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20 January, 2009

Way of Sufi: wine, beloved and intoxication

To those people who are guided by heart and understand the language of love, Sufism is wonderful way. There is no philosophy, no debates and no logic behind it. It only talks about love, wine (god bless) and sweet-heart (god), and nothing else.
There was a young guy with thirst of god and determination to realize same. He went to a Sufi guru to learn the art. After listening his wishes, the Sufi master looked tenderly to the seeker and asked.
" Do you know love? Are you in any kind of love, my son?"
He answered, "No I am in search of god. Each time I think about him. I therefore could not be in love with anybody".
The guru looked more concerned.
" Please think deeply, do you have any minor trace of love with anybody; be it women, children, parents, any..?"
" No . I donot think I have love with someone".
Then the master felt sad and eye full of tears.
" My son, I am unable to teach you my way. I only know the art of love. If you had any kind of raw love, I could have channelized it to the way to Beloved, could have made you drink a wine whose intoxication never deplete. Please find someone other for you".
This is the way Sufi. They talk about intoxication, being drunkard, and being with sweet-heart. Taste of Sufism also can be found in Qawwalis. First time when the western thinkers read about the poem Rubaiyat (by Umar Khaiyam), they doubted it having any spiritual quality..

When reading Khayam, Gibran and Rumi, I always feel mystic thrill in the heart..they are so lovely! Here I am presenting a poem by Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (مولانا جلال الدین محمد بلخى), commanly known as Rumi, a Sufi mystic of 13th century lived in northern Afghanistan(?). This poem is recited by another spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra.

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