Archive for February, 2018

Chapter Fifteen
The ancient masters were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive.

The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable.

Because it is unfathomable,

All we can do is describe their appearance.

Watchful, like men crossing a winter stream.

Alert, like men aware of danger.

Courteous, like visiting guests.

Yielding, like ice about to melt.

Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.

Hollow, like caves.

Opaque, like muddy pools.


Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?

Who can remain still until the moment of action?

Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfillment.

Not seeking fulfillment, they are not swayed by desire for change.


(Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching – Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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In the beginning I was mistaken in four respects.
I concerned myself to remember God, to know Him,
to love Him, and to seek Him.
When I had come to the end I saw that He had remembered me
before I remembered Him.
That His knowledge of me, had preceded my knowledge of Him.
That His love towards me had existed before my love to Him,
and He had sought me before I sought Him

(as quoted by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, 2006 Sufi Conference, Opening Talk Part A

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It is very necessary to build into one’s routine times for prayer, contemplation and meditation. Each time you go back to that same place to perform your prayer, your prayer is deeper. You are building up a magnetism every time you perform that prayer in the same place, at the same time. The Sufis explain this by saying that when a person is praying while an angel is passing by, flying overhead and they notice a person in an act of prayer, they take note of it and will come back the next day, at the same time. And if you are there they’ll take a note of that and be sure to come back each day, at that time. Of course if you’re not there at that time they’ll lose interest. In this way one after another, unseen beings become attracted and soon you find yourself praying, not alone, but in the company of beings of light. What seemed at first an isolated, private prayer has become a congregational prayer.
Sufi Conference 2005, Pir Zia Inayat Khan: The Inner Dimensions of Prayer, Part A


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0 Saki, bring around the cup of wine and then offer it to me,
for love seemed easy at first, but then grew difficult.

Flooded with their heart’s blood are those who wait for the scent
that the dawn wind may spill from her dark, musky curls.

Stain your prayer mat with wine if the Magus tells you to,
for such a traveller knows the road, and the customs of its stations.

What security is there for us here in her caravanserai
when every moment camel bells cry, “Pack up the loads!”?

The dark night, the fear of waves, the terrifying whirlpool,
how can they know of our state, those who go lightly along the shore?

In the end, my life has drawn me from self-concern to ill-repute.
How long can the secret of our assemblies stay hidden?

Hafiz, if you desire her presence, pay attention.
When you find the one you seek, abandon the world and let it go.


(Translated by E. Gray – The Green Sea of Heaven, Ashland: White Cloud Press http://www.spiritual-learning.com/hafiz-compare.html)

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“We each have to stand on our own feet, live our own light.

Often I am reminded of Buddha’s words to Ananda , his closest disciple, before he died:

Therefore O Ananda,

Take thyself for a light

Take thyself for a refuge

Never seek for a refuge in anyone else

And work on thy salvation diligently.”


(From “Fragments of a Love Story – Reflections on the Life of a Mystic” by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)


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