“Love Makes the World Go Round.” ~ song by Jane Morgan, 1962
Actually, love comprises the fundamental building blocks of the entire universe. Each of us yearns to love and to be loved. However, because each of us endured many hurts, we have erected barriers to intimacy.
Once we sufficiently risk opening ourselves to letting love in and to expressing our love to others, despite past rejections, disappointments, etc., we can pave the way for developing a much greater love relationship—the one with the Divine.
Since the mid 1970s, I have been highly privileged to be a student of the mystical tradition of Sufism, which quintessentially is a path of the heart. This path profoundly nurtures my heart’s longing and continually challenges me to open more to the limitless aspects, power and beauty of Love.
I’d like to share some evocative quotes that reflect the Big Love; these are from the most renowned Sufi poets of all time, a great woman Sufi saint and two of my Sufi mentors.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century Sufi Master and poet
”I am happy even before I have a reason. I am full of Light even before the sky Can greet the sun or the moon. Dear companions, we have been in love with G-d for so very, very long. What can Hafiz now do but forever dance!” ~ Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, 14th century Sufi Master and poet
“The pleasures of life are blinding; it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul.—Until the heart is empty, it cannot receive the knowledge of G-d.—When one has risen above human love, Divine Love springs forth.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan, early 20th-century Sufi Master (note: my present teacher is his living grandson, Pir Zia Inayat Khan)
“Love is for Love’s sake; Love is for G-d’s sake; if you love somebody this way, that person will generally start to change.” ~ Sheikh Din Muhammad Abdullah al Dayemi, current Sufi Master
“O my Lord, if I worship You from fear of hell, burn me in hell. If I worship You from hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates. But if I worship You for Yourself alone, grant me then the beauty of your Face.” ~ Rabia al Adawiyya, 8th century Sufi saint
I hope that these sayings serve to spark your spiritual attunement, as they do mine.
Toward the One,