Monday, June 23, 2014

From The Heart Of Rohi

A blog post I loved. Loved!

Tangled Up In Blue: ...Of The Bahawalpur Blues: I spent the last three years in a jungle. After a bit of R&R, I'm off to my next assignment tomorrow, Bahawalpur . I've been t...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Completely Changed

An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.

Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.

A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed.

― Rumi

Monday, June 9, 2014

Of Wine And The Beaker

I am a lover ...
Those who are enlightened
know that Layla and I
are one and the same.

Whoever is loved is beautiful, but the reverse is not true: it does not follow that anyone who is beautiful is loved. Beauty is a part of being loved. As being loved is the root, when an object is loved it follows that it is beautiful. The part cannot be separated from the whole since it derives from the whole.

In Majnun's time there were girls who were much more beautiful than Layla, but they were not loved by Majnun. People used to say to him, 'There are girls more beautiful than Layla. Let us bring them to you.'

'I do not love Layla for her external a
ppearance,' Majnun would reply. 'Layla is not external form. She is like a drinking vessel held in my hand, a beaker from which I drink wine. I am in love with the wine I drink from the beaker, but you see only the beaker and not the wine. If I had a golden beaker studded with precious gems, and it were filled with vinegar or something other than wine, of what use would that beaker be to me? To my eyes a broken old gourd filled wine is better than a hundred such goblets.'

You need love's yearning to see the difference between the wine and the beaker.

~ The Essence of Rumi by John Baldock.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Reality of Buddha's Truth

Buddha spoke of the 4 Noble Truths: 

1. Simply to exist on earth is to suffer
2. Suffering is tied to desire
3. Elimination of desire means the end to suffering
4. The method is the 8-fold path

These 8 steps are as follows: 

(1) Harmlessness or self-restraint (Yama); 
(2) Self-purification and contentment (Niyama); 
(3) Posture (Sana); 
(4) Breath and prana control (Pranayama); 
(5) Introspection or abstraction (Pratyahara); 
(6) Concentration (Dharana); 
(7) Contemplation (Dhyana); 
(8) Superconsciousness or Oneness (Samadhi).

The 8 stepped method (
Yama, Niyama, Sana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi) essentially makes its way every year in to our lives to give us a refresher course. Yes, every year we get a chance to reclaim the Truth! However, only a few of us strive to avail this chance.

Are you eager for Ramzan this year?