I liked this Sufi teaching – it seems to point to the same truth as nonduality in Hinduism and Buddhism;
Sufism is truth without form. — Ibn El-Jalali
SEE Extract from his book ‘Travelling the Path of Love: Sayings of Sufi Masters’
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
‘Garden Among the Flames’ – Ibn ‘Arabi
(translated by Michael Sells)
A garden among the flames!
My heart can take on
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim,
the tables for the Torah,
the scrolls of the Qur’an.
My creed is love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,
O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
and the tables of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith.
man must be the seeker after the Reality, and he will find that Reality in each of the Sanctified Souls. He must be fascinated and enraptured, and attracted to the divine bounty; he must be like the butterfly who is the lover of the light from whatever lamp it may shine, and like the nightingale who is the lover of the rose in whatever garden it may grow.