About This Book
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. My love you, my dearest brothers and sisters.
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The title of this book is, "The Pearl of Wisdom or Guru Mani", by His Holiness M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him).
The book was published solely through an individual effort on the part of the late Mr M S A Cader for the benefit of the disciples of His Holiness all over the world. The entire cost of publication was bourne by his son Dr Abdul Mahir ( Moscow).
The late Mr M S A Cader wanted the entire proceeds of the sale of the book to be donated to the Serendib Sufi Study Circle, Colombo of which he was a Vice - President.
For information about this book, in America, please send requests, c/o The Fellowship Press, at the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, 5820 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA. 19131.
Contributions To The Book By The Children of His Holiness - back to outline
In addition to the 40 chapters provided by His Holiness the following material is also provided in the book by some of the Children of His Holiness from Ceylon. His Holiness called all of us "His Children", children of all ages.
Invocation .................................. by an un-named disciple
Seeing within me the Triple Flame within Alif, Laam, Meem
When will my sorrow depart, O Lord of mine?
Knowing Thee, dwelling within Thee,
When will I open my eyes and find Thee, O Lord of mine?
Forgetting the Earth, discarding the damsel,
When will my heart melt thinking of Thee, O Lord of mine?
Introduction .................................. by Mohamedali Sultan Abdul Cader Preface ....................................... by Dr. P. Balachanthiran Appreciation ................................. by M. Baharien Haleed Glossary ------------------------------------- (no specific author given)
The text for this book, "Guru Mani" or "Pearl of Wisdom", was originally an oral discourse or talk given by His Holiness, our Father, Shaikh Muhammad Rahim Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him) in 1945 in Ceylon to a small group of His disciples.
This discourse was written down in Tamil at the direction of His Holiness by one of these disciples. Tamil is one of the languages spoken in Ceylon, which is now called Sri Lanka.
Some time in 1940 in Ceylon, at the direction of His Holiness, this written text was turned into a Tamil version of this book, called "Guru Mani" or "The Pearls of The Guru".
In January 1, 2000 this same book was re-published in English, after being rendered into English by the late Mr M S A Cader for the benefit of the disciples of His Holiness all over the world, with the entire cost of publication being bourne by his son Dr Abdul Mahir ( Moscow).
The book was published in Ceylon and given the English name "Pearl of Wisdom". Also, it is to be noted that previous attempts had been made to publish "Guru Mani" into English but they were never successful.
Some of the members of the Serendib Sufi Study Circle that directly contributed to the publishing of this beautiful book by His Holiness into English, and who are mentioned in the book as such, include:
Mohamedali Sultan Abdul Cader, Vice-President of Serendib Sufi Study
Hilmy Mohidfeen, President of Serendib Sufi Study Circle
Dr. P. Balachanthiran, Vice President of Serendib Sufi Study Circle
M. Baharien Haleed, Hony. Jt.Secretary, Serendib Sufi Study Circle
Dr. Abdul Mahir, the son of MSA Cader, a devoted disciple of His Holiness
and the author of the painting of His Holiness that is on the cover of the new
book, "Pearl of Wisdom", which was painted when he was 15 years old.
Ahmad Alexandre Vladimirovich Smeiman, a great devote of His Holiness,
the son-in-law of MSA Cader, a Russian artist, and the author of a
second painting of His Holiness that is also included in the new book.
A. V. Arulampalam, a devoted disciple of His Holiness, who include a tribute
to His Holiness at the end of the new book.
Noorul Ameena Cader, the wife of MSA Cader, and a devoted disciple of His
Holiness, who helped in preparing the manuscript for the new book.
Our very special love and salaams go out to each of these members, and to all members of the Serendib Sufi Study Circle for their work and devotion to His Holiness over the years, and especially to those mentioned above, as displayed in publishing this beautiful gift to the English speaking people of the world, and to their brothers and sisters in America, where we are just beginning to understand the gift of the life and teaching of our Father, Shaikh Muhammad Rahim Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him).
Finally, a very, very special thanks must be given to the devoted disciple of His Holiness who shouldered the main burden of rendering "Guru Man" into English from Tamil, our brother of light, Mohamedali Sultan Abdul Cader. May the peace and blessings of God be upon you, my dearest loving brother, for this wonderful work and duty. Amen, Amen, Ya Rabil Alameen. Amen, Amen, Ya Rahman Alameen. Amen, Amen, Ya Rahim Alameen. Al-hamdu lillah. Allahu Akbar.
And in closing, a little bit about His Holiness, Ceylon, and the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship.
Ceylon, which is now called Sri Lanka, is a small island located just off the tip of India. This is where His Holiness lived prior to coming to America in 1971. From 1971 to 1986 His Holiness commuted back and forth between Ceylon and America, attending to His disciples both in America and Ceylon until He physically left the world on December 8, 1986.
His Holiness is buried in America just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a small area establish by His Holiness for the burial of His Children in America, which has become affectionately known as "The Farm".
Over the place of His burial, the Children of His Holiness have built a shine, called a Mazar, as an act of love, devotion, and respect for His Holiness. This Mazar or shrine has become a place of pilgrimage for people throughout the world, and all are welcome.
Click HERE to go to the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship Web Site (www.bmf.org) to learn more about His Holiness, the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, and the Mazar, as well as the Shaikh Muhammad Rahim Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Mosque, that was established in Philadelphia by His Holiness in 1984.
My love you (anbu) - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler).
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