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.
“It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.“
Ibn ‘Arabi, Futûhât al-Makkiyya
“The movement which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love.“
Ibn ‘Arabi, Fusûs al-Hikam