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    Love All human beings during their lives experience love and friendship to some extent. Human love can be classified into three basic categories according to its intensity, quality and limitations. The first form of love is friendship based on social conventions where two people behave in accordance with the principle: “I for myself, you for yourself; we love each other, but we have no expectations of each other.” This form of love is that of ordinary people, whose love relationships tend to be of this nature. The second form of love is based on a more solid foundation, and those… Read More »Love

    The Latest —SUFI Winter 2019

      EDITORS’ NOTE – Issue 96 Internal.  External.  Eternal.  These aspects of a seeker’s self are always in conversation. The writers in this issue eavesdrop on this conversation, and relay what they’ve heard with varying approaches at turns lyrical or layered in complexity, direct or meandering. Some grounded in ancient history, and some firmly planted in a technological future. What do you know of yourself?  Perhaps it might be more interesting to ask who—and where—is the you that is knowing it? Surat Lozowick offers a vivid potrayal of Kanai Das Baul of Bengal, whose day job is “singing to the Divine… Read More »The Latest —SUFI Winter 2019

      What’s New – Abidjan

        What’s New The Centre de Santé Nimatoullah in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire a professionally-managed, volunteer-driven, community-based organization is focused on the empowerment of individuals and communities by improving health care status through education, partnership building, and both modern and traditional clinical interventions. As a group, we are committed to working toward the goals established by the World Health Organization’s millennial objectives for health improvement, which call for reducing child mortality rates, addressing learning disabilities, improving maternal health indicators, and combating HIV/AIDS and other preventable conditions. We are dedicated to providing health care services regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender,… Read More »What’s New – Abidjan

        Idol Breaker

          By Alireza Nurbakhsh I have come to cherish the love for Youlike a precious pearl in my heart and soul,And to lay down my head at Your thresholdand to make fruitful the love for You. I will avert my eyes from my self and turn my gaze to You.I am lost in the cupbearer’s beauty.How can I behold any but You? I have come to defeat and abolish both faith and unbelief,and empty my head of any thought of other than You. I have come to break idols and to break into songs of love,To prostrate myself before you, and… Read More »Idol Breaker

          One Breath

            by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh                     From pre-eternity to post-eternityis but a single breath,A breath free of all these melodieshigh and low. Treasure this breath,this moment you now enjoy,Spending it in happiness: there isno time for sorrow. Once this moment has passed,it is gone forever.Your time is lessthan the very least you can imagine. If you spend this moment laughing,the world will be all laughter.But if you fall into depression,the world will be all sorrow. Don’t give your heart to this unstable,transitory worldWith all its ups and downs,its twists and turns. Lighten… Read More »One Breath

            The Illusion of “I” and “You”

              from Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh                       O You, the source of all existence,Without You there is only destitution. With You I am above all that exists;without You, who am I? Nothing! In this twisted and convoluted world,You are my beginning and my end. I am nought. Believe me when I tell You that I am bewildered—O my existence, without You I am less than nothing. This illusion of “I” and “you” was only a dream;anything other than You is only a mirage. What can I say? You transcend all words;You are… Read More »The Illusion of “I” and “You”

              I Cannot Go on Without You

                By Rumi from the Divani Shams   I can live without others, but I cannot go on without you.My heart yearns for you. It cannot go anywhere else. The intellects eyes are intoxicated from you.The revolving firmaments are insignificant before you. My joyfulness is in your hands. I cannot go on without you.My soul simmers from you. My heart drinks a sweetness from you. My intellect laments for you. I cannot go on without you. You are my wine – my intoxication – my garden – my spring.You are my sleep – my refuge – I cannot go on without… Read More »I Cannot Go on Without You


                  By Maghrebi Your beautiful face needs a clear mirrorThat can truly reflect You and Your beauty to you. When I glance at Your lovely visageI behold the beauty of the entire world. Nothing but my eyes are the beautician of Your visage,It is the sight that presents the splendour of Your face. The eye will have no regard for the beautiful ones of this worldIf it ever caught a glance of Your beauty. I feel You become lovelier all the time,Since my love for you increases with every moment. The attraction of Your beauty intensifies every instant,Snatching me from myself,… Read More »Mirror