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Jalal al-Din Rumi – Listen

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your
being, and you will hear every moment what the
Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you,
without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You
are – we all are – the beloved of the Beloved, and in
every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved
is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear
and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is.
Listen and you will discover it every passing moment.
Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation
in thought and act between you and Him, directly,
wordlessly, now and always.
(Translated by Andrew Harvey
From PRAYER of the HEART in Christian and Sufi Mysticism by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

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Jalal al-Din Rumi -Subtle Degrees

subtle degrees

of domination and servitude

are what you know as love


but love is different

it arrives complete

just there

like the moon in the window


like the sun

of neither east nor west

nor of anyplace


when the sun arrives

east and west arrive


desire only that

of which you have no hope

seek only that

of which you have no clue


love is the sea of not being

and there intellect drowns


this is not the Oxus river

or some little creek

this is the shoreless sea;

here swimming ends

always in drowning


a journey to the sea

is horses and fodder and contrivance


but at land’s end

footsteps vanish


you lift up your robe

so as not to wet the hem;

come! drown in this sea

a thousand times


the moon passes over

the ocean of nonbeing


droplets of spray tear loose

and fall back on cresting waves

a million galaxies

are a little scum


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Najmuddin Kubra (1145-1221)

“There are lights which ascend and lights which descend. The ascending lights
are the lights of the Heart. The descending lights are those of the Throne.
The lower self, the ego, is the veil between the Throne and the Heart.
When this veil is wrent and a door opens in the Heart, like springs towards like.
Light rises towards light and light comes down upon light, and it is light upon light.
Each time the Heart sighs for the Throne, the Throne sighs for the Heart.
So they come to meet. Each time a light rises from you, a light comes down towards you;
and each time a flame rises from you, a corresponding flame comes down towards you.”



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Junayd (835 AD – 910 AD), one of the great Sufis of Baghdad, went early one morning to see Sari al-Saqati. And Sari told him, “Tonight I was given a little inspiration and my soul was told”:

“Oh Sari, I created men and they were bound to me and they were coming to me.
When I showed them the world nine-tenths of them became world bound and one-tenth remained with me. When I told them about paradise, nine-tenths of those who remained desired paradise and only one-tenth remained with me.
When I poured my troubles and my pains upon those who stayed with me, they cried
for help and nine-tenths left and one-tenth remained with me.
I told them, “You neither wanted the world nor paradise, nor did you run away from troubles and pain.”
They said, “You know what we desire.”
I said, “I will pour upon you such calamities that the mountains could not bear their weight.”
They said, “As long as they come from you, it is well with us.”

That is what it means to be a Sufi.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on “Inner Adab” (2007)


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“In every seeking soul there is a portion, be it small or great, of the light of God.
Everyone who strives has intuition, be it perfect or imperfect.
Knowledge did not end with one people so that the doors of heaven are shut behind
them and the rest of the world is denied the possibility of obtaining more.
Rather the giver of knowledge, who stands at the clear horizon, is not stingy
with the unseen. The most evil age is the one in which the carpet of striving
has been rolled up. In which the movement of thought is interrupted, the
door of revelations bolted and the path of visions blocked.”

Sheik Shihab al-Din Yahya Suhrawardi (1154-1191) as quoted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

via https://goldensufi.org/MP3/SC_08/SC7_Sufism_Contribution_to_Planetary_Culture1.mp3

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