Naqsh MuMRa Stream of Sufis

Naqsh MuMRa i.e. Naqshbandia Mujaddidia Mazaharia Ramchandria refers to a stream of the great Naqshbandi Sufi Silsila (Order). It is an Indian-Sufi branch. Its genealogy is known as ‘Shizra Sharif’. Mahatma Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh, UP is the 36th in this lineage and the first giaour Sufi saint of the Naqshbandi Order. The people who were granted mystagogy in this Order by Mahatma Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj have now ramified it to many and are preponderating in to every nook and corner of this great country and in foreign lands, as well.

          The objective of Naqsh MuMRa is to help seekers to realise the Truth, irrespective of their caste, creed, nationality or religion. In this system the Master through his boundless spiritual energy creates love in the heart of the seeker. It is a process of induction where the knowledge is transmitted from the Master to the disciple from heart-to-heart, through the link established by love. This is a system of liberation, of freedom, where people are asked to do nothing, no discipline, no bondage and no enchanting of mantras. The knowledge passes from the Master to the disciple through his sheer love for the Master. The system followed in this line needs no effort on the part of the disciple. It is the Master, who does everything for the disciple.

Earlier till the time of Shah Baha’uddin Naqshband, after whom the Order acquired its name, seekers were asked to follow the path of Sulook i.e. they were required to traverse the path on their own, through their own effort, the Shaikh was concerned mostly with transmitting of the doctrinal knowledge. From the time of Shah Baha’uddin Naqshband the seekers are initiated by awakening the spiritual center of the heart (Kulb) through tavajjoh (transmission of spiritual energy from heart-to-heart by focusing one’s attention), leaving aside the spiritual centers lying below the heart. It underlined the shift towards an increasing responsibility of the Master in the spiritual progress of the disciple.

In the history of Naqshbandi Sufi Order transmission of knowledge by the Bujurgane Silsila (ancestral Masters) i.e. an uwaysi transmission occupied an important place but after Shah Baha’uddin Naqshband the spiritual nourishment of the disciple became the responsibility of the living Master. The Master occupied the pivotal role of receiving, regulating and transmitting the Divine Grace for the disciple, which nourished the inner side of the disciple and thereby resulting in his spiritual growth. The Master-disciple relationship now acquired an extremely important position whereby the Master would awaken and activate the spiritual centers (subtle organs) of the disciple beginning with the spiritual center of the heart (Latifa-e-Kulb) by establishing the spiritual link between them (nisbat). This method of transmission of spiritual knowledge through tavajjoh and of assuming responsibility of the spiritual progress of the disciple was further strengthened by Shaikh Ahmad Faruqi (the Mujaddid) and Shaikh Mirza Mazhar Zanzana.

Shaikh Mirza Mazhar Zanzana adopted a liberal approach towards non-Muslims, with a sympathetic and tolerant attitude towards Hindus, which culminated in Shah Maulana Fazl Ahmad Khan, who appointed Mahatma Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh as his main spiritual successor (Khalifa) and bestowed upon him his entire spiritual treasure.

          Mahatma Shri Ram Chandraji started his independent Satsang sometime in 1914, at the age of 41 years in Fatehgarh where he remained posted until his retirement from service in 1929. Through him this method of spiritual practice spread far and wide amongst Hindus of India. His disciples have carried his mission further and are continuing to serve the humanity.

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