The Ginan Gist – By Karim Maherali
This Ginan is about the uniqueness of the institution of Imamat. To recognise and attain the Imam is a rare privilege which one is blessed with after ages and births of search. He is infinitely generous and the ones who live trusting in his wisdom and protection have all the worlds under control for ever – once a murid, always a murid.
Holy Qur’an (4:174):
O mankind! Verily there hath come to you a Convincing Proof (Hujja) from your Lord: For we have sent unto you a Manifest Light (Nurun Mubeen).
shāmkuṅ āvaṅtā jo kahe kahe tākuṅ lākh
Transliteration, Translation and Commentary
|ejee shaamku aava(n)taa jo kahe, taaku(n) laakh vadhaai
paa(n)ch sakhee kero vahaalmo, kene meeleeyore bhaai
shamku(n) ddhu(n)ddha(n)te dekhte, ketaa jug gayaa viraa ketaa bhavbhayaa……………1
O momins! Those who inform about the gracious arrival of the Imam, are entitled to hundreds of thousands of felicitations. O brothers! The one who has recognised the one(Imam), is as dear as the five dearest ones. Seeking and looking for the Imam, o brothers, numerous ages have gone and many incarnations have been consumed.
Comment: From a historical point of view, the Imam never physically arrived in the Indian subcontinent at the time of the composition of the Ginans. There are two ways of understanding the arrival of the Imam in this context:
From a physical and worldly perspective, it signifies the Imam attaining a wider recognition in society through the activities of the Jamat and the Imamat institutions such as the AKDN. Those contributing to such endeavors are congratulated and considered as being equivalent to the five dearest ones – the Panj tan paak. Of course, when the Imam makes physical visits to various countries for Jamati and other matters, they always benefit the Jamats and the broader societies in which they reside, and hence informing about the Imam’s arrival in this context is also considered noble.
From a spiritual and personal perspective, the arrival of the Imam signifies the moment of spiritual enlightenment. Those who announce the arrival of the Imam in this manner are to be congratulated as they have attained their highest purpose in life, through adhering to the five principal virtues: truth, faith, patience, remembrance and forgiveness. At present the Imam discourages such announcements of spiritual enlightenment. Nevertheless one may still make such announcements indirectly through enlightened behavior.
|ejee saamee ke gale me(n) haar hay, heeraa maannek jaddeeyaa
jeesare bhaave taaku(n) det hay, saaheb hay deel dariyaa……………2
O momins! Around the Master’s neck there is a necklace, set with diamonds and jewels. He gives to whom he pleases, for the Lord is infinitely generous.
|ejee saamee maaro chatur sujaann hay, aape sreshtth divaan
jeesa ke bharose sthir rahyaa, rahyaa jameen aasmaan……………3
O momins! My Master is knowing and wise, and his is the supreme authority. He who abides firmly trusting in him has the earth and the sky at his feet.
Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. ( 2:255)
|ejee jaa(n)thakee hee jug jeet hay, ma(n)y hu(n) baa(n)dee re taakee
vachane vachane paau(n) bharu, cha(n)daa suraj saakhee……………4
O momins! So long as this world endures, I am his handmaiden. I humbly obey his every command, the moon and the sun be my witness.
|ejee peer sadardeen boliyaa, koi man aapnnu samajaave
kapaddaa dhove so kyaa huvaa, deel dhove so paave……………5
O momins! Pir Sadardeen has said: if anyone would make his mind understand, then what comes of washing clothes? Attainment comes through cleansing the heart.
He has succeeded who purifies the soul, and he has failed who corrupts the soul.
(Surah Ash-Shams 91:9-10)
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