In Sufism , love is an alchemical force of enlightenment; the lightning bolt which brings you back to life.
I was dead, I became alive, I was tears, I became laughter
The sovereignty of love appeared, and I became ever lasting sovereign.
What is such a love, and why do certain people fall so deeply under its spell that it transforms their entire being?
I have been fascinated by such questions for a long time and I found answers only by going into the soul-places where mortal love and immortal love meet. Romeo and Juliet were mortal and even died for love, yet they attained a kind of immortality by being allowed to live on in verse.Love is a doorway to a greater reality.
The human form of love can be, and for the Sufi is, the ladder to Divine Love.In Sufism, the beauty of one’s beloved is considered to be a representation (symbol) of the Perfection of God. No wonder then that it has the power to evoke true love in the heart of a lover!
Sufism decrees that by learning how to love through the love of a person, the sincere Sufi could – in principle – transform his or her love of a person into the love of Allah.
In the Hindi Film Anwar (2007), the chosen murshid (guide) advises the young protagonist of the movie Anwar, that he has to fall in love in the earthly realm in order to evolve true love for God in his heart.
Poetry has that elusive quality of transcending words and lightly touching upon this secret garden of the human heart.In the book, Rumi, The Persian, The Sufi, Rumi quietly murmurs and speaks from his heart about his personal experience:
That one who is born in love.
I am not the moon, or the universe, or thunder
I am all love, all love, I am all soul by your
I am full of love, flaming as a burning tree;
A stranger to everyone except love, like oil and
While Divine Love might appear to some to be completely distinct from human love, for many Sufis such as Ahmad al-Ghazali (d. 520/1126), Ruzbihan (d. 606/1209), Ibn ‘Arabi (d. 638/1240), Rumi, and ‘Iraqi (d. 688/1289), there was a continuum from human love to Divine love.
The contemporary scholars Chittick and Wilson, in the introduction to their translation of ‘Iraqi’s Lama’at, discussed this relationship of human love and Divine love.
Speaking of ‘Iraqi’s understanding of love, they stated, “There is no irreducible dichotomy between divine and human love…There is a gradation from the love of forms, which is “apparent love” (‘ishq-i majazi) to the love of God, which alone is ‘real love’ (‘ishq-i haqiqi).
Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition. RUMI
You become a vacuum, and God rushes into you.
Rumi's couplet is alluding to this state.
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my love.
A true Lover doesn't follow any one religion,
be sure of that.
Since in the religion of Love,
there is no irreverence or faith.
When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.
fall in Love,
and you will not be separated again
We hear the same answer that Ibn Arabi heard in one of his intimate conversations when he asked Allah “How could one get close to You?”And Allah responded, “Through an attribute that I do not possess”, meaning ubudiyyat, which means servant-hood
So on this Valentine's day, Love people and allow others to love you. Don’t create barriers. Whenever love knocks at your door, remember it is God who has knocked. Reject love and you have rejected God.
Welcome love and you have welcomed God.
God comes as love, flowers as love.