Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Buddha Rising

Here are two beautiful presentation of Buddhism in west. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

:: Buddha Rising - from monastery into the living room.

Also check, Footsteps of Buddha in National Geography.

It is interesting in a sense that people are embracing Buddhism in a way which transcend religion. In more evolved wester societies people feel that Buddhism is something that can be accessed independent of religion. People are seeing Buddhism as something that a christian or a muslim or a jew all can embrace. This is wonderful isn't it.

It reminds me that we are starting to see things in a different light. We are starting to see the actual message inside, not the outer garments only. So we are beginning to learn that outer appearance doesn't matter. Its the Truth that is only real. I hope we can see the same attitude for all religions.

So i hope one day humanity will understand the beauty of mystic teachings of Jesus, not as a christian but as anyone from any religion ... the beauty of Quranic inspiration which are mind boggling and mystic ... the open for all messages of Kabbalah ... and we all can say they belong to the whole, not to any sect or group.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thought of Buddha


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:: When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

:: The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

:: We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

- Gautama Buddha
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Symbiotic


Symbiotic relationship
Originally uploaded by Velvet G.
This picture reminds me the wonderful beauties everywhere around us, not hidden - but just there to see for yourself.

When there is so much Signs in the open space, then why lament for esoteric tradition and teachings?

The Divine has created so much wonders! Yet we continue to ignore the presence of the Divine in our heart.
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Monday, November 28, 2005

The Opening of Quran :: In French

[1] Au nom d'Allah, le Tout Miséricordieux, le Très Miséricordieux.
[2] Louange à Allah, Seigneur de l'univers.
[3] Le Tout Miséricordieux, le Très Miséricordieux,
[4] Maître du Jour de la rétribution.
[5] C'est Toi (Seul) que nous adorons, et c'est Toi (Seul) dont nous implorons secours.
[6] Guide-nous dans le droit chemin,
[7] le chemin de ceux que Tu as comblés de faveurs, non pas de ceux qui ont encouru Ta colère, ni des égarés.

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:: The Journey of Kazwini :: A Sufi Story

Useful men, carrying useful work, do not become angry if they are called useless. But the useless who imagine that they are operating in a significant manner become greatly infuriated if this word is used about them.


'I visited', says Kazwini, 'one group of sincere-enough sufis. They practiced the invocations and strummed music on strings. ...

'I donned the patched robe and begged from door to door, as recommended in the classics. I prayed, I fasted and I gave charity.

'I learned the intricate gyrations and litanics, and took part in the Stillness.

I mastered teh ability to containt the inner agitation.

'I learned how to erase my "I", and how to restore it, purged

'Then I met the Proof himself. The Proof said to me:

"What do you seek?"

'I said:

"I seek the Master."

'The Proof said:

"Had you asked for more action, I would have given it to you. But as you desire Truth, I shall conduct you to the Truth."

'He conveyed me to the Master. And the Master taught me what all the outwardness which I had studied really meant.

'When I returned to the world, none would listen, and the outwardness continues. As the Master predicted to me, it will continue until the end of time.'

:: This wonderful sufi story is taken from the book, Thinkers of the East by Idries Shah, which i'm reading currently.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

The similitude of life of this world


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Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth's vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is only God Who prevails over all things.

The Quran, Chapter 18, verse 45
http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/
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Offer


Red Rose
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For ten years I have cultivated a garden,
But a few roses are all I have to offer.


Credit: The End of Reason by Da'ud al Shawni.

http://www.omphaloskepsis.com/ebooks/pdf/tmog.pdf
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Friday, November 25, 2005

The shadow and the Real

I was looking at the shadow of a plant. There was this enormous beautiful complexity on the real surface, on each leaf ... and below there was this very simple shadow. Even the outline of the shadow was beautiful because it was created out of the real surface.

The shadow is easy to comprehend. That’s why we often take it for real. But the Real is far more detail and often mind boggling. That is why most of us live in chasing and following the shadow. And when it comes to the Real, we often find ourselves in denial. Because our limited brain that wants to work with rational can not comprehend the vastness of it.

11/9/2005 .. Sadiq .. Singapore
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Unknown Reflection in the mirror

I looked at the mirror.
The law says the reflection inside the mirror is suppose to be mine.

Lo, i can not recognize me!
I look foreign to myself.

How its possible?

Is it so, that i never knew me properly before?
Or is it that in one night sometime you change a lot?

Have it ever occured to you that you look at the reflection of yourself in the mirror and you look unknown to yourself?

Today in the morning when i woke up and went to the wash room, watching me in the mirror ... i found myself quite unknown and unfamiliar to me. With bewilderment i looked again and again at the reflection. Yes it feels like i'm looking at someone else?

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A Joke: How do you know?

Mullah Nasrudin ran into a merchant's tent and asked the owner, "Have you ever seen me before?"

"No, never!" he replied.

"Then how do you know it IS me?" Nasrudin cried.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Prayer of Dhu ‘l-Nun


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“O God, when I listen to the voices of the animals, to the sound of the trees, the murmur of the water, the singing of the birds, to the rushing of the wind or to the rumble of thunder, I see in them evidence of Your Unity; I feel that You are supreme power, supreme knowledge, supreme wisdom, supreme justice.

O God, I also recognize you in the difficulties I am experiencing now. God, let Your satisfaction be my satisfaction, and let me be Your joy, the joy that a Father takes in his child. And let me remember You with calmness and determination, even when it is hard for me to say: I love You.”

:: A lovely prayer written by the Egyptian Sufi master Dhu ‘l-Nun (AD 796-861)

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Science at the crossroads


Mind and Life Institute, USA works to establish a powerful working collaboration and research partnership between modern science and Buddhism - the world's two most powerful traditions for understanding the nature of reality and investigating the mind.

This article, Science at the Corssroads by Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama is published in the homepage of Mind and Life Institute. You may find it interesting.

Ref: http://www.mindandlife.org // :: Bio of Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama
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True Hearts

The Prophet mentions that God has said,

"I cannot be contained in hallowed places.

Heaven and earth cannot hold Me.

But I am contained by true hearts.

If you seek Me,

search in those hearts."


-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Video on Injustice (or Fragments of truth)

Dear friends, i discoverd this video while browsing the net. Generally i do not like to put political messages in my blog. But after watching the video i decided to put it on the blog because it may shed some light on the socio-political which again now woven into religious dimention of the world problems.

World media may not equally show all sides of the fact, but internet can. That is the extra ordinary power of internet. I hope the video gives you some of the background knowledge of some issues about which we often lack the solid information. Many of the issues about Palestine are tagged as religious (islamic), but it is not. It is more political and social than anything else.

Watch the video. No matter what is your religion or political view, pls watch it without any prior preoccupied ideology. May justice be victorious for the sake of humanity irrespective of race or religion or any difference whatsoever.
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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Delight for your soul: Persian Music

Shahram Nazeri is one of the most famous performer of Iranian music arena. He is also a master of the Persian classical and Sufi repertoires. Here are two album of his to listen. The effects of the instruments used are very sweet.

Album: ++ Shourangeez ++ Yaadegaare Doust ++ More Musics here.


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Prayer

My Lord,
if You condemn me for my crimes,
I will cling to Your forgiveness.

And if You hold me for my sins,
I will cling to Your granting pardon.

If You haul me into the hell,
I will tell its inmates that I love You.

:: The Invocation of Shabaniyah

For the full prayer pls go here. // Thanks to my friend Zaineb for sharing it with me.
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Misconception about Islam (1)

The study of comparative religion and appreciation of all faiths is my passion. I devote a lot of my time to do my personal research on the topic although this has nothing to do with my academic career. I'm a graduate mechanical engineer and now doing my masters by research in the same area. I believe that there is Truth in all the traditions and faith system. Its just veiled by the man made dogmas and wrong perceptions. If we turn to see the history of all religions we can see that this disharmony among religions started only when the original teachings of the great enlightened teachers were wrongly interpreted by later so called 'followers'.

This happened from Buddha to Moses to Jesus Christ to Muhammad (peace be upon all of them). We as a human race failed to give proper value and respect to their extra ordinary brilliance, intellect and inner understandings.

We now live in a time where certain faiths are tagged with certains conceptions or perceptoins which are mostly misconception. I would love to devote next few posts on the more common Misconceptions about Islam.

It might seem strange to think of this as a misconception, but in fact it is. The root word of Islam is "al-silm" which means "submission" or "surrender." It is understood to mean "submission to Allah." In spite of whatever noble intention has caused many a Muslim to claim that Islam is derived primarily from peace, this is not true. God says in the Qur'an (translated):

[2:136] Say (O Muslims): We believe in God and that which is revealed to us and that which was revealed to 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 to Him we have surrendered. [Arabic "Muslim" means 'who have surrendered']

The text of the Qur'an makes it clear that God has clearly intended the focus of this way of life to be submission to Him. This entails submission to Him at all times, in times of peace, war, ease, or difficulty.
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Food for Thought from Gita

The Lord said: The sages call Sanyaasa as the renunciation or detachment of selfish work. The wise define Tyaaga as the renunciation of attachment to the fruit of all work. (Gita 18.02)


The embodied beings are unable to completely abstain from works. Therefore, one who renounces the fruit of work is considered a Tyaagi or renunciant. (18.11)


The sensual pleasures appear like nectar in the beginning, but become like poison in the end. The sensual pleasures wear out the vigor of the body and mind, and results in disease and suffering in the end. Such pleasures must be avoided. (18.38)


All beings originate from, and are pervaded by Brahman. Worshipping Him by performing one's duty for Him one attains nirvana.(18.46)

These are few beautiful verses from Bhagwad Gita. It talks about detachment from materialistic attachment even on our work. This is because in the truest sense when one submit complete to the Divine, the work one perform is performed for the Divine. Thus attachment to selfish work is discouraged here. This was the central theme of Gautama Buddha's teaching also as a way to cease dukkha or sufferings by being free of desire. We expect too much from our action. The best way is to perform the duty and just that. And the action or duty has to be performed in a state of mindfulness, with devotion. A central part of Buddha's teaching was how to attain this mindfulness.

In the Final Testament, Quran thus it is echoed, 'God loves those who are mindful of their duties'. Being the last Divine Message to humanity, submission has been the main theme for Islam and that brings harmony in a persons life. This submission means submission to Divine Laws and Nature as it is made by the Ultimate Soul. And this was the very ancient esoteric wisdom (theosophy) to know and understand the laws of Nature.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Sufi thoughts around the blogs

:: Anab Whitehouse writes, "Never has so much been given to so many with less gratitude and appreciation. Never has so much been owed by so many to just One." Its a post that reminds us in how much Divine Blessings we all live in everymoment. Very much worth reading.

:: Jeremy in his Gnostic Blog sums up a lot of valuable FAQ about Gnosticism.

:: Kevin in his blog talks about the attitude of mystics: Love or Worship. It deals with the idea of servanthood as seen by the ideology of love from Sufi perspective.

:: In the blog Anulios, Tarquin Rees mentions a beautiful poem of Hafiz.

:: Spiritual Tendencies is a very nice, well maintained Sufi Blog. It is by Shaik Abdul Khafid. Visit the blog for a lot of interesting articles, thoughts and more. It is full of wisdom.

:: The Traceles Warrior, Mushtaq Ali writes on How do you teach intent?.

:: Don quotes a very deep mystical quote in his blog, Conscious Living Journal.

:: Jhan puts a sufi tale on her blog, Moon Woven about the Tale of the Sands.

:: Velveteen Rabbi appreciates her study on Sufism. In the end she sees the oneness of teachings of Judaism and Islam, "Coming to this text as a Jew, I couldn't help drawing comparisons. Sharia is like our halakha; the shahadah, expression of God's oneness, is like our shema. And who could read "When I wake up from sleep, I see the whole world as God's Thou-ness" (written by Baha Walad, father of the Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi) without seeing resonance with Martin Buber's famous I-Thou formulation? "

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Namaste writes about Hafiz and the love she felt.

:: Tempest writes a wonderful poem on the sorrow and grief of her heart.

:: Stamen writes in his travels to the islands of awareness the experience and teachings of the trees.

:: Metroblogging Lahore reports about a documentary on Sufism titled Sufi Soul: the Mystical Music of Pakistan.

:: Tushar quotes in his blog the experience on a visit to a Gurudwara, the Siekh place of worship. How God can be felt everywhere is nicely composed here. The post is titled, friends across faiths.

:: The organic brew is an interesting blog with sufi traces and news.

:: Adam posts which is titled, The most popular US poet is a Muslim. Interesting reading about none other than Rumi.

:: Kugan from Malaysia posts on the Sufi Music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. You can listen to the music in his site as well. Its cool.

:: In the blog titled, "But She's a girl..." the author reviews the program, Sufi Soul. Her observations are interesting.

:: Faizee in his blog, Islam and Sufism quotes a lot of inspiring quotations.
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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Having His name etched upon the heart

To have His name etched upon the heart is a privilege with a price.
The outer world feels dead to me.
I have spent many days and nights with the agony of His Love.
The pain of separation after experiencing His tender embrace feels unbearable sometimes.
I trust I am (we are) in His hands and
He will do what He wills.

This is an excerpt from the email of one of my most beautiful friend whom i recently met. Divine Blessings to you my dear !

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Neoplatonic Love

What if i say to you, 'I love you and my love doesn't want anything in return.'

What if i tell you, 'I may have never seen you but still there is so much love for you
in my heart that goes beyond words.'

You must be very surprised!

Well, its easy and a known path for me
cause i loved Someone already, without seeing,
and only knowing almost nothing.
The Divine Love makes it so easy, my friend.

Don't be confused because i am not asking anything,
nor expecting anything in return.

My love for you only wants to remember you,
and in return you may or may not remember me.
Because in this path 'return' doesn't exist.


/ Sadiq M. Alam / 17 Nov, 2005 / Singapore / Image Courtesy.
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The seekers of the Truth


Speckles and Ripples
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The seekers of the Truth
look at one another,
the same Soul pervades,
what if the colours are different?


- Prabhjjot. A famous Indian poetress.

From the Book, Among the Dervishes by O. M. Burke.
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Monday, November 14, 2005

Reading now

Just grabbed this book from my university library. The title is: Among the Dervishes. Its by O. M. Burke. Its a first-hand account of a Westerner's travels through the land of Sufis.

The book contains experiences with meeting of Sufis or Dervishes or Mystics of exotic places like, Tunicia, Mecca, Istanbul, Damascus, Basra, Kafiristan. Very much looking forward to dive deep into the book. For quite a long time i haven't picked up a book that i really really enjoyed. I hope its going to be one.

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On God's Transcendence

"Those who ascribe rivals to God (al-adilun billah) cry lies when they make Him similar to the like of their categories, adorn Him in their imaginations with the adornment of creatures, divide Him with a measure resulting from the notions of their concerns, and measure Him by the talents of their reason's powers in terms of the creatures with their multiple faculties. For how should the deliberations of imaginations assess Him whose measure cannot be determined, when surely the notions of understanding have erred in conceiving of His inmost center ? For He is greater than that the minds of men should delimit Him through thought (tafkir) or angels should encompass Him through estimation, despite their proximity to the kingdom of His might."

High be He exalted above having an equal (kufw) with which to be compared, for He is the Subtle: when imaginations desire to encroach upon Him in the depths of the unseen regions of His dominion, (when) thoughts (fikar) free from insinuating intrusions seek to grasp knowledge of His Essence, (when) hearts are thrown into mad confusion over Him in trying to embrace Him through conforming to His attributes, (when) the ways of approach of reason's powers become obscured since no attributes attain to Him by which they might gain the knowledge of His divinity, (then) they (imaginations, thoughts, hearts and ways of approach) are checked in disgrace while traversing the chasms of the dark reaches of the unseen worlds, rid (of all things) for Him-glory be to Him!

They return having been thrown back, admitting that the inmost center of His knowledge is not reached through the deviation of straying (from the path)] and that no notion of the measure of His might's majesty occurs to the mind of meditators, by reason of His distance from being (encompassed) within the faculties of limited beings. For He is counter to (khilaf) His creation, and there is nothing like Him among creatures. Now a thing is only compared with its like (adil). As for what has no like, how should it be compared with what is other than its like (mithal) ? And He is the Beginning (al-badi) before whom was naught, and the Last (al-akhir) after whom will be naught."

Imam Ali (a.s.) on God's transcendence - translated by William Chittick in "A Shi'ite Anthology"

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Paradoxes of Our Time

:: Today we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;


:: We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less judgment;

:: We have more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

:: We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get to angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too often, and pray too seldom.

:: We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too little and lie too often.

:: We‘ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.


:: We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

:: We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

:: We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

:: We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less.

:: We've learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, but have less communication. We are long on quantity, but short on quality.

:: These are in the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships.

:: More leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition; more incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes.

>> Thanks to Shabnam for sharing it with me. May we look back to our own life and come out of the holes that we often fall into. The journey of enlightenment beings with oneself and it can start from the smallest action possible. And more importantly, it is the attitude that starts it in the first place.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Life and Perfection

In September, i asked my blog visitors (as well as myself) about the questions:
:: What is the meaning of life?

And it triggered a lot of comments from many view point. Some are truly interesting. To see, the post and the comments. click here.

1 week back i joined Sinagpore Lodge Theosophical Society. There i'm currently attending a course in Theosophy. During the first lecture the issue of Meaning of Life / Purpose of Life was raised. And i thought i should share my thought with u.

The meaning or purpose of life is to attain Perfection. As we are created in the image of God and the Divine is the Perfect Being ... the goal is to attain the perfection. It is the same reason it is said we are the sons of God, since it is son who inherit the qualities and values of Father. It is the same reason it is said that you merge with God by surrendering yourself totally so that you take Perfection in you by losing your limited, imperfect ego.

I personally feel, whether it is religious or non-religious, whether it is very worldly activity or spiritual .. it is this striving for perfection is the main purpose of Life. When we work for perfection the inner (esoteric) and the outer world (exoteric) both becomes beautiful. And it is this Perfection, Harmony and Balance that creates Beauty. In the same spirit the saying of Prophet Muhmmad becomes more clear when he says, 'God is beautiful, and He loves beauty.

Ref. : http://mysticsaint.blogspot.com/reflection-on-life.html
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Meaning of Bismillah


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Bilmillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Meaning in the Name of the Most Merciful and Compassionate God.

Al-Sadiq said: The letter ba' [of the bismilllah] is the glory of God (baha' allah), the sin ("s"), is the splendour of God (sana' allah), and the mim ("m") is the sovereignty of God, mulk Allah). Allah is the God of all things. al-Rahman pertains to creation in general while al-Rahim specifically applies to the believers.

The bismillah is also considered a prayer in its own right, a source of divine knowledge and healing. It is said to contain, in addition to all the knowledge in the Qur'an itself, all the knowledge of the previous scriptures. It has been seen as a means of salvation and protection.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Fly on the wings


as they fly fly...away...
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The difference between birds on the wing, and lovers of God, is that birds always fly in a certain direction, while lovers of God fly on the wings of their desire away from all directions.

- Rumi
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Treasures to share

Let me share two very good website that contains some wonderful e-books of esoteric, eastern wisdom, mystical and sufi traditions.

:: Hermetics
http://www.hermetics.org/ebooks.html
http://www.hermetics.org/library.html

:: Omphaloskepsis
http://www.omphaloskepsis.com/collection/index.html

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

The mysterious beauty and symbology of the Sun

This stunning image shows remarkable and mysterious details near the dark central region of a planet-sized sunspot in one of the sharpest views ever of the surface of the Sun. Just released, the picture was made using the Swedish Solar Telescope now in its first year of operation on the Canary Island of La Palma. Along with features described as hairs and canals are dark cores visible within the bright filaments that extend into the sunspot, representing previously unknown and unexplored solar phenomena. The filaments' newly revealed dark cores are seen to be thousands of kilometers long but only about 100 kilometers wide.

The Symbol of the Sun : The sun has always been symbolized as something special to spiritual quest. As Sufi Inayat Khan says, "The sun is the centralizing of the all-pervading radiance. In other words the all-pervading radiance has gathered itself together in order to centralize in one spot, and this has become the source of the creation, the whole physical manifestation. So the omniscient Spirit by centralizing in one spot has become the source of the whole seen and unseen manifestation. It is therefore that in all ages the wise have worshipped the sun as the symbol of God, although the sun is only the outward symbol of God.


Light has the greatest attraction for the human soul. Man loves it in the fire and in things that are bright and shining, and that is why he considers gold and jewels as precious. The cosmos has a greater attraction for him than the earth, because of its light. As man evolves he naturally ceases to look down on the earth, but looks up to the heavens. The most attractive object that he sees is the sun in the heavens, the sun which is without any support and is more luminous than anything else surrenders himself to beauty, he bowed to the sun, as being the greatest beauty in heaven, and man took the sun as nature's symbol of God.

This symbol he pictured in different forms. In Persia, China, Japan, India, Egypt, whenever God was pictured it was in the form of the sun. In all ages man has pictured his Prophet, Master, Savior, with a sun around his head. In ancient Persia there used to be a gold disc behind the head of the king, picturing him as the sun, and they used to call this Zardash. The name Zarathushtra has the same origin; the word simply meant the gold disc. In Hindu temples and Buddhist temples around the image of different Avatars there is this sign of the sun, and this symbol was used both in the East and in the West in turbans and hats.

A deeper study of the sun suggests the four directions of lines that are formed round the sun. It is this sign that is the origin of the symbol of the cross. The ancient traditions prove that the idea of the cross existed in the East long before the coming of Christ, especially among the Brahmins. It is from this sign that the two sacred arms were made, Chakra and Trishul. Islam, the religion which allows no symbolism, has in the building of the mosques the same symbolism of the sun. Whether the name of the sun be written in Persian or in Arabic, it makes the form of the mosque.

Man, as is his nature, has blamed the sun worshippers and mocked at them, but he has never been able to uproot the charm, the attraction for human souls held by the sun."


Image Credit: Astronomy Picture of the Day. // Ref: www.wahiduddin.net, http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_7.htm

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ceasing to be an artist


Beauty of Red
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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist. -Oscar Wilde.

And you know why?
Because then in the very core of our being we would realize how inadequate, impermanent and limited is our artistic existence and expression to the Master Artist of the Cosmos, the Alpha and the Omega.
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Sunday, November 06, 2005

It is Thee


Dervish/Dervis
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One went to the door of the Beloved and knocked.
A voice asked, "Who is there?"
He answered, "It is I."
The voice said, "there is no room for Me and Thee."
The door was shut.
After a year of solitude and deprivation he returned and knocked.
A voice from within asked, "Who is there?"
he said, "It is Thee."
The door was opened for him.

- Jalaluddin Rumi
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11 Qualities

The 11 Qualities of a Dog which if one maintains, one becomes an Awliya (a friend of God, gaining insight of the Real) originally a teaching passed down from Ghaus e Azaam (may God bless him).

1. Not forgetting goodness:

2. They don't forget those who have done goodness to them.

3. They are patient and always grateful for everything that they are given.

4. They are not angry with their master, even if they are beaten and sent away.

5. If their owner calls, they return with their tails wagging.

6. They are humble; obedient; truthful; trustworthy, good friends; loyal,

7. Always remaining with their owners and never turning traitor.

8. They are satisfied with small things; they are `zahid', not looking to anything from this dunya.

9. They have nothing from this world, they have no place for themselves.

10. They may sleep anywhere, and if someone throws stones at them, they quickly get up and go somewhere else.

11. They are very light sleepers, they don't sleep too much, and quickly awaken.

If a person have these attributes, he or she enters into the rank of a Wali by God's permission. Those 11 attributes belong to Saints, who are loyal to their Master!! May God help us cultivate and retain these 11 qualities.

Credit: http://warriorette.blogspot.com ... a Beautiful Blog.

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Hype Machine

Today i stumbled on this site, The Hype Machine. The Hype Machine is a web site that gathers songs posted on MP3 blogs and presents them in an easy to consume manner.

It says, It's like a radio that doesn't suck. Enjoy the beautiful musics and rythms!

Here is the link, http://hype.non-standard.net/

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Ten Rules for Being Human

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours to keep for the entire period.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life."

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work."

4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There's no part of life that doesn't contain its lessons. If you're alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.

6. "There" is no better a place than "here." When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."

7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life's questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.


by Cherie Carter-Scott
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Friday, November 04, 2005

Reaching to one's beyond


Connection with Mother Earth
Originally uploaded by Mystic Lens.
There are things which are within one's reach and there are things which are beyond it. One must prove to one's own self one's capability of attaining what is withing one's reach.

This gives one sufficient self-confidence to attain that what seeems beyond one's reach. - Sufi Inayat Khan.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Thoughts on date of birth & existence

November is my month of birth (in conventional view). I was born on Friday, 16th November, 1979 of the Gregorian Callender. Friday 26 Thw al-Hijjah 1399 A.H in the Hijri Islamic Calendar.

But as i was pondering on the fact that i was given my existence on this material plane few months before that date of my birth. The date of birth and the date of existence is actually different.

In the narration of Prophet Muhammad, the truthful and truly-inspired, said, "(The matter of the Creation of) a human being is put together in the womb of the mother in forty days, and then turns into a clot for an equal period (of forty days) and turns into a piece of flesh for a similar period (of forty days) and then Allah sends an angel and orders him to write details of his life. Then the soul is breathed into him.

So from that it can be calculated, 120 days, almost after equal to 17 weeks it is said that the soul is breathed into our body.

I asked my mom how long was i in her womb and she said, it was exactly 9 month and 13 days. That mean my primary cells (clot) were formed in the month of February, 1979. And most probably the soul was breathed into my flesh sometime in March 1979.

So, shouldn’t i take March as my birth month or should i say, the month of my coming into existence?

You can also calculate your month of existence. When it is, my friend?

Image Credit: DOPAMINE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Picture of human foetus at 12 weeks. At this stage of development (end of the first trimester) the foetus measures about 6 centimetres in length and weighs about 20 grams. At 12 weeks, the placenta, which is attached to the foetus via the umbilical cord (left), is fully-developed. The foetus is able to move its arms and legs, and its eyes have formed, although the eyelids remain sealed.

The saying of Prophet is narrated in Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 430.
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Purification of Heart


Jila' Al-Khatir (Purification of the Mind) - An English translation of the complete book of Jila' Al-Khatir (Purification of the Mind) by Shaikh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Gaylani.

God willing, you might find the book beneficial.

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