be still

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Don’t

try to escape from

the movements of the world.

Remain in the midst of everything, 

focused into the empty space 

at the center of 

yourself. 

 

Pouring

your whole being

there without pause, alert,

quietly smiling, you detach from 

clamor and chaos and become 

independent and free.

From here you can

teach yourself 

everything.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 37

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I belong to the soul of the Beloved

bawa muhaiyaddeen
 

I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Magian, nor Muslim.

I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of the land, nor of the sea;

I am not of Nature’s mint, nor of the circling heavens.

I am not of earth, nor of water, nor of air, nor of fire;

I am not of the empyrean, nor of the dust, nor of existence, nor of entity.

I am not of India, nor of China, nor of Bulghar, nor of Saqsin;

I am not of the kingdom of ‘Iraqain, nor of the country of Khurasan.

I am not of this world, nor of the next, nor of Paradise, nor of Hell;

I am not of Adam, nor of Eve, nor of Eden and Rizwan.

My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;

‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.

I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;

One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.

He is the first, He is the last, He is the outward, He is the inward.

 

Shams of Tabriz

 

look

earth hope
 

In all ten

directions of the universe,

there is just one truth. When we see clearly,

all great teachings are the same. What can ever be lost?

What can be gained?  If we gain something, it was there from

the beginning of time.  If we lose something, it is hiding

somewhere near us. Look: this ball in my pocket:

Can you see how priceless

it is?

 

Ryokan