Explain the meaning of Sufi Silsila.
‘Silsila’ means a chain signifying the continuous link between a master and their disciples. ‘Sufi Silsila’ started flourishing in the Islamic world from around 12th Century. The figurative chain was stretched like a channel as an unbroken spiritual genealogy to the Prophet Muhammad. Devotees received spiritual power and blessings through the channel. Initiates went through special rituals of initiation like undertaking an oath of allegiance, wearing a patched garment and shaving their hair. The ‘Chisti Silsila’ is considered as one of the most famous Sufi Silsila.