The Son of the Moment

July 1, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The sufi is the son of the Moment, O companion! Saying ‘tomorrow’ is not among the conditions for (being on) the Path.
Rumi, from the Mathnawi 1:133

The Sufi is of the River, not of time, for ‘with God is neither morn nor eve’: there the past and the future and time without beginning and time without end do not exist … He (the Sufi) is son of that ‘moment’ by which is to be understood only a denial of the divisions of times, just as ‘God is One’ is to be understood only as a denial of duality, not as a description of the true nature of Unity.Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ya Haqq!

Note: This most intriguing and subtle distinction is reposted with thanks from the Mystic Saint blog.


One Breath

January 11, 2009

From pre-eternity to post-eternity
is but a single breath,
A breath free of all these melodies
high and low.

Treasure this breath,
this moment you now enjoy.
Spend it in happiness: there is
no time for sorrow.

Once this moment has passed,
it is gone forever.
Your time is less
than the very least you can imagine.

If you spend this moment laughing,
the world will be all laughter.
But if you fall into depression,
the world will be all sorrow.

Don’t give your heart to this unstable
transitory world
With all its ups and downs,
its twists and turns.

Lighten another’s heart;
be light of heart yourself,
For the highest gain in the world
is this.

Take care, Nurbakhsh,
not to hurt any heart,
For this is more valuable
than any crown or throne.

- Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh (1926 – 2008), from Vol. 46, Sufi Journal.

Ya Haqq!


Joy in the Morning

September 16, 2008

Each new day we are given
Is a blessing from God

Each breath at waking
A new beginning

Take nothing for granted
Time and fortune are fleeting

Each exhalation
May be your last

O Friend, breathe deeply
In the morning light

The rise and fall of your lungs
Is the body’s prostration

The prayer of life
Invoking His name

All-ah! All-ah!

- Irving Karchmar, © September 2008


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