Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ghazel for the Prophet’s Birthday | Kabir Helminski

Those eyes that search for the miraculous
see the Enchanter embodied in all forms.

People treasure what comes
to them in visions:
whether dragons, angels, beauties or pirs.

This is how Truth appears in the world;
yet the One is alone in the Universe.

And I, too, have made myself
a sandbox of meanings
Where the Infinite Eternal can be revealed.

Our Prophet is called the Praiseworthy.
And the praise of him purifies us.

In gardens of gratitude we till and water;
Healing herbs will grow, to cure the blind and the deaf.

Let us celebrate the birth of the Beloved
a candle for every nation, and gifts for every one.

(c) Kabir Helminski

:: This beautiful Ghazel by the beloved Shaikh Kabir is a gift for the upcoming Sufi Poetry Carnival. May Beloved's graceful glance be upon his path. It's worth noting that in Islamic literature, Ghazel is a special lyric poem, generally short and graceful in form and typically dealing with love. The genre developed in the late 7th Century Arabic. This ghazel particularly speak of the unendling love for the Master of all spiritual masters, Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace.

Kabir Helminski is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Sufi Path and is the Co-Director of the Threshold Society dedicated for providing structure for practice and study of Sufism and Spiritual Psychology.

One of our times gifted personality, prolific translator of many volumes of Sufi literature, including the works of Rumi, Kabir Helminski is the author of two books on Sufism: Living Presence and The Knowing Heart. For more than twenty years his focus has been developing and sharing a contemporary approach to Islamic concepts and practice, both within the Islamic community and outside of it. In 2001 he was the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Wit Lectures on spirituality at Harvard Divinity School. read details bio.

:: The Threshold Society: http://www.sufism.org/ . image credit
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