Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Journey

Taken from:

The Journey Each of Us Take

Posted on 27 June 2011



Though the following are roadsigns to the Himalaya Mountains, yet they remind us of our spiritual journey …


To expect an overnight spiritual awakening of some kind simply to fix what is in our unresolved heart
is only to short lived our faith in what we are embarking.
* * *

When we are rash in expecting spiritual awakening as something that can be created by the self,
we can only expect an ego crash.
* * *

Spiritual journey is not some kind of escapism but rather a gradual path of understanding
that leads to awakening. Enjoy the ride rather than thinking of the end.
* * *

Your journey defines your destination. Destination is not a place but rather an end.
Hence what you get at the end is what you have developed in the journey.
* * *

Forget about desiring anything or resisting anything when you step into the spiritual path.
It is not about getting anything or anywhere but on the contrary, drop everything, including the self.
* * *

Consistently check your mental attitude as that is where fabrications are.
If you don’t, its proliferation will blinds you, deluding you into spiritual ego.
* * *

We are all too familiar with ego crash whenever our spiritual expectation is not met -
yet strangely, we repeat it again as if we do not have it enough!
* * *

When you are not awake to your thoughts, you are dreaming it,
making it real and hence, will surely be frightened by it.
* * *

And so in the end, wakefulness is necessary, for without it
suffering becomes a reality, albeit a dream.





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  • Monday, July 11, 2011

    The One Who Sees



    If anyone has eloquence, a listener draws it out:

    the teacher's enthusiasm and energy
    are derived from the child he teaches.

    When the harpist who plays twenty-four musical modes
    finds no ear to listen, his harp becomes a burden:
    no song comes to mind, his ten fingers will not function.

    If there were no ears to receive the message from the Unseen,
    no prophet would have brought a revelation from Heaven.

    And if there were no eyes to see the works of God,
    neither would the sky have revolved,
    nor would the earth have smiled with fertile greenness.

    The declaration lawl√Ęka** means this,

    that the whole business of creation
    is for the sake of the perceiving eye
    and the one who sees.


    **"But for you," referring to the Holy Tradition (hadith qudsi):
    "But for you (O Muhammad) I would not have created the worlds."


    Mathnawi: VI: 1656-1661
    Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
    Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
    Threshold Books, 1996

    Friday, July 01, 2011

    Free In Every Way

    ... Free from Freedom Itself ......
    ..
    (image credit : HERE)
    Take someone who doesn't keep score,
    who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
    who has not the slightest interest even
    in his own personality:
    He's free.

    Version by Coleman Barks,
    "Open Secret"
    Threshold Books, 1984

    (image credit : HERE)
    happy is the one
    who doesn't need to try
    getting wealthy
    or remaining poor
    free from people
    and worldly worries
    a stranger to himself
    free in every way

    Translation by Nader Khalili
    Rumi, Dancing the Flame
    Cal-Earth Press, 2001 



    Peaceful
    is the one
    who's not concerned
    with having more or less.
    Unbound by name and fame
    he is free from sorrow
    from the world and
    mostly
    from himself.

    Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
    Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

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