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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 November 2016

There is no room for a child beside grown-up men: how should God let a child sit with men?
If fruit become old, yet so long as it is immature and not ripe it is called ghura (unripe grapes).
Though (one resembling) immature and sour fruit reach the age of a hundred years, he is still a child and unripe (ghura) in the opinion of every sagacious person.
Though his hair and beard be white, he is still in the childish state of fear and hope,
Saying, “Shall I attain to maturity or am I to be left immature? Oh, I wonder, will the Vine bestow that bounty on me?
Notwithstanding such an incapacity and remoteness (from God), will He confer on these unripe grapes (ghura) of mine a perfection like that of the ripe grape (angur)?
I have no hopes from any quarter, but that Divine Bounty is saying to me, ‘Do not you despair!’”
Our Khaqan (Emperor) has made a perpetual feast for us: He is always pulling our ears (drawing us thither and saying), “Do not lose hope!”
Although we are in the ditch and overwhelmed by this despair, let us go dancing along since He has invited us.
Let us dance like mettlesome horses galloping towards the familiar pasturage.
Let us toss our feet, though no foot is there; let us drain the cup, though no cup is there,
Because all things there are spiritual: ’tis reality on reality on reality.
Form is the shadow, reality is the sun: the shadowless light is only to be found in the ruin.
When not a brick is left (resting) on a brick there, no ugly shadow remains in the moonlight.
Even if the brick be of gold it must be torn away, since the removal of the brick is the price paid for inspiration and light.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.4735-4749


Sufi Circle 15 November 2016

The flowers that grow from plants are living but a moment; the flowers that grow from Divine Intelligence are ever fresh.
The flowers that bloom from earth become faded; the flowers that bloom from the heart – oh, what a joy!
Know that all the delightful sciences known to us are only two or three bunches of flowers from that Garden.
We are devoted to these two or three bunches of flowers because we have shut the Garden-door on ourselves.
Alas, O dear soul, that on account of your greed for bread such admirable keys are always dropping from your fingers.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.4649-4653


How long will you follow the glittering phantom reflected from another? Strive to make this experience actual for yourself,
So that your words will be prompted by your immediate feelings, and your flight will be made with your own wings and pinions.
’Tis with alien feathers that the arrow captures its prey; consequently it gets no share of the bird’s flesh;
But the falcon brings its quarry from the mountains itself; consequently the king lets it eat partridge and starling.
The speech that is not derived from Divine inspiration springs from self-will: it is like dust floating in the air and among the motes in the sunbeams.

Mathnawi Book 6, v.4664-4668