Khilwat Dar Anjuman (Retirement in Company) – The Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order

The Fourth of Eleven Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order, as read by Omar Ali-Shah.

4. KHILWAT DAR ANJUMAN
or Retirement in Company

Khilwat dar Anjuman: the ability to detach oneself from a
situation which may be noisy, disturbing, confusing and
frenetic. One should be able to retire into oneself for a short
time. This does not mean to cut off from everything that is
going on, it means the ability to distance oneself from tension
and disturbance by using a zikr for a short time: the
detachment is qualitative and not quantitative. It can be
used as a defence by oneself or with the help of the Master.

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