Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

My religion now is Love alone

From the poems of Al-Maarri

Tread lightly, for a thousand hearts unseen Might now be breathing in this misty green; Here are the herbs that once were pretty cheeks, Here the remains of those that once have been. Afearing whom ...

From The Book of Kings

"That if he walked upon a rock his feet / Would sink therein."

The tale is told that Rustam had at first Such strength bestowed by Him who giveth all That if he walked upon a rock his feet Would sink therein. Such puissance as that Proved an ...

Follow what is of God, but leave alone what is not of God

From A Study of the Ideology of the Sufis

Abu Bakr al-Kalabadhi I have heard Abu l-Hasan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Farisi say: “The elements of Sufism are ten in number. The first is the isolation of unification; the second is the understanding of audition; ...

If It was never veiled, all would be spellbound

From “Akhbar al-Hallaj”

Then Hallaj stopped by the gate that leads into the Attab Mosque, and began to speak — words some part of which we understood, but part was obscure. Surely, he said in the clearer part, ...

Thus God made a covenant with all the prophets

When Muhammad the apostle of God reached the age of forty, God sent him in compassion to mankind “as an evangelist to all men.” Now God had made a covenant with every prophet whom he ...

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

The Clot In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate: Recite: In the name of your Lord who created, Created man for a clot. Recite: And your Lord is most generous, Who taught by ...

From “Urvasi, or Ideal Beauty”

Thou art unveiled like the rising Dawn

Thou art not Mother, art not Daughter, art not Bride, thou beautiful comely One, O Dweller in Paradise, Urvasi! When Evening descends on the pastures, drawing about her tired body her golden cloth, Thou lightest ...

Up, India, and conquer the world with your spirituality!

Up, India, and conquer the world with your spirituality! Aye, as has been declared on this soil first, love must conquer hatred, hatred cannot conquer itself. Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered ...

I saw my disciples as my own people

I practiced austerities for a long time. I cared very little for the body. My longing for the Divine Mother was so great that I would not eat or sleep. I would lie on the ...

Without freedom the soul dies

Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom. ...

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