Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Faith My Voice - PSA

Some of my friends are in this video, mash'Allah.  So proud of them!  Keep up the good work!

Monday, August 30, 2010

There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of That
Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.
- Rumi -
If your knowledge of fire has been turned
to certainty by words alone,
then seek to be cooked by the fire itself.
Don't abide in borrowed certainty.
There is no real certainty until you burn;
if you wish for this, sit down in the fire.

"Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being."

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

swaying to life's melody,
my soul is drowning in the ocean of wonder.
this blanket of stars is waiting to cover
the eyes of this mad lover.
hold my hand as i journey through the layers
of this universe.
where we are right now, is not where we'll remain.
so let us dance through the clouds 
and swim in the rain.
let the breeze sweep us away
and take us where we dream of.
a place where there is no looking down,
only ascending above.
this, around us is a temporary illusion,
don't let the material feed you delusion,
as it will only hold us back.
come, let's journey on life's path,
no before or after, but right now...

random thought while listening to the below

Incense burning,
heavy thoughts,
deep reflections,
this is where contemplation leads me to-
this moment.
everything frozen in time.
I am here,
where are you?

help the flood victims

It's heart-wrenching to see what is happening around the world every day.  With the torrents of floods in Pakistan, we have to help them...every day is a delay. Imagine yourself if you were one of the people in the pictures, or if it was your family members...we've got it too good.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I carry a torch in one hand
And a bucket of water in the other:
With these things I am going to set fire to Heaven
And put out the flames of Hell
So that voyagers to God can rip the veils
And see the real goal.
-Rabia Al-Adawiyya-
My joy --
My Hunger --
My Shelter --
My Friend --
My Food for the journey --
My journey's End --
You are my breath,
My hope,
My companion,
My craving,
My abundant wealth.
Without You -- my Life, my Love --
I would never have wandered across these endless countries.
You have poured out so much grace for me,
Done me so many favors, given me so many gifts --
I look everywhere for Your love --
Then suddenly I am filled with it.
O Captain of my Heart
Radiant Eye of Yearning in my breast,
I will never be free from You
As long as I live.
Be satisfied with me, Love,
And I am satisfied.
-Rabia Al-Adawiyya-

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened." - Tao Te Ching

"Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind" - Zen Saying

Rabia (Basri) Al-Adawiyya

O my Lord, if I worship You from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell; and if I worship You from hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise. But if I worship You for Your own sake, do not withhold from me Your Eternal Beauty.
By Allah!
I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself
in the mountains and the desert...

I’m sick of mortal kings.
I long to see your light.
With lamps in hand
the sheiks and mullahs roam
the dark alleys of these towns
not finding what they seek.

You are the Essence of the Essence,
The intoxication of Love.
I long to sing your praises
but stand mute
with the agony of wishing in my heart.
- Rumi

Sleep On

You who are not kept anxiously awake for love’s sake, sleep on.
In restless search for that river, we hurry along;
you whose heart such anxiety has not disturbed, sleep on.
Love’s place is out beyond the many separate sects;
since you love choosing and excluding, sleep on.
Love’s dawn cup is our sunrise, his dusk our supper;
you whose longing is for sweets and whose passion is for supper, sleep on.
In search of the philosopher’s stone, we are melting like copper;
you whose philosopher’s stone is cushion and pillow, sleep on.
I have abandoned hope for my brain and head; you who wish for
a clear head and fresh brain, sleep on.
I have torn speech like a tattered robe and let words go;
you who are still dressed in your clothes, sleep on.

Ghazal 119 - Rumi

He says it best:

I don’t need
a companion who is
nasty, sad and sour,

the one who is
like a grave
dark, depressing and bitter.

a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend, a delicious cake.
It isn’t worth spending
an hour with anyone else

a companion who is
in love only with the 'Self'
has five distinct characteristics;

stone hearted,
unsure of every step,
lazy and disinterested,
keeping a poisonous face.

the more this companion waits around
the more bitter everything will get,
just like a vinegar
getting more sour with time.

enough is said about
sour and bitter faces.

a heart filled with desire for
sweetness and tender souls
must not waste itself with unsavory matters.
- Rumi-

Light Up The Fire

I gaze into the heart, lowly it may be,
Thought the words be higher still.
For the heart is all the substance,
The speech an accident.
How many phrases will you speak,
Too many for me.
How much burning, burning will you feel,
Be friendly with the fire, enough for me.
Light up the fire of love inside,
And blaze the thoughts away.

This one makes me giggle...

Ramadan Mubarak, Happy Ramadan! This is a month of mercy, so let us be more merciful. For every day people fast, may we remember those who have no food or who are suffering in poverty. For every cent we save from not eating out, may it help those in need. May we increase in compassion and kindness. All of my non-muslim friends who are fasting with us, you rock!!! May our fasts and prayers be accepted, Amen!