Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Surah 2. Al-Baqarah: 1 Alif-Lam-Mim

Surah 2 begins with the mystical letters Alif-Lam-Mim. According to the Rose Crescent tradition, these letters (signifying Eternal Light & Mind, Eternal Love and Creation) have been revealed in order to be chanted. When done properly. they will bring the seeker into alignment in the head, heart & torso and lower body (genitals, legs and feet) areas of our being.

Begin by lighting a candle on your alter.

When chanting Alif feel a fountain gushing upwards towards heaven and showers of light falling back on you. Then chant Lam and feel your heart opening to Love. Then conclude with Mim and feel the creation and its four elements (earth, air, water and fire) in your feet area. Repeat this as a mantra – Alif-Lam-Mim, Alif-Lam-Mim, Alif-Lam-Mim, Alif-Lam-Mim…

One can also progress by using these sacred letters as part of "Qi Gong" type exercises. When saying Alif raise both arms into the sky, palms upwards, and then turn the palms inwards towards you and bring showers of Light down onto the top of your head and all the way down to the solar plexus; then, when saying Lam move your arms out in front of you, and then form a globe in front of yourself, feeling Eternal Love; then, when concluding with Mim, move your hands, palms downward, along your legs and towards the earth, sweeping them back and forth. Then repeat with Alif by moving your arms upwards towards heaven.

For more practices, visit our site on spiritual exercises.

For more information on the Glorious Qur'an, visit our ongoing commentary.


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