WITH THE SHAIKH
Experience has proven that for gaining spiritual benefit (fuyudh-e-baatini), mutual munaasabat (congeniality) between the Shaikh and Mureed is a natural condition. Normally benefit is dependent on affection which is the reality of natural congeniality (munaasabat-e-fitri). Sometimes a Shaikh will refer a mureed to another Shaikh because of the lack of such munaasabat between them. In doing so the Shaikh establishes either by deduction or kashf (inspiration from Allah Ta'ala) that the mureed has munaasabat with a certain Shaikh. In this Path it is essential that munaasabat exists between the Shaikh and Mureed otherwise the latter will not benefit. Such munaasabat is the basis for the acquisition of benefit and passing on faidh (spiritual grace) to the mureed.
Munaasabat envisages that there exists between the Shaikh and Mureed compatibility and harmony to such a degree that the mureed discerns no rejection in his heart for any word or act of the Shaikh although he (the mureed) may be afflicted by mental disagreement with any word or act of the Shaikh. Nevertheless such mental disagreement will not countenance any rejection for the Shaikh in the heart of the mureed. In short, harmony and compatibility are conditional for bayat. It is therefore essential to first inculcate munaasabat. This need is imperative. In the absence of this essential condition, mujaahidaat (strivings), riyadhaat (certain forms of exercises designed to subdue the nafs), muraqabaat (meditations) and mukashafaat (intuitive revelations) are all futile. In the absence of natural munaasabat (tab'ee munaasabat), the mureed should endeavor to inculcate intellectual (aqlee) munaasabat, because benefit is dependent on it. For this reason, one should refrain from entering into the bayat contract until total munaasabat is non-existent.
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