Friday, August 31, 2007

How many visitors visit the blog a day? | highest is 500+ visitors, average 300

Internet technology is simply amazing! Like an everyday miracle it's enabling us to connect with people across the globe and in doing that we can transcend time difference and boundary with so much ease. At the same time its enabling the meeting and interaction of like minded people (which is a tremendous gift for spiritual seekers) when it comes to blog.

Inspirations and Creative Thoughts is put up with the motivation to inspire other, as a reflection on life, spirituality and as collection of spiritual thoughts of great minds of all ages. It also tries to have an integral understanding of the underlying unity and spiritual essence among different faith and religions. Now the more the visitors, the greater is that joy and adds meaning to this service. It feels good that this service is reaching and more minds when there are many visitors.
“Sadiq… you're bringing a fascinating perspective to the blogosphere”
- Ethan Zuckerman
Co Founder of Global Voices Online

Over the last year, the volume of traffic to the site has increased tremendously, thanks to God. Right now the average visitors each day (24 hours) is between 250 to 300. Thats about 1750 to 2100 visits each week. Curiously this Wednesday 29th Sept, the visitor number shoot record high to 512 visits in a single day! thats the highest so far. 500+ visitor in one day! imagine the power and reach of this sharing!

The summary of visits (via Sitemeter) as it stands on 31st Sept is: Average visit 348 / Average page view 723, Per day

Stats via GoogleAnalytics, between Jul 30 2007 to Aug 29 2007
total visit 11,256, new visits 72.34%
Absolute Unique visitors are 8,451
and page views 20,874

"I came across your beautiful blog and want to thank you for all that you post. Thank YOU for being the catalyst for any good that can be brought to humanity. "
- Dr. Barbara Rose
Best selling author, internationally renowned spiritual teacher and personal transformation expert. Founder, IHSC

Praise be to Him! I am grateful to all the visitors who continue to visit it regularly from many corner of the globe and who shared on personal note. I dont take much credit for this service, afterall, all is His.

"Sadiq… You very importantly have a site that exudes the taste of love of Allah, 'ishq, that we need in such great rushing cascades now, all of us, and to spread throughout this creaky world! May Allah continue to give you the inspiration you have had..."
- Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Acclaimed Poet and Author

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Journey of Sulook (Mysticism) | Pearls of Wisdom

Hadrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali
Hadrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali, Baabaajee Sarkaar, QaddasAllaahu Ta'alaa Sirruhul 'Azeez. May God bless his soul. I so love this picture of the master in samadhi, lost in remembrance and contemplation of the Beloved. May your glance at the face of the master bring baraka (blessings and magnetism) for you.

Blessed birth: Thursday, 27th Rabee'uth Thaanee, AH 1329, 27th April, 1911. His blessed wisaal (going behind the curtain): Sunday, 16 Ramadaan-ul-Mukarram, AH 1417, 26th January, 1997. credit

The Journey of Sulook (Mysticism) has three land marks:
1. (To know and believe) that everything good and evil is from Allaah (with His permission)
2. All that has been mentioned above is based on Divine Wisdom.
3. (All that happens to me) is for my welfare only.

Till such time as one accepts with a sincere heart these fundamental rules (laws), one cannot find tranquility. Accept with complete faith – with a true heart every good and evil is from Allaah (and) taking place under the total control of the Power of Allaah’s Will.

Accept this with your tongue and verify it within – from your heart. Every good and evil is from Allaah only.

To accept the fact cheerfully that everything good or evil is from Allaah based on His Divine Wisdom, is the preliminary stage of Gnosis (Ma'rifah).

Neither any one is virtuous nor evil. Everyone is in a state of movement (action) under the Eternal Command.

La haula Wa Quwwata Illaa Billaah (There is no power but that of Allaah).

To eat ordinary food, to dress in ordinary clothes and to live in an ordinary house and to completely turn away from all kinds of riches and acquisitions of comfort and luxury and remain absorbed with all the mind and body in one’s work, is the middle stage of Gnosis. To forget everything of the universe and to have no interest in anything except one’s work is the perfection of Gnosis.

Allaah is proud of only that slave who is independent of (detached from and disinterested) in bestowals and fate and is not only 'not unhappy' and 'critical of events' which visit him/her, but understands them to be based on Divine Wisdom and cheerfully welcomes them. And this is the mother (source) of all good deeds.

Welcoming all events and happenings, understanding them to be results of Divine Commands leads to happiness. Do not complain about your destiny.

Every Destiny is a Divine decree – inevitable. Life is destiny. The Lord of destiny is Allaah ... leave it to Him.

Who has any power over any act of goodness?

[>] from Pearls of Wisdom from the blessed pen of Hadrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali, Founder of Daar-ul-Ehsaan.

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full moon over the cemetery

over the cemetery
the full moon is beautiful.

feeling the strange
cool breeze over your face
you look above

and an unexpected fragrance
so exotic, arrives from nowhere

in that instant you know:
the Gates of Mercy
are opened just now!


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15 Sha'ban 1428 / 29 September 2007
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Laylatul Baraah (Shab-e-Barat) | The Blessed Night of Deliverance






"God Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha'ban and forgives all those created by Him, except the one who associates partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart". - Prophet Muhammad




1.
Of the nights in a year there are six which may be marked out from the average run for their grandeur and majesty, serenity and sacredness. These are Shab-e-Qadr (Night of Power), Shab-e-Miraj (Night of Ascension), the two nights of Eids (Festival), the Night of Arafat (Great Gathering) and Shab-e-Barat (Night of Deliverance). On these auspicious Nights are a person' s prayers, his outpouring of the heart's sentiments, the reverential expression of the soul's sincerest desires before its Maker, never fail to evoke the most coveted response from Benign Providence. The glorious night of the 15th of Sha'ban, the eight month of the Islamic year, known as Laylatul Baraah (Laylatul Baraat, Shab-e-Barat, also written as Shab-e-Berat).

Shab-E-Barat means the night of forgiveness or of atonement or deliverance. In Persian language, ‘Shab’ means night and ‘Barat’ means ‘the night of commission or assignment’. In Arabic language it is known as Lailatul Bara'at, meaning the night of emancipation.

The night of special virtuous deeds falls on the 15th Shaban, i.e. the night after the 14th day of Shaban (lunar dates start at moon rise). In Mecca 15th Shaban is on 28th (tuesday) this year (2007). In other parts of the world it will be followed on 29th or 30th Night, according to local islamic lunar calendar. check you local lunar phase from here.


2.
The month preceding the holy month of Ramzan (Ramadan) and the eighth month of the Hijri year is Sha'ban. It is full of virtue and mercy of Allah. According to a historical Prophetic tradition (Bukhari, Muslim), narrated by Hazrat Ayesha (ra), The Messenger of God, Muhammad, performed maximum fasting (except the month of Ramzan) in the month of Sha'ban.

The Prophet himself performed and have recommended prayers during this night and fasting during the following day. It reported that the Prophet used to visit the cemetery on this evening and he used to pray for the ones who left the earthly realm (Al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib, Imam al-Mundhiri, vol. 2).

From the report by Ummul-Mu'mineen (Mothers of the faithfuls) 'Aishah, we know that on this night Prophet Muhammad performed the Salah of the night (Tahajjud) and made a very long Sajdah (Prostration), so long that his wife Aishah feared that the Prophet's soul may have left his body. In that long prostration the Prophet prayed: 'I seek refuge of Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your displeasure, and I seek Your refuge from Yourself. I cannot praise You as fully as You deserve. You are exactly as You have defined Yourself.' Thereafter, when he raised his head from Sajdah, he informed about the blessed night of the half of Sha'ban.

Imam Ali bin Husayn Al Zanul Aabideen (A.S.) told his companions: “The Holy Prophet, upon him be peace, used to observe fast during the whole month of Shaa’-baan. Therefore whosoever, in love of the Holy Prophet, wishes to seek nearness to Allah and receive bounties, favours and rewards in this world and in the Hereafter, must connect Shaa’-baan with Ramazaan (or Ramadan) (in the matter of fasting and special prayers).

May this night become the night of Remembrance for whole of humanity regardless of their association of faith or spiritual understanding and may the gates of mercy be open for all in this blessed night. Accept O All Hearing, O All Witnessing, O the Accepter of Prayer. Amen.


3.
There are some debates, points and counter points about observance of this night and how it should be or should not be observed. Everybody seems to have their own point or angle from where they are coming from. But without going into that it is enough and should be beneficial if this night be observed as a special night of remembrance. Its worth mentioning from Quran, ... verily remembrance of Allah is the most important. And Allah knoweth what ye do. (The Quran 29:54)

Also someone pointed out a very important point by saying, "Doing ibadah on the night of Nifsu sya'aban is not about changing the decree through our ibadah. It is to submit to the decree that has been set by Allah as a servant who have no will nor power except for what He has given. Our ibadah is only a sign of servanthood and submission to return to the state of praise and shukur no matter what happens. Wal hamdulillahi Rabbil alamin. All praise be to the Lord of the multiverse!":


~ Related other related posts on this blessed occasion ~











:: References:
. The Night of Deliverance
. The specific virtues of Nisf-Sha’baan; the midde of Sha’baan
. A short treatise on the position of 15th Sha'ban
. Sha'ban: Merits, Do's, and Dont's By Mufti Taqi Usmani
. The month of Sha'baan

:: Recommended Prayers
. Special Night to turn Inward
. Voluntary Prayers of 15th of Sha'ban
. Salaat ul Tasbeeh | Prayer of Glorification
. Prayer of mid-Shaban
. the excellence and acts of worship for the month of shabaan
. prayers (dua) of the month of Shaban
. www.duas.org | site of sacred prayers and supplications
. Aamal (Action) of Mid Shaban

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Meditative Quranic Verses | Take care that deserves the (real) care

Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo
AAalaykum anfusakum

The Quran, Surah Al-Maidah


O you who believe!
take care of your souls

The Table Spread, 5:105


:: Previous posts on this series | Meditative Quranic Verses
+ Divine Reality
+ Wisdom is a Divine grace
+ Life of this world and hereafter
+ God and human heart
++ All the posts


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Monday, August 27, 2007

Gifts - A Sufi Perspective | Anab Whitehouse

Mysticism concerning the issue of spiritual gifts | loans from God

A person who truly is in love does not spend time wondering what gifts the beloved will bring. All thoughts and anticipations concern only the presence of the beloved. To long for anything other than the beloved, is to bring into question the sincerity of one's love.

Spiritual gifts from God to the Sufs are in the form of various extraordinary powers. For example, among these powers are: healing; seeing the future; witnessing events hundreds and thousands of miles away; reading the Tablet of Fate, as well as writing new entries into that Tablet; breaking the norms or laws which usually govern nature; and telepathic communication (both sending and receiving).

There are certain people who hear about these sort of powers, and they begin to drool with desire to possess such abilities. They want to know where they can sign up. What these people do not understand is the Sufi path, ultimately, is no more about powers than it is about stories. To be sure, God does grant, through spiritual gifts, one or more of the foregoing capabilities to certain individuals on the mystical path. Yet, these gifts are, in a sense, incidental to the essence of the mystical quest.

From the perspective of Sufi masters, one could have a whole treasure chest of extraordinary powers and be missing the point of why one steps onto the Sufi path in the first place. The goal is God.

Powers are not the object of the set of spiritual exercises which constitute the Sufi discipline or methodology. The object of these exercises is to neutralize the aspect of self which, among other things, desires anything other than: to know God, to love God, to worship God and to serve God.

Sometimes powers are bestowed on an individual in order to test that person. In effect, the individual is being challenged by Divinity. Which does the person want more: powers or the Beloved? When the individual gets mesmerized and intoxicated with such powers, they lose their way on the mystical path. Powers, then, become an impenetrable veil between the person and her or his potential for fully realizing the presence of Divinity.

Human beings who get seduced by spiritual powers are cheating themselves. This is so because when the person becomes enamored by extraordinary powers, he or she is sacrificing intimacy with God for what amounts to very subtle ego gratification.

According to the practitioners of the Sufi path, true happiness, contentment, fulfillment, peace, satisfaction, identity and love can only be realized through spiritual intimacy with God. Powers are powerless to achieve any of this.

Powers, in and of themselves, cannot be used to rise higher spiritually. They have no capacity to do this. On the other hand, refraining from becoming entangled in the seductive allure which powers have for the ego, can help one, God willing, to make significant spiritual progress.

There are many practitioners of the Sufi path who, by the grace of God, have ready access to tremendous powers. However, they often do not utilize them. Within certain limits, they have the capacity to change things significantly, but, for the most part, they do not. They more or less leave things as they are.

There is something very deep here to which we ought to give considerable reflection. Having powers, is not the panacea we might suppose it to be. There are other principles which constrain the use of powers and, therefore, transcend them in the scheme of things.

God, in a sense, delegates some degrees of discretional authority to some of the servants of Divinity. Just as God has granted various people different kinds of talents and intellectual capabilities in order to fulfil certain spiritual tasks, so, too, God gives some people special powers that permit the fulfillment of those kinds of spiritual tasks which require special abilities.

This means some servants of Divinity become loci of manifestation through which powers are released in order to permit the servant to be able to fulfil certain spiritual duties which have been assigned to her or him. For instance, in order for a shaykh to be able to assist a devotee, the teacher must have considerable insight into the spiritual capacity and circumstances of the individual's life.

Consequently, one of the powers given to the shaykh by God is the capacity to read the life of the devotee like an open book. Nothing the individual has done in the past, or is doing or thinking or feeling now, can be concealed from the shaykh's Divinely supported gaze.

When an individual witnesses certain events which give expression to a spiritual power, the individual tends to be powerfully affected, if not nonplussed, by the occurrence. The ego is in a panic because it has just gone through something which pulls the rug out from beneath a whole set of assumptions about how things are supposed to operate.

The heart, on the other hand, is buoyed and intrigued by such an event. The heart has received some concrete confirmation which can be used in the struggle with the ego's disbelief and skepticism.

As a result, the initiate's faith becomes a little stronger. Some of the doubts begin to dissipate.

by Dr. Anab Whitehouse
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here.

credit: Sufi Amanesis
. Sufi Podcast by Anab Whitehouse
also read, Sufi Healing Traditions
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Saturday, August 25, 2007

true meaning of Islam


"If one knows the true meaning of Islam, there will be no wars.
All that will be heard are the sounds of prayer
and the greetings of peace."

~ M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen ~


. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
. image: The Mazar (Tomb) of Sufi Shaikh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, may God bless his soul. The mazar is some forty miles from Philadelphia, among the rolling hills and tall trees of Chester County. The Sufi saint passed away in 1986. This beautiful Mazar, the first in the United States, was conceived, designed, and built by the members of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, and dedicated in 1987. image credit and details.
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Friday, August 24, 2007

As-salaam aleikum | peace be upon you

1.
As-salaam aleikum,
peace be upon you.


When this phrase is uttered it is of itself a prayer. When it becomes a mere empty greeting of courtesy, it loses all its baraka (magnetism, blessing).

It is the basis of meditation and devotion and concentation. It is the beginning and end of all things and not just a refuge to fall back on in times of troubles; it is a refuge and more than a refuge.

- Murshid: A personal memoir of life of American Sufi Samuel L. Lewis by Mansur Johnson

Among the teachings that the Last Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad taught was the greetings of peace, As-salaam aleikum (also written as as-salamu aleikum) which can be translated as Peace be with you or Peace be upon you. This infact was not a new thing or a new invention, the very salutation of peace was also invoked by the blessed Prophet, Jesus Christ and its still there in the New Testament. In the final chapters of Luke, John where Jesus re-appears to his disciples after his alleged crucifixion, he greets them with the same greeting which was again taught to humanity by the Last Messenger.

Luke 24:36 | While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

John 20:19-21 | On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

2.
God's Messenger, Prophet Muhammad said: There are six good qualities which one believer should display to another... and one is that they should salute each other with greetings of peace when they meet.

The Prophet said: O people! Spread the Salam (greetings), feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your blood relations, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace.

"When a greeting is offered you, answer it with an even better greeting, or (at least) with its like. God keeps count of all things." (The Quran, 4: 86)

Every Muslim on earth still greet one another with the same greeting, As-salam alekum and its an universal greeting for all of humanity. Now next time you hear such greeting, dont think it as such an alien greeting, know that its the same words that was once upon the blessed lips of Jesus Christ. Afterall, Arabic and Aramaic, the language of Jesus is very close.

. related post and read
. Samuel L. Lewis :: An illuminated soul and inspiration
. Jesus the Murshid
. What word Jesus used to call God?
. Salaam, the islamic greetings Pin It Now!

Nature of Happiness and Perception

nature of happiness | If a man thinks that his happiness is due to external causes and his possessions, it is reasonable to conclude that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions and diminish in proportion to their diminution. Therefore if he is devoid of possessions, his happiness should be nil.

What is the real experience of man? Does it conform to this view? In deep sleep the man is devoid of possessions, including his own body. Instead of being unhappy he is quite happy. Everyone desires to sleep soundly. The conclusion is that happiness is inherent in man and is not due to external causes. One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.

nature of perception | Whatever state one is in, the perceptions partake of that state. The explanation is that in the waking state (jagrat) the gross body perceives gross names and forms; in swapna (the dream state) the mental body perceives the mental creations in their manifold forms and names; in the sushupti (deep dreamless sleep), the identification with the body being lost, there are no perceptions; similarly in the Transcendental state identity with Brahman (God) places the man in harmony with everything, and there is nothing apart from his (Divine) Self.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), probably the most famous Indian sage of the twentieth century. Selection from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Volume I, 15th May, 1935

. free PDF books download: Talk with Ramana Maharshi and more
. Sri Ramana Maharshi website
. Realization.org
. book extracts: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
. Ramana Maharshi - Sage of Arunachala Hill

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Secret of True Dreams | The Taste of Hidden Things: Images on the Sufi Path

A God who cannot be imagined does manifest Himself in visible symbols, and the visible symbols are real manifestations of God, and to grasp them one must have imagination.
- Thomas Merton

Dreams, Sufis say, speaking of "true dreams" (ar-ru'yâ as-sâliha), are symbolic messages which arise from the knowledge hidden in the center of being. In the wilderness of unknowing through which the seeker travels, these encoded messages give a forecast and a foretaste of things to come. They are often the only indication which points in the direction the seeker needs to proceed. Not all dreams are "true dreams"; most dreams are spun, Sufis say, by the needs of the lower self, or by the mind churning the events of the day. Such dreams are usually confused and fragmented, and are characteristically called "dreams in confusion" (adghâth al-ahlâm).

But occasionally there appears a dream, or a series of dreams, which bears the hallmark of a true knowledge, a knowledge which, though concealed from mind and sense perception, responds directly and instructively to the true needs of the dreamer's soul. Such dreams often have an aura of numinosity which doesn't require interpretation. Their meaning looms clear on the inner horizon. They have a feeling quality which touches the dreamer and awakens in him dormant emotions, perceptions, a new insight into the direction his life is taking. The dreamer, if he is sincere in his quest for truth and meaning, will listen, understand, and respond to the inner taskmaster who reveals himself in the dream, and who knows him better than he knows himself.

Ibn al-'Arabî, the 13th-century Andalusian mystic, whose formulations of mystical knowledge have left a lasting impression on the Sufi tradition, describes the paradoxical nature of that hidden knowledge to which, "until it is unveiled instant by instant," consciousness has no access. He writes:

God deposited within man knowledge of all things, then prevented him from perceiving what He had deposited within him. This is one of the divine mysteries which reason denies and considers totally impossible. The nearness of this mystery to those ignorant of it is like God's nearness to His servant, as mentioned in His words, "We are nearer to him than you, but you do not see" (56:85) and His words, "We are nearer to him than the jugular vein" (50:16). In spite of this nearness, the person does not perceive and does not know. No one knows what is within himself until it is unveiled to him instant by instant.

Modern depth psychology too is based on the premise that an aspect of the human psyche is buried so deep that it cannot be considered part of consciousness, yet does surface in various guises, most predominantly in dreams. Jung, a modern explorer of the knowledge hidden in the unconscious, describes it as having, paradoxically, its own "consciousness." "Certain dreams, visions, and mystical experiences," he writes, "... suggest the existence of a consciousness in the unconscious." The knowledge compressed in the unconscious exceeds by far the knowledge available to consciousness. "Today we know for certain," Jung writes, "that the unconscious has contents which would bring an immeasurable increase of knowledge if they could only be made conscious."

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:: excerpts from The Taste of Hidden Things : Images on the Sufi Path by Sara Sviri, PH.D.

"What makes The Taste of Hidden Things unique among contemporary books on Sufism is the way Sara Sviri brings together her solid academic scholarship in the field and her profound personal experience on the Sufi path to provide a vivid, indelible, and heartfelt description of Sufism."
- Alireza Nurbakhsh, Editor of Sufi Magazine

"This is a book of extensive historical scholarship which can enthrall those who are open to the mystical experience. Sara Sviri has the gift of conveying paradox with lucid clarity. Sufi symbolism seems to carry the deepest psychological truths and is presented here in a style which is eminently readable."
- Mollu Tuby, Jungian analyst
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

You are a flower in His Garden


To those true spiritual seekers out there
I assure you:
The Master of the Garden
strolls in His Garden
loving each flower (us)
as they sigh
when He walks by.

~
anonymous B
~

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Sultan Bahu, the king among mystics | Andar Hu te Bahar Hu: Hu is within, Hu is without

Hazrat Sultan Bahu was one of the outstanding Sufi Saints of the Indian subcontinent - the part of which is now Pakistan. His admirers gave him the title 'king among mystics' (Sultan-ul-Arifeen). Nevertheless, a detailed account of his life is not available.

Hu Allah
No mention is made in any book about the date of Bahu's birth. Most writers agree that he died in 1691. As they also mention that he was 63 years old when he died, it can be reckoned that he was born in 1628 or 1629. It was his mother who called him Bahu, a name full of meaning. Ba means 'with' and Hu means 'God'. The name thus means 'united with God'.

Bahu never went to school and instead received his early education at home. Despite his lack of formal education he is held in high esteem because of his inner realisation and spiritual insight. Bahu says in one of his Persian verses that, although he did not receive any grounding in external knowledge, his soul has been purified by inner knowledge. It is noted that Bahu wrote 140 books in Arabic and Persian. His Arabic and Persian writings have been forgotten, but his Punjabi poetry lives on and is extremely popular. At certain places in his abyat, Sultan Bahu refers with great reverence and esteem to Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad, which suggest that he considered him as his Master.

Bahu would often seek solitude, leaving his house and retreating to forests or cemeteries. After his wanderings he would return to his own village of Shorekote. Obviously, love for his native place had not diminished with the passage of time, In this connection, he writes "May God's grace descend on Shorekote, where Bahu lives!". In 1961, when Sultan Bahu relinquished his mortal frame, he was buried at Kila Kahgran, which is situated near the river Chenab. The order called Qadiriya Masrooria was started after his name.

Here is a taste of Sultan Bahu's inner state in his own words: original, in Punjabi

Andar Hu te bahar Hu,
hardam naal jalendaa Hu
Hu da daagh Mohabbat waalaa,
hardam piaa sarhenda Hu
Jitthe Hu kare rushnaaee,
chhorh andheraa vaindaa Hu
Main qurbaan tinha to Bahu,
jo Hu sahi karenda Hu

translation:

Hu is within, Hu is without,*
Hu always reverberates in my heart.
The wound of the love of Hu,
always aches in my heart.
Where Hu brings in its light,
the darkness of ignorance departs.
I sacrifice myself to the One, O Bahu,
who has realised the significance of Hu.

* Hu symbolizes the resonant sound, word, or Kalma; it also stands for God (the Divine Pronoun), Who pervades the universe in the form of that Primordal Vibration Sound or Word. The name Bahu is made up of Ba (with) and Hu, and therefore means 'one who lives with God'.

credit: Sultan Bahu, published by Radha Saomi Satsang Beas

Abida Parveeen Sultan BahuThe kalam (verse) of Sultan Bahu are sung even today. Sufi singer Abida Parveen has immortalised them in her recent album: Hazrat Sultanul Arafin Haq Bahu Rematullah. You can listen to it by downloading it from here or playing it from here (the second song in the list is 'Andar Hu te Bahar Hu' - the verse translated above). Listen and know 'the king among mystics' - Sultan Bahu!
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Prayer | from Conference of the Birds

Conference of the Birds Fariduddin AttarGod said to David:
“Tell my servants prayer
Should be creation’s all-consuming care;
Though hell were not his fear
not heaven his goal,
The Lord should wholly occupy man’s soul.

But if the sun did not light up the day,
They would not think of Me, nor ever pray
Their prayers know nothing
of love’s selfless pain;
Not love inspires them
but mere lust for gain.

True prayer seeks God alone; its motives start
Deep in the centre of a contrite heart.

Tell them to turn from all that is not Me;
To worship none but God continuously;
To heap together all the world can show;
To break it piece by piece and blow by blow;
To burn these fragments in one vivid flash,
And scatter on the winds the swirling ash –
When they have done this they will understand
The ash they grasped for with each greedy hand.”

If it is paradise for which you pray
You can be sure that you have lost your way.


- Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

inspirations from illuminated prayers

prayer rug, illuminated prayer, jaynamazA man in prison receives a prayer rug from a friend. What he had wanted, ofcourse, was a file, or a crow-bar or a key!

But he began using the rug, doing the five time prayers before dawn, at noon, midafteroon, after sunset and before sleep.

Bowing, sitting, bowing again, he notices an odd patten in the weave of the rug at the point where his head touches. He studies and meditates on that pattern, gradually discovering that it is a diagram of the lock that confines him to his cell and how it works. He's able to escape!

~

Anything you do everyday
.................
Can open.................
Into the deepest spiritual place,
Which is freedom.

~

What nine month does for the embryo
forty early mornings will do......
for your growing awareness.


- The Illuminated Prayers
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Salat | The Islamic Prayer and Meditation

A Muslim need not go to any Ashram (or Special Retreat) for meditation if he or she knows how to perform Salât. Salat is the formal, uniform way of prayer for whole of humanity taught by God through the last messenger, Muhammad, the praised one.

Salât is a meditation of the highest order but even most Muslims have forgotten it. They read Namâz (the persian word for Salat) or recite Namâz or even offer Namâz but they do not meditate in it though it is a pre-requisite. A Salât does not even start without the state of meditation. The Prophet, peace be upon him, instructed a person in Salât to meditate upon the presence of God who is watching the devotee. A state of trance is reached when he really meditates upon it.

Then comes the voice of The Word of God from the lips of the Imam (person who leads the prayer in a gathering). If he really started Salât with a state of meditation, the voice of the Imam seems to be coming from a spiritual source. The words of the Qur’ân work as suggestions in a trance and he gradually starts believing in the orders and teaching of those words. There are repetitions of Allâhu Akbar (Glorifying God) and the Tasbihât (Praising God) of Ruku' (bowing down) and Sajda (prostration) etc. They all work wonders in a state of trance. They are autosuggestions. An individual Salât (the prescribed obligatory and voluntary) is based completely on autosuggestions where there is no outside voice but his own recitation works as autosuggestion.

Remember what Qur’ân said about Zikr (Remembrance and not merely chanting)? "Beware! In remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace" (13:28)

Salât, while offered properly and associated with meditation of Allah's presence and His watchfulness is the remembrance of the highest order and must provide peace. Qur’ân proclaims: "Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee and establish Regular Salât: for Salât restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do." (29:45)

Qur’ân announces that Salât will prevent you from shameful and unjust deeds. Please note that it is not said that a person offering Salât should restrain himself from committing shameful acts and unjust deeds. Salât will restrain the devotee from evil. On the other hand we observe people involved in shameful acts and unjust deeds though they may be regular Namazis for years! The claim of Qur’ân cannot be false. They in fact did not offer Salât in the prescribed manner. It is high time that camps of teaching Salât with meditation be organised. Alas all our books of Salât procedures, Salât taught to the children by elders in their homes and even Salât taught by Mullahs in Madrasah is comprised of recitation and postures only. There is no meditation and hence it is neither providing peace of mind nor restraining from unjust deeds.

credit
. islamicvoice via crescentlife | . meditation in islam

Note: In Islamic term Salat or Salah is the archetype pattern of communion with God, thus the simple english translation prayer doesn't do justice to the term. According to Coleman Barks and Green, no single word in English fits for the Arabic word Salat, which is "a devotional heart-surrender" that incorporates prayer, supplication, grace, and blessing. It is more than prayer and meditation and more than just dialogue between devotee and God. To emphasize its value, the holy Prophet even said: for the devotee, salat is the mystical ascension into the most holy presence of God.

The Illuminated Prayer is the best book that I have read so far on the inner meanings of islamic prayer, which is suited not only for western non-muslim readers but for muslim readers as well. The book is by Coleman Barks and Michael Green based on the teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Jalaluddin Rumi. This book is truly something else! read a review here.

reading
. Prayer, Salat
. The Illuminated Prayer | The Five-Times Prayer of the Sufis
. related post | Quranic verses that encourage meditation Pin It Now!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Esoteric Spiritual Symbolism of Miraj | the mystic ascent of holy Prophet

Let us try to understand the spiritual symbolism of Mi'raj – Spiritual Ascension of the Prophet, upon him be boundless bliss and draw inspiration there from:

The 'Journey by night' is symbolic of the Inner Journey undertaken in a night meditation, a journey away from the 'Sacred Mosque' (Kabaa - outer Mosque) towards the inner Sacred Mosque (Inner Dome or the Heart).

Riding on the Buraq is symbolic to riding on the Nafs (ego or mind, which is in it's base form is animal and an enemy, but in it's higher form - when tamed and transformed through spiritual practice - grows wings and ascends and acts as a vehicle to the Divine); however, the mind through the process of Zikr, Divine Remembrance can only go upto the threshold of the Divine - it has to be dropped at that point.

Being guided by Gabriel is the upward pull of the Divine Force - Divine Grace.

The experiences that took place until the point of final realization (the point of final ascension) are the thought forms and then the higher visions that appear as meditation or zikr or initimate remembrance progresses.

In this journey God unveiled unto His slave that which He unveiled of His Inner Mysteries and Signs. The final experience of ascension is the self realization attained wherein Reality as it Is is revealed and realized - that is, "None exists, save Thee" - the ultimate expression of Unity - of Truth. Meeting with the other Prophets is symbolic of uniting with the same Divine Consciousness that was realized by Jesus and Moses and Abraham and other Enlightened masters of humanity.

The Prophet had an uncompromising commitment to experiencing Reality first hand and with unmatched devotion and spiritual practice attained to the Truth - "None exists, save Thee" - La ilaha illa Anta.

A true lover of Allah, God, Divine Reality, Truth, and the most inspiring Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam Sarkar) - and of all the other blessed prophets - should also strive to build such intensity of spirit and use his or her entire being to seek ‘Completion’ - the ultimate purpose of human life - in the manner of the Prophet. The holy night of Mi'raj serves as yet another inspiration and reminder to look within and begin our own inner journey to Ascension and Completion!

- an inspiration and understanding shared by a dear dear friend, may her spiritual station be ever increased and may the gnosis and secret of Fatima be unveiled to her.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, the Sufi and Islamic Mysticism

It was in the course of his practice of Islam that the 19th Century contemplative Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886) had one of his remarkable visions: “I was meditating under the banyan tree when I was shown a Mussalman (a Muslim). He came to me with rice in an earthen plate. The Mother (Kali) showed me that there exists only One and not two. It is Satchidananda (Truth - Knowledge - Bliss - Absolute, Brahman) alone that has taken various forms; He alone has become the world and its living beings.”

Ramakrishna was initiative into Islamic practice by a devout Sufi Govinda Rai. He repeated the holy name of Allah and recited the namaz (the formal prayer of Islam); the Hindu mode of thought vanished from his mind during this period, which culminated in his vision. As his disciple Mahendra observed: “The mighty river of Islam also led him back to the Ocean of the Absolute.”

Ramakrishna’s life is unique in the annals of religious experience. Although born to an orthodox Hindu Brahmin family of India and trained as a priest, he practiced a wide catholicity of religious expression. He advocated the positive acceptance of other faiths and resolved the dilemma of religious plurality by direct experience.

By communicating with God through the path of Islamic mysticism, Ramakrishna showed a new way of transcending religious barriers. It was in this spirit that his disciple Vivekananda (1863-1902) wrote: “Practical Advaitism (Non-Duality), which looks upon and behaves to all mankind as one’s own soul, was never developed among the Hindus universally. I am firmly persuaded that without the help of practical Islam, theories of Vedantism, however fine and wonderful they may be, are entirely valueless to the vast mass of mankind. For our own motherland, a junction of the two systems Hinduism and Islam is the only hope.”

:: Quoted from The Best of Speaking Tree (The Times of India) - volume 1 \ Traveling Many Roads to the Infinite by N S Chandramouli

Vivekananda, Ramakrishna's most illustrious disciple, is considered by some to be one of his most important legacies. Vivekananda spread the message of Ramakrishna across the world. He also helped introduce Hinduism to the west. Vivekananda was a great admirer of brotherhood of Islam and unity which is unparallel and he wished that great Vedantic philosophy and Islam could come together. Indeed Vedantic teaching very much address in the level of the Haqiqat (the Inner Divine Reality) of Islam and Hindus have great things to learn from Islam.

. Kathamrita | The Gospel of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa
. Lessons From The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
. Ramakrisha via CosmicHarmony Pin It Now!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Silence


within me there is
a deep ocean of silence
where often i get drowned
and i am called in.

silence boundless spill over,
silence enshroud me; and
that silence violently may touch thee.

in those moments of silence
do not try to understand me.
cause i remain not,
remains only He.

~
(c) MysticSaint
~
14 August, 2007
Dhaka, Bangladesh

God is silent emptiness, and in order to experience God we need to become silent. - Llewellyn Vaughan, The Golden Sufi Center Pin It Now!

Rivalry in Materialism | At - Takathur

Quranic chapter 102
At - Takathur | Rivalry in Materialism

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

Mutual rivalry for materialism distract you
until you reach the graves.

Nay, you soon shall know (the reality)!
Nay! Nay! you soon shall know!

Nay! if you had known with a certain knowledge,
For you shall certainly behold the hell-fire.
Then you shall most certainly see it with the eye of certainty;
Then, on that day, you shall be asked concerning enjoyments (you indulged in!).

. english translation of the Quran Pin It Now!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

To know what? | Jahiliyya continues

In the first Jahiliyya time people were ignorant. When someone from the Sahabi (the companions of the holy Prophet) spoke to them, they were sitting and listening and comparing it with what they know. And so many were accepting. That was a Jahiliyya time, the first Jahiliyya, where Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) came only one person and then hundreds and thousands of people started following. Those people were against the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) because they did not have any knowledge of what he brought. They were holding on to their traditions only. They were ignorant people.

... Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is saying that the Ahir Zaman, the End of Times, the second Jahiliyya time is going to be worse than the first because people are going to study the religion, they will know how to read and write but they are not going to accept anything, they are not going to accept anybody. They are just going to accept what is only for them, what is their understanding from what they read and write. So in this time people read and write. Millions read and write. So many people are reading and writing but they are ignorant.

Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is saying, “They are going to be ignorant with what they read and write. They are going to become ignorant with the knowledge that they know.

As everyone of you know, by the law of the government today you have to send your children to school. They have to learn how to read and write. But learning how to read and write is not giving them any knowledge or wisdom. However they are programming them, that is the only thing they know. Today’s people became more ignorant than the people fourteen hundred years ago. They became ignorant with the knowledge of reading and writing. Not being able to read and write is not the sole problem. The secret is to know, that you need to read and write to understand. Everyone who reads and writes does not understand. They say, “Take the Quran and read.” If you take the Quran and read and understand only according to your own understanding most likely you will become a terrorist. That is what most of them are doing.

You cannot even understand the newspaper. Take a part from the newspaper and read. Then I am going to ask you “Give me the summary” and you are not going to be able to put it together.

To be able to write and read is to learn. To know what? To know your self. Not to know other things but first you have to study you, your self, you have to know yourself, who you are, what you are and what is your position in this world. What is your secret, what is your duty, what is your mission, why have you been created, why are you occupying this space, why are you leaving this space and where are you going? That is the most important matter.

from Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi

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Monday, August 13, 2007

New Age of Jahiliyyah (ignorance) | The Dialog of Civilizations | Kabir Helminski

What is Jahiliyyah?
Jahiliyyah or Jahalia is a term used in islamic literature to indicate a condition of ignorance. Jahiliyyah simply can be translated as arrogant ignorance. Sometime it is used to mean the "ignorance of divine guidance" or "the state of ignorance of the guidance from God". But apart from theological implication, it has a lot to do with psychology, or more correctly, group or collective psychological condition. It is deep rooted ignorance in the mind of the people and at the same time being arrogant of that ignorance in behaviour and practice. Some even call the term equivalent to 'ignorant barbarism'.

In Islamic concept it refers to the condition Arabs found themselves in pre-Islamic Arabian society prior to the divine guidance by Prophet Muhammad, the Last Messenger and through revelation, the Qur'an. The term is used several places in the Qur'an as well.

Jahiliyyah of Today
Kabir Helminski, a sufi shaikh of Mevlevi order, a prolific author and translator. On sharing his thought on How is Dialog Possible between Islam and the West, he focuses on the concept of this Jahiliyyah or ignorance in our age. I quote from the article The Dialog of Civilizations & The Globalization of Spirit via The Threshold Society website:

... Let me try to describe the jahiliyyah of today:

1. The great jahiliyyah is the belief that violence solves problems, whether through the bullying tactics of national power or the tactics of terror that justify the killing of non-combatants. These people do not understand that unjustified violence, which is the vast majority of violence today, is a downward spiral that takes us from the light into the darkness. Indeed, shaytan (satan) is always ready to stir the evil impulses within the hearts of people, whatever they call themselves. There are people of every faith, in every nation that are too quick to order young people off to kill and die.

2. Today’s jahiliyyah puts money values over human values. It promotes a commercialized way of life and subordinates most aspects of life to the demands of the marketplace. Success is measured as success in the marketplace. Eventually, even religion is colored by the marketplace.

It is the rush to accumulate, takatthur, which disperses the human soul. This rush toward materialism is taking place in the East and the Middle East only not as successfully as it has already taken place in the West. Meanwhile in the West there is already a disillusionment setting in, where a significant percentage of people are turning away from consumerism and materialism toward voluntary simplicity and humane values. The remedy for this takaththur is irfan, or tassawuf, by which I mean the ilm (knowledge) of self-purification, that is, an operative knowledge for the education of the soul.

3. Today’s jahiliyyah is destructive of the fabric of life itself, because we have within our power the power to consume the environment that sustains us in the same way that cancer consumes its host. The powers that support this cancerous growth include those undemocratic, secretive institutions of corporate globalization, such as the IMF and the World Bank, that represent no sovereign republic and no sacred tradition, but only the powers of elite power and greed.

[>] read the full article here.

The Second Jahiliyya
also a good Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi @ Manhattan Dergah, New York City (feb, 2005) that discuss about the concept of second Jahiliyya:
The holy Prophet upon him be peace is saying “The second Jahiliyya is going to be worst than the first one.” And this is what we are facing today. The second Jahiliyya time. ... read here.

. Resources
. Jahiliyyah via wikipedia
. Sufism.org
. Jahalia
. the second jahaliyya
. Jahiliyyah at the End of the 20th Century | Dr. Bilal Philips
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Love Thy Neighbour | Teaching of Vedanta

The whole teaching of Vedanta stands for one thing - that is love. Five hundred years before the advent of Jesus the Christ, Buddha taught: 'Hatred is never cured by hatred, but by love. This is the everlasting ethical law.'

And what is love? Love means expression of oneness.

Jesus the Christ said: 'Love thy neighbour as thyself.' But Jesus did not explain why we should love our neighbours as ourselves. That explanation you will find in Vedas, in the Vedanta philosophy, in the Upanishad. The Upanishad, which are the earliest writings of this universal philosophy, teach that we should love our neighbours as ourselves, not because they have done us some good or been kind to us, but even if they have spoken unkind words, even if they have taken wicked steps against us, even if they are spiteful and jealous of us, still we should love them because we are one with our neighbours in spirit.

There is only One Spirit. The apparent man seems to be different and separated from that Universal Spirit, which we regard as the Absolute, the Infinite Being, the Brahman. This Universal Spirit is abiding in us all, and we are like so many mirros which hold the image of the Divinity which is universal and one.

We are like grains of sand, even smaller, when we compare our physical bodies with the universe. Yet in these infinitesimally small particles of human bodies we find the reflection of the divine and self-effulgent sun of the universe. That is the image of God in man. But as the image of the sun cannot exist independent of the sun, so the human soul, which is the image of divinity, cannot exist, even for a second, independent of the divine sun, the divine being, whose reflection it is. We are all one in that Infinite Being, the Supreme Spirit, God, the Absolute, the Brahman, the Heavenly Father, the Divine Mother. The name vary, but the ideal is one.

... standing on that point of oneness, we should renounce everything that makes us feel as separate individuals, as independent of each other, as differentiated from each other. We should try to combine them all into that one harmonious whole. God is the One stupendous Whole of which we are but parts. And that is the truth.

- Thought on Philosophy and Religion by Swami Abhedananda Pin It Now!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Miraj | the mystical night journey | holy ascension to the Ultimate Divine Presence

Glory to (God) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless, - in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing. (The Qur’an 17:1)

Tonight is the night of holy ascension (Miraj or Miraaj) of Prophet in this part of the world. At sunset (as in the Islamic lunar calendar, the ‘date’ starts at the sunset of the night before) the date of 27 Rajab entering upon us: the Isra wa Mir’aj. This is the holy night when Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, was taken to a sacred night journey from earthly sphere into the unseen realm and finally into the ultimate presence of God. In this night the beloved Prophet undertook a most miraculous and special journey out of time domain, on the winged steed al-Buraq, from Mecca to Jerusalem and beyond, met and prayed with the Prophets of all ages appointed to humanity, ascended to the heavens, was given a vision of paradise and hell and finally came back to the earthly realm.

In this journey, the Prophet Muhammad, may God grant peace and blessings upon him, brought back the archetype pattern of communion with the Beloved, the formal prayer which became the hallmark of Islamic faith. It reminds us of the world of the unseen, the world that is more real than this material existence, from which God draws us to him, although in reality He is closer to us than our life-vein. (via Maryams.net)

. Miraj | Prophet's initiation in the higher spheres
According to many mystics including Inayat Khan, the holy ascension is not to be taken literally in the context of physical journey. It was more of a spiritual journey and special vision given to the Prophet. Inayat Khan writes:

A story survives in Islam about the vision of the Prophet: a vision or dream, which was an initiation in the higher spheres. Many take it literally and discuss it, and afterwards go out by the same door through which they came in, but from the point of view of a mystic one can find out the mystery it contains. [>] read more: Symbology of the Prophets Ascension (The Miraj)

It is recorded in the tradition that Prophet Muhammad said that "Prayer is Miraj of the believers" like the holy ascension of Prophet himself into that Divine Presence.

According to Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, known as the greatest master - may God bless his soul, and one of the islamic tradition's most important writers explains: The purpose of spiritual ascension is not to reach God - for He is never apart from us - but simply for Him to show some of His Wonders and Indications. [>] read in details, Secret of the Spiritual Ascension (Miraj) of Prophet.

In mystical words of the Quran, the event is further described in chapter 53:
The Lord of Mighty Power has taught him, The Lord of Strength; so he attained completion, While he was in the highest part of the horizon: Then he drew near, and came closer till he was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer; And God revealed unto His slave that which He revealed.

The heart was not untrue in seeing what he saw. What! do you then dispute with him as to what he saw? And certainly he saw him in another descent, By the lote-tree of the utmost boundary, Near it is the Garden of Abode. Behold, the Lote-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!)

The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold. Certainly he saw of the greatest signs of his Lord. (The Quran 53:5-18)

Further Reading
. Isra and Miraj via wikipedia
. IslamOnline.net - Al-Israa' & Al-Miraj
. The Muhammadan Reality | The Holy Ascension of Prophet
. The Thirty - First Word - Rasale i Nur
. Miraj: A physical or spiritual journey
. Ibn Arabi Society | Miraj
. Ibn 'Arabi and the Mystical Journey | The Journey to the Lord of Power Pin It Now!

Where is the Center of an Infinite Circle?

stop being ego-centered
and merely selfish.
you are not
the (only) center of the universe.

amidst this ever expanding
Infinite creation
we are in an Infinite Circle.

and know that
every point inside an Infinite Circle
is it's Center.


(c) MysticSaint

art: Zen Circle. The inscription reads - 'Each thing is perfect'.
Painting by Tanchu Terayama. via bbc.

. related poetry on similar theme | The Zen Circle Pin It Now!

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Alchemy of Creation | initiation and transformation

The Remembrance of Sophia

I will liberate you, my dear ones,
but first you must be broken;
you must be permeable to all of Life.
When you feel the anguish
and the ecstasy of incarnation,
then you will know what it is
to love me, to serve me, to embody me
as Holy Wisdom.

- Colette

The Alchemy of Creation is a visionary coaching for artists of life.

Each of us has a unique vision to bring to the world, a holy purpose, a calling. The accelerated times in which we live beckon us to expand our notions of who we are and what is possible, urging us to make the quantum leap into our magnificence, and offer the gifts of our potential to a world that deeply needs our healing participation.

The maidenhead of innocence
must be broken
for the deeper mysteries to be enacted,
for life and consciousness to be reborn.

Conception only happens
in the darkness of the earth,
of the womb, of the psyche.

- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
... .. ... .Paradoxes of Love

Whether you are a creative artist, a social visionary, a teacher, a healer, or someone in search of a fresh vision for your life, Colette can assist you in tapping into the divine mysteries of creation, helping to coalesce your vision, and bring forth the masterpiece of who you are to the world.

Bring forth the masterpiece of who you are ...

Don’t wait any longer.
Dive in the ocean,
Leave and let the sea be you.
Silent, absent, walking an empty road,
all praise…

- Rumi

Alchemy is an ancient and mystical art of purification and transformation. Colette began her study of alchemical texts in earnest, finding resonant imagery that was speaking to the elemental forces of fire, water, earth and air that she was experiencing through her and that were reflected in her visionary collages. Colette came to understand the alchemical journey as both a purification of matter, and an infusion of spirit into flesh, the conscious evolution and incarnation of the Divine.

Her intent has been to distill the essence of the alchemical mysteries of transformation into an initiatory journey that is accessible to all.

May her offerings be inspirations for all! Learn more about Colette Van Pragg and her works. contact Colette.

Related Post
. review | Gateway of the Divine
. Alchemy of the Divine: visions of healing and awakening

Reference
. Alchemy of Creation
. Gateway of the Divine
. Alchemy of the Divine Pin It Now!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Secret of Divine Scripture

God is a Power

The Power becomes light
The light becomes vibration
The vibration becomes sound
The sound becomes word
The word becomes language
The language becomes scripture.

Like that return to the Source.


- Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, may God bless his pure soul



Behold the mystical letters: Alif Lam Mim
.
This (Quran) is the Scripture; in it is guidance sure.
(The Quran 2:1,2)

Do they not then meditate on the Quranic Revelation? (4:82)

Nay! it is a glorious Quran, (Inscribed) in a Mystically Preserved Tablet! (85:21,22)

The revelation of the Scripture is from God the Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom. (45:2)

... God made it a light, guiding thereby whom God please of His servants; and most surely you, Muhammad show the way to the right path. (42:52)

... and most surely it is a Scripture of Exalted Mystical Power. (41:41)

Reference.
. what does the word Quran mean?
The word Quran is derived from the root 'to read' or 'to recite', hence Quran (also written as Koran, Qur'an) is a verbal noun meaning reading or reciting.
. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
. translation of the Quran
. all about Quran via IslamTomorrow
. the Quran miracles encyclopedia
. you can get your free copy of Quran Pin It Now!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sharia, Tariqa, Haqiqa and Marifa | The WAY of Islam

The Tao of Islam, meaning the WAY of Islam really consists of four ways (or stations). These four ways are:
1. Sharia (sacred laws)
2. Tariqa (sacred path)
3. Haqiqa (divine reality)
4. Marifa (gnosis or certain knowledge of God)

According to Prophetic tradition (hadith):
. Sharia consists of the words of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace,
. Tariqa consists of the actions of the Prophet,
. Haqiqa consists of the state of the Prophet, and
. Marfia consists of the secrets of the Prophet.

These four ways are very closely linked together and cannot be separated one from the other.

The Kalima (the sacred mantra of Islamic faith, La ilaha illallah) has four meanings according to these four ways.

According to Sharia the meaning is:
"There is nothing in the world that can be worshipped with certainty except Allah."

According to Tariqa the meaning is:
"There is none that can do a thing except Allah."

According to Haqiqa the meaning is:
"There is none who is sought after except Allah."

According to Marifa the meaning is:
"There is nothing existent except Allah."

- quoted from Fathud Dayyan Fi Fiqhi Khairil Adyan (Opening Towards understanding the best of religions) by Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Lebbai, translated by Saifuddin J. Aniff-Doray.

From sufistic point of view: Sharia is the divine and sacred law of Islam. It makes one distinguish between right and wrong, between forbidden and permissible actions. Tariqa is the beautification of the Sharia' whereby whatever one has understood in Sharia' is made firm in one's heart under strict spiritual discipline. In this stage one has to have complete trust in God and also have lots of patience in whatever condition God keeps him in. This is the stage where one's soul is cleansed to receive God's divine attributes.

Haqiqa is the zenith of Spiritual Perfection. In this stage the attributes of God, the Most Perfect begins to manifest itself in one's self. Marifa is the goal to recognise our creator (God), or to become God-conscious in every state and action. In this state, there is no "time-space". Here only purity exists and only the pure can come close to God. In this state the seeker does not forget that he (or she) is still a servant and no matter how high he may progress spiritually he still remains the created and God the Creator. This state cannot be expressed through our very limited human faculties.
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Listening 360 | connecting with Divine

1.
Once someone went to a sufi master who at that time was listening to a sufi sama (mystical music that connects to divine) in an absorbed state. Seeing the sufi master in such a state made the visitor surprised. She knew at that moment that the master was not here, he was literally lost.

Feeling the presence of the visitor, the master told her, sit here my daughter and listen three sixty.

What he meant was an invitation for listening with whole being. Listening three sixty is not merely listening but being absorbed, being totally immersed into the depth of the verses, in the tune, rhythms, vibrations. It triggers contemplative mood and deep state of meditation.

2.
Abida Parveen is a contemporary sufi singer who has the capability to draw her listeners into that sacred space where one listens 360. Only then at once some magic happens. Heart awakens, strange joy rushes in through the veins, sweet pain of separation comes alive, tears well in eyes and ultimately we feel the presence of the Unknown.

Here i offer one of such song by Abida Parveen with meaning of each verse. Listen 360 and get connected.

Khuda Jane Kahan se - Only God knows

Khuda jane kahan se jalwaye jana kahan tak hai
Wahin tak dekh sakta hai nazar jiski jahan tak hai


Only God knows the limits of His Boundless kindgom
Humans know to the confines of their finite mind.

Hum itni bhi na samjhe aql khoi dil gawan baithe
Ke husn o ishq ki duniya kahan se hai kahan tak hai


I lost my mind and heart
I could not figure out
Where the world of beauty and love begins
- and where it ends.

Zameen se aasman tak ek sannate ka aalam hai
Naheen maalum mere dil ki viraani kahaan tak hai


From earth to sky stretches an eerie wilderness
I know not the extent of the ruins,
the desolation of my heart.

Zameen se aasman tak aasman se la makan tak hai
Khuda jane hamare ishq ki duniya kahan tak hai


From the earth to the empyrean
from the sky to placelessness -
Only He knows the expanse of the hearts universe.

Niyaz o naaz ki rudad husn o ishq ka qissa
Ye jo kuchh bhi hai sab unki hamari dastan tak hai


The stories of beauty of love
Whatever there is in the world, is the story of our love.

Khayal e yaar ne to aate hi gum kar diya mujhko
Yahi hai ibteda to inteha iski kahan tak hai


With the very first thought of the Beloved
I was lost to the world.
If this be the beginning what
would be its finale?

Suna hai sufiyon se hamne aksar khanaqahon mein
Ki yeh rangeen bayani Bedam rangeen bayan tak hai.


Once have I heard Sufis say in their retreats
These colourful words, Bedam, these soulful verses,
ends here.

- lyric by Bedam Shah Warsi

[>] you may download the song from here. (mp3)


The music belongs to the album Ru E Ali (the face of Ali) in the voice of Abida Parveen, selected and composed by Muzaffar Ali. www.muzaffarali.com

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