9. The Gnan "of Deep Meditation"

TO ASK Mr Tajdin: **The name of the Pir is not 1st on the title?? Should we duplicate the book or "keep"the same format??

1 - From the collection of 25 gnans printed in 1905, Bombay, by Lalji Bhai Devraj, No. 22.

2 - Seheter-dip, the "Northern continent", is one of the traditional dvipas of the Hindu cosmology, so called because it has the form of the seheter fruit (also called shetur). The name is usually applied to Persia and Iraq.

3 - Shahr-i Bābak is an old, now decaying town in the province of Kirmān which was formerly on a trade route, but in modern times remained far away from the new roads. The Imams apparently resided in it some time during the early Safawid rule, and later on in the second half of the XII/XVIII c.

4 - Shāh Abū'Hasan Ali really resided in Shahr-i Babak. He was the governor of Kirman about 1175/1762, and died in 1204/1790. He was buried in the Mushtaqiyya, in Kirman. Cf. my paper on the "Tombs of some Persian Ismaili Imams," pp 60-661

5 - The well-known symbol from Hindu iconography

6 - These are the names of the pulses located in and near the nose.

7 - Shamsi probably implies that the author claimed descent from Pir Shams, and thus generally from the Pirs