This track is based on the eleven principles of Naqshbandiya Sufi Order.
Hush der dem
Be present at every breath. Do not let your attention wander for the duration of a single breath. Remember yourself always and in all situations.
Nazar ber kadem
Keep your intention before you at every step you take. You wish for freedom and you must never forget it.
Safar der vatan
Your journey is towards your homeland. Remember that you are travelling from the world of appearances to the world of reality.
Halvat der endjuman
Solitude in the crowd. In all your outwardly activity remain inwardly free. Learn not to identify yourself with anything whatsoever.
Remember your friend, i.e. God. Let the prayer of your tongue be the prayer of your heart.
Return to God. No aim but to attain reality.
Struggle with all alien thoughts. Keep your mind on what you are doing either outwardly or inwardly.
Be constantly aware of the quality of the Divine Presence. Become used to recognizing the Presence of God in your heart.
inspiration behind this track came many moons ago. My brother, Ram,
gave me a written out sheet which contained the first eight
principles of the Nasqshbandi Sufi order, as translated by John
Bennett, a then student of the great Eastern philosopher G.I.
Gurdjieff. I kept this writing safe. When I was feeling into the
ideas for this album, I vividly remember the thought "dropping"
into my heart/mind - "I can do that prayer....". At this
point I had no idea whether I could find it. I did. And the rest
ensued.... Here are a few notes :
A Prayer - 'zikr' -
The Echo or the second voice - the response is an internalized -zikr -.
It emanates from the heart centre, and above.
The rhythm section - is like the Sufi external manifestation "rocking" prayer.
It emanates from the first three chakras, root, sacral and solar.
The word - 'ruah' - the Hebrew word for Spirit - is a call to the Spirit within and without.
True words are spoken directly to God - a meditation.
Repetition of the Name - 'nam'-.
The bells - a calling of the mind to attention, a call to prayer, the call of the 'muezzin'.
Together - alone. All - one.
The prayer is carried out on the gentle breath of the reed, on the wind/Spirit.
'Ruah - Albi" - the Spirit of the Heart".