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Ecstasy is called Wajd by Sufis and Sunnis: it is especially cultivated among the Chishtis. This bliss is the sign of spiritual development and also the opening for all inspirations and powers. This is the state of eternal peace, which purifies from all sins. Only the most advanced Sufis can experience Wajd. Although it is supposedly the most blissful and fascinating state, those who give themselves entirely to it become unbalanced, for too much of anything is undesirable; as the day's labor is a necessary precursor of the night's rest, so it is better to enjoy this spiritual bliss only after the due performance of worldly duties. Sufis generally enjoy Wajad while listening to music called Qawwali, special music producing emotions of love, fear, desire, repentance, etc.
Aspects of Wajd
There are five aspects of Wajd:
- Wajd of dervishes, which produces a rhythmic motion of the body.
- Wajd of idealists, expressed by a thrilling sensation of the body, tears and sighs.
- Wajd of devotees, which creates an exalted state in the physical and mental body.
- Wajd of saints, which creates perfect calm and peace.
- Wajd of prophets, the realization of the highest consciousness called Sidrat al-Muntaha.
One who by the favor of the murshid arrives at the state of Wajd is undoubtedly the most blessed soul and deserves all adoration.
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