Body, Soul and The Mind

Image: Samurai Art

I search the vastness,
The deep recesses of my mind.
I close my eyes, but it only turns me blind.
Staring in this void,
No answers I can find.
An epiphany occurs,
The pieces of puzzle I must bind,
Body, Soul and the mind.
So, I plunge in my heart, I heard that’s where the Soul resides.
The darkness rings a familiar hollow,
Like the one in my mind.
Still searching…
Maybe it’s the way I am spending my time,
I plan to change, but the body’s still left behind.
Through hindsight, I realise,
The stress response built along the course of my life.
Progress seems slow, but it will compound over time.
I try to configure my bearings,
So I set upon this journey, in the darkness of the night.
Astrolabe in my hand, I reach a turning point,
I must sail and ride the waves,
For I am the warrior of the light!
Light above, light below, light all around me!
Darkness is no more, so long as I hold the pieces of this puzzle, tight…

A Drink from the Cup of Knowledge

Long ago in a distant land, a boy was looking to find something to give him purpose in life. He searched and searched, but then everything changed, when he decided to go at war. War within himself. He set on a journey to travel within. 

He decided to walk down the same path of overcoming the ego that many great people had tread before him. 

Once when Rumi’s Friday procession was marching towards the masjid to deliver the Friday sermon. On the way, he encountered a mystic, a wanderer. The wanderer stopped his horse by getting in the way, looked at Rumi and asked him this question. Shams [(sun)-the name of the wanderer)] asked of the scholar, “O you who are as knowledgeable in meanings as a money-changer is with coins, tell me who was greater, Muhammad, the Elect of God, or Bayazid?”

“Muhammad is the Prince and the Commander of all the Prophets and all the Friends of God. All power and greatness is his.” Rumi Replied. 

Shamsuddin asked, “In that case, what does it mean that the Prophet said, ‘Glory be to You! We have not known You as You ought to be known,’ while Bayazid said, ‘How great is my glory. How exalted am I, the sultan of sultans.’”

Some may have called Bayazid’s statement/poetry Blasphemy, but Rumi knew what it really meant.
Rumi answered, “Bayazid’s thirst was quenched and the container of his comprehension was filled by a single sip, and he appeared to have been satisfied. The light entered in proportion to the opening of his heart. The Chosen one of God (peace and blessings upon him) had a profound desire that had yet to be satisfied. For the Prophet it was thirst upon thirst. His blessed chest had become God’s vast dominion… For that reason he said, ‘I have not known You as You ought to be known’.”

The cup of knowledge/wisdom and the thirst for knowledge/wisdom are directly proportional, the greater the thirst, the more it can hold. 

How big is your cup? How thirsty are you for knowledge and wisdom? Are you content with little or let ego take control and make you think you know it all. Or, do you continually learn and learn more because your heart and mind remain open?  This is a great reminder for a people who once sought knowledge even if they had to travel to far places, places as far as Fars and Cheen. In the medieval times, those were vast distances to cover. Have a listen to this lecture, thank you Youtube for recommending it to me. Spirit of Islam. p.s. I am not trying to preach, that is not my intent. I am not qualified to do so, neither do I have knowledge of such level. I am a firm believer of the teaching; practise what you preach! I struggle everyday. We bicker more than we do Dhikr. That made me laugh, listen for some good Islamic rhymes. Liquor conference and Dhikr Conference. Hamza Yusuf is one of my favourite scholars. To check out his work go to https://zaytuna.edu/ this is the college he has established for traditional Islamic studies in Amreeka. Check out https://sandala.org/ to access his lectures, recordings and explanation of many books. Amazing person(Tayyab, Mumtaaz) and very humble. So if you wonder, where does my knowledge of the self and Ruh(soul) comes from, it is Hamza Yusuf’s lectures and explanations of the many books he has delivered lectures on. While you’re at it, check out these lectures 17 benefits of tribulations.

In all chosen paths of enlightenment, be it the way of Buddha, the way of Moses, the way of Christ or the way of Muhammad peace be upon them all. Or even just a spiritual path to enlightenment. First, you measure your cup and see whether your thirst has already been quenched. Refill your cup over and over, the gems will hold, and the froth will be removed just like when a cup overflows with excess liquid. But once you find your chosen path and after many lessons you have learnt to hold more gems than froth. Dig down in that cup and turn it into a well. Perhaps something even magical that never seems to get full. This reminds of the scene when Dumbledore is drinking to recover the fake amulet (a Horcrux) already recovered by R.A. Black. No more Harry, please stop! That’s a little magical crazy. I am not talking in that sense. 

Hmm, talking about this and thinking of Dumbledore and his old friend the dark wizard, forgot his name lol and I call myself a Harry Potter fan. Oh yeah- Grindelwald. Grindelwald and Dumbledore once set upon a journey to become great wizards seeking power and motivated by greed. Don’t be the dumb Dumbledore. Be the wise Dumbledore, who upon realising that love is a stronger force than power, changed his ways, although only after suffering great losses. I don’t know why I even started comparing the path of righteousness and purification to the path of Deathly Hallows. I guess, some of you might find it interesting looking at it from this perspective. The path of enlightenment whether righteousness, gaining knowledge or whatever pursuit of happiness you choose to go after, they all have similarities. Principles, you find them take different outward appearances but principles hold through time. As Dumbledore says, “Love Harry, it’s love that protected you and shielded you. That’s how you got the scar on your forehead.” 

In all paths to greatness, the road is rocky, the path is difficult to remain steadfast upon. Grit, persistence, overcoming setbacks, abundance, believing in Providence are your tools through all thick and thin.
Grit, virtue, focus and drive
Resilience and persistence 
A thick skin! 

Found this through James Clear’s 3 2 1 Newsletter. An excerpt from the poem “Youth” by Samuel Ullman, a Jewish poet:

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigour of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust. Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living.”

Source: Youth

Why am I linking what I have just shared with this poem? The way I see it is that, to follow the path of your choosing, you must live in your youth as Samuel Ullman mentions it is a state of mind, a matter of the will, a quality of imagination and the freshness of the deep springs of life.

A Good Friday

The best day the sun rises is Friday. According to Islamic tradition, Adam and the universe got created on Friday. 

Tomorrow is Good Friday followed by Easter on Sunday. Let’s all come together in solidarity, spread love, remove hatred and work together in these times of global crisis. 

We are not fighting each other during this crisis. Consider this crisis ‘An Alien Invasion’. Covid-19 being the aliens obviously, unless some of you thought otherwise

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As much as I would like to believe in Elon Musk’s dreams of colonizing Moon and Mars. Even if we were to make that possible, something like that reminds of Cowboy Bebop. Because if that really happens and once the technology is widely available and affordable. It will be a world full of cowboys. Watch Cowboy Bebop to know what am referring to.

Our earth is the only one we got, unless you believe in multi-verse theory and parallel  universes. Even if that were a reality, there are no facts that prove it is actually possible. E=mc^2 is a theory. Theory of Relativity, where E stands for Energy, M for Mass and C for speed of light, which if my memory serves me right is equal to 3.0× 10^8 m/s. 299 792 458 m/s?? I am going to Google this to make sure haha. I was wrong, didn’t remember it correctly. But, I am not trying to make myself look stupid by blatantly writing out the wrong value there. Duh

Oops ! I couldn’t keep my mouth zipped though. haha or more like, my hands and fingers from typing out my blunder. 

Haha, not really a blunder. My self-worth is still the same despite not being able to recall what the value of speed of light is? 

I once had this crazy thought when I was younger, then my favourite subjects were Physics and Mathematics, to prove to you that I was actually brilliant at Mathematics and Physics, I scored 100% in Mechanics, and averaged 92% in Physics. In Core Mathematics I averaged 95% and Statistics 90% (seems all so long ago). Over a decade, when I was in college and doing A-levels. 

Anyhow, this thought is older than my A-levels days and apparently Einstein had this thought too. Do you see my point that I am trying to get to? 

It’s all about me and how great I am…. muahahaha.

Great minds think alike. 

Oh, too busy mentioning how great I am and what not, I forgot  to relate that thought. So, the silly thought was, ” What if I was a particle of light? Will I transcend Space and Time?” Ok, I just made it sound cool sentencing it that way. My actual thought was, “What if I am able to travel at the speed of light? Will I be able to see particles of light? Will I be able to time travel?” Because, apparently you know, the light that we receive from galaxies far far away, is light from the past, it just takes light years to travel to us. That’s reflected in the make-up of the shift in the spectrum. The wavelengths and what not? I actually can’t believe, how much of my dormant memory I am tapping into. When I started writing this, I thought my memory had turned poor and that I had forgotten most of my A-Levels Physics. Although, that is basic knowledge compared to Theoretical physics, Particle physics, Quantum mechanics, Nuclear physics and what not, I still have a good base and can recall so much of it already. 

I am amazed to be able to recall F=Gm1×m2/r^2, Newtons Law of Gravitational force. F=ma this being the 2nd Law of motion.

Voltage is Directly proportional to I (Current), and thus V=IR 

V is directly proportional to d and thus, V=Hd where H is Hubble’s constant. Doppler Effect. Gotta google this one to make sure if it’s correct haha, after all, I am trying to do my best to look great 😉

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Just look at my approval ratings, you seen how well have I done so far, recalling those difficult formulae? Oh, I was right this time. Well, you gotta take my word for it, otherwise why would I have not done the same, when I was wrong recalling 299 792 458 m/s? 

I am giving you obvious reasons to put your trust in my writing. Or am I writing to make you trust me? 

Haha, don’t worry, this is not Cowboy bebop and I am not here to tell you my tragic backstory. I never died 10 years ago and was frozen and preserved like a pharaoh to be revived in 2019. Or did I? 

Hmmm, maybe I have an agenda to spread. A propaganda to sell. Shall I reveal my Trump card? 

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That was literally my Trump card, Don’t sue for copyright, pleaseeee !! Except the hair and face is not orange hahaha. Just in case, image by Snopes.com

My Lord! I don’t even remember why I started writing this blog???🤔 Let me go back to the top and read, that must have been the reason to write out the blog.

Ok! back to the topic of the blog, at this point all I wanted to say is, let’s make this Friday a Great Friday and spread love, no propagandas, no agendas, no ulterior motives, no germs, no coronaviruses and definitely no aliens. haha

I usually don’t like to brag, especially my good deeds but maybe, just this once, it may inspire some of you to do extra good too. If anything go beyond it and feed a whole lot of hungry people. According to our tradition, it is said, the best of you are those who feed the hungry. Another tradition mentions, the best of you are those, who are most beneficial to others.

I went out to grab some thing to eat earlier. While, in the takeaway shop, a man asked me for money. My reply, “What for?”(In a polite way). He said, food. So I replied, “Order it, and I will pay,” he thanked me after getting the food and said that he will pay me back someday. I smiled back and replied, “My reward is with the Creator who sustains us all, just pay it forward.” He left happy, which in turn made me happy.

I hope you all don’t forget the needy and the hungry and the less fortunate this Easter. Because I am telling you, Ramadan is only a month away and there won’t be a hungry person on road anywhere, because 1) most of us will be fasting and, 2) we are extra generous during Ramadan because the satan is locked away. This is all of y’all time to get giving and be extra generous 🙂


That said, I wish all those celebrating Easter a good one. Get together but remember to stay 2 metres apart and 2 meters apart for my fellows and readers who spell it that way haha.

Until next week,

I leave you with a question

What is 1 + 1= ?