Love is What You Are

March 30, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Love is not something you get from others. It is what you are. When you demand or expect someone to give you love, you are operating on a fase assumption, which is that you lack love and must get it from someone outside of yourself. There is no such thing as “outside” your self. The One essence of the universe is love itself. Love does not exist only in certain places. It is not a scarce resource. When you meet another, you are really meeting yourself. You are meeting love. This remains unseen because there is a dream of separation that is being played out through unconscious thought and emotion within your body and mind. The lack you feel within is illusory. It is the direct result of unconscious thoughts and emotions. As long as these thoughts and emotions remain unconscious, they fuel the dream of separation–the story that you need others to give you love before you can be complete. Notice the mental story of lack and its accompanying emotions when they arise. When awareness shines on that story, the story is seen to be not real, merely conceptual. What is real is love itself. “Love” is a pointer to what you really are. Stated another way, the awareness that sees the story of separation and lack as unreal has, as one of its nataural attributes, unconditional love.

- From Scott Kiloby’s book,  Reflections of the One Life.

 

Ya Haqq!

 


“I leave everything in Your hands…”

March 25, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

You know my soul.  You know all that needs to be done there.  Do it in Your own way.  Draw me to You, O my God.  Fill me with Pure Love of You alone.  Make me never go aside from the way of Your love.  Show me clearly that way and never let me depart from it: that will be enough.  I leave everything in Your hands.  You will guide me without error and without danger and I will love You all the way.  I will belong to You.  I will not be afraid of anything for I shall remain in Your hands and never leave You.

- Thomas Merton, from Dialogues with Silence


NEW REVISED EDITION of Master of the Jinn!

March 18, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! Praise God! 

Thanks to the wonders of modern printing technology, I have been able to publish a NEW REVISED EDITION of Master of the Jinn!  It is an author’s dream to be able to correct the typos one inevitably finds after a book has been printed. Well, I have done just that, and also changed a few words to make certain sentences more clear. And, after numerous requests, a Glossary of Terms has been added.  Now readers unfamiliar with Sufi terminology or the Arabic and Persian words used will have an easy point of reference.

Master of the Jinn is now a brand new book, so if you haven’t read it yet, this is the perfect time to purchase one, and if you already own the old one, it is now a collector’s item :) And you might also want this new edition. Click HERE to buy the book. :)

Ya Haqq!

Note:  Only the paperback has been revised so far. The Ebook will be revised in about two weeks.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day with Brendan Behan

March 15, 2012

“I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don’t respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.”

– Brendan Behan


If he did not laugh, it would not be the Tao

March 7, 2012

When the superior man hears of the Tao
He diligently practices it
When the average man hears of the Tao
He sometimes holds it and sometimes loses it
When the inferior man hears of the Tao
He laughs aloud at it
If he did not laugh, it would not be the Tao

- Lao Tsu, the Tao Te Ching


“Know that the whole world is a mirror…”

March 4, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Know that the whole world is a mirror; in each atom are found a hundred blazing suns. If you split the center of a single drop of water, a hundred pure oceans spring forth. If you examine each particle of dust, a thousand Adams can be seen. A universe lies hidden in a grain of millet; everything is brought together at the point of the present. From each point along that circle thousands of forms are drawn. Each point, as it revolves in a circle, is at times a circle, at others a turning circumference.”

- Mahmud Shabistari

Ya Haqq!


The Ant Complains to God

March 1, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“There is a story which Jalaluddin Rumi tells of an ant that’s creeping across a Persian carpet in a mosque, and the ant complains to God, saying: ‘What is this, these bumps, and strange colors and patterns; this must have been created just as a meaningless obstacle course! What a futile thing to have made.’ But of course the carpet maker, looking at it from above can see the patterns and the …purpose of it, and can see that the whole thing is perfect and good. And Allah is also like that. We often can’t make sense of misfortunes because we are two dimensional, we are at ground level, we can’t see what it all means… that this is a manifestation of Allah’s will which is always good and always perfect and always beautiful.”

-  Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad


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