Playdate With The Divine

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THAT SHAPES THE EYE
Children
Can easily open the Drawer
That lets the spirit rise up and wear
Its favorite costume of Mirth and laughter.

When the mind is consumed with
Remembrance of Him
Something divine happens to the Heart
That Shapes the hand and tongue
And eye into
The word Love.

Hafiz

in The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master (Compass)
trans. David Ladinsky

 

Photo Credit: https://www.littlemiracles.com.au/fostering-your-childs-imagination/

Thank You

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I wish each of you abundant blessing in this new year.  I very much appreciate the energy you bring with you when you come to this blog, and I am grateful for the energy you infuse into it.  Together we experience God coming near.

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GOD JUST CAME NEAR

No
One
In need of love
Can sit with my verse for
An hour
And then walk away without carrying
Golden tools,
And feeling that God
Just came
Near.

 

HAFIZ

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Tran Cathedral of Light Sydney’s festival, Vivid Sydney

In Memory of 305 Sufi Souls

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Yesterday, November 24, terrorists bombed the Sufi mosque al-Rawda in North Egypt.  They killed 305 women, men and children as they worshipped. Sufi mystics have long held a revered place in my heart.  Their knowledge and wisdom has taught me much and I grieve their deaths and the loss of their spiritual gifts to the world.

In honor of these fallen Sufis I offer this piece by their great mystic, Rumi:

 

Out beyond the worlds of Islam and Infidels,

there lies an egalitarian world
where no one is better, worse, or
more significant than the other.
If you’re interested in moving
to that unique world,
you need to first leave your heart and soul
as deposit with its Soul Master!

 

Rumi translated by http://sologak1.blogspot.com

 

photo after attack credit: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/883865/mosque-attack-egypt-Sinai-Bir-al-Abd-bomb-explosion-gun-Al-Rawdah

photo before attack credit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42110223