Saturday, May 31, 2008

Satis Est, Domine, Satis Est

Saint Francis of XavierSatis Est,
Satis Est.

It is Enough,
O Lord
It is Enough.

- St. Francis Xavier
(Navarre, 7 April 1506 - China, 3 December 1552).

The intoxicating statement, a wholesome and beautiful prayer in its own, is believed to be the most common utterances of the saint, may God be pleased with him.
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Most Direct Guidance | meditative Quranic verses

... wakafa bi Rabbika Hadiyan wa Naseeran.

... and sufficient is your Lord
as a Guide
and a Helper.

- the Quran 23:31

The most direct guidance comes from God alone and this alone is sufficient. In Islamic wisdom tradition one of the revealed 99 attributes of God is al-Hadi which translate as "the Guide". The roots of Hadi is a voice, sound, sensation or direct message (HAD) that returns us to the source of life and take us further (I).

The Bible relates that when Prophet Elijah (arabic Ilyas or Elias in Quran), when in trouble listened for the, "still, small voice", through which he heard the voice of the Holy One. Often our heart is in need, is in longing for such simple, direct sense of guidance.

Sufi master Inayat Khan's prayer reflected beautifully the invocation for heart's opening to that direct guidance within.

Open our hearts that we may
hear Thy voice
which constantly cometh from within.
- Prayer of Inayat Khan.

The Divine is the All Hearing, As-Sami, the Ever Listening. As illuminated servant, as divine instrument, abd-Allah, as we develop this attribute of God, we become the all hearing of God. Then we hear nothing but God's voice that constantly cometh from within. It is a station and a goal of seekers of truth.

When a seeker seeks, love and guidance is always present and they arrive from the Direct Presence of the Most High. Persian sufi of eighteenth century, Ahmad Hatif writes:

When you bring the journey,
take Love along for food.
Love makes easy what Reason makes hard.

Talk about the Beloved morning and evening.
Look out for the Beloved at twilight and dawn.

Even though they tell you a hundred times:
"No one has seen the One," keen on
until its vision illuminates you.

You'll find the Beloved located
where even Angel Gabriel can't go.
Love is the path,
the rations, and
the goal.

Sufi Neil Douglas-Klotz in his book, The Sufi Book of Life teaches sufi meditation of guidance on the Divine attribute Al-Hadi as follows: Center in the heart. Breath the word Ya Haa-Dee rhythmically ... feel as the heart vibrates with the sound. Contact your senses of highest guidance, whether this be your own spirit of guidance or the reflection or may it come through a teacher, prophet or saint. Walk in rhythm with the feeling of your heart leading you further on love's journey.

. Transliteration of the Quran
. image credit: Arabic Calligraphy of the Name, Al-Hadi
. 99 Names of Allah Pin It Now!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Online Interactive Quran | Tajwidi Quran

Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen Durkee is the khalifah in the Western Hemisphere of Shaykh Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi, of the Shadhuliyyah-Badawiyyah sufi order for the Illumination of Hearts and Tranquility of the Self. He is the editor, translator, and author of more than a dozen books the most recent of which is The Transliterated Tajwidi Qur'an.

It is a beautiful guide for non-Arabic readers to the pronunciation of the original text and to understanding some of the meanings revealed in the Glorious Qur’an.

This new translation and transliteration of the Qur’an makes it easy for the learner or non-Arabic reader to pronounce the sounds of the Words of Allah while cross-checking with the clear Arabic text. The transliteration (based on Mesa and Hart's rules) is clear and accurate, and is found directly opposite its Arabic counterpart. The English appears ayat by ayat under the transliteration. Both the Arabic and English characters are large enough to read easily, and are marked with detailed orthography (punctuation, stops, continuity, breathing, rules of tajwid).

Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen DurkeeIn 1994, Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen Durkee began this work while living in Alexandria, Egypt, as an aid to non-Arabic readers of the Qur’an. After it was completed in 2000, he sent it to a select group of Arabic scholars, speakers and readers as well as to a representative cross-section of Muslim readers for further review and correction. This latter stage, coupled with careful revisions of form, layout and design, took 3 more years. It was printed and bound during Ramadan 1424-2003. You can order a copy from here.

A portion of the interactive Qur'an reciter is now available online. There from the left side drop down menu you can choose a chapter, page language and once you click [Play] it recites the quran with highlight for easy following. A great tool for aiding memorizing Quran or for listening.

[>] click here to access the Tajwidi Quran.

# Credit: Tajwidi Quran
. Green Mountain School
. An-Noor
# Related: Learning Quran with word roots
. Getting a free copy of Quran Pin It Now!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

the wasp that demonstrated what it means "to love thy neighbor" for real | a true sufi story

Sidi alJamal1.
this story is about a wasp and a bird. my Shaykh Sa'id al-Jamal (Sidi), may Allah be pleased with him and sanctify his Sirr, told this story from his own life in one of his visit to US.

Sidi was about thirteen years old and it was harvest time in the village where he went to visit his relatives. everywhere people were harvesting the grains, chafing the wheat etc.

at one point a wasp came to his attention. it was picking up a single wheat grain each time in its mouth and flew back. after a while it came back again to pick another grain and flew. when Sidi saw it happening for the third time, it came to him, "there's a story behind what this wasp was doing". so he decided to catch this wasp without doing it any harm.

with all the enthusiasms of a teenage boy, thanks to a little box and very thin thread he caught the wasp. then tied the thin thread to one of its leg and let it go.

interestingly, without delay it came back and picked up another grain in its mouth and flew away. now following the thread curious Sidi tracked the wasp as it started its return journey. after it flew about two hundred yards, it hovered close to ground and made a sound. from distance there Sidi saw a little nest on the ground, then heard the voice of a bird and it was opening its beak.

Bird Chick Beak Opengoing down, the wasp dropped the grain into the opened beak of the bird. Sidi went close to the nest and took this bird in his hand only to find that this bird had no legs and it was blind.

Sidi told afterwards that the whole chain of events was a great surprise to him and left a significant impact in his heart.

about the story Sidi mentions that this story gives us a way and gives to all people a certain understanding how Love and Mercy should be expressed. this story is a teaching from Allah about deep love and true mercy that each human being aspires to. this story also tells the depth of love go beyond the human being and are also experienced amongst other creatures of Allah, like birds and insects.

Behold! Allah is not ashamed to propound the parable of a gnat or even of something more simpler. (Qur’an 2:26)

the outstanding story reminded me of the great statement of Christ on loving one's neighbor (Matthew 22:39) and how beautifully the wasp was demonstrating exactly that.

the equivalent teaching of the last divine messenger to humanity, Muhammad was, "none of you truly submit to divine (become muslim) unless he (or she) loves for his fellow brother (or sister) what he loves for him."

we often reduce religious / spiritual / moral teachings to mere theoretical knowledge and nothing but empty sweet talking. far important than just knowledge and overloaded information are sincere action in the physical world. we being physical beings, even the very idea of love remains hollow and empty if nothing is acted upon it when it's necessary.

where its applicable, love manifested in action is much more powerful than assumed love that reside only in the realm of mind. helping the helpless, attending to needy or feeding the hungry is much more powerful and meaningful in terms of love's manifestation than merely reading hundred pages of scripture or spiritual books.

what was inspired to the wasp and its action is also a bold demonstration of how God is the provider of all. Allahu ar-Razzaq, God the Provider. Allahu al-Wahhab, God the Bestower. It is through the all encompassing Divine mercy which takes care of all. even the blind and paralyzed bird is also been taken cared of through another species in such an amazing way.

There is not a single moving creature on earth but Allah is responsible for providing is sustenance. He knows where it dwells and where it will permanently rest. All this is mystically recorded in a clear Record. (Qur’an 11:6)

. About Sidi Sa'id al-Jamal
and his teachings
. Love of the poor Pin It Now!

understanding the war within

He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who conquers others has physical strength;
He who conquers himself
is truly strong.
- Taoism. Tao Te Ching 33

Irrigators lead the waters. Fletchers bend the shafts.
Carpenters bend wood. The virtuous control themselves.
- Buddhism. Dhammapada 80 and 145

With the conquest of my mind,
I have conquered the whole world.
- Sikhism. Adi Granth, Japuji 28, M.1

Power consists not in being able to strike another,
but in being able to control oneself when anger arises.
- Prophet Muhammad, Bukhari, Muslim

In The Spiritual Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, (Volume VI - The Alchemy of Happiness) Sufi master Inayat Khan writes on Life's continual battle (selected):

Because life means a continual battle; one's success, failure, happiness, or unhappiness mostly depends upon one's knowledge of this battle. Whatever be one's occupation in life, whatever be one's knowledge, if one lacks the knowledge of the battle of life, one lacks the most important knowledge of all.

The question arises, of what does this knowledge of life's battle consist? It comprises the knowledge of warfare, how to fight and how to make peace.

In this present age it seems that the knowledge of warfare has developed; but on the other hand the knowledge of peace is absent; for the full knowledge of warfare is both the knowledge of battle and the knowledge of peace. This can be learned according to the mystics by battling with oneself, and by bringing about peace with one's own soul.

The life of an individual being is not very different from the Life of the world. An individual person's home is not different from the world. An individual's body and mind and spirit form the whole universe. An individual life can fill the gap between the dawn of creation and the last day. Man does not realize how important is his own life, his self; and the study of his own life and his own self is a study of the greatest importance.

And the best knowledge is not only the knowledge of all that is good and beautiful, all that is harmonious and peaceful, but also the knowledge of the causes that are behind all the conflicts and all the battles that one has to face in life. The reason why man generally lacks this knowledge is because when he is faced with a battle he wants to fight, instead of first wanting to learn how to fight. And the one who goes into life's battle without first acquiring the knowledge of warfare loses in the end. But one who learns about this warfare of life first learns its reason and its causes, becomes more capable of fighting the battle of his life.

Christ pointed to this secret when he said, 'Resist not evil.' This means that if one resists or wants to fight a battle every time something in another person appears wrong or unjust, one will lose one's power. For the competent general is not the one who always attacks. The competent general is the one who stands firm in defense. His success is more secure than the one's who is continually attacking. Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one's temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won, it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.

For this battle in life the first thing that is necessary is to keep the army in order. And what is this army? It is one's nervous power. Whatever be one's occupation, profession, walk in life, if one has no control over one's own nerves one will be unable to control that walk in life. Today people study political economy or various other kinds of economy, but the most essential economy is economizing the forces which make one healthy and strong through life. This army must be drilled and made to work at command. And one will find the proof of this when one can sleep at will, when one can rest and eat and work at will; then that army is really at one's command.

Arjuna Battling in Kurushkhetra battleThe officers of this army are the faculties of the mind. These faculties are five: the faculty of retaining thought, the faculty of thinking, the faculty of feeling, the faculty of reasoning and judging, and that faculty in man which is the principal one, the faculty of 'I', or ego. Even in a body with strong nerves, when these five faculties which work as the generals of the army are not in working order, not clear, one cannot expect success in life's warfare. One should further study or practice the art of training these generals of the army in one's own body.

Without knowing about war one cannot thoroughly know about peace; without understanding peace one cannot thoroughly know about war. What is necessary at the present time is the study of life in general, and that means the knowledge of such questions as what is the purpose of life, what is really beneficial, what is nature, and where is the goal. It is no use practicing something before studying it. What does worldly wise mean? It means expert in this warfare of life; to know how to battle, how to make peace, why to battle, and what aim is accomplished by peace.

But it should be clearly understood that the battle with oneself means peace, and the battle with another war. If a person has not practiced this on himself he cannot be competent to battle with others. When one discovers what is the secret behind this creation, one finds that out of one life, the origin and the goal of all, this life of variety has come.

That is why the nature of the life from which this world of variety has come is peace, and the nature of this life of variety is war. One can neither be without war nor without peace. One might say that all war in life should end, but this has no meaning; one might just as well say that the world of variety should not exist. Where there is plurality there must be conflict; and although conflict seems a tragedy, the true tragedy is ignorance. Instead of wanting to end the battle of life, or instead of opposing peace, one should gather knowledge of life and thereby attain to the wisdom which is life's purpose. (read in full)

Struggle against the lower self is the greater holy war (al jihad al-akbar). - Islam. Hadith

Fa-inna maAAa alAAusri yusran.
Inna maAAa alAAusri yusran.

Lo! Verily with struggle is relief.
Again, verily with struggle is relief (ease, peaceful state).
- The Quran 94: 5,6

# Further
. Peaceful Warrior and Jihad in Islam

. The Struggle of Life (1)
. The Struggle of Life (2) Pin It Now!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

No End in Sight | how and what went wrong in Iraq War

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. - Stephen Hawking

honestly when i read the stereotyped media reports on the violence in Iraq or Afghanistan where the suicide bombing, killing and all sorts of violence is somehow tried to be portrayed as something linked with religious extremism ... i don't get it. with all my somewhat familiarity with islam and islamic teachings, it absolutely makes no sense how such act of violence can be sanctioned or even brain-washed through any kind of religious connection, no matter how extreme or how fanatic it can be pushed to.

there is this notion in the media where using religious classification like Islamic Militia, Exteremist, Shia, Sunni, Mahdi Army it gives a whole picture as if all the violence is totally linked to religion of islam. but only if we look beyond the surface and what appears, we can easily see the truth of the matter and surprisingly it has very little to do with religion but more to do with social injustice and economic hardship. such ignorance is used in wholesale to propagate fear for political gain and keep people away from real agenda and in turn it create islamophobia and victimize the religion of islam and muslims.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. - Bertrand Russell

there are few very good documentaries came out recently on the war in Iraq and recently i had a chance to watch NO END IN SIGHT directed by Charles Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson, a former Brookings Institution scholar with a doctorate in political science, presents familiar material with impressive concision and impact, offering a clear, temperate and devastating account of high-level arrogance and incompetence. its a no-nonsense revelatory and absolutely vital film that sheds light on the real situation out there.

The documentary won a special jury prize for documentaries at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 in the documentary feature film category. i would strongly recommend to watch it. its available online as well.

[>] Watch the whole documentary via Google Video
1 hr 41 minutes

Pass it on | given the current global situation with war, poverty, global warming, it is very important to spread the consciousness and to dispel the ignorance even it is to just one person. to spread the consciousness one to one has always been the model.

it is important for planetary awakening and our collective future on this planet. consciousness of each human individual being can not be ignored.

also we can not ignore the collective negative karma we are creating and dumping on the planet because it belongs to all. we can not ignore the on going mass-raping of the planet with our greed by destroying its environment, ecology and human beings through arrogance and ignorance in the name of modernization and war.

to be conscious of whats going on in the planet is a sacred responsibility because this planet is a sacred place. inflicting pain on the globe itself translated to more suffering to everything and everyone the planet holds. just as for individual, being mindful of our inner states is necessary, so also it applies for world citizens to be mindful and conscious of whats happening on the planet.

by sharing the consciousness about truth and contributing to dispel ignorance is a vital contribution to make. so please spread the word. human mind is unbelievably powerful and each human being is the microcosm. thus the consciousness we can pass on to each individual has far greater cosmic consequences than we can imagine.

it is necessary for the planetary awakening that we understand the truth from all level in everything (after all everything is spiritual); it is necessary that we no longer feed ourselves with the lies but awaken to truth. truth is Divine and everything that is created is created with truth.

. No End in Sight official website
. At the Movies Reviews
. NY Times Review | No End in Sight
. on PBS
. buy the DVD Pin It Now!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Truth | The astounding rate of suicide among US war veterans

"In this war – as in others – I am less interested in honoring the dead than in preventing the dead."
- Butler Shaffer

the other day i was just glancing through the book Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukov and somewhere one line really struck me which says, "Since the end of the Vietnam War, three times more veterans have taken their own lives than the number of men and women who were killed during the war."

i was astounded. astounded because of the message it carries. astounded because of the manifestation of so much collective negative KARMA in such fashion.

that line got me curious about suicide rate among soldiers and war veterans. previously i read some other statistics about high rate of suicide (often not reported in public media) among the young soldiers in iraq and afghanistan. so i was looking for more factual evidences and came across some very resourceful reports.

some reports quote figure as high as 120 suicide per week by former gulf war / iraq war veterans across the country*. Another report quoted 1000 suicide per month**. According to Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2006, there are 24.5 million veterans in the US. 1.7 million which are women.

experts have already voiced that it is one of the major crisis of this nation and if there are anything that can be done to respect those who fought for this great nation, this is one of the top issues that need addressing.

with deep respect for all soldiers and veterans, on this memorial day i would like to share the following resources:

CBC News Investigation, 5 months state by state survey
[>] Click to watch: Part 1, Part 2

** [>] Cover up! U.S. Veterans SUICIDE rate hit 1000 per Month!

*. 120 War Vets Commit Suicide Each Week (Nov, 2007)

. Veteran Suicides, PTSD, and Election 08': Does America Care?

. Untold Story: Vet Suicides

. Vets with Invisible Wounds of war reach staggering numbers

. U.S. War Veterans and PTSD Awareness

. War Veteran's Suicide Rate "Stunning"

. Study Tracks Suicide Rate in V.A. Care, NY Times

# VA Watchdog dot org

. Vets' growing suicide rate worries officials, SF Gate

. America suffers an epidemic of suicides among traumatised army veterans

. Suicide rate in U.S. Army hits 26-year high, International Herald Tribune

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners. - Albert Camus

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
- Blaise Pascal

In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons. - Croesus

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln
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Interpretation of dreams in Islamic Wisdom Tradition

Dream in Islam1.
On many occasions Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, after finishing the morning prayer in the mosque, he would face the companions and ask, "Who amongst you had a dream last night?" So if anyone had seen a dream he /she would narrate it. The Prophet would say: "Ma sha'a-llah" (God has willed it) and he would continue interpreting the dream.

Thus dream interpretation, specially in group was practiced from the very time of the Prophet, which tradition is also carried and practiced in many sufi orders and has distinguished place in Islamic wisdom tradition.

Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said, "Nothing is left of Prophethood except glad tidings." Those with him asked, "What are glad tidings?" He replied, "True dreams / visions."
- Sahih Al-Bukhari

The Prophet Muhammad mentioned that after he was gone prophecy would come only through true dreams. Based on this and other statements, early Muslims created what might be called a theology of dreams. Dreams were regarded as an important means used by God to guide the faithful, especially after the cessation of Quranic revelation.

Abu Hurayrah narrated that Messenger of God, Muhammad said, "There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which causes sadness is from Shaitan, and a dream from the ramblings of the mind." - Sahih Muslim

Thus according to the Sunnah dreams are broken into three parts :
Ru'yaa - good vision or dreams, Hulum - bad dreams and Dreams from one's self (psyche).

Abu Bakr, one of the most dear heart companion of Prophet Muhammad was also considered the best interpreter of dreams after the Prophet. According to a tradition, the Holy Prophet said that he was enjoined by God to relate his dreams to Abu Bakr. Whenever the Prophet Muhammad had a dream, he would relate it to Abu Bakr. Whenever Abu Bakr had a dream, he would likewise relate it to the Holy Prophet.

They would then exchange views, and arrive at an agreed interpretation about the dream. In early Islam, interpretation of dreams was regarded as a spiritual exercise, and it was held that only those who had pure hearts and possessed an inward vision could have meaningful dreams and interpret their significance. (credit)

On one occasion, the Holy Prophet saw in a dream that he was driving a herd of black sheep. Then he found himself driving a herd of white sheep. After some time the two herds were inextricably intermingled and all attempts to separate them were of no avail. Interpreting the dream, Abu Bakr said that the black sheep signified the Arabs while the white sheep signified the people of other regions. The dream indicated that Islam would spread to other regions beyond considerations of color and creed.

4. Prophet Muhammad's dream of Christ and Anti-Christ
Messenger of God, Muhammad said, "I saw myself (in a dream) near the Ka'ba last night, and I saw a man with whitish red complexion, the best you may see amongst men of that complexion having long hair reaching his earlobes which was the best hair of its sort, and he had combed his hair and water was dropping from it, and he was performing the Tawaf (circumbulation) around the Ka'ba while he was leaning on two men or on the shoulders of two men. I asked, 'Who is this man?' Somebody replied, '(He is) Messiah (Christ), son of Mary.'

Then I saw another man with very curly hair, blind in the right eye which looked like a protruding out grape. I asked, 'Who is this?' Somebody replied, '(He is) Messiah, Ad-Dajjal (Anti Christ).'" - Recorded in Bukhari, Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar

(Extracts from Dream Yoga, In Yoga Journal, January/February 1997 Issue By Peter Ochiogrosso)

Sufis appear to take a more serious interest in dreams as guideposts along the spiritual path. The interpretation of dreams, including dreams that involve dialogues with one's teachers, have formed an important aspect of some Sufi orders since their earliest days. The 12th-century Sufi Najm ad-din Kubra (1145-1220) worked extensively with dream interpretation, citing the "constant direction of a shaykh who explains the meanings of one's dreams and visions." And Baha ad-din Naqshband of Bukhara (d. 1389), who lent his name to the Naqshbandi Order of Sufism, was renowned as an interpreter of dreams. It is even said that he would accept a dervish only after he had had a dream indicating that the person was an appropriate disciple.

Listen to your DreamLlewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a London-born member of the Naqshbandis now living in northern California and the author of several books on Sufism, dream work, and Jungian psychology, including In the Company of Friends: Dreamwork Within a Sufi Group (Golden Sufi Center). When asked if Sufism employs specific techniques for dream yoga, he replies, "No. If one thinks of the dream as being an inner wisdom that wants to communicate with you, you just have to learn to listen. I'm a great believer that if a dream wants to be heard, it will make itself heard. People say that they forget their dreams when they wake up. But if you have a really important dream, you will remember it. The Higher Self within you will make you remember it."

After becoming involved in the practice of Sufism 23 years ago when he met his teacher, Irina Tweedie (herself the student of an Indian Naqshbandi), Vaughan-Lee took a doctorate in Jungian psychology, a field that most dream workers find much more congenial and useful than its Freudian counterpart. "Much of the work on the Sufi path is psychological," Vaughan-Lee says from his office in Inverness, California, "and Jung offers a wonderful model of the Western psyche.

In Western psychology, he offers the most complete spiritual approach to dreams." But Vaughan-Lee also discovered that "people on the spiritual path have dreams that are not just psychological, but which have another dimension. Many people will have ancient Sufi symbols in their dreams without consciously realizing from where they've come."

As an example, he cites a dream told to him by a young woman in Minnesota. In the dream, he says, "She was in a very loving embrace, and then she was taken into a warehouse where rows of old men were carding wool. They had long white beards, and as they ran their fingers through their beards, they carded this wool." The woman had been brought up as a Christian and did not enter the Sufi path until some time after having this dream. At the time, says Vaughan-Lee, "She had no conscious knowledge of what her unconscious knew only too well, which is the whole Sufi symbolism of wool [the literal meaning of the Arabic root suf] as having to do with the Path, and the melting of the Path having to do with becoming as soft as wool."

Vaughan-Lee distinguishes many different kinds of dreams, including mind dreams ("like a cow chewing the cud, the mind digests what has happened to us" in a way that is best forgotten); purely psychological dreams (which we should work with); archetypal dreams (which draw on the collective rather than the personal unconscious); past-life dreams; and warning or prophetic dreams.

Vaughan-Lee makes his biggest distinction, though, between psychological dreams and spiritual dreams, like one in which the ninth-century Sufi al-Bistami asked God, "What is the way to reach You?" God responded, "The renunciation of self. Renounce the self and just walk in a straight way." According to Vaughan-Lee, spiritual dreams "describe inner happenings that take us beyond the psyche into the inner chamber of the heart, where the lover and Beloved meet and merge in love's oneness."

At other times, students may receive teaching in the night "which comes through on a dream level but does not actually originate in the unconscious," says Vaughan-Lee. "It's on a different plane of consciousness. On the level of the soul, we may meet teachers or perceive higher realities, and sometimes we remember these experiences in the form of a dream." He recalls speaking at the Sufi Bookstore in lower Manhattan, located near the mosque over which the late Lex Hixon presided for many years. Lex had passed away only a couple of months before, and a number of his dervishes described dreams of receiving spiritual instruction from their shaykh after his death.

Vaughan-Lee stresses the value of interpreting dreams within a group setting. "The group can collectively affirm dreams that are bewildering to the mind and threatening to the ego," he writes. "This provides a tremendous reassurance, which helps the dreamer with any doubts that may beset him." Although Vaughan-Lee acknowledges that group dream work is "slightly unorthodox in most Sufi circles," I witnessed Lex Hixon (from an entirely different lineage) doing the same thing in his mosque. Most Sufi texts do say that the dervish should tell his dreams only to the shaykh, but Vaughan-Lee, who learned the group technique from Irina Tweedie, continues to use it, because "it is really pointing away from the idea that the teacher is the only person who can understand anything. It points back to the wisdom within everybody's psyche, from which the dreams come, and in a way gives a space for the inner wisdom of the dream, which everybody has within them, to be valued and accepted."

The science of interpreting dreams is a subtle and difficult science. It is that part of prophecy that still remains after the expiry of the seal of the prophets. It is even recorded how many times a great dream interpreter like Ibn Sirin said: "I don't know", when being informed about a certain dream. One has to be a truly advanced person spiritually and one has to be quite knowledgeable to be able to give this science its due.

Those who really know about this science of dream interpretation have shared some of their insights with us. They have given us the advice (in general) not to talk about so-called bad dreams as telling about them may make them come true. Dreams can take place in different parts of the night and this gives us information if the possible realization of the dream may take place in the near future or in the distant future.

Then there is also this that prayers can change everything. By means of prayers a negative potential future may change into a positive one. Prayers are a very useful tool in this respect. There are people whose prayers are accepted by the Almighty. He will not refuse the prayers of these people. Allah may thus postpone things to the distant future. - Mohammed Siraj, Shared from Chishtiyya Sufi Group

# Further Resources:
. Meaning of Dreams in Islam: part1, part 2
. Dreams: According to Quran and Sunnah
. Search Dreams in Islam based on Ibn Sirin
. Dream Interpretation: Islamic resources
. The science of dream interpretation
. Dreams in Islam
. Bukhari, Interpretations of Dreams
. Golden Sufi
. Mystical Meaning of Dreams by Avraham Arieh Trugman
. The Early Muslim Tradition of Dream Interpretation
. Islamic ruling (fatwa) on interpretation of dream Pin It Now!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The farmer who followed his dream | a palestinian folk-tale

In the village of Sirees there lived a poor farmer. He lived in a small house with two lemon trees in a garden at the front. The farmer and his seven children worked all year round, but money was short.

One morning, while they were having breakfast, his wife said, "You look worried. What is the matter?"

The farmer replied, "I had a dream last night, and I can't explain it. I dreamt that I had to go to Jerusalem - I don't know why - and had to wait at a certain place by Damascus Gate."

"Wait for what?" asked his wife.

"That's it," said the farmer. "I have no idea what I was waiting for."

He went off to work and by the end of the day forgotten all about his dream. But that night and night after, he had the same dream again.

After having same dream three times and consulting with his wife, he decided to follow the dream's instruction. After three days of walking (being poor he couldn't afford to hire a horse or mule), he reached Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. There he stood and waited. People came and went, bought and sold, went to work and came back. Everyone passed by him and still he waited.

The farmer waited and waited and waited, but nothing happened. Night came, shops closed, people went home, but still he waited. Next day, same thing happened. On the third day he was still there.

On the third night, as the shops were closing, a man approached and said, "I own the leather shop just behind you, and I noticed you have been standing the same spot for the last three days. What is your story?"

The farmer told the shopkeeper about his dream, "... and as you can see, I am still waiting for something to happen."

The shopkeeper laughed and laughed and said, "Thats the craziest thing I've ever heard. You walked for three days and waited here for three days and nights - just because of your dream?"

"Well, yes," now embarrassed farmer said.

The shopkeeper laughed even more and said, "Go home. You have already wasted six working days. If everyone left their jobs to follow their dreams, no work would ever get done. Take me, for example. I had the same dream every night for seven nights, and in the dream I saw treasure buried between two lemon trees in a garden in front of a small house in a village called Sss - see, I can't even remember the name! Do you really think I am crazy enough to close my shop and go to that godforsaken place to look for treasure I saw in dream? I..."

Before the shopkeeper could finish, he saw to his surprise that the farmer had disappeared up the road out of sight.

- adopted from the book: Ghaddar the Ghoul and other Palestinian Stories by Sonia Nimr

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

... no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

- The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

# Previous Posts on Dream
. Thoughts on dreams
. This life is but a dream like state of a sleeping man
. Dream | remembrance of unconscious
. Secret of True Dreams | The Taste of Hidden Things: Images on the Sufi Path Pin It Now!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

graceful forbearance | meditative quranic verse

faisfahi als-safha aljameela

a graceful forbearance.

- The Quran 15:85

alternate translations:

Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness / Forgive, with a forgiveness which is beautiful / Turn away with kindly forgiveness.

"O Allah! So long as You are not displeased with me, I do not care. Your favor is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased."
- Prayer of Prophet Muhammad at the town of Taif, after being abused and humiliated. As he was leaving the town on foot, people threw rocks and stones to him until his body was covered with pool of blood so much so that his shoes were clogged with blood.

"Father forgive them; for they know not what they do."
- Jesus Christ, the son of Mary (Luke 23:34)

"Oh God of mine! I am going to enter into the abode of my wishes; there I will contemplate Thy marvels. Oh God of mine! If you manifest Thy Love even to him that wounds Thee, how then would Thou not give Thy Love to the one who is wounded because of Thee?"
- As Mansur al Hallaj forgave his persecutors and talked in ecstasy to Divine Friend from his golgotha.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

The Spiraling Cloud of the Beloved

A whispering soul within my soul
awakens me in the
circling intimacy of the night,
the way a gentle wind
moves through the softness of evergreen.

A thought swerves and scurries away,
knowing it is not welcome
in the true embrace of lovers.

The ear is cushioned next to the heart
to hear the rhythm and breathing of the other,
aligning with a breath that winds its way
around the moment like a silken song.

As birds rest their wings
in the sheltering scent of pine,
the spirit dissolves
into the answering sighs
of the saving warmth of love,
cradled in a hidden nest,
prepared from floating strands
of longing and desire.

The Beloved waits for the open heart,
the surrendered soul, and the purity of love
aware it has been created
to offer the gift of innocence
to the flames of truth.

In sacred stillness, the sun seems to sing
as it creates a rising circle of fire
to protect such a union.

- Naomi

.: more Poems by Naomi at her New Mother, New Earth, Night Songs blog
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Esoteric Sphere of Seven Subtle Centers and Seven Internal Subtle Messengers

Messengers, Prophets are as much as part of the outer reality, representing historical figures, representing the pole of human spiritual evolution at different ages; at the same time, each Messenger represent certain esoteric stations within every human being. The above figure illustrate how each Messenger is also an inner state of a seeker's journey to the Ultimate Reality.

Laqad Jaa 'Akum Rasulum-Min 'Anfusukum
There has come to you a Messenger from among your selves.
- The Quran 9:128

As above, so below; as outside, so within. Each Messenger symbolizes certain aspect of the reality and they are part of the internal cosmos within us, within our selves. They are not only Biblical Messengers, not only Quranic Messengers as they appear but they are also Internal Subtle Messengers. All Messengers are part of unity and oneness. Thats why Quran speaks of the oneness of all divine messengers sent to humanity from time immemorial by teaching to affirm, "La Nufarriqu Bayna Ahadin min Rusulihi" : "(Say O humanity that) We do not differentiate between any of the Divine Messengers." (The Quran 2:285)

Details of the Above Illustration (click on the image above to view larger version, sharing in other site / blog is fine with credit to this site): Esoteric Sphere of Seven Subtle Centers and Seven Internal Subtle Messengers

1. First Sphere
. Latifah Qalabiyyah . The Subtlety of Matrix
Adam Khalifatullah . The Divine Vicegerent

2. Second Sphere
. Latifah Nafsiyyah . The Subtlety of Self
Nuh (Noah) Najiyyullah . The Confidant

3. Third Sphere
. Latifah Qalbiyyah . The Subtlety of Heart
Ibrahim (Abraham) Khalilullah . The Friend

4. Fourth Sphere
. Latifah Sirriyah . The Subtlety of Secret
Musa (Moses) Kalimullah . The Conversant

5. Fifth Sphere
. Latifah Ruhiyyah . The Subtlety of Spirit
Dawud (David) Safiyyullah . The Intimate

6. Sixth Sphere
. Latifah Dhat-us-Sirriyah . The Subtlety of Essence
Isa (Jesus) Kalimatullah. The Word

7. Seventh Sphere
. Latifah Khafiyyah . The Subtlety of Hidden
Muhammad Habibullah . The Beloved

and Finally Latifah Haqqiyyah . The Reality ITSELF
The Unspeakable, indescribable Reality that is both Inside and Outside, both Within and Without, both Hidden and Manifest and That Effulgent Secret by Which all things are Encompassed.

. graphics: inspired from the document of Wadhifatus Salatul Mashishiyyah: the Daily Exercise of the Qutub, Shaykh Abd as Salam Ibn Mashish, may Allah sanctify his Secret.

# Suggested Book and Links
. Music of the Soul, an excellent book of deep esoteric wisdom detailing the stations of soul and seeker's journey to God by my beloved Shaykh Sidi Said al Jamal, may God be pleased with him.
. Shadhiliyya Sufi Center
. Tariqa Shadhuliyya
. The Green Mountain School Pin It Now!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

look Who is Looking, hear Who is Answering

of your

He's Speaking.

for Him

He's Looking for you.

- Sanai

"O Lord"
of thine,
are a thousand
"Here Am I"s.

- Rumi



- The Quran 34:50

:: related post
Divine is the All Seeing
Instead of looking, you are being observed

# Photo credit:
Portrait of a Sufi from Pakistan
. Yasuo Osakabe Photography

also check some amazing photography of Osakabe
. Vibes of Lal - The Sufi Pilgrimage
. Baba Shah Jamal
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What is Reverence? | flowering of holy perception to life

Reverence is the flowering
of a surrendered heart
and love its fragrance.

Reverence, is a love affair
with existence,
with life,
with beauty,
the all-pervading Mystery.

Reverence is the presence
of awakened living.

- Reverend Cailean Benjamin

Reverence is engaging in a form and depth of contact with Life that is well beyond the shell of form and into essence. Reverence is contact with the essence of each thing and person ... It is contact with the interior of its beingness.

Even if you cannot sense the interior, it is enough to know that the form, the shell, is merely an outer layer, and that underneath it the true power and essence of who a person is, or what a thing is, is present. That is what honored in reverence.

Reverence is an attitude of honoring life.

Whether a person is reverent depends essentially upon whether he or she accepts the principle of the sacredness of Life, any way that he or she defines sacred. Reverence is also simply the experience of accepting that all Life is, in and of itself of value.

Reverence is not respect. Respect is judgment. It is a response to the perception of qualities that we ourselves admire, or have been taught to admire. Qualities that are admired by the people of one culture may not be admired by the people of another culture, or by the people of subculture or by another generation of the same culture. Therefore, what is respected by some people may not be respected by others. It is possible to respect to one person and not respect another, but it is not possible to revere one person without revering every person.

Reverence is a perception, but it is a holy perception.

Without reverence, Life becomes a very cheap commodity.

ReverenceIf we perceived Life with reverence, and understood our evolutionary process, we would stand in awe at the experience of physical Life and walk the Earth in a very deep sense of gratitude.

Reverence is a perception of the soul. Reverence is a natural aspect of authentic empowerment because the soul reveres all of Life. There, when the personality is aligned with the soul, it cannot perceive Life except with reverence.

The decision to become a reverent person is essentially the decision to become a spiritual person.

- The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Earthly Mother | The extra-ordinary teaching of Divine Feminine in Essene Gospel

One of the most striking highlight of Essene Gospel of Peace is Jesus Christ's teaching of Earthly Mother. Its not only startling for traditional Christians who inherited present day Christian doctrines that came through filtering out of almost all gnostic teachings, thus stripped off most of the mystical, esoteric teachings of Christ; but as its clear, even the people of his time was also puzzled when Christ was teaching using the term, "Earthly Mother" to the audience (i wonder what was the original aramaic / hebrew term for Earthly Mother).

In the beginning of the Essene Gospel of Peace, book one, as Christ was among many sick and maimed, the opening passage records what proceeded from his blessed lips: "Happy are you that you hunger for the truth, for I will satisfy you with the bread of wisdom. Happy are you, that you knock, for I will open to you the door of life. Happy are you, that you would cast off the power of Satan, for I will lead you into the Kingdom of our Mother's angels, where the power of Satan cannot enter."

And they asked him in amazement: "Who is our Mother and which Her angels? And where is Her Kingdom?"

Jesus replies: "Your Mother is in you, and you in Her."

Now in strong Patriarchal Jewish tradition, Divine was not addressed in Feminine term. Its in the East such as ancient Indian tradition Divine Manifestation is naturally addressed as Divine Mother or simply Mother with capital M. From the response of the audience its clear that they were not familiar with the usage of the enigmatic term, Earthly Mother.

Its remarkable that as Christ goes on with the conversation he distinctly mention about Heavenly Father along side with Earthly Mother. That makes the whole point very interesting.

Throughout the teachings Christ used the symbology of Heavenly Father in association with spirit,
spiritual law,
and hereafter;
and the symbology of Earthly Mother in association with
body, bodily law
and life on earth.

In tantric wisdom, the human body with its biological and psychological processes is an instrument through which the cosmic power reveals itself. A Tantra text says: 'He who realizes the truth of the body can then come to know the truth of the universe'. In tantra the physical body is the vehicle to enlightenment and its amazing how Christ bring a lot of attention to the physical body and its laws to keep it pure for the sake of spiritual evolution.

And afterwards Jesus spoke thus to them: "Even as your bodies have been reborn through the Earthly Mother's angels, may your spirit, likewise, be reborn though the angels of the Heavenly Father. Become, therefore, true sons of Your Father and of your Mother, and true Brothers of the Sons of Men ..."

Though he purposefully used two different mental image, he never moved away from the Oneness of God. When it comes to indicating Supreme Oneness, he used the term 'God' purposefully; for example "... for your God is the God of Peace, and does never help division .."

3. Earthly Mother as the Archetype
Its clear that Christ was conveying the Archetype of Feminine Face of God in the accessible concept, in the symbol of Earthly Mother, which the people of that time was prepared to understood. Earthly Mother was as if the Manifest Face of God and Heavenly Father was reserved for the Hidden Face, the Transcendental aspect of the Divine.

Jesus was using the term Earthly Mother to prepare the mind for the even more Grander, Majestic reality of the Divine. Its clear from this passage, "I have still many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them yet. For your eyes are used to the darkness and the full light of the Heavenly Father would make you blind. Therefore you cannot understand that which I speak to you concerning the Heavenly Father who sent me to you.

Follow, therefore, first, only the laws of your Earthly Mother, of which I have told you. And when her angels shall have cleansed and renewed you bodies and strengthened your eyes, you will be able to bear the light of our Heavenly Father. ..."

4. Both Earthly Mother and Heavenly Father are within us
"For the Son of Men live in the Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother, and The Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother live in them."

"And pray every day to your Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother, that your soul become as perfect as your Father's Holy Spirit is Perfect, and that your body become as perfect as the body of your Earthly Mother is perfect ..."

Merging Feminine and Masculine5. Union of the two gives birth to perfection, resurrect the Divine Image

Everything in the creation, from matter - antimatter to male - female, all are created in opposites. Human beings are comprised of two distinct elements, immaterial soul and physical body. In the journey of our being, one can not neglect the spirit in order to only take care of the material side; but one must not neglect the body either, and take interest only in the spirit. Enlightenment is a results from an union of the two poles of the one-energy.

In far eastern tradition this is the union of Yin and Yang, Shiva and Shakti. Jesus teaches in the Essene Gospel saying that when we unite the two, a beautiful magic happens, wholeness emerges. This union is the secret key to reveal the Kingdom of God within.

"... then shall disappear from the earth all evil and all sorrow. And then shall be love and joy upon earth. And then shall the earth be like the heavens, and the Kingdom of God shall come."

And the secret door to that union is love. Again to quote Christ, "It is by love that the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother and the Son of Man become one."

Paramahansa Yoganananda in his book The Yoga of Jesus rightly says, "Jesus went very deep in teachings that appear on the surface to be simple - much deeper than most people understand ... In (his teachings) is the whole science of Yoga, the transcendental way of divine union .."

Aspects of Divine Feminine in other wisdom tradition | Many Name(s) of the Same Reality

VenusIn Greek: Gaia ("land" or "earth", from the Ancient Greek Γαîα; also Gaea or Ge is the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth. Gaia is a primordial and chthonic deity in the Ancient Greek pantheon and considered a Mother Goddess or Great Goddess.

Saint Mary MagdaleneAlso in this ancient Byzantine Greek icon, in Sophian Gnosticism Sophia is the feminine aspect of God.

In Hinduism / Sanatana Dharma : Shakti (Devi Prakriti) the feminine energy of the Divine. it is the personification of the divine feminine aspect, often referred to as 'The Divine Mother'.

In Buddhism / Far East: White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth. Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Tara is also know as the 'Mother of the Conquerors'. Tara is depicted as common mother or Holy Mother.

In Judaism: In Jewish wisdom tradition Shekhinah represent the feminine attributes of the presence of God, based especially on readings of the Talmud.

In Islam: The very words Rahman and Rahim, two widely cited attribute of Allah manifested through the teachings of Quran are derived from the root R-H-M which means Womb of Mother (also symbolize the Cosmic Protection of Mercy). Both Rahman and Rahim represent essentially the Feminine qualities of universal compassion and mercifulness of the Divine.

According to the well-known prophetic tradition, on the Throne of God it is written, "Verily My Mercy and Compassion precede my Majesty and Wrath." Thus the inner dimension of reality is inseparable from the Feminine quality of Mercy and Compassion, the Divine Feminine aspect of GodHead.

The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said: "Al-Rahman is the beneficent One whose love and mercy are manifested in the creation of the world ...". The term Earthly Mother which carries the meaning with the created world, earth - is a different way of describing the same concept of the unspeakable Reality of the Divine in an accessible term.

"More than this cannot be told, for the Holy Stream will take you to that place where words are no more and even the Holy Scrolls cannot record the mysteries therein." - Jesus Christ in Essene Gospel of Peace

# Previous Post
. The Essene Gospel of Peace

# References:
. Tantra
. Gaia
. The Heart of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Monday, May 19, 2008

The Essene Gospel of Peace

Essene Gospel of Peace "A dark age began,
a time of savagery of barbarism,
of book-burning, of superstition
and worship of empty idols.

The gentle Jesus was lost forever
in the image of a crucified God.

The Essene brothers hid their teachings in the minds of the few who could preserve them for their descendants, and the Scrolls of Healing lay neglected beneath the shifting shadows of the deserts." - the discovery of the Essene Gospel of Peace, by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

Earlier this month, while in Boulder, Colorado, I obtained a copy of The Essene Gospel of Peace (book one). Gnostic gospels have always attracted me, partly because the thirst of knowing Jesus and his mystic teachings were never quenched in the canonical gospels and they always felt incomplete. The Essene Gospel is particularly interesting because it strengthen and support the intuition and understanding (as well as scholarly, historical evidences) that Jesus was trained and raised as Nazarene Essene.

The Essene Gospels of Peace is quite unlike any other gnostic gospels I came across by the Will of God; its far more radical and sounds even more full of eastern and far eastern wisdom, yoga techniques including yogic breathing practices, teachings of tantrik vegetarianism and most strikingly the image of Feminine face of God (Earthly Mother, as its translated).

2. About the Recovery of Essene Gospel of Peace

The content of the first book represents about a third of the complete manuscripts which exist in Aramaic in the Secret Archive of the Vatican and in old Slavonic in the Royal Archives of the Habsburgs (Austria).

The existence of these two versions to the Nestorian priests who, under pressure of the advancing hordes of Genghis Khan, were forced to flee from the East towards the West, bearing all their ancient scriptures and ikons with them. The ancient Aramaic texts date from the 3rd century after Christ, while the old Slavonic version is a literal translation of the former. Exactly how the texts traveled from Palestine to the interior of Asia into the hands of the Nestorian priests, archaeologists are not yet able to reconstruct for sure.

Essene Gospel, Jesus in gathering of sick3. Essene Gospel of Peace starts in a gathering

Christ says,
"I come because you need me."

It seems wandering Jesus went to visit a plague stricken community which might have been located remotely from the common population because of their untouchable diseases such as leprosy. Its important to note, because many of the teachings are possibly very specific for that very community suffering from terrible disease and wishes to be healed by this mystic master asking, "if you know all things, tell us, why do we suffer with these grievous plagues? ... Master, heal us, that we too may be made strong and need abide no longer in our misery..."

In the whole gospel thus the context is where Jesus is teaching everything which is useful for the healing of those sick and maimed, that offcourse contains universal aspect of it as well. As he explain his teachings, he also continues to physically heals many.

4. Yogic Food: Jesus recommended strongly Vegetarianism and Sattvik Food

In this particular community Jesus strongly talks about vegetarianism and explain in details how Thou Shall not Kill was initially meant and applied to all life, but later was compromised because the children of Israel couldn't respect the commandment in its truest format.

And Jesus continued: "God commanded your forefathers: 'Thou shalt not kill.' But their heart was hardened and they killed. Then Moses desired that at least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts. And then the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and beasts likewise. But I do say to you : Kill neither men, nor beasts , nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death.

" So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grains and grasses of the field, the milk of the beasts, and the honey of the bees. For everything beyond these is of Satan, and leads by the way of sins and of diseases unto death. But the food you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see disease...."

The gospel goes on great detail on Jesus teachings which food to eat and what food are considered pure and even he describe the method of preparing their foods. What is very striking is his teaching is exactly same as what ancient yogis of India taught as Sattvik (or Sattvic) food.

In Indian sanskrit, Sattva is defined as the quality of purity and goodness. Sattvic food is that which is pure, clean and wholesome. Sattvik food provides the subtle nourishment necessary for vitality and consciousness. Food is seen as a carrier of the life force called prana and is judged by the quality of its Prana and by the effect it has on our consciousness. And the same teaching of ancient India is found very strongly in this particular gospel which again very much makes the scholarly claim and evidences that Christ did travel to India earlier in his life (and probably after surviving the crucifixion as well).

... "So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts and the honey of the bees ... the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see disease ..."

Jesus the Essene5. Yogic Breathing

To this particular groups of audience, Jesus also teaches techniques that are exactly similar as ancient yogic breathing.

"Seek the fresh air of the forest and of the fields, and there in the midst of them shall you find the angel of air ... Then breath long and deeply, that the angel of air may be brought within you. I tell you truly, the angel of air shall cast out of your body all uncleannesses which defiled it without and within ..."

6. Teaching of Divine Remembrance with in Breath and out Breath

Jesus says, "Say the word, Light *, as you breath deeply of the angle of air, and you will become the Light itself; and the Holy Stream will carry you to the endless Kingdom of the Heavenly Father, there losing itself in the eternal Sea of Light which gives birth to all creation. And you shall be one with the Holy Stream of Light ..."

* In semitic root, Light is Nur, is also another Divine Name and in Sufi Remembrance practice it is used extensively. Quran says, "Allahu Nur-us samawati wal aard", God is the Light of Heaven and Earth.

And Christ continues, "Then breathe deeply of the angel of air, and say the word "Life"* with the outgiving of breath..."

* Again interesting to note in semitic language, (both ancient aramaic, langauge of Jesus and arabic) the word Life is Hayy; sound of breath expressed by the letter H. In Hebrew, one of these sacred names as YHWY, the Ever-Living Life.

While breathing out, saying Hayy is a practice which sufis still do in their zikr or Divine Remembrance, exactly what Christ was teaching as recorded in Essene Gospel of Peace.

What is one the most extra ordinary aspect in the Essene Gospel of Peace is the idea of Earthly Mother or Divine Feminine which was never recorded (as far as i know) in other gospels. In the next post I would love to make some brief commentary on this. Since then, Peace be with you.

May YHWY's Eternal Peace be upon Jesus Christ and his blessed companions.

# Reference:
. The Essene Gospel of Peace
The Third Century Aramaic Manuscript and Old Slavonic Texts Compared, Edited and Translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

The full text are available online from where you can read the Essene Gospel of Peace via Essene site.

. The Essene Gospel of Peace : Book 1
. The Unknown Books of the Essenes : Book2
. Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood : Book 3
. The Teachings of the Elect: Book 4

. The Sattvic or Yogic Diet
. Tantrik vegetarianism
. The Hidden Virtues of Food via Essene Spirit
. Vegetarianism and Spirituality
. Can Muslims be vegetarian?

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

knowing of not knowing | Proverb

He who knows not,
and knows not that he know not
is a fool - shun him.

He who knows not,
and knows that he knows not,
is a child - teach him.

He who knows,
and knows not that he knows,
is asleep - wake him.

But he who knows,
and knows that he knows,
is a wise man - follow him.

- Proverb

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

take off thy shoes moses, for thou art entering airport security gate

airport security, shoe x-ray1.
the security measures in the airport are becoming more and more innovative (!). though i traveled number of times on international flight and at different airports, this was the first time i was traveling in domestic flight inside U.S. while visiting Kansas from Los Angeles couple of weeks back.

ignorant me, i didn't know now you have to take off your shoes and belts at the security gate, at least last time or earlier that i never had to. the unexpected scene (at least for me) at the airport was really funny! the person in charge behind the security gate was shouting and instructing constantly at LAX. nobody told stupid me to submit the wallet through x-ray, so with it as i walked in, the beeper beeped and i was asked to go thru separate sets of checking / scan. thanks God it was short and easy.

i am sure days are coming pretty soon when they are gonna ask you to take off everything including your dress and instead of us acting as moses on the holy ground, we would be encouraged to act the heavenly scene of naked adam / eve in the garden of eden.

if shoes are threat to national security, (with so much technology, composite materials, wearable embedded chip etc.) why clothes not be a threat, right?!

Here is an interesting story of Hasan Elahi, a Bangladeshi born U.S. citizen, Artist and Professor who after being wrongly accused of terrorist activities and detained at airport, decided to create a website <Tracking Transience> documenting his daily activities. he basically has taken the burden off the government surveillance by surveilling himself. probably we all can do that.

[>] Watch Elahi on Comedy Central interviewed by Colbert. Its funny!

. If I were a terrorist via Islamicate
. The Ridiculous Side of Airport Security
. TSA, Homeland Security Move to Make Shoe Screening Policy Consistent for Travelers Pin It Now!

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Featured in Alltop With growing social networking phenomena, power of citizen media, global rise of communication - internet is evolving very rapidly. As sufi teacher and mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee once explained along the theme of oneness that Internet technology is a wonderful example of manifestation of mystical oneness on the physical plane which enable connecting people across time and location. Indeed!

Now to further that connectivity, Alltop is aggregating and featuring best reads from blogs, from internet in general and presenting in one place through different categories. One can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. The goal of alltop is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.”

The way it works is that it import the stories of the top news websites and blogs for any given topic and display the headlines of the five most recent stories

I am really happy to mention that Inspirations and Creative Thoughts is so far consistently featured both in Religion.Alltop and Muslim.Alltop sites testifying your love, faith and blessings. Thank you! Its truly an honor to be picked among millions and millions of sites out there.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

when Beloved calls us as 'beloved'

we may go on our whole life
calling the Ultimate Source as 'Beloved',
assuming the divine intimacy,
but beware of the vain sufistic fantasy!

if the Beloved
doesn't address us back
as 'beloved', habib-Allah
then all our calling of 'Beloved', 'Beloved'
doesn't really matter,
they are all but egoistic chatter.

mix your divine intimacy
with divine awe,
mix hope for love
with holy fear
of displeasing the Beloved.

tasting the sweetness of divine surrender
awaken the longing in heart.

shed off the veils of separation,
behave as a true lover expected to behave
at the court of The Most High,
in the Grand Presence
of Dhul Jalal wal Ikram,
the Lord of Majesty and Generosity.

not what you imagine,
but all it really matter,
is when you are called
as a 'beloved one': habib-Allah.

know o lost heart!
the fragrance of Allah
can only be given by Allah.

(c) MysticSaint
May 14, 2008

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.
- mystical interpretation of Quranic verses 2:257 from The Heart of the Quran by Lex Hixon (Shaykh Nur)

Remember that Lord is always the Lord
and servant is always the servant.
- Ibn Arabi

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