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The Sufi Way

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whirling dirvishA shepherd of men and women does not need a stick nor a lashing tongue. With his heart, he guides. He has no need to dismantle the gods of others, for he knows his place among all of creation. Superior to none, he does not dissuade those who are seen to be inferior. Blind to comparisons, he takes joy in all that is.

There is no better day, or another tomorrow; there is now. There are no loose threads, or misplaced beads; there simply is. There is no hope or regret; there is eternal acceptance. From the newest newborn to the most eldest among us, there are only wise men and women. There is no first or last and no best or worst. There is just the divine in infinite expression.


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July 15, 2011 at 4:24 am

You, Becoming Me

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I am a Sufi.
I am a Jew.
I am a Christian.
I am a Buddhist.
I am Hindi.
I am you.

I am a man.
I am a woman.
I am you.

I am a teacher.
I am a preacher.
I am a lawyer.
I am a servant.
I am a slave.
I am you.

I am creation.
I am destruction.
I am you.

I am you, becoming me.

Divided We Fall

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The world is divided. We are divided based on the country we choose to pay homage. We are divided based on our language and our culture. We are divided based on our religion. We are divided by what we choose to call God/Allah. We are divided by the wants of our mind and our heart. We are divided and yet we have no one else to blame but ourselves.

We choose sides and yet we have no idea what side it is that we really play on. We say we follow God’s laws, and yet we would honor our country before we would honor God. We say we are good Christians, Muslims, or Jews, and yet we would hold our prophets above God Himself. We say we are obedient children and yet we squabble over the scraps of a world full of illusions. We claim that we are without want except for God’s love, and yet we pray to the mighty dollar. We say in God we trust, but only when times get rough. We are divided and yet we have no one else to blame but ourselves.

7 Billion

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7 billion peopleThere are nearly 7 billion people in this world. There are several major religions and thousands more beliefs. Each claim to be correct, and yet how can they all be right? We look for differences and there are many. We look for similarities and there are few. And though those similarities are few, we would choose to look passed them. Why is that? Are we so confident with our beliefs that we would disregard the experiences and the lives of all those who we share this existence with? How can we be so confident? Surely among us, there are those who know? Do you choose to listen to those whose thoughts are in line with your own, or do you allow yourself to listen with an open mind, spirit and heart? When you hear or read the truth, how will you know? Will it announce itself, or will you feel it so deep down within the very core of your existence that you can no longer deny it? There are nearly 7 billion people in this world and yet we act as though we were the only one.

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November 26, 2009 at 4:11 am

From Many There Will Be One

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From one there became three. From three there became many. From the many came confusion.

A Dutch Bishop from the Roman Catholic Church had proposed recently that people of all faiths refer to God as Allah so that it may foster an understanding that regardless of the name we choose, God is still God. He had said that God did not mind what he was called, and that it was our problem. Despite his gesture, people from his congregation and others condemned him. The opposition thought that today we will call God Allah, and tomorrow we will start calling churches mosques and we will have to begin praying five times a day.

Why is it people must divide? How different are Catholics/Christians, Muslims and Jews? Are they so different we would create three gods from One? Each has their own book. Each has their own places of worship. Each believes in one god. Each claims to preach love and unity. Yet for some reason people from within each religion seek to divide. Some say that they would like to keep their identity that seeing themselves as the same blurs the line between the West and the rest of the world. Who says there must be a line? Who says one is superior over the other. Each points to a truth, but none are perfect. Each claims to be the right way, but yet we still fight wars. If God were on anyone’s side, then why would there be others? Surely God could snap his fingers and we would see the truth, or perhaps God has given us a choice to seek division, or to seek him out.

Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock

Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock

Life after death would be a lonely place if you were the only one who was right. Who is to say your way is the way? Scholars? Historians? Priests? Imams? Sufis? Rabbis? Holy men? Some would like to believe that God guides those who carry a position of prominence and leadership within these religions, but why cannot God also guide others? Cannot God guide the less fortunate, the unknown, and the down-trodden? Cannot man with all of his self-perceive knowledge and wisdom be led into temptation? Cannot man be tempted to see himself better than his brother and sister? Cannot man forsake his God for the riches and power he seeks in this life? Is not man imperfect? And if man is imperfect, then why would one place faith in other men, rather than with God himself.