“Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts
of our body is
So beautiful appeared my death—knowing who then I would kiss,
I died a thousand times before I died.
‘Die before you die,’ said the Prophet
Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?
I was born when all I once
-Rabia (Sufi mystic)
Mystics have saved my spirituality these last 4 months. Their wild, pithy, and beautiful poetry has inspired me beyond measure to continue to re-center and reconnect with the divine. I am just learning about mystics. Does any YAR out there have more information about them, besides what I can Google? Has anyone being loved by the Beloved?
“God came to my house and asked for charity.
And I feel on my knees and
what may I
‘Just love,’ He said.
-St. Francis of Assisi (Christian mystic)
In the preface, the compiler and translator, Daniel Landinsky states, “To dismiss the possibility that the divine can speak through women and men is to limit God. As soon as we limit God’s ability to communicate with us, are we not then just reinforcing some unhealthy religious prejudice, superstition, neurosis, and fear that fragments society and the individual, and undermines and divides us rather than empower and unites? I think that all our perceptions of time and space and God are adolescent, so childish that we even go to war over them, or are at war within ourselves about some ideology; peace seems so rare these days.”
I resonate with the pattern. I wish I would have grown up with a wider understanding of the divine and how God relates to us, and how we relate to the divine…and, how we have the capacity to be divine…that God is as much in us as an external being.
“I think God gave us the wrong
Let’s take a poll: How enlightened have you been feeling?
I bet God keeps a private stash
of something that really
-Tukaram (Marathi linguist/mystic)