Sunday reflection . . . the sultan bowed to the dervish


” A sultan was riding through the country
surrounded by courtiers and soldiers.
Everybody bowed as the sultan passed,
except for a single dervish.

The sultan halted his procession and had
the dervish brought to him.
He demanded to know why the man
did not bow to him.

The dervish replied. ” Let all these people
bow to you. They all want what you have ….
money, power, rank. Thank God these things
mean nothing to me. ”
Then he added. ” Furthermore, a free man ….
should not bow down to a slave. ”

” What do you mean? the sultan cried.

” You are a slave …. to anger and greed, ”
the dervish said calmly, looking the sultan
full in the face. ” I have made them my servants
…. and become a free man. ”

Recognizing the truth of what he heard, the sultan
…. bowed to the dervish ” …..

– Sufi Story







Text & image credit: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes)

Symbolism . . . the cup, the heart.


” Sufis talk about the cup. The cup is the heart.
Once it is filled with this faith in God, then it has a taste.
It tastes sweet.
And then this sweetness gradually gets deeper and deeper
until it becomes what the sufis call, Divine wine…..”

—Shaykh Ahmed Sidi Kostas




Photo & text credit: Mystic Path to Cosmic Consciousness

The soul should take care of the body but . . .


” The soul …. should take care of the body,
just as the pilgrim on his way to Makkah
takes care of his camel;
but if the pilgrim spends the whole time in
feeding and adorning his camel
…. the caravan will leave him behind,
and he will perish in the desert. ”

– Imam al- Ghazali

Photo & text credit: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes)

Do good…


” If thou desirest God to condone thy transgressions,

Do good to the people …. whom God created. ”

– Shaykh Sa’adi Shirazi




Photo & text credit: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes)

…but they keep no beads for idle words!


“People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have Recited the name of God on their prayer beads,

but they keep no beads for Reckoning the number of idle words they speak”

– Imam al- Ghazali
Photo credit: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes)

Rather, God on High and Paradise!


Today is Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary! Occasions like this are veritable opportunities for all human beings of goodwill to reflect on their spiritual lives!

What indeed is religion?

What were the ideals of the various Truth bringers we follow? Are we living our lives according to those ideals or, simply harnessing ourselves to the cosmetic dogmas, doctrines and creeds of the clergy/cleric class?

What a great festive season it would have been; the birthday of the Prophet dovetailing into Christmas under the glare of the Full Moon, followed closely by the unfurling Rays of Love in the Festival of The Rose and the New Year’s celebrations! Sadly, ignorance, prejudice, bigotry and the like all combine to take the shine off an otherwise glorious season!

Ignorance and prejudice of those who judge the Prophet and his Mission from the negative conduct of many a believer; of those who have not made the effort to come close to the unadulterated accounts of the life and teachings of the Prophet before casting aspersions and taking standpoints!

Bigotry and intolerance of those who have made a one-sided, shallow, interpretation of Prophet Mohammad’s teachings and turned them into a religion of hate and vindictiveness!

We send our loving thoughts to the faithfuls who have absorbed the true teachings of the Prophet, and are continuously making the effort to live aright, as they celebrate his birth! May they find love, peace and joy!

May his lasts words as he lay on his death bed reverberate in the hearts of mankind:
“Rather, God on High and Paradise!”

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Sufi wisdom!

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“Bringing joy to one heart with love
is better than one thousand repetitive prayer recitings”

~ Sufi saying ~
Text source: Zura Shishani