boggling mathematics – including Atomic Calculations. At its earliest, it was wisdom passed on from the lips to ears and later written – meaning hearing, seeing and reading – as also an additional back up, memorizing.

Contrary to popular misconceptions the kO’RAN is NOT the ‘last word of gOD’ – it is indeed the last time gOD has ‘spoken’ to Mankind and a book that is to remain relevant for all times in infinity to come. It had to be thus encapsulated in more ways than what mere ‘human minds’ in our times can interpret.

There is NO 'fundamentalism' in Islam other than the words of the kO’RAN which when read, practiced and inculcated in its essence should set humanity free and not entrap it into Man made dogmas and/or dictates of either self serving Mullahs or modern Western diktats of who/what constitutes a good or bad Muslim. It is the only religion that stresses on a direct communion with the Maker – the All In All – or ‘aLLAH’. Each Man is to himself and through practice and perseverance it can be achieved.

In Fakir Lalon Shah it now appears he had an almost 18th century ‘multi-media’ introspection of the kO’RAN. He could not only quote from verses, he could set them into music, and then proceed to look at each and every alphabet or letter and locate its implied meaning in its seven hidden ‘exoteric and esoteric depth’ – much as a Calligraphist could visualize an art work, or various ‘forms’ in them.

He therefore connoted and exemplified the interpretations of ‘dIL- kO’RAN’ – or kO’RAN more than a book of words i.e. one that would live in the Soul of Man – meaning the kO’RAN, gOD and/or aLLAH is central to human existence, giving further credence to the Baul belief:

Ja kichu Bhrom-ey, Tai achey Bhrom-andey
Whatever is on Earth – is also in the Universe

The word Bhrom, Brahma etc here are derivatives of the word Abraham, meaning ‘father of many nations’ also considered meaning ‘high father’, originating from the Aramaic words ‘Aba Rama’ which does not conflict or contradict the basic Monotheistic belief of one omnipotent and omniscient ‘God’.

Several documented Shizra Nama (Sufi Spiritual Lineage Flow Chart) in Bengal tracks back Lalon and places him in categories of wisdom and intellect to the earliest ascetic and hermetic disciples of Prophet Muhammad. Aside his great mastery with Arabic words and passages from the Koran as appears in his songs, have the left Sufi order in Bengal to speculate that he was a ‘Saint’. His title ‘Fakir’ because it is an Arabic word apparently lends credence to stake such a ‘claim’.

On the other hand his vast, almost limitless knowledge on the Vedas, Upanishads, Manusmriti, Srimad Bhagvatam, Bhagwad Geeta, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and other Shonaton scripts as also mellifluously explaining the tryst between Radha and Krishna among others – somehow convinces the Shonaton that he was a 17th century Avatar!

© Ongoing Documentation: Maqsoodul Haque – Mac
Updated 15th May 2009

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