The Grasses

The same wind that uproots the trees, makes the grasses shine.

The lordly wind loves the weakness and the lowliness of the grasses.

The axe doesnt worry how thick the branches are.  It cuts them to pieces… but not the leaves.  It leaves the leaves alone.

The motion of the body, the inhaling and exhaling, comes from the spirit… now angry… now peaceful.  Wind destroys and wind protects.

“There is no reality but God”  says the completely surrendered sheikh, who is an ocean for all beings.  The levels of creation are straws in that ocean.

The movement of the straws comes from agitation in the water.  When the ocean wants the straws calm, it sends them close to shore,  When it wants them back in the deep surge, it does with them as the wind does with the grasses.

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Love Is My Only Companion

Love is my only Companion
It is my beginning, me existence, and my end.
My Soul calls to me from within:
O Negligent on the Path of Love, rescue me!

-Rumi

As we revel in this day celebrating all the beauty and joys of love — Let us not forget to celebrate the Greatest Love of all — that which we have for Our Creator and the Eternal Love that he holds for us.

Relationships in this Dunya inevitably come with their ups and downs… and we pray that our friends and loved ones do not let us down.  But when you attach your heart to Allah, the True Friend,  He will never let it fall.   When you open the door of your heart to God, he will then open the gates of infinite love for you.

You want a fire? Take it easy,
this passion is incandescent.
Touch it, it will light your own.

-Ibn Arabi

Happy Valentines Day.

-Shams Al-Ghayeb