Wisdom of the Week

Wisdom of the week #13

You renew my love for you every moment

May You manifest a new Beauty every moment (Hafez, Divan - Hafez, Ghazal 104)

 

The flame of love can never be extinguished. Not only does the flame not die but it burns ever brighter and hotter every second. Anything that wears out is not love. Love is always fresh and new. The beauty of the pre-eternal Beloved is indefinite and no repetition is found in His manifestations. The two novelties in the universe are the love of His lovers and the unrepeatable manifestation of His beauty. Both are in harmony and blend in with each other. The love of lovers is always fresh in every moment and they are always looking for God’s manifestations. God is the only beloved who responds to this indefinite love through His manifestations. The whole universe is like a new and everlasting flowing spring as its reality is a dialogue between the lover and beloved. A lover who is looking for God’s manifestations and beauties with their ever-renewing love; and a Friend (God) who pays attention to their love through His nonrepeating manifestations.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi

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Wisdom of the week #12

Love is powerful and I am defeated by love

I have become sweet as sugar by fervency of love

(Rumi, The Masnavi, Book 6:902)

 

Love has enveloped me and is the unquestionable ruler of every particle of my being. The passion of love has stimulated me and created a storm in my heart and soul, hence, I am now sweet as sugar.

Those who surrender to love to the point that it inflames their heart, show an ecstasy which is far from any depression. Such people have a power above all inabilities. They have passed their own soul and reached the Sweetheart(God) and eternal life.

Those who are bitter to themselves and others lack such vitality. There is no vibrancy without love. Without love, the world is down and depressing. Without love, human’s soul is lifeless. Love brings passion with itself and fills our being with sweetness.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #11

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

Just as lovers are hungry for their beloveds, beloveds are also eager towards finding lovers. Know that whoever is a lover is also a beloved! Lovers love their beloved and beloveds also love their lovers because love is mutual.

Now that you know that God loves you, be calm and don’t be restless! If God teaches you a lesson to make you watchful and to guide you through your journey, be all ears! I have no fear of stepping on my ego. I am a devoted lover and I’m not worried about destroying the walls of ego and selfishness that I have built around myself for my Beloved, as I know there are hidden treasures under the rubble. If I go past myself for God’s love, the treasure trove of His Kingdom will be unfolded within me. Hence, lovers should be bursting with joy to bask themselves in God’s love and they shouldn’t be afraid of the ups and downs of this journey. For such a lover, ups and downs, sweet and bitter, pain and pleasure are all the same. (Mathnawi, First book)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #10

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

 Oh, my love! All that has been said about Heaven, is just one of the stories of Your street. (Street here is referring to a spiritual stage where one might have a chance to see Him pass by, or smell His scent and presence. This means that Heaven is but a glimpse of His magnificence and mercy, and one of the places that His grace has touched). All that has been said about the beauty of houri, is just a narrative of the manifestation of Your beauty. Jesus’s breath which gave life was because of Your lip’s grace. Khidr’s Fountain of Youth is an allusion of Your sweet lips. Every fragment of my heart tells a story of the sorrow of Your love, and each line of Your character traits is a sign of how merciful You are. If the aroma of flowers has scented the gatherings of those who love you,  it’s because there is a tinge of Your fragrance in there. Oh, East Wind! We yearn for the dust of the Friend’s door and we burn in this longing; oh messenger of the Friend’s street! Bear in mind that you did not support us. Oh, heart! You sacrificed your knowledge and life for friendship, how much assets you had for which you did not settle. The smell of my burnt heart has filled up the universe, it is the disobedient flames of my love inside, which has spread everywhere. I have no complaint from hellfire if God and His remembrance are with me. It is Hafez’s wish that this romantic distress is followed by the Beloved’s look and attention. (Hafez, Ghazal 437)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #9

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

No wonder the Beloved cast His shadow over the lover

We were in need of Him, and He was eager towards us (Hafez, Ghazal 206)

 

It is not strange if the Beloved casts his shadow over lovers as they were in need of Him and He was eager towards them. When a reality overshadows us, it supports and protects us while it conceals us in its presence. One who is basked in another’s shadow has no appearance. The one who has fallen in love with that Peerless and Sole reality has no other affairs but needfulness. The needfulness that the lover feels towards the Beloved has no other examples. A lover cannot live without their Beloved, nor can they breathe or be happy.

 

On the other hand, those who fall in love with God benefit from a mutual relationship where they find God to be desirous in them. In midst of such a need from the lover and eagerness from the Beloved, the shadow of the unitary Beloved falls onto the lover; and with the Beloved’s emergence, the lover is not oneself anymore and every bit of their existence will say, God.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #8

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

The one whose heart has been revived by Love shall never die

Our eternal existence is set in stone (Hafez, Ghazal 11)

The true life of humankind is on the basis of their heart. If the heart is alive, the human is alive; and if the heart dies, the human is doomed to death. The life of the human heart is measured by love and kindness. A heart deprived of love is dead. Therefore a person's true life is measured by their heart and the heart's life is measured by love. The love that settles in the heart is proportionate to its capacity. The Heart's potential is great, greater than the heavens and the earth, hence the love through which the heart is alive, must be a majestic reality. Thus, a heart that is revived by love, has an ambition above and beyond the two worlds. Such an illuminated reality is superior to life and death and surpasses all the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of daily life.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #7

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

God is the light of the heavens and the earth. (Al-Nur 24:35)

In the chapter Al-Nur, Quran tells us about God who is the light of the heavens and the earth. Then it talks about humans who exemplify His light and are never negligent of His remembrance.

Those men whom neither trade nor buying and selling distract from remembrance of God (Al-Nur, 24:37).


These people live like others, they socialize and are busy with their day to day activities but this is not their delight. This is not the true essence of their life. On the outside they have an ordinary life just like everyone else, but on the inside they live another life beyond these transient trades, a world defined by a pleasant and intimate fellowship with the Beloved.   

And those who cover the truth, their deeds are like a mirage in a desert (Al-Nur 24:39).     

The Quran also talks about the people on the opposite side of the spectrum. These people are deprived of God's light and they put all their hopes in a mirage, a mirage which will never satisfy their thirst.

Or like a manifold darkness in a deep sea (Al-Nur 24: 40).

In this verse the Quran talks about people who are surrounded by so many layers of darkness that they can hardly see their own hands. Those who are not guided by His light, are either left thirsty or drown. They are either after a mirage or lost in such  darkness that they aren't even aware of themselves and their behavior.

 

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #6

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers


And when caravan set off, their father said “indeed I sense the scent of Joseph if you think me not dotard”. (94) They said “By God!, indeed you persist in your long and old error. (95) When the bringer of good news came, he cast it on his face so he gained his sight, he said “did I not tell you that I know from God what you know not”.(96)  (Joseph, 94-96)

Joseph’s brothers were in his presence and yet they did not recognize him. The caravan was on its way bringing Joseph’s shirt and Jacob was able to recognize his scent from afar even though he was blind. This is what the power of love can do. Jacob could recognize Joseph’s shirt from afar with blind eyes through his love for him, but his brothers could not recognize Joseph despite being in his presence because of lack of love in their hearts.

Lack of love is worse than blindness and love is true eyesight.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #5

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

We made whatever is on the earth an adornment for it in order to test people as to which of them do better in conduct. (7) And surely We will turn whatever is on earth into a barren desert. (8) (Al-Kahf, 7-8)

Each year in spring, nature becomes green and lush as if it has been decorated. But with the arrival of fall and its cold and bitter winds, all these decorations suddenly fall into pieces and the trees taste winter again.

Many of the things people possess are temporary, in order to distinguish the best of people. Wealth, rank, power, fame and so forth are all temporary adornments which properly demonstrate a person’s’ spiritual station and their level of transcendence.  

There are people who are overfond of such superficial adornments and forget the reality of their own humanity. Likewise, there are people who value their humanity much more than these adornments, and therefore these temporary adornments can never make them forget the truth of who they are. It is these people who have the strongest bond with their true self and with those around them, and they hold onto it with their dear life.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #4

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

Quran states that humankind is sitting at the table of God’s banquet, with an endless flow of His grace and blessings upon us. However, there have been nations who deprived themselves of this continuous flow of mercy by negative changes in their being. (Quran Al-Anfal 53, Al-Raad 11)

From God’s side, it is always mercy, grace, and abundance. It is upon us to be cautious about our bad behavior and to keep this flow of mercy running by avoiding behavioral anomalies.

Humankind has caused abnormal climate changes and extinction crisis of species by inappropriate actions. Our current bioenvironmental problems are in fact the aftermath of these activities. Mother nature and the environment have always been in a good state until humankind’s interventions which have contaminated and destroyed them.

This is also true about the flow of Divine mercy in the entire universe. If nations stay away from negative changes and behaviors, the flow of God’s mercy will be indefinite. The vital factor in having peace, and an abundance of comfort and well-being for people is to stay away from bad and inappropriate behaviors so they don’t deprive themselves of a kind and loving look.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week 4/5/19

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers


Zachariah humbly and politely supplicated and reached out to God. He said, “ Oh, my Lord! I am now old and feeble, and my hair has turned white. I have always come to you with my needs and supplications. My Lord! I am worried about my family not having a spiritual guide and helper after me. My wife is barren so bestow upon me a child from Your presence who will be one of Your friends, an heir who inherits me and inherits from the house of Jacob.( Inheritance here is referring to continuing the legacy of prophethood and not wealth, etc.).  And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased. (Quran, Maryam 2-6).

Zachariah was a great prophet and chosen by God. He never lost faith in God’s Mercy and always held his head down in front of God's greatness. It was for this reason that God always held him under his indefinite mercy. He wished for a child and so he asked God to make his wish come true. He asked for a child who would be pure and God's chosen, who would live life at the highest spiritual levels. God granted him his wish.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week 3/29/19

In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the Especially-Merciful

David was praying when two people suddenly entered into his presence. One of them said " This is my brother and he owns 99 sheep while I only own one. Yet he wants to take possession of my single sheep by force."  In response David said " He would be doing you injustice if he takes your one sheep by force." David realized that what happened was a trial for him and he immediately sought God's forgiveness and fell into prostration and remembered God.

David didn't say anything wrong so why did he ask for God's forgiveness?

Maybe his repentance was because he realized the conflict was a trial with a slight delay. Small people make the biggest mistakes and are not worried the slightest. But David who is a perfect human begs forgiveness for realizing the conflict was a trial even though he was successful and gave the right response.

When God tests a servant, those who realize they are in trial are at a higher level of remembrance and their hearts are more attentive towards God. (Quran, Sad 21-25)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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3/20/19: Wisdom of The Week

In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the Especially-Merciful

Prophet David worshipped God extensively and spent his life in constant remembrance and prayer. This was to an extent that mountains joined voices with him in praising and glorifying God. All the birds would gather around and attend to him. David, a divine messenger and a saint who is unified with God (Wali), is an example of a perfect human. A perfect human is one who gets close to God by obeying his every command and hence gaining light and divinity. A perfect human has such a big soul that not only can he bring humans together from disparity, darkness and bewilderment but he can bring stones to life, praising God with him. Through him, even birds and animals come together  and become one. (Quran, Sad 17-19)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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