Saturday, January 27, 2018
This is my new set extension of my documentary on Qadri Rafaee Silsila in Mumbai ..
I was invited to the Urus of Holy Saint Bismillah Shah Baba at VT by Nasir Bhai rafaee he asked me to be at the venue by 10 pm.
I decided to take a bus 1 no BEST from LalMitti Bandra reclamation I must have waited for an hour no sign of bus than I checked on the BEST bus timetable it showed the last bus from here to RC Church at 8.30 pm so I thought I might as well take a cab.. just as I was contemplating a white SUV stopped by a person seated next to the driver called me handed me a note saying pray for me and smiled and left . in my hand he had given Rs 500..
So I get alms without begging ...I immediately took a cab to VT Station ..
Now a flashback my father early 50s was going through very hard times and though a devout Shia .he began visiting various Sufi dargahs of Mumbai.. he had lost everything he was totally vanquished in some deal he had lost all his money ..and my dad sought the help of Bismillah Shah Baba VT..we would overhear about his faith in this Holy Saint ..my poor mother was spending most of her time invoking Hazrat Abbas at the dargah at Pala Gully Dongri.
We stayed those days in the rented servants quarters of Later veteran actor Nawab Kashmiri at Khatau Bhuvan Wodehuse Road.Colaba .
The bad days faced by my family did finally go away ...and I was thus visiting the Holy Shrine of Bismillah Shah Baba first time ..respectful to the memory of my dads struggle dduring my childhood days
I met the respected heads of the Qadri Rafaee silsila of Baroda Syed Jamaluddin his brother Syed Kamaluddin and Gaddi Nasheen Nayyar Baba at the Shrine ..members of the Rafaee order had come from Baroda Surat BiliMora Bharuch along with the daf musicians .
I shot the mehfil at the Shrine met the trustees committee members volunteers I was introduced to them as Malang Khalifa of Syed Masoom Ali Baba Asqan Madari Makanpur I was felicitated a garland and shawl placed round my neck.
The event ended past 1 am I decided to take a taxi and also drop a friend at Sewri..I reached home paid the taxi driver Rs 300 ..so the entire Rs 500 I got as alms I paid as my conveyance .
I had not eaten wife was asleep she is not well so I made an omelet and pondered over the benevolence of the Holy Saint who called me as a reminder to the memory of my father at the foot of his Shrine ,
First I will post the mobile photos and later the images shot on my Canon 60 D,
I hope the Holy Saint helps me pay off my debts to a few friends and upgrades my camera almost 6 year old .
“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.”
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi,
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