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November 28, 2010 / unveiledmirror

The ocean



The ocean manifests the rivers and lakes,

    but the ocean remains as it always was.

The origin of the rivers and lakes

    is divided at root from the clear ocean.

Stop doubting –

   this ocean is rivers and lakes,

rivers are rivers and lakes

   but the ocean is by itself the ocean.

                              from: Chinese gleams of Sufi light.

The above poem explains the concept of Wujud (Existence) and mawjud (nonexistence) of ‘wahdatul wujud.’ The manifestation of Wujud in the mawjud, but Wujud is not mawjud and mawjud is not Wujud. ‘Even if water reflects bamboo’s shadow, these two substances are not related. The wind plays with the flower’s fragrance – they are together, but not the same. This is the meaning.’

July 17, 2010 / unveiledmirror

the way to you..


You who wonder in deserts away from your own consciousness,
Come back to yourself to find all existence summed in you.
You are the way and reality of perfection.
One in whom the great consciousness of God dwells.

From: Abu’l-Mawahib al-Shadili (13th CE).

July 2, 2010 / unveiledmirror

David and the ant


It is related that David a.s. was in the sanctuary. An ant passed in front of him. He lifted his hand with the intention of throwing the ant away from the place of prostration. “O David,” the ant protested, “what wantonness is this that you intend to inflict upon me? It is scarcely your task to lay hands upon me in God’s own house!” David was grief-stricken and said: “O God, how should I deal with Your creatures?” A voice was heard: “Make it your habit to act out of fear of God so that none has to suffer on your account! Do not locate the true source of creatures in their bodies! Look rather at the mystery of their creation! If We were to order an ant to come out of its black robe, so many indications of the divine Unity would radiate from its breast that the monotheists of the whole world would be put to shame. The secret of this is indicated in the saying of the Apostle, who used to pray: “Show me Your creatures as they really are.

Excerpt from The hundred letters by Maneri

June 13, 2010 / unveiledmirror

The lover and his mistress.


A young man, brave and impetuous as a lion, was for five years in love with a woman. In one of the eyes of this beauty was a small speck, but the man, when gazing on the beauty of his mistress, never saw it. How could a man, so much in love, notice a tiny flaw? However, in time, his love began to dwindle and he regained his power over himself. It was then that he noticed the speck, and asked her how it had come about. She said: ‘It appeared at the time when your love began to cool. When your love for me became defective my eye became so for you.’

O blind of Heart! how long will you continue to look for the faults of others? Strive to be aware of those things you hide so carefully. When you see your faults in all their ugliness you will not bother so much about those of others.

Excerpt from : The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar

June 8, 2010 / unveiledmirror

The Misanthropic Dervish


A man, tired and dispirited, weary with walking in the desert came at last to a place where lived a solitary dervish, and said to him: ‘O Dervish, how are things with you?’ The dervish replied: ‘Aren’t you ashamed to ask such a question when here I stay in a place so confined and shut in?’ The man said: ‘That isn’t true. How can you be shut in, living in this vast desert?’ The dervish added: ‘If the world were not so small, you never would have lighted on me!’

Excerpt from: The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar; “Mantiq Ut-tair”


May 18, 2010 / unveiledmirror

Doctrine of love

Two ways I love Thee ; selfishly,

    And next, as worthy is of Thee.

‘Tis selfish love that I do naught

    Save think on Thee with every thought ;

“Tis purest love when Thou dost raise

    The veil to my adoring gaze.

Not mind the praise in that or this.

   Thine is the praise in both, I wis,