Abode Village View – April 19

Abode Village View – April 19

Sufism from the Pir Vilayat Archive Project. If you are interested in helping transcribing or digitizing the Archive let us know!


Remember the words of Murshid when he says, “the purpose of the message is the awakening of humanity to the Divinity in the human being.” That is, discovering the God in one. Just like Christ said, be perfect as your Father.


Now you could say well, couldn’t that not lead to megalomania? And Murshid answers that by saying, “the greatest pride together with the greatest humility,” or consciousness of the Divine Perfection, suffering from limitation in one’s being. And he calls it the aristocracy of the soul, together with the democracy of the ego. Reconciliation of the irreconcilables.


So there are times when the dervish falls back into his personal consciousness, and I suppose he is relatively humble. But when he’s in his divine consciousness, there’s no iota of humbleness there remaining. And, of course, you know, between you and me, of course, the reason why elephant and the dervish understand one another is the’re both as mad as each other. It’s a madness, as I say, it’s a kind of madness. It’s the …  the ultimate wisdom is the ultimate madness.

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In honor of National Poetry Month, the Abode will be sharing poems from poets of varying faith backgrounds.

This week we share a poem, The Lute Will Beg, by Sufi poet Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī, known by the name Hafiz.

“Hafiz grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the Qur’an after hearing his father recite passages. When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist. Hafiz became a poet at the court of Abu Ishak and also taught at a religious college.

He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and his influence can be felt to this day. As the author of numerous ghazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest, he and his work continue to be important to Iranians, and many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.”

Biography from Poetry Foundation. Image by unknown artist held at the National Museum of Damascus.

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Healing Service for the World with Gayatri Hull | Tuesdays | 3:00 PM EDT

April 21 & 28

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Sufi Message Class | Thursdays | 7:00 PM EDT

April 23 & 30

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