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sufi proverb

KannonKannon NAMU AMIDA BUTSUAch-To Veteran

I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.



  • I knew I got the fishy version ... :o

    @Kannon almost said:
    I searched for Cod and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only Cod.


    For those theistically inclined Rumi is a great source and fish sauce...

    The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
    ― Jalaluddin Rumi

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    I love sufi quotes.
    Especially those that do not mention a god, since I am an atheist...

  • 'Polytheists, monotheists, atheists, fire and idol worshippers, all are in my fold / The only condition is to have a heart of gold'
    Fariduddin Attar, the first atheistic Sufi

    Buddha Akbar

  • elcra1goelcra1go Edinburgh, Scotland Explorer
    edited October 2017

    I just found 'Rumi' a few weeks back...

    and <3 x

  • @elcra1go said:
    I just found 'Rumi' a few weeks back...

    I did not know he was missing? :p I hear he died but only physically. ;)

    Personally I find 'just Buddhism' a little dry and heart stilted. It is why I welcome the mystics, Lovers and Ruminants to chew the dharma with ...

    Whoever finds love
    beneath hurt and grief
    disappears into emptiness
    with a thousand new disguises.


    I'll join ... o:) oh and welcome @elcra1go B)

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Looking For Love (Or "Not Twoness")
    "A strange passion is moving in my head.
    My heart has become a bird
    which searches in the sky.
    Every part of me goes in different directions.
    Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?"


  • The subject tonight is Love

    And for tomorrow night as well,

    As a matter of fact

    I know of no better topic

    For us to discuss

    Until we all



  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited October 2017

    The way to You
    lies clearly in my heart
    and cannot be seen or known to the mind.
    As my words turn to silence,
    Your sweetness surrounds me.

    Hakim Sanai

    And if, my friend, you ask me the way,
    I'll tell you plainly, it is this:
    to turn your face toward the world of life,
    and turn your back on rank and reputation;
    and, spurning outward prosperity, to bend
    your back double in his service;
    to part company with those who deal in words,
    and take your place in the presence of the wordless.

    Hakim Sanai

    Melt yourself down in this search:
    venture your life and your soul
    in the path of sincerity;
    strive to pass from nothingness to being,
    and make yourself drunk with the wine of God.

    Hakim Sanai

    My friend, everything existing
    exists through him;
    your own existence is a mere pretence.
    No more nonsense! Lose yourself,
    and the hell of your heart becomes a heaven.
    Lose yourself, and anything can be accomplished.
    Your selfishness is an untrained colt.

    Hakim Sanai

    Rumi once said, “Of Sufi poetry, Attar is its soul and Sanai its two eyes, they came before me” when describing the great influences on his work. Sanai wrote the famous volume The Walled Garden Of Truth.

  • NadlatstNadlatst earth Explorer

  • One day
    the sun admitted,
    “I am just a shadow.
    I wish I could show you
    The infinite Incandescence
    That had cast my brilliant image!”

    “I wish I could show you,
    When you are lonely or in darkness,
    The Astonishing Light
    Of your own Being!”


  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    " I wish I could show you,
    When you are lonely or in the dark
    The Astonishing Light
    Of your own being"


  • That's from one of my favorite Hafiz poems, @Shoshin :smile:

    It appears we were riding the same wave for a moment!

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited October 2017

    "I Hear God Laughing" :)

    The part that I re-posted says so much about one's Buddha Nature .... "The Astonishing Light of your own being"

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    All things are but masks at God's beck and call,
    They are symbols that instruct us that God is all.

    • Attar of Nishapur
  • "I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
    Some letter of that After-life to spell:
    And by and by my Soul return'd to me,
    And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell:"

    • Omar Khayyam
  • @wojciech quoteth:
    And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell:"

    Wot? No one told me ...oh wait, they did. All the time ... :3

    One of the important concepts in Sufism is 'being heedless', which corresponds to being unmindful in Dharma. Thus remembrance is being mindful.
    There are many concepts in Sufism that have been influenced by Buddhist Dharma.

    ... and now back to the quotes ...

  • Oh no, I am confused, dear @lobster !

    I equate being heedless with recklessness. Does Sufism promote heedlessness/being reckless?

    Please pardon my ignorance!

  • Being heedless is reckless. Being heedless is a form of ignorance or in Sufism, forgetting. In other words most Moslems/people are constantly distracted by life. This is why prayer time throughout the day is an observance.

    So being heedless/unmindful/ignorant is the natural condition of the ordinary mind. The dervish attempts to stay aware or centered in Allah, the Buddhist with no need for God, centers awareness in breath, the present moment etc.

    I talk all night long with a dream image
    About the tales of my pain;
    Thus my sleeplessness
    Comes from these tales.

    Amir Khusraw

  • Oh yea! That sounds more like what I had in mind, thank you for clarifying. Will definitely check out that link.


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