Category: Wisdom Soup for the Poll

The Sufi Path

April 26, 2009

Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.” Sufism refers to a group of mystical Muslim movements. It uses music, dancing and other means to reach a state of communion with God. It is analogous in some senses to the Bhakti movement in Hinduism and to the various Christian monastic movements such as that of St Francis of Assisi. The Sufi path consists in cleansing the heart from whatever is other than Allah. A Persian poem tells us what The Sufi Path (Tasawwuf ) is: What is Tasawwuf? Good character and awareness of God. That’s all Tasawwuf is. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? Love and affection. It is the cure for hatred and vengeance. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? The heart attaining tranquility– which is the root of religion. And … Continue reading The Sufi Path

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How to be in God’s service by St. Francis of Assisi 12

April 2, 2009

• It is in giving that we receive. • If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. • It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. • It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. • It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. • Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. • Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury let me sow pardon. • Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. • While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, … Continue reading How to be in God’s service by St. Francis of Assisi 12

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