A Lovely Hasidic Tale of Prayer

March 29, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Once during the Days of Awe (the ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur), the saint Yitzhak Luria heard the voice of God tell him that for all his prayerful mastery there was a man in a neighbouring town whose capacity for prayer exceeded even his own. As soon as he could, Rabbi Yitzhak travelled to that town and sought the man out.

‘I have heard wondrous things about you,’ he said to the man when he found him, ‘Are you a Torah scholar?’ ‘No,’ the man replied. ‘I have never had the opportunity to study.’

‘Then you must be a master of Psalms, a devotional genius who prays with great intensity.’ ‘No,’ the man said. ‘I have heard the Psalms many times, of course, but I do not know one well enough to recite it.’

‘And yet,’ Rabbi Luria cried, ‘I was told that the quality of your prayer surpasses even my own! What did you do during the Days of Awe that would merit such praise?’

‘Rabbi,’ the man said, ‘I am illiterate. Of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet I know about ten. When I entered the synagogue and saw the congregation so fervent in their prayers, my heart shattered within me. I couldn’t pray at all. So I said, O Lord of the Universe (Ribbono shel Olom) here are the letters I know: aleph, beis, gimmel, daled, hay, vav, zayin, chet, tes, yud. Combine them in a manner You understand, and I hope that they will be pleasing to you. And then I repeated these ten letters over and over again, trusting God to weave them into words”

– From Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained, trans. Rabbi Rami Shapiro 

Ya Haqq!

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“The finest thing that we can say of God is to be silent…”

March 2, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Now pay attention to this. God is nameless for no one can either speak of Him or know Him. Therefore when a pagan master says that what we can know or say of the First Cause reflects ourselves more than it does the First Cause, this transcends all speech and all understanding . . . He is being beyond being: He is a nothingness beyond being. Therefore St. Augustine says: ‘The finest thing that we can say of God is to be silent concerning him from the wisdom of inner riches.’  Be silent therefore, and do not chatter about God, for by chattering about Him, you tell lies and commit a sin. If you wish to be perfect and without sin, then do not prattle about God. Also you should not wish to understand anything about God, for God is beyond all understanding. A master says: If I had a God that I could understand, I would not regard him as God. If you understand anything about Him, then He is not in it, and by understanding something of Him, you fall into ignorance, and by falling into ignorance, you become like an animal since the animal part in creatures is that which is unknowing. If you do not wish to become like an animal, therefore, do not pretend that you understand anything of the ineffable God.

– Meister Eckhart

Ya Haqq!


Akhlaq Allah – The Divine Manner and the Highest Note

February 7, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“In the terms of the Sufis, the divine manner is called Akhlaq Allah. A human being thinks, speaks, and acts according to the pitch to which his soul is tuned. The highest note he could be tuned to is the divine note, and it is that pitch, once man arrives at it, that he begins to express the manner of God in everything he does.”  – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ya Haqq!


Pride – The Greatest Sin

January 21, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“It has come in a report (that the Prophet [on whom be peace] said), ‘If you were to remain free of sins, I would fear for you what is worse than the sins themselves.’ When asked what he meant, he replied, ‘pride.’

By my life! Pride is from among the attributes of a soul enamoured by its own importance; it nullifies virtuous deeds, and it ranks among the worst mortal sins of the heart … It is better for a man to be tried by countless passions of the body than it is to be tried by a single feeling of pride, conceit, envy, desire for praise, or a yearning to be recollected by others … because these are attributes of Iblis (akhlāq al-abālisa), and the cause of his ruin. Bishr al-Harith said that the delight of the soul in the praise of others is more harmful for it than outright sins (aḍarru ‘alayhā min al-ma`āṣī)”

Abu Talib al-Makki, Qut al-qulub

Ya Haqq!


The Old Healer to the Soul

January 11, 2018

It’s not your back that hurts, but the burden.

It’s not your eyes that hurt, but injustice.

It’s not your head that hurts, it’s your thoughts.

Not the throat, but what you don’t express or say with anger.

Not the stomach hurts, but what the soul does not digest.

It’s not the liver that hurts, it’s the anger.

It’s not your heart that hurts, but love.

And it is love itself that contains the most powerful medicine.

– Author Unknown


The Ego is a Drama Queen

January 2, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The ego imagines it has to give up everything,
but it is merely a drama queen.
In fact, it is the ego that has to be given up!
In the state of personhood, you imagine
you are giving up all your joy, freedom and fun
when you choose the Truth.
But fun, joy and freedom arise
from the true Self and not from the mind.
The common man’s worldly pursuits
and enjoyment comes mainly
through the senses and mind
which are not the source of real joy,
but the sage’s supreme joy
springs from his own effortless being
—free of attachment, imagination and fear
he lives in continuous peace, contentment and joy.
When you discover the Truth,
you do not give up anything—except delusion.

~ Mooji 

Ya Haqq!


FREE EBOOKS for a WEEK Starting Christmas Day on Smashwords :)

December 25, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Each year, the seven days after Christmas mark the biggest ebook selling days of the year as readers unwrap their new e-reading devices and smart phones and load them with new ebooks to read.

This year, for the first time ever, Smashwords is kicking off an end of year sale. The sale starts Christmas day and ends at midnight Pacific time the evening of January 1st.

I am therefore giving my readers and potential readers a Special Holiday Gift by offering all my books for FREE :)

How the Program Works:

At one minute past midnight Pacific time on December 25, the special Smashwords End of Year promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  After 11:59pm Pacific time on January 1, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.

Please enter the code EY100 prior to completing your checkout.

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel –

El Maestro de los Jinn (Spanish Translation)

Lessons in Love: Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing

Puerto Diablo: A Tale of Good and Evil

Master of the Jinn: Aaqa-e-jinnat آقائے جنات (Urdu) –  

Ya Haqq!