Inspirational Quotations: Sufi Wisdom

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You will find in these inspirational quotations meditations from Sufi wisdom, reminding you of your connection to the Beloved.

My first experience with the wisdom of the Sufi's was over twenty years ago. I was invited to a Sufi dance by a woman from a Wicca class we were taking together. There weren't many words spoken that I can remember. It was experiential as we, this group of strangers, began to dance in two circles, with each circle going in opposite directions. And with every partner we would touch our hearts and gaze into the other's eyes. Pretty soon only love pervaded that hall and I fell in love with that woman. And she eventually became the mother of my first son. And even though estrangement would later come between us, that Truth that we saw that evening will always be there, for it was the love of the Beloved gazing into the eyes of the Beloved.

Later I became aware of the teachings of Sufism and especially the poets, such as Rumi, Hafiz, and I will include Kabir, although Hindus will also claim him. Sufism, like all the mystical components of any religion, takes beyond beyond words into the lap of God. Sufism speaks the language of the Beloved and is filled with such blissful longing. When I forget who I AM, the stuff of the mind obscuring the sun of knowing, and I think I am alone, then I cry to my Beloved, and the hair on my neck will be caressed by the sweetest of touches and the tears will come and wash away the dirt of the past of forgetful doings. And love blossoms in my Heart.

In Hinduism this path is called Bhakti, the path of devotion, and it is such a sweet path. It is also the one law that Jesus brought to the world, the one law of Love. Love is so simple, that is why it is so despised by the mind, which wants complications and unceasing goals to achieve. This path of the Heart, the way of the Sufi, is a path that is accessible to unlearned; in fact, it is said that the more one is learned the more difficult it is to tread the path of love.

When one is in love one does anything that the Beloved asks. So be in love, my friend, and listen to the Beloved in your Heart, and be free in that thralldom.


Love brought man from the world of unity to that of variety, and the same force can take him back again to the world of unity from the world of variety. --Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Divine in His Infinite Love and Creative Mind has created each one of us as unique and varied. How glorious is God's manifestation in all its variations. To see all of us and all created things with the eye of Love, the eye of Gratitude, then you will see God in all things and in all events. There is only God.

The Lovers
will drink wine night and day.
They will drink until they can
tear away the veils of intellect and
melt away the layers of shame and modesty.
When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.
Become this,
fall in Love,
and you will not be separated again.

From: 'Hush Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi' Translated by Sharam Shiva

Imagine being so in love that all you could see was the Beloved in all beings and in all things, where past and future ceased to be in the ever-Present embrace of God. That is the Truth. What your mind says as it nervously looks into the rear view mirror or the impatiently scans the roads ahead of destinations never reached, are the ranting of a madman who has never loved. The ego, that thought of separation can never love because only love unites. The intellect, the tool of the ego, is a cold sharp sword, that brings no peace. In love, one comes completely naked with no shame or modesty to stand before the judgment of the the Beloved. For the Beloved's judgment is always the same--I love you for you are Perfectly Holy in me. There is no greater wine than love to make one forget who they think they are.

Let love lead your soul.
Make it a place to retire to,
a kind of monastery cave,
a retreat for the deepest core of your being.
--Attar of Nishapur

Beyond Time

My friend, the Sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way. --Rumi

You will not find God over there. Nor will you find God someday. Don't look to the past for Him, in some past life, in some golden time of legends. Nor search for Him in some Paradise that you will ascend to. He won't be waiting. God is Here. Right Now. The mystic knows this for she is a lover of God, enraptured in the Beloved's arms. Forever in the Present Now.

The Un-Named Naam Lives Without Any End
There is No Other Truth
Says Kabir, Listen Oh, Sadhu
Don't Get Lost and Die

Everyone that you know, everything that you own, everything that you think you know, will some day pass away. Even your most holy books are fated to dust. Only the Name of God is everlasting and thus worth your attention only. Don't get lost in pursuing those things of the mind and the body, for only death will you find there. Only in God will you find Life.

When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.   --Rumi  

If you want to go to the God's Abode, find someone who frequents that divine place. How will you know? He will be filled with love that no time can touch.

Will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,

For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to.

--Hafiz,"In a Tree House" from the book, The Subject Tonight is Love, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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