Saturday, May 1, 2010

Perfect Master

The perfect master and teacher is that one
Who is both lover and beloved,
Both the seeker and the sought,
Both the impassioned and the impassioning,
Both the perfect and the perfected,
Both the enraptured wayfarer and the wayfaring enraptured one,
Both the astonished and the absorbed.
His way is sometimes intoxicated and sometimes sober,
At times absorbed and at times effaced.
The master is the guide and exemplar.

Burhanuddin Gharib, caliph of Nizamuddin Awliya

The Awakening

ll night, a man called “Allah”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then the Devil said, “Hey! Mr Gullible!
How comes you’ve been calling all night
And never once heard Allah say, “Here, I am”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing!”

The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked,
“Why are you regretting praising Allah?”

The man said, “ I called and called
But Allah never replied, “Here I am.”
Abraham explained, “Allah has said,
“Your calling my name is My reply.
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of “Allah”
Waits a thousand replies of “Here I am.”

~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Taken from

My Prayer

So many You have chosen for Yourself.
Unveiled You have appeared to many of them.
And I, mislead by preacher, kin, and well wishers
falsely believed I have been blessed.

But You alone, O You Master of Disguise.
You know well that my blessings are but a Veil,
Behind which You hide, O Sublte One.
You hide behind noble desires,
You hide behind the wish for a healthy life,
a pious life, a secure life, a complete life.

O Lord of Mercy, O Lord of Compassion
Choose me for Your chosen ones.
Choose me for Yourself. Unveil, unveil.