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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 22 March 2016

The business of love is to make that window in the heart, for the breast is illumined by the beauty of the Beloved.
Therefore gaze incessantly on the face of the Beloved! This is in your power. Hearken, O father!
Make a way for yourself into the innermost parts: banish the perception that is concerned with other than God.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3096-3098


What is the animal soul that you should rely on it? God will make you living by His love.
Ask of Him the life of love and do not ask for the animal soul: ask of Him that spiritual provision and do not ask for bread.
Know that the world of created beings is like pure and clear water in which the attributes of the Almighty are shining.
Their knowledge and their justice and their clemency are like a star of heaven reflected in running water.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3170-3173

Sufi Circle 15 March 2016

Any one whose food is the Light of Divine Majesty, how should not lawful magic (wondrous eloquence) spring from his lips?
Any one who, like the bee, has been given (Divine) inspiration as a prize, how should not his house be full of honey?

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2925-6

The spirit is like an ant, and the body like a grain of wheat which the ant carries to and fro continually.
The ant knows that the grains of which it has taken charge will be changed and become homogeneous with it.
One ant picks up a grain of barley on the road, another ant picks up a grain of wheat and runs away.
The barley does not hurry to the wheat, but the ant comes to the ant; yes it does.
The going of the barley to the wheat is merely consequential: ’tis the ant, mark you, that returns to its congener.
Do not say, “Why did the wheat go to the barley?” Fix your eye on the holder, not on that which he holds in pawn.
As when a black ant moves along on a black felt cloth: the ant is hidden from view, only the grain is visible on its way,
But Reason says, “Look well to your eye: when does a grain ever go along without a grain-bearer?”
’Twas on this account that the dog came to the Companions of the Cave: the outward forms are like the grains, while the heart (spirit) is the ant.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2955-2963


Sufi Circle 8 March 2016

Mohammed was the intercessor for every brand (of disgrace) because his eye did not swerve for aught except God.
In the night of this world, where the sun (of Reality) is veiled, he was beholding God, and all his hope was in Him.
His eyes received collyrium from Did we not expand (thy breast)? He saw that which Gabriel could not endure.
The orphan to whose eyes God applies collyrium becomes the orphan (unique) pearl endowed with Divine guidance.
Its light overpowers that of all other pearls, because it desires such an exalted object of desire.
All the spiritual stations of God’s servants were visible to him (the Prophet): consequently God named him ‘The Witness’.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2861-2866


The object of God’s regard in both worlds is the (pure) heart, for the king’s gaze is fixed upon the favourite.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2882


Sufi Circle 1 March 2016

Hark, come, O soul of my soul and (O thou who are the soul) of a hundred worlds, gladly take the opportunity of seizing the cash of this present moment.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2719

Whenever a feeling of repugnance comes into the heart of a good man, ’tis not devoid of some significance.
Deem that intuitive sagacity to be a Divine attribute, not a vain suspicion: the light of the heart has apprehended (by intuitive perception) from the Universal Tablet.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.2743-2744