Sunday, December 06, 2009
The following description was written by my friend Habiba Kabir, who is the calipha (head) of a local Sufi order. She herself embodies the open heart and the loving light she speaks about in the poem. Her order is one that allows women to have a more prominent role than most.
Light within Light
By Habiba Ashki Kabir
The lovers of Love gather, hearts surrendered to re-membering the Truth.
Their circle models a crucible for transformation. They have come to
remember their unity with all that is, to remember that all is sacred, that
the Creator has placed each of us here in this time and place to praise and
celebrate this wonder.
Energy from the first flaring forth of the universe is present in the energy
bodies of the lovers. Elements created within the first generation of
stars and seeded throughout the universe by supernova dwell within their
bodies. These elements also form the Earth community in which they are
imbedded. Within them are contained the entire evolutionary blueprint of
the unfolding of life on Earth. Their ancestors, both physical and
spiritual, stand behind them in support. Within their hearts, like
glistening pearls, awaits the original innocence they have always contained.
When lovers of Love gather to remember their Creator, the angels also gather
above the circle, their wings forming a great dome above them. The Creator
is drawn to pour Mercy, Compassion and Forgiveness for any forgetfulness
into this crucible, made of the living bodies of the lovers. The energy from
above begins to flow as the lovers, surrendered totally to Presence, begin
their praise of the One.
The remembrance intensifies with the chanting of the essential phrase, La
il¹aha ilallah. There is nothing, only the Creator, who is called by many
names. Nothing exists except the One. We are not separate, there is
nothing outside of the One. Polishing the heart, crumbling the stone of
isolation and aloneness that our culture has taught us. Allowing the Mercy,
Compassion and Forgiveness to flow into our heart. This heart that in its
innocence could not bear the suffering of any being and thus, in an effort
to protect, hardened the surface. Now this, too, begins to soften and melt,
unveiling the tender pearl at its core, the perfect one, never touched by
any earthly forgetfulness.
Now the grandmothers arrive, for they recognize the wonder and awe at the
presence of this innocent one. The attention of the grandmothers draws the
Mother aspect of the Creator, she who has always been present, but hidden
within matter. This feminine light arises from the bodies of the lovers,
bringing Comfort and healing. Each cell is illumined as the Light reaches
up to first provide a Crucible of Light for the Light from above to fill,
mingling and blending the two Lights become One Light, sheltering the
innocent core of each one present.
This one, this true human being, is magnificent. This one is the pearl of
great price, the jewel at the center of the lotus, the messiah, the Insan
Kamil, the Christ Light. It glitters and glows, revealing the Light of the
Divine Creator shining within and through the light of the Divine Creation.
(Image of dervishes from Wikipedia)