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Contemplation Themes

Sheikh Abdul Aziz periodically collates themes for contemplation, which come from a variety of sources including the writings of Hazreti Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and other Sufi masters, as well as the Hadith or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed and the Holy Qur’an. They are a focus for reflection and a source of inspiration and both spiritual and practical nourishment.


Current contemplation themes

The themes below are collated from gatherings of the Sufi Circle.

Sufi Circle 19 April 2016

O you who have drawn stocks of nourishment from heaven and earth, so that your body has grown fat,
All this is a loan: you need not stuff your body so much, for you must needs pay back what you have

taken –
All except that of which God said “I breathed,” for that has come from the Munificent. Cleave to the spirit! The other things are vain.
I call them vain in relation to the spirit, not in relation to their Maker’s consummate making.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3592-3595


How goodly is the Conduit which is the source of all things! It makes you independent of these other conduits.
You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of those hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished;
But when the sublime Fountain gushes from within you, no longer need you steal from the other fountains.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3596-3599


Sufi Circle 12 April 2016

He that was born in the well (of the material world) and the black water, how should he know the pleasantness of the open country and distinguish it from the pain of being in the well?
When, from fear of God, you have relinquished self-will, the goblet of drink from God’s Tasnim* will arrive.
Do not in your self-will make a way: ask of God’s Majesty the way to Salsabil*.
Be not submissive to self-will and yielding like hay: in truth the shade of the Divine Throne is better than the summer-house of the world.

*fountain in Paradise

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3500-3503


Sufi Circle 5 April 2016

How can a world (microcosm) be contained under the clay (of the body)? How should a Heaven be contained in the earth?
God forbid! You are beyond this world both in your lifetime and at the present hour.
A bird is flying in the atmosphere of the Unseen: its shadow falls on a piece of earth.
The body is the shadow of the shadow of the shadow of the heart: how is the body worthy of the lofty rank of the heart?
A man lies asleep: his spirit is shining in Heaven, like the sun, while his body is in bed.
His spirit is hidden in the Void, like the fringe (sewn inside a garment): his body is turning to and fro beneath the coverlet.
Since the spirit, being from the command of my Lord, is invisible, every similitude that I may utter (concerning it) is denying the truth of the description.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3304-3310


The water-skin is with the water-carrier, O adept: else how should it become full or empty by itself?
You are being filled and emptied at every moment: know, then, that you are in the hand of His working.
On the Day when the eye-bandage falls from the eye, how madly will the work be enamoured of the Worker!
If you have an eye, look with your own eye: do not look through the eye of an ignorant fool.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3339-3342