Random musings and personal intro to Islam and Sufism

Again, below I share random musings from the last few weeks with links to the archives for further consideration or contemplation.

Intellect vs Love

Lovers know there are roses in the bloody veil of love; they live astounded by Love's matchless beauty. The intellect says, "The six directions are blocked!" Love says, "There's a way!" Intellect sees a market and starts to haggle; Loves sees thousands of markets beyond that market. How many mystic martyrs hidden in Love's soul... Continue Reading →

Through love vinegar becomes rich wine

A bit of Rumi to wake up to this morning: Through love bitter things seem sweet. Through love scraps of copper are turned to gold. Through love dregs taste like clear wine. Through love agonies are healing balms. Through love thorns become roses. Through love vinegar becomes rich wine. Through love the scaffold becomes a... Continue Reading →

I want burning: voice of longing

Coleman Barks does intuitive interprative translations of Rumi into American English. His work is truly lovely. Experience thirteenth-century mystical poet Rumi as you never have before—through the resonant, whiskey-and-syrup voice of Coleman Barks, a preeminent poet, scholar, and celebrated interpreter of Rumi's work. He is bard in the truest sense of the word. Coleman's extraordinary... Continue Reading →

Many paths (as many as there are beings)

I often talk about how what works for me may not be appropriate for anyone else when I talk about healing. Well this extends out to our entire lives as well as our spiritual pursuits. I've also written about how important it is to respect where people fall on the spectrum of psychiatric drug use. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Passion! …that piece of you in alignment with your place in the universe

Passion burns down every branch of exhaustion. Passion is the supreme alchemical elixir, and renews all things. No-one can grow exhausted when passion is born, so don’t sigh heavily, your brows bleak with boredom and cynicism and despair— look for passion! passion! passion! passion! Andrew's interpretation is that if you find your passion...that piece of you in alignment with your place in the universe you will never be exhausted and it's impossible to be bored. How lovely and how true. … [click on title to read more]

A poetic activation of the sacred heart: free teleseminar with gifted Rumi scholar

Free class on Rumi. Andrew Harvey is a delightful teacher I highly recommend. I will definitely be on the call when it's happening. rumi In this special call event, one of the world’s most respected and passionate Rumi scholars reveals the sacred significance of Rumi’s life and work, illuminating why his poems are penetrating the heart of the world as never before.... ...Although based in rigorous scholarship, this evening event will ultimately be a poetic activation of the sacred heart that illuminates your own spiritual transformation by showing what we all can learn from the words of a great seer and lover of life from eight centuries ago... ...Even if you are not able to attend live, do register so you can get access to the recording. And help us spread the word to Rumi lovers everywhere about this special online event. [click on title to read more]

Saturday mellow: the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you, don’t go back to sleep

Saturday mellow: the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you, don't go back to sleep [click on title for the rest of the post]

Only breath

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity... Continue Reading →

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