Skip navigation

THE STORY OF INITIATION OF HAZRAT-ALI( A.S) (R.A)

AL – HADI THE GUIDE( NAMES OF ALLAH)

THE STORY OF INITIATION OF HAZRAT-ALI

Curiously enough, the Manāqib ul-Ārifīn (The
Acts of the Adepts) gives another anecdote which
would seem to indicate that, although the Prophet
was averse to a premature adoption of a contemplative

life, he initiated a few in the esoteric doctrines of
the higher spiritual life. According to this account,
the prophet one day confided to Hazrat Ali in
private certain secrets and mysteries of the Brethren
of Sincerity,
enjoining strict secrecy so far as the
uninitiated were concerned. This, by the way,
indicates the existence of a class of initiates. For
forty days Ali’s lips were sealed. But the burden
caused a regular tumult in his breast till at last he
was sick at heart. Even breathing became difficult.
He fled to a desert and chanced upon a well. He
stooped as far down into the well as he could and
then, one after one, confided those mysteries to the
bowels of the earth. So great was his excitement
that his mouth was filled with froth and foam, which
too found an outlet into the well. A few days passed
by, and a seed was seen to be growing in the well.
It grew, shut up as it was, until at length a shepherd
youth whose heart was miraculously enlightened
on the matter, became aware of the existence of the
plant. He cut it down, drilled holes in it, and
began to play airs upon it as he pastured his sheep.
So exquisite was this music that round this Arab
Orpheus camels and sheep gathered together to listen
to his piping. The wild nomads also flocked to hear
his strains and the whole audience went into ecstasies
with delight, weeping for joy and breaking forth in
transports of gratification. The matter was soon
represented to the Prophet and the wonderful player
was brought into the sacred presence. There, too,
his dulcet notes moved all the holy disciples to tears
and transports. They burst forth in exclamations of
pure delight, and were, so to say, wafted away
from the plane of self-consciousness. But the
Messenger of God at once found out the key to this
miraculous chanting, and declared that it was inspired
by those very mysteries that he had confided to Ali’s
charge!

Advertisements

Post a Comment

Required fields are marked *
*
*

%d bloggers like this: