From Farhang-eh Istilahat-eh Irfani (The Dictionary of Gnostic
Terminologies) by Sajjadi, most of the text is comprised of Baqli's
excerpts from Sharh-eh Shat-hiyat:
Haira (Perplexity) is what happens to the heart of the ‘Arif (Divine
Cognoscente) which is of the form of thought, pondering and muse, and
indeed a veil (blocking the Nur (Divine Light)).
All people are obligated to a contract, between the individual and
in return for ‘being’ they are to offer servitude for Allah. Most
people are ignorant of this contract, thus they live in the shade of
the Haira (Perplexity) of ‘Ubudiyat (Servitude). And even if a person
wills to learn about the nature of what was entrusted to him by Allah,
indeed burns up! The person who is seeking any knowledge about this
contract chars and only Haira (Perplexity) remains (as psychological
This is so since the knowledge about the contract between the human
beings and Allah
is an infinite form of knowledge and there is no
intellect in this world able to grasp all of it. There are three forms
of Haira (Perplexity):
1. Atheism: This is a form of Haira (Perplexity) that
causes total ignorance about Allah.
2. Acquisition of Knowledge: This is a form of Haira
(Perplexity) when the person acquires some knowledge and becomes
estranged from people; this is a form of a Najasa (Impurity and
un-cleanliness). Dara: We see this in both secular scientists who learn
a few approximate formulas about a tiny part of the nature and
immediately deny/mock Allah and we
also see the same amongst the
religious zealot who learned how to wash a feet or wear a scarf and
become arrogant against the rest of Allah’s
servants often mock them and
disown them and thus both groups estranged by knowledgeg from others by
keeping a distance as a
sign of false-purity.
3. Waswasa: When the person is plagued with uneasy
wicked suggestions for evil, doubts and anxieties. As if someone is
whispering to them to instill evil within them. This drags the person
with Haira (Perplexity) towards misguidance, ignorance and negligence.
Dara: these are the old Sufi buffs ‘been there’ or ‘done that’ sort of
folk who learned some good knowledge but only at the end they were
plagued with incessant whisperings towards desires and negligence.
Acquisition of knowledge so far as the ‘Ubudiyat (Servitude) is
concerned is a sure bet towards Haira (Perplexity).
Therefore Salik (The Traveler)
should not be on the Path for the sake
of gaining knowledge for his/her Divine Creator, that within such
seeking there is much evil whispers, and if s/he attempts to find the
true Ma’ref (Gnosis) of his/her Creator then the person chars and
flares within the flames of Haira (Perplexity), lost wandering off the
Some have said that Ghifla (Negligence and ignorance for Allah) is one
of the self-awareness knowledge(s) of Haira (Perplexity); and Paradise
is when/where the person develops full Ghifla (Ignorance) for the said
Self-awareness of Ghifla, ignoring and heedless of his own Self.
There are three levels of Haira (Perplexity):
Dah-sha (Perplexity with dismay and alarm) is due to drowning within
the sea of Realities (Haqayiq). And Haira (Perplexity) is a Hala
state of heart) antecedent to Dah-sha; Bahta (Perplexity
with stupefaction and speechless-ness) is due to total ignoring of the
Self, the cut-off of Haira (Perplexity) and cessation of Dah-sha.
Haira (Perplexity) are thoughts and feelings within the ‘Arif (Divine
Cognoscente) that are accepted as truth without any process of due
diligence of thoughts, logic and rationalizations, whereat the person
is thrown into the tornado of thoughts and cognizance to the point that
he ends up knowing nothing!
Haira (Perplexity) is the abating of the Sirr (Divine
thus causing the cessation of Idrak (Prehension)
(Space of all
Actualities) and entering into the knowledge(s) of Qadar
Destinies); in other words everything was viewed and
rationalized by means of the self-awareness and not by means of Haqiqat
(Reality). These are all imaginations and creative thinking and not
Ma’refa (Divine Gnosis). They are Dhauq (Artistic Taste) and not ‘Ilm
Appearance of knowledge within the ignorance and the appearance of
ignorance within the knowledge is a form descending Haira (Perplexity)
appearing within the heart of the ‘Arif (Divine Cognoscente),
flip-flopping between despair and hope as felt by a prisoner
yearning for freedom.
Said (Baqli qouting someone called Ja'far) if you make your (spiritual)
thoughts expressed plain and clear you are
an atheist. If you observe (Shahid) then you suffer from Haira
however like Haira (Perplexity) within Haira (Perplexity) or desert
Now that you have reached the realm of ‘Adam (Non-being) you find Haira
(Perplexity) to the point that you no longer know who actually you are!
Suddenly the rays of Qidam (Space of all
Actualities) appear within you
and make you subsist upon your Self. Then you are remaining by means of
your own Self vis-à-vis the Haira (Perplexity) and yet have no
of Haira (Perplexity) i.e. what it is or where it
My Lord everyone is sorrowing because of Haira
(Perplexity) and yet I am joyous because of Haira (Perplexity).
Labbaika (Only by You I can serve You) and thus opened the doors of
all bitterness and misfortune for myself.
O! Woe if there is a day I
cannot grasp at Your immaterial grace (Lutf).
My Lord I am that moth ablaze within the flames of the lamp; soul feels
no torment and the heart feels no burning pain.
My Lord my head filled with water and my heart with fire.
Within feel needlessness for all beloveds and without want and yearn
In a shoreless sea… within my soul and life an incurable ache…
My eyes glance upon what has no explanation while many claim these are
the words of beauty!
Within this Haira (Perplexity) the stars and planets long lost
Orbiting and wandering stars, Alas!
That within this calamity the Path became my soul and life
This Path is definitely not an easy one, Alas!
I see a Path with no end at sight
See no beginning and see no end, Alas!
Stuck and stalled on this Path
Such sorrows and such Haira (Perplexity), Alas!