Yet behold ! he is an open disputer !!
- The Final Testament, 36.77
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"The reason why the world lacks unity,
and lies broken and in heaps,
is because man is disunited with himself."
— Ralph Waldo EmersonPin It Now!
"The form of religion is a hard thing for people to come around to. Most don't have issues with the inner, but inevitably there needs to be a harmony created between the two, inner and outer expresions of faith.we worry so much about the form, we miss the Love it holds... "
May peace and blessings of God be with Muhammad, the Final and Last Messenger of God.Tag: Muhammad, God, Mohammad. Pin It Now!
Yet, at the same time the 'No' has a lot of 'Yes' into it. Let me explain in brief.
Sufis are Mystic Lover of God. And anybody can be a lover of God. Irrespective of his religion, ideology or anything. So upto that point religion or faith doesn't matter.
Now for Sufis, God is the Ultimate Object of Love and expression of Love. Now when you enter into such a reltionship, don't you think you should be committed? Isn't commitment an integral part of relationship of Love?? Without devotion what can be achieved, specially in the path of God?
And again, once you are a Lover of God, and God being the Ultimate Object, the Sufi should surrender himself to the Ultimate-Self. As the Lover always happy to give rather than to take from his lover; so is the sufi. And the name of this Nature of Surrender is called Islam (only thing is its an arabic word). Upto this point i don't mean Islam as Religion. Just as an expression of Submission to the Utimate Soul.
Now let me enter into the practices which we call 'Islam-the religion'. Islam as religion has some advantages for Sufis or even for modern mind. It is a religion which profess absolute direct relationship with God and Lover. There is no place for priest, father, monk, pope, intermediatary etc. A direct relationship with God which sometime transcend even own self.
So at the starting point you can be of any faith, but in the end, no matter how you come to it, ultimately Islam would become 'the staright path' to communicate and to be friend of God. Even if you don't know Islam, if you are a true Lover of God, your attitude will be submission, will be full of commitment to Him and will have certain devotion in it. I hope i could clear my position on this matter. If there is any confusion, pls do post comment or question. I will try to write more, God willing.
I think Inayat Khan expressed that view because he wanted to spread the Sufi message to West at a time when Islam was little known. So he wanted a more universal approach in it. And it worked for him.Tag: Spirituality, Sufi, God, Islam Pin It Now!
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
From A RETURN TO LOVE, by Marianne Williamson.Tag: Spirituality, Inspiration // My special thanks to Isaiah for introducing me to this beautiful quote. Pin It Now!
"One ought not to claim 'adulthood' just because one has reached a certain age. This is not unlike 'celebrities' claiming moral and intellectual ascendance just because they enjoy prominence. They do not necessarily share a cause-effect relationship. 'Adulthood', aka, maturity, is something that begs justification.
You are absolutely right, Heretic! The fact is without establishing social justice, all talks about Spirituality and God and everything lose its value. "The Kingdom of God on earth" can only be established when we provide equal opportunity for all, when we drive away the oppression and corruption. That is why in one of my earlier post, i wrote that messengers and prophets of God are social reformers. If we look at the life of the last messenger, Prophet Muhammad, we can see he started with the idea of social reform and thought of equality in the society even before he came to God Realization. And this has happened to all great leaders. Pls read the post, An Alternate view on Messengers and Religion.
Recently Newsweek has an issue (Aug. 29 - Sept. 5, 2005) focusing on the quest for Spirituality in America. The article will give some light on the hunger for spirituality in American society. Check it here.
Also check the following links from Newsweek:
> Where Do You Stand on Faith?
> Islam: A New Welcoming Spirit in the Mosque
> Kabbalah: Feeling the Spirit of Prayer
> Tibetan Buddhism: Learning to Let Go
> Roman Catholicism: 'Hail Mary' Is More Than a Football Play
> A Scholar's View: The Long and Winding Road
> A Dictionary of the Divine
The article ends beautifully with this call,
So let us say together: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Sh'ma Yisrael. Allahu Akbar. Om.
And store up the light against the darkness.
Commenting in the post titled, Wisdom of Buddha, Mark mentioned a beautiful story about a chinese master. Its about how spiritual realization can not be obtained from books. It reminded me a similar story from Rumi, the famous Persian Mystic and Poet.
Once while Jalalludin Rumi was teaching his pupils in the open courtyard, next to a fountain, a shabbily externally dressed but perfectly internally adorned Sufi, Shams Tabrez came to their assembly and watched them. He saw Rumi referring to numerous handwritten books in the course of his teaching. Shams asked Jalalludin Rumi as to what was in the books.
Jalalludin Rumi replied, "O! Sufi. This contains knowledge that is beyond your understanding so you continue to read your rosary." Unnoticed by Rumi, Shams Tabrez threw all the books into the pond of water. When Rumi’s students saw what occurred they began beating Shams Tabrez. This and the screams of Shams Tabrez alerted Rumi as to what occurred. He complained that all his valuable knowledge had been destroyed. Shams Tabrez said; "Tell your pupils to leave me alone and I will give back your books."
A visibly dejected Rumi conceded to the request thinking that this was impossible. He was surprised to see Shams Tabrez, recite bismillah (in the name of God), lift the drenched books from the pond, blew dust of them and returned them to him intact.
He asked Shams Tabrez as to how he did this. Shams Tabrez replied, "This knowledge is beyond your understanding so you continue to teach your pupils." Jalalludin Rumi fell at his feet and was swept into the currents of love. The presence of this ragged Sufi, Shams Tabrez, changed Jallaluddin Rumi from a respected professor of theology into a lover of God, one who summed up his whole life with the phrase, "I burnt, and I burnt, and I burnt." Shams Tabrez, targeted Rumi since he knew that Rumi was ready for receiving Spiritual Training but the veil of conceit, regarding his knowledge, had to be lifted.
The article was published in Washington Post on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Here Rushdie's view point is interesting. Following is some selected passages which are quite thoughtful.
... "It should be a matter of intense interest to all Muslims that Islam is the only religion whose origins were recorded historically and thus are grounded not in legend but in fact. The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a matriarchal nomadic culture to an urban patriarchal system. Muhammad, as an orphan, personally suffered the difficulties of this transformation, and it is possible to read the Koran as a plea for the old matriarchal values in the new patriarchal world, a conservative plea that became revolutionary because of its appeal to all those whom the new system disenfranchised, the poor, the powerless and, yes, the orphans.
Muhammad was also a successful merchant and heard, on his travels, the Nestorian Christians' desert versions of Bible stories that the Koran mirrors closely (Christ, in the Koran, is born in an oasis, under a palm tree). It ought to be fascinating to Muslims everywhere to see how deeply their beloved book is a product of its place and time, and in how many ways it reflects the Prophet's own experiences.
However, few Muslims have been permitted to study their religious book in this way. The insistence that the Koranic text is the infallible, uncreated word of God renders analytical, scholarly discourse all but impossible. Why would God be influenced by the socioeconomics of seventh-century Arabia, after all? Why would the Messenger's personal circumstances have anything to do with the Message?
The traditionalists' refusal of history plays right into the hands of the literalist Islamofascists, allowing them to imprison Islam in their iron certainties and unchanging absolutes. If, however, the Koran were seen as a historical document, then it would be legitimate to reinterpret it to suit the new conditions of successive new ages. Laws made in the seventh century could finally give way to the needs of the 21st. The Islamic Reformation has to begin here, with an acceptance of the concept that all ideas, even sacred ones, must adapt to altered realities."....
Samual Lewis was an American mystic and dance teacher who founded the Dances of Universal Peace movement. He was also known under his Sufi name of Murshid and to the popular press as Sufi Sam. He was a sufi and at the same time a student of Zen and Yoga. Perhaps he is the first one born in the West to have received the divine message.
Before leaving his body, Murshid Samuel writes a letter to Barkat Ali, saying: "Praise be to Allah! This has been a glorious exit, and one which will go down in history, a sign of all the beauty, truth and goodness in the universe. One has been truly saved from the jaws of death and adversity, and may live on indefinitely, as God wills. It is the sign and symbol of all goodness, and the establishment of God's message in the Western world forever, praise be to Allah! For I am the first one born in the West to have received the divine message, and believe to have representatives in all the purity and goodness of which Allah is capable, and which will now be presumed done forever."
In 1925: During a spiritual retreat in Fairfax, Samuel receives inner initiation from Khwaja Khidr, often identified with Elijah and known to Sufis as "the Green Man of the Desert." This initiation leads to appearances by all the prophets in turn, culminating with Mohammed.
Quote from Murshid Samuel:
"Words are not peace. Thoughts are not peace. Plans are not peace. Programs are not peace. Peace is fundamental to all faiths. Peace is fullness, all inclusive ...and must be experienced."
"One of the reasons I am teaching this music and dancing is to increase Joy, not awe towards another person, but bliss in our own self. This is finding God within, through Experience."
O you who've gone on pilgrimage -
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved !
Oh come now, come, oh come !
Your friend, He is your neighbor,
He is next to your wall -
You, erring in the desert - what air of love is this?
If you'd see the Beloved's
form without any form -
You are the house,
the master,You are the Kaaba, you ! . . .
Where is a bunch of roses,
if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul's pearly essence
when you're the Sea of God?
That's true - and yet your troubles
may turn to treasures rich –
How sad that you yourself veil
the treasure that is yours !
Translation by Annemarie Schimmel
Covita Moroney for visiting my blog. I'm truly blessed by her presence in my site. May Beloved God reward her for the sincere and beautiful work. Amen.
Scripture is such Music CD inspired by Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Wisdom. Rich melodies sung in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Arabic are layered with Middle Eastern oud, percussion and chant to celebrate shared truths found in sacred scriptures. From prayerful reverance and sheer joy, to sensual delight and deep mystery, this evocative music is offered in the spirit of wholeness, healing, and peace.
O Moses! I’m God, the Mighty, the Wise… Fear not; the apostles shall not fear in My presence. Neither he who has been unjust, then he does good instead after evil, for I am the Forgiving, the Merciful: (Quran, 27 : 9,11)
Here we see, God is stating that Apostles or Prophets should not be fearful in the presence of Lord and also those who turn to good work even after he might have wronged to his soul. We all are sinful in a sense because we all are forgetful of Lord almost every moment and also we fail to praise Lord which is due to Him. But even then God says, not to fear.
What is opposite or negation of fear? Isn’t it Love? The Lover of God thus follow the path of Love. The Divine Love of God, they seek the Divine Intimacy of Supreme Soul. To the Lover of God, Love of God is the most seeking goal, Loving God is the most treatured virtue.Tag: Sufism, Quran, God, Love. Pin It Now!
Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
Credit: Just Thinking by Ken. R. Anderson.Tag: Prayer, God. Pin It Now!
He first asked, "Tell me, what is Submission (which is the meaning of the arabic word, Islam)?" The Prophet answered it by listing what became popularly known as the five pillars of Islam: testimony of faith, daily prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage. To the surprise of those watching, this unknown questioner said, "You are correct."
Next he asked what faith is (iman), to which the Prophet answered by listing the five items of belief: in God, in the angels, in the Scriptures, in the Prophets, and in the Last Day and Hereafter. Again the questioner responded, "You are right."
Then he asked, "What is [mastery of] virtue (ihsan)?" To which the Prophet answered, "[Mastery of] virtue is to worship God as if you see Him; and if you don't see Him, then [worship Him with the conviction that] He sees you."
This saying is an outlining of a path of religious or spiritual EVOLUTION, from a mere external observation of religiosity to an inner expression of faith to a state of intimacy with God.
Even among the religious, not all human souls are inclined to intimacy with God, any more than all souls are drawn to be expert in medicine. And among those who desire divine intimacy, few are capable of the self-discipline and hard work that is demanded of them to achieve it, just as few who want to become doctors are truly capable of expending the effort.
Excerpt from What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Published by Harper San Francisco).Tag: Religion, God, Intimacy, Islam, Prophet. Pin It Now!
It is the fact that all great findings originated from some where inside us. For example you see all efforts and developments that took place with in the area of physics did actually originate about the idea the one unique invariant general law is rolling the world and thus we keep on digging to find out more and more details out of that one unique rolling law! So where did we get the idea of that unity and unification!
Is it right that we did believe in the fact before we started benefiting from it? Philosophically I think no one would be able to prove the existence of god. If it happens then what you have proved is not going to be a so called god since it has been proved and thus it has turned into a subject of proof. The most important most widely understood idea about "god" among all human beings is that no matter it exists or not, it is not some thing provable. The unique thing about all those who do really believe in god, meanwhile, is the fact that they feel it inside and it is a very personal (and in fact possibly very confidential and holly) thing. You can not find or see or prove that there is a god but you can feel it by your self depending on your personal characteristics.
And every body would agree that feeling are always true by themselves and never provable. You touch some thing and you feel it is hot, there is no ideology or logic to prove that you are right or wrong in that because that is just your feeling. At the same time I believe, people (man kind) are doing there best to discover the so called god. Even there might be many of us who are participating in this event while we are not so much aware of what indeed we are engaged with. This is why, in my opinion, so much effort is being given to answering questions like "the total mass of universe", "metric bounds of universe", "origin of world", "big bang" and etc.
We are trying our best to approach the infinite bounds of every thing and I think behind all that we are seeking to find an answer for the question of "does god exist". This is why we are doing our best in achieving the "biggest", the "smallest", the "fastest", the "strongest", the "weakest" and ... .
It's because we just feel that behind those outmost extremes there is some thing waiting for us! Some thing that we would possibly never approach but we would keep moving towards for ever. This is the meaning of infinity as it fits in our minds.
Who knows how capable we are?
Is this a game between us the “god”?
So many fundamental questions …
A central theme that is never fully explored) is that the meta-story (this is in itself a link to the famous stories within stories of the Arabian Nights) has a specific intent: it is a tale that will make you believe in God. In the opening sections of the book, Pi has himself resolved this issue on his personal level and sees no contradiction in defining himself as a Muslim, a Hindu and a Christian simultaneously. This is clearly the position of the Classical Sufism (if not necessarily of some of the contemporary Islamocentric tariqas) and Pi’s Muslim teacher is stated as being a follower of the Sufi path.
The motif of the castaway as a symbol for the journey to God is an apt one. It has a near precedent in Sufi mystical literature in the classic work Hayy ibn Yaqzan (lit: Alive, son of Awake) by the 12th century Sufi poet Ibn Tufayl. Tufayl’s work, which has been seen as a major influence on Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. In Tufayl, the theme revolves around the question “would one believe in God if one grew up alone on a desert island and spent life utterly alone without human contact?”. Tufayl’s answer is a resounding ‘yes’ - although the implications of this knowledge are more complex than might be assumed - and clearly Hayy’s life on his desert island IS the journey to God, just as Pi’s months adrift in the Pacific are a similar journey: a journey to something which cannot be conceived, perhaps must not be conceived as the only way to survive the days adrift is to abandon hope.Read the full post here. Pin It Now!
Sahl [al-Tustari] said: "The sufi is someone who is pure (safaa) from trouble (kadar), he is filled with thinking (fikr) and has renounced to the human for the Divine ; someone for whom gold and mud have the same value", that is to say, someone who doesn't desire or wish anything but his Lord and Master.
"Sufism" (tasawwuf) is the science through which we can attain the modalities for our journey toward the King of kings; it is also the inner purification (tasfiya) from the vices (radhaa' il) and the inner beauty by the means of all virtues (fadhaa'il); or the erasing (ghayba) of the creature, be it lost in the vision (shuhuud) of Truth (God; al-Haqq), or going back to the manifested world (al-athar). Its beginning is "science" ('ilm), its medium "action" ('amal) and its aim "gift" (mawhiba) [from God].
Regarding the word itself, it derives:
- possibly from safaa', purity, as its aim is purification (tasfiya) ;-possibly from sifa, quality, because it is the qualification (ittisaaf) derived from perfections ;
- possibly from suffa, the "bench" at the Prophet's Mosque, as the sufis look very much like the People of the Bench from their orientation [towards God] (tawajjuh) and from their renouncing to the world (inqitaa') ;
- and possibly from suuf, the wool, because most of them used to wear garments made with wool as a sign of detachment of the things from this world, and also imitating those Prophets that were dressed with clothes made in wool.
This last etymology seems the most convincing from a linguistic point of view, it also corresponds in a better way to the literal sense.
Quoted from:: http://maryam-blog.blogspot.com
Should you not gain your wants, my soul, then be not grieved;
But hasten to that banquet which your Lord's bequeathed.
And when a thing for which you ask is slow to come,
Then know that often through delay are gifts received.
Find solace in privation and respect its due,
For only by contentment is the heart relieved.
And know that when the trials of life have rendered you
Despairing of all hope, and of all joy bereaved,
Then shake yourself and rouse yourself from heedlessness,
And make pure hope a meadow that you never leave.
Your Maker's gifts take subtle and uncounted forms.
How fine the fabric of the world His hands have weaved.
The journey done, they came to the water of life,
And all the caravan drank deep, their thirst relieved.
Far be it from the host to leave them thirsty there,
His spring pours forth all generosity received.
My Lord, my trust in all Your purposes is strong,
That trust is now my shield; I'm safe, and undeceived.
All those who hope for grace from You will feel Your rain;
Too generous are You to leave my branch unleaved.
May blessings rest upon the loved one, Muhammad,
Who's been my means to high degrees since I believed.
He is my fortress and my handhold, so my soul,
Hold fast, and travel to a joy still unconceived.
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