Come, Friends

Peace, one and all…

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Come, friends, let’s set out on God’s path together.
Let’s leave all those arguments to others,
let’s set out on God’s path together.

Let’s live our lives freely.
Let’s love each other sincerely
and hold each other in truth:
let’s set out on God’s path together.

Our time on this earth is short,
and the path before us is long.
Let’s not waste what God has given us:
come, friends, let’s set out on God’s path together

Start With The Breath

Peace, one and all…

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Resurrection starts with the wind, with breath, with the Living Spirit. This is how we are resurrected in this life, in the desert of our souls. He breathes into our hearts and we live once more.

Breathe and partake of His bounty. Breathe and participate in life. Breathe and begin once more, refreshed, renewed and resurrected.

‘And it is Allah who sends the winds and they stir the clouds, and We drive them to a dead land and give life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness. Thus is the resurrection’
Quran 35:9

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
(John 3:8)

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True Chivalry

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One of the most beautiful and most profound explanations of the true purpose of spiritual chivalry.

‘Therefore, the true Futuwwah is nothing more, but nothing less, than man’s effective realisation of his radical ontological indigence and, with the destruction of the illusory ego, the unveiling of that which is and always will be the Unique Reality…

Along the path that leads to this end, the fata must first learn not to love his ego, and that is why, in the course of his novitiate, the Sheikh teaches him to love others before himself, and God above all. But once the goal has been attained, he discovers that the secret of his apprenticeship is that he has no ego, and what he loved was but a dream. The idol has reverted to nothingness; both ‘self’ and ‘other’ cease to exist. For him, the trials of spiritual combat have bow become like the furnace of Abraham (Quran 21:69), ‘refreshment and peace’ (bardan wa salaman)’.

Michel Chodkiewicz, The Way of Sufi Chivalry, 21-22

Bahar Movahed & Ali Akbar Moradi: Goblet of Eternal Light

Peace, one and all…

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A beautiful poem set to wonderful music.  Enjoy and may your day be blessed.

By the eternal light of this goblet
what can I do if I do not remove
the darkness of false virtue from my own self?

By such a flame
what can I do if I do not light up
the endless darkness of this night?

If there is something in the treasury of my heart,
it is my passion, my fervor for you, so with such a balm
what can I do if I do not cure the wound of love?

My loved ones have gone away on the grim reaper’s caravan.
O death, please take me to my loved ones
so that I might not be left behind.

Now that the beloved postpones her sight
to the Day of Resurrection,
what can I do if do not mourn until the promised day?

Mamoosta Mahwi

Don’t Take So Much On To Yourself

Peace, one and all…

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Don’t take so much on to yourself.
Sit silently with your beloved,
and together
contemplate the Beloved of All.

Don’t take so much on to yourself.
Remember what you are:
a tiny water droplet
lost amidst the Ocean.

Don’t take so much on to yourself.
Live, love, serve, remember:
what’s here today will be gone tomorrow,
so give of yourself freely while you can.

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An I That Is Experiencing…

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‘In this realm also you can observe two things: an ‘I’ that is experiencing and something that is experienced… That which experiences, on the other hand, is known by many names: the ‘kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘kingdom of God’,’ ‘the light,’ ‘Sophia’ or ‘Wisdom,’ ‘the Word’ or ‘Logos,’ and nous…All these terms reveal different aspects of this primordial Self, or experiencer… Rudolf Steiner says, ‘Body and soul are the vehicles of the ‘I'; it works in them. Just as the physical body has its center in the brain, the soul has its center in the ‘I”…

Understood in this way, these terms cast new light on many Gospel texts. When Christ says, ‘Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33), he is giving a one-sentence commentary of inner Christianity…And when the Gospel says of the Logos, ‘The world knew him not’ (John 1:10), this is because the world, strictly speaking, cannot know; it is what is known. ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12) points to the truth that the ‘I’ that perceives is what makes it possible for the world to be seen at all; without a perceiver, an experiencer, it is nothingness’.

Richard Smoley, Inner Christianity 50-51

The Search For A Pure Language

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The human personality is fond of wearing costumes, but to forget that one is in costume is an unfortunate, if not a ludicrous condition. Literature, and especially poetry, is the search for something beyond costumes and masks. Poetry is the search for a pure language that can express that ‘something’ that gives meaning and life to all these events and forms we witness.

Shaykh Kabir Helminski, Civilization of Paradise

Are You Not Worldly?

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‘For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly?’

(1 Corinthians 3:3)

These powerful words from the First Letter to the Corinthians remind us of a simple, profound truth: true oneness rules all things to peace; true oneness brings us into a harmony with each other and the world around us. Anger and jealousy are signs that our realisation of oneness is as yet incomplete. Moreover, being in oneness means being in justice, which Islamic tradition defines as the ability to put all things in their proper place. Anger and jealousy are signs that our particular community still needs work, especially in terms of sacred community, which seeks to move us beyond this world.

Ask olsun,
Abdur Rahman

May This Goodness Forever Last

Peace, one and all…

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God forbid that a being such as You
Should throw one who has placed his hope in You into despair.
Your forgiveness is immense and Your gifts are ample.
O You who give Your kingdom and the angels their sustenance,
O Pole around which Heaven turns,
May this goodness and hospitality forever refresh Your guests.

Amir Arif Chelebi, Aflaki Manaqib al-Arifin 691

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