Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sufi mysticism

"Outside, the freezing desert night.
This other night inside grows warm, kindling.
Let the landscape be covered with thorny crust.
We have a soft garden in here.
The continents blasted,
cities, and little towns, everything
become a scorched blackened ball.
The news we hear is full of grief for that future,
but the real news inside here
is there's no news at all."
(Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, 1207-1273, in the poem 'The Tent')

Al-Hillaj Mansoor - little known 10th century Islamic mystic - faces a crucifixion many times more barbaric and cruel than that of Jesus without complaint. The headsmen chop off his prayerful hands, they butcher his feet, eyes, nose, tongue. [Bjorn Erik once adopted the cybername Al-Hallaj: it seems at least symbolically true ;-P]

2 Comments:

Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

I did my Reiki training at a place in St. Kilda named after this dude! Nice to see one of his poems. It sounds a little like the Pleiadian suggestion that we avoid immersing ourselves in the negativity that the media presents us with.

10:45 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

That suggestion came from the Pleiadians? Cool... In any case, I follow it... or at least surround myself with alternative news sources ;-))

7:13 am  

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