Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing

November 25, 2014

Love Songs Front Cover

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Just in time for Holiday gift giving, I have published Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing – a slim volume of poems, and lovely photography by fellow traveler Jim Kosinski to accompany each one . 

These love songs are, of course, Sufi poems, and a few odds and ends formed out of that same Source of all joy. They follow no formal rhyme or metre, except when they do, and have only the path of love as a common theme.

It is available as both a slim Paperback from Amazon for $13.99, and an Ebook from Google Play or Smashwords for $3.99.  

Order the Paperback HERE.

Order the Google Play Ebook HERE.

Order the Smashwords Ebook HERE.

Ya Haqq!


Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan – Creating Your Own Knowledge

November 4, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The teacher, however great,
can never give his knowledge to the pupil;
the pupil must create his own knowledge.

Truth by its very nature cannot be uttered,
cannot be given.
One cannot give
that which cannot be put into speech.

So the teacher gives a method
for finding the truth, for unfolding it,
for unlocking that which seems to be in one’s heart.

It is clearly impossible for anyone
to impart his knowledge to another person;
he can only show him
how to unfold his own knowledge to himself.

Everybody possesses a kingdom,
but he has to find it.

- Inayat Khan

Ya Haqq!


Happy Islamic New Year 1436/2015 :)

October 24, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

HAPPY NEW YEAR 1436!!!

The Islamic New Year begins at sunset on Friday, October 24, 2014 in North America and ends at sunset on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The Islamic year begins on the first day of Muharram, and is counted from the year of the Hegira, the year in which the Prophet Muhammad (saw) emigrated from Mecca to Medina (A.D. July 16, 622). The Islamic New Year is based on the revolutions of the Moon. Thus, Al-Hijra is only 354 days long.

At the time of sunrise many recite the following dua, or prayer, on the day of the New Year:

O’ Allah, the New Year has begun. You are the Eternal Master. I ask You to make available to me its good and the benefits which are in it. I seek refuge with You from its evil and the disadvantages which are in it. I request You to let me procure the provisions I need and discharge the activities I take up in this year.

Ameen!

Ya Haqq!


Dust to Dust

October 16, 2014

No grave for me, no cold ground,
buried for eternity

Burn me, burn me, burn me
with Your love

Until I am ashes and ground bones
dust to dust for my Beloved

Throw me to the winds of heaven
Cast me on the green-blue sea

Bury me in the flower beds
and the roots of trees

In the gardens of springtime
beside the Old Windmill

Scatter me on that path
where the Sufis dwell

So that I may be at last
dust beneath the Master’s feet

Ya Haqq!


In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

October 8, 2014

master picSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Friday, October 10th is the six year anniversary of the death of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, for over 50 years the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, and for 17 years, my Master (may God bless his soul and raise him to the highest rank of His beloveds. Ameen!).

To commemorate the occasion, his own poem is a fitting tribute to his life and station:

My Heart Holds Your Home,

my head desiring You;

Night and day have all passed,

while I am pledged to You.

I have suffered at the hand

of the people of the time;

In the world I’ve only seen

fidelity from You.

I’ve been drunk with Your wine

Since pre-eternity;

I’m surrendered to Your will

till post-eternity.

I’ve no hope for heaven

or for the Resurrection;

I have never wanted

anyone but You.

Once I realized that in reality

the Path cannot be traveled

Except on Your feet,

I lost both my head and feet.

With every breath I take

I am conscious of You;

I gave up heart and soul

for contentment from You.

If, like Nurbakhsh, you have pledged

yourself wholeheartedly to God;

The creation then will be ready

to pledge itself to you.

- from the Divani Nurbakhsh: Sufi Poetry

Ya Haqq!


“I lost my way…” Psalm from the Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen

October 6, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“I lost my way, I forgot to call on your name. The raw heart beat against the world, and the tears were for my lost victory. But you are here. You have always been here. The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place. Blessed is the one who waits in the travellers heart for his turning.”

Leonard Cohen  (from his classic book of contemporary psalms “The Book of Mercy”)

Ya Haqq!


Bismillah – Rumi’s Poem for Eid Al-Adha

October 3, 2014

BISMILLAH!

It’s a habit of yours to walk slowly.
You hold a grudge for years.
With such heaviness, how can you be modest?
With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere?

Be wide as the air to learn a secret.
Right now you’re equal portions clay
and water, thick mud.

Abraham learned how the sun and moon and the stars all set.
He said, No longer will I try to assign partners for God.

You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave
till it gets to shore.

You need more help than you know.
You’re trying to live your life in open scaffolding.

Say Bismillah, In the name God,
As the priest does with knife when he offers an animal.

Bismillah your old self
to find your real name.

- Jalaladdin Rumi

Ya Haqq!


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