of Sufism is a quarterly column with inspirational words of wisdom
from the Executive Editor of Sufism: An Inquiry, Seyedeh
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and Universal Harmony
From Vol. 9, No. 1
In the world of creation, we live
in the confinements of images and sounds, dimensions and reflections.
Behind such multiplicity of expressions and pictures, lies the essence
of unity, bound by the powerful hand of a universal harmony, the rule
that binds the book of creation together.
The rule of harmony is that attractive power governing the universe; it
exists within the very heart of every cell, yours and mine; and extends
to the heart of the eternal. It is timeless; free from the confines of
In this magnificent cycle of creation, in this awesome stage of being,
we each take our parts as individuals, live our affairs and experience
what is most suited to our perceptions, and live within the limitations
of our individuation.
Yet Hafiz (the thirteenth century Persian Sufi) beautifully states:
of these reflections
Make but one image
The reflection of the Wine bearer
In the Cup of Wine.
world of nature surrounds us, the world of creation has gracefully made
this universe suited for life, cycles of life take their harmonious turns,
all magnificent chapters in the book of Unity.
A graceful blossom shines with delicate petals and brilliant colors, its
intoxicating fragrance spreads to the highest of heavens, such beauty
and all, within and without, are the creations of a harmonious unity between
all that which exists. A graceful blossom and the lowly dust, the roots
searching for nourishment, the air reflecting life, the sun high above,
laws and rules of existence, genes of information and traditions, and
many more visible and invisible agents work hand in hand, in perfect harmony
to create their masterpiece and make it visible to the eyes of human.
What may take us away from the immediate realization of the essential
law of Unity and its harmonious rules, is differentiation: surface differences.
While differences enrich our perceptions of images and sounds, add beautiful
colors to the storage of our minds; they also encourage our oppositions,
our conflicts, our hostility which have their foundations rooted deeply
in our greed, in our fear, and in our hunger for having more.
The more our understanding is focused towards the surface, the more distractions,
conflicts, and limitations we will experience, which ultimately will take
us away from the bounty and richness of Being that lives in perfect harmony
with the nature of humankind. As the Divine revealed: I was a hidden treasure,
I wanted to be known, so I created the creation so I would be known.
When our understanding of the surface law changes into the understanding
of the essential law, our thoughts, our ways of being, will be transformed.
We will take a step into a deeper awareness, a ground for a peaceful life,
for tranquillity, service, compassion and generosity. We lose the small
ego, and become dissolved into the greater universe, we step beyond the
world of limitation onto a greater understanding, away from animosity
into compassion, we break the bondage of greed and embrace the freedom
of generosity, and understand the ultimate Unity.
We may need to re-discover this universal harmony that permeates our lives
and our beings. Since our basic foundation is understanding, differences
in our appearances, our societies and our cultures will not create an
obstacle for the pursuit of such knowledge.
We may need to come together to educate ourselves for such learning. The
more peaceful, generous and compassionate we become, a better service
we may provide for our society, and a better ground we will create for
every member of our human family to celebrate life in its peacefulness
and richness; so in serving humanity we may choose to serve our faith.
you nor I solved the secret of Being
Neither you nor I opened the puzzle.
The image of you and I are hidden behind the curtain,
When the curtain falls
Neither you nor I will remain.