Monday, February 27, 2006
Let me thank You for millions of functionality that goes inside this marvelous body temple. Let me thank You for good health and for the food.
Let me thank You for every molecules that nourish me.
Let me thank You for every relationship that I had. All the love that You poured upon me through my parents, my relatives upto the numerous unexpected people i met along my life path.
Let me thank You for every molecules of oxygen that keep me alive, for every cell of blood that run through me.
Let me thank You for all the favours that You have done to me.
My Lord i wish to thank You for the cool breeze that blew on my face tonight. I wish to thank You for the wonderful manifestation of Your glory in the nature, in sky and in universe.
Let me thank You my Beloved for all the Love that You have given to me when You created my soul with Your Divine love. I also thank You for the rememberance of Yours which nourish my soul and all the inspirations that You pour down to the heart.
Let me thank You for the ability that You have given to say 'Thank You' to You.
My Lord, i know Your favours at any moment of time can not be counted, nor can You be thanked enough. Yet my Beloved, my heart wish to thank You. O My Lord, surely You see everything, You know everything. I only wish if You accept my humble thanks from this humble lover and servant of Yours. My Lord i rely on You and submit unto You. So give me signs from You for Your acceptance of my thanks my Beloved Lord.
If i need to wait, let me wait. But my Generous Lord do not turn me empty handed. Accept my thanks since they are offered only to You. Indeed You hear everything spoken and unspoken and know everything that is, O the Knower of seen and unseen. Pin It Now!
The Holy Kural : Spiritual and inspirational writings of Tirukural some two millenia or more ago.
Human being in universal movement: Sema, the Sufi Whirling
A resourceful and interesting Sufi diet blog: Diet Dervish
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Here is the best comparative world religion perspective on the issue. I quote the post here...
Vegetarianism in the religions of the world. I would like to begin with Semitic Religions and first of all I shall begin with Judaism. Judaism: Judaism is the mother of all Semitic religions, i.e Judaism, Islam and Christianity. These three religions are also called Abrahamic religions, as Abraham is the founding father of all these religions.
Vegetarianism in Judaism: I would like to begin with a quotation from Exodus; “You who have compassion for a lamb Shall be the shepherd of my people Israel” Unfortunately today Orthodox Judaism does not generally teach that vegetarianism is a scriptural principle. Ofcourse the scriptures do inform us that each generation of the Jews has a lesser understanding of the Torah than its predecessor. (Tractate Berakhot,20A Talmud Bavli)
This is enough to account for modern Jews refusal of the vegetarian way of life. The first diet given by Torah is clearly vegetarian. Genesis stresses “I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of the earth and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree giving seed: to you it shall be for food.” In obedience to these instructions the people of Israel for three generations (from Adam to Noah) were frugivorous (feeding on fruits) and vegetarian. However this adherence to God’s commandment was very short lived. By the time of Noah morality diminished considerably. Animal sacrifice started, animal’s skin were used for clothing and human beings began to murder one another.(GENESIS 4:8)
It was during this period of falling into sin as the Bible describes it that God gave concessions for eating flesh food. From then onward meat eating became rampant, After the great flood that had destroyed all vegetation, God issued a temporary sanction to eat meat.(Genesis 9:4)
There after God again instituted a vegetarian diet. When people of Israel left Egypt God provided manna a non-flesh food meant to sustain during arduous journey. Meat eating by now has thoroughly become ingrained and wide spread among the Jews. Mankind was given dominion over all creatures (Genesis 1:26) and many adherents of Judeo-Christian tradition refer to this dominion in an attempt to rationalize the killings and eating of animal flesh.Dr.Richard Schwartz says in his Judaism and Vegetarianism “Dominion does not mean that we have the right to conquer and exploit animals. Immediately after God gave dominion over animals, he prohibited their use for food. Dominion means guardianship or being co-worker with God in taking care of and improving the world. (Genesis1:26 and 1:29)
The Talmud interprets dominion as the privilege of using animals for labour only. Rabbi Kook states that dominion does not mean to govern cruelly for our personal selfish ends with stubborn heart. Rabbi Hirch says that people have not been given right to have other animals subservient to them. He also states that “The earth and its creatures may have other relationship of which we are ignorant, in which they serve their own purpose. Thus there is divine control over all and neither Judaism nor any other religion has unlimited rights to use, misuse or even kill other animals. The dietary regulations of Judaism: It is interesting to note that all dietary laws of Judaism apply to flesh food only. All fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals and even dairy products are KOSHER. Only meat must be prepared in a special way. This is because Judaism stresses to minimize meat eating. Meat is not for consumption. It is a compromise in a dire need. Jewish dietary law ‘kushrut’ says that first of all eating meat itself is a sort of compromise. Man ideally should not eat meat. Further the Jewish laws prescribe a long and tiresome almost difficult procedure to slaughter animal. If such procedure is not strictly followed the slain meat becomes impure and it is not ‘kosher’ (permissible). This is an indirect restriction on slaughtering and meat eating.
Christianity: “Take care not to destroy god’s work for the sake of something to eat” (Romans 14:20) The New Testament focuses exclusively upon Jesus but little is known about his diet. There were however many early Christians who did support vegetarianism. They are St.Benedict, Clement, Eusebius, Cyprian, and John Wesley to name a few. The Bible –including the Old Testament has its origin in Judaism and by virtue of Torah’s declaration of vegetables as first food the vegetation becomes the food of Christianity also. History relates that organized Christianity gradually moved away from its vegetarian roots. The early Christian fathers adhered to meatless regimen. More recently the Roman Catholic Church had ruled that practicing Catholics at least observe certain fast and abstain from meat eating on Fridays. This is a welcome step in the direction of meatless food society.
Islam: The Islamic tradition holds that in Mecca, the birthplace of Mohammed, no creature be slaughtered and that perfect harmony exists between all living things. In fact, Muslim pilgrims approach Mecca wearing a shroud (ihram), and from the time they don this religious apparel, no killing is allowed: not even mosquitoes, lice, grasshoppers, or any other living creature. If a pilgrim sees an insect on the ground, he will gesture to stop his comrades from inadvertently stepping on it. Thus, while Islam is not generally viewed as a religion that endorses vegetarianism and kindness to animals, the Islamic tradition does have great deal to say about a person’s relationship to the animal world.
The Example of Mohammed: Biographies of Mohammed (also written as Muhammad, peace be upon him) include narrations that clearly depict his love for animals. And while one would be hard-pressed to find Muslims today who feel that their religion supports vegetarianism. (Although there are certain sects that do), Mohammed’s teachings in this regard are clear. For instance, Margoliouth, one of Mohammed’s chief biographers, writes,”His humanity extended itself to the lower creation. He forbade the employment of towing birds as targets for marksmen and remonstrated with those who ill-treated their camels. When some of his followers had set fire to an anthill, he compelled them to extinguish it. Act of cruelty was swept away by him.” Other biographers, such as Dr. M. Hafiz syed, point out that Mohammed instructed those who eat meat to wash out their mouth before going for prayer. While it is certainly a Muslim custom to clean one’s mouth before going to prayer, many biographers say that only meat is emphasized in this connection and not any other food. To a vegetarian Muslim, this would come as no surprise. Why, it may be asked, did Mohammed allow meat eating at all? One possible answer is that, because he based much of his teaching on the Old Testament. Mohammed employed the same concession for meat-eaters as God did in the scriptures and the same techniques of gradualism. Although total compassion and abstinence from killing were the ideal, Mohammed had to bring his followers to that platform slowly so as not to repel potential adherents. Mohammed knew his people well. Before the advent of Islam, the people of Arabia embraced a plurality of gods, bigamy was the rule, if a baby girl was born the couple out of shame would bury her alive (Koran, surah 6, verse 140). Sexual relation between mothers and sons were so widespread that the Koran contained prohibition (Koran, surah4, verses 19-24). It was Mohammed’s mission to uplift his people, but he knew that radical change was doomed to fail. Like the great religious reformers before him, Mohammed considered the time, place and circumstances surrounding his mission.
In fact, Mohammed openly admitted that he only taught men according to their mental capacities:” For if you speak all things to all men-some will not understand.” In this regard, Mohammed said, “The teachings were sent in seven dialects; and in every one of its sentences there is an external and an internal meaning.... I received two kinds of knowledge: one of these I taught-but if I had taught them the other, it would have broken their throats.” Although Islamic tradition and Arabic Linguists have long since developed an explanation for the peculiar expression “broken their throats,” many vegetarian Muslim have suggested that vegetarianism is implied with this phrase. In fact, Mohammed could only have been in favour of vegetarianism, although he may have been unable to impose this philosophy on the majority. He always showed the greatest compassion-“universal compassion” –and he exhorted his followers to do the same.
A touching example for Mohammed’s life show how far his empathy extended. Awaking from a nap one afternoon, he found a small, sick cat fast asleep on the edge of his cloak. The prophet cut off his garment so that the cat could sleep undisturbed. Such a man could never advocate the slaughter of innocent animals in the name of religion.
In one popular tradition (Hadith) Mohammed is depicted as having rebuked his followers for not showing universal compassion. “But we do show compassion,” they insisted,”-to our wives, children and relatives.” The prophet responded, “It is not this to which I refer. I am speaking of universal mercy. One advantage of Islam’s being a newer religion is that many specific facts regarding Mohammed’s diet and attitude towards animals are well remembered and preserved. The prophet’s earliest biographers indicate that he preferred vegetarian foods, saying that he liked milk mixed with water, curd with butter or nuts and dates. His favourite fruits were pomegranates, grapes and figs. He was particularly fond of honey, often eating it mixed with vinegar, and he is quoted as saying that in a house where there is vinegar and honey, there will certainly be the blessings of the Lord.
The Quran contains several references pertaining to vegetarianism, such as ‘Let man reflect on the food he eats, how we poured out rain abundantly and split earth and made fertile, and then we made the grains to grow and vines and reeds, olives and palms and gardens and pastures- an enjoyment for you and your cattle to delight in. ‘Ultimately Quran encourages Muslims to eat wholesome, healthful vegetarian food. Al-Ghazzali (1058-111), one of Islam’s most brilliant philosophers, who wrote in his book “Ihya Ulum ul-din.” Eating the meat of a cow causes disease (marz), its milk is health (safa), and its clarified butter (ghee) is medicine (dava). Compassionate eating leads to compassionate living. The Koran clearly evokes compassion and mercy toward animals, and although many Muslims never consider vegetarianism, certain sects, such as the shi’ites, do have a core of vegetarian followers.
Islamic mystics, such as the Sufis, also hold vegetarianism as high spiritual ideal. The Sufi Tradition: There is an ancient story about a woman Sufi, Saint, Hazarat Rabia Basri, who would regularly go to a particular mountain in the forest in order to meditate in perfect tranquility. When she would go, all the animals of the forest would come near to enjoy her good company. One day, another Sufi arrived. But as soon as he approached, all the animals ran away, as if in fear. Completely vexed, the Sufi inquired Rabia Basri, “Why do the animals run away?” Rabia countered with another question: “what have you eaten today?” The Sufi confessed that he; had eaten an onion fried in some fat. The wise Sufi woman concluded, “You eat their fat! Why should they not flee from you? This famous Sufi tale is perhaps indicative of the Islamic mystical perspective on human-animal interrelations. Thousands of Sufis have advocated vegetarian food. Another great Sufi Mohammed Rahim Bawa Mohiyuddin in his monumental work “Come to the secret garden” talks about love and compassion towards animals. The hunter learns compassion from a bird represents a clearly vegetarian tradition within Islamic mysticism.
Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism: Needless to say that the Indian religious traditions have always advocated vegetarianism, The Vedas do speak for sacrifice of different animals on different occasions, but popular modern Hinduism does not advocate animal sacrifice. The Hindu scriptures always speak about vegetarian way of life. Manusmruti says; “having well considered the origin of flesh foods, and the cruelty, of fettering slaying corporeal body let man entirely abstain from eating flesh” Manusmriti 5.49 “by not killing any living being, one becomes fit for salvation” Manusmriti 6.60 “You must not use your God given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they are humans or animals” Yajur Veda 12.32 As I have said earlier that Judaism is the mother of Semitic religions, there is nothing wrong if I say Hinduism is the mother of eastern religions especially Jainism and Buddhism. No religion of the world has given such high a place to AHIMSA as Jainism has.
More References: :: Muslim Vegetarians, Also this one. :: Religion and Vegetarianism :: Ark of Intaj
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Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, that desire originated in the Soul of the Universe.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
The Soul of the World is nourished by people's happiness. To realize one's destiny is a person's real obligation. All things are one.
People are capable, at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.
God has prepared a path for everyone to follow to realize the destiny. You just have to read the omens that He left for you.
:: Selected favorites from Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist'
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Saturday, February 25, 2006
Look at your body and think. May be 50 years or 60 years from now, your flesh, bones and almost everything of the body will disintegrate and will be destroyed. But your soul will endure. So give it a thought what you have done for your soul.
In the Final Testament, God mentions: And be on your guard (be mindful) against a day when one soul shall not avail another in the least, neither shall intercession on its behalf be accepted, nor shall any compensation be taken from it, nor shall they be helped. (The Quran, 002.048)
It is our soul that carry us to the hereafter, so lets contemplate how much improvement we have done to our soul.
Have we helped it learn from this precious life?
Have we realize our destinies?
Have we listened to the whispering of the heart that comes from the depth of our soul?
We have paused a lot in front of a mirror to see the reflection of our face or body which is utterly temporal. But have we paused for a moment in trying to see the reflection of our soul in the heart?
Have we done justice to our consciousness? Are we still too ignorant of the Day of Judgement when all soul will be dealt justly?
And We will set up a just balance on the day of resurrection, so no soul shall be dealt with unjustly in the least; and though there be the weight of a grain of mustard seed, (yet) will We bring it, and sufficient are We to take account. (The Quran 021.047)
Do we ponder on that fact that nobody can save us but we ourselves by the grace of God? It is neither the son of God, nor Buddha, nor Krisha, nor Moses who can save your soul. It is you and only you who have to be responsible for your soul.
And a burdened soul cannot bear the burden of another and if one weighed down by burden should cry for (another to carry) its burden, not aught of it shall be carried, even though he be near of kin. You warn only those who fear their Lord in secret and keep up prayer; and whoever purifies himself, he purifies himself only for (the good of) his own soul; and to God is the eventual coming. (The Quran 035.018)
Have we entertained the thought that He Who is the Soul of everything will judge our soul?
That God may repay each soul according to what it has earned; surely God is swift in reckoning. (The Quran 014.051)
Credit: The Final Testament : The Holy Quran.
love: in ignorance you came, and in ignorance you return.
O my friend, what have you done with this life? You have taken
on your head the burden heavy with stones, and who is to
lighten it for you?
Your Friend stands on the other shore, but you never think in
your mind how you may meet with Him:
The boat is broken, and yet you sit ever upon the bank; and thus
you are beaten to no purpose by the waves.
The servant Kabîr asks you to consider; who is there that shall
befriend you at the last?
You are alone, you have no companion: you will suffer the
consequences of your own deeds.
~ Songs of Kabir
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Friday, February 24, 2006
Sometime we ignore it, we try to veil it under some other distraction. But when we are in solitude we can feel it in true sense.
I was having that experience yesterday. And I was asking, my Lord why it has to be like that?
Why we have to feel this agony? Why at one point of our life we long for another soul?
Why our soul has to go through this? Is it because You divided Adam into Eve and only in unison they find peace?
:: Reference: USC-MSC Compendium of Muslim Texts. You can search any keyword (for example, soul) from Quran here.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
In Sufi terminology we may call it, preparing the heart or opening of heart.
And how does that happen?
For spirituality you have to learn about other inspired souls, what they have felt and how their emotions evolved over the time.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006
And then they want the person to change. If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry.
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own."
:: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
The Alchemist is one of my most favorite book. When i first started reading it i lost the book when it was finished halfway. I didn't immediately get another copy cause i didn't want it to be finished.
After about two or three months i again got the book and have started reading it. This time i will be noting and posting my most favorite lines from the book which offer great insight to our own life.
The line i just quoted here is very profound mentioning something which is so true. We often want other to change according to our wish or liking. And that becomes a big source of suffering. If we just let go this attitude and rather we start to concentrate on our own self, and start to think how we should lead our lives, that would be so great. It is something which i also need to work on.
Often the signs are very subtle and it seems they are perfectly natural. Yes, everything is natural. Those mundane thing which doesn't provoke a second thought very much contains the signs of God. When we take time and ponder we realize what the Universe is trying to tell us.
And the person who loves wholeheartedly feels free.
In love, no one harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and can not blame someone else for what we feel.
It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.
That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world, without owning it.
From Maria’s Diary in Paulo Coelho’s novel "Eleven Minutes"
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
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Friday, February 17, 2006
I knew knowing you
was never easy.
Looking inside and outside you
I get more lost in you.
The moon and clouds play hide and seek
All I can remember of you
is your lovely cheek.
When can I touch you again?
Will all my dreams
turn to vain?!
The clounds are really busy.
I knew knowing you or knowing myself
was never easy.
So I gave up the trying
and finally free I become.
From my open window
Freedoms of Love come.
12, 17 Feb // 2006
© MysticWings, Singapore
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If i'm to answer the question, i would rather say: We never know the meaning of life. It is the One who created life, knows it truly.
But yet while we don't know, we can keep searching for it. This quest make the life worth living.
Secondly the purpose of life is to live fully and love fully. And in doing so we move closer to be perfect.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
What is the difference between-
'meaning of life'
'purpose of life'?
Well, i open this question to all of you. What you think? Pls write in the comment section.
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And behold, a woman which was in a city, a sinner; and when she knew that Jesus was sitting at meet in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment (perfumed oil).
And standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed her feet, and anointed them with ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, whould have perceived who and what manner of woman this is which toucheth him, that she is a sinner.
And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master say on.
A certain lender had two deptors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other forty. And when they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?
Simon answered and said, he, I suppose to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she hath washed my feet with her tears, and wiped them her hair.
Thou gavest me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but this she hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
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Eleven Minutes is the second book by the author that i'm reading. The synopsis goes like this, "A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer ..." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.
In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Recently i got this email from a certain site where i'm subscribed. so i wanted to share this with you.
"To act with focus, take a break and do some holographic creation. Visualize in great detail exactly what you want and imagine having it right now.
When you have in mind the purpose and end result you want, you will resume your activities with amazing focus!"
And i would like to add, even before you start, put your trust to the Beloved, to the Highest Consciousness of the Cosmos. Say, "In the name of the One Who beholds the Cosmic Consciousness" and ask His guidence. Begin with the acknowldgement that "There is no transformation (power and might) except through Him". (in arabic the chant is, 'La haola wa la kuwata illah billah')
With His Divine Will let us have a pure and quiescent focus.
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Monday, February 13, 2006
‘Have you ever loved someone before?
Have you ever felt the pain of separation in love?’
She say, 'I never loved anyone.
I ask ‘why you can’t?’
She say, 'Cause someone
forgot to give me what it takes to love.'
A deep pain suddenly runs through me.
And I knew exactly what she meant.
In reply nothing I could tell.
For no reason i feel ashamed.
I wished I could hide that very moment
in heaven or hell.
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Sunday, February 12, 2006
*In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Merciful*
You shall certainly be tried respecting your wealth and your souls, and you shall certainly hear from those who have been given the Scripture before you (The Jews and Christians) and from those who are polytheists much annoying wrong talk; and if you are patient and guard (against evil), surely this is one of the affairs (which should be) determined upon. :: Quran 3.186
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wake, oh wake!
Run to the feet of your Beloved: for your Lord stands near to your head.
You have slept for unnumbered ages; this morning will you not wake?
~ Songs of Kabir
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Saturday, February 11, 2006
While we see in the historical context from the New Testaments and Gospels that the Prophetic Mission of Jesus Christ was not hugely successful in his life time (it was Paul and other who contributed greatly in the propagation of what we know of Christian today). He was time and time again refused and bad treated even by his followers. It was his followers who left him in isolation, didn't listen to him. Even when the night before Jesus was captured by the officials for trial, when he asked his followers just to be awake and wait, they even failed to do so. And finally it was one of his disciple who betrayed and exchanged a messenger of God with a few coins.
In stark contrast the companions of Prophet Muhammad in his contemporary times were so devoted that they sacrificed everything for the Prophet of God. Some gave away every possession for the religion and the Prophet, numerous of them gave away their life. One only has to read the life of the companions of Muhammad to understand the deep love it was given in the hearts for him.
Why was that? Well, first of all that deep love was inspired in the heart of the companions of the Prophet who being the last messenger from God needed much greater support to establish a kingdom of God on earth. He was the promised Prophet after Jesus Christ who will bring justice and words of God (Quran). In that sense, his prophetic mission was far greater and bigger when compared to any other prophets in the history of mankind. When he was at the end of his prophetic mission, millions of people were already embracing his message.
Because of his extra-ordinary compassion, personality he was loved by everyone whom he met. Even his own ideological enemies said that when it comes to personal integrity, Muhammad was the best man they have ever seen.
Thus to make sense the emotional attachment one should read more about the Prophet and his companions. Some of the links here may be useful.
:: Life of Prophet Muhammad
:: Biographies of the Prophet
:: Companions of the Prophet
:: Memoirs of Noble Prophet
:: Wikipedia article of Muhammad
:: Prophet Muhammd foretold in Testaments
:: Prophet Muhammad prophecy in Hindu Scripture
Friday, February 10, 2006
We often hear from the moderate muslims trying to voice on negative incidents saying 'this is not the true islam' etc. In all such cases references should be made to clear out what is the true islam. And what could be the most appropriate reference than Quran, the Book of Guidence sent to mankind from God through His Messenger Muhammad. This is the best way to enlighten (unless we want few extremist and terrorist to hijack it) about Islam to the west which lacks the proper sensitivity about the faith.
In the name of God, the most Merciful, the Beneficient.
"Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (The Noble Quran, 17:53)"
"Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)"
"Allah loveth not that evil should be noised a broad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 4:148)"
"Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)"
"So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!- (The Noble Quran, 70:42)"
"(The sinners will say:) 'But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;' (The Noble Quran, 74:45)"
Narrated Jarir bin 'Abdullah: "Allah's Apostle said, 'Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, ONENESS, UNIQUENESS OF ALLAH (TAWHEED), Volume 9, Book 93, Number 473)"
Also read a very well thought article on the issue : Danish Cartoons and the Sacred
Ref: The Noble Quran // Wikipedia link on Jyllands Posten Cartoon Controversy
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All praise belongs unto You.
Let my heart sing Your praise ceaselessly.
O The Most Aware,
Surely You are aware of my poor heart.
Bless it, evolve it to Your liking.
O The Originator,
Take my heart to its original innocence.
O The Manifest,
Give Your vision to my heart to Manifest Your Signs.
O The Most Loving One,
Give love in my heart and purify it.
O The Truth,
Prepare my heart to hold Your Truth.
O The Preserver,
Preserve my heart in its purity.
O The Accepter of Prayers, accept my prayers, since if you turn away there is none to turn to!
Surely You are the Most Clement to Your devotees.
(c) MysticSaint, Singapore
Keyword: Prayer, Spirituality, Pure Heart, Purification, Sufi.
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Thursday, February 09, 2006
The wooden bridge
On the small pond.
Reflections are dancing ceaselessly.
The stars are talking.
Silent trees wait
The water reflects back the smiles.
Two souls waiting
The whole thing.
8 Feb 2005
(c) MysticSaint and A. R. C.
This article is very beautiful. Its titled:: A 'Hindu' Disciple on his 'Muslim' Sufi Master.
The article finishes with a profound poem thats really beautiful..
mal mal ke ang dhoya
dil ka mayl na dhoya
to kya paya?
The translation is:
You cleaned the temple, you cleaned the mosque.
You scrubbed all the parts of your body clean,
But if you didn't remove the dirt in your heart,
Read the complete article here.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Love is the essence of all religion, mysticism and philosophy.
Our virtues are made by love, and our sins caused by the lack of it.
The only power for the mystic is the power of love.
The pleasures of life are blinding; it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul.
Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.
:: Sayings of Sufi Inayat Khan
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The Old Testament says:
Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always. (Psalms 105:4)
O Lord, listen to my cry. Show loving-kindness to me and answer me.
You have said, "Look for My face."
My heart said to You, "O Lord, Your face will I look for." (Psalms 27:7-8)
The Qur'an says:
To Allah belong the East and the West;
whithersoever ye turn there is the presence of Allah.
For Allah is All-Pervading All-Knowing. (Qur'an 2:115)
We created man, We know the whisperings of his soul,
and We are closer to him than his jugular vein. (Qur'an 50:16)
In The Bhagavad-Gita, the Lord says:
... where there is one, that one is Me,
where there are many, all are Me. (9:15)
The great Indian poet and mystic Kabir wrote:
O servant, where dost thou seek Me?
Lo! I am beside thee.
The Chishti poet of India, Amir Khusrau wrote:
Love came and spread like blood in my veins and the skin of me,
It filled me with the Friend and completely emptied me.
The Friend has taken over all parts of my existence,
Only my name remains, as all is He.
And Hazrat Inayat Khan said:
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God's faces are everywhere. There is nothing on the earth, in the sky, in the sea, where He is not seen; but if we do not recognize Him we do not know that we see Him. A great Indian poet, Amir, says, "O eyes, that are longing to see the Beloved, why do you complain of His absence?" This means, the Beloved is before you, He has not run away, but your eyes must recognize Him.
Listen to a beautiful song rendered by Wahiduddin on seeing God's Face everywhere.
Credit: Wahiduddin's Music Page
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Is it that cartoonist or it is those so called fanatic people who claim to be muslim and trying to show their egoistic religious zeal. I whole heartedly condemn the fact that potraying a prophet of God as a terrorist and thus hurting billions of faithful is something totally unacceptable and against any civilized human values (It shows west's lack of education about Islam). But the violence in the protest that followed is not at all what the Prophet himself taught.
Violent protest, burning down of foreign embassy, calling for attacking the people of a country is something that really hurts to any muslim who knows the true values of Islam. It is not at all the action of a religious person. A religious person should be a forgiving person who practice compassion in every walks of life.
Watching the violent protest over the caricature of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) it constantly comes to my mind the very principal that Prophet himself practiced all through his life is to repel evil with what is good. Infact it has been one of the golden rule of his enlightened life and his true companions. Even when he was attacked personally he overwhelmingly forgave them and prevented others from taking any action against. If you read the life of Prophet Muhammad you will find, repeatedly he was attacked, he was humiliated, he was driven out of his own city, he was mocked, he was brutally attacked .. .even after that when his own companions asked him to curse his enemy, Prophet always refused. On the contrary he prayed for all of them saying that he is sent as a mercy to mankind and bearer of good news, not one to call the curse of God.
It is the principle of repeling evil with good was his constant pattern of behavior. Now if we look at the so called fanatic muslims, do we see that reflection? They themselves are violating the very command of Quran.
In Quran, God states: Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and repel evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the eternal abode. (Quran, chapter 13, 22)
Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the things they say.
The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and you there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (Quran 041.034)
I think the reason why so called muslims who are going through such violent protest missing the whole inner teachings. And when people forget the inner teachings, it is only the outer which occupy them the most. When fanatics go on with such behaviour they themselves disrespect the prophet more than anyone else by behaving opposite to God's command and Prophet's own examples.
I condemn such behavior of attacking danish embassy, inciting hatred about Danes in general. This is not at all something acceptable under any code of conduct, be it religious or secular. May God help us understand the true meaning of all the Prophets' teachings and make our actions right and guided.
What were the controversial cartoons? Click here to see the cartoons that started protests worldwide. Here is another thought provoking blog post on the issue. Also read An Idiot's Guide to Offensive Cartoons.
And i just wonder if u you know about this?
Keywords: Caricature, Cartoon, Prophet Muhammad, Mohammed, Mohammad, Protest
- Sufi Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Those who rejoice in the joy of another, though at their own expense, have taken the first step towards true life. If we are pleased by giving another a good coat, which we would have liked to wear ourselves, if we enjoy that, we are on the first step. If we enjoy a beautiful thing so much that we would like to have it, and then give that joy to another, enjoying it through his experience, we are dead. That is our death. Yet, we live more than he. Our life is much vaster, deeper, greater.
Seemingly it is a renunciation, an annihilation, but in truth it is a mastery. The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify this false self, and so resurrect the true self. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is still not realized. By Sufis it is called Fana, annihilation.
There is a poem by the great Persian poet Iraqi in which he tells, 'When I went to the gate of the divine Beloved and knocked at the door, a voice came and said - Who art thou?' When he had told, 'I am so and so', the answer came, 'There is no place for anyone else in this abode. Go back to whence thou hast come'. He turned back and then, after a long time, after having gone through the process of the cross and of crucifixion, he again went there - with the spirit of selflessness. He knocked at the door; the word came, 'Who art thou?', and he said, 'Thyself alone, for no one else exists save Thee'. And God said, 'Enter into this abode for now it belongs to thee'. It is such selflessness, to the extent that the thought of self is not there, it is being dead to the self, which is the recognition of God.
Commentary by Samuel L. Lewis
(Murshid Ahmed Murad Chishti)
The Cross is the symbol of Light. The vertical line is the way by which Light passes from Source to manifestation and also the way by which energy returns from manifestation to Source. This is seen in the breath. The horizontal line is caused by the action between the lower and upper currents and forms the mind-mesh.
The Cross has two forms, one like the letter 'T' in the European languages. This represents the crucifixion of the soul in matter. The energy does not pass above the horozontal line. It strikes it and returns again to the earth-plane. This action is called Karma, and it brings to one the results of all speech, thought and action. (credit)
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Sunday, February 05, 2006
I mention the translation below (although the Quran being divine revelation can not be translated exactly to its mystical meanings. The language in which it is originally inspired is unparallel)
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High,
And Who makes (things) according to a measure, then guides (them to their goal)
The scriptures of Ibrahim and Musa.
I was jokingly telling them i will post something about it in my blog. There are certain symbological meaning (and religious and cultural perspective) behind shaving the head.
If you look carefully you will notice that head-shaving is a part of the Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jain and Hindu traditions. Buddhist and Christian monks generally undergo some form of head-shaving during their ordination. Brahmin children have their heads ritualistically shaved before beginning school.
In some parts of the Theravada Buddhist world, it is common practice to shave the heads of children.
Why does hindu religion has this practice of the devotees to shave their head on religious programs, pilgrimage? Even for the lay hindu, when their father or near one dies they need to shave their head.
Why does Buddhist monks shave their head? Why Buddha did it?
Why egyptian priest used to shave their head?
Why muslims are encouraged to shave their head during the important pilgrimage (hajj)?
Murqaba has vast meanings. But the most close is (self) observation or concentration. In another note, its sufi science of meditation.
It is famous among sufis that concentration (Fikr) is better than recitation (Zikr). This very concentration is called Muraqba (observation). The journey of observation (muraqba) begins from recognising our self.
As the Prophet has said:
"He who knows himself knows his lord."
Sufis believe that to collect the ocean of wandering thoughts in an earthen pot is muraqba. Three things are very important for the muraqba:
Imagination of God - that God is before you. He is watching;
He is awwal (first) & He is akhir (last), He is zahir (outward) & He is batin (inward);
Every thing is Fani (mortal) except God. He is the only One whose name will remain.
In short, whithersoever you turn, there is the Face of God.
Credit :: http://sufi-mystic.net/
And never here?
No!! Just like all other mysteries and paradoxes,
its out there and its out here!
Zen says, ‘unless you find the paradise
at your soul’s very center,
you haven’t got the smallest chance
that you can once enter there.’
Look down in your own soul.
in your own image.
In your own soul you have the heaven.
In your very own being you hold the bliss of heaven.
In your own image you have
the very image of the Beloved.
Then where should you look for anymore?
Rejoice the heaven in you,
Rejoice the Beloved in you!
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Friday, February 03, 2006
The Background: In September 2005, a Danish newspaper published 10 cartoons, including one depicting the prophet Muhammad with a bomb on his turban. The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, had asked 40 cartoonists to draw images of the prophet. The purpose, its chief editor said, was "to examine whether people would succumb to self-censorship, as we have seen in other cases when it comes to Muslim issues."
There were immediate protests within Denmark and the situation has recently escalated to the point where Danish goods are being boycotted, Scandinavian aid workers have been pulled out of Gaza and ambassadors have been recalled.
Recently this month daily papers from France, Germany published the cartoons. This triggered again protest from muslim faithfuls all over the world.
Islamic law, based on clerics' interpretation of the Quran and the sayings of the prophet, forbids depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and other major religious figures even positive ones to prevent idolatry. This matter is taken very seriously in Islam. In this matter, you can say, Muslims respect the 2nd Commandments of the 10 Commandments given to Mankind by God.
Remember the 2nd Commandments read, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thus no image is used inside any mosque, since its a place of worship of One God who has no likeness. Similarly making image of any Prophet, Messenger or Apostoles of God is forbidden. Why? Because it happened in the history of mankind that people start to worship that messenger instead of God and forget the real teachings. All sort of idolatry start to happen. They become busy making huge statues instead of following the very principles.
This happened in case of Buddha, Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ and other religions (like Hinduism) in the past.
Now because of such respect for the law of God, Muslims protest heavily when someone make image and mock a Messenger of God. Ans seeing the event it just feel like, as if we are losing our sense for the sacred.
Constanly in the media which publish the cartoons they claim it to be their the freedom of speech. But the point is, when you equate the action of a few handful terrorist with the rest of the peaceful 1.3 billion people, when you equate some misleading people with a prophet of God and hurting the feelings of other... that doesn't remain a matter of freedom of speech. It becomes something racial, prejudice and deliberate attempt to disrespect other human being.
Some notable article published around the media on this issue:
:: Cartoons and their context
:: Prophetic Fallacy
:: Europe's Cartoon Jihad
:: Cartoon wars and clash of civilization
:: Anti-Dane protest
:: European press review
:: Prophet and the freedom of expression
The debate over freedom of speech and respect for religious beliefs is continuing ...
It is not that only mocking Muhammad is unacceptable to Muslims. Any Prophet of God is respected be he Jesus, Moses, David, Isaac or Jacob. It hurts equally to any faithful. As it is said in Quran, "We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered." Quran, 2:136
So for a Muslim, insult to any Prophet is unaccepted and equal since its an universal principle that we make no distinction between any of the Prophets of God.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Let us all spread our wings together,
And fly to our Eternal Source.
Don’t try too hard to Love,
Instead learn the secret to be loved.
So, become a lover to the Beloved.
Know in your heart that:
God wants you to be the most intimate to Him,
That’s why He is already present in your heart.
Now come on, do your part.
Be still and know Him!
© MysticSaint, Singapore
10th Aug, 2005
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Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.
The Quran, chapter 21, verse 34, 35.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in a war,
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
- Pink Floyd
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Jon said, My answer to the question is "yes," to both! It is Nothing, and it is also Something, and it is also, not figuratively, but very literally, Everything.
How does Something come from Nothing? It does not make sense to the mind. It cannot be described except as metaphor, because it is the essential Mystery.
All manifestations, worlds, galaxies, subatomic particles, birds and trees, rocks and buildings, Zen and Sadiq and Jon and Tiel, come from it, and are nothing but it, although all manifestations are unique and constantly changing.
Tat twam asi--You are that! Its words manifest in the heart as It talks to itself.
Only It is, and even it isn't!
In persons, it is personal.
In religions, it is God.
In the Universe, it is infinity.
In Itself, it is emptiness.
Even in everyday life, emptiness--though nothing at all, is seen in many different ways: the capacity of a bowl to filled, the distance you can drive before you run out of gas, the space a decorator works with in interior design, the room that allows all things to be in space-time.
Also Zen says, I think the reason that Buddha doesn't accknowledge God (directly) is that he was sort of an anti-establishment kind of fellow to begin with in that he neglected his householder status to seek enlightenment, and also because even in the scriptures it states that all ritual and action can only take you so far, and worship can only take you so far, and the whole point is to realize God as Self, but in worship, and in the name Brahmin it is easy to it is easy to think of it as something other than the Self. I think ultimately Buddha was a jnani and in order to take away all distractions from that path for his followers, he eliminated much of the ritual and worship and downplayed the idea of God in order to reduce the sense or thoughts of a separate 'I'.
Tiel Aisha Ansari said... Even if the concepts of emptiness and brahman were fundamentally different, it's not surprising that Gautama would describe it in similar language to the Vedas. After all, that is the culture in which he was raised, and as a noble prince he certainly was familiar with Vedas and associated literature