Baba Bhandari



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Hazrat Shah Sufi Moulana Syed Golamur Rahman
Function: 
Sheik
Traditions: 
Islam, Qaderia, Khidir,Maizbhandari, Sufism
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, Bangladesh, Iran
Date of Birth: 
10th January 1865
Place of Birth: 
Bangladesh
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
5th April 1937

Biography

Hazrat Shah Sufi Moulana Syed Golamur Rahman (Baba Bhandari) was born on 10th January 1865. It is claimed that since his childhood, he showed special behaviour, which used to attract people’s attention and had made him different from any other child.

It is also believed that before his birth, Hazrat Gausul Azam Maizbhandari Shah Sufi Moulana Syed Ahmed Ullah (Hazrat Kebla Kaba) once called the mother of Baba Bhandari, "the mother of Peerane-Peer" (the word "Peerane-Peer" means "Saint of all saints").

Seven days after his birth, Baba Bhandari was brought to Hazrat Kebla Kaba who took the new born baby in his hand and pronounced: "This boy is the rose of my garden. He has got the complexion and beautiful appearance of Hazrat Eusuf. Look after him. I name him Golamur Rahman". Soon after the birth of Baba Bhandari, it is said that there were signs of tremendous improvement in his parent’s family and miraculously the family’s financial situation had improved.

Since his childhood, Baba Bhandari was highly particular with religious activities, including prayers, fasting, and reading Quran and Hadith. He was first given the Quranic lesson by his own uncle and spiritual guide - Hazrat Kebla Kaba. Baba Bhandari started his basic education in a local religious school and later continued his higher studies in the Chittagong Government Madrasha - a religious college in Chittagong City.

At the age of 23, Baba Bhandari got married but his attention could not be diverted to the worldly affairs. As the time went by, he got more involved in exploring mysteries of Allah’s creation and devoted in creating illustrious examples, which could benefit the humanity.

Baba Bhandari roamed extensively through dense forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sitakund, and Deyanghills and also along the beach of the Bay of Bengal at Kumira and Fauzdarhat in Chittagong. He silently noticed and mixed with silent nature and attained union with the Divine illumination. He developed unimpeachable character and transcended the lure of this world. Thus the stream of nectar of his spiritual attainment showered blessings upon humanity irrespective of creed or cast.

Like in the case of Hazrat Kebla Kaba, the description of Baba Bhandari’s ‘karamat’ appears to be never-ending. All these Karamats were geared towards the well being of
human race and to guide the people in the path of welfare. Many people were and are

still being blessed by his spiritual power and overcome many of their miseries in life and many got divine blessings by merely coming in association with him.

At the age of 71 years and six months, Baba Bhandari left this world on 5th of April, 1937. Countless devotees observe this day as a mark of respect to this majestic saint.

Teachings

The composite nature of "Tarika-e-Maizbhandari" could be attained through the practice of following seven methods:

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"Fana anil Khalak: To absorb in self-spiritual meditation, arouse self-consciousness, attain conviction and self-restraint, know thyself, and achieve self-reliance. In the order of priority, the first principle of Maizbhandari Philosophy is to be self-reliant. This point is highly crucial in the backdrop of socio-economic scenario of the today’s world. If people try to be self-reliant, many of the social ills of the world can be eradicated.
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"Fana anil Howa": To abstain from such deed that gives no good result, avoid slandering at others back, shun vilifying and backbiting. If one follows this principle in letter and spirit, human life becomes facile and anxiety-free.
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"Fana anil Erada": To surrender completely amidst happiness and sorrow, to the will of Allah, the Almighty and become self-complacent. This implies that human being must surrender unconditionally to his Creator and merge one’s will or desire with that of Allah.
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"Mout-e- Abiyaz" (White death): Practicing self-control, continence and modesty, observing starvation, less eating and less sleeping.
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"Mout-e-Aswad" (Black death): To inculcate self-criticism, self-purification, restrain vindictiveness and retaliation, control rage, and accept easily the criticism made by others.
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"Mout-e-Ahmar" (Red death): To control greed, covetousness, sex-impulse and extinct sexual lust, and regulate oneself to internal and external discipline.
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"Mout-e-Akhjar" (Green death): To observe absolute austerity, show gratitude and thankfulness, avoid extravagance and lead a simple pellucid life free from foppishness.

If these seven steps are being achieved, one can become very dearer to Allah with ardent faith in Him and absolute dependence on the Almighty and His Divine unity (Tawhid). Moreover, by following the above principles, many untold sufferings can be avoided. Furthermore, anyone will agree that humanism can be achieved in its best possible way by combining the above principles, and that’s why the major focus of Tarika-e-Maizbhandari is on human development and self-attainment.

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