Shawl from Syedna Saheb
I am a Hindu by birth and belief. I can also state that the person singularly responsible for the turning point in my spiritual and psychic existence has been Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb. And I have met him for no more than four minutes in my life. Amazed?
Read my story: I had been commissioned by the Dahod jamaat to provide it with a large chandelier (8 ft diameter, 8 ft height) for its newly built masjid in 2001. When the masjid was inaugurated by Syedna saheb, I flew down with my wife Sangeeta to be present. I was fortunate enough to be allocated a brief audience; I went into Syedna saheb’s presence with a crystal gift. What struck me was that instead of merely touching each of the gifts that he would receive before they were collected by a devotee standing nearby, he received our gift with two hands and held it before passing it on for safekeeping. In turn, Syedna saheb most graciously presented us with a shawl, which we recognised was his way of reciprocating the respect we had shown. We spoke for about four minutes during which time he asked us about our work and our shop in Delhi.
I presented a gift. He presented a gift. Exchanged pleasantries. End of matter?
Not quite. I referred this exchange and experience to my longstanding guide and philosopher. He remarked that if a personage like Syedna saheb had given me a shawl then there was a deeper meaning behind it. It cannot be an ordinary shawl, he said. Drape the shawl and meditate on auspicious nights, he added.
Over the next few weeks, we encountered a family mishap. My 75-year-old father was struck with a paralytic stroke. One side of his body was completely affected. When something like this happens at that age, there is little hope. That is when I remembered the shawl. I put it to an immediate test; I wore it at the appointed hour, sat in meditation and prayed. Within a week, my father was recovered. Fully.
In the following months, more experiences transpired. I started getting visions of what would transpire to people. If I was speaking to a lady, I would inexplicably get a feeling that there was something wrong with her married life; besides, the solution would emerge unprompted. If I was speaking to a long-lost cousin in Penang, I could ‘see’ her house with clarity, the problems she was facing and be able to suggest solutions. They would begin to wonder….how does an ordinary chandelier maker know all this about us?
And then there is the influence that the shawl has had on my professional well-being. Within a short while of being presented the shawl, my company completed an unprecedented order of having supplied 52 (coincidence!) chandeliers to Uday Vilas in Udaipur (now rated as possibly the finest hotel in the world). Over the years, our reputation as one of India’s finest chandelier craftsmen was convincingly established.
More than anything, there has been a remarkable change in our positioning and confidence. It is like the shawl has emerged as a ‘kavach’ – nobody can do us any harm.
Instead of inspiring smugness, the shawl has inspired responsibility. Instead of providing answers, the shawl has generated questions: Who am I? What is my connection with the Syedna saheb? Who was I in my previous birth? How am I connected to the Dawoodi Bohras? Why is there an increasing incidence of Bohras in my life?
And I can state with conviction that my spiritual and material rebirth in the last few years started with the shawl that I received from the Syedna saheb in 2002.
A number of people may see it as just another piece of cloth. And a few may see it differently. And therein lies the story.http://bohranet.com/part_5%3A_shawl_from_syedna_saheb