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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3705 on: June 10, 2016, 12:45:43 AM »

Express yourself completely,
then become quiet.
Open yourself to heaven and earth
and be like the forces of nature.

When the wind blows, there is only the wind,
when it rains, there is only rain,
when the clouds pass, the sun promises to shine.

If you open yourself to insight
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.

Open yourself to heaven and earth.
Then trust your natural responses
and everything will fall into place.

Lao Tzu


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3706 on: June 10, 2016, 01:00:55 AM »

King, saint, thief, madman-
 Love has grabbed everyone by the neck and drags us to God by secret ways....
 How could I ever have guessed that God, too,
desired us?

Rumi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3707 on: June 21, 2016, 04:46:49 PM »

This body is just my house.
My guru has long ago taken me away from it.

Shirdi Sai Baba

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« Reply #3708 on: June 21, 2016, 04:50:49 PM »

Where have you taken your sweet song?
Come back and play me a tune.

I never really cared for the things of this world.
It was the glow of your presence
that filled it with beauty.

Hafiz

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3709 on: June 21, 2016, 04:53:43 PM »

We Yield Our Hearts


Lodgers we who on Thy threshold dwell,
and nightingales that in Thy garden sing,
whether we leave Thy door, or waiting stand,
of only Thee we speak, of Thee we hear.
Since we are captives caught within Thy nets,
where shall we trust our passion of our heads?
And since in Thy affection we draw breath,
how shall we yearn for strangers? Lo, we lay
our heads upon the threshold of Thy door,
waiting to come to Thee. Since we have quaffed
the beaker of Thy love, we yield our hearts
and make our Lives Thy ransom: since we come
again into Thy street, we turn our backs
on all that is, save Thee. Our souls are bound
to serve Thee, though in grief, and we have died
to selfhood! We are captives of Thy love
and have not strength to flee. Thy beauty's fever
hat lit a flame: shall not our hearts be burned?

Fakhruddin Iraqi


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« Reply #3710 on: June 25, 2016, 08:04:25 PM »

Each Way I Turned


Each way I turned
I turned to You;
Each place I reached
Was the path to You.

Each place of worship
I entered to pray,
I saw the arch of Your brow
In every arch and every doorway.

I saw the face of worldly beauty
But I saw it in the mirror of Your face.
In the manifest and the hidden,
In the ideal and the real,
All have looked and only to You.

Don't ask about Maghribi.
He is by madness struck --
By those dark lashes of Yours!

Muhammad Shirin Maghribi


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3711 on: June 25, 2016, 08:07:50 PM »

Detached You are, even from your being,
and this being is nothing but You.
Unmanifest, yet the manifest is naught
but Your shadow.

Moons, galaxies and worlds drunk from this cup.
And the cupbearer is nowhere to be seen!

Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3712 on: June 25, 2016, 08:52:24 PM »

The angels have bowed down to you and drowned


The angels have bowed down to you and drowned
Your soul in Being, past all plummet's sound --
Do not despise yourself, for there is none
Who could with you sustain comparison;
Do not torment yourself -- your soul is All,
Your body but a fleeting particle.
This All will clarify, and in its light
Each particle will shine, distinctly bright --
As flesh remains an agent of the soul,
You soul's an agent of the sacred Whole.
But "part" and "whole" must disappear at last;
The Way is one, and number is surpassed.
A hundred thousand clouds above you press;
Their rain is pure, unending happiness;
And when the desert blooms with flowers, their scent
And beauty minister to your content;
The prayers of all the angels, all they do,
All their obedience, God bestows on you.

Farid ud-Din Attar


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3713 on: June 28, 2016, 11:04:37 PM »

Love puts reason to silence.
Love is a perfect muzzle of evil suggestions;
Without love who ever succeeded in stopping them?
Be a lover, and seek that fair Beauty,
Hunt for that Waterfowl in every stream!
How can you get water from that which cuts it off?
How gain understanding from what destroys understanding?
Apart from principles of reason are other principles
Of light and great price to be gained by love of God.
Besides this reason of yours God has other reasons
Which will procure for you heavenly nourishment.
By your carnal reason you may procure earthly food,
By God-given reason you may mount the heavens.
When, to win enduring love of God, you sacrifice reason,
God gives you "a tenfold recompense;"
 yea, seven hundred fold.

Be lost, then, in God's beauty more than those women.
Love of God cuts short reasoning, O beloved,
For it is a present refuge from perplexities.
Through love bewilderment befalls the power of speech,
It no longer dares to utter what passes;
For if it sets forth an answer, it fears greatly
That its secret treasure may escape its lips.
Therefore it closes lips from saying good or bad,
So that its treasure may not escape it.
In like manner the Prophet's companions tell us
"When the Prophet used to tell us deep sayings,
That chosen one, while scattering pearls of speech,
Would bid us preserve perfect quiet and silence."
So, when the mighty phoenix hovers over your head,
Causing your soul to tremble at the motion of its wings,
You venture not to stir from your place,
Lest that bird of good fortune should take wing.
You hold your breath and repress your coughs,
So as not to scare that phoenix into flying away.
And if one say a word to you, whether good or bad,
You place finger on lip, as much as to say, "Be silent."
That phoenix is bewilderment, it makes you silent;
The kettle is silent, though it is boiling all the while.


Book V,Story XI
Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi
Masnavi I Ma'navi


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3714 on: June 28, 2016, 11:21:14 PM »
He drew forth from Not-being this heavenly dome,
And spread out the carpet of the earth.
Of the stars He made torches to illumine the sky,
And of the four elements locks with keys of reason.
Ah! many are the buildings visible and invisible
Which God has made between heaven's dome and earth.
Man is the astrolabe of those exalted attributes,
The attribute of man is to manifest God's signs.
Whatever is seen in man is the reflection of God,
Even as the reflection of the moon in water."

Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3715 on: June 28, 2016, 11:39:37 PM »

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge


Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to understand yourself,
Then all of your reading has missed its call.

What is the purpose of reading those books?
So that Man can know the All-Powerful.
If you have read, but failed to understand,
Then your efforts are just a barren toil.

Don?t boast of reading, mastering science
Or of all your prayers and obeisance.
If you don?t identify Man as God,
All your learning is of no use at all.

The true meaning of the four holy books
Is found in the alphabet?s first letter.
You talk about that first letter, preacher;
What is the meaning of that - could you tell?

Yunus Emre says to you, Pharisee,
Make the holy pilgrimage if need be
A hundred times - but if you ask me,
A visit to the heart is best of all.

Yunus Emre


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3716 on: July 27, 2016, 03:48:52 AM »

O GOD, IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE

O God, in whom we live and move,
Thy love is law, Thy law is love;
Thy present Spirit waits to fill
The soul which comes to do Thy will.

Unto thy children?s spirits teach
Thy love, beyond the powers of speech;
And make them know, with joyful awe,
The encircling presence of Thy law.

Its patient working doth fulfill
Man?s hope, and God?s all-perfect will,
Nor suffers one true word or thought,
Or deed of love, to come to naught.

Such faith, O God, our spirits fill,
That we may work in patience still.
Who works for justice, works for Thee;
Who works in love, Thy child shall be.

Samuel Longfellow


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3717 on: July 27, 2016, 04:14:08 AM »

The true form [nature] of God [Self] cannot be understood except by the mind
which stands firmly still in nishta [Self-abidance or samadhi]. Therefore, without
allowing the mind either to wander as a vagabond [i.e. to undergo waking and
dream - sakala] or to fall into laya [i.e. to fall into sleep - kevala] due to
tiredness, train the mind to be conscious and still on one target [Self].

All days, all planets, all yogas and all orais are auspicious days, auspicious
planets, auspicious yogas and auspicious orais for an aspirant to do this upasana
[spiritual practice].

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
GVK 516-518
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3718 on: July 27, 2016, 04:20:41 AM »

Let highly mature and courageous aspirants who have a bright and sharp intellect,
firmly accept that soul [jiva] is only one [eka] and thereby be established deep in
the heart [by enquiring 'Who am I, that one jiva?'].

Is there anyone who is born, or is there anyone who has cut the bondage of birth
[and death]? During the time when the 'I'-thought [the ego] does not rise [that is,
in deep sleep], is there anyone who is bound in the body [that is, who identifies
with the body] or who is released from it? Enquire well, now, and tell me!

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
GVK 534-535

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3719 on: August 06, 2016, 04:29:06 PM »

Wonder of wonders!


Wonder of wonders! What grace flows within the saqi's tavern!
The secrets of both worlds are an open book in his cup.

Why do you seek in the temple? What will you find in the Ka'aba?
Open your inner eye, look in the idol house of your heart.

Friends, by morning you'll find nothing here but ashes:
My heart also burns, with the same sorrow as the moth.

The wine of Truth the saqi keeps concealed in his eyes,
Whatever he pours in the cup deceives thirst.

Who is aware of this wonder? Without instruments
Resounds a symphony in the chamber of the heart!

Saqi, is slaying my desire your kind of mercy?
I hear endless ecstasy reigns in your tavern.

In moments of quietude, I often begin to wonder:
Is a musician playing a melody within my joyful heart?

In all your life, Darshan, nowhere will you find
A joy to rival the rapture of Master's tavern.

 Darshan Singh