Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Holy Man

The Holy Man by Kenza.............He walked out of the temple,
ever strolling amidst bushes of jasmine.

He threw his praying beads in the fields,
.........and a garden of roses sprang up.

He gave away his praying mat for the poor to sleep,
................returning to soft sand and clear water.

- Kenza (2007)
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Monday, July 30, 2007

Meaning of Tasawouf | Sufism and making of Sufi

It is narrated by Amir al-Moumenin (Leader of the faithful ones) Ali (as well as Imam Sadiq, his grandson), who said that "Tasawouf is an acronym of four letters". Tasawouf is the original arabic term to mean Sufism, although this translation is a misnomer, containing an -ism which doesn't do justice to this inner dimension of spirituality that transcend any ism or boundary or dogma.

Tasawouf is a four letter word: TSVF and each letter holds a secret representing one stage or quality of a Sufi. Together the word TSVF makes the twelve principles; one who perfect these principles is a Sufi.

T, the first letter stands for three practices of Tark or Abandonment; Tubeh or Repentance and Tugha or Virtue.

S, the second letter of the word, stands for another three qualities to be perfected by a salek (a traveler on the spiritual journey); Sabr or Patience; Sedgh or Truthfulness and Honesty and Safa or Purity.

V, the third letter stands for Vud or Love; Verd or Wird meaning Remembrance; and Vafaa or Faithfulness.

F, the final letter, represents another three qualifications: Fard or Solitude; Faghr (faqr) or Poverty and Fana or Annihilation.

- from Principles of Sufism by Sayedeh Nahid Angha. Pin It Now!

the Kaaba, Secret and Mysteries | Where is Kaaba

Abraham constructed this building, revealed it
as a place for the Remembrance of Allah.
......- as an outward example.

Wherever those with spotless pure hearts
replendent with Allah congregate
......- that is the Kaaba

Wherever everyone gathers in unity
......- that is the Kaaba

Any place Satan cannot approach
......- that is the Kaaba

Where the purity and power of Allah intermingle
......- that is the Kaaba

Where beginning Is Now, and Ever Shall Be meet
......- that is the Kaaba

The place where you find your unity with Allah
......- that is the Kaaba

The place where our prayers unites with Allah
......- that is the Kaaba.

- Bawa Muhaiyaddeen.

[.] Behold The Inner Secret of Kaaba

Shams of Tabriz said
"The Kaaba is in the middle of the world.
All faces turn toward it.
Take it away. See!
each is worshiping the soul of each."

- from the beautiful book The Illuminated Prayer: the five time prayers of the sufis as revealed by Jellaludin Rumi and Bawa Muhaiyaddeen - by Coleman Barks and Michael Green

related read: . Spiritual Pilgrim of the Heart
. Prayer of Abraham and the Sacred Pilgrimage
. Celebration of Oneness of God
. What is Kaaba? via wikipedia Pin It Now!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Women Who Run With the Wolves | Feminine Consciousness, Woman Archetype

The one who cannot howl, will not find one's pack.

Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.

Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the bins of the female unconscious.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes uses multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. In this book, Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and lifegiving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

"I am grateful to Women Who Run With the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book." - Maya Angelou

"An inspiring book, the 'vitamins for the soul' [for] women who are cut off from their intuitive nature." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Stands out from the pack... A joy and sparkle in [the] prose...This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work... It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. ...is a gift." - Los Angeles Times

. the Book - Women Who Run With the Wolves
. Read excerpts from the book
. an interview with author
. the wild woman archetype
. quotes from Women Who Run With The Wolves. more
. wild wolf women
- Thanks to dear Branka for providing info about this beautiful book, may you who read it be touched by its inner message.

Feminine Consciousness | also listen to talks (audio) by Sufi Master Llewellyn Vaughan Lee via Golden Sufi Audio Archives.

[>] Feminine Consciousness and the Masculine Mind (2006)
it address the issue: Why do so many women experience their mind and thinking process as negative, undermining, creating doubts, judgments and anxieties? Is it because they have adopted a masculine mind which is not in harmony with their natural relational consciousness? click here to listen.

[>] The Inner Feminine - Her Dual Nature / part 1, part2

Hear O Humanity! ... Reverence the womb that bore you!
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Perfect Surrender

Prostrate yourself at the Lotus Feet of The Infinite Presence, The Divine - giving up all nafs (ego) in perfect humility.

Accompany your movement by the mantra:
* Let Thy Will be done and not mine.
* As Thou willest, as Thou willest.
* I am Thine for eternity.

Generally , when such surrender is done in the true way, they are followed by a perfect identification, a dissolution of the ego, giving rise to a sublime felicity.

- adopted from 'Surrender and Grace' by Sri Aurobindo Society.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Prove or disprove

Avoid disputes.
Truth is an axiom; it needs no proof.

Whatever must be propped with argument
and proof is soon or later knocked down with proof and argument.

To prove a thing is to disprove its opposite.

God has no opposites. How shall you prove or disprove Him?

- Mikhail Naimy's The Book of Mirdad

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Make God a reality

Among a million believers in God there is scarcely one who makes God a reality.

- Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Of all the millions of believers in God perhaps only one makes God a reality, and that is because the picture man makes of God is as limited as himself. The knowledge of God is beyond man's reason. Man only perceives things he is capable of perceiving. He cannot raise his imagination above what he is used to, and he cannot reach beyond his imagination to where the being of God is.

. from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IX/IX_1.htm

Among millions of believers in God, there is hardly one who makes God a reality. To so many He is an imagination, to many He is in a mosque, a church, or a temple. Many wonder if God is really. Many others think God is goodness, He is a personality separate from us, He is most high, most pure, most beautiful, but He is separate and difficult to reach. Many think that as it takes so long to reach this planet or that, God must be further away still.

The purpose of one's whole life is to make God a reality. ... if you will seek for good in everything, you will always find it, for God is in all things, and still more He is in all beings. Seek Him in all souls, good and bad, wise and foolish, attractive or unattractive, for in the depth of each there is God. ... He is all around and about us at every moment, we are living His life, we are breathing His breath, and yet we are ignorant of the perfection of beauty which unites and inspires every soul.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

"All that is sacred" can not be created by us

The field of thermodynamics studies the behavior of energy flow in natural systems. From this study, a number of physical laws have been established. The laws of thermodynamics describe some of the fundamental truths about physical energy observed in our Universe.

The first law of thermodynamics is often called the Law of Conservation of Energy. This law suggests that energy can be transferred from one system to another in many forms but it can NOT be created or destroyed. Thus, the total amount of energy available in the Universe is CONSTANT. Einstein's famous equation describes the relationship between energy and matter: E = mc2

In the equation above, energy (E) is equal to matter (m) times the square of a constant (c). Einstein's equation also suggests that the quantity of energy and matter in the Universe is fixed.

MysticSaint thoughts:
Although any casual students of science may take this first law of thermodynamics for granted, but this is one of the most elegant mysteries and inner law of our cosmos. It not only hold great scientific implications, but as well spiritual. Just today reading an email from Kenza where she mentions a significant statement, "... because all that is sacred cannot be created by us" and it revived a thought that came to me some time back triggered by this very first law of thermodynamics.

As it is in science, so is in the spiritual realm. All that is sacred can not be created by us. It is created by the One and Only Source called by many names by the humanity.

And just as physical energy about which we know from the laws of thermodynamics, so it applies for spiritual energy. Many spiritual traditions (including Shamanism, Sufism, Fengshui) that practice spiritual healing - become the vehicle of channeling that energy from the Higher Source. The spiritual master, the guru or the shaikh becomes the transmitter of the spiritual blessings through the superiors, through the pirs, through the blessed prophets and the specially blessed messengers. So was the case of blessed Jesus Christ who healed in the name of Holy Father, the same source whom Jesus loved to call as Father.

All that is sacred can not be created by us principle is also applicable to eco-spirituality and the movement of interconnectedness of all of life such as working with oneness. Our environment, this earth, this humanity - all are sacred and should never be harmed because its not created by us in the first place. Thus each life form (be it a tree in amazon rainforest, the bengal tigers in Bangladesh, endangered butterflies in Puerto Rico or an israeli kid going to school) holds that sacredness in it and deserves the appropriate respect. Respecting the created manifestation in sacred remembrance is equivalent to respecting back the Divine Source.

And do not take life, which Allah has made sacred - except for just necessity ... - The Quran 17:33

:: Reference

. laws of thermodynamics
. conservation of energy
. also explore an interesting site human thermodynamics

. working with oneness

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Meditative Quranic Verse | Meeting Lord's Manifestation

Ala innahum fee miryatin min liqa-i rabbihim
ala innahu bikulli shay-in muheetun

Ah Indeed! Are they in doubt about the meeting of their Lord's manifestation?
Lo! Is He
not encompassing all things!
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Friday, July 20, 2007

What is Time | Kenza Saadi | guest blogger post

in Inspirations and Creative Thoughts i love to share your thoughts to the readers as well. aligning to that intention sometime back i posted a post welcoming guest blog entry.

What is Time | time is one of the most intriguing mystery of mankind. not only to theoretical physicist of modern time but also to ancient thinkers - the idea of time is something really special. personally i think time holds the key of mystery of many things including that of free will. as of personal interest, i often ask my special friends this question, 'what is time?'. What follows is a beautiful thinking piece shared by Kenza from Mexico.

We can talk and exchange ideas about “time” forever. It may make for an interesting conversation where the objectivity and subjectivity of time are considered; where famous poets or holy books are quoted; and where philosophical dogma and the weight of history are debated. Yes, that would make for an interesting time indeed.

But I will leave that option aside as I sincerely believe that taking the time (literally) to think about time should be purposeful beyond exchanging impressions that make us feel intelligent. The world is a mess. Let’s face it. There is war, there is violence, there is poverty, along with hatred, prejudice, incomprehension, loneliness, and perhaps some sparse instances of contentment. Overall though, no matter how happy we feel we may be in our own little self, the world is not a pretty picture. So any discussion, to be purposeful, should lead us to think further, to think so that we may change the way we are and make a better world.

We live mechanically. From the moment we are born we are trapped in time. Or are we?

Time can, in many ways, be defined as memory.
There is physical / sensory memory.

There is the physical process of time akin to numbers on a counter from 0 to 100 to 1’000, etc. We are born and the clock starts. We are infants, teenagers, young adults, adults, old adults. Our body changes physically. We grow older until death comes to us, then or before that because of an accident, sickness or suicide.

Throughout, we experience different sensations (touch, smell, sight, taste, hearing) and from that we accumulate memory regarding our likes and dislikes (chocolate is good, fire burns). We also accumulate knowledge. Here knowledge helps us communicate, write, drive a car, etc. It henceforth has a functional necessity without which we could not survive physically or in society. In that sense, we are similar to any other living entity whether it be an animal or a tree. Sure, some may have a high memory capacity helping them memorize the number ¼ or retaining historical facts. But at the end, it remains mechanical.

There is psychological memory (for lack of a better adjective).

It is the evolution of our thought process. Through our experiences, we learn to distinguish what we like and dislike. We are taught concepts and dogmas through which we classify people and things around us. Organized religion, political ideologies, economic theories, past inheritances etc. are inculcated into our thought process from the time we are born. Through that, we judge and we have a-priori that we use to relate to others. And from that come division and segregation. “I am this, and I am not that.” It gives us a sense of security because we think we know who we are. It is hence as mechanical, as physical or sensory memory is.

So all memory is in fact mechanical.

If time is like a river (to use a common metaphor), can we get out of it? Should we get out of it? Or is there a completely different way of looking at time? Should we look at it differently, live it differently? Would it lead us to a positive way towards positive change?

First, there is no overall solution. Creating a solution would create opposites (this is good - this is bad) which would sustain the very division and classification that have lead us to our current miserable state of wars, violence and prejudice.

And second, getting out of that “river of time”, letting ourselves go all the way to the ocean or going back to the river’s source, would also create division. There is the river and there is me. There is its end and beginning, and there is me. That is not possible. Time is a fact and we cannot escape it. Many try to teach meditation as a way to get out of the entrapment of time - getting out of the river or following it to its end. Others resort to analysis – going back to the source. In all cases, it is artificial. It is an escape that may create a blank mind or help relive past events. At the end, it often creates more confusion…

We should first and foremost become conscious of the traps of memory, of its mechanized nature. In other words, we should try and realize that we act and feel and think in a mechanical way, and hence without any awareness. We are trapped in the physical, sensorial, emotional, prejudicial and judgmental. We do not know how to thing freely, how to take in without judging, without references to past experiences or knowledge.

When we look at a beautiful sunset or a tree, thought – i.e., memory and hence time- inevitably comes in. We start to make judgments, compare it to previous sunsets, commiserate on our sorrow as we remember someone who passed away and with whom we shared a sunset view, etc.

What we should learn is to look at that sunset or that tree without judging. We have to learn to be present, taking in what we see without falling into the reflex of categorizing. If we are lucky, it happens during that fraction of a second when awe warms our heart, but it soon fades away because we invariably fall into the traps of memory.

It may seem relatively easy to do it when looking at a beautiful sunset. The real challenge is to do it in our everyday life. Meeting people without classifying them, feeling emotions without resentments or hopes, being without mechanical memory. This is a revolution of the thought process.

It can only be achieved through discipline. Not a forced discipline of seating for hours legs crossed meditating, praying, repeating words - that would lead nowhere because it is not participative. Discipline here means being conscious of the movement of the thought process, of being aware of the emotions that come and go, their influence. It is being aware of how divisive our mental process is and how we invariably judge and categorize what we see and feel. It is being conscious of how mechanical, reflexive and hence beyond control, our thought process is. It is hence being aware of time.

Once there is that awareness, there is bound to be change. It is not a change through time, as this would be returning to the mechanical “experience - memory - judgment” paradigm. No. Change here comes at once. It is a deep transformation. Like a cold shower, like a rush to the brain, like an opening into what one really is, uncontrived, free from time, alive. It is silence setting-in, free from the continuous chatter of memories. It is the end of fear and wants. It is feeling life pulse through the body and the mind. It is being one with all. It is the end of divisiveness. It is love in its purest form.

From that only good can come. One stops classifying others, judging, invoking religious or political texts to dictate or explain behavior. Divisiveness comes to an end. There is no more logic for hating, mistrusting. One could say that there is hence no more logic either for friendship or amorous love. That would be falling back into the trap of mechanized memory. Indeed, when you like someone as a friend - see why it is so. Is it pure, untainted friendship; or is it the result of memory - I like him because we are of the same country, because we have the same tastes, because he makes me feel pretty and smart. Think about it. The idea is to get out of the classification - because if he is my friend, than someone else is not.

By getting out of the trap of mechanized memory, and hence of the logic of time - i.e., “experience - memory - judgment”, one thinks anew every instant, one is receptive, one is fully integrated in all that surrounds him. The sunset is seen as it is. The tree is seen as it is. People are seen as they are. Feelings become genuine because unconditioned by old habits or wishful thinking. Striped from prejudice and divisiveness, one is free.

(c) Kenza Saadi | July 2007 Pin It Now!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


That dust on which Prophet set his feet
For us is better than a heavenly seat.
Sky was hurt deeply by the sharp irony
When Earth said, "Madinah is located on me"

Prophet described Ali as "dust’s father"
Who is our wise guide and brave leader.
O seekers! Walk humbly in right earnest
Under this earth is our Prophet’s place of rest.

- by Imam Ahmad Rida Khan
may God bless his soul.

note / Madinah or Medina is where Prophet Muhammad's tomb is located. may God shower infinite blessings upon the Prophet. Pin It Now!

Spiritual Marriage and Love

Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"

And he answered saying:
"You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when
white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow".

"It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship
and persevering courtship.

Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity
and unless that affinity is created in a moment,
it will not be created for years or even generations."

~ Khalil Gibran ~
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Divine is the All Seeing

tree divine
Morning Stretch
Originally uploaded
by disneymike.
"The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness.

Without the body and the mind,
the trees couldn't see themselves.

Usually we think that we are looking at a tree, but the tree is looking at itself through us.

Without this instrument,
the tree doesn't get to see itself.

We are the sensing instruments of the Divine."

- Adyashanti

MysticSaint Thoughts: Although Adyashanti is using the tree analogy here to help us understand our sacredness, our oneness and our being the instrument, it is not to be wrongly interpreted that the Divine has limitations. Divine is beyond limitations. In Islamic theology this being the instrument of the Divine is what signifies "the servanthood".

There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Divine, the Most Gracious as a servant. - The Quran 19:93

From the teachings of Islam, servanthood is synonymous to instrument. Thus the Divine and the whole of created manifestation is like the Lord and His servants, the Doer and His intrument.

And I have prepared thee for Myself - The Quran 20:41

So in this analogy of tree and us seeing, there is something more and beyond. When the duality is removed the grand oneness reveals itself in grand scale. Then we realize that it is not us who is seeing. From the point of view of the Grand Reality it is only the Divine That is the All Seeing.

Allah - Al Baseer - the Divine is "the All Seeing". Pin It Now!

Monday, July 16, 2007

One | The Project | The Movie

What happens when a middle-aged trial attorney and father of three wakes in the night with an idea to make an independent film about the meaning of life? Ward M. Powers, with no experience at all in filmmaking, mail-ordered a video camera and set off with his best friend and a cousin on a two-year life-changing experience.

Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s maxim: “Follow your bliss,” and with no budget or training, they took to the streets to film ordinary people responding to life’s ultimate questions. They started with twenty questions, among them: What is the meaning of life? Describe God. What are we all so afraid of? How does one obtain true peace? What is your one wish for the world?

Eventually the filmmakers got up the nerve to ask their questions of spiritual teachers, yogis, philosophers, authors, artists, priests, rabbis, imams, monks, nuns, medicine men, social architects and scholars, including Robert Thurman, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, Father Thomas Keating, Hasan Qazwini, Deepak Chopra and many others.

ONE: The movie was created to increase awareness of the connections we all share. To remind us of our similarities and celebrate our differences. To allow the positive energy of ONEness to emerge in a world that too often seems disconnected and broken. The film's concept is simple: ask the ultimate questions of life to the great masters and to everyday people. Then let the dialogue flow. The result is a movie that has sparked dialog on six continents and in hundreds of venues - from barns to prisons to universities to theaters. ONE reminds us that we are all on a journey to better understand ourselves, our connections with others, and our ultimate meaning and destiny.

Can you imagine a film which itself and the story of 'how the film came to be' will forever affect your perception of the human experience and who you are? Can you imagine a film that is more than a film and more of an experience? One is such a movie.

If you want to understand how *you* affect the world, you must have this experience. You will never see this truth and wisdom in commercial productions of film or television. Watch the trailer and know for yourself.

:: Visit the official website of this ground-breaking movie here.
:: Learn details about the Movie
:: Listen to the beautiful Soundtracks

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Ringing of the Bards | Storming the Bastille this time

Tile Aisha Ansari from Knocking from Inside has hosted the newest edition of Ringing of the Bards Carnival. There are some nice poems gathered in the carnival. Also marking the Bastille Day, Ringing of the Bards has some contributions on the subject of freedom.

Don't forget Tiel's Short Thought also.

[>>] Check the Carnival here.

:: Ringing of the Bards - The Poetry Carnival

"And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others." - Diodorus Siculus, Greek historian, 90-21 BC. Pin It Now!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Reflection on Gita | Real Refuge

"The Lord dwells in the hearts of all beings. Take refuge in Him with all thy heart, by His grace shalt thou attain supreme peace and the eternal abode.

Thus has wisdom more profound
than all profundities been declared to thee by Me. Reflecting over it fully, act as thou likest."

- Bhagavad Gita,
the Divine Song of God. 18:61-63

Sri Ramakrishna, may God sanctify his secrets, used to say, "We should not ask God for the things of the world. Suppose He grants them. The material things may bring trouble to us."

When we approach this great Boon-Giver, we should never ask Him for worldly things connected with personal wishes and desires. We may approach the Lord just for saving our souls from getting drowned in the ocean of worldliness and infatuation for material things. Ordinarily if we feel unhappy, we would rather adjust ourselves to our unhappiness and cling to our desires and fancies than change our ways and come to Truth and Bliss. We are so body-bound that we stress physical enjoyment more than anything else and are not prepared to renounce it. Rather we go on clinging desperately to its different forms although we get nothing but kicks and blows again and again. Such is the tremendous power of Maya or ignorance.

The Great Father or the Great Mother is witnessing the children at play. It is only when a child gets disgusted with its toys and childish occupations that the Lord really comes to it and draws it away from the play-land of illusion. Children play with sweets, with dolls, with toy-soldiers, with toy-houses, with toy cars, and nothing can be done by the Lord until they get tired of these and turn from them in utter disgust. God takes it as great fun.

And then, one day, the child has become a little grown-up and cries, "What have I done with my life?"

And the Lord says, "Yes, what have you done, my child? Who asked you to do it? Who asked you to go on playing indefinitely in such a foolish way? Who asked you to get hurt and get entangled in your toys? Who? Who did it all?"

And then very often it is already too late and the child sits in the ruins of its shattered life and wails.

We all have an opportunity to follow saner and better ways, but we cling to our particular toys and do not let go our hold. So we have to suffer, and shall have to suffer until we learn the great lesson life teaches us again and again, in innumerable ways, and come to act wisely.

We must strive to achieve something that is higher, that is not subject to change and decay. But we very often choose the path of avidya (ignorance) willfully and deliberately, because we cling to our phantoms of physical and emotional enjoyment which, after all, we shall have to give up sooner or later. We all, one day, must let go the hold, and if we do not do this of our own free will, the toy will be torn away from us, and this will mean great sorrow, and in many cases a broken heart. For most people, this is the only way in which they can be made to learn their lessons, but it is very painful and usually takes many lives.

We should try to live a spiritual life, knowingly, consciously, deliberately, in a spirit of dedication and singleness of purpose. This will of ours may be directed towards the higher channels of life or towards the lower ones, just as we please.

We are just like cows tied to a post with a very long rope. The cows can graze and have a certain amount of freedom in their movements but the silly animals just circle the post until the whole rope has coiled around them and made it impossible for them to reach the grass at their feet. God gives man a very long rope, but only in rare cases does man make proper use of the rope. Mostly he entangles himself hopelessly in it until he can scarcely move one way or the other. That is not God's fault though. Learn to take the whole responsibility always on your own shoulders. It is a great mistake to hold God responsible for all that happens to you. You forget everything else for a moment's pleasure and do not care to listen to what God has been telling man through the ages.

- Quoted from article titled, Choose Wisely by Swami Yatiswaranandaji via Gitananda.

And on the same theme, this is the mantra of refuge taught to humanity by the Final Testament, The Quran:

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Qul: aAAoozubi rabbi annas,
Maliki annas,
Ilahi annas.

In the name of God, the Most Loving and Gracious
Say with your entire being: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
The King of Mankind
The God of Humanity. (The Quran 114:1-3) Pin It Now!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Book of Mirdad | shedding light on the secret of male and female

No love is Love that subjugates the Lover.
No love is Love that feeds on flesh and blood.
No love is Love that draws a woman to a man only to breed
more women and men and thus perpetuate their bondage to the flesh.

The Overcomer do I speach - The Phoenix-man who is too free to be male, too sublimated to be a female. As in the denser spheres of Life the male and the female are one, so are they one in Life's rarer spheres. The interval between is but a segment in eternity dominated by the illusion of Duality. Those who can see neither before nor aft believe this segment of eternity to be itself Eternity. They cling to the delusion of Duality as if it were of Life its very core and essence, not knowing that the rule of Life is Unity.

The Overcomer do I preach - Man unified and master of himself. Man made a prisoner by the love of a woman, and a woman made prisoner by the love of man are equally unfit for Freedom's precious crown. But man and woman made as one by love, inseparable , indistnguishable are verily entitled to that prize.

... And what are man and woman but the single Man unconscious of his singleness and so cloven in twain and made to quaff the gall of Duality that he may yearn for the nectar of Unity: and yearning, seek it wirh a will; and seeking; find it and possess it, conscious of it's surpassing liberty?

But men and women yearners must realize their unity even while in the flesh; not by communion of the flesh, but by the Will to Freedom from the flesh and all the impendiments it places in their way to perfect Unity and Holy Understanding. (credit and more to read)

About | The Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimy

This timeless allegorical story which has touched the hearts of so many readers, continues to show new generations how it is possible to expand one's consciousness and to uncover God in man by dissolving man's sense of duality. Mikhail Naimy tells of the visit of the mysterious stranger, Mirdad, to the remote mountain monastery, the Ark. The culmination and indeed the message of the story is that Mirdad's own Ark is the Ark of Holy Understanding, which will bring mankind through another deluge, greater than Noah's, when heaven will be revealed on earth.

Mikhail Naimy (b.1889, Lebanon, d. 1988) was a contemporary of Kahlil Gibran and his writing style is very much influenced by Gibran. It has been said that the way the book has been written,unravelling one layer after another, shows that it has descended from some mysterious source. The Book of Mirdad has potent allusions to the Ultimate Reality.

"And it is a book to be read by the heart, not by the mind. It is a book not to be understood, but experienced. It is something phenomenal. Millions of people have tried to write books so that they can express the inexpressible, but they have utterly failed. I know only one book, The Book of Mirdad, which has not failed; and if you cannot get to the very essence of it, it will be your failure, not the author's. He has created a perfect device of words, parables, situations. If you allow it, the book becomes alive and something starts happening to your being." - Osho

Previous post on the theme - Secert of Male and Female
+ Metamorphosis: Secret of male and female
+ Compilation from your thoughts
+ Secret of Male and Female, in the light of message of the Final Testament
+ Sri Ramakrishna's Inspirations

. via the Essene
. shant's site - chapter seven
. a review via dpbonline.co.uk
. zaadz quote
. review of the book via TimesofIndia Pin It Now!

Light Prayer of Muhammad, the Last Messenger

O God! Grant me Light in my heart,
Light in my grave,
Light in front of me, Light behind me,
Light to my right, Light to my left,
Light above me, Light below me,
Light in my ears, Light in my eyes,
Light on my skin, Light in my hair,
Light within my flesh, Light in my blood,
Light in my bones.

O God! Increase my Light everywhere.

O God! Grant me Light in my heart,
Light on my tongue, Light in my eyes, Light in my ears,
Light to my right, Light to my left,
Light above me, Light below me,
Light in front of me, Light behind me,
and Light within my self; increase my Light.

Its a prayer of Prophet Muhammad, the Last Messenger of God. May God's eternal peace and blessings be upon him. This prayer was loved by Mevlana Rumi as well and it has been recited daily by Mevlevi dervishes, both men and women for centuries.

Image credit: Light and a prayer via mysticlens
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Death and the Dervish | tale from a Bosnian Sufi

I call to witness the ink,
the quill, and the script,
which flows from the quill
I call to witness the faltering shadows of the sinking evening,
the night and all she enlivens;
I call to witness the moon when she waxes, and the sunrise
when it dawns
I call to witness the Resurrection day and the soul
that accuses itself;
I call to witness time, the beginning and end
of all things - to witness that every man always suffers loss.

I BEGIN MY STORY FOR NOTHING, WITHOUT BENEFIT FOR myself or anyone else, from a need stronger than benefit or reason. I must leave a record of myself, the chronicled anguish of my inner conversations, in the vague hope that a solution will be found when all accounts have been settled (if they may ever be), when I have left my trail of ink on this paper, which lies in front of me like a challenge. I do not yet know what will be written here. But in the strokes of these letters at least some of what was in me will remain, no longer to perish in eddies of mist as if it had never been, or as if I had never happened. In this way I will come to see how I became what I am – this self that is a mystery even to me. And yet it is a mystery to me that I have not always been what I am now. I know these lines are muddled; my hand trembles at the task of disentanglement that I face, at the trial I now commence.

Here I am everything: judge, witness, and accused. I will be as honest as anyone ever could be, for I have begun to doubt the sincerity and honesty are one and the same. Sincerity is the certitude that we speak the truth (and who can be certain of that?), but there are many kinds of honesty, and they do not always agree with one another.

My name is Ahmed Nuruddin. It was given to me and I took what was offered with pride. But now, after a great many years, which have grown on me like skin, I think about it with wonder and sometimes with a sneer, since calling oneself “Light of Faith” (nuruddin in arabic means that) evinces an arrogance that I have never felt and of which I am now somewhat ashamed.

How I am a light? And how have I been enlightened? By knowledge? By higher teachings? By a pure heart? By the true path? By the freedom from doubt?

Everything has been cast into doubt, and now I am nothing but Ahmed, neither sheikh nor Nuruddin. Everything has fallen from me, like a robe or a suit of armour, and all that remains is what was at the beginning, naked skin and a naked man.

- quoted from “Death and the Dervish” by Mesa Selimovic.

About the Book | Death and the Dervish is a masterpiece, a compelling psychological study and a spell-binding novel which approaches poetry in the intensity of its language. Death and the Dervish is a first-person narrative told from the point of view of Sheikh Nuruddin, a dervish at a Sarajevo, Bosnian monastery in the eighteenth century during the Turkish occupation.

The Book was a bestseller when published in Yugoslavia in 1966. This masterpiece by this great writer is a story how the Dervish starts his quest for the Self after being awakened from a long dogmatic existence by the brutal murder of his own brother. Selimovic once commented that the main idea of his book is to show how people often seek refuge in dogmatic systems, but life itself often forces them to seek their own path in life. (credit )

Ahmed, the dervish of the title, has lived in religious seclusion for most of his life; his searching, self-centered and at times deranged internal dialogue constitutes most of this lengthy narrative. Mesa Selimovic is one of the greatest writers to come out of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Death and The Dervish is the most famous of his books.

/ Book review by Danny Yee
/ @ complete review

"A famous novel...that generates enormous power..." -Kirkus

"Selimovic refined the technique of the internal monologue, crafting a limpid discourse that makes his Dervish an exquisite poem in prose, if not a literal representation of the higher means of expression to which the Sufis aspire. (...) His work is obviously the best available for foreign comprehension of Bosnian Muslim identity, in the past and present, as well as in the future." -Stephen Schwartz, The New Criterion

. related post : Sufis of Kosovo and greater Balkan Europe
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Blog of the Day Award

Inspirations and Creative Thoughts is awarded the Blog of the Day Awards for Saturday July 14, 2007 by Famous Blogs - Top Blog Awards - 2007 Weblog Awards.

About Best Blog Awards | Blog of the Day Awards offers the best selection of weblogs and famous blogs on a variety of topics. Selection of Best Blogs of the Day is usually done a few days ahead of time based on nominations up to that point. Criteria include content, quality, creativity, and the personal opinion of the judges. visit blog of the day award site.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Meditative Quranic Verse | Divine Reality

Allahu la ilaha illa huwa
lahu al-asmao alhusna

Allah! there is no other divine reality but That!
His are the most Beautiful Divine Attributes
- The Quran 20:08

Note: For reasons soley for simplicity, the masculine pronoun He or His is used to refer the Great Beloved God. The Absolute Truth and Absolute Reality is neither masculine, nor feminine. As must as It has a Divine masculine side, so It has an awe-inspiring feminine aspect.

Related post: Quranic verses that encourage Meditation

:: Previous posts on this series | Meditative Quranic Verse
+ 1: God and Human heart
+ 2: Overflowing Love
+ 3: Divine Promise
+ 4: Exclusive Devotion
+ 5: We are in need
+ 6: Choose a way unto the Lord
+ 7: Life of this world and hereafter
+ 8: Wisdom is a Divine grace Pin It Now!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Arts of Islam | Art unites humankind

God is Beauty and loves the Beautiful - Prophetic saying.

In Islam beauty is seen as a quality of the divine, and is frequently expressed through the use of vibrant colours in illuminated manuscripts often unparalleled by other artistic cultures; superb and intricate designs and most importantly, the use of beautiful and often highly complex calligraphy not only as a tool of decoration but also as an expression of faith.

‘The very word Islam casts both light and shadow over our contemporary world. I believe there has never been a greater need for the wealth and imagination of Islamic cultures and artistic heritage to be revealed. The power of art can open our minds. One is indeed moved to consider how our modern world would be blessed if it could be rid of the radical religious fundamentalisms that so distort faiths and derail the causes of humanity and tolerance. Such musings would, I suspect, find a sympathetic ear in the one individual above all who has made this exceptional exhibition possible, Professor Nasser D Khalili.’ - Edmund Capon, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Iranian-born Professor Nasser David Khalili is custodian of the world’s largest private collection of Islamic art. The Arts of Islam, a major exhibition consisting of more than 350 rare and beautiful pieces of Islamic art from the Khalili Collection, is open to the public at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and exhibiting from 22 June till 23 September 2007. The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art features over 20,000 works, many of them masterpieces. Spanning thirteen centuries, the collection is unrivalled.

Professor Khalili is an eminent scholar, having completed a PhD in Islamic lacquerware, as well as holding chairs and professorships at various universities. One of his reasons for assembling the Khalili Collection has been to promote a greater understanding between people of different cultures and faiths and to increase awareness of the wide artistic achievements Islamic culture has provided in the realm of world art.

A devout Jew himself, his desire to encourage cross-cultural understanding led him to found the Maimonides Foundation, a charitable organisation which aims to encourage peace and understanding between Muslims and Jews and show that there is more that unites the two religions than divides them. He has often been quoted as saying ‘the real weapon of mass destruction is ignorance’. All Khalili’s cultural and educational endeavours, as a patron, writer and lecturer, flow from these convictions. He believes people in the West generally do not know how much they owe to the Muslim cultures. Art, he says, unites humankind.

. read deatils about the exhibition here.

. watch an echanting slideshow of islamic art collection here.

. Art of Islam website
. Professor Nasser D. Khalili - Khalili Family Trust
. Prolile of Nasser D. Khalili
. Video interview of Nasser D Khalili and Edmund Capon
. Art Gallery of New South Wales Pin It Now!

nobody really

Originally uploaded by Shamanyx.
nobody i was.

as nobody, i come
nobody i remain.

will i become.

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12 july 2007
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Abida Parveen | Her Thoughts and Aphorisms

. Love for the Supreme Being is higher than any religion. Mazhab was made by man, 'Mohabbat' by God.

. God's love is for all.
That is Faizan-e-Mohabbat.
But Irfan-e-Mohabbat, profound comprehension of love for the Almighty - is for the chosen few.

. Everything which one does with the thought of Almighty is a prayer. Not just sufi songs but even looking after your mother is `ibadat'. Similarly, providing water to the thirsty is worship.

. Within every person there is a mirror - "ek chashma hai, jo Khuda ke dhyan se jura hua hai." It may be misted over, but the way to make it clear again, she explains, is through "dard", pain, which is the "dehleez" or threshold that the Sufi seeker attempts to cross. Whoever wants to light the lamp can go to that threshold. You have to meditate, or at least think, on it.

. That Light, which "has nothing to do with religion circulates everywhere". Since it is everywhere, the only people who get agitated, overly-worried, are the ones with attachment to the world, not those who are tuned to the reality (of God). "Pareshaan wahi hai jo duniya se jura hua hai. Jo asliyat se jura hai, use takleef nahin."

mazhab is different schools of interpretations in religion.
mohabbad is Divine Love.
ibadat means worship.

About // Abida Parveen was born in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan, where her father, Ghulam Haider, ran a music school. Though women in Muslim society are rarely encouraged to pursue musical (or other performance) careers, her father recognized his daughter’s extraordinary talent at an early age and encouraged her to sing. Her career crystallized after her marriage to the late Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, a senior producer in Radio Pakistan who became her mentor.

She studied classical vocal music with Salamat Ali Khan. She has performed in a wide range of venues both sacred and secular, from the shrines of saints in her native Sindh to the world’s greatest concert halls. credit

"Pakistani singer Abida Parveen is the owner of one of the most remarkable voices on the planet. Parveen's gloriously honeyed voice is a warm, agile instrument, suffused with sadness and joy, strength and fragility in equal measure. With such a voice Parveen could sing a shopping list and have an audience weeping." - BBCi.com

Related Post:
+ Abida Parveen on Spirituality and Sufism
+ Abida Parveen sings Bulleh Shah
+ O Beloved Soul of the Two Realms | in Sufiana Abida's Voice
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

On Remembrance of the Divine | Sufi Wisdom

. If the name of the Divine is uttered even once with the tongue, it is the remembrance of the tongue; if the Divine is remembered once with the heart, then that is equal to thirty five million utterances (dhikr, remembrance) of the tongue. Such is the dhikr of the heart. There are 35 million blood vessels in the body, and all are connected to the heart. If the Divine’s name is uttered even once (with the heart) then all the vessels utter it too.

. In a river, a boat travels on the water and the greater the amount of water, the more at ease the boat will be. However if that very water enters the boat, it will capsize. The heart is as the boat and the sorrows and heartaches of the world are the water; everyone’s boat has sunk except that of the people of God - those who keep the remembrance - which always stays afloat.

. God the Most High has created the heart for His remembrance, and has not created it for worries.

. The body has been given to use, and not to nourish and make fat: You must awake, so awaken now, whilst beneath the heavens’ shadow.
You shall have until the Judgement Day to sleep - beneath the earth’s darkness!

- Quoted from 40 Sayings Of A Modern Sufi Master / article by Asif Naqshbandi

Selection of wise sayings by Naqshbandi Sufi Master, Hazrat Pir Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib quds-sirruhu (c.1840 -1951) of Alipur Sharif, Sialkot, Pakistan. May God sanctify his secrets.
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Non-Duality | Thich Nhat Hanh

The bell tolls at four in the morning.
I stand by the window,
barefoot on the cool floor.
The garden is still dark.
I wait for the mountains and rivers to reclaim their shapes.
There is no light in the deepest hours of the night.
Yet, I know you are there
in the depth of the night,
the immeasurable world of the mind.
You, the known, have been there
ever since the knower has been.

The dawn will come soon,
and you will see
that you and the rosy horizon
are within my two eyes.
It is for me that the horizon is rosy
and the sky blue.

Looking at your image in the clear stream,
you answer the question by your very presence.
Life is humming the song of the non-dual marvel.
I suddenly find myself smiling
in the presence of this immaculate night.
I know because I am here that you are there,
and your being has returned to show itself
in the wonder of tonight's smile.

In the quiet stream,
I swim gently.
The murmur of the water lulls my heart.
A wave serves as a pillow
I look up and see
a white cloud against the blue sky,
the sound of Autumn leaves,
the fragrance of hay-
each one a sign of eternity.
A bright star helps me find my way back to myself.

I know because you are there that I am here.
The stretching arm of cognition
in a lightning flash,
joining together a million eons of distance,
joining together birth and death,
joining together the known and the knower.

In the depth of the night,
as in the immeasurable realm of consciousness,
the garden of life and I
remain each other's objects.
The flower of being is singing the song of emptiness.

The night is still immaculate,
but sounds and images from you
have returned and fill the pure night.
I feel their presence.
By the window, with my bare feet on the cool floor,
I know I am here
for you to be.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

image credit via flickr.com
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Love is already there within oneself

"To love is not to look at each other, but to look in the same direction." - Antoine de St. Exupery

All of us need to love. We need something beautiful, true and good, and we are looking for the beautiful, the true, and the good. We feel that these things don’t exist in us, that what is really beautiful, what is really true, and what is really good, is not in us. Therefore we look for it, and sometimes we feel that we have found the object of our love. The person before us is a symbol of what is beautiful, of what is true, and we fall in love with that person. We have found the object of our love.

There are two things to be looked at. The first is the impression that this beauty, this truth, this goodness, is not in us. The second thing is that we feel that what we are looking for must be outside us, and therefore we feel that this person is the object of our love, and we feel satisfied and happy. That is the foundation of our love, but after a time we discover reality is not what we thought. The other person, the object of our love, shows herself or himself to be different from what we thought in the first place. We are disappointed, and we keep looking for the beautiful, the good, and the true.

... The same thing happens in the spiritual realm. We are thirsty for truth, we are thirsty for goodness, for compassion, we are thirsty for spiritual beauty, and we are looking for these things. We meet someone, a spiritual teacher, a spiritual friend, and we feel so happy. To be able to sit there and look at the teacher, look at the spiritual friend, brings us a great deal of happiness, but this does not last very long, because the discovery may be a false discovery. We may have a wrong perception of this person who represents truth, goodness and beauty, just as in the realm of falling in love.

When he woke up at the foot of the Bodhi Tree, the Buddha Shakyamuni said, "How strange - all beings possess in themselves the capacity to understand, the capacity to love, the capacity to be free. Everyone has that capacity, but everyone allows himself or herself to be carried away on the ocean of suffering. How strange!" This is what the Buddha declared at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

He noticed that what we are looking for, day and night, is already there within oneself. What is beautiful, what is true, what is good, is already there in oneself. We can call it the Buddha-nature, the Buddhahood, the awakened nature, the true freedom, which is the foundation for all peace and happiness. This wonderful thing is in us, and a real teacher is someone who can help you to touch that thing in yourself, who helps give birth, to bring about the real teacher which already exists in yourself.

// selection from Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma Talk (July 31, 1998). can read the full article here via SpiritSite.com

Truly Inspiring Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist (born 1926) monk as well as a writer, scholar, and teacher. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in 1942 at the age of 16. In 1961 he travelled to the United States where he studied at Princeton and later lectured on comparative religion at Columbia.

In 1964, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam and with other Buddhist students, helped found Van Hanh University. Through the University and the La Boi Press publishing house they also set up, they released a steady stream of publications and writings calling for peace and reconciliation. Nhat Hanh also founded the School of Youth for Social Service, which performed various services such as rebuilding villages destroyed by bombings. By the mid-70s, more than 10,000 monks, nuns, and students were involved with the organization. They are perhaps best known for their role in evacuating villagers caught in the cross fire: monks and nuns, dressed in their yellow robes, would enter the battlefields, form a double line and walk the villagers to safety.

Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and publications were censored by both opposing Vietnamese governments. In 1966, after travelling to the United States to lecture about the plight of the Vietnamese people, he was warned not to return to Vietnam. He has been living in exile since then. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, and led the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks in 1969.

Thich Nhat Hanh now lives in Southern France where he founded the Plum Village retreat center in 1982. He still lectures widely, teaches, and writes. / credit / Plum Village is located east of Bordeaux, France. You can visit their web site at www.plumvillage.org
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Monday, July 09, 2007

Yunus Emre | Love and be Loved

Yunus Emre was a thirteenth century mystic from Anatolia, Turkey. He was but one of the thousands of Sufi dervishes of Islam, but he played an outstanding role in Turkish culture, literature and philosophy.

During his youth when Yunus Emre lived with his mother in this village, he found himself in a kind of ghariblik, a strangeness, a loneliness and sorrow caused by the separation from Haqq, from God. Yunus traveled through towns, climbed mountains and walked across the steppes, but he did not find anyone like himself, weeping and moaning because of the longing in his heart. The fire of this yearning for the Beloved burned him by day and by night, although his words spoke only of love, tears of love flowing from his eyes, and still he was unable to find his Beloved.

The more his sorrow increased, the lonelier he became in a crowd. This loneliness, even among other people, was his sole friend; he was now the close friend of those who sorrow. In his village, if someone had sorrow and was in misery, Yunus would visit eagerly to share the sorrow, no matter who the person was. From that time on, everyone's sorrow, everyone's difficulty turned out to be Yunus Emre's own sorrow. He prayed to the Creator to help those who found this strange affliction in themselves: with his prayers to God Yunus sought a remedy for their sorrow.

During a famine, he traveled to the dergah, the dervish lodge, of Haji Bektash Veli, the great sultan of ma‘na, of meaning, to ask for grain and seeds to feed his starving, hungry villagers. On the way to Haji Bektash Veli, Yunus decided he could not arrive there with empty hands, and he picked some wild pears on the Anatolian steppes as a gift for Haji Bektash. May God not oblige anyone to arrive with empty hands.

Haji Bektash asked Yunus if he would accept a nefes, the secret breath of a blessing, instead of a cartful of grain sacks, but Yunus' mind was on his villagers who were starving. Then Haji Bektash increased his offer, “We will give you ten nefes for each wild pear you brought us.” Since Yunus had never heard of a nefes before, nor could he even imagine its extraordinary bliss, he chose the grain and seeds, and Haji Bektash gave him the food instead.

Later, on his way back to the village, Yunus thought he had probably made a mistake as he began to realize the significance of the nefes Haji Bektash had offered him. He rushed back to him and said, “Here is your grain, take it back and give me your nefes.” But Haji Bektash told him his share of the nefes had been turned over to Taptuk Emre who would soon become his guide on the path. And so Yunus went to Taptuk Emre. It took only a little time for Yunus to find Taptuk Emre, delivering himself with total love to his guide.

“I understand it is not easy to be a dervish; so let me go into the world with my solitude, my otherness, I will become an intimate friend of those who sorrow.” - Yunus said Tapuk before his start of travel on foot, miles and miles through the steppes of Anatolia.

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to understand yourself,
Then all of your reading has missed its call.

During his lifetime Yunus did not claim to be a dervish nor did he describe himself as a sheikh or sultan. He was content with Haqq, the truth or reality which is God, losing any sense of self or varlik, individual existence, in the presence of Haqq.

- Source

Sevelim - Sevilelim
Love and Be Loved
- written on the Epitaph of Yunus Emre's Tomb

Find more of Yunus Emre’s poems here:
. The Drop That Became The Sea
. Yunus Emre: Love & Peace
. Turkish Culture
. Poetry Chaikhana Pin It Now!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Gayatri Mantra | the Supreme Mantra of Veda

Om Bhoor Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayaat.
We meditate on the splendor of the Creator;

Who has manifested the Worlds;

Who alone is worthy of Worship;

Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;

Who is the remover of all duality and ignorance;

May He awaken us.

The Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra in Hinduism, second only to the mantra Om. The Gayatri Mantra is first recorded in the Rig Veda which was written in Sanskrit about 2500 to 3500 years ago, and by some reports, the mantra may have been chanted for many generations before that. "Gayatri Mantra" might be translated as: a prayer of praise that awakens the vital energies and gives liberation.

Humble Submission and Selfless Unity | Many of the greatest prayers, such as the Gayatri Mantra from the ancient rishis of India, the Fatiha which was received by the prophet Muhammad, and the Lord's Prayer which was given to us by Jesus, all share some magnificent similarities, illustrating the highest and noblest principles of prayer.

In each of these great prayers, the opening lines are a humble recognition that there is a Greater Power, and that all that we receive comes from the will of that Greater Power. Such prayer is an act of humble submission to That Which is beyond our understanding.

And the final lines of each of these great prayers, in humble submission to a Greater Power, acknowledge the gifts of understanding and awakening which are continually bestowed upon all of mankind, even though so few are even aware of the gifts. This humble recognition of the gifts that are constantly showered upon us is an essential element of the highest spiritual practices that we have been given, leading us toward the understand that we can and should rise above our differences and divisions, emerging from our delusion of separation and becoming aware of the Light of Unity which already shines upon all of creation.

Read detail explanation via Wahiduddin and Wikipedia entry

If i am to translate this mantra more close to its original word meanings and appreciate it from the understanding of Surah Fatiha, we may find how closely it resembles the Opening Chapter of the Quran. Indeed all paths point towards the One.

The One! Lord of the worlds
That Light, worthy alone of worship
The Divine Splendor is upon Which we contemplate
May the One guide us!

Credit: Gayatri Mantra via Wahiduddin
. Related Link: Fatiha - The Opening

Audio and Music:
. Sai Baba chant the Gayatri with short invocation.
. Gayatri Mantra sung by Anuradha Paudwal
. Wahiduddin singing Gayatri Mantra via Wahiduddin Music page Pin It Now!