Sunday, July 31, 2005

Under the shade

Seven kinds of people are assured to be sheltered under the shade of God on the Day of Judgment (since there will be no shade except the shade of God on that Day)...they are:

> a just ruler…
> a young man who passed his youth in the worship and service of God...
> one whose heart is attached to the mosque (place of worship)...
> two people who love each other for the sake of God...
> a man who is invited to sin...but declines, saying 'I fear God'...
> one who spends his charity in secret, without making a show...
> and one who remembers God in solitude so that his eyes overflow.

~ Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) 376

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I asked and He gave

I asked GOD for strength, and He gave me difficulties to make me strong.


I asked GOD for wisdom, and He gave me problems to solve.

I asked GOD for prosperity, and He gave me brains and hands to work with.

I asked GOD for courage, and He gave me obstacles to overcome.

I asked GOD for love, and He gave me troubled people for me to help.

I asked GOD for favours, and He gave me opportunities after opportunities.

I received nothing what i really wanted...BUT...I received everything I wanted.

This prayer reminds me how our limited mind cannot truly appreciate the favors of Beloved God who is bestowing His unlimited Grace on us every single moment. All ours prayers are heard and replied (sometime in many unexpected ways), yet we so often fail to realize this.

Tiel Aisha Ansari wrote: My martial arts teacher recently said: "every time I pray to God for patience, He gives me a chance to practice it". Thats beautiful too, isn't it.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Infinite Beauty

Do not go to the garden of flowers!
O Friend ! go not there;
In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus,
And there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.


~ Songs of Kabir

This poem draws our attention to Beloved God who is ever present in His creation and to the infinite beauty He has created around us in order to realize His presence. God created everything because He wanted to be known and to to show us His Love.

Kabir (कबीर) (1440 - 1518) was an Indian Mystic who preached an ideal of seeing all of humanity as one. His monist philosophies and ideas of loving devotion to God are expressed in metaphor and language from both the Hindu Vedanta and Bhakti streams and Muslim Sufi ideals. More About Kabir here.

Other resources on Songs of Kabir:
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While browsing technorati tag with the word Sufi, i came up with a nice blog. I specially like this post: You are as divine as Jesus. You may find food for thoughts here also.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

Ideas of the Sufi

One of my friend, Viktor asked, Can you post some about what Sufi really is? I mean, I read the wikipedia entry, but I'm still not smarter. What does it mean for you? Is it a faith? Is this kind of a successor to Islam? Or how does it fit in the entire religous cosmos?


Thanks Viktor for asking. Not everything can be defined. Sufi idea is one such thing. You can't define Divine Love, can you ? (but u can realize it, u can atleast try to explain it with certain limitations). You have to realize the truth in your heart cause its so subtle and at the same time, so grand, words are not enough.

To make things clear at first, Sufi Idea is NOT faith. Sufism is philosophy among the religions and it is a religion among the philosophies. It is realization of God, devotion and love. It is not a successor to Islam, but it continues even after Islam.

Sufis are mystics and the central idea of Sufism is believed to have existed from the beginning of creation. All Messengers, Biblical Prophets are Mystics. Traces of Sufism or Mysticism are to be found in all periods of History. Abraham, Moses, Jesus propagated the Divine Love, Sufism until the coming of Muhammad, by whom this Brotherhood was formed, while it is advanced by Ali and later spiritual personalities.

The Sufi sees the truth in every religion. They understand the hidden message in all faith because each are longing for the same goal, uniting with the Ultimate Soul, God, Heaven in Father who created Man in His own image, with His own Spirit.

If invited to offer prayers in a church, a mosque, a synagogue, or a temple, the Sufi is ready to do so, knowing that all people worship the same God, the Only Being, no matter what Name they use. Yet the Sufi's true house of worship is the human heart, in which the Divine Beloved lives.

Sufism is a religion for those who wish to learn religion from it, a philosophy for those wanting wisdom from it, a mystical path for any who would be guided by it to the unfoldment of the Soul, and yet it is beyond all these things. It is the Light of Life, which is the sustenance of every soul. Sufism is the Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty

The tendency of the Sufi is to unite humanity than to differ. That is why they readily appreciate and seek the inner beauty of the teachings of all spiritual leaders becaues all souls are inspired by the One God. Not distraced by the outer differences but able to seeing the inner reality, they can transcend beyond any forms, culture, language and even religious faith.

Sufism is the ancient school of wisdom. The Mysticism that was only taught to very close disciples of Jesus and also Muhammad are often quoted inspirations. If you are seeking to undestand life and yourself, then you can call yourself Sufi. Every seeker after the ultimate truth is really a Sufi.

For more detail, you can read from the following links,

10 Sufi Thoughts,

History of the Sufis and Unity of Religious Ideas,

Spirit of Sufism and Sufism.

I may go on quoting many things about Sufi, but its better to leave it to you to discover more.

Surely all inspirations come from our Beloved God and He only shows the path whoever seeks for it. As Jesus said, "I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you".

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Happy Mother's Day in Iran : Miracle of Mother's Love

The love between the hearts of mother and her child is one of greatest mircale that you can ever witness.

The way a mother loves her child, don’t you feel that it is a miracle? The uncompromising, uncomparable, unselfish love which a mother has for her children is pure miracle from God. A love which doesn’t want anything in return but gives love. Don’t you wonder from where does that love and compassion comes into the hearts? Well, that's inspiration from God. If you are still wondering whether there is any unselfish love in this world, then here it is ....

Iran is celebrating Mother's day today, in the holy memory of Fatima (daughter of Prophet Muhammad), may God's blessings be with them. I came to know this from my new Iranian friends here. My love to all those wonderful mothers in the wonderful land of Iran.

About respecting mother, Quran teaches, "O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; - reverence God, through whom ye demand your mutual rights, and reverence the wombs (That bore you, your mother): for God ever watches over you". (Quran 4:1) also the Prophet's Saying, "The Paradise lies beneath the feet of one's mother".

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. Related: Prayer for Mothers from Shaykha Fariha

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Torah and Jewish Wisdom

Contemplate the wonders of creation, the Divine dimension of their being, not as a dim configuration that is presented to you from a distance, but as the reality in which you live.


- Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook


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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Share your THOUGHTS please!

Beloved friends,
One of my friend, Inquisitor made a beautiful, well thought comment on the blog. It has deep message in it and needs better realization. I'm afraid i'm short of that deeper understanding required here. So pls help me move this discussion. This is what the original comment is,

In brief, i believe that Hinduism, excluding its brahminical and self-aggrandising exclusivity, contributed the idea of 'good' and 'evil' along with the idea of the Brahman or the all-encompassing and incomprehensible, in its entirety, God'. Buddhism focused on divorcing oneself from temptations and appreciating the intrinsic value of things in themselves. Christianity emphasised selfless love. Islam completed the story by realising these ideals in society via the marriage of state and mosque as the politicisation of religion is the only way to its realisation since humanity, due to his societal condition, is necessarily a political being. Religion is supposed to moralise. The state is supposed to practically realise. I view this as a formula handed down and which has to be practiced in the stated order which coincides with its appearance in human history. Whilst Islam contains many other elements, the marriage of state and mosque is that which makes it distinct from the 'other' faiths.Now we have to attempt implementation. That is the difficult and most interesting part.

But we have yet to understand and appreciate the significance of the messages in these faiths and this has to be done dynamically with our attempt to realise God's kingdom on earth. I have yet to achieve the wisdom necessary to suggest how this may be effected and doubt i ever will. It has to be a concerted effort.

Click on the comment below to add your comments. Thanks in advance. God bless !
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Joy of Life

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

After that rotten picture (in the previous post), which might have made some of you depressed, let me try to light you up with this post. Isn't it a blessing that God is so merciful with us, we have so much thing to rejoice, to enjoy our lives even though we don't give enough thanks to Him, who gave us all.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Picture for Thought: Where are we going

Have you wondered what happened to our wonderful nice body in the grave?

One word of caution: I don’t take responsibility if after seeing the pictures makes you feel bad or something. If you are weak and want to live in DENIAL, DON’T CLICK the following link. It might make you depressed or simply freak you out !!! The pictures are for real.

http://poetry.rotten.com/twe/

In the Final Testament, (95:4-8) the condition of man is described like :

Certainly God created man in the best of stature,
Then God render him the lowest of the low.
Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward unfailing.
Then what can, after this, contradict you, as to the coming judgment ? Is not God the most conclusive of all judges?

The pictures in that link are just the end condition on earth. But it doesn’t end here. The worst conditions are yet to be delivered to man after the Final Judgement. But there is perpetual reward for those who live a God conscious, a self conscious life and who follow the truth. Surely from dust man was created, to dust he returns and surely from dust he will again be resurrected on the Day of Judgement when all matters will be decided.

A mystic poem on the same line of thoughts:

In the dead of night, a Sufi began to weep.

He said, "This world is like a closed coffin, in which

We are shut and in which, through our ignorance,

We spend our lives in folly and desolation.

When Death comes to open the lid of the coffin,

Each one who has wings will fly off to Eternity,

But those without will remain locked in the coffin.

So, my friends, before the lid of this coffin is taken off,

Do all you can to become a bird of the Way to God;

Do all you can to develop your wings and your feathers."

~ Farid ud Din Attar, translation by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut - 'Perfume of the Desert'

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Yusuf Estes, ex-Christian Minister and prominent Muslim Scholar from USA has a beautiful website. About 14 years ago he learned about Quran in Arabic languge. After comparing to the Bible in Greek, Hebrew and English it has become clear to him that they were "originally" from the very same Source - Alaha (the Aramaic word that Jesus christ spoke, which means God) or Allah (which is arabic, a very close language of Aramaic meaning God). Check this website for Divine Guidance and better understanding of your own religion. (Click above image).

May God give us the guidance. Amen.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Food for Thought

2 verses from the Final Testament to Ponder::
4. The People of the Scripture did not begin disputes among themselves until after proof had been shown them.*

5. All that was asked of them was simple: to adore with a pure heart the God of Truth, to draw near to Him in sincere prayer, and to serve fellow creatures in charity and care. To do all else is a fall from grace. (Quran: Chapter 98 – The Clear Proof)

* People of the Scripture is a term to mention Jews and Christians. Jesus Christ Himself is the clear proof for the Jews, yet they rejected him. Muhammad is the clear proof for all mankind including Jews and Christians. But, following the same book, Old Testament, Jews and Christians began dispute and both deviated from the true path.

Jews totally rejected and denounced the Messiah, whereas Christian mistakenly took Messiah as God. See John 20: 17 where Jesus says, I’m returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Jesus never claimed to be God, mostly he used the title, ‘Son of Man’ as well as ‘Son of God’ - which applies to every person from Adam…but later to compromise with Pagan Roman religion, divinity was applied to Christ which is a direct contradiction of divine teachings of all ages.

Thus, Islam finally teaches that one should neither be excessive in hatred like the Jews, who denounced a prophet of God, nor excessive in love like the Christians who took a prophet as God. And one should keep to the middle path, the right course in deeds.

In the next verse (5) it is reminded what was the exact commandment to mankind and it is boldly stated what is grace of God. Peace and blessings of God be be with Jesus and Muhammad.

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Have you ever heard the term ‘Catholic Terrorism’?

No, you haven't... because that was not used when IRA (Irish Republican Army) was bombing and terrorizing. But blindly the term 'Islamic Terrorist' is wrongly used in the media which signals very negetive signal and give wrong perception.

Here is a thoughtful article from author, Karen Armstrong in Guardian (11 july 05). One quotable paragraph from that article,

We rarely, if ever, called the IRA bombings "Catholic" terrorism because we knew enough to realise that this was not essentially a religious campaign. Indeed, like the Irish republican movement, many fundamentalist movements worldwide are simply new forms of nationalism in a highly unorthodox religious guise. This is obviously the case with Zionist fundamentalism in Israel and the fervently patriotic Christian right in the US.

Complete Article here. (Image: The horrific scene after a Real IRA bomb killed 29 in Omagh in 98)

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Restoring Dignity of Islamic Values: A Talk

Yesterday i went to this talk by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, titled, Islamic Values Under Siege: Restoring Dignity, organized by Muslim Converts Association of Singapore. It was a good talk, hence i would love to share about it.

SYNOPSIS :
Radical people & extremists are distorting the face & image of Islam by claiming that they act righteously by Divine instruction. Some delude themselves, other Muslims and the global audience under the guise of fundamentalism; purportedly striving to uphold the essence of Islamic values in the face of challenges from an alien society. They resort to antagonism and violence, exemplifying values that are contrary to the message of Islam.

Another inherent challenge is the group that prides themselves as the ‘intelligentsia’; people who propagate unqualified juristic opinions based on limited scope of knowledge to suit personal fancies & group agenda’s, materialistic gains & compromising values. In the name of progression, they strip the Deen of its rich traditions, embracing culture & esteemed values that shape the development of humanity.

It is integral that the true spirit, traditions and values of Islam stand up against the onslaught of contemporary culture. Islam institutionalized the values of Ihsan – humility, generosity, love, care, sobriety, honesty, justice, mercy & forgiveness, etc. etc. Muslims are encouraged to perpetually pursuit knowledge & tread the path of moderation. This is the epitome of our pride & dignity; to exemplify & personify Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) who embodied excellence in all human attributes and live up to the Divine word: “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” (Qur’an-5:3).

PROFILE: The profile of Dr. Ingrid Mattson is interesting, she is Director of Islamic Chaplaincy and Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Her research is focused on Islamic law and society; among her articles are studies on slavery, poverty and Islamic legal theory. Dr. Mattson was born in Canada, where she studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ’87). From 1987-1988 she lived in Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugee women. In 2001 Dr. Mattson was elected Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Message from this unequal and unhappy world


The Photo is the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ winning Photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken children crawling toward an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer - Kevin Carter who left the place afterward.

Three months later he committed suicide due to depression. The suicide note he left behind is a litany of nightmares and dark visions, a clutching attempt at autobiography, self-analysis, explanation, excuse. He wrote, he was "depressed...without phone...money for rent...money for child support...money for debts...money!!!...I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain...of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners... ". Detail story here.

Thanks to Muktomona for the message. I quote here the comment from the editor of Muktomona, Avijit Roy, "Sometimes I feel like Carter that it's better to die in this unequal and unhappy world, rather than living in denial and hypocrisy. Don't you guys sometimes feel the same way as well?"

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"I may disagree of what you say, but I will defend to the death - your right to say it."

- Voltaire

Perhaps one of the best expression of tolerance by any man. I love this quote !!!
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Replying Arnab

One of my friend, Arnab commented in the blog. This is a reply to his comment. I'm posting it outside the comment section because I wanted to share with others. Anybody's comment is welcome here.
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Beloved Arnab, I quote from your comment: "I find all religions provide us with similar and unique teachings and if we can gather all religions together and learn from each other, the world could have been a much better place. "

I can't agree more with you. You said it... and I love your thoughts. I also believe that all religious philosophy in the deep, echoes the same message. As you can see, whether with purpose or without any purpose we are merging into a globla community. and thus we r learning from each other more.

With more day passing this will increase. We will eventually learn more from other religions. May be thats the best thing we gained from 9/11, all the terrorist bombing and all the wrong labeling of 'islam' in all those incidents. What happened in the end? ppl r getting more curious about this so called 'fanatic, extrimist's religion'. so they r trying to learn. You will find more copies of Quran in Usa now than any other time in the history.

All the problem of communical hatred and everything comes from our ignorance (aviddya , if i may use the word of Gita) and egoistic behavior. We simply don't realize the beauty of Vedanta, we simply forget the teaching of Muhammad. We simply put the photo of Sri Ramakrishna in our house, but ignore his universal teaching of love, his teaching - 'all path leads to the same goal'. We simply say 'peace be upon Muhammad' hundred times a day but ignore his teaching of forgiveness at the highest point, ignore his teachings of peace. We know 'God is Love' but don't feel ashamed when fail to apply it.

Shame on us !! I'm nobody... just a lonely voice who at times get frustrated with the sad happenning in the world but never the less want to say in Jesus's word, 'Love thy neighbor' and want to revoice the message of Divine Love.
Arnab, u also said, "I believe Islam is not just for Muslims but for all humanity. It's not a property of Muslims. Therefore, fundamentalism and terrorism against humanity by the name of Islam is really contrary to its essence."

What a beautiful thought! Praise be to Divine Mother !! Let me join with you, Vedanta is for the whole world to learn and share ... Jesus is for the whole world ... Islam is for all humanity. Who says they belong to Hindus, Christians and Muslims. Who are Hindu, Christian and Muslims? Aren't they all beloved children of God? Then for God's sake why we divide us??

About my identity. No, I'm definintely not someone from Ahmadiyya (but i would love to know about their philosophy more...), and I'm also not from them who cry loud, 'Label Ahmadiyya Non-Muslim'. I'm just a weak servant of God. And I don't feel shame to call myself Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim at the same time. (confused? u can read this post of mine for a clarification). I'm just a below average human being who is too emotional, too poor. So, pls keep me in your wishes and prayers.

On the same thoughts, these post may focus more light:

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Sufi Wisdom and Quotes (3)

"My heart has become capable of every form; it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks, and a temple for idols and the pilgrim's Ka'ba, and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love's camels take, that is my religion and my faith."

External Link: Ibn Al Arabi Society

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Sufi Wisdom and Quotes (2)

You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.
nothing seemed right.
What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

- Jalaluddin Rumi

I was so moved reading this poem ... its really a wonderful piece from Rumi. A poem devoted to God, the ultimate Beloved. The expression is so intense and beautiful !! And also contains very deep mystical appeal, specially in the last line. It reminds me of the Quranic verse where God says, 'Therefore do ye remember Me; I will remember you'. A divine promise of reciprocal love and reminiscence.

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Sufi Wisdom and Quotes

A seeker went to ask a sage for guidance on the Sufi way. The sage counseled,


"if you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love; then come back and see us."

Jami (Essential Sufism)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Prophecy of the Final Prophet, Muhammad in Hindu Scriptures

Dr. Frank posted a comment and asking the following question, i once heard that the geeta has some verses mentioning the arrival of a messiah from the land-of-sands....is it true? Does the Gita really signals the forthcoming of Muhammad (peace)?
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Actually Hindu scriptures contains a number of Prophecy about coming of Muhammad, the Last Messenger (never the less, Jesus will have second coming before the Judgement Day, but Jesus is not the last Prophet because his Prophetic mission dated before that of Muhammad). The scripture that contains those great prophecies are Bhavishya Purana, Atharvaveda, Rigveda and Samveda.

For example, According to Bhavishya Purana in the Prati Sarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 5 to 8:: "A malecha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking a foreign language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be Mohammad. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Maha Dev Arab (of angelic disposition) a bath in the Panchgavya and the Ganga water (i.e. purifying him of all sins) offered him the present of his sincere devotion and showing him all reverence said, "I make obeisance to thee. O ye! The pride of mankind, the dweller in Arabia, Ye have collected a great force to kill the Devil and you yourself have been protected from the malecha opponents."

The Prophecy clearly states: The name of the Prophet as Mohammad.
> He will belong to Arabia. The Sanskrit word Marusthal means a sandy track of land or a desert.
> Special mention is made of the companions of the Prophet, i.e. the Sahabas. No other Prophet had as many companions as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
> He is referred as the pride of mankind (Parbatis nath).
The Glorious Qur’an reconfirms this, "And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character" [The Qur'an 68:4] , "Ye have indeed in the Messenger of God, a beautiful pattern (of conduct)". [The Qur'an 33:21]
> He will kill the devil, i.e. abolish idol worship and all sorts of vices.
> The Prophet will be given protection against his enemy.

For more detail of these prophecies, pls go here,
2. Islam in Hindu Scriptures by Muhammad Sarosh Butt
3. Muhammad in Bible by Zakir Naik
4. Prophecy about Muhammad in all world religion scriptures including Old and New Testaments.
5. A great analysis of Muhammad in Bible. What all Christians and Jews MUST know about the Bible.

>> What are Vedas?

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Are you biased by the media?

Due to information explosion, there is a lot of mis-information about almost everything. Thanks (!) to the negetive influence of the media, we are fed with a lot of pseudo information.

For example nobody is bothered with thousands of people dying everyday in hunger across Africa where western nations are busy selling weapons and sucking money from those starving people. Thats why people can't eat out there, but have no short of war and genocide. If you notice carefully, you will see most of the wars are happenning in the poorest part of the world. And who is providing weapons to them? Ya, you can easily name.


Everyday thousands of people are dying because of HIV AIDS, but still rich nations are busy how to restrict drugs and make more money. In the media they shed a lot of fake tears but they don't really give a damn about human lives. The richest nations are mostly responsible for the condition of Africa. Even at this 21st Century where people are putting billions of dollars in weapon industry, military funding (and whats more, they force poor countries to buy more weapons, otherwise they stop giving high interest loans) whereas people are starving to death due to their foreign policy.

Pls don't be too biased ! We live in a small world, so better open up and try to know the true condition of the humanity. At least try to love your neighbor and fellow brothers and sisters.

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Inspiring

I was very amazed to see that one of my previous post really inspired someone in another corner of the globe to re-discover the beauty of Gita. That was truly inspirational for me as well. May all beings be happy and find peace.

Here is the blog post i'm talking about. Visit http://www.soc-ssbj.org/wordpress

Full Text of Sir Edwin Arnold's Translation of THE GITA.

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Planet with three suns challenges astronomers

Astronomers have detected a planet outside our solar system with not one, but three suns, a finding that challenges astronomers' theories of planetary formation. The planet, a gas giant slightly larger than Jupiter, orbits the main star of a triple-star system known as HD 188753 in the constellation Cygnus ("The Swan"). The stellar trio and its planet are about 149 light-years from Earth and about as close to each other as our sun is to Saturn.


The new finding could upset existing theories
that planets usually form out of gas and dust circling a single star, and could lead scientists to look in new places for planets. "The implication is that there are more planets out there than we thought," the commentary said. The fact that a planet can even exist in a multiple-star system is amazing in itself, according to Konacki. Binary and multiple stars are quite common in the solar neighborhood, and in fact outnumber single stars by some 20 percent. More details here.

This story triggered the thought that we are still like new born babies in terms of knowing the Cosmos. Many theories are yet to be corrected, yet to be discovered. Glory be unto God who created such an extra-ordinary creation which continuously makes us wonder & ponder. Here are a few inspirational verses from The Final Testament,

64:3 He created the heavens and the earth for a specific purpose, designed you and perfected the design, then to Him is the final destiny.

10:5 He is the One who rendered the sun radiant, and the moon a light, and He designed its phases that you may learn to count the years and to calculate. GOD did not create all this, except for a specific purpose. He explains the revelations for people who know.

13:2 GOD is the One who raised the heavens without pillars that you can see, then assumed all authority. He committed the sun and the moon, each running (in its orbit) for a predetermined period. He controls all things, and explains the revelations, that you may attain certainty about meeting your Lord.

41:37 Among His proofs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Do not prostrate before the sun, nor the moon; you shall fall prostrate before the GOD who created them, if you truly worship Him alone.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Concept of God in Islam

Many non muslims are not aware of the purity of God concept in the religion of Islam (the word "Islam" means submission to the will of God).

Here is a nice article that explain the purest idea of God than any other world religion. It is the most pure form of Monotheism, since no association or misinterpretation had/has been allowed to the idea of Holy God. A verse from Quran (42:11) on this issue, 'nothing is like a likeness of Him'. Here, so transcendent is the Divine Being Idea; and so far above all material conceptions, that a likeness of Him can not be imagined, even metaphorically, for not only is nothing like Him, but, as stated here, nothing is like a likeness of Him.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

God knows best

  • Why God created the Creation?
  • Why God created you?
  • Why God created the Devil and Evil?

The right answers are only with God. He is a Mystery and with our limited understanding, its not possible to comprehend those reasons. As stated in the Final Testament: No just estimate have they made of God, such as is due to Him (Quran, 39:67).

So no matter how we try to analyze the purposes, its always fair to say, Truly God knows it. None can praise Him enough, none can fear Him enough, none can Love Him enough. Yet we need the right intention and effort. The acceptance of our deeds rely on Him only. In the previous post I just humbly tried to explain my realization in brief.

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Why God created Evil (or Devil) ?

Kathy posted a comment,
"And GOD will save those who have maintained righteousness; He will reward them. No harm will touch them, nor will they have any grief. GOD is the Creator of all things, and He is in full control of all things. To Him belongs all decisions in the heavens and the earth, and those who disbelieve in GOD's revelations are the real losers." {Quoting from Quran}

i have a question. If God created all things...then why did he create the Devil? or did he create the devil? is there a devil? or is it in the heart...our good/bad a heart thing. i get confused.
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Dear Kathy, let me answer it with my own understanding. It may not necessarily be in line with Islam or Judio-Christian philosophy. I will explain using Old, New and Final Testament in some other post, God willing. The fact is, I'm not a priest nor an expert, i'm simply a servant of God. Pls don't mind if my answer is not enough.

If we look at the system of creation, the very structure of how world works, then we might get an answer. Take hunger for example. Do u think, would this world work without the need for food, or had we not felt any hunger? Think deep, we need for food, so we earn money, and in order to earn money ppl are doing all sorts of things. And to earn money or rather can say for career, ppls r going for eduction. So they r learning and human society is advancing. So the system is working.

Now God wanted to be known, so He created the Creation. God wanted to Love, so He created Creation. Now in order for that creation, which is our cosmos and universe and planet earth, God created a system (call it by laws of nature, call it by mechnism).

That was physical system. Now for morality, there needs a similar system. In order to realize what is good u need what is bad, right? In order to realize darkness, u need absence of Light (therefore Light in the first place). There is no cold in science, rather it is absence of heat. So, from my limited understanding, evil or devil or wrong came into existence the moment mankind realizes everything good and right. Think this, if there is no evil, can u realize the very concept of good? The word 'good' has no value then, right?

May be the very character 'Devil' is symbolic. Perhaps it was required to let ppl of limited understanding to understand more easily. As u know, human brain always requires names, forms to understand things or ideas. And thus devil could be a metaphor. A metaphor for evil (which is the absence of God's grace).

In Mytic Islamic idea, there is no evil. It is an illusion which is necessary for this world to work. Our self ego is such an illusion which is needed but nevertheless it is a veil that separates us from God. If you have nothing in you but Love (be it for urs, ur neighbor or God), then you will not see any evil, u can readily forgive anything. Just as to a person who loves truly his or her lover, can see only good and nothing bad, its like that.

So to be very specific, the system of creation (and also human mind) needs an opposing idea for understanding. If everybody is same, doing absolutely the same thing (say, obeying every commands of God) then do u think the world would work? (and even though God wants ppl to obey, He gifted mankind the precious freedom.. and that freedom was also needed for the system to work) It is the very idea of evil that makes clear into our mind, what is good. So we can choose. So we can be in the straight path.

May God forgive me for my mistakes. May God bless you with His unlimited Blessings, so that your heart opens up to the Truth. Verily there is no power and might except God. { If you any other question, pls do ask, I will be more than happy to ponder }

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Never despair of GOD's Mercy

In the Final Testament (The Koran, also spelled as Quran), God declares about Divine Mercy,

Proclaim: "O My servants who exceeded the limits (who acted extravagantly), never despair of GOD's mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful."

You shall obey your Lord, and submit to Him totally, before the retribution overtakes you; then you cannot be helped. And follow the best path that is pointed out for you by your Lord, before the retribution overtakes you suddenly when you least expect it.

Lest a soul may say, "How sorry I am for disregarding GOD's commandments; I was certainly one of the mockers."

Or say, "Had GOD guided me, I would have been with the righteous." Or say, when it sees the retribution, "If I get another chance, I will work righteousness." Yes indeed (you did get enough chances). My proofs came to you, but you rejected them, turned arrogant, and became a disbeliever.

On the Day of Resurrection you will see the faces of those who lied about GOD covered with misery. Is Hell not the right retribution for the arrogant ones?

And GOD will save those who have maintained righteousness; He will reward them. No harm will touch them, nor will they have any grief. GOD is the Creator of all things, and He is in full control of all things. To Him belongs all decisions in the heavens and the earth, and those who disbelieve in GOD's revelations are the real losers. (Quran, 39:53-63)

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The heart of every man, both good and bad, is the abode of God, and care should be taken never to wound anyone by word or act.


:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Thanks to Rezwan (again)

Thanks again to the 3rd World View's blogger, Rezwan for putting nice words about my blog.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

-Michael Landon

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Candle in your heart

There is a Candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
Love comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.

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Beloved jhanajian comments beautifully....
It's easy to be a saint while living in a monastery. There's little or no temptation in a monastery to be anything other than a saint. The really hard thing to do is to be a saint (whatever that might be!) while living in the world. We've all heard the teaching "to be in the world, but not of the world". There's good reason for that teaching. Being in the world (and particularly the workplace) is the alchemical process that turns dross metal into gold. The world is the fire that will consume and transform us if we willingly take part in the process.

It's easy in a monastery to not get caught up in the greed and competitiveness and jealousy and pettiness, etc, etc, etc. It's not so easy to not get caught up in these things while living in the world. You have to be very aware and very conscious and very focused on your own values in order to avoid becoming a part of the corruption. And let's not forget that the world does not exist only outside of ourselves. We are the world. So being in the world is an opportunity to see the greed and the pettiness and all of that stuff within ourselves as well. It's an opportunity to grow and to become a witness - and it is the witness that becomes the death of the ego.

So it seems to me that it is those of us who are going through the fires of this world, and count it as a blessing in disquise, who need not worry about lagging behind in our connection with God.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Wisdom of Gita : On work without attachment

About work and working man, Gita has a nice philosophy.

You can attain peace (or salvation) even if you don't renounce work and the society. You don't need to be a monk or a priest. You can perfectly be a family person, fully into social activities, yet you can be more than a Saint. How?

Every work which you do, do for the sake of God, for the satisfaction of God. Gita says, whatever task you do which is not for the sake of God becomes a cause for your bond to this world. And bond or attachment in this world is nothing but pain and suffering (because the Primordial Bond of human soul is with God, thus all other bonds are suffering). Look at West (also in the East now a days), people are so much into their work and career that they hardly enjoy life. They are so stressed all the time with money and everything !! The reason of that suffering is due to excessive attachment and affinity.

Gita says, you have the right for work, but you should not seek the result (the result will come if you are sincere enough to your work). I love this idea because most of the time we become too engrossed about the result and it diverts our attention from the actual job. That is also the teaching of Buddha to be always conscious about 'NOW'. Not past nor future. And if we do that, every action of ours become so perfect !! And according to Gita's teaching, work without attachment leads to the freedom of the soul (Nirvana in Buddha's teaching).

And how to do work with a purpose connected with God ... when you engage with any work, just say, "In the name of the Merciful and Beneficent God". And God willing, thus every work is considered as an act of worship. Amen!

Beloved
Trevor adds, in relation to Karma Yoga, Ram Das says that "the karma yogi is the person who uses his or her life to come to God by listening for the dharmic act, acting without attachment to the outcome, all the while knowing she or he's not the actor, anyway."

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Isms are nothing but name, don't be fool by it

"I'm not into isms and asms. There isn't a Catholic moon and a Baptist sun. I know the universal God is universal....I feel that the same God-force that is the mother and father of the pope is also the mother and father of the loneliest wino on the planet." - Dick Gregory Pin It Now!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Fill me with your love

Oh Beloved,
take me.
Liberate my soul.
Fill me with your love and
release me from the two worlds.

If I set my heart on anything but you
let fire burn me from inside.

Oh Beloved,
take away what I want.
Take away what I do.
Take away what I need.
Take away everything
that takes me from you.

- Rumi , Courtesy: maryam-blog
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Monday, July 11, 2005

Truth is One, God is One

All the disharmony of the world caused by religious differences is the result of man's failure to understand that religion is One, truth is One, God is One; how can there be two religions?

:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Beloved Katt adds...
"Probably no one of us has the True Religion. But all of us together - if we are allowed to be free - are discovering ways of conversing about the great mysteries. The pretense to know all the answers to the deepest mysteries is, of course, the grossest fraud. And any people who declare a Jihad, a holy war on unbelievers - those who do not share their believers' pretended omniscience - are enemies of thinking men and woman and of civilization. I see religion as only a way of asking unanswerable questions, of sharing the joy of a community of quest, and solacing one another in our ignorance." - Daniel Boorstin
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Inspirational


I found this story very inspirational and hope it will help break many of the wrong ideas about the relation of Islam and Women that western media most of the time projects and brain washes common people. Its an article from Christian Science Monitor.

Other inspirations and enlightening, heart warming experiences from others:

Pls, don't misunderstand my post. Religion is a personal matter and there can be no compulsion to accept the truth. In the Final Testament it is clearly stated in bold language that,

"There is no compulsion in religion.

The right direction is henceforth distinct from error.

And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in God, hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break.

God is Hearer, Knower" [Qur'an 2:256]

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Miracles happen everyday and everywhere, we just fail to realize it sometime

Aren’t our human body itself one of the greatest miracle? Isn’t the way a baby is concieved and developed in human body and as they grow up, are all miracles? Through the study of science we know how mirculous and glorious is the creation of God.

For example take Gravitational Force. There is something very mysterious about the gravitational force.

The rotational speed of the Earth at the equator is about 1,038 miles per hour. The atmosphere at the equator is also slightly thicker due to rotation, and you weigh slightly less. At mid-latitudes, the speed of the Earth's rotation decreases to 700 to 900 miles per hour. and Earth is also moving around the Sun at about 67,000 miles per hour. Now, it is due to that gravitational force, everything on earth is able to be on it… not flying apart in the space. So gravitational force is huge in that sense.

But again, this force is so sublte that we can pick up a object from the face of earth with a realtive easiness. Itsn’t that very beautiful? That looks so contradictory but that is a blessing for life on earth. That same gravitational force which is binding all the objects on earth from falling apart even though earth is rotating at more than 1000 miles/hour … also it enables to pick up things easily. Isn’t that mysterious enough to get u thinking?
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The heart sleeps until it is awakened by a blow

The heart sleeps until it is awakened to life by a blow;

it is as a rock,
and the hidden fire flashes out when struck by another rock.


:: Bowl of Saki, by Sufi Inayat Khan


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No Violence in Islam's Name

'We now make a prayer for a future that is replete with peace and love for all.'

The Holy Quran teaches us that "Whoever kills a human being, for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it is as if He has killed all mankind: and if he saves a human life, it is as if he has saved the lives of all mankind" Quran 5:32.

There can be few things as antithetical to religion, particularly my religion of Islam, as the wanton violence wreaked by the recent attacks in London. It is at times like these that the responsibility falls again on us, those of a truly humane spiritual nature, to speak out against the violence, and to console those who have suffered from it.

It is also at times like these that we again have to appropriate the misuse of religion from the hands of fanatical men whose sole purpose is to rouse the masses and beget further violence. It must be stated for the record that all religions have the same relative value with respect to the high goals we reach as people and the same lack of value of when they fail to call forth the love of God. This alone is the uniform standard of value in the assessment of religion.

As before, today our voices are raised together to proclaim support for our English sisters and brothers who have experienced loss and to recognize the unity of God and to bring human kind together. We now make a prayer for a future that is replete with peace and love for all of our sisters and brothers across the world, and for a future that is far far different from the tumultuous, hateful times that we live in now.

May God Almighty bless the departed souls and shelter them in his compassion and admit them into his acceptance and paradise and let the blessings of their lives continue to be showered upon their families, friends and loved ones.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
ASMA - American Society for Muslim Advancement


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It is the lover of God whose heart is filled with devotion who can commune with God, not he who makes an effort with his intellect to analyze God.

The worlds are held together by the heat of the sun; each of us are atoms held in position by that eternal Sun we call God. Within us is the same central power we call the light, or the love of God; by it we hold together the human beings within our sphere, or, lacking it, we let them fall.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Saturday, July 09, 2005

::Sufi Resources::
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There is One God :: Let the mankind Celebrate and sing His Praise

Each of the major religions has, at its very core, the fundamental concept of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator that is beyond the understanding of the limited minds of mankind. Since these diverse cultures all agree that there is One Creator, a Creator whom we all honor, and whose ways we all strive to learn to live in harmony with, then isn't that a common bond that we should all share and celebrate?

Who can claim to know the "true" name of the That Which is beyond name and form? Is it even meaningful to try to name That Which is beyond name and form?

God, Khoda, Allah, Alaha, El, Elohim, Elat, Om, YHWH, Jehova, Jah, Yahweh, Brahman, Ram, Krishna, Ahura Mazda, Tao... and many more, have all been used to refer to That Which is beyond name and form.

For Christians who find it difficult to say the name Allah, it may be helpful to note that in the Semitic language of Aramaic that Jesus spoke, the Aramaic name that is translated as God in the European bible was actually Alaha. Indeed, Allah of the Qur'an and Alaha of Jesus are the same One.
The name God is a relatively new, and perhaps unfortunate, European invention that has been the source of much misunderstanding. The word "God" can be made plural (as gods) and can be made Godess, which is not proper for Glorious, Holy God who have no partner whatsoever. Because He is selfsufficient and independent of everything. But the word, Alaha or Allah is free from those cons.

Those who are engaged in the worship of demigods enter into the darkest region of ignorance – Isha Upanishad
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Friday, July 08, 2005

Master of the Jinn

A novel by Irving Karchmar. Here is a tale set on the Path of the Heart, a mystical adventure wherein a modern-day Sufi master sends seven companions on a quest for the original Ring of Power, and the greatest treasure of the ancient world - King Solomon's ring. It is the very same seal ring of a hundred legends, given to King Solomon by God to command the Jinn, those terrifying demons of living fire... It is a tale woven of ancient legends found in the Old Testament, the Talmud, and the Koran, and although it is set in the present, the search for the truth of the ring leads them into a circle of ageless destiny, where the companions discover not only the fate of the Jinn, but also the Path of Love and the infinite Mercy of God. I haven't got the book yet, but hope to get and read it soon. It is an honor for me to have Mr. Irving as my blog visitor.

Irving Karchmar, the 59 year old author of Master of the Jinn, holds a Masters degree in Philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago. He has been a poet, writer, editor and publisher for many years, and a darvish of the Nimatullahi Sufi order since 1992. He now lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he is currently at work on his second novel, a sequel entitled Tale of the Jinn.

"A Masterpiece of Modern Islamic Mysticism" , "A Masterpiece of Modern Islamic Mysticism" - Amazon.com review.
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Tears of gratefulness

The Final Messenger of God, Mohammad (Peace on him) say:

"God the Almighty said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.

O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.

O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it."

Everytime i read this message, tears of gratitude and gratefulness comes to my eyes. Glory be to God who is so full of Love towards His creation. How great is the greatness of God !!

More such beautiful sayings:

"Your Lord delights at a shepherd who, on the peak of a mountain crag, gives the call to prayer and prays. Then God (glorified and exalted be He) say: Look at this servant of Mine, he gives the call to prayer and performs the prayers; he is in awe of Me. I have forgiven My servant [his sins] and have admitted him to Paradise."

"God said, I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed."

For more sayings of the Final Messenger {Mohammad after whom no new Messenger will come except Jesus Christ (peace), the Messiah} ... pls click here.

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Wisdom of the Upanishad

A person who sees everything in relation to the supreme Lord, and sees all entities as His parts and parcels, and who sees the Supreme Lord within everything, never hates anything, nor any being. - The Isha Upanishad (6).

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Tale of two spiritual companion

The sixteenth century Shah Hussain of Lahore was one of the most accomplished Sufi saints of Punjab. Hussain’s mystical inclinations were apparent early in his life. As a child he memorised the Our’an and was initiated into the Oadiriyah Sufi order by the renowned saint Bahlul Shah Daryai, under whose supervision he lived for several years.

One day, while studying a commentary on the Our’an Hussain came across the verse: “The life of this world is nothing but a game and a sport.” It struck him that it was love, not bookish knowledge, that was the key to the spiritual path.

It was during this period of his life that he came in contact with Madho, a Brahmin lad. The two men became such close spiritual companions that in the popular mind Hussain is most commonly known as Madho Lal Hussain, as if the friends had been fused into one through the bond of love. Hussain’s relationship with Madho had a deep impact on his thinking, making him profoundly tolerant towards other religions. According to the medieval Persian text Hasanat-ul-Arifin, Hussain asserted that he was “neither a Muslim nor a pagan”, thus suggesting that he had transcended the conventional differences between Hindus and Muslims. Hussain also had close spiritual links with the Hindu mystic Chhaju Bhagat and the Sikh Guru Arjan Dev.

Hussain’s Sufi poetry stresses the centrality of love. Love, Hussain believed, can so unite two souls, or a human being with God, that they seem to lose their individuality and appear to merge completely into each other, in much the same way as Madho and Hussain became so inseparable that they became known by one single name. Referring to this final union, Hussain pleads: ‘Let everyone now call me Ranjha, not Heer for no longer am I Heer since I have become one with Ranjha”.

Hussain breathed his last in 1599 and was buried in Lahore on the banks of the Ravi. Madho survived him by forty-eight years, and he was laid to rest in a tomb next to Hussain’s. The shrine containing the graves of the two inseparable lovers –-united in death as they had been in life — continues to attract large numbers of faithful pilgrims to this very day.

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Hebrew names of God



A good link on Esoteric Hebrew Names of God. You can listen to audio as well here. Hebrew is no doubt a beautiful language.

What I find interesting is that in Torah it is acknowledged that, God is beyond names. Thats why God is sometime called Hasem (simply meaning, The Name, Lev. 24:16 ) or Adonai (My Lord) in Jewish Tradition.

God Himself is Ein Sof - without End or limitation of any kind. God is always greater than our greatest thoughts about Him, even if we attempt to express His transcendence by means of the sacred letters of the Torah. In Himself, God is beyond all “predications” or attributes of language: He is the Source and Foundation of all possibility of utterance and thus is beyond all definite descriptions.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Beyond Boundaries

Whatever their faith, the wise have always been able to meet each other beyond those boundaries of external forms and conventions which are natural and necessary to human life, but which nonetheless separate humanity.

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Curiosity of Human Race



Mostly distracted by the misteaching of the early christian church (whose man made doctrines time and time again contradicted with science) the west moved away from acknowleding God’s beauty of creation by the study of science. But inherently it is that curiosity that is ever present in human mind, the curiosity and that deep inspiration to know about our universe, our world and the cosmos.

What! do they not consider how God originates the creation, then repeats it? Surely that is easy to God. (Quran, 29:19)

Nasa’s latest mission, Deep Impact is one such endaevor on behalf of human race to know the origin of our solar system, our own universe.

This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact's impactor spacecraft. The image was taken by the high-resolution camera on the mission's flyby craft. Scattered light from the collision saturated the camera's detector, creating the bright splash seen here. Linear spokes of light radiate away from the impact site, while reflected sunlight illuminates most of the comet surface. The collision occurred at the relative speed of 37,000km/h, with the mothership standing off at a safe distance of several hundred km to view the impact. The crash unleashed a spray of below-surface material that has probably remained unchanged since the formation of the Solar System 4.6 billion years ago.

Researchers hope that by getting "under the skin" of Comet Tempel 1, it will give them a new insight into some of the Solar System's original materials. The accuracy required was so great that one mission scientist said it was like one bullet hitting another bullet with a third bullet exactly in position to see it all happen! Unlimited congratulations to human race !!

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

অতুল প্রসাদের গান

আমি অকৃতি অধম বলেও তো
কিছু কম করে মোরো দাওনি ৷
যা দিয়েছো তারই অযোগ্য ভাবিয়া
কেড়েও তো কিছু নাও নি ৷

তব আশিষ কুসুম ধরি নাই শিরে
পায়ে দলে গেছি, চাহি নাই ফিরে ৷
তবু দয়া করে কেবলই দিয়েছো
প্রতিদান কিছু চাওনি ৷

আমি ছুটিয়া বেড়াই, জানি না কি আশে
সুধা পান করে মরি গো পিয়াসে,
তবু যাহা চাই সকলি পেয়েছি
তুমি তো কিছুই পাওনি ৷

আমায় রাখিতে চাহো গো বাধঁনে আঁটিয়া
শতবার যাই বাঁধনও কাটিয়া ৷
ভাবি ছেড়ে গেছো
ফিরে চেয়ে দেখি একপাও ছেড়ে যাও নি ৷

আমি অকৃতি অধম বলেও তো
কিছু কম করে মোরো দাওনি ৷
যা দিয়েছো তারই অযোগ্য ভাবিয়া
কেড়েও তো কিছু নাও নি ৷

To listen to this wonderful bangla song, dedicated to God, go to www.probashi.com, U have to hv free registration. Then after logging in, go to Music Room. There select category, under Songs of Rajanikanto, u will find it. U will need real player to listen.
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Be still and know ...

"Be still and know that I am God"
(Psalm, 46:10)

This is a tremendous verse in Psalm (more familiar to Muslims as Jabur). This verse is one of my all time favorite. Its very simple, but it holds the greatest mystery, the hidden message. The mystery of how to know God...it is to be still, to be calm, to be meditative...by making our mind clear...by making our heart pure...only then we can realize God within, since He is the nearest. He encompasses everything and nothing encompasses Him. Meditation is a great tool to have God realization within ourselves.

In Quran also we have a beautiful verse where it is said that God can be realized inside our heart and soul.

Soon will We show them our Signs in the Universe and IN THEIR OWN SOULS, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He encompasses all things?
(Quran, 41:53-54)

Click to read Quran (English translation).
Click to read Psalsm.
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On Purification of Heart

Here is a lecture from a Dr. Tariq, on the subject of "Purification of Heart". Listen to it, God willing you may benefit from it. In this lecture, the term Allah Subhanatala refers to "God, Glory unto Him". In Arabic, the term Allah points to One, True God. In the beginning there is some invocation of God's grace in arabic. But rest of the lecture is in Plain English. So non-muslim will not have problem understanding it.

>> The audio lecture on 'Purifcation of Heart'

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Meditation: the Kabbalist tradition.
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Sami Yusuf: The Singer


My beloved friend, Hijabi Princess recently sent me the link on Sami Yusuf, a brilliant singer. He mainly sings on the Glory and Praise of God in English and Arabic. You can hear his song sample here. Pin It Now!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Einstein's Religion

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."-Albert Einstein

It reminds me the saying of Inayat Khan that, every person has a religion very perculiar to himself. No matter how you indoctrinate him or her, or be he freethinker, if he searches himself, he will have a development of faith and religion in him which is unique to himself.
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Surrealism

Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the unconscious. Surrealism originated in early-20th century European avant-garde art and literary circles, and many early surrealists were associated with the earlier Dada movement. Surrealism was an expressly revolutionary movement, encompassing actions intended to advance radical political, social, cultural and personal change. While surrealism's most important center was in Paris, it spread throughout Europe and to North America during 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

The term surreal is also applied more generally to describe the juxtaposition of ordinary events, actions or objects in a manner where the totality does not comport with the ordinary sense or social decorum.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealism
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Crucifixion, by Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
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