Your Echo Depends on You

April 30, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“This world is like a mountain. Your echo depends on you. If you scream good things, the world will give it back. If you scream bad things, the world will give it back. Even if someone speaks badly of you, speak well of him. Change your heart to change the world.”

– Shams i Tabriz 

Ya Haqq!

“You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

April 26, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

– Steve Jobs, Commencement speech at Stanford University, 2005

Ya Haqq!

The Sufi Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty

April 21, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The Sufi sees the truth in every religion. If invited to offer prayers in a Christian church, the Sufi is ready to do so. The Sufi will go the synagogue and pray as the Jews do; will offer Salat with Muslims; and in the Hindu temple worships the same God. Yet the Sufi’s true temple, the true mosque, is the human heart, in which the divine Beloved lives. Sufism is a religion if one wants to learn religion from it; it is a philosophy if one wants to learn wisdom from it; it is mysticism if one wants to be guided by it in the unfoldment of the soul; and yet it is beyond all these things. It is the light of life which is the sustenance of every soul. It is the Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty.”

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ya Haqq!

Teaching by Example

April 16, 2013

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

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Image: Wood engraving “St. Francis, Sermon to the Birds.” (1952) by Fritz Eichenberg, Quaker Artist (1901 – 1990).

Ya Haqq!

Google Ebook of Master of the Jinn Now Available in 14 Countries

April 13, 2013

MOJcoverSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Google Ebook of Master of the Jinn is now available for $3.82 in the US, and comparable pricing in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. More countries to come soon :) And you can read it on your PC or Mac, Tablet, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony, or Smartphone :) Click HERE to order.

Ya Haqq!

The Guy in the Glass Poem (Man in the Mirror)

April 9, 2013

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

= Dale Wimbrow, first published in The American Magazine in 1934.

Note: A blog reader sent us this link. Check out a lovely poster of this poem HERE.