Wednesday, January 28, 2009

a discourse on ecstatic possibility of true happiness

dervish in the garden, indian minature paintingUnder the chosen tree in garden, the master and his disciple, Mumtahina is sitting facing each other. They have been sitting in silence for such long that the disciple has lost track of time. Only sound of deep breathing. Even the birds in the garden are also observing a mysterious silence at this hour.

The masters glance is now withdrawn, his eyes closed. Following the trail of the silence of the master, the student observe the same. No permission in this path to speak before the master. The master always teaches, 'those who don't know adab or proper manner with people, shall be deprived of the holy vision in the court of the Most Majestic King which requires observing and embodying the greatest impeccable manner'. 'Adab is the beginning and adab is the end of the journey' as taught in this school of love.

From the dervish quarters a faint voice appear to the garden space. someone is reciting the Quran. "O ye who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as ye may speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and ye perceive not." a deep sigh comes from the master. The light and shadow through the spaces of the leaves above, makes intricate patterns on the rising and falling chest of the master. The sigh become visible. Silence again.

After an unknown amount of time the master still with his eyes shut, open his lips.

"Mumtahina, pay attention". he speak in a clear voice.

"What we call soul, the ruh is what our spiritual brothers in ancient land of India calls Atma. What is the meaning of atma?"

A brief pause and as if the question was directed to no-one, the master continues to speak: "Atma means the soul of man as joy itself. Know and remember that well."

Again a brief pause and with voice raised than usual the master calls out, 'Al-laaaaaaaaah'.

"True joy, true peace is the default condition of our soul. Every moment of this human life the field of ecstatic possibility of true joy is always present. As long as there is breathing, life is a sacred dance. Life and love come from Allah and raise every soul till it dances.

True happiness is in love, and love is given to inspire divine love in the heart of man. All the beauty that man sees on earth is beauty created by the power of love, and by the power of love he learns to recognize it as a reflection of original love that brought forth this entire creation in the timeless beginning.

The water which washes the heart is the continual running of the love-stream. True happiness is in love, which is the stream that springs from one's soul. He who will allow this stream to run continually in all conditions of life, in all situations, however difficult, will have a happiness which truly belongs to him.

In its pure condition human soul is true peace itself, and when it is without peace and joy its natural condition is changed: then it start to depend upon the names and forms of the earth and is deprived of the dance of the soul. Don't let yourself fall back there.

When that cloud of sorrow comes upon your soul, put all your confidence and trust back to Allah. Do not stay under that cloud of depression and despair, come out of it. Absence of realization keeps the soul in despair. When such shadow appear, pay no heed to these passing clouds and never be hypnotized by them, but throw everything away and surrender deeply to God. No human soul is ever left unguarded and when you invoke God's help sincerely, divine breath-wind shall arrive immediately and scatter all the clouds faster than you know. Re-orient your whole intention, purify your intentions in every actions and hold fast singularly to confidence on God. Tawakkul-Allah Mumtahina, Tawakkul-Allah (trust in God). Have trust like a new born in the arms of its mother. That shall suffice to re-enter into the field of ecstatic possibility of true peace and happiness, Mumtahina and may Allah guide your heart to Truth."

The Quran reciter from the dervish quarter ends his recitation with: "Verily Allah knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth"

The master gets up, giving indication that the discourse has come to an end for today.

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