Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sufi Love

In Sufism, love is an alchemical force of enlightenment; the lightning bolt which brings you back to life. Love symbolized the emotional element in religion, the rapture of the seer, the courage of the martyr, the faith of the saint, the only basis of moral perfection and spiritual knowledge.

A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me? 
The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.   
I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you. 
I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar. 
I have lost all my strength,              

but from your power
I am able. 
If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.
I’m drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come 
I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist
Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate
Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk
Not having entered
the battlefield
I’m already wounded and slain
I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality
Like the shadow


I am And I am not

Practically, it is self-renunciation and self-sacrifice, the giving up of all possessions--wealth, honour, will, life, and whatever else men value--for the Beloved's sake without any thought of reward. I have already referred to love as the supreme principle in Sufi ethics, and now let me give some illustrations.

"Love," says Jalaluddin, "is the remedy of our pride and self-conceit, the physician of all our infirmities. Only he whose garment is rent by love becomes entirely unselfish."
             
I was dead, I became alive, I was tears, I became laughter
The sovereignty of love appeared, and I became everlasting sovereign.


Jalaluddin Rumi proclaims :"Our copper has been transmuted by this rare alchemy,"meaning that the base alloy of self has been purified and spiritualised. 

In another ode he says: "O my soul, I searched from end to end: I saw in thee naught save the Beloved; Call me not infidel, O my soul, if I say that thou thyself art He." 

Divine Love in Sufism, like gnosis, is in its essence a divine gift, not anything that can be acquired. "If the whole world wished to attract love, they could not; and if they made the utmost efforts to repel it, they could not." Those who love God are those whom God loves. "I fancied that I loved Him," said Bayazid, "but on consideration, I saw that His love preceded mine." 

Junayd defined love as the substitution of the qualities of the Beloved for the qualities of the lover. In other words, love signifies the passing-away of the individual self; it is an uncontrollable rapture, a God-sent grace which must be sought by ardent prayer and aspiration.


In Sufism, the human form of love can be, and for the Sufi is---- the ladder to Divine Love.

  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. 


Because love is the most brutal ego annihilation, Being IN love means surrendering your ego.  The word orgasm in French is called little death. Being in love with anyone is like dying to your old life and being reborn into a new dimension. 


The relationship is dangerous.

It is dangerous because the more you love someone, the more and more you evaporate. And when you have come really close you are no more. It is dangerous because it is suicidal but the suicide is beautiful. Because if you survive this suicide---you will walk towards God because you would have experienced the limitations of egoic living and tasted the ecstasy of surrender.

 All the love-romances and allegories of Sufi poetry--the tales of Layla and Majnun, Yusuf (Joseph) and Zulaykha, Salaman and Absal, the Moth and the Candle, the Night-ingale and the Rose--are shadow-pictures of the soul's passionate longing to be reunited with God. 





Death in human love is a catalyst of an alchemical crucible which can -potentially- lead to transformation.

To love so that nothing of you remains, is the way to enlightenment.You no longer exist.Non-being is the way to being, and love is the most adequate method to disappear.Just as nature abhors a vacuum, God also abhors a vacuum.

You become a vacuum, and love of God rushes in to you!

Ibn al-‘Arabi claims that Islam is peculiarly the religion of love, inasmuch as the Prophet Mohammed is called God's beloved (Habib)
.

To die in God is the only way to live really. Until you die, until you die voluntarily into love, you live an existence which is simply mediocre; you vegetate, you don't have any meaning. No poetry arises in your heart, no dance, no celebration; you simply grope in the darkness. You live at the minimum, you don't overflow with ecstasy.


Nuri, Raqqam, and other Sufis were accused of heresy and sentenced to death.
"When the executioner approached Raqqam, Nuri rose and offered himself in his friend's place with the utmost cheerfulness and submission. All the spectators were astounded. The executioner said, 'Young man, the sword is not a thing that people are so eager to  meet; and your turn has not yet arrived.' Nuri answered, 'My religion is founded on unselfishness. Life is the most precious thing in the world: I wish to sacrifice for my brethren's sake the few moments which remain.'"


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:



Do you know who is alive?

That one who is born in love.
I am not the moon, or the universe, or thunder
Or clouds
I am all love, all love, I am all soul by your
Soul
I am full of love, flaming as a burning tree;
A stranger to everyone except love, like oil and
Water


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






 That is the meaning when Jesus says, "God is love because it is the purification of love that will bring you to God.Love is the bridge. Love is the process of alchemical change in your consciousness.

Rumi's couplet is alluding to this state.

My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
Every cell,
taking wings,
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my love.



        When you fall in love with a person you have seen a glimpse of the divine. It is not really the person that you have fallen in love with; They have been just a window, a beautiful window but still a window. You have seen something beyond, it may have been just a flash; that’s why it is so difficult to explain your love affair to anybody.

If somebody asks, ’Why have you fallen in love with this person?’ it is almost inexplicable. And if you try to explain it looks absurd, even to you. But the problem is that you have not fallen in love with this person at all: you have fallen in love with something beyond.


"This woman, who is your beloved, is, in fact, a ray of His light,
She is not a mere creature. She is a creator.  RUMI




Sufi's believe that only when a person treads on the path of earthly ‘true romantic love’ and suffers the pain of separation from one’s beloved, can one get in touch with the separation from God Almighty that is suppressed in the heart of every Individual.

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.
Become this,
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





You think you are alive

because you breathe air?
Shame on you,
that you are alive in such a limited way.
Don't be without Love,
so you won't feel dead.
Die in Love
and stay alive forever.
 Rumi








8 comments:

  1. Beautiful article, it talks to the soul. They say follow your "heart" (i.e. irrational gut feelings) and Quran says don't follow your whims.

    How to do justice to both mind and soul. I have problem with sufism that it exclusively deals with heart and relegate mind to nothing

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  2. What a Superb note on the true path to Divinity - Very exact in nature and as stated by another, this piece of work speaks to the soul.
    January 23rd, 2014.

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  3. School of Ahmad Ghazzali and Iraqi do not agree with uboodia't being the only means to be close to God, as Ibn-e-Arabi. Relationship is of "friendship" primarily, servanthood has been the hall-mark of clerics, orthodox. Friendship and love has been the hall-mark of Sufis, and other mystics.

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  5. O Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    Oh my heart has started to love you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Gali-gali Ghoome Dil Tujhe Dhoondhe
    My heart travels wanders one lane after another lane in search of you


    Gali-gali Ghoome Dil Tujhe Dhoondhe
    My heart travels wanders one lane after another lane in search of you

    Tere Bin Tarase Nayan
    Without you my eyes pine
    Without you my eyes yearn

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Aa Ja O Meri Jaan
    Come to me my love

    Mere Dil Ka Jahaan
    World of the my Heart

    Maange Teri Khabar
    wants the news about you

    Dhoondhe Tera Nishaan
    Its seeks a trace of you

    Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    Oh my heart has started to love you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Gali-gali Ghoome Dil Tujhe Dhoondhe
    My heart travels wanders one lane after another lane in search of you

    Gali-gali Ghoome Dil Tujhe Dhoondhe
    My heart travels wanders one lane after another lane in search of you

    Tere Bin Tarase Nayan
    Without you my eyes pine
    Without you my eyes yearn

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Tera Tujhako Saunp De Kya Laagat Hai Mor
    What I return to you always belonged to you

    Mera Mujhamen Kuchh Naaheen Jo Hovat So Tor
    What I have to lose of my own I owned nothing
    Everything belongs to you, owned by you

    Tere Bin Mera Man
    Without you my heart

    Jaise Ban Men Hiran
    Is like a deer in the forest

    Jaise Pagali Pawan
    A wandering wind

    Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    Oh my heart has started to love you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

    Lagan Laagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan
    My heart seeks you my heart goes out for you

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8wMuBUz6e0

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  7. Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD8MfZpt-QA

    Satrangi re

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvGrChLEn0

    Kun fayakun

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jbb7miKWaI

    Chaiya chaiya

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOYN9qNXmAw

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  8. What an amazing article about the essence of life's journey. Amazing because it interleaves the spiritual with the corporeal to appeal to both our reason and our intuition.

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