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786…sufi circle of LOVE in phily and brklyn this week !

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COME TO THE CIRCLE OF LOVE!!!

SUFI WISDOM CLASS AND ZIKR/CHANTING CIRCLE

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 7-9PM IN PHILADELPHIA AT

SELAH MOON 1439 N 52ST. PHILA, PA 19131

AND

SATURDAY APRIL 14TH IN NEW YORK

FROM 12:30-3PM

AT THE SAKHU COMMUNITY CENTER

8 REVERE PLACE, CROWN HEIGHTS BROOKLYN, 11213

FOR MORE INFO LEAVE A COMMENT

OR CALL 267-560-SUFI(7834)

“TO KNOW THE SELF IS TO KNOW GOD”

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786…sufi wisdom class/ chanting in phily and bklyn

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COME TO THE CIRCLE OF LOVE!!!

SUFI WISDOM CLASS AND ZIKR/CHANTING CIRCLE

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 7-9PM IN PHILADELPHIA AT

SELAH MOON 1439 N 52ST. PHILA, PA 19131

AND

SATURDAY APRIL 14TH IN NEW YORK

FROM 12:30-3PM

AT THE SAKHU COMMUNITY CENTER

8 REVERE PLACE, CROWN HEIGHTS BROOKLYN, 11213

FOR MORE INFO LEAVE A COMMENT

OR CALL 267-560-SUFI(7834)

“TO KNOW THE SELF IS TO KNOW GOD”

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786…die in the Ocean of Love- the life of a sufi

Serigne Fallou,  Jalal & Sufi

“the sufi is the son of the moment.”- sufi proverb…. a sufi lives in the NOW. for a true sufi there is no past, present, future, day, or night. a sufi lives in a state beyond time and space in oneness with the Divine. a sufi lives in the 4th chakra-the heart-the closest place to find Allah. a sufi lives in the ocean of LOVE. in fact, a sufi is one HU has died in the ocean of love. a true sufi practices the alchemical science of taskiya tul nafs (purification of the soul). the life of a sufi is a life of remembrance, love and service(kidma) to God. a sufi is a worshiper of the Divine Light of Allah that dwells in the hearts of all living Beings. a sufi only see’s GOD. for a sufi there can be no other reality or existence other than GOD. for a sufi ALL religions are TRUE!!! a sufi can see the inner esoteric truth of all religions. a sufi is a christian to a christian, a jew to a jew, a hindu to a hindu, a buddhist to a buddhist, and a muslim to a muslim.

the first day eye met my beloved cheikh, Cheikh Betcio, in senegal he said to me “the only one closer to Allah than you, is the one HU loves Allah more than you.” the founder of our sufi order, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, wrote in one of his sufi poems, “my religion is the religion of LOVE.” love love love. the way of the sufi is love. love is a wave, that takes the traveler to its source, the Ocean, Allah. just as the wave and the ocean are one, love and Allah-God are ONE.

the Ocean of Love

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intoxicated

eye

drowned in a river

the river took me to the Ocean

the river was

Love

the Ocean was

God

living in the ever-present now

eye

transcend

the illusion of duality

seeing God as

the only Reality

eye live in love

love lives in eye

as me

 all EYE see

is love

is love

is

the Ocean

is GOD

—-sufi

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Love is a flame in the heart that burns All leaving only the Beloved. When two people experience true Love they disappear and become One. In disappearing and becoming One, the two people lose all since of self. When the since of self disappears the only thing left is GOD-LOVE. The way of the Sufi is Love. true Love of God leads to death and dying in God. Sufi master Bawa Muhaiyadeen teaches that “when you are there, God is not. when you(ego) are not there, God Is.”  I die daily that God may live through me as ME. The beloved prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) once said “die before you die.” In this process of death before death, the lover loses all since of self(ego-separation-duality) and is resurrected into the conscious Oneness with God. Re-gaining the lost consciousness of our innate Oneness with God is the purpose of life. A seed is planted in the ground to become a Flower. Man-Woman come to earth to become -realize-know-remember their ONENESS with God. It is as if God is playing hide and seek with Himself from behind the hiding place of YOU. In union with Love, by the power of Love, God-LOVE wins the game, and YOU(lover) no longer exist.  God exist as U. Love reigns supreme! Love reigns supreme! Love reigns supreme! A Love supreme, a Love supreme, Allah supreme, Allah supreme…..living in the light of love—sufi ananda

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888… DIAMOND JEWEL IN THE LOTUS

“Emptiness” is form. Form is “emptiness”. The Buddha

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Eye have seen the Diamond Jewel in the Lotus. It is all empty. Crystal Clear Light. In a flash. Piercing the Veil of the mind. Thunder in Silence ! In the blink of an eye. 1000 lifetimes flashed. Eye can see as if eye never used my eyes before. If only the pen could write. If only the words could say what the Diamond Jewel in the Lotus is. Sometimes when eye walk it feels as if the ground is not there.

It is all a Divine stage play. You are the playwright, and all the actors in the dream of your life.  After writing the play, you went to sleep and began to dream. The dream became your life. Your life became the illusion of a false you that only exist in your mind. You created a supporting cast of parents and society that would support you, the main character, in the illusion of your life. There is no one in the play that is not you. You are the only one that exists. Being sound asleep you have mistaken your dream of illusion for a life of substance.

In fact just as the images in the dream are empty, you and your illusion of life are empty.

Diamond Jewel in the Lotus

Eye saw myself today in the form of a Buddhist Monk in an all orange robe. The monk sat in  stillness as eye recited my sun and moon zikr. When the monk stood up to walk away, eye noticed we were wearing the exact same shoes. As he walked directly in front of me, eye experienced time without time. Space without space. Empty. A flash of emptiness. Eye entered the state of the Diamond Jewel in the Lotus.

What is the Diamond Jewel in the Lotus?

these are the first few paragrahps of my new book “Diamond Jewel in the Lotus.” this short text is a modern day sutra for the transformation and elevation of consciousness. this text is an operative text.  you may ask what does that mean? the nature and designe of this text is to raise the consciousness of all who drink of its elixir! this text should be studied 1000x! for the best results/effect it should be read outloud once a day for 40 days.

the entire text is available at http://www.786sufiwisdom.com. my intention was to wait 7 years befor publishing it. but spirit revealed to me that the time is NOW………….

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF LOVE…. qiyamah abdallah salihu sufi…

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786… You should be God by NOW!!!

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on the mystic path you will find some travelers who are completely INTOXICATED with God!!! this is the case for one of my teachers named Cheikh Muhaiyadeen in philadelphia. he is most definitely “not” here. one day he was seen riding his bike in west phily and a friend of mine asked him “where are you coming from Cheikh Muhaiyadeed?” my friend said the cheikh looked at him smiled and said “eye just came back from mecca!” the next time eye saw my friend he said “your teacher Cheikh Muhayadeen is definitely INTOXICATED. one day when eye was talking with Cheikh Muhayadeen in the kitchen, his mood dramatically changed. he looked at me and screamed in the loudest voice possible “you should be GOD by NOW!” after that he put his coffee cup down and walked quietly into his room without even saying  salam.

his words had a powerful effect on me. that night eye could not sleep one bit. eye thought about all of the experiences eye have had on this path, and all the mystical teachers eye had learned from.  finally eye came to the conclusion that, yes eye should be God by now. eye have been given all the keys to Divinity from my teachers/masters. eye have see Allah walking on the earth. eye have been in the heavens. so what is my problem eye thought????? time waits for no one. from that day forward eye decided to recommit myself to the path.

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the path is very long and arduous. to travel the path a seeker must pack his/her bags with provisions/knowledge for the journey. the provisions for the journey are: tawheed-knowledge of the Oneness of God, –akidah correct belief in God, fiqh-understanding the laws of the way, and tassawuf– the science of perfecting the character and purifying the soul. the true Self is God. it is the false self that dethrones the King and takes over the throne. the sufi path is the way of Self/God Realization through the practice of the esoteric science of islam.  there are many esoteric paths that lead to Oneness with God. what is most important is that the seeker, chose ONE and stay committed to that path. all of the main religions have an esoteric doctrine. from the outside the religions look different. from the inner view, inside, all of the teachings are for God Realization. what can be difficult is finding a true master to take your hand and guide you on the PATH….

living in the light of love…. sufi

786…the 3 deaths on the sufi path

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QUTUB BAWA MUHAIYADEEN

in one of his famous sayings our beloved prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) said ”die before you die.” This death before death is the way of the sufi and all true mystics. This death is the death of the ego, desires, duality and ultimately the false self. This teaching is found in the Holy Bible where John says “I die daily.” You may ask what is the purpose of this death? The purpose of this death is to die to all that is related to ILLUSION and let the REALITY of God live in you as You.

In the exalted way of the sufi there are 3 deaths. It is said that the masonic mythological figure Hiram Abif was hit in the head 3x and buried in a shallow grave. This is symbolic of the 3 deaths of the sufi. The word for death used by the Sufis is “fana”. Not only does “fana” mean death, it also means extinction. in Sufism the first, and most difficult death-extinction is called “fana fe cheikh”(death/extinction in the cheikh). It is said on the sufi path “the devil is the cheikh/teacher of one who has no teacher.” Death in the cheikh is difficult because this means that the disciple must give up all of their false qualities and become extinct in the true qualities of the cheikh.

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A true cheikh is an inheritor of Nur Muhammad (the Light of Muhammad). The second death is called “fana fe Rasool”( death/extinction in the Prophet.) Once a disciple has died in the cheikh, it is the duty of the cheikh to lead the disciple in the ways of Prophet Muhammad until the disciple actually experiences death in Muhammad’s qualities and characteristics. Once when Aiesha was asked how would you describe Muhammad she said that he was the Holy Quran walking. This implies that when a disciple has reached death in the prophet they too will manifest the truth of the Holy Quran in thought, word, and deed.

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The third and final death on the sufi path is called “fana fe Allah”(death in God).  it is trough a complete death in the prophet Muhammad, that the disciple achieves extinction/death in God. The result of death in God is eternal Life(baqa) with God. When the disciple reaches the station of “fana fe Allah” God becomes the eyes they see with, the ears they hear with, the tongue they speak with, the hands they grasp with, and the feet they walk with! Qutub Bawa Muhaiyadeen teaches “when you are there, God is not there. When you are not there, God is there.” This is the level of death in God on the sufi path. The goal of the sufi is death in God which results in eternal life as God…… living in the light of love….sufi

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786…what is Enlightenment?

786… What is Enlightenment? Is it something you can buy on the internet for 19.95$???

If you ask 10 people you will most likely get 10 different answers. Enlightenment is the state of Being Awake from the dream of life. It is the state of being conscious of your ONENESS with God-All-Universe. The Illustrious Buddha has said “before Enlightenment chop wood. After Enlightenment chop wood.” Enlightenment is an experience that sometimes comes like a flash of Light. It is a sense of knowing Oneness through stillness. The experience cannot be communicated in words. In the Tao De Ching it says “those who know don’t say. Those who say don’t know.”

Direct In-sperience of the Divine

What we need is the direct In-sperience of the Divine. We will not KNOW God until we In-sperience God. This mystic In-sperience often takes place in a state called “the Between.” Between wake and sleep, between night and day, between the inhale and the exhale. once eye spoke with a Buddhist from Tibet, He was telling me about the Between state. It was amazing to see the same teaching in another tradition. As seekers of TRUTH and Self Realization, books and philosophies about God and the Self are not enough. what we want Gnosis (marifat). Marifat is the pearl in the deep ocean of Reality (haqiqat). The Direct experience of God is what eye call “the God In-sperience.” This In-sperience cannot be communicated in words.

Still the mind

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Become One with Allah. The All. Duality is from the mind. Beyond the mind there is only One. ONENESS is all that exists. The philosophers ask the question is the cup half empty or is it half full? The sufi non-dual adviatist affirms THERE IS NO CUP… only Allah is Real. The Self is Allah. Learn to see Allah as the All and the Self as Allah. Uni-verse actually means multiple expressions of the UNI/ONE…man God universe ONE…

***taken from my book Branches of Wisdom-non dual advaita dharma . the complete book  is available at http://www.squidoo.com/786-Sufi-wisdom

from the Light to the Light with LIGHT. the root word of ENLIGHTENMENT is Light. “en” is a prefix that alludes to the fact of taking something in. “ment” implies that what is taken “en” must become firm like cement. ENLIGHTENMENT is the takeing in of LIGHT to such an extent that the Light become crystalized in our consciousness. the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) has a famous prayer called “the prayer of Light.”  Muhammad concludes this prayer by saying “oh Allah turn my complete being into LIGHT.” the sufis have spiritual exercises that allow the traveler to increase their amount of Light. our cheikh, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba teaches a prayer that is said after sunset that brings LIGHT to the seeker. this prayer is also called “the prayer of LIGHT.”  it is said in the sufi tradition that 70,000 veils of Light exist between man and God. as the sufi accumulates more Light, she travels through these veils, until the light of the soul unites with the light of the spirit in a form of mystical union. the result of this union is complete ENLIGHTENMENT…. living in the light of love—sufi

786… the 8 Buddhist Awakenings !!! Om mani padme hung

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PADMASAMBAVA-THE LOTUS BORN BUDDAH (HE was born 8 years old on a Lotus pond with no mother and father!)

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786…Buddhist Disciples! At all times, day and night, sincerely recite and bear in mind these eight truths that cause great people to awaken.

The First Awakening: The world is impermanent. Countries are perilous and fragile. The body is a source of pain, ultimately empty. The five skandhas are not the true self. Life and Death is nothing but a series of transformations—hallucinatory, unreal, uncontrollable. The intellect is a wellspring of turpitude, the body a breeding ground of offenses. Investigate and contemplate these truths. Gradually break free of death and rebirth.

The Second Awakening: Too much desire brings pain. Death and rebirth are wearisome ordeals, originating from our thoughts of greed and lust. By lessening desires we can realize absolute truth and enjoy peace, freedom, and health in body and mind.

The Third Awakening: Our minds are never satisfied or content with just enough. The more we obtain, the more we want. Thus we create offenses and perform evil deeds. Bodhisattvas don’t wish to make these mistakes. Instead, they choose to be content. They nurture the Way, living a quiet life in humble surroundings—their sole occupation, cultivating wisdom.

The Fourth Awakening: Idleness and self-indulgence are the downfall of people. With unflagging vigor, great people break through their afflictions and baseness. They vanquish and defeat the four kinds of demons, and escape from the prison of the five skandhas.

The Fifth Awakening: Stupidity and ignorance are the cause of death and rebirth. Bodhisattvas apply themselves and deeply appreciate study and erudition, constantly striving to expand their wisdom and refine their eloquence. Nothing brings them greater joy than teaching and transforming living beings.

The Sixth Awakening: Suffering in poverty breeds deep resentment. Wealth unfairly distributed creates ill-will and conflict among people. Thus, Bodhisattvas practice giving. They treat friend and foe alike. They do not harbor grudges or despise amoral people.

The Seventh Awakening: The five desires are a source of offenses and grief. Truly great people, laity included, are not blighted by worldly pleasures. Instead, they aspire to don the three-piece precept robe and the blessing bowl of monastic life. Their ultimate ambition is to leave the home life and to cultivate the Path with impeccable purity. Their virtuous qualities are lofty and sublime; their attitude towards all creatures, kind and compassionate.

The Eighth Awakening: Like a blazing inferno, birth and death are plagued with suffering and affliction. Therefore, great people resolve to cultivate the Great Vehicle, to rescue all beings, to endure hardship on behalf of others, and to lead everyone to ultimate happiness.

These are the Eight Truths that all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and great people awaken to. Once awakened, they even more energetically continue to cultivate the Path. Steeping themselves in kindness and compassion, they grow in wisdom. They sail the Dharma ship across to Nirvana’s shore, and then return on the sea of birth and death to rescue living beings. They use these Eight Truths to show the proper course for living beings, causing them to recognize the anguish of birth and death. They inspire all to forsake the five desires, and to cultivate their minds in the manner of Sages.

If Buddhist disciples recite this Sutra on the Eight Awakenings, and constantly ponder its meaning, they will certainly eradicate boundless offenses, advance towards Bodhi, and will quickly realize Proper Enlightenment. They will always be free of birth and death, and will abide in eternal bliss.

(Original Translated by Shramana An Shr Gao of the Latter Han Dynasty, translated from Chinese into English by Buddhist Text Translation Society, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, California)

786…Mystic Lessons in Love part 3- Mysteries of the Heart

786..Mystic Lessons in Love part 3- Mysteries of the Heart

The whole world is a market-place for Love,
For naught that is, from Love remains remote.
The Eternal Wisdom made all things in Love:
On Love they all depend, to Love all turn.
The earth, the heaven, the sun, the moon, the stars
The center of their orbit ends in Love.
By love are all bewildered, stupefied,
Intoxicated by the Wine of Love.
From each, a mystic silence Love demands,
What do all seek so earnestly?
“Tis Love. Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts,
In Love no longer “Thou” and “I” exist,
For self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul
Behold the Friend, Incomparable Love,
He who would know the secret of both worlds
Will find the secret of them both, is Love.

— Maulana Farid-uh-din

In the Holy Quran God has said ” He indeed suceeds who purifies it(the heart).” The heart is the greatest of all mysteries in the physical realm. it is a doorway to the Divine. A window to the spirit world. The heart is the meeting place of the two worlds. The heart is the very Throne of God. when the heart is clear we receive the divine messages of spirit in our visions at night. an unclear heart blocks the messages from spirit that we receive while sleeping. in the Holy Quran Allah says “every night Eye take the soul unto Myself, and return it to the body upon the waking of the sleeper.” Every night the soul goes to what eye call “night school.” every night the soul receives impressions/lessons/images from the Divine. the heart is like a window for the unseen world/spirit plane. if a window is dirty, light can not shine through it. if a window is clean, the light shines though effortlessly. it is the same with the heart. when the heart is pure/clear the lessons the soul learns in “night school” are conveyed to the mind. if the heart window is not pure the images/lessons can not pass from the spirit realm to the mind of the seeker.

in the Holy Bible God/Allah has said “sometimes when Eye want to give you something, Eye give it to you while you are sleep.” in the Holy Quran, again God/Allah has said ” Eye speak to them from behind a veil.” the sufis have found this veil to be the images/symbols one sees in their sleep. the dream world is a map for the traveler of the path. the stations of the soul, and what level of the chakra system the seeker is at, are often conveyed in the dream world. with a pure clean heart these messages/symbols can be received by the mind to be interpreted by the traveler. On the path to Self/God realization the mind, heart and soul must be purified in that order. First the mind must be made pure, then the heart, and finally the soul. the HEART is the meeting place of the mind and the soul.

the Holy Avatar Jesus(peace be upon him) said “the kingdom of heaven is within you.” this heaven that HE spoke of is none other than the HEART. in the Upanishads the mystic hindu ascetics have affirmed that the dwelling place of the Lord Purusha in the body is the Heart. the way of the sufi is the way of the heart. Love is the ruler of the heart. when the heart is ruled by LOVE LOVE LOVE, there is no limit to the heights a spiritual seeker can reach. in the chakra system, the fourth chakra is located inside the heart. the fourth chakra is the seat of LOVE. on my first visit to senegal in 1996, my sufi master Cheikh Betchio(ya nafi yag Thioune) said to me ” the only one closer to Allah than you is the one who loves Allah more than you.”  prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said that God said ” I can not fit into the heavens or the earth, but I fit into the hearts of those who believe in ME.”   may we all make the pilgrimage of the heart to realize and know the true reality of Love, God and the self !!!

“the closest place to meet Allah/God is in the heart” -Noble Drew Ali.

Eye once beheld a most beautiful effulgent LIGHT, about the size of a thumb, in my vision. the LIGHT spoke to me and said ” I AM a secret deep within your heart. know me and worship ME before you leave this earth.” love and light—sufi

786…the Self is All – “I Am that I Am”

786…the Self is All—om sat chi ananda—from the Upanishads…..
14     As gold covered by earth shines bright after it has been purified, so also the yogi, realising the truth of Atman, becomes one with the non—dual Atman, attains the goal and is free from grief 
15     And when the yogi beholds the real nature of Brahman, through the Knowledge of the Self, radiant as a lamp, then, having known the unborn and immutable Lord, who is untouched by ignorance and its effects, he is freed from all fetters.
SELF SEE SELF THE SELF IS ALL…the true nature of Self is Sat(truth), Chi(consciousness). Ananda(bliss). the most important question a seeker can ask is “Who am I?” When Moses asked God His/Her Name the answer came back “I Am that I Am.” this is the answer to the question Who am I. I am that I Am is God saying “I Am the state of awareness, the state of I Am, that exist in you as You.” The I Am consciousness that exists in all Beings is God, Allah, Brahman, the true Self. The fact that we can say the words “I Am” proves our identity with God. the very consciousness of I Am/Being/Existence is GOD. the sufis say “God is, and nothing exist but God.”
in Sanskrit the word “Atman” means soul. when the Atman (soul) is purified, the self regains awareness/consciousness of its ONENESS with the non-dual Atman(Spirit-God). the sufi way is known as taskiya tul nafs(purification of the soul). even though a rope may be mistaken for a snake, its true identity was always a rope! The illustrious Buddha taught that “ignorance is the root cause of all suffering.” true knowledge of Self is true knowledge of God. as the Upanishads declare “who is untouched by ignorance and its effects, he is freed from all fetters.” BE AS YOU ARE—love and light—sufi ananda