as-Sami’

Be silent, O Israel, and listen!
- Deuteronomy
Listen to the reed pipe, as it tells its tale...
- Masnavi

The fifth of the seven leading names is as-Sami’, the Hearer.

Abstract sound is called sawt-i sarmadi by the Sufis; all space is filled with it …The soul of the listener becomes the all-pervading consciousness, and his spirit becomes the battery which keeps the whole universe in motion ...
This sound develops through ten different aspects because of its manifestation through ten different tubes of the body. It sounds like thunder, the roaring of the sea, the jingling of bells, running water, the buzzing of bees, the twittering of sparrows, the vina, the whistle, the sound of the shanka (conch shell) - until it finally becomes Hu, the most sacred of all sounds … The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden under them all, as the spirit in the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it.
- Pir-o-Murshid

Early morning exercises

Wazifa: Ya Sami’ 21x
Fikr: Sami’ on inhalation 11x
Fikr-i sirr

Shughl:
Ring bell and receive its vibrations (100x). Feel the sound resounding in the body. Exhale, then inhale fully. Hold the breath for five seconds, with the ears closed by the index fingers. Concentrate on the sound Hu, interpreted as the inner working of the whole universe.

Daytime Practices

Notice the ratio of speaking and listening in your daily life. Resolve to listen more often than you speak. When speaking, be aware of yourself as the object of another's act of listening.

Be aware, in speech and silence, that all verbal and mental words register in the cosmic record of sound, and are ultimately 'heard' by each and All.

Walk in nature and listen to the zikr of the elements, minerals, plants and animals. "There is an individual zikr for every thing extant," observes Shah Kalimullah.

Listen inwardly to the vibration in the heart. One perceives first a pulsation: Hu, Hu, Hu. This transforms eventually into a continuous drone: Huuuuuuu. Feel this sound expanding and pervading the body.

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