Dar ul Irfan – University of Sufism and Self

The day of celebration has arrived,

but where is the Beloved?

Everywhere there is joy and happiness

but has anyone seen the Beloved?

what joy then.

how to rejoice then.

Union with the Beloved,

away from all there is.

that day is the day of sheer happiness.

How and where to seek the path to Beloved.

to the much awaited meeting

what price to pay

when will there be a resolve to this heartache

to existence without separation

without sorrow

that yearning for Beloved

where to acquire this sweet yearning pain

63 thoughts on “Dar ul Irfan – University of Sufism and Self

  1. Since this post is on my birthday, all the more reason to comment. In a dream this morning before dawn, I was walking with my one and only student, the recently bearded Mithun, a young Tamil lad, telling him that I’d met with a Sufi a little before, who had told me that the Sufi around his town didn’t meet in out in the open in mosques but in private, mostly in someone’s home, never a crowd, often just a couple, not in secret mind you, but you had to keep your identity a secret, what I was telling Mithun as I woke up.

    When I checked my stats this morning I saw you’d read and maybe even listened to a couple of my recent poetry posts. That’s inner contact, regardless if the dream matches your situation, since your university is basking in the sunlight for everyone to see, but dreams as you know use proxy servers and might call a fish a hoodwinkle and pond a stark gaze. Maybe it’s a moment of offering for our brothers and sisters of the inward way who do have to jump in silence. But as is often with dreams, which gaze in simultaneous directions, maybe there’s meaning somewhere there with you too.

    Anyway, I salute you.

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  2. A beautiful post touched my soul.

    I have a question which may sound weird. I have 100% surrendered unto God which I know 100% exists as it is by God’s grace I am still alive. I have no idea what form God takes and the more I find out about God the less I know. I found out this year that the word Muslim means surrendered to God. Problem is Christianity is my frame of reference and I’ve found the same glimpses of the Beloved in Buddhism, Quran as well as Bible and other religious texts.

    Is it possible to be a Muslim (surrendered unto God) Christian? Please don’t slam me for being a heretic for although I know there is bit one God there are many different aspects God displays to people.

    I hope I have not offended anyone.

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    1. My thoughts: It is a requirement that Christians surrender to God.
      We have been created as freewill moral agents and can choose to do as we want. Although, it is my personal understanding that Muslim is a religion and Christianity is also a religion. Christianity stands in direct opposition to Muslim and is grounded in the fact that there is no other God than Jehovah or Yahweh, the Self-revealing Self-existing God. I don’t believe it would be appropriate to say that, as an individual that you are two different opposing religions. That would make you a Unitarian.

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      1. Unitarian is a system of ethics which disrespects the individual which I feel goes against the spirit that I’ve surrendered my life to. I feel the ethical system defined by Kant is far more wholesum.
        For me the word religion is just a dogmatic set of practices. I roll cigarettes religiously but I hate doing that it’s not Godly and definitely not healthy. Perhaps it’s not about religion and the dogmatic set of practices but the spirit in which the words are written. Language is important as if you use the wrong/incorrect word’s the whole meaning changes.

        The Chirstian Bible is my frame of reference but there’s so much more to God/Goodness/Godliness than is written in the Bible.

        I’ve noticed recently that the words in the Bible are subtly being changed. The story of Easter in Christianity is incredibly sad. The religious leaders didn’t like Jesus because He wasn’t one of them, Jesus didn’t obey there orders He dared to point out that they were talking one way and walking in the completely opposite direction. Hypocrites is I think the correct word. I’ve only read the first few books of the Qur’an but these types are described clearly, I’ve met them they don’t like me. They are not the people who Jesus the Nazarene called. It was Jesus the Nazarene that the hypocrites murdered. Sorry if that offends people but that the gruesome nasty story of Easter. It’s not the story of sins being paid for with blood it’s the story of a murder. The miraculous mystery of the Easter murder is that as everyone was grieving talking about the man who had died, Jesus the Nazarene walked up and stood beside them and said hey what’s happened why are you so sad? They told Jesus about the man that had been tourtured to death, let’s face it the way Jesus was killed was evil in the extreme. Jesus said peace it’s ok. He then prepared a meal and disappeared before it was fully eaten.

        I see this as a parable describing the death of the ego. It hurts to look at yourself and realise your not the Great I Am whatever the ego/self tells your soul.

        Jesus was from the line of Abraham peace be upon both of them. They both lived in accordance with the same spirit. Question is who did Jesus pass that Spirit onto after they tortured him to death? Perhaps it wasn’t actually Jesus on the cross perhaps they just switched clothes.

        What do you think? Perhaps nobody has actually cracked the murder mystery in the Bible?

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    2. Billie, my frame of reference is also Christian, focused on the person of Jesus as a human expression of God’s unconditional Love. But I find the same truths in most of the religions I have studied. Not necessarily in all the people claiming to belong to any of them, however. Ultimately, all the mystics of the religions I know about have said that everything is one. Our separateness is a delusion. I have experienced this several times and it continues to change my view of the world and others. What we do to anyone we do to all. Again not all believers in any religion have accepted this, but it was part of the beginning of most religions. No one has a monopoly on wisdom and love, thanks be to God.

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      1. Eileen we speak with one mind. With all the variety in creation why would God/the creator want to be worshipped in just one way. Surely the variety we see in the gloriousness of creation points to a Devine Creator that loves differences. Bless you

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    3. I was raised in a Christian home as well. My spiritual journey has led me to search far and wide for truth. The irony is truth isn’t something that needs to searched for because it always is… I AM that I AM – one of the many names of God. However, for me that concept wasn’t uncovered until a certain amount of searching took place.
      Discernment is key, and I began, instead of judging the words, listening to the heart behind the words.
      I hear the heartbeat of God in this post. Thank you!

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      1. God works in mysterious ways. I don’t know what God is I just know I’m blessed and see beauty in all things. I’m considering why I’m in London but I know that God is in control and it’s part of a plan I just don’t know. Thank you for your comment

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  3. I love Rumi. One needs to only look into the mirror to see the Beloved, for We are One. Thank you for liking my latest post. I have written a few poems with Rumi’s teachings in mind.
    🌎✌🏻❤️ TeachPeace

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  4. My Beloved is Jesus who drew me to himself when I was just a girl. He has been my inner peace, my wise counselor, and my caring Shepherd throughout life. And as if that wasn’t enough, he creates much joy. Of course, I’m not the only one who’s received all these blessings (and more). These are the things he’s promised, as recorded in the Bible, to anyone who comes to him (John 14:27; Isaiah 9:6; John 10:14, John 15:11). I’m so glad I did! P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I pray you’ll find the posts meaningful whenever you’re able to visit!

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  5. For to look in the mirror, one can see the Beloved in their eyes. One must allow love to grow within and project it on to others, there is where the Beloved lives. 🙏🥰🌎✌🏻❤️

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  6. That longing for home lives in all of us, though we often seek it in temporal things, Being at home is recognizing that we have our being in God and God in us. Nothing is separate, we are all parts of a whole. And the longing for losing our delusion of separateness is beautifully expressed in your post. Thank you.

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  7. Greetings, dear Inner Peace,

    In my childhood, Children’s Day activities were organizing demonstrations in Turkey on April 23 every year. Children around the world had been guests, and we had the chance to see the folklore of the countries. At that time TV, was the only channel and, Turkey had all follow the same programs.

    This beautiful and useful publication had created a great love of sisterhood-brotherhood for the children of all countries in me. And thus, the love of sisterhood-brotherhood settled in my childhood.

    And there is a show in them that I can never forget, the presentation of Pakistani children.

    The song is in my mind today in fullness:

    Jevay, Jevay, Jevay Pakistaan
    Pakistaan, Pakistaan, Jevay Pakistan.

    Lots of Love from a sister in Turkey

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