David Cook did send me an interesting link to an Ismāʿīlī writing, previous unknown to me, and since this goes along with the principle of mantric repetition of gods name found in the Jesus prayer or Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, I would like to share it here .
Since it describes in detail the distractions on the path and what to expect I took the liberty to reduce it to the mere english for the sake of reading-comfort and splitting it up into commented sections (without abridging it).
BRAHAM PRAKAASH (DIVINE LIGHT)
BY PIR SHAMS
1 The True Word (Isme Azam) is my Guide.
The world at large does not have much regard for it.
2 Reflect (meditate) upon the True Word and say ‘PirShaah'(name of the Lord) as often as possible, or repeat again and again the words ‘Pir and Lord’
3 At first one should focus on repeated remembrance of this word in one’s own mind and indeed remember the word “PirShaah” day and night.
4 If you maintain constant remembrance for at least a period of three months, it becomes the word of “Brahmaa”.
What methods or approaches do NOT work :
5 By taking the name, light of “love” starts shining in one’s mind and deep faith “IMAAN” or contentment arises
6 Brother, you may ask, what is this Light of Love? Let me tell you openly the secret.
7 There will gush forth waves of love in your mind and the divine nectar will flow freely into your mouth.
8 Happiness (or bliss) bubbles and your mind gets enveloped into it.
9 When there is such a flow of love, the drinker becomes drunk with love. He becomes “mast” (like mast fakir).
10 “Chhakee” means drunk or divinely intoxicated. “Chhakee” gets so drunk with love that he fearlessly recites his experience. This is a sign that he has reached far. In other words he has made progress.
11 How can I describe this happiness of Brahmaa? Its importance is beyond words and is indescribable.
12 No amount of reading of books can give you the experience of this happiness; also no sermons can describe the experience of this bliss.
13 For those who maintain long hair as a sign of asceticism and call themselves God, peace remains elusive.
14 Those who apply ashes over their bodies and live ascetic lives outwardly, have not the slightest comprehension of the mysteries of peace.
15 The ascetics alluded to in the above two verses are those who have not attained the Path. It is those who have attained the Path who have known real peace.
16 Those wanderers, who worship faithfully day and night, will never attain peace.
17 If such ascetics do not experience peace while alive, then ask how they will attain it at all.
18 Those who bath themselves in the sixty eight sites of pilgrimage, have no knowledge of the peace.
19 Those who perform the 6 rites perfectly under threefold oath, even to them this peace remains a mystery.
20 Those naked ascetics who live on milk and who are solitary in their outward mode are indeed lonely without this peace!
21 The ones, who worship stones and ring bells on stone statues, do not have the experience of this peace even in dreams!
22 Those who sing and blow out musical instruments in the process and become engrossed thereby do not have any comprehension of the worth of the peace.
23 Those who tie up piles of books and wander around to make show of their knowledge, remain in vain without the peace.
24 All the learned come and meet having been puffed up about their knowledge, but they have forgotten or are ignorant about the stations of peace.
25 Those who prolong their lives through care and medication do not attain that peace at all.
26 Those who are very particular and rigorous about taking medications do not have any understanding of the Path of peace.
27 Those who perform many entertaining and attractive plays ostensibly to create peace, end up filling their stomachs (do not attain real peace).
28 Those who spread the false mantra (remembrance of words) using talisman etc, remain aloof from real peace.
29 Those chiefs of monasteries, who gather people around them and preach them, do not have slightest comprehension of real peace.
30 Those perform false yagnas (rituals of sacrifice) of highest order involving huge crowds; do not attain any comprehension of real peace.
31 Those who bury their bodies alive have forgotten the path of real peace.
32 Those tasteless ones who have forsaken taste and live on mud and tuberous roots have not attained the taste of real peace.
33 Those who dig up caves and live therein have not attained real peace.
34 Those who perform the feats of remaining afloat in the air and remaining buried underground, are false in relation to real peace.
35 Those who visit Kashi and mutilate their bodies with sows, have no recognition of the real peace.
36 Those who go to the Himalayas and bury themselves in ice have not buried themselves in real peace.
37 Those who burn their bodies alive are remote from the knowledge of real peace.
38 Those who wander from place to place aimlessly, remain aloof from real peace.
39 Whether you are a renunciant or a worldly person, without the recitation of the word, the real peace is remote.
40 I have mentioned about those who have not attained (real peace), now I will explain about those who have attained it.
This text gives a much clearer understanding on what to finally expect.
Whilst Yogi Bhajan did emphasise the spectacular siddhis,
here is a much more honest and realistic account of what the major reward is:
Real peace. After all, siddhis (supernatural abilities) are only compensatory side-effects one needs as long as one has not attained real peace, but when someone is content then admiration from others becomes irrelevant.
So the higher goal is definitely real peace, because with it you also can not enjoy siddhis (just as you can not enjoy any wealth as long as you aren’t truly happy).
So who attained real peace ?
41 Shiv Shankar and Sanadik attain real peace; they did not have to endure the cycles thereby.
42 Sukhdev and Vyaas attained real peace, they will not have to undergo the eighty four (cycles).
43 Dhruv and Pahelaaj attained real peace, they overcame the bondage of eighty four (cycles) thereby.
44 Kabir Daas and Guru Ramana(n)da attained real peace and thereby were blissful.
45 The pious Pipo and the pious Dhano and Rohidaas attained real peace and thereby were joyful.
46 The pious Nama attained real peace through which all his work was successful and fulfilled.
47 And Nanak Shah attained peace; he practiced the word with conviction.
48 Vishan Surjan and Madhav Daas established their abode in the real peace.
49 Dadu, Rajab, Parasa, Gyaani – all of them attained real peace through contemplation and remembrance.
50 Ranka, Vankaa, Kaalu & Kumbhaa – they were also sunk in (the ocean of) peace.
51 Khetaa Ghattate, Sajanaa, Senaa – they were also engulfed in the real peace.
52 The pious Agar Keeljan and Tulsidaas were also enveloped in the real peace.
53 Daas Moraar Malukaa Jangee – they also became companions of peace.
54 Haridaas and King Bajind thought about that peace and subsequently attained it.
55 This peace was attained by Isar Tunber, by virtue of concentration upon the name.
56 Those philosophers, who have sought the essence and have gone through the physical requirements and practices, have been fortunate to have attained the peace.
57 This peace was attained certainly by Gorakh who attained the Path through understanding the principles and putting them into practice.
58 Mystics such as Gopichand and Bharthari had the experience of the real peace.
59 Many have been the enlightened ones that have been mentioned and there are also countless others whose names have not been mentioned.
60 Through out ages there have been enlightened ones who have attained peace through the practice of the Word.
And here the question which we all are longing for but hardly anyone dares to ask in order not to look stupid: “How long does it take (when FULLY applied)?”
4 If you maintain constant remembrance for at least a period of three months, it becomes the word of “Brahmaa”.
61 When you have meditated on this one name for six months constantly
62 Then one day a miracle occurs and automatically (effortlessly) your mind will be directed towards your naval.
63 After being immersed in this name for nine months maintaining the same concentration and enjoying the same bliss…..
64 Then in the west the skies get overcast or start glowing and you start seeing a unique or unparalled show (tamaashaa) or light.
And another question which lingers in our mind but no one dares to ask out of fear of not looking wise and serene: “What kind of fruits are to be expected for all that hard work?” (Both above questions in my eyes are quite legitimate, because we do need motivation from time to time to keep us going).
65 Without the presence of rain, there is the thundering of the skies and you feel that you are sitting in a balcony without the presence of a palace.
66 One experiences rain (rain of pearls) without the presence of the clouds and feels that he/she is living without the presence of his/her body.
67 Kehi vidhi karee a(m)bar gaaje, Kahi vidhi kari betthaa chhaaje
(sorry translation was missing)
68 By what miracles are the skies thundering and by what miracles one sits in a palace without the presence of a palace? How can rains fall without the clouds, and how can a person remain bodiless?
69 There is infinite (limitless) amount of thundering and the mind rides on the ‘Trikuti’ – (the third eye and the junction of the three force channels ‘ingala’, ‘pingla’, and ‘sukhmana’).
70 There is dripping of happiness from the nerve (force) channel ‘Sukhamannaa’ and the body-less self sees the ‘Nirinjan’ light.
71 You hear a flute (or a trumpet) without the presence of a flute and you hear music without the presence of musicians. [Tur is a windward musical instrument and sounds like a ‘sharnai’..]
72 You see the flow of a river without the presence of the river (Ganges), you feel the presence of company without the presence of people.
73 Ask, with whom can we discuss the sound of the flute and ask with whom can we discuss the brightness of the sun.
74 Ask, with whom we can discuss this Ganges and with whom can we discuss this company.
75 Where the unlimited sounds are heard, there is the Flute and where there is abundant light, there is the Sun.
76 When the ‘surti'(concentration or awareness) and ‘shabda'(word) meet and become one, one feels that the entire creation is located at the ‘sukhmanaa’ force channnel (Ganges).
77 We may be able to discuss about all other issues with others, but about these mysteries nothing can be discussed at all.
78 The unbroken word cannot be broken, and day and night it remains in the awareness (and indeed it is felt as well – ajampia jamp).
79 The immortal word (ajampia jamp) never dies (can never be forgotten), it remains within awareness (and consciousness).
80 jareeyaa – digested sareeyaa –
When the invincible word is digested through concentration and contemplation, it becomes a comfortable and effortless means towards liberation (mukti).
81 This named word (Isme Azam) has no shortcoming, when it becomes one with awareness it becomes the Divine word (or Ajampia Jamp).
82 This timeless word is not restricted or time bound, it is day and night within awareness i.e., one is always aware of it.
83 The one, who has experienced the word (ajampia jamp) through unbroken awareness, has overcome the (cycles of) rebirth.
84 If the indescribable word is expressed through the Path (enlightened action), then indeed this person has tasted the fruits of the awareness (consciousness) of freedom.
85 The word (ajampia jamp) will not shake (or be disturbed), the immesurable word cannot be measured.
86 Who cannot fathom the limits of the limitless word (ajampia jamp), the end of which will never be attained.
87 Where the word (ajampia jamp) resides, there is no earth or sky.
88 When the sense of inner calmness is attained as a result of the awareness or consciousness of the word (ajampia jamp), the cycles of birth and death are broken.
89 When the force channels inglaa, pinglaa and sukhamanna get activated, it is as a result of the shabda (ajampia jamp).
90 If one perceives the word as an aspect of the body, then the oneness of the word and consciousness or awareness is not possible.
91 The knot between consciousness and the word is as if water from one source mixes with water from another source.
92 Even if at one point in time, physical death occurs, the knot between consciousness and the word is not broken i.e., it is a timeless bond.
93 The word (ajampia jamp) is indescribable and is formless, and it does not assume any form anymore.
94 The one who perceives it as having form does not act (have the correct vision about it), the one who acts (has the correct vision about it) does not perceive it as having form.
95 The sound that is heard is of my Creator, who is omnipresent and whose vision encompasses everywhere.
96 The Lord is beyond every aspect of creation yet He is attained by a liberated ascetic through correct Path.
97 The one who has experienced the formless in form (his worldly existence), has indeed freed himself from the asceticism of many cycles.
98 Where there is the drizzling of sweet nector (ameeras, peace), in that peace the Sukhamannaa force channel is activated.
99 When consciousness is engulfed in the peace resulting from the activation of Sukhamannaa force channel, the experiencer speaks without fear or doubt.
100 Every body knows about the physical miracles but about Divine miracles, nothing is aspired for or felt.
It has to be added that clear meditation-time-guidelines or results aren’t possible due to the fact that everyone has a different amount of garbage which has to be resolved. So this process can not be enforced but one can only dedicate oneself as much as possible to the divine path – the more dedicated one is, the shorter the period until rewards come.
But it takes time to let go of our worldly attachments and resistance to the pain having to face ones own conscience with honesty, so this has to be balanced out carefully.
101 What kind of fear can an experiencer of Divine miracles have? For without experiencing them nobody can unfold their mysteries.
102 Where there is the ocean of intense peace, in there Divinity remains absorbed.
103 When this enlightened mind remains its own (not influenced by others) and it maintains its exalted rank (by not straying away from the path), then it will not encounter any problems or difficulties.
104 When in its exalted rank it sees its own beauty or grace (and thus is ever contented), this soul has experienced freedom while alive!
105 What can I talk about the mysteries of my exalted state, for even talking a bit about it; my mind is overcome by shyness or reserve!
106 The one, whose vision is enlightened, has indeed attained diamonds, whereas a blind one has no faith (or is filled with doubts).
107 Diamonds have been knotted in bundles but the blind are not able to realize their worth!
108 Without hearing from elsewhere, I have shown you these (mysteries) having seen (experienced) them (first hand) and have explained different facets of them.
109 Whatever stage I have attained, I have related to you. Those that I have not attained; I cannot be certain about (or have faith in them).
— About the dedication towards the divine —
110 Those who come back having wandered through the three realms, will not attain freedom without the recitation of the word (Isme azam).
111 The word of the Guide (Isme azam) is close and dear to me and it is the boat which will take me across the ocean of materialism.
112 If anyone follows our advice, he/she will have recited ‘ Only You are ‘ spontaneously with oneness of mind (or with conviction).
113 If you perform “Only You are” day and night, then surely you will cross over the great ocean of material existence (in peace and harmony).
114 The one who remembers the name of the Lord, such a pious one will attain the Lord.
115 Without the remembrance of the word, the entire life is wasted. If remembrance is performed, the body will have produced good fruits.
116 Through the remembrance of the word pride is overcome (or pushed aside). The fear of the consequences of the actions from the three time frames (past present and future) is overcome.
117 The one who performs remembrance is indeed a leader, though of lowly origin, he becomes the greatest!
118 I relate to you about matters pertaining to the four Yugas, i.e., Satya, Treta, Duapur and Kaljug, o my brothers.
119 Those who have attained freedom and those who will through remembrance – have all done it and will continue to do it without pride and in humility.
120 The name of the Lord is infinite and indescribable; the one who remembers it having discarded slander and backbiting is indeed a saint.
121 Ancient sacred vedas, the Quran and the teachings of Naanak have all discussed the Divine mysteries.
122 Only the Divine can know its own nature (or mysteries). No one else can know the Divine Plan.
123 In a moment He gives birth to the universes and in a moment He pervades it entirely.
124 His plan cannot be described – listen o my brother momins (faithful and religious believers).
125 (The aspirant) banishes everything else and embeds the name in his own interior (heart).
126 At the moment of taking his name, do not think of anything else.
127 By taking the name he attains the named (the Lord), and forsaking his ego, he merges into His Noor.
128 The person feels him/herself as pervading everywhere, within his/her body and around his/her universe – the entire space is filled with divinity both in a movable and static sense.
129 The formless (nirgunn) assumes countless forms, but understand that everything is one essentially. (The entire creation is his manifestation; this becomes a reality after spiritual enlightenment).
130 The formless truth appears in a form and the minds (hearts) of the devotees delight in this. (Because it is a means for their salvation)
About Indian Yugas: The cycle of thousands or millions of years of 4 ages
131 Many kalaps and Yugas have passed – in them only those who had remained awake from the sleep of ignorance, were freed.
132 How much can we talk about its attributes? No matter how much we talk about it, it will never end.
133 In the Satya Jug (the Lord) assumed four forms, four (great) devotees recognized him.
134 During that period, Pahelaaj the liberator of five crores, attained the abode of peace, listen o my brother momins.
135 In the Treta Jug, He assumed three forms. Harischandra attained the station of peace through truthfulness.
136 In the Duaa Pur Jug, the indescribable assumed two forms. The saviors of nine crores, the Pandavs attained the abode of peace.
137 In the Kaljug, He assumed the form of Naklanki (Ali). He is the master of all souls.
138 The Creator will perform a wonder one day. He will annihilate all evil and sin.
139 When the Imam Mehdi (the Saviour) rules the world, the twelve and the countless crores will attain salvation.
140 The expressions (or mysteries) of the Formless are difficult to fathom for He himself plays or performs all the wonders.
141 Pir Shams the ocean hearted, seeks the ocean and in the guise of a fakir (lowly person) preaches to many.
142 He preaches to the audience according to their capacity to understand.
143 Gur Shamsh unravels the mysteries and those who are true and genuine serve or worship the Lord (Hazar Imam – as a result).
144 In whatever happened in the past, or is happening or will happen – all souls worshipped, worship or will worship the Lord and the Guide (Gurnar – directly or indirectly).
145 I have mentioned to you about those who remain with the Lord.
146 The ones who seek the Divine through enlightened contemplation (ajampia jaamp), are the ones who enjoy all the mysteries of Aly (Hazar Imam).
147 Conviction, certainty, contentment and faith are attained by those who make progress in Divine contemplation.
148 The one, who practices the remembrance of the word after deep study and reflection, is the devotee who will attain the abode of paradise.
149 The essence or substance of the True Path is explained and told by Shamsh the ocean hearted (generous).
150 Pir Shamsh prays that the Guide and the Master (Gur Nar) fulfill the wishes of all of those to whom he unravels the mysteries of attaining the Divine through enlightened contemplation (ajampia jamp) in these verses.
Long story short:
If you aren’t ready to totally surrender yet, don’t beat yourself up, but do it in homeopathic dosages. Better staying on the path as to give it up totally.
But ultimately at one stage, if you could turn around, then an ultimate bliss will be inevitably gained.
It’s simply a question about whether you want to pull your karmic plaster off slowly or want to rip it off in one go to get over with the pain of your life in ignorance.
Hence I would ask anyone to reconsider whether you current comfort zone overrides your spiritual aspirations,
because according to this document all it takes is to totally tune into the divine
(as religions call for 1/10th, you could do 1/10th of a day, that would mean for 144min or 2 1/2 hours daily)
for 9 months and then being blissed with an insightful character that should guide you for the rest of your life.
Don’t give up, because it sounds undoable – just increase it in your own time – it took me 24 years on and off trying and failing endless times until I just now am able to do it.
So take it as a background program with guaranteed enlightenment at the end.
Things are shifting bigtime in my head after only having done it for a few weeks.