Friday, October 26, 2007

Good reads | out of body experience, deciphering spirituality and more

[<] author of the Sufi Novel, Master of the Jinn, Irving Karchmar has shared his wonderful and inspiring out of body experience in his Darvish Blog:
Like a flash, my consciousness, or soul, or spirit, or ka, left my body. I was flying upward around the curved rim of the universe at an impossible speed faster than thought. I still had a body, but it was ethereal, light as a feather. I could see the small oval shapes of thousands of galaxies on my left as I sped past. A heartbeat later I was there.

In front of me was a long luminous table, like a raised dais, and seated there were beings bathed in light, but human in form. They had heads and bodies, but I could not make out their faces. Were they angels? Judges? I don’t know. I think there were ten of them. At least that is the number that is in my head. Then I began to spin like a top attached to a string, though my consciousness looked straight at them. I am spinning and looking straight ahead. How is that possible? And I began to weep. I must be dead, I thought, and began, without any prompting or question being asked, to recount the sins of my life, and they were many. [>] read it here.

[<] good friend Krishna N. Choksi has started writing in her blog Deciphering Spirituality sharing thoughts from her Spiritual Diary. her first post from the diary:
Ever since I came into existence, these two eyes have witnessed glimpses of the supreme ruler’s glory - His gifts of a kaleidoscope of emotions (joy and sorrow, tears and smiles), success and failure, highs and lows, blessings and blessings in disguise (in mysterious forms which I failed to comprehend initially), triumphs and disasters, humans in the form of angels and humans cloaked in the devil’s attire, humanity which stirred my soul and deceit which shattered my existence. The one thing that dawned upon me was that both these contrasting facets of the two P's – Pain and Pleasure were from His goody bag that I call His gifts. It took me many years to realise this truth and I wish to etch it on my soul. [>] visit her blog here.

[<] Deja Vu / The experience of Deja Vu in clinical and spiritual terms.

[<] Jew, Muslim Build Temple, Bridges for Peace

[<] Poems from Alhambra / The walls of the Alhambra are full of calligraphic decoration, cursive and kufic writings with sentences such as "Only God is victor"and poems by three poets of the Court of Granada, Ibn al-Yayyab (1274-1349), Ibn al-Jatib (1313-1375) and Ibn Zamrak (1333-1393), who were secretaries of the royal chancellery and prime ministers. Among them, Ibn Zamrak is considered to be the most brilliant of the poets of the Alhambra. [>] read few of the poems here.
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