This track is based on the eleven principles of Naqshbandiya Sufi Order.

Hush der dem

Be present at every breath. Do not let your attention wander for the duration of a single breath. Remember yourself always and in all situations.

Nazar ber kadem

Keep your intention before you at every step you take. You wish for freedom and you must never forget it.

Safar der vatan

Your journey is towards your homeland. Remember that you are travelling from the world of appearances to the world of reality.

Halvat der endjuman

Solitude in the crowd. In all your outwardly activity remain inwardly free. Learn not to identify yourself with anything whatsoever.

Yad gerd

Remember your friend, i.e. God. Let the prayer of your tongue be the prayer of your heart.

Baz gasht.

Return to God. No aim but to attain reality.

Nigah dasht.

Struggle with all alien thoughts. Keep your mind on what you are doing either outwardly or inwardly.

Yad dasht.

Be constantly aware of the quality of the Divine Presence. Become used to recognizing the Presence of God in your heart.





The inspiration behind this track came many moons ago. My brother, Ram, gave me a written out sheet which contained the first eight principles of the Nasqshbandi Sufi order, as translated by John Bennett, a then student of the great Eastern philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff. I kept this writing safe. When I was feeling into the ideas for this album, I vividly remember the thought "dropping" into my heart/mind - "I can do that prayer....". At this point I had no idea whether I could find it. I did. And the rest ensued....  Here are a few notes :

  • A Prayer - 'zikr' -

  • The Echo or the second voice - the response is an internalized -zikr -.

  • It emanates from the heart centre, and above.

  • The rhythm section - is like the Sufi external manifestation "rocking" prayer.

  • It emanates from the first three chakras, root, sacral and solar.

  • The word - 'ruah' - the Hebrew word for Spirit - is a call to the Spirit within and without.

  • True words are spoken directly to God - a meditation.

  • Repetition of the Name - 'nam'-.

  • The bells - a calling of the mind to attention, a call to prayer, the call of the 'muezzin'.

  • Together - alone. All - one.

  • The prayer is carried out on the gentle breath of the reed, on the wind/Spirit.

  • 'Ruah - Albi" - the Spirit of the Heart".