She was perturbed. She thought the only thing that could protect her was her prayers. He thought that her silly superstitions and worries would fade away. She had the ability to survive any circumstance, especially when left without a choice. She had the endurance and resilience of a good human being. She wanted to start […]
Aşk evrenle kesişir; yoktan var edilişinde de, mevcut durumunda da, geleceğinde de. Aşk sınırsızdır, kişinin onda yön değiştirebildiği bir boyuttur. Ancak, kişi onda asla bir bilince, entelektüel birikimine ulaşamaz, çünkü AŞK boyutu, akıl ve mantığın çok ötesindedir. Dinî açıdan, Aşk Allah’ın nefesi gibidir; onu duyabilir ya da hissedebilirsiniz ama şuurlu bir farkındalıkla odaklandığınızda, göremezsiniz. Aşk, […]
Mümkünse, başkalarını, savaşlarına katılmaya çağıran hükümdarlar misali, kendi inançlarını benimsemeye çağıran kimselerden fersah fersah uzak durun. Sırf binlerce yıllık bir geçmişe sahip oldukları için binlerce yıllık eski inançların nasihatlerine uymayın. Mübarek sayılıyorlar diye putların, kutsal heykellerin, deyimi yerindeyse putlaştırılan kişilerin huzurunda kaybedecek vaktimiz yok. Vicdanın iç sesini dinleyin. Bizler, Rabbimizin vahdaniyetinden, birbirinden farklı bireyler olduğumuzun […]
This message is to celebrate the masterful work of Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He is a joy to my heart. His compositions are pleasure to my senses, soul and spirit. His music has been source of Spiritual enlightenment through celebration of faith in God by illustrating beauty of creation. It is important to remember Holy Sacredness […]
Ibn Arabi, the great “Pole of Knowledge” (1165-1240 A.D.), tells of time he spent with two elderly women mystics who had a profound influence on him: Shams of Marchena, one of the “sighing ones,” and Fatimah of Cordova. Of Fatimah, with whom he spent a great deal of time, he says: “I served as a […]
Deserts and Mountains is a gripping story, not only of a man on a spiritual quest during his midlife, but a universal journey of witness within the context of family and culture. As often is the case, there are those who sacrifice parts of themselves so that others can live better lives, and this aspect […]
The following text comprises a letter sent by St Seraphim to a spiritual child of his, a bishop, who was in prison. It is a homily of consolation and counsel that the Creator God addresses to man’s soul. Have you ever thought that everything that concerns you, concerns me also? Things that concern you concern […]
Divine Recollection As the Essence of Islam Someone proposed to me recently that love of God and love of neighbor is the essence of Christianity, and they asked what was the essence of Islam. Here are some thoughts on this question: When all is said and done the Islamic revelation, and Islamic spirituality in all […]
Stay close, my heart, to the one who knows your ways;
Come into the shade of the tree that allays has fresh flowers.
Don’t stroll idly through the bazaar of the perfume-markers:
Stay in the shop of the sugar-seller.
If you don’t find true balance, anyone can deceive you;
Anyone can trick out of a thing of straw,
And make you take it for gold
Don’t squat with a bowl before every boiling pot;
In each pot on the fire you find very different things.
Not all sugarcanes have sugar, not all abysses a peak;
Not all eyes possess vision, not every sea is full of pearls.
O nightingale, with your voice of dark honey! Go on lamenting!
Only your drunken ecstasy can pierce the rock’s hard heart!
Surrender yourself, and if you cannot be welcomes by the Friend,
Know that you are rebelling inwardly like a thread
That doesn’t want to go through the needle’s eye!
The awakened heart is a lamp; protect it by the him of your robe!
Hurry and get out of this wind, for the weather is bad.
And when you’ve left this storm, you will come to a fountain;
You’ll find a Friend there who will always nourish your soul.
And with your soul always green, you’ll grow into a tall tree
Flowering always with sweet light-fruit, whose growth is interior.
Translated by Andrew Harvey
I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love:
Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About a strange look that appears in your eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
Squirrels and birds sense your sadness
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help your mind and soul.
Even angels fear that brand of madness
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into
And into one’s self.
O I know the way you can get
If you have not been drinking Love:
You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden clauses.
You might weigh every word on a scale
Like a dead fish.
You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once
I know the way you can get
If you have not had a drink from Love’s
That is why all the Great Ones speak of
The vital need
To keep remembering God,
So you will come to know and see Him
As being so Playful
Just Wanting to help.
That is why Hafiz says:
Bring your cup near me.
For all I care about
Is quenching your thirst for freedom!
All a Sane man can ever care about
Is giving Love!
From: ‘I Heard God Laughing – Renderings of Hafiz’
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky