Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine with the Real Beloved

This morning I received an email from a sufi community in USA with this subject line:

'Dhikr - Valentine with the Real Beloved'

I thought I would pass it to you. May it become a seed of meditation and God willing, a seed of realization as well.

Dhikr (also written as Zikr or Dzikr) is the sacred practice of remembering the Divine, a living tradition of the gnostics still carried, practiced and transmitted by the Sufis. And the practice indeed is a practice of valentine with the Real Beloved. Its the creation of a sacred moment, a moment with Hu and you, remembering and being remembered.

Words fall short when speaking about this kind of valentine, this kind of encounter. But Rumi said it best in this beloved poem of the Sufis: 


You've no idea how hard
I've looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right!

What's the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine,
or water to the ocean?
Everything I came up with
was like taking spices to the orient.
It's no good giving
my heart and my soul,
because You already have these.

So - I've brought You a mirror
Look at YourSelf and remember me.

- Jalaluddin Rumi

Fa ozku-roonee azkur-kum

Therefore remember Me;  I Will Remember you.
- The Quran, 2:152

# Related Media :
A Gathering of Jerrahi Sufis in Zikr from Youtube
 + Part 2
 + Part 3
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