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I’m honoured to introduce you all to a very beautiful friend and sister of mine, Ghalia Elsolh, who will be contributing to this blog by sharing her thoughts and reflections. This is her first entry. Please keep Ghalia and her loved ones in your prayers. Enjoy!
The reason of our delusional gravity we hold to this life is our unconscious love for eternity. We want things to stay the way they are and never change. This feeling is very human, it isn’t in our hand that we are born with ideas that aren’t common to this life, such as the concept of eternity and perfection. There isn’t anything eternal or entirely perfect in this life. Then where does the human being get those two concepts from? This is only a question to make us think.
Once we understand that the belief of eternity doesn’t reside in this life, our world will change in perception. Only The Creator is Omnipresent, He is The Eternal. Think about the thing you are attached to the most. If this object, person or feeling is gone tomorrow, would it affect your internal state? Would it damage your balance between your mind, body and soul? We sometimes need to take a step back and put away our attachments for a couple of days and free ourselves from our dependencies. This experience will truly revive the remembrance of our purpose in this life. After all, if we truly believe that God is The Eternal, then we might want to ask Him for eternity… Eternity in good, permanency in paradise.
Just another small thought, there is a quote that says “Adversity introduces a man to himself” – Unknown. I see it in a way that, by being dependent, we are choosing to be slaves to what we are holding on to. When we chose to put ourselves as slaves to things that are not eternal, we are being enemies to our own selves, and we are accepting this hierarchy. I think it’s beautiful and very pleasant to be a servant of God. He’s the only One that will never leave us on our own and the only One we can be attached and dependent on with no boundaries !
Have a pleasant day ! These words are only my thoughts mixed with good intentions and no harm! ~ Ghalia Elsolh
I’ve recently been introduced to Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Ahmad al-Jami, more often known as “Jami”, who was one of the greatest Persian and Sufi poets in the 15th century. I haven’t read much of his writings just yet, but having read the following, I think his poetry is something I might quite enjoy!
“Hidden behind the veil of mystery, Beauty is eternally free from the slightest stain of imperfection. From the atoms of the world, He created a multitude of mirrors; into each one of them He cast the image of His Face; to the awakened eye, anything that appears beautiful is only a reflection of that Face.
Now that you have seen the reflection, hurry to its Source; in that primordial Light the reflection vanishes completely. Do not linger far from that primal Source; when the reflection fades, you will be lost in darkness. The reflection is as transient as the smile of a rose; if you want permanence, turn towards the Source; if you want fidelity, look to the Mine of faithfulness. Why tear your soul apart over something here one moment and gone the next? “
~ Jami, translation by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut – ‘Perfume of the Desert’