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Friday, September 22, 2006


THE PROGRESS OF MAN First he appeared in the realm inanimate; Thence came into the world of plants and lived The plant-life many a year, nor called to mind What he had been; then took the onward way To animal existence, and once more Remembers naught of what life vegetive, Save when he feels himself moved with desire Towards it in the season of sweet flowers, As babes that seek the breast and know not why. Again the wise Creator whom thou knowest Uplifted him from animality To Man's estate; and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Lovers O lovers, lovers it is time to set out from the world. I hear a drum in my soul's ear coming from the depths of the stars. Our camel driver is at work; the caravan is being readied. He asks that we forgive him for the disturbance he has caused us, He asks why we travelers are asleep. Everywhere the murmur of departure; the stars, like candles thrust at us from behind blue veils, and as if to make the invisible plain, a wondrous people have come forth. The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XXXVI This... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Rumi: Get rid of yourself

If you could get rid of yourself just once, The secret of secrets Would open to you. The face of the unknown, Hidden beyond the universe Would appear on the Mirror of your perception. ~Rumi Die Before You Die Who is this aliveness that i am? Could it be, the Blessed Holy One? What shall be left When I die? Let me die before i die In the Great Silence. Let me surrender now, Like moth to flame, To the divine Light. Burn all traces of this littleness away! Oh Christ, Nabi, Rasoul of God, Ravish me.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Rumi: Close the Language-Door

Close the Language-Door There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of Spirit on the body. Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell. And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild Darling! At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door, and open the love-window The moon won't use the door, only the window. ~From: "Like This" Versions by Coleman Barks Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rumi: Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Come, come, whoever you are. Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times Come, yet again, come, come. - Rumi Join Us Do you really believe That it is not the falling down That counts, But the times of rising up? Will you join our joyous salvation club? We have committed to keep on waking up. We see the Christ in every being, The Bodhisattva who wills never to give us up. Stop looking at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Rumi: A Star without a name

A Star Without a Name When a baby is taken from the wet nurse, it easily forgets her and starts eating solid food. Seeds feed awhile on ground, then lift up into the sun. So you should taste the filtered light and work your way toward wisdom with no personal covering. That's how you came here, like a star without a name. Move across the night sky with those anonymous lights. - Rumi (Mathnawi III, 1284-1288) "Say I am You" Coleman Barks Maypop, 1994 Stop Thinking You Are Someone Stop thinking you... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Ai mash’ala-aawardah delraa besahar bordah Jaan raa berasaan dar del delraa masataan tanhaa O, bearer of the torch, ravisher of my heart until the early morning, Lead my soul to my heart, do not take my heart alone! - Rumi Give me the courage to leap From the roof of this tower I have built. The tower of myself has no foundation, Built on the sands of self-full illusion. This suicide is Your fault, You have ravished my soul. I cannot go on Asking, "Is this all there is?" You have brought me to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Rumi Call Us to Life

How long will you move backward? Come forward; Do not stray in unbelief, Come dancing to religion. Look, the elixer is hidden in the poison, Come to the poison and come, Return to the root of the root of your own self. You may think that you are earthly beings But you have been kneaded from the substance of certaintly. You are the guardians of God's Light, So come, return to the root of the root of your own self. Once you have tied yourself to selflessness, You will be delivered from selfhood... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Hear This Golden Heart

THE SPIRIT OF THE SAINTS There is a Water that flows down from Heaven To cleanse the world of sin by grace Divine. At last, its whole stock spent, its virtue gone. Dark with pollution not its own, it speeds Back to the Fountain of all purities; Whence, freshly bathed, earthward it sweeps again, Trailing a robe of glory bright and pure. This Water is the Spirit of the Saints, Which ever sheds, until itself is beggared, God's balm on the sick soul; and then returns To Him who made the purest light... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 4, 2006

The Greatest Poet in the World

Rumi Lover of Shamsuddin, is recognized by many as the greatest mystical poet yet to appear on earth. For the next few days I will write poems inspired by this great sage. These spiritual window-shoppers, who idly ask, 'How much is that?' Oh, I'm just looking. They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital. What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. But these walk into a shop, and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment, in that shop. Where did you go?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Try the Wine of Perfect Love

Try the Wine of Perfect Love Come in, beloved. This tavern is Open Twenty four seven. We are all drunk On the wine of Love. Join us, please! Just leave your mind at the door. You may pick it up on the way out. For we are too simple For sophistication and sycophants, And this wine needs drinking. We have no Sunday Blue Laws And no minimum age. Come and drink deep. Sing now, with the Sage. We have no where to go, No one to see. So lift a glass One more draw To be free. © 2006 Shamsujim§ Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Two Rivers Flow

Two Rivers Flow To the Very Same Sea. Knowing this Which River will you choose? The river of FEAR Is illusion indeed. The River of Love Is Truth: be freed! Both Lead to the See Of Oneness And Peace Choose your Path And enjoy the journey. © 2006, Shamsujim§ Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mystic Zikr

La Illaha Il Allah Jesus brought us the Salvation of self-sacrifice. Mohammed, the Experience of Salvation. Jesus gave the gift of Healing. Mohammed, the Wholeness of Unity. Through Jesus, poured the Light of Love. Mohammed, the Love of Light Which is Unity. Jesus proclaims our 'Sonship'. Mohammed, the Technology to Live It. Heal us, Jesus! Fanah, show us, Mohammed! Oh Master, Christ, Nabi, the Rasoul of God; Oh Guide, Hazrati, the Servant of Allah, Dine with me tonight, That Dawn's Light Be... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ya Wali Ya Hadi (Oh, Dearest Friend, Oh Guide)

Oh my sweet friend, Closer to me Than my own breath. Oh sweet and loving Guide, Open my Heart That I may Hear Thy Voice. Oh bless me with the abundance To gift all creation With your Light. May vigilance earn her interest This moment And each one to come. And I was Glad When they said unto me, "Let us go Into the House of THE ONE." © 2006, Shamsujim Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Is it possible to be aware of God in every moment?

Who am I really? And what am I doing here? Oh God, let my thought formed self Get out of Thy way, that The The Pure Light of The One Shall surely shine through! Make Me Pure as the Driven Snow, Washed in the Perfect Light of The Sun. Only in Your Constant Presence, Oh, Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty, Can I Serve the Light. Breath by precious Breath, May I decrease That Thou Might Increase! I surrender, In. I surrender, out. The Song of this Perfect Moment Rings clear within And beyond.... Sign in to see full entry.

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