Friday, June 17, 2011

There are many paths to God, as there are souls on earth.

The last few days I have found myself reading more Sufi poetry, listening to more Sufi mystical musical and learning about the mystical techniques of Sufi Whirling. This mystical aspect of Islam has always fascinated me. Some people look at Sufi’s as being different and as being part of a cult. I look at Sufi’s with such awe. The spirituality they emit, their humbleness and their need to be in tune with the divine is breath-taking. Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as "a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.”  This is something that all Muslims should aim towards.

Some of my favourite Sufi poems include:

So long as we do not die to ourselves,
and so long as we identify with someone or something,
we shall never be free.
The spiritual way is not for those wrapped up in exterior life.
 - Farid ud Din Attar

You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.
- Jalaluddin Rumi

Be with those who help your being.
Don't sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper. 
A chunk of dirt thrown in the air breaks to pieces.
If you don't try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it's too late for all you could become. 
Leaves get yellow. The tree puts out fresh roots
and makes them green.
Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow? 
 -Jalaluddin Rumi

Don't speak of your suffering -- He is speaking.
Don't look for Him everywhere -- He's looking for you.
An ant's foot touches a leaf, He senses it;
A pebble shifts in a streambed, He knows it.
If there's a worm hidden deep in a rock,
He'll know its body, tinier than an atom,
The sound of its praise, its secret ecstasy --
All this He knows by divine knowing.
He has given the tiniest worm its food;
He has opened to you the Way of the Holy Ones.
 - Sanai

Go sweep out the chamber of your heart. 
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved. 
When you depart out, He will enter it. 
In you, void of yourself, will He display His beauties.
 -Mahmud Shabistari - 'Rose Garden of Mystery'

3 comments:

  1. I've also always had a strange attraction to Sufi literature. In fact, the book that introduced Islam to me was written by a Sufi scholar. It was beautiful, spiritual - the words and approach opened up my mind to the content. I think sometimes that's all it takes.

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  2. I dont think sufism is a part of islam,its probably been around eons before, in fact sufism( mystism) might really be the true path of all religions. In fact id say the majority of current scholars would even say its not even shariah compliant lol. but thats only because the majority of scholars are bein brainwashed by their institutions

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  3. If we still study the idea of all roads leading to God and that all of us could achieve His approval by reaching for the top, there is still one problem with it: we do not get an assurance of salvation. When we try to reach the top, we do not experience any assurance of salvation. It cannot be received like that and we will miss it.
    Paul Little refers to this. He describes how the Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims do not have an assurance of salvation, but this also applies to Western people who have grown in a Christian culture:

    http://www.jariiivanainen.net/manywaystoGod.html

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