Thursday, August 30, 2012

Spirituality And Sufism

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Known in global music circles as the "Uncrowned Sufi Queen", Abida Parveen's inimitable Qawwali sound burrows its way into the soul of the listener, drawing upon love and emotion. She is one of the best contemporary Sufi singer of our time. She is from Pakistan, but her access to win the heart and mind of people is not limited to any political boundary.

Most of her lyrics come from old Sufi texts of great such as Hazrat Amir Khusrau, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Maulana Rumi, and she has sung in a number of languages including Urdu, Siraiki, Persian, Arabic, Punjabi and Sindhi, as according to her, "the Sufi tradition is dependant on no language for communication."

Recently she was addressing on the topic of "Spiritualism" under Aga Khan University's Special Lecture Series. Abida began her lecture by stating that spiritualism had no theory, it was a direct connection that Man (and woman) shared with his (or her) Creator. "It's a direct dialling relationship. Spiritualism is a light that Allah put in man's heart at the time of his creation," she explained, saying that the warmth of that flame was inexplicable except for the person who felt it in his heart or that force which had put it there in the first place.

According to Abida, the spirit was eternally in search of uniting with the Absolute, the only experience that could complete it and help it ascend to the spiritual level that every man yearned for. "To allow one's spirit to soar that high, one should practice humility and submission so steadfastly that all that remains of this is those very traits," she said with much force.

She repeatedly referred to the concept in Sufi tradition that the human soul was created from Divine light, therefore man strived to seek reunification with that very basis of his existence. She said that humility was the weapon with which one could defeat the ego. "When the Messenger of Allah (peace) ascended to the point of Meraj, Allah gifted him with this supplication, which has been transmitted to us through the processes of nubuyat and then wilayat."

Quoting Hazrat Ali (peace), she said that any practice of worship that made one proud of oneself was not worth it. "Pride and spiritualism cannot go together, what does go hand in hand though is spiritualism and supplication because surrender is the core of it all." She focussed on the all-encompassing nature of Sufism and asserted that worship and love for Allah were to bring the humanity together. "The words of the Sufis are so strong and so absolutely descriptive of Allah's majesty that they bring Allah right into one's heart. The one who recites and the one who listens, both become the light."

"Sufism has no complexities within; it is as simple as love itself. Love teaches selflessness and without losing self one cannot find Allah," she said.

"Sufism is grief and sacrifice that purify soul and strengthen forbearance of the one who surrenders his being entirely," she said citing the example of fire that burns and qualifies to give light.

"It (Sufism) is just like fire and those who are burnt by this fire could learn the ultimate truth," she added.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Story From The Life Of Hafiz Of Shiraz

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Earlier in his life, Hafiz was a drunkard having little to do with religion. One day, he was staggering across the street, he saw a piece of paper in the gutter among the filth. Curious, he picked it up. The name of God was written on on it.

"Woe that I should see Your name fallen into such places!" Hafiz cried, brushed it off, and handled the paper with reverence. That night he had a dream.

In the dream, a voice told him: "Hafiz, you have raised my name from where it was, and I shall elevate your name among human beings." This is how Hafiz began his career as a sufi (mystic) saint and still today he is one of the greatest poet of all time.

- Quoted from the book, The Black Pearl by Henry Bayman.

This story touches upon the sufi concept of courtesy or adab. Courtesy contains: harmony/ gentleness (hilm), reverence (burmah), purity (safiyah), tranquility (sukuun), sincerity (ikhlas), modesty (tawazu), solitude (halwat) and spiritual poverty (faqr). Sometime courtesy in the path is also referred as right action arising from right thoughts. Spiritual progress without adab or courtesy in the first place is impossible; be it towards the spiritual master or scripture or the components of the religion.

... the hightest stage of courtesy is the highest destiny man can attain. According to a Sufi couplet:

Courtesy is a crown, made of the light of God,

Wear that crown, and be safe from all calamities.

- image credit / Hafiz Points Out A Poem In His Divan / Indian, 1019/1610 via Sufi Cookbook art gallery[+] Please visit MysticSaint.Info For full multimedia experience and enjoy special music.

Blessings,
Sadiq



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Holy Ghost In The Anointing

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IN THE ANOINTING, MY PRAYER BECOMES A PREPARATION TO ONE OR A HOST OF ACTIONS THAT I MUST UNDERTAKE TO RESTORE BALANCE TO ALL THAT WHICH HAS BECOME UNBALANCED. CREATOR, I YOUR CREATION ASKS THAT YOU RESTORE ME, AS A RESTORED CHILD OF OUR CREATOR, MY EXISTENCE IS BALANCED. CREATOR IN THE ANOINTING, I KNOW TO SEEK AFTER YOUR ASSISTANCE, GUIDANCE AND WISDOM, SO THAT I MAY HAVE THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE TO DWELL ONCE MORE IN YOUR COMPLETENESS, A DWELLING OF PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS. IN YOUR BALANCE I RESTORE ALL THOSE WHOM I AFFECT WITH MY RESTORED EXISTENCE.

"THE 7 KEYS OF AN ANOINTED CHILD AND THE PATH TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD"

THE FIRST KEY - Wisdom: The ability to witness our CREATOR at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the whole image of our CREATOR. We see our CREATOR as our Divine Parent and other people with dignity. Lastly being able to see our CREATOR in everyone and everything everywhere.

THE SECOND KEY - Understanding: The ability to comprehend how we need to live as a follower of the techings of the anointed child Jesus. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person's speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known.

THE THIRD KEY - Counsel (Right Judgment): The ability to know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by the anointed child Jesus Christ. The gift of truth that allows the person to respond prudently, and happily to believe and practise the teachings of the anointed child Jesus Christ.

THE FOURTH KEY - Fortitude (Courage): The ability to overcome fear and be in a state of solid acceptance / willingness to take risks as a keeper and follower of the teachings of the anointed child Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of our CREATOR, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil, especially with regard to goods or evils that are difficult.

THE FIFTH KEY - Knowledge: The ability to understand the meaning of our CREATOR'S instructions. To understand how change and stability apply and relate to all things available to CREATION. The gift of knowledge is more than a mere accumulation of facts. The understanding of being where you are celebrated not tolerated. The understanding to be where you have been summoned. To understand the path of honor and obedience. To understand action/balance and reaction/imbalance, seed/sowing and fruit/harvest.

THE SIXTH KEY- Piety (Reverence): The ability to have a deep sense of respect for our CREATOR and all of CREATION. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on our CREATOR and comes before our CREATOR with humility, trust, and love. Piety is the gift whereby, at the Holy Spirit's instigation, we pay worship and duty to our CREATOR as our Divine Parent.

THE SEVENTH KEY - Fear (Respect, Wonder and Awe): The ability to be aware of the need, importance, glory and majesty of our CREATOR. A person with wonder and awe knows that our CREATOR is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. Fear of separating oneself from our CREATOR. To have "filial fear," like a child's fear of offending his/her parent, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a fear of punishment. Knowing our CREATOR is all powerful. Having absolute respect for our CREATOR is the beginning of wisdom, because it puts our mindset in its correct location with respect to our CREATOR: we are the finite, dependent creatures, and our Divine Parent is the infinite, all-powerful CREATOR of all CREATION.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beauty In Taoism

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Check this beautiful and inspiring website.... http://www.darkbooks.org/

.... It will help you realize that how Taoism teaches the consciousness of One, True God in another beautiful way. Surely God is beyond any definition and from the reading of Taoism, one can see how beautiful is their effort to make people realize God.

As Sufi Inayat Khan says, "It is impossible to define God in words. It is like trying to put the ocean in a bottle." also he says, "The limitless God can not be made intelligible to the limited self unless he is first made limited.".. in the same note, Heavenly consciousness of the heart says, "That which exists through itself is called Meaning. (Tao). Meaning has neither name nor force. It is the one essence, the one primordial spirit. Essence and life cannot be seen. It is contained in the Light of Heaven. The light of Heaven cannot be seen"

Blessings,
Sadiq