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The Hidden Dervish from the Kingdom of Heaven

In Religion, Spirit, heart & soul on February 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

I have a secret to disclose; I live with a Dervish. (yes I’ve used a capital D because he is unique). He’s one of those hidden teachers that doesn’t advertise himself. Nobody knows about or even recognizes him. We use very little words to communicate – everything is done through intuition, witnessing, reading the signs and body language. When Rumi says “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” so pure is his heart that in his presence, all barriers dissolve and I feel overwhelmed by love. Read the rest of this entry »

Finite Infinity

In poetry on February 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

It is said a great poet (somebody remind me of his name please) at the time of Muhammed pbuh was asked why he stop reciting poetry. The Arabs at the time were proud of the eloquence and this oral culture was rooted in poetry. The poet replied ‘abad al Qur’an’? After the Qur’an? Such is the beauty and majesty of the Qur’anic Arabic that it can leave its listeners, especially the Arabs of the time, awe stroke, dumbfounded and shaken to their core.

I had a taste of that feeling today when I heard some poetry by Emily Dickinson. So filled with soul, she is said to have lived with a certain eccentric madness, Plato spoke of. I was touched by ‘I died for beauty’ but silenced totally by ‘solitude’

There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be
Compared with that profounder site
That polar privacy
A soul admitted to itself --
Finite infinity.

 

Finite Infinity. What a beautiful paradox! Saints would taste that. I see it as a description of children. Do you see it too? I have much to write- but I prefer the space of silence to allow the poem to fly in….

“ Had we the first intimation of the Definition of Life, the calmest of us would be lunatics! ” ~ Dickinson in a letter to cousins ~