Thursday, January 31, 2008

Al-Haqiqat | The Station of Truth

True Song of SoulIn sufi teaching, the masters talk about stations, the stations to reach God. In Shadhiliyya sufi path, the teacher Sidi al-Jamal in his book, Music of the Soul, talks about different stations, such as seven stations of the self (nafs), heart (qalb), soul (ruh) and the secret (sirr). Here is an excerpts from one of the station of heart, al-haqiqat: the station of truth / true reality.

You are the secret. If you know the deep secret, you can reach Him and sit in the holy garden. In the garden you will find the wine of the truth. Every heart needs this wine because the heart is the tree of God and tree needs to drink His wine. You cannot drink this wine if you do not know its meaning. How would you know the way of the wine if you did not clean your house? Because He is the Holy House.

There are two things that make war in the heart – the family of light and the family of darkness. Clean your heart of the family of darkness, because many things come from the darkness. Leave everything, and open you heart only to God to know the secret inside your heart. If you change your heart, then you are the qiblah (the direction of payer). Your heart is the qiblah, and you are the qiblah.

When you are in this station, you can pray from your heart. You face yourself when you pray because He wants you to know yourself. When you know yourself, you know God and you reach His place, which is no place because He is the beginning and the end. You can pray inside your heart when you live in this station. You are the truth, and your ear is the ear of God, and your eye is the eye of God. Your picture is the picture of God, and there is no picture now because you are a deep secret. Now you can reach and you can know yourself.

Always remember that you will not reach if He does not love you. First He loves you and then you love Him, yet there is no first. He can see everything in your face and He can hear every voice. When you speak, you should know how to speak with yourself. When you are in this station, there is no body because you have lost your body. It has become completely light. Where can another sit inside you? There is no room for another, there is room only for God. You can live in this station because it is the real life. The guide wants you to spend all your time with Him. Do not lose any minute because every minute is very holy, I live with my soul now. This is the holy light, if you know.

Praying is different here from any prayer before. You now pray in two ways – the ritual prayer for the self and the deep prayer for the soul. You live all your time in everything with your soul, but the real soul. This is from the truth. No one can reach if he or she does not change everything from the outside to the inside, and there is no outside and no inside.

Pray, but do not pray only with your body. Pray with your heart and soul. You live now in al-wahid al-ahad, not just one, but all one. Al-ahad is the divine oneness of God. All your qualities in this station are the qualities of Allah because your sun (soul) is rising, and it is a holy sun which contains every meaning. When the sun rises in your heart, you can see everything and know everything. He loves your prayer because when you pray in this station, you pray with your God face to face, and there is only the face of the unity.

“ Oh my God, keep me in this station to pray deeply because my face is Your face. Help me to know, and do not discharge me back to the life I lived before I came to You because now I could not live without You.”

This is the way of the soul. My Beloved is inside me. What do I want after that? I want nothing. He stays inside, and I love Him and He loves me. The prayer now becomes deeper and deeper. I do not want to live without this wine because I receive all that I desire through this wine. When I walk in this station, how could I live without the wine of the truth? This is the true song.

Music of the Soul Sidi Shadhiliyya. Text and credit The Stations of the Way
. From Music of the Soul by Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal
. Sidi Muhammad Press
. SufiGift
. graphics: Art by Chrysti Pin It Now!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Healing with Divine Love | workshop of sufi healing

Barbara Amina ArnothDoes Fear Anxiety, or Worry affect your life? For many people, it causes a level of distress that keeps them from feeling relaxed and having the peace and safety that allows them to enjoy their lives and relationships and achieve their dreams. If you have felt this way, know that relief and healing are possible and this workshop might be for you.

This sufi healing workshop is designed to help:
* Learn about causes of fear, anxiety, and worry
* Assess and evaluate unique situation and level of discomfort
* Using ancient sufi healing tools, one will learn to:
- Open and deepen heart to Divine Love to receive healing
- Release the causes and Remove the veils of separations between one and God
- Begin to taste the safety, calmness, peace, and security, and well-being that is waiting to be uncovered in the heart

Healing Fear, Anxiety, and Worry Through Divine Love
Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2008 | 10 am - 5 pm
Mt. Washington, Los Angeles, CA

To Register: Call Barbara "A'amina" Arnoth at 323-223-8993 or email:

About | Barbara “A’amina” Arnoth, MA, Th.M
A’amina has a private healing practice where through her deep insight, strength, and gentle way, has helped many people of different faiths remove the veils of separation so they can experience a deeper, more loving connection to their hearts and receive God’s love more deeply. She has a Masters degree from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism and is currently a teaching assistant at the University. She has a MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

when you bless me, bless me like this

Prayer Flags, blessings, Tibbet
. 1 .
when you bless me, bless me like this:

close your eyes,
and with your whole being,
from your soul of soul, say: "I LOVE YOU".

and know that in respond
from my inner being will flow
the affirmation, "I LOVE YOU TOO."

there is no other blessing
greater than this.

. 2 .
the mystics say,
creation is the Sacred Love Making of the Divine,
every moment the Supreme Source of Love
is affirming that by saying: Kun!
in reply, comes into existence the whole of creation.

what else can it be?!

from the bursting of tiniest bud
to the birth of giant new galaxies,
they all come into being to reply,

from no time to the end of time
thus continues the most ancient love story.

. 3 .
when Bawa appeared in Coleman's dream
the first thing said this strange, unknown man, was:
and Coleman replied, "I LOVE YOU TOO."

bless me like that.

(c) MysticSaint | Jan, 2008

. dedicated to Coleman Barks, the mystic poet who resurrected Rumi in the hearts of our generation and for the next.

# related
. Coleman's vision of Bawa
. sufi haqqu | love me
. image credit: prayer flags in the winds of Kham, Tibbet Pin It Now!

Monday, January 28, 2008

every human soul is guarded | meditative Quranic verses

guardian angelIn kullu nafsin lamma AAalayha hafithun.

no human soul has ever been left unguarded. The Quran 86:4

# alternative translation of this verse pregnant with many esoteric implications and inner level of meanings, which includes the subject of mystical relationship of human soul - Divine Soul and the concept of guardian angel:
. There is no human soul but has a guardian over it.
. Absolutely, every being is well guarded.

# worth mentioning, one of the Divine qualities of God is Al-Hafiz, The Preserver, The Protector, The Guardian.
(...) inna rabbee AAala kulli shay-in hafeethun.
. surely my Lord is the Guardian over all. 11:57

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sufi Celebration | The Hidden Angles of Life @ USC

Returning to Los Angeles for the second annual event, MTO Sufi Association is presenting "Sufi Celebration" at USC. This year's program, "The Hidden Angles of Life" features the exuberant and uplifting Sufi chanting called Zikr, demonstrations of Movazeneh - the practice of harmonizing and balancing the body, as well as captivating speeches on Sufism and its manifestations in the arts and sciences, and inspiring poetry renderings.

A celebration of Music, Poetry, Meditation - presentations on Sufism and more. Open for all, welcoming all.

When: February 10, 2008
Time: 7 - 9 pm

Location: Bovard Auditorium USC Campus
University of Southern California
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles , CA 90089 | on google map

[>] For details and ticket info pls visit here.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning,
our souls are dancing with you,
without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?

. MTO Sufi Association
. Sufi Association
. Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) Shahmaghsoudi
. Tamarkoz
. Sufi Celebration at UC Berkeley | Nov 17, '07 | video 1, video 2 Pin It Now!

No room for two egos | Mutu qabla anta mutu

Sufi egoless die before you dieWith God there is no room for two egos. You say "I", and He says "I". In order for this duality to disappear, either you must die for Him or He must die for you.

It is not possible, however, for Him to die - either phenomenally or conceptually, because "He is the Ever-living Who dieth not." He is so gracious, however, that if it were possible He would die for you in order that the duality might disappear. Since it is not possible for Him to die, you must die so that He may be manifested to you, thus eliminating the duality.

from The Rumi Collection | edited by Kabir Helminski

. Mutu qabla anta mutu . Die before you die .
- Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him -

Die before thou die
That so thou shall not die
When thou dost come to die
Else thou diest utterly.

Were Christ a thousand times
Reborn in Bethlehem's stall
And not in thee
Thou art lost beyond recall.
- Silesius -

The process of man may be compared with the process of a butterfly. The egg dies and become a caterpillar; the caterpillar dies and becomes a chrysalis; the chrysalis dies and become a butterfly. If man dies to his old self, he becomes something quiet different. - Gurdjieff

# related.
. the Greater Death, MahaSamadhi
. die before you die - Rabia
. submission real
. what is fana / annihilation in God?
. zen story of dying before death
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Saturday, January 26, 2008

aayat al-kursi | verse of the throne | essence of Islam | meditation on Quran

Quran arabic calligraphyThe verses 255 to 257 of 2nd chapter of Quran is famously known as aayat al-kursi or verse of the throne. It contains both esoteric and exoteric vastness of meaning and the Prophetic tradition speak very high of the merit of the verses. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is recorded as saying that everything has a zenith, and the zenith of the Quran is Sura al-Baqarah; and as for verses, it is Ayat al-Kursi.

A beautiful mystical interpretative version of the verses are given by sufi teacher Lex Hixon in his wonderful book, The Heart of the Koran. Here is the version with slight modification. ... Bismil'Llah.

2:255. There exists only One Supreme Source, One inexhaustible Power calling Itself Allah, the Profoundly Living One, the Life beyond time that never diminishes. The One Reality never unconscious, nor even for a moment rests Its embracing Awareness. To the One alone belongs the emanation of planetary existence and all beings.

There is no being who can turn toward the Ever Present Source in prayer or contemplation except through the Power and Love that flows from the Source Itself.

The Ultimate Source abiding beyond time, always remains perfect aware of what causes precede and what results follow from each event. Human beings can comprehend nothing of His encompassing awareness save what Allah Most High transmit to them as gifts of Grace.

All creation, including planetary and heavenly planes, is The Brilliant Throne of Allah. To sustain and protect this vast manifestation of Divine Energy involves no effort at all for the Original Source, Who is Supremely Transcendent and Who subsists solely as Radiance.

2:256. There should never be the slightest compulsion brought to bear upon any being to walk the exalted way of Islam. Allow humanity to be attracted spontaneously to Islam by its utmost clarity, for Islam simply makes clear the truth that there can be only One Source. This Truth alone dissolves the primal error that turns away from the Ultimate Source by mistaking various limited view to be ultimate.

Whoever ceases to rely on any idol, on any limited human understanding, and relies solely on the Limitless Source Allah, has grasped the most trustworthy support, the clear and indestructible essence of Islam. Indeed Allah Most Wise hears inwardly the spoken and unspoken prayers, and perceives intimately the open and hidden motivations of all things.

2:257. Allah Most Merciful gives the perfect guidance and full protection of His Divine Friendship to those who affirm the Source of Love with their being. Those who live the life of constant spiritual affirmation, Allah Most High brings forth from the shadow realm of subjective impulses and limited concepts into the clear Light of the Source. But those who turn away from the Source of Light, who for guidance and protection rely on the graven images of limitation, are drawn from the clarity of revelation into the realm of shadows, and will inevitably experience the Majesty of Allah as tremendous fire.
- Meditation on Holy Quran, 2:255-257

note. some school of thought maintain that aayat al-kursi is only verse 2:255, whereas other maintain that it includes 255 to 257. you may listen and download (right click and select Save as...) the original arabic verses here.

. a basic translation with transliteration
. traditional and literal translation of verse 2:255 by Kabir Helminski
. Aayat al kursi | explanations and merit
. Ayat al-Kursi Booklet [Pdf]

[>] Listen to aayat al-kursi / by different reciters
Ayat al-Kursi by Hafiz Remzi Er (Turkey) [mp3]
Ayat al-Kursi
Ayat al-Kursi
Ayat al-Kursi
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Quick Links | Food for Thoughts

Mouse Pointer. Satsang with Swaha | Laugh with Rumi
Whoever brought me here
will have to take me back Home!
[>] click to watch and laugh!
/ more videos

. Basho's Trail via National Geography | Travels along the path of Matsuo Basho, Japan’s 17th-century haiku master, help bring his words to life.

. E-Mail Is Easy to Write (and to Misread) via NY Times | ... Face-to-face interaction, by contrast, is information-rich. We interpret what people say to us not only from their tone and facial expressions, but also from their body language and pacing, as well as their synchronization with what we do and say.

Most crucially, the brain’s social circuitry mimics in our neurons what’s happening in the other person’s brain, keeping us on the same wavelength emotionally ... In contrast to a phone call or talking in person, e-mail can be emotionally impoverished ...

. The Perils of Popularising Science via More Intelligent Life | In appealing to the layperson, scientists often sacrifice accuracy in favour of simplicity, and the field suffers for it. Jason Zevin, a cognitive neuroscientist, takes those best-selling theorists to task ... Pin It Now!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Abida Parveen sings Bulleh Shah's Sufi Kalam

.. Tere Ishq Nachaya, Theyya, Theyya ..

Your Love has made me dance to a fast beat,
theyya theyya,

come, O Great Physician,
else i breathe my last breath!

Your Love made a house within me,
i filled my bowl with poison and gulped it myself.
come quick O Great Physician, or i will die!

a peacock cries in this grove of love,
my pretty Beloved to me is Kaaba and Qibla.
You smote me with Love but never inquired about me.

Ishq (divine love) and fire are same,
but the heat of the love is intense.
fire burns the wood,
but ishq burns the heart.

water extinguishes the fire,
what is the remedy of love?

Gulam Fareed says:
nothing remains
where Ishq makes its abode.

black is my robe,
i am filled with sins,
people think i am darvish.

O Fareed wake up,
and wander around the world,
find someone blessed,
that you also be blessed.

come, O Great Physician,
else i breathe my last breath!

Your love has made me dance to a fast beat,
theyya theyya,

. thanks to dear sister Shabana for the translation of the lyric to English for Inspirations and Creative Thoughts.

about sufi BULLEH SHAH (1680-1758) | Bulleh Shah (shortened from his original name Abdullah Shah) was the disciple of a Qadiri Sufi - Shah Inayat. Inayat Shah Qadri (or Shah Inayat, as he is referred to in Bulleh Shah's poetry) was a Sufi of the Qadri order, who authored many Persian books on mysticism. Bulleh Shah is considered to be one of the greatest mystic poets of the Punjab region and his verses sung as sufi songs are greatly popular even today in India, Pakistan region.

[>] Listen Abida Parveen singing, one of the best contemporary sufi singer from Pakistan. more about Abida.
[>] Watch Abida Parveen sing the beautiful song | part 1 | part 2

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Split Open | Bawa's Message from Wisdom Articles

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen said, “We must split open the love we have for each thing in our life and examine what is inside. We must open each tree, fruit, flower, our lives, our sexual pleasures, gold, our wealth, our houses, everything we look at with our eyes and our minds. If we dissect them all and look inside, we will eventually realize that there is only one kind of love, and that is not something we see externally.

When we truly perceive that wonder we will exclaim, ‘My God!’ That love is ‘my God’ that wonder. That love which is at the core of everything we see is God. As we dissect everything, what we ultimately see is ‘my God’. This is love. Whatever it may be that we want to study or examine, if we cut it open, what we ultimately experience is the fragrance and the light which is ‘my God.’

When we split open everything seen in life finally we recognize that one thing which permeates all lives - God who appears as a ray, as the point, as the center of everything. That point is love. And when we perceive that love present within all lives, we have to love that love. We exclaim, ‘Oh my God, this is Your creation, how wonderful! This is Your fruit, how wonderful! When we dissect anything, we see only His wonder inside. When we look at love, we see only His love; when we examine wisdom, we see only His wisdom; when we study beauty, we see His beauty; when we analyze compassion, we see His compassion; when we observe any actions, we see His actions; when we see a miracle, we see Him as the miracle; when we perceive radiance, it is His radiance. The love we should have is the love which looks at everything through Him.

M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen - a Sufi mystic, can best be remembered for his efforts to bring unity through understanding to the faithful of all religions.

. credit: BMF Family Newsletter Jul-Aug 1999
. visit Wisdom Articles for more articles of Bawa's spiritual wisdom

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

which of the marvels of your Lord will ye deny!?

Eagle Nebula
The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. The above image in scientifically re-assigned colors was released as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Fabi-ayyi ala-i rabbikuma tukaththiban

Which of the marvels of your Lord will ye deny!?

The Quran. Ar-Rahman.
55: 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 79, 71, 73, 75, 77 | unlike any other verse in the Quran, this same Quranic verse is repeated again and again for as many as 31 times in the same chapter of the Quran to remind the innumerable marvelous signs of the Divine spread in the creation.

[>] you may listen to the beautiful recitation of the full chapter of Quran, Ar-Rahman | click. mp3 | real | [>] full quran audio
. watch via youtube with translation, another beautiful one.

. image credit:
Astronomy Picture of the Day |The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA [>] see the amazing full size of the image.

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silence | the adored path of the mystics

Buddha empty handTraditionally the mystics of all ages know the limitations of words and are never a big appreciator of words when it comes to living and embodying the Reality. it has always been maintained that the Highest Truth can never be put into words. the moment one attempts to describe the Highest Reality, one distorts it and what is described is not what IT Really IS.

"the one who remain silent becomes free"
"either speak good or remain silent" - Prophet Muhammad

tradition has it recorded that everynight after isha or night prayer, Prophet Muhammad entered into silence and would not speak to anyone. Prior to the beginning of his prophetic mission he used to go for silent retreat in a nearby mountain cave. later for lay practitioner entering silence was institutionalized during the last ten days of ramadan, the month of fasting. its called itikaf where one stays in a corner of mosque or house, devote oneself in prayer in complete silence devoiding oneself from all wordly engagements. Itikaf is the islamic tradition of contemplation, solitary and practicing silence.

Mouni or silence is something very important part of ancient hindu spiritual path as well. Buddha who himself was born into a hindu family and culture, also entered into long silence and deep state of meditation before he received enlightenment. a major reason of all spiritual retreat and seclusion is to remain silent in order to tune in, to listen to the inner voice, which is the voice of the Divine Itself. in the life of Buddha a story survived in Buddhism which is also considered the beginning of Zen tradition.

. the first zen story | the Flower Sermon

Buddha, truly a mystic in heart, was staying at a place sharing his teaching each day with his followers. one morning he arrive to find many monks, nuns and lay people seated, waiting to listen to his words. Buddha sat before them in silence. For a long time he just sat there quietly and his followers sat in silence waiting and wondering.

Finally between his fingers he held up a flower, silently displaying it to the crowd. Nobody understood this gesture except Mahakasyapa, one of his monk disciples, who smiled, having understood that no words could be a substitute for WHAT IS.

Buddha handed the flower to Mahakasyapa and began to speak. “What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”

What Buddha was trying to transmit? He was trying to make the point that enlightenment couldn’t be attained by lecturing. Enlightenment would come from a silent mind.

"All real spiritual teachers teach in silence." - Sri Chinmoy

The highest teaching is not conveyed in words, but in silence. that's why highest teachings are always transmitted from heart to heart without dependence merely on words. The 'silence-loving heart' is the best receptive vessel. "Be still and know God" is also the ancient, ancient reminder from the Psalms. and mystics know in their heart, God is the Great Silence, Who is accessed through silence.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Work as Play | Satsang with Alan Watts

Sometime you come across something, be it a tiny bit of quote, be it a book or someone saying something that you overheard and you exactly know this is what you needed the most at this moment. so when i stumbled onto Alan Watt's talk on works as play, i was delighted to hear what he was talking about. At this point really really i need to work on my work.

In modern lifestyle as we are bombarded with so many works, responsibilities, this to do, that to do .. often time we feel dispirited by the burden of work. sad part is, we have to live with it as our journey through life goes on. Following are 3 parts video via youtube where Alan Watts a world known personality talks about Work as Play. I enjoyed his personality and the way he expressed what he wanted to express.

[>] Work as Play, part 1 of 3

[>] part 2 of 3

[>] part 3 of 3

Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 - November 16, 1973) was a philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion. He was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. Note: the sanskrit term satsang means meeting with truth, it also means company of the wise.

. for more talks of Alan Watts visit Seeker After Truth.

. Alan Watts on Time, part 1. part 2. part 3
. a conversation with mySelf is another interesting talk to hear.

. Alan Watts archive
. Alan Watts Podcast
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

you are bound to rise high | meditative Quranic verses

meditative quranic verse Huwa Hu Divine God Allahwa la tahinoo, wa la tahjanoo
wa'ntumul al-aAAlawna inkuntum mumeena.

Be not, faint of heart,
and grieve not:

for you are bound to rise high if you are believers.

- The Quran. surat al-imran. 3:139

To become a believer is not really about believing into "something", naive blind faith is denounced even by God and not welcomed in this love affair of submission.

The desert arabs say, "We believe".

Say unto them O Muhammad, "You do not have faith yet; rather say, We submit to the Divine Will, for faith has not yet entered into your hearts." - The Quran. surat al-hujurat 49:14

The whole affair is really about opening of heart to something higher. Submission to Divine Will embodies that quality of opening. A believer is the one who has opened his or her heart to Divine like a sunflower that opens to the sun. Opening of heart is a real necessity not for Divine's sake but applies to everything we deal in this human journey, including every little or big mundane things.

"... for you are bound to rise high" - rising high is to become a perfect human being embodying the qualities of the Most High. Nothing less is the goal in this being human. Man is in search of its divinely inspired idea of perfection. Nothing less.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

the secret of body and soul | Osho

All divisions are false.

Reality is One.

It is all One.

The body is the soul visible,
the soul is the body invisible.

- Osho
the bohemian master whom i love.
be in peace.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Many addresses and pathways to God

your heart is the browser
the pathways are the search engine

the universe is the real internet

and there are many addresses to the Beloved,
Whose server is always online.

. Neil Douglas-Klotz .
( Sufi Saadi Shakur Chishti )

. from the introduction of The Sufi Book of Life - 99 Pathways to the Heart for the Modern Dervish

Along with other, currently reading this book and its a beautiful one. This is a kind of book where the author himself recommended to read it from anywhere, any random page. I liked his take of 99 Qualities of Divine and naming / channeling them as Pathways to the Heart. The 99 Qualities / Names of Divine are revealed through Prophet Muhammad and contain essential Gnosis of God.

. Excerpts | Introduction | from text Al Haqq

Sufi Book of LifeAbout the Book | Part meditation book, part oracle, and part collection of Sufi lore, poetry, and stories, The Sufi Book of Life offers a fresh interpretation of the fundamental spiritual practice found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools - the meditations on the 99 Qualities of Unity.

Unlike most books on Sufism, which are primarily collections of translated Sufi texts, this accessible guide is a handbook that explains how to apply Sufi principles to modern life. With inspirational commentary that connects each quality with contemporary concerns such as love, work, and success, as well as timeless wisdom from Sufi masters, both ancient and modern, such as Rumi, Hafiz, Shabistari, Rabia, Inayat Khan, Indries Shah, Irina Tweedie, Bawa Muhaiyadden, and more, The Sufi Book of Life is a dervish guide to life and love for the twenty-first century.

Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D ., internationally-known scholar of religious studies and psychology, is author of Prayers of the Cosmos, Desert Wisdom, The Hidden Gospel and The Genesis Meditations: A Shared Practice of Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims. He is co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and currently lives in Edinburgh, where he codirects the Institute for Advanced Learning. He founded the International Network for Dances of Universal Peace in 1982 and is a senior teacher of the Sufi Ruhaniat International through which he has led spiritually rooted peace-seeking journeys to Russia, Eastern Europe, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.

. website of the Sufi Book of Life
. graphics: photograph of an artwork from Shadhiliyya Sufi Center, Napa Valley.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Prophet Muhammad's Advice of Spiritual Wisdom

Prophet Muhammad Mohammad beautiful Arabic Calligraphy......................... Abu Dharr al-Ghafari, a famous companion of the Prophet narrated, "I entered one day in the midday in the presence of the Messenger of God in his mosque. I didn't see anyone at all in the mosque except the Messenger of God and Ali who was sitting by his side, so I took the opportunity of the emptiness to approach the Prophet and asked his advice that God will give benefit by it ...". The Prophet gave him advice mentioning that for surely it is the collection of all the paths of goodness.

"Worship God as if You see Him and if You weren't seeing Him (You must understand that) surely He sees You. Know You that the first of worship of God is (Ma'rifa) gnosis, for He is surely the first before every other thing, so there is nothing before Him, The singlemost without any second, the continuing without an end. He is the Creator of the heavens and earth and whatever is in them and between them and He is the Subtle, the Aware, and He has power over all things; then belief in me and acknowledgment that God sent me to all of humanity as a bearer of glad tidings, a warner, a caller to God by His permission and a illuminating torch of light; Then the love of the people of my spiritual abode and my spiritual successor, those from whom God has removed every impurity and purified them a perfect purification (The Quran 33:33).

You must know that God, the Great and Majestic, has made the 'Ahl al Bait' (family and the spiritual successors) in my nation the likliness of the ship of Nuh (Noah) whoever rides it is saved and whoever desires other than it is drowned. He has made them the likeliness of the Gate of Jericho among the Banu Israel, whoever enters the gate is safe.

There are two blessings seriously taken for granted (misused) by mankind, health and spare time.

Take advantage of five things before five things seize you; Your youth before Your old age, your health before your sickness, Your wealth before your poverty, your spare time before your being busy and your life before you death.

Beware of Procrastination for you are (in) today and not (in) tomorrow. If there is a tomorrow for you, be tomorrow as you are today. If there isn't a tomorrow for you, you will grievously regret the opportunity you missed today. (...)

He who seeks knowledge to deceive by it others will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.

When you are asked of some knowledge you know not of say, "I do not know!" You will be saved of it's consequences. Don't make judgment of that which you haven't knowledge, you will be saved from the wrath of God on the Day of Judgement. (...)

Leave that which you have nothing to do with. Do not speak of that which does not concern you, and guard your tongue like you guard your money.

Take account of yourself before you're taken account of so your accounting will be easier tomorrow. And weigh yourself before you are weighed and prepare for the great staging; the day you will be presented, not the least of a hidden thing of you will be hidden from God.

Surely God is with the tongue of every speaker. So let every man fear God and know what he is saying. Leave excessive speech.

The Virtue of knowledge is greater than that of worship. And know you that if you prayed until your back becomes bent and you fasted until you became thin as strings, that would not benefit you unless it is done with piety.

Surely the people of piety and abstinence in this world, they are the real friends of God.

Whoever does not come on the Day of Judgement with three qualities he has surely lost. Piety that prevents him from that which God the Great and Majestic has made prohibited for him, and clemency (hilm) by which he refutes the ignorance of the fools and good manners (Khuluq) with which he deals with the people."

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. credit / Concerning the advice the Prophet gave to Abu Dharr, quoted partly from Makarim al Akhlaq (chapter 12): Compiled by Sheikh al Jaleel Radiyu al Deen Abu Nasr al Hasan bin al Fadl al Tabrasi, one among the great scholars of the 6th Century A.H. / graphics credit: Arabic calligraphy of the name of the Prophet, Muhammad

. an invocation | May God's mystical peace and blessings be upon beloved master, noble soul Muhammad and his true spiritual successors and companions. May God grant us the love of the Prophet which flows ceaselessly behind the veil of unknown to every soul that sends salutation of love and peace to him. May the Nur Muhammad, the blessed primordial light shine in every soul that knows the Messenger of God to humanity with certainty. amen.

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30 Most influential religion blogs | TimesOnline

"Bloggers about religion blog religiously"
- Faith Central

Faith Central of Times Online has compiled a list of the most influential blogs that has religious theme. it was compiled during July, 2007. Here are the first 10 blogs.

1. Informed Comment | Blog from the president of the Global Americana Institute, on religion and the Middle East.

2. Austrolabe | Aussie Muslims discuss world events in a wide ranging and engaging blog.

3. Jew School | Blog by Jews, about Jews, for Jews, interesting and compelling.

4. Articles of Faith | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times', fantastic blog offering expert comment and analysis of religious events. Incisive and prolific.

5. Spirit Daily | OK, not strictly a blog, but the closest thing we have to The Drudge Report.

6. Black Hat Lama | Life as one of the most senior and revered figures of Tibetan Buddhism.

7. Freedom's Zone | Jews, Muslims and Christians blogging from around the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, against religious extremism.

8. Get Religion | A blog on religious affairs and based on the premise that the press just don't get religion. Based in Washington D.C. this is the blogchild of the Oxford Centre for Religion in Public Life.

9. Progressive Islam | Plenty of warnings to €œweak souls€ who might get easily offended in this blog but it does have some quirky pieces on modern Islam.

10. Soma Review | A humourous review of religion and culture.

:: for full list of 30 most influential religion blogs, visit Faith Central @ Times Online.

. cartoon by Chris Madden

# Best Religious Blogs from the 2007 weblog awards
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rumi recited by Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks recite RumiColeman Barks who has made resurrect Rumi in the hearts of millions in the west, not only interprets Rumi but also his strange, mystical voice is a joy to hear. Who is best to hear from but the one who made Rumi his exclusive nourishment! Barks, 70, often describes himself as "just one of God's funny family," a sentence used by Bawa Muhaiyaddeeen, Coleman's spiritual teacher who had immense inspiration in bringing Rumi to the English readers. Coleman Barks is a retired Professor of Creative Writing & Poetry in the University of Georgia and has been a student of Sufism since 1977.

“If Rumi is the most read poet in America today, Coleman Barks is in good part responsible. His ear for the truly divine madness in Rumi’s poetry is truly remarkable.” - Huston Smith, author, The World’s Religions.

Here are a few poems of Rumi translated (or interpreted) by Sufi Coleman and recited by him as well (all are videos via youtube). Clicking each poem will take you to youtube, upon finishing you can come back to this page by clicking BACK on browser button and continue to enjoy the other poems. Let me know which one is your favorite!

Enjoy, but be warned!
the words of Rumi may melt your heart
just like wax melts softly and silently
in the golden candle fire.
Be warned! cause like magic - before you realize
the words of Rumi may give birth
pearly tear drops
on the corners of your eyes
of strange intermingled joy and sorrow!

Coleman Barks recite Rumi * What Was Said to the Rose

* Only Breath

* Inside Water the Waterwheel Turns

* Embracing the Mystery

* Solomon and the Gnat

* Love Dogs

* Scarcity Scared Silly

* Rumi's Nightingale

* Those who don't Feel This Love

* The city of Saba

* Imagine a time

* Dance Broken

* Who Says Words with My Mouth

* Rumi 800th Birthday | Kent

# a good read // Coleman Barks, foremost Rumi translator, talks about the Persian mystic's timeless appeal and his own spiritual life
by David Ian Miller via
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God came to my house | St. Francis of Assisi

God came to my house and asked for charity.

And I fell on my knees and
cried, “Beloved,

what may I

“Just love,” He said.

“Just love.”

- Saint Francis of Assisi -

Love Poems from God: version by Daniel Ladinsky
via PoetSeer | graphics
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Saint Francis of Assisi meets Shams Tabriz

What is common between Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)? Both are ecstatic mystic of divine love and the common source might very well be Shams of Tabriz's inner illumination, who is more known as the guide of Rumi. What is less known is the accounts that St Francis was in contact with Rumi’s mentor at some important point in his life in Damascus.

Saint Francis of Assisi, perhaps the most beloved saint of the Western world, founded the Franciscan Order, and is known for his embrace of poverty (faqara, a very central attitude of the suifs), his commitment to creation, and to nonviolence. On the other hand Rumi is the most beloved poet of love not only in East but also in West. Francis and Rumi both are most celebrated mystics of love. Rumi and St Francis, the great names in Abrahamic mysticism, are thus given a point of contrast which reflects their spiritual unity. (credit)

Saint Francis's love for nature and his hymns to the sun, moon, earth, and birds have captured the hearts of millions of Catholics, and the respect of millions of people of all faiths. This saint achieved the highest state of consciousness possible to man, a divine union with God. Sounds familiar to Rumi readers?

Francis Bernardone was born in 1182, in Assisi in central Italy, into the family of a wealthy linen merchant, Pietro di Bernardone. The end of the twelfth century was a time of political turmoil, and as Francis grew to manhood he began to embrace the ideals of medieval chivalry as depicted in the troubadours' songs, influencing him to seek a military career as a knight. He was captured and imprisoned after his first battle (between Assisi and Perugia), and returned home a year later, very ill. Recovered, he determined to enlist again, this time fighting for the pope in the Crusades. The Crusades brought Francis to the Middle East, and there are accounts that St. Francis was in contact with Rumi's master, Shams, while Francis was in Damascus. Shams was a wandering dervish and Damascus was one of his most frequented places.

Its very likely that Shams initiated and influenced Saint Francis with Divine love by whispering similar secrets which he whispered to Rumi.

What was said to the Rose
that made it open,
Is said to me here in my chest
- Rumi -

Both Saint Francis and Rumi show similar pattern in many aspects of their framing of emotion on Divine.

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. - St. Francis of Assisi

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Come out of the circle of time And into the circle of love. - Rumi

Francis had many visions in his life, and it was around this time that one of these visions made him realize a military career was not for him. He returned home and began a new life, on fire with love for God. He began to devote himself to helping the impoverished and the afflicted. It is said that he embraced and kissed a leper, and experienced a baptism of joy and triumph over fear.

Whereas Saint Francis abandoned his prospective career in military, in Rumi's case it was prestigious post as a theologian and professor, both driven by the all consuming fire of Divine Love.

In 1219 Francis went on a pilgrimage of non-violence to Egypt. Crossing the battle lines between the Sultan and Crusaders in Damietta, he was received by the Sultan Melek-el-Kamel. (credit)

It is said of Francis that his love for God at times made him so wild that few understood him. Sometimes when Francis was traveling with this brother monks he would pick up a stick and pretend it was a violin bow and his arms a violin, and he would start playing the violin and singing French songs that his mother had taught him as a child. Francis would leap about and dance and become ecstatic. This is another parallel trend of Rumi's ecstatic whirling dance and that of Saint Francis.

"The more I read about St. Francis the more I am convinced of two things: 1) He was the among the most genuinely committed Christians that ever were or ever will be. I mean, some may consider themselves good Christians, but Francis really went the extra mile in following Christ. And 2) The most lasting comparison comes from the Sufi mystics of Islam. A comparison that is not, in fact, too far fetched considering he likely got the idea of the Angelus three times a day from Islam, actively sought dialog with Muslims, and a Sufi legend reports that in his younger days he joined a Crusade and went to Syria where he played (and cheated!) at cards with Shams of Tabriz, the teacher of the great poet/theologian/mystic Rumi. If you want two pillars of the Church, look no further than Francis and Thomas Aquinas." - comment made by Matt Robare @ insight scoop blog.

. Poems of St. Francis of Assisi
. and Biography
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dreams of Great Beloved | Soul Calls

God LotusIf thoughts are things
and dreams come true,
I'll dream a life of loving You.

If I must dream this earthly play
Then I will dream of loving You
night and day.

I'll dream a place
with thoughts so sweet,
I'll dream myself
there at Your feet.

If by my thoughts, my dream I choose
Then I will choose a dream of loving You.

I'll dream a place with thoughts so sweet
I'll dream myself there at Your feet.

I'll spend my life just loving You,
If thoughts are things and dreams come true.

- Soul Calls Three | Divine Beloved
part of Soul Calls Trilogy, a collection of introspective music meditations and chronicles of devotee’s journey toward Oneness.

In his writings, Gurudeva Paramahansa Yoganandaji speaks of the dream nature of this world and of the soul's power of free will; the ability to control it's destiny through the power of thought and right understanding which is born of deep, silent, meditation.

Resolving that for as long as this mayic journey exists, the devotee will live a life of consciously choosing to be a lover of God. (credit)

Soul Calls cd coverAbout the Artist: Saranya is a disciple of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. A practicing Kriyaban yogini since 1972, with profound gratitude for the help of her Great Gurudeva, Saranya brings to the Soul Calls an intimacy born of personal experience of the struggles and joys on the soul’s journey toward realization of Oneness with the Divine Beloved.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

What the burning bush spoke, so spoke Mansur al Hallaj

Tarquin Rees, the author of blog Anulios shared something interesting about the statement of mystic Mansur al Hallaj, "anal Haqq" or "I am the Truth", as Mansur was accused of blasphemy that he claimed, "I am God" by interpretation. Previously i posted few perspectives on this statement in a series titled Study on Masur Hallaj. Earlier post links are provided at the end of the post.

Noteworthy is the comparison of Moses' account where God spoke through the burning bush on the base of the sacred mountain, though Tarquin's prime emphasis is somewhere else. I feel the symbolical reference of burning bush and Mansur Hallaj's statement do hold certain depth when it comes to inner realities. The Quranic description of the event (which is also present in the Bible) can be recalled briefly:

(...) So when he came to the fire, a voice was heard: "O Moses!
"Verily I am thy Lord! (...)" - The Quran 2:11,12

I quote from Tarquin's post:

(...) mysticism in general and Sufism in particular does not in any way aim to ‘unite the aspirant with God’ or enable them to partake of God’s being. In my opinion, this is impossible.

Rather, the method is one of eradicating that which stands in the way of perception of God: the false self or nafs. As these do not really exist - as nothing really exists in the final analysis (except God) - then we do ourselves do not really exist. Sufism is the means of realizing this in actuality.

If the above is true (and I could be wrong obviously) then how can the non-existent perceive the existent? Or, put another way, how can Hallaj say “I am God” ? Hallaj is non-existent. God could say it THROUGH the form of Hallaj perhaps ... certainly He is rumoured to have once said something similar through a burning bush but is that really what we are talking about in this case?

(...) I think that certain realized people - teachers, for want of a better term though I am learning to view this term with extreme distaste - say specific things with a view to their being considered deeply by a specific audience, perhaps even one generations after their time.

This is the category into which I suspect Hallaj’s saying might be placed - alongside Bayazid’s earlier near-identical utterances and Jesus’s famous “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life”.

In a way they are Legominisms in Gurdjieff’s phrase or ‘teaching phrases’ in Shah’s sense. Meant to be pondered for deeper understanding ... they are also invitations to literalism if one is so inclined.

One sees in them a reflection of what one believes based on what one IS at the time - this can be used for change or for justification or for more or less anything. They are magic: you get what you put in - but you also get exactly what you want to take out.

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reminiscence from a khalwa night

Photograph and Collage by Sadiq Salim
the khalwa has begun.

in the most secluded part of night,
far removed from ordinary sight
from the house of worship,
permeating its dome
vibrations of zikr rise
towards the Throne.

the dimly lit outer room of our mosque
a quality of unknowingness.

i look outside the window facing the gardens
there to my surprise is our master's presence!

the master sits alone on the porch
in quietude of the night
leading his holy children
in recalling of Light.

upon his heart, upon his lips,
between Lord and him, goes on
ceaseless remembrance,
the sacred communion of grace.

on this blessed night
if you listened to the sound
of the caravan of khalwa,
you'd have listened only this: Allah! Allah!

(c) Sadiq Salim
jan 7, 2008
photograph & graphic collage by Sadiq

+ dedicated to sister Wendy Salaam McLaughlin, to whom i am grateful for introducing me to Sidi and the tariqa by the Will of the One.

note: during khalwa night (a sufi practice of spiritual retreat) the master (Sidi, may God sanctify his station), while zikr was going on inside the mosque, he himself sat outside, alone. i happened to seen him on such an occasion and it was a beautiful feeling to catch a glimpse of a realized master in his remembrance in solitude with God. the poem derived its inspiration from that glimpse on the night of khalwa (dec 18, 2007). alhamduli'Llah.

. khalwa means spiritual retreat, a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad and earlier Prophets. the opening of heart of Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, happened also during a blessed night of khalwa or spiritual retreat in a cave of Jabal e Noor (Mountain of Light) near Mecca when divine revelation (Quran) began to descend upon his heart.
. zikr is remembrance of the Divine, can be inwardly, outwardly or both.
. Allah, the unique name of God, is invoked in zikr. Sheikh Shadhili, the founder of the Shadhiliyya path specifically emphasized on the practice of louder mode of remembrance on the particular Divine name 'Allah'.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

sun, you and shadow

When you stand with your back to the sun, your shadow is before you; but when you turn and face the sun, then your shadow falls behind you.

- Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Plato wrote that we live in a shadow world, where we confuse the shadow of ourselves with reality. This is the Nafs, the false ego, which stands in the light before God, causing, so to speak, a spiritual eclipse.... The Nafs turns us from the One to the many, enticing us with the things of this world. Then man attaches himself to one thing after another, which brings, at best, momentary satisfaction. Through his spiritual practices the Sufi learns to chain the Nafs, to perceive that it is only a shadow of reality; and finding the sun of truth within his being, looking upon it, one is no longer aware of the shadow.

Then the Nafs is not destroyed, but harnessed. The whole of man's being is attuned to God and everything within him serves God. This is the work of all on the path of illumination, of whatever school they may be. There is no other obstacle than this false self, and there is no better means of controlling it than by meditation and by practicing the presence of Allah.

~~ "Githa II, Dhyana 2, Meditation", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

The whole idea of life is to live freely; to look through space freely, having nothing to hide or conceal; allowing the light of truth to shine from within and the light of the sun without; light all around, no shadow of any kind hindering the light which is the soul of every being. (credit)

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Healing with Divine Love | Workshop Events

pure Lotus HealingHealing Shame with Divine Love | day long workshop with Mariam

. What is this awful experience called shame?
. Explore the spiritual issues underlying shame
. Understand how shame moves in relationships
. Experience the healing power of Divine Love and Mercy
. Heal the shame/pride wounds within yourself & your relationships

Time | Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 9:30 am sign-in | limited seating - early registration suggested.

Venue | Alchemical Courtyard,1688 Meridian Ave,10th Floor, Miami Beach, Florida

for information or registration, contact: Hasna Tiffany | 305-323-1432 | tiffanywood (at)

also Friday Introductory Lecture & Saturday Mini Workshop | all are welcome; love offering appreciated

Healing Through Divine Love | Knowing Divine Love is a healing miracle open to anyone. Through Sufi practices during this evening program, your heart will open to receive more and more of God’s Love and Light. It is then natural to become a vessel of healing for yourself and others. There will also be direction on giving to others in this way in contrast to depleting your self by giving from personal energy and will. | Fri Jan, 11, 7-8:40 pm | Unity on the Bay, Cameron House, 411 NE 21st, Miami, FL

Deepening Prayer: The Blessed Journey | Connect to divine love and pray your most sincere desire from your deepest heart. Experience God in a moment to moment interaction. Direct experience with God nourishes us more deeply than anything else. We can find this nurture through active, personal prayer. But we must learn to pray from our deepest being and to learn how to listen for God’s response to our prayers. This afternoon is a blending of Sufi teachings and psychological approaches for increasing intimacy. A notebook will be needed for part of the exercises. | Sat Jan 12, 1-4 pm | Unity on the Bay, Cameron House, 411 NE 21st, Miami, FL

About Dr. Mariam Ruth McGinnis

. Ph.D. Psychology, 1971, MI licensed; CD, sexual abuse, preverbal trauma specialties
. Ordained minister & student of Sufism
. Faculty, University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism
. 20+ years in recovery

"Mariam carries a deep understanding of how love can heal our hearts and souls and return us to the ocean of Divine Love.” - Ibrahim Jaffe, M.D., D.D.
N. American Leader, Shadhiliyya Sufis; Founder, University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism

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To heal is to become one with the Deep Love of God | from a conversation with Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

Dr. Ibrahim JaffeDr. Ibrahim Jaffe, leader of the Shadhiliyya Sufi School of Spiritual Healing here in America, is a licensed medical doctor, master energetic healer and spiritual counselor. He is also the founder of the School of Energy Mastery and Energy Mastery Seminars and is widely recognized as a compassionate healer and loving teacher. Guy Spiro interviewed him for Monthly Aspectarian (aug 2000).

The Monthly Aspectarian: Dr. Jaffe, I'd like to start out by asking you to give a thumbnail description of your background.

Ibrahim Jaffe: I'm a Medical Doctor who in 1986 went blind. I had picked up a virus when I wrestled for the Illini at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and it caused me to lose my sight. After treating with the common anti-virals and doing all the things that the physicians teach today, I was unable to get well. The medical profession basically washed its hands of me.

TMA: Were you already involved in holistic medicine at that time?

IJ: I already had some interest in holistic medicine and had spent some time meditating, but really had no background in them at that point. I spoke with some friends and they suggested acupuncture and homeopathy and none of that really worked. Then somebody suggested I go up to a yoga retreat and try some of their programs, which also didn't work.

So after about six months of the disease, which was progressively getting worse and I was in a lot of pain, I realized that nobody was going to heal this for me. I went into a room, sat there and started to meditate with the belief that somewhere within me was the power to heal. For about three months I sat in that room and meditated every day. I visualized and did everything I could think of without a lot of success until one day I gave up. I got angry and couldn't deal with it anymore. I started to scream and yell and shout and as I did that, something remarkable happened. There was a flickering of light, a spinning and a sound and all of a sudden it was like a flow of energy opened inside of me and the light burst through the eye. For the first time in six months, I could see.

(...) Divine love is the replacement. There are two factors that we're working with. There's the creation of disease and the transformation of that disease. The creation of disease is always due to repressed feelings, wounds and psychological pictures that we hold in our unconscious mind. It's the transformation of those pictures and wounds that cause healing. If we just move the energy, very often people will heal. But if they heal without returning to the divine love, it's like they've healed part of the disease but they haven't brought it back to into its complete nature.

TMA: Somewhere along the way you fell in with the Sufis?

IJ: Exactly. A Sufi teacher, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, [the current head of Shadhiliyya as well as the head of the High Sufi Counsel in Jerusalem] showed me the problems with the healing I had been doing [for others] up to that point. I say "problems" -- the healing was good, we had probably 10,000 cures. But he said to me, "You're working in an incomplete way. You're moving the energy but you're not changing the person deeply enough. You've changed the outside so the healing happened, but you haven't changed the inside."

I said, "What does that mean?" He said, "Well, if you change the body and you don't change the heart and the soul, how have you really healed the person?"

I said, "Doesn't healing the wounds, the emotions and the mind change them?" He said, "This is not enough. You've got to go past the mind and the emotions to changing the heart."

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[*] About | Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, M.D. is the founder of the School of Energy Mastery and Energy Mastery Seminars. He is the head of the American Shadhiliyya Sufi Order and is a practicing physician, holistic doctor, and clairvoyant healer. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago and has practiced medicine in Hawaii and Arizona. He is also licensed by the Arizona Homeopathic Medical Board as a Homeopathic Medical doctor and has studied both classical and electrodiagnostic homeopathy.

After being stricken with a severe eye ailment and nearly losing his sight, he did intensive research on how emotional and psychological issues alter the human energy field and cause disease. Through this research he was able to regain his sight and develop the system of Advanced Energy Healing. Later, as his clairvoyant vision opened naturally, he developed the Awareness Release Technique, a spiritual and energetic approach to healing which has become the foundation of his School of Energy Mastery.

In 1994 Dr. Jaffe met Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, the Qutb and current head of the Shadhiliyya, as well as the head of the Higher Sufi Counsel in Jerusalem and the holy places. Dr. Jaffe recognized Sidi as his teacher and surrendered to the path of love. In 1997 Sidi conferred upon Dr. Jaffe the title of Muqaddam and asked him to lead the American Shadhiliyya Order. Since this time, Dr. Jaffe has purchased land in northern California where he is building a holy healing community based on the principles of love and the energetic understandings of disease. (credit)

. Official website of Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe
. The Practice of Spiritual and Medical Healing by Robert Ibrahim Jaffe, M.D.
. Shadhiliyya Sufi Center
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