Wisdom of the Week

Wisdom of the week #22

Without seeing, contemplation, and knowledge, no one falls in love. No one gives their heart and love to the unseen. How can we see Him--with a vision that is not merely a mental image or an imprint in a book-- with a vision that deeply affects our soul and captures us? 

 

For the sake of acquiring gnosis of God, the Divine spirit, which has been breathed into us, is intimate to us. No one can find a way to the Divine love without seeing this Divine spirit; likewise, no one would see this Divine spirit without falling in love with Him. In other words, we must ask human-being, “Do you know why you have not fallen in love with God yet?”. It is because achieving Divine love is through that Divine spirit. The flame of love is lit in the Divine spirit, and you have not found it yet; if you find the Divine spirit, you will access the streak of love and reach the outlet of the Beloved’s epiphany. Love is already sparkling somewhere very near to us. The spark of love that has been placed so near to us, for the sake of our knowledge and vision, is our Divine spirit. The reflection of God’s manifestation is evident in that mirror, such that it magnetizes us and makes us ardent.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #21

O my two co-prisoners! Are diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Conqueror?(Quran, 12:39)

What would the result of a castle being attacked from all sides be other than utter devastation? This is the story of our heart.  When the Good-looker comes, He will expel all, and the heart will flourish again. The heart is unhappy and broken because multiple lords are pulling it from all sides. When the Beloved’s moon initially shines on the heart, it is only a crescent; however, it will gradually become a full moon, and the entire heart will glow silver.

When my Friend holds a chalice in His hand

Idol market starts to fall (Hafez, Ghazal 148:1)

Only the love of that full moon can clear the heart from all else and make it thrive and be blissful.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi

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Wisdom of the week #20

Love can be identified by its own unique characteristics.  A desire that doesn't have these characteristics, is not love. Love is unchangeable, and external factors cannot affect it in a positive or negative way. For example, a relationship that is positively or negatively affected by the presence or absence of wealth is not based on love.  Love is irreversible. Hence, those who have reached a loving relationship will never turn their backs to the beloved; likewise, the relationship of those who have turned their backs to the beloved could not have been built on love. 

 

Love is grounded in knowledge; love and knowledge are intertwined. The lover knows the beloved. If one day, someone said, “ I made a mistake falling in love.” they haven't truly and wholeheartedly experienced love. All such regrets and hesitations have no place in love; these concerns take place solely before one would reach true love in a relationship. 

 

Love is accompanied by constant recollection. A lover cannot be forgetful and oblivious of the beloved’s remembrance, even for a second. 

 

Love holds the reigns of the heart (the ruler of being); hence, it dominates the entirety of existence. The lover’s sight, hearing, and speech altogether, have the color of love. Love is like a flame and not only does it not dim, but it burns ever hotter and brighter as time passes.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #19

I said, “I have Your sorrow.’ He said, “Your sorrow will end.”

I said, “ Be my moon.” He said, “If it rises.” (Hafez, Ghazal 231:1)

 

If human beings put all the sorrow that they suffer in life in good use by investing it in the love of the incomparable Friend, they will ascend and free themselves from all ties, beyond the earth and the heavens. Free from both earthly and everlasting abodes, they will reach the street of the Sweetheart. 

These sorrows will never end. They are like a philosophical vicious circle and endless chain which has no beginning or end. However, the sorrow of the Beloved has a joyful ending; one day, it will pass and will be followed by a sweet union. 

If you sorrow for Him, your worries will end, and joy will appear. If you want Him to be the moon of your murky night, do not settle for a crescent. Wish Him to rise and become your full moon; let His light pervade your heaven so no star can find a chance to glimmer. It is only then that the night of separation will pass, and the morning of vision will be nearby.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #18

Having a heart to heart talk is a sign of friendship;

Falling silent comes from lack of intimacy.

How can a heart that has seen the sweetheart remain bitter?

How can a nightingale who has seen a flower remain silent? (Masnavi, Book six: 2638-9, Nicholson with some modifications)

 

Surprisingly, love influences the entirety of human’s existence. The eye wishes to be lost in a look at the sweetheart; the look that sees only beauty, and a fault-finding character would never contaminate it. The ear wishes to listen and the tongue likes to talk to the beloved.

Humans are apathetic before friendship takes their heart, while their perfection is through the manifestation of the exalted sentiments. Companionship unites all parts of the human’s existence side by side; just like iron filings being lined up along the magnetic field.     

Love makes humans and their manifestations graceful, and it keeps them away from bitterness.

A nightingale that has seen a flower cannot remain silent; a heart that has seen the sweetheart cannot stay silent and bitter. It would rather start talking.

 By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #17

To behold Your face, spirit-seeing vision is needed

And my world-bound eye is not of this rank whatsoever(Divan Hafez Ghazal 52:2)

The human body consists of millions of cells, each of which is an independent and living unit; yet, they are joined together in such a way that we see them as one entity. 

Likewise, the universe is like our body. Each being is like one of those cells. The world is beautiful and its beauty comes from unity and peace. Otherwise, it would be obnoxious and intolerable; just like our body when it struggles with agonizing cancer where the cells attack each other.

I am the one who has harmonized and held all the cells together in my body. Likewise, in the great world of creation, someone must have unified and beautified all the parts; it is due to Him that they are all together. 

Someone who is tied up with disunity and separation has an eye that is deprived of seeing the One, the reality which holds this great universe together.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi

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Wisdom of the week #16

Thanks to the hairline and mole, You stole gnostics’ heart

There are wonder subtleties under Your trap and bait. (Divan- Hafez, Ghazal 34)


The Friend’s beauty mole is His bait, and His hairline is the trap. Using His beauty mole and hairline, He steals the gnostics’ hearts. The line is a manifestation which traps and encircles the gnostic’s heart. The Friend’s line asserts that all the beauty is from and within Me. The Friend’s beautiful line is a message from Beloved to the lover, a signal full of secrets, that invites the lover towards Him. 


Whoever wants to fall in love with Your fresh down

As long as one is alive, one won’t leave the circle. (Divan- Hafez, Ghazal 157)


The beauty mole is a glorious point. It is a luminous manifestation, and a spot where secrets will be revealed. It is the pinnacle of the Beloved’s unity, and is the happy ending of love. 

Love is captivity. It is a string that is put only on righteous and noble-minded people. Hence, those who are attached to things other than God, will never be captive of the Beloved’s love. Those who prefer freedom over the hardship of love will never get ecstatic by the wine of love.


By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #15

Bahlūl saw someone who was righteous and had a delightful and wonderful life. He asked him how he reached such a state of bliss. He explained that everything in the world runs according to my wishes and desires. All the floods and brooks are flowing to where I want. Stars are aligned the way I want. Bahlūl replied “Yes, it is clear from the expression on your face that what you say is indeed true. So tell me, how did you achieve such joy and reach such an ability that your wishes are aligned with what is actually happening?” He answered that everybody can rest assured that the great God is dominant over all, and everything runs according to His will. Every leaf that falls from every tree, does so through God’s will. My wishes and desires fall in line with whatever is His will and command. Hence, everything that happens is according to my wishes. (Rumi, Masnavi, Book 3)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #14

The breeze of Your curly hair constantly makes me ecstatic

Every moment, the temptation of Your enchanting eyes tears my selfishness apart(Divan-Hafez Ghazal 95)

There is a rapture and attraction by the Beloved which gravitates lovers towards Him. It is during the turns and twists of this attraction that lovers fall in love with Him and go into raptures. Love makes humans ever more beautiful as it helps them detach from their selfishness. All the obscenities of humanity are from their self-centeredness, and all their beauties come out only when they distance themselves from egoism and selfishness. This won’t happen unless they fall in love in the presence of Beloved’s strong attractions.  

 

There is an attractive force in magnets which drags metal objects, but metal objects also have some characteristics that make them magnetizable, otherwise, magnets won’t attract them.   

 

Beloved’s hair is a metaphorical attracting string drawn from Beloved towards lovers, but lovers must also possess certain signs and characteristics as parts of their being to be attractable.

The observers of Your face are those of vision

Yes! There is no head where the secret of Your hair is not ( Divan-Hafez Ghazal 73)

 

Those who have experienced the scent of this elongated string are to remain in ecstasy for good. This string of connection is ever-lasting and flows in each moment and breath.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #13

You renew my love for you every moment

May You manifest a new Beauty every moment (Hafez, Divan - Hafez, Ghazal 104)

 

The flame of love can never be extinguished. Not only does the flame not die but it burns ever brighter and hotter every second. Anything that wears out is not love. Love is always fresh and new. The beauty of the pre-eternal Beloved is indefinite and no repetition is found in His manifestations. The two novelties in the universe are the love of His lovers and the unrepeatable manifestation of His beauty. Both are in harmony and blend in with each other. The love of lovers is always fresh in every moment and they are always looking for God’s manifestations. God is the only beloved who responds to this indefinite love through His manifestations. The whole universe is like a new and everlasting flowing spring as its reality is a dialogue between the lover and beloved. A lover who is looking for God’s manifestations and beauties with their ever-renewing love; and a Friend (God) who pays attention to their love through His nonrepeating manifestations.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi

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Wisdom of the week #12

Love is powerful and I am defeated by love

I have become sweet as sugar by fervency of love

(Rumi, The Masnavi, Book 6:902)

 

Love has enveloped me and is the unquestionable ruler of every particle of my being. The passion of love has stimulated me and created a storm in my heart and soul, hence, I am now sweet as sugar.

Those who surrender to love to the point that it inflames their heart, show an ecstasy which is far from any depression. Such people have a power above all inabilities. They have passed their own soul and reached the Sweetheart(God) and eternal life.

Those who are bitter to themselves and others lack such vitality. There is no vibrancy without love. Without love, the world is down and depressing. Without love, human’s soul is lifeless. Love brings passion with itself and fills our being with sweetness.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #11

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

Just as lovers are hungry for their beloveds, beloveds are also eager towards finding lovers. Know that whoever is a lover is also a beloved! Lovers love their beloved and beloveds also love their lovers because love is mutual.

Now that you know that God loves you, be calm and don’t be restless! If God teaches you a lesson to make you watchful and to guide you through your journey, be all ears! I have no fear of stepping on my ego. I am a devoted lover and I’m not worried about destroying the walls of ego and selfishness that I have built around myself for my Beloved, as I know there are hidden treasures under the rubble. If I go past myself for God’s love, the treasure trove of His Kingdom will be unfolded within me. Hence, lovers should be bursting with joy to bask themselves in God’s love and they shouldn’t be afraid of the ups and downs of this journey. For such a lover, ups and downs, sweet and bitter, pain and pleasure are all the same. (Mathnawi, First book)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #10

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

 Oh, my love! All that has been said about Heaven, is just one of the stories of Your street. (Street here is referring to a spiritual stage where one might have a chance to see Him pass by, or smell His scent and presence. This means that Heaven is but a glimpse of His magnificence and mercy, and one of the places that His grace has touched). All that has been said about the beauty of houri, is just a narrative of the manifestation of Your beauty. Jesus’s breath which gave life was because of Your lip’s grace. Khidr’s Fountain of Youth is an allusion of Your sweet lips. Every fragment of my heart tells a story of the sorrow of Your love, and each line of Your character traits is a sign of how merciful You are. If the aroma of flowers has scented the gatherings of those who love you,  it’s because there is a tinge of Your fragrance in there. Oh, East Wind! We yearn for the dust of the Friend’s door and we burn in this longing; oh messenger of the Friend’s street! Bear in mind that you did not support us. Oh, heart! You sacrificed your knowledge and life for friendship, how much assets you had for which you did not settle. The smell of my burnt heart has filled up the universe, it is the disobedient flames of my love inside, which has spread everywhere. I have no complaint from hellfire if God and His remembrance are with me. It is Hafez’s wish that this romantic distress is followed by the Beloved’s look and attention. (Hafez, Ghazal 437)

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #9

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

No wonder the Beloved cast His shadow over the lover

We were in need of Him, and He was eager towards us (Hafez, Ghazal 206)

 

It is not strange if the Beloved casts his shadow over lovers as they were in need of Him and He was eager towards them. When a reality overshadows us, it supports and protects us while it conceals us in its presence. One who is basked in another’s shadow has no appearance. The one who has fallen in love with that Peerless and Sole reality has no other affairs but needfulness. The needfulness that the lover feels towards the Beloved has no other examples. A lover cannot live without their Beloved, nor can they breathe or be happy.

 

On the other hand, those who fall in love with God benefit from a mutual relationship where they find God to be desirous in them. In midst of such a need from the lover and eagerness from the Beloved, the shadow of the unitary Beloved falls onto the lover; and with the Beloved’s emergence, the lover is not oneself anymore and every bit of their existence will say, God.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the week #8

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

The one whose heart has been revived by Love shall never die

Our eternal existence is set in stone (Hafez, Ghazal 11)

The true life of humankind is on the basis of their heart. If the heart is alive, the human is alive; and if the heart dies, the human is doomed to death. The life of the human heart is measured by love and kindness. A heart deprived of love is dead. Therefore a person's true life is measured by their heart and the heart's life is measured by love. The love that settles in the heart is proportionate to its capacity. The Heart's potential is great, greater than the heavens and the earth, hence the love through which the heart is alive, must be a majestic reality. Thus, a heart that is revived by love, has an ambition above and beyond the two worlds. Such an illuminated reality is superior to life and death and surpasses all the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of daily life.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #7

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

 

God is the light of the heavens and the earth. (Al-Nur 24:35)

In the chapter Al-Nur, Quran tells us about God who is the light of the heavens and the earth. Then it talks about humans who exemplify His light and are never negligent of His remembrance.

Those men whom neither trade nor buying and selling distract from remembrance of God (Al-Nur, 24:37).


These people live like others, they socialize and are busy with their day to day activities but this is not their delight. This is not the true essence of their life. On the outside they have an ordinary life just like everyone else, but on the inside they live another life beyond these transient trades, a world defined by a pleasant and intimate fellowship with the Beloved.   

And those who cover the truth, their deeds are like a mirage in a desert (Al-Nur 24:39).     

The Quran also talks about the people on the opposite side of the spectrum. These people are deprived of God's light and they put all their hopes in a mirage, a mirage which will never satisfy their thirst.

Or like a manifold darkness in a deep sea (Al-Nur 24: 40).

In this verse the Quran talks about people who are surrounded by so many layers of darkness that they can hardly see their own hands. Those who are not guided by His light, are either left thirsty or drown. They are either after a mirage or lost in such  darkness that they aren't even aware of themselves and their behavior.

 

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #6

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers


And when caravan set off, their father said “indeed I sense the scent of Joseph if you think me not dotard”. (94) They said “By God!, indeed you persist in your long and old error. (95) When the bringer of good news came, he cast it on his face so he gained his sight, he said “did I not tell you that I know from God what you know not”.(96)  (Joseph, 94-96)

Joseph’s brothers were in his presence and yet they did not recognize him. The caravan was on its way bringing Joseph’s shirt and Jacob was able to recognize his scent from afar even though he was blind. This is what the power of love can do. Jacob could recognize Joseph’s shirt from afar with blind eyes through his love for him, but his brothers could not recognize Joseph despite being in his presence because of lack of love in their hearts.

Lack of love is worse than blindness and love is true eyesight.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #5

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

We made whatever is on the earth an adornment for it in order to test people as to which of them do better in conduct. (7) And surely We will turn whatever is on earth into a barren desert. (8) (Al-Kahf, 7-8)

Each year in spring, nature becomes green and lush as if it has been decorated. But with the arrival of fall and its cold and bitter winds, all these decorations suddenly fall into pieces and the trees taste winter again.

Many of the things people possess are temporary, in order to distinguish the best of people. Wealth, rank, power, fame and so forth are all temporary adornments which properly demonstrate a person’s’ spiritual station and their level of transcendence.  

There are people who are overfond of such superficial adornments and forget the reality of their own humanity. Likewise, there are people who value their humanity much more than these adornments, and therefore these temporary adornments can never make them forget the truth of who they are. It is these people who have the strongest bond with their true self and with those around them, and they hold onto it with their dear life.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week #4

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers

Quran states that humankind is sitting at the table of God’s banquet, with an endless flow of His grace and blessings upon us. However, there have been nations who deprived themselves of this continuous flow of mercy by negative changes in their being. (Quran Al-Anfal 53, Al-Raad 11)

From God’s side, it is always mercy, grace, and abundance. It is upon us to be cautious about our bad behavior and to keep this flow of mercy running by avoiding behavioral anomalies.

Humankind has caused abnormal climate changes and extinction crisis of species by inappropriate actions. Our current bioenvironmental problems are in fact the aftermath of these activities. Mother nature and the environment have always been in a good state until humankind’s interventions which have contaminated and destroyed them.

This is also true about the flow of Divine mercy in the entire universe. If nations stay away from negative changes and behaviors, the flow of God’s mercy will be indefinite. The vital factor in having peace, and an abundance of comfort and well-being for people is to stay away from bad and inappropriate behaviors so they don’t deprive themselves of a kind and loving look.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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Wisdom of the Week 4/5/19

In the name of God who is Merciful towards all creation and Especially Merciful towards believers


Zachariah humbly and politely supplicated and reached out to God. He said, “ Oh, my Lord! I am now old and feeble, and my hair has turned white. I have always come to you with my needs and supplications. My Lord! I am worried about my family not having a spiritual guide and helper after me. My wife is barren so bestow upon me a child from Your presence who will be one of Your friends, an heir who inherits me and inherits from the house of Jacob.( Inheritance here is referring to continuing the legacy of prophethood and not wealth, etc.).  And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased. (Quran, Maryam 2-6).

Zachariah was a great prophet and chosen by God. He never lost faith in God’s Mercy and always held his head down in front of God's greatness. It was for this reason that God always held him under his indefinite mercy. He wished for a child and so he asked God to make his wish come true. He asked for a child who would be pure and God's chosen, who would live life at the highest spiritual levels. God granted him his wish.

By: Seyed Alireza Mousavi


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