A JOURNAL OF TRANS-ETHNIC SPIRITUALITY
VOL 3, ISSUE 2
Little Pearls from the Strands of Light
"Where is your things, your luggage, your furniture maan?"
"Where's yours?" asks Baal Shem
"Oh I am only travelling" replies the American
"So am I" replies Baal Shem.
From Aphorisms of Hazrat Inayat Khan Vol. X1 page 242
What is Religion? in the outer sense of the word, a form given for the worship of God, a law given to the community that it may live harmoniously. And what does religion mean in the inner sense of the word? It means a staircase for the soul to climb to that plane where truth is realized.
A Sufi mystic and his followers use
to go from village to village and seek alms and food. For everything and
everyday the mystic would thank the Lord for whatever occurred. It
so happened that for few days they were in a region which was very hostile
to them and one village after another turned them away. Starving for more
than two weeks one by one the followers started succumbing to their hunger.
However the mystic's daily prayer of gratitude
The Sufi mystic tears rolling down
replies; "I have failed in my
From the Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah:
Nasrudin was visited by some students, who asked whether they might hear his lessons. He agreed, and they set out to the lecture hall, walking behind the Mulla, who had mounted his donkey with his face to its tail.
People began to stare. They thought that the Mulla must be a fool, and the students who followed him even greater fools. Who after all, walks behind a man who rides a donkey back to front.
After a little while the students began to become uneasy, and said to theMulla:
"O Mulla! people are looking at us, Why do you ride in this manner?"
Nasrudin frowned. "You are thinking about what people think, than what we are doing." he said. "I shall explain it to you, If you walk in front, this would show disrespect to me, because you would have your backs to me. If I walked behind, the same would be true. If I ride ahead with my back towards you, this shows disrespect for you. This is the only way of doing it."
At ebb tide I wrote:
Keep me from the wisdom that does not weep, and the philosophy that does not laugh, and the pride that does not bow its head before a child.
A sage met with a stupid magnate and the discussed education and wealth. When they separated, the sage found naught in his hand save a handful of dirt, and the magnate discovered nothing in his heart but a puff of mist.
They say that if one understands himself, he understands all people. But I say to you, when one loves people, he learn something about himself.
- Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran
In the last 500 years one of the Masters who "attained" the depth of Buddha or Lao Tzu was Guru Nanak. Nanak was very much influenced by the Sufi movement. It is reported that he attained as a young lad while working in a shop. He would constantly make mistake in totaling the bills in the shop and hence one day the shop owner asked him to start reciting the numbers to check whether Nanak knew them at all.
Nanak starts counting and when he comes to Thirteen (13) he goes into "Samadhi". In Hindi (the local language) 13 is pronounced as "Teyra". The word "Teyra" also means "Yours".
Nanak all his life preached that everything is "Yours" i.e. existence's. My pain, my joy, my possessions, my longings. my hopes, my despairs. my successes, my failures - for anything do not claim ownership.
Buddha reaching a village with his
followers, is standing and watching some children in the backyard making
some sand castles. As is usual the children are defending their castles
from enemies(their pals) and with complete concentration building and adorning
their castles ( have you see the sheer absorbence of children in their
play). On their mother's call from the house, all run away kicking the
sand castles, the same castles over which
Remarks; Buddha "Life is not much more than that"
1. Be a Fundamentalist - make sure the Fun always comes before the mental. Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be canceled. A laugh track has been provided, and the reason why we are put in the material world is to get more material. Have a good laugh twice a day, and that will ensure regular hilarity.
2. Remember that each of us has been
given a special gift, just for
3. The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-A-Vision. That is where I tell a vision to you, and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don't like the programming we're getting, we can simply change the channel.
4. Life is like photography. you use the negative to develop. And, no matter what adversity you face, be reassured: Of course God loves you. He's just not ready to make a commitment.
5. It is true. As we go through life
thinking heavy thoughts, thought
6. If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you, you no mad at me. That way, there'll surely be nomadness on the planet. And peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.
7. I know great changes have been predicted for the future, so if you're looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple: When you find a fault, just don't dwell on it.
8. There's no need to change the world. All we have to do is toilet train the world, and we'll never have to change it again.
9. If you're looking to find the key to the Universe, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is - there is no key to the Universe. The good news is - it has been left unlocked.
10. Finally, everything I have told
you is channeled. That way, if you
This is no Kaaba
I though of You so often
Talking about Koran and all the scriptures the Sufi Master Rumi says;
(All scriptures only come to the ocean's shore. They can't take you into the journey of the unknown, they remain part of the known)
Two disciples of a Sufi Mystic were
walking in the garden of the Master. They were both smokers and wanted
to seek the permission of the Master to smoke. They both went to the Master
and next day in the garden one finds the other smoking away. The other
one was furious;
For a Sufi every situation, everything. can be in meditation.
(A great Sufi statement. God is not an experience. No experience as such is spiritual. All experiences are mind games. Whatsoever can be seen will be part of the illusory world. The seer is the truth not the seen. You can see auras, you can see angels, you can see kundalini rising and you can see Inner Lightsóbut they are all seen. They are not you)
Was D H Lawrence a Sufi? Read these lines
Are you willing to be sponged out,
The phoenix renews her youth
Kabir was a Sufi poet. He writes;
I laugh when I hear the fish in the water is thirsty.
You don't grasp the fact that what
is most alive of all is inside your own house: and so you walk from one
holy city to the next
The caller calls in a loud voice to the Holy One at dusk. "Why?"
Surely the Holy One is not deaf.
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