I am a poet, lover of life, reader, hoper, dreamer, peace-lover, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, soul within a body, weak fighter to my ego, seeker of the Divine and a drop in the ocean of love.
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Friday, July 31, 2009
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Einstein
Many of us tend to do the same things repeatedly in our lives,
not learning from our mistakes or from the consequences...
Be humble. Only fools take pride in their station here, trapped in a cage of dust, moisture, heat and air. No need to complain of calamities, this illusion of a life lasts but a moment. -Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir-
I was in the garden in the morning and I was gathering roses And all the time I was afraid that the gardener would see me. The gardener, however, only spoke these kind words: ‘A few roses are nothing as I give you the complete garden’. -Rumi-
O, friend! Nobody veils you, but yourself. In your path there is no thorn or weed, but yourself. You said: Shall I reach the Beloved or not? Between you and the Beloved there is nobody, but yourself. - Awhadoddin Kermani -
We have run on the path of love all our life, We have searched with great force for union with You all our life. To catch one glimpse of You is better for our sight Than the beauty of earthly beauties all our life. -Jami-
All Adam's race are members of one frame; Since all, at first, from the same essence came. When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed, The other members lose their wonted rest: If thou feel'st not for others' misery, A son of Adam is no name for thee. -Sa'adi
"Take my hand, come with me Take your time, but don’t you see That your ways, won’t set you free
Take my hand, come with me Take a look, inside the door Of my heart, you’ll see for sure That my love, for you is pure
Take my hand, come with me I won’t judge, won’t put you down While you lie, down on the ground Take your time, I’ll hang around
Take my hand, come with me I don’t know how I would fare If your trials, I was to bear But your burden, do let me share
Take my hand, come with me Take this hate out of your heart It’s alright that we’ve grown apart Let’s give this thing a brand new start
Take my hand, come with me Turn your anger, your glowing rage Against yourself, break out of the cage Write your story, on a brand new page
Take my hand, come with me I won’t shout, I’ll stay composed This is where, you need me most It’s not too late, the door hasn’t closed
Take my hand, come with me And if i stumble, as I walk with you I’ll take your hand, oh I’ll come with you I’ll need your strength, to pull me through But now take my hand, and now come with me"
A song based on a story cited by Imam Ghazali in his book “Duties of Brotherhood in Islam”, translated into English by Muhtar Holland. The story is of two friends from an ancient Jewish community, and deals with their lifestyle of devotion and worship, how one of them goes astray, and how his friend takes him by the hand, back to his original path.
I'm listening to this right now and subhan'Allah, it speaks exactly how I feel and the state I am in...I've drifted so far and I'm desperate to reach my Creator's shore once again...
I bought this CD this weekend and it's amazing..check it out...
Redemption from desire Desires a lonely crier
AstaghfiruLlaha inn Allaha Dhu Karamin (I ask forgiveness of God! Truly God possesses generosity)
Wa rahmatin lilladhi qad taba min zalali (And compassion for the one who turns away after his errors)
In the timeless time, before our time When You called us forth to bear witness Following the devout I answered “Yes, without the shadow of a doubt” Your Spoken Word, was what I’d heard As I stumbled into wakefulness As we gathered about It stirred me within as it shook me without And the years they passed till the day at last I awoke with a cry – oh, the pain of severance! And then I felt it again, and again But there was a mercy that was hidden in the pain Ravenous desire, a burning fire Who am I to claim a share in deliverance? I can always explain But my time’s running out, and my guilt is plain Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on Oh One Who sees, my arrogant knees As they kiss the ground in the hopes of redemption My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on As I took the trust, on ruz-e-alast The mountains quaked at the consequences As I pledged to obey The Earth cried over the ones who’ll go astray As our ships set sail, and worldly veils Sent us drifting to our distances The mind did lose The Way But the heart kept reminding of yesterday Now here I am, a broken man I’ve earned the fate that Your justice regulates Dry, empty hands Don’t stop the flow of the hourglass’ sand Oh Free of Need, You have decreed Your mercy descends on the one who supplicates Raised, empty hands Plead mercy, my Lord, plead a generous hand Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on Oh One Who knows the song of those Who wail in remorse at the sting of separation My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on Forgive me and relieve me And a wing of hope, do give me Just a wing of fear that’s with me Won’t get me near the Promised Land Redemption from desire Desires a lonely crier Your closeness I aspire But I can’t carry on if you don’t take my hand Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on Oh One Who sees, my arrogant knees As they kiss the ground in the hopes of redemption My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Rabbana dhalamna anfusana, wa illam taghfir lana (O Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us)
Wa tarhamna, la nakunanna min al-khasirin (And have mercy on us, we shall certainly be among the lost)
Oh One Who knows the song of those Who wail in remorse at the sting of separation My Lord, forgive me I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Inspiration for the song: A song of repentance, based loosely on a section of the Hizb al Kabir of Imam Abul-Hasan al Shadhili, the Qasidah of Repentance from the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Al-Habib (where the first two Arabic lines come from), the very first couplet of Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi, and a few other readings. The “covenant” being referred to in this song, is to be found in Sura al An’am [7:172] of the Qur’an, an event sometimes referred to in Persian Islamic literature as “Ruz-e-alast”, but can be taken to refer to any oath, promise, or responsibility. The prayer at the end of the song is the prayer of Adam and Eve as they took responsibility for their misjudgment, also from Sura al A'raf [7:23].