Thursday, July 3, 2014

nobody, son of nobody...

 "Nobody, Son of Nobody"

Suppose you can recite a thousand holy
verses from memory.
What are you going to do
with your ego self, the true
mark of the heretic?
Every time your head touches
the ground in prayers, remember,
this was to teach you to
put down that load of ego
which bars you from entering
the chamber of the Beloved.
To your mind feed understanding,
to your heart, tolerance and compassion.
The simpler your life, the more meaningful.
The less you desire of the world,
the more room you will have in it
to fill with the Beloved.

~Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir 
Pegasus Bowing - watercolor print
Another way of looking at it is that we all are everybody. 
Then the question is, "how are we with ourselves?"
Then, living with understanding, tolerance, and compassion
 make all the sense in the world.

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