Surah Fussilat, Chapter 41, Verses 1-40
(Explained in detail)
Section (juz’ 25)
Number of Verses: 54
General Overview of Surah Fussilat
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
This Meccan Chapter has fifty four Verses and whose title derives from the third Verse. It is also called “HM sajdah” since it opens with HM and it is the first among the four Chapters with obligatory prostrations. The Verses of the Chapter concerns Resurrection, history of ancient peoples, the Glory of the Holy Qur’an, and manifestations of Divine Omnipotence in the world of existence.
The Merits of the Recitation of the Chapter
According to a Prophetic tradition, “One who recites HM sajdah, God Almighty will bestow upon him ten good deeds for each of its letters.”1
According to another tradition, the Messenger of God (S) recited the Chapter every night before going to bed.2 It is also worthy of note that the title of the Chapter, Fussilat, is taken from the third Verse, and the title HM sajdah derives from the opening of the Chapter, HM, as well as Verse 37, requiring an obligatory prostration.
The essence of making prostrations is respect and functions to help us overcome pride.☸️ “There are 3 types of prostration: physical, verbal and mental. We make physical prostrations by paying respect with a physical action of our body.” - Joyful Path of Good Fortune 👌🙏🏽
Dandavata Parikrama at Govardhan Hill in the @govardhan_ecovillage. Such a humbling experience. Thank you to my guru, @raghunathyogi. Forever in your service my friend 🙏🏽🙏🏽. @chloerchandler with the photo skills.
Hit a milestone today, finished the first part of the preliminary practices. One quarter of the way there. The first part took over four years. Slowly by slowly, as Monk Ben Kong says.
Today I just want to give thanks to my teachers for the help they've given me. The generosity and diligence of everyone who has walked this path before me is so inspiring and so beneficial. I'm supported by limitless blessings everywhere I turn.
Shamar Rinpoche. Karmapa. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Dawa Tarchin Phillips. Khaydruop Zangmo. Lama Tsony. Khenpo Tsering. Bart Mendel. Lama Jampa Thaye. Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Lama Gerry Prindiville. Yongey Mingur Rinpoche. Trinlay Rinpoche.
Thank you for your help and guidance. Grant your blessings so that I may follow your example. Grant your blessings so that confusion may Dawn as wisdom. Grant your blessings so I may be of benefit to others.
May you all be happy, safe, loved, unharmed, and free from all causes of suffering!
Throwback 20 years, hanging out with Kyangchak Lama in his cave with a view.He was known as 'Prostration' Lama because he had bowed to the ground so many times (a golf ball sized callus formed on his forehead).After Reting Monastery was destroyed by the Red Guard, at age 17 Kyangchak Lama become a wandering ascetic but was later imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese.At 47 he escaped prison and Tibet arriving in India via Nepal .What he preserved in his head was a rare meditation practice Gelug Chöd (visualizing your mind zipping out your head and your body offered up as a feast for demons etc)This he employed with other techniques to heal people.In the 90s a small monastery was built up to his cave, where a pot on the stove usually contained some unidentifiable rib cage. Just picture a b&b with twice daily exorcisms, sick people arriving from every Indian community.His advice on the best human thigh bones for making trumpets sticks in my mind "first, find the corpse of a young girl who has just died in childbirth".More alarming than that was not bathing for 10 days, then finding the pipe bringing water from the hot spring was broken.Never take the miracle of indoor plumbing for granted. #kyangchaklama#prostrations#lamas#gelugchod#chöd#chod#thighbonetrumpets#exorcism#meditation#tibetanbuddhism#cave#meditationcave#tibetanbuddhism#healer#travel#india#himalayas#manali#monastery#chodpa
Definitely a highlight of the program was the Buddhist temple stay in the mountains of South Korea. On the night of our arrival, we did 108 bows, a meditative practice for reflection and surrendering one's ego. While I consider myself more reflective than most (maybe to a fault), it had been a long while since I dedicated focused time to reflect on the state of my heart and mind. Afterwards, I asked the head monk about forgiveness. I told her how hard it was for me to truly let go of the pain from people who had hurt me, especially those who did so knowingly. It is what I admire most about Buddhism, the intentionality of transcending anger and revenge, consciously choosing to send love instead. She smiled and said, this is very difficult for us all. We learn to forgive and to send love, because harboring resentment and anger toward anyone only depletes our own energy. We are the ones who have to live in our body and mind, not those who hurt us. If we hold onto anger, the only one who suffers is one's self. And what good does that do us?
Yogi power practice. The original vinyasa. Ancient and universal. Deep surrender in motion to the ocean of infinite potential that is the perfection of Guru, in and through You. A moving practice today in flow for a good part with prostrations. Honouring the first peak full moon post Solstice - Guru Purnima, with a deep bow to our teachers, lineages and the wisdoms that profoundly bless. I am so grateful.
@shivarea108 #prostrations bringing it back.
Today is Guru Purnima.
It is always on a fullmoon day.
It is the day where we traditionally celebrate our Guru, or spiritual teacher.
For "us" in our lineage and yoga school this means sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati.
Even if in a small way please send your apprechiation to this man or saint for sharing what he had learn himself to practice and studies and perhaps from what he brought from past lifes and Karma.
I am happy Swami Vishnudevananda saw that flyer in the trash can that made him go to see Guru-ji and later on after being his disciple founding our school Sivananda Yoga Vedanta.
I am happy I found master yogi Sivaram in Singapore that made me enter this lineage.
Thank you magic of universe leading me towards this path.
Maybe just tune in during Meditation and send some mental vibrations of gratitude towards Guri-Ji out to the universe.
Honouring the fullness of the first post #peaksolar full moon as #GuruPurnima ; our lineages, teachers.. with thanks to @shivarea108 for re illuminating the Yogic power practice of prostration. 🙏🏼💛🌝✨☀️🔱🌼💫🙏🏼
Today we moved in rhythm and discoursed about the natural phenomenon known as entrainment; how the simplest practice of engaging movement and breath can entrain the mind into a state of harmonic resonance. ⚡️
We are from nature and the all pervasive primordial sound of creation resonates through us all, the AUM. 💫
When we are out of rhythm, there is discord. Rest. Remove the irritants. Life loves you and will restore you. 🌝
Attune to the frequencies of nature for our natural condition IS to exist in this one consciousness. ✨
Bathe in tonight's luna nectar and bow your brain into the wellspring of the hearts deepest truth; Guru lives within you. OM 💛
Two years ago, when I was just getting into yoga, I spent some time in an ashram in southern India. Twice a day we'd have a Puja with lots of chanting and devotional singing, and in the end there would be a fire offering during which most people would prostrate, touching their foreheads on the floor.
I remember feeling uncomfortable about this and, being against the idea of empty rituals found throughout organized religion, I made a point of not joining them. Eventually I decided to ask one of the teachers for the reason behind these prostrations, and she offered me her personal view on it.
There is a bigger reality beyond the one we live in. Call it God, Nature, Buddhahood, whatever you like. Prostrating is a way to embrace the fact that we are in the path towards this higher level of consciousness, that we haven't yet grasped all of its knowledge and we are humbled by it. You can only learn if there are things you don't know. You can only improve if you see yourself as a work in progress.
I prostrate because I see myself as a work in progress, trying to get better day by day and seeing not faults but obstacles to overcome. But I also prostrate before my students, because it is them who make me a teacher and give me an opportunity to not only share my knowledge but to learn from them as well.
As a part of my recent temple stay, we completed the 108 prostrations (it's a true workout let me tell ya). In between each prostration, we read the phrase tied to each one. Proceeding the prostrations and meditation, we were asked which prostration spoke to us the most. I chose 102: "Feeling the grace of the universe in a droplet of water, I prostrate."
This profound statement resonated with me because, although indicative of spirituality, it doesn't have to be. And it is far deeper than religion or lack thereof. It's a reminder that I am one, but I am not JUST one. I am a part of this universe; this massive, bountiful universe. It reminds me that, although differently and in different places, we all share this earth, this universe, this life. It is much, much bigger than me, yet I still play a role. Every action and reaction I make has an effect on the universe and all its dwellings, and vice versa. Each day, as I carry on my life, I can be reminded of the immensity of the universe, my connection to all its inhabitants, and my role in even the tiniest, faintest drop of water. When I feel or see water, I feel gratitude.