Balance Between Inner and Outer

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In the name of God the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

Finding a balance between inner contemplation and outer activity.
This is in some part what the Muslim ritual prayers are designed to do.
To create a balance between inner awareness and spiritual attention and activities of daily life in the so-called outer world.
So we need to create this apportionment of time and focus facing in and out at different times.
The Roman ‘god’ Janus was like this. A doorway which is both in and out.
We need to act and then pause, gather and then distribute.
Do you see how this is a rhythm? like breathing  of contraction and expansion, or acting and listening, of the experience of life, rising and falling, dying and being re-generated.
All of life is this duality in the created world, and the two complementary opposites acting in balanced harmony to create a unity of the unfolding of creative process.

As a human being, we need to enter into this process harmoniously too. It is both a surrender to nature and an engagement with the reality of expression in our own existence, creating our worlds.

We are simultaneously both dynamic and at peace, submissive or passive, within the process.
We are both a channel and an agent.

‘Life’ unfolds and yet we are also an active participant. But we need to learn how to engage with this fundamental process in the most constructive and harmonious way. And at the heart of this is an awareness and responsiveness to rhythm.

As in music or the waves of energy in nature, in everything, there is this rhythmic process and when we learn most effectively to be in tune with it, or in modern parlance, ‘entrained’, we can function peacefully and most effectively.

In this way, we are both giving and receiving in many different aspects of being.

An empty space, or clarity, within, in the deepest recess of the heart, enables the human being to be most in tune with the rhythm of the creative process.
To harmonise with the rhythm. To feel its music, to express its beauty.

When the rising and the falling of the waves combine harmoniously, then the vibration of your being becomes an exquisite song of unity. Unity of consciousness, from which comes an ecstatic, rich and fruitful experience of the essence of living.                         Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, wa shukrulillah. Ameen

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The Holy Fasting Month Has Begun …

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“O you who believe! Prescribed for you is the Fast, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may deserve God’s protection (against the temptations of your carnal soul) and attain piety.”

Holy Qur’an Sura 2, v. 183

The fasting month (roza) has been a test for the powerful and the lowly,
Don’t ask, ‘How?’ (chun) For it has come from the Incomparable (be-chun).
It is a day (roze) that has come from beyond the heavens,
Blessing (roz-behi) comes from it that is increasing day by day (roz-afzun).

Hz Mevlana –from his Ruba‘iyat (Quatrains)*

The Islamic fast is like a sieve that sifts the soul,
For it brings hidden particles (of gold) into view.
It is a ‘goblet’ that darkens the shining moon,
And when it is unveiled, it gives light to the seventh heaven.

Hz Mevlana –from his Ruba‘iyat (Quatrains)*

What hidden sweetness is found in this empty stomach! Man is like a lute, neither more nor less:
When the lute’s stomach is full, it cannot lament, whether high or low.
If your brain and stomach burn from fasting, their fire will draw constant lamentation from your breast.
Through that fire you will burn a thousand veils at every instant – you will ascend a thousand degrees on the Way and in your aspiration.
Keep your stomach empty! Lament like a flute and tell your need to God! Keep your stomach empty and speak of the mysteries like a reed!
If you keep your stomach full, it will bring Satan to you at the Resurrection instead of your spiritual intelligence, an idol instead of the Kaaba.
When you fast, good character traits gather round you like servants, slaves, and retinue.

Hz Mevlana - Divan-i Kebir**
*from The Quatrains of Rumi by Ibrahim Gamard and Rawan Farhadi
 **from The Sufi Path Of Love by William C. Chittick

 

The Importance of Spiritual Exercises

The Importance of Spiritual Exercises (Click to read)

Journey of Life

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In the name of God the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

Here are steps that you can take in your present life which will help you to access higher planes of awareness and which will enrich your understanding and allow you to enjoy the unfolding of the mystery which is both your universe and the macrocosmic universe manifesting the Divine Will, Continue reading

Dreams Within Dreams

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“khayalun fi khayalin fi khayal
“dreams within dreams within dreams………”

He who is ruled by spiritual intelligence, without being asleep, puts his senses to sleep, so that unseen things may emerge from the world of the Soul.
Even in his waking state he dreams dreams (visions) and opens withal the gates of Heaven.

The Prophet said of this world, which is substantial in appearance, that it is the sleeper’s dream.
You have accepted this statement conventionally, but the travellers on the mystic Way have beheld this truth clairvoyantly, without relation from the Prophet.
You are asleep in the daytime: do not say that this is not sleep. The shadow is derivative, the origin of it is naught but the moonlight.
Know, O comrade, that your sleep and waking is as though a sleeper should dream that he has gone to sleep.
He thinks, “Now I am asleep”, and is unaware that he is really in the second sleep.

From Rumi’s Mathnawi Book 3

A Walk in the Rose Garden

DSCF0049Come, take my hand, and walk with me in the garden for a while and we will have our ‘friendly conversation’.

The garden is a symbol of beauty and peace. In the garden are sweet-smelling roses with beautiful colours and shapes, there is the soft sound of water and the freshness in the air from the water. The little birds are enjoying themselves and voicing their delight.

So too we are happy here, you and I, in this moment, rejoicing in the beauty of God’s creation and the pleasant experiences of the human condition, of being alive and creative and at peace. In the midst of the turmoil of human ambition and tragedy, in the whirlpool of human machination and manipulation Continue reading

Light upon Light

light verse card_A63“So represent your needs constantly, and never be without remembrance of Him. For the remembrance of Him is strength and feathers and wings to the bird of the spirit. If that purpose is wholly realised, that is Light upon Light. By the remembrance of God, little by little the inward heart becomes illumined and your detachment from the world is realised.”

From Rumi’s Fihi Ma Fihi (“In it what is in it”) tr. Arberry

The lower self (the nafs) is the veil between the Throne and the heart. When this veil is torn and a door opens in the heart, like springs toward like.
Light rises toward light and light comes down upon light, and it is “light upon light”*.

Najmuddin Kubra
*Holy Qur’an Surah 24 An-Nur (Light) v.35

True ecstasy is the conjunction of light with light, when the soul of man meets the Divine Light.

Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
(Above Quotations sourced from Travelling the Path of Love, Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

Love and Heart

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Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
In the name of God the Infinitely Compassionate, the Most Merciful

The way forward is twofold. On the one hand, develop an appreciation of the things which are of greatest good in guiding you towards the light.

Love is, of course, foremost. And love is expressed and experienced in many ways, great and small, throughout one’s daily existence. It is necessary at all times to be deeply aware of one’s heart’s centre for this is the seat of love and clairvoyance. So centre your experience on the voice of your heart, let your heart guide you moment by moment. Light-filled responses moment by moment will enable you to begin to truly understand Continue reading