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In the dead of night, a Sufi began to weep.
He said, "This world is like a closed coffin, in which
We are shut and in which, through our ignorance,
We spend our lives in folly and desolation.
When Death comes to open the lid of the coffin,
Each one who has wings will fly off to Eternity,
But those without will remain locked in the coffin.
So, my friends, before the lid of this coffin is taken off,
Do all you can to become a bird of the Way to God;
Do all you can to develop your wings and your feathers."

- Farid ud Din Attar,

translation by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut - 'Perfume of the Desert'

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From Sandra Ma:
A Sufi mystic was very poor, hungry, rejected, tired of the journey. He went to a village in the night and the village wouldn't accept him. The village belonged to the orthodox people. They wouldn't even give him shelter in the town. The night was cold and he was hungry, tired, shivering with not enough clothes. He was sitting outside the town under a tree. His disciples were sitting there with great sadness, depression, even anger.

And then he started praying and he said to God, 'You are wonderful! You always give me whatsoever I need.' This was too much.

A disciple said, 'Wait, now you are going too far, particularly on this night. These words are false. We are hungry, tired, with no clothes, and a cold night is descending. There are wild animals all around and we are rejected by the town, we are without shelter. For what are you giving your thankfulness to God? What do you mean when you say, "You always give me whatsoever I need?"'

The mystic said, 'Yes, I repeat it again: God gives me whatsoever I need. Tonight I need poverty, tonight I need being rejected, tonight I need to be hungry, in danger. Otherwise, why should He give it to me? It must be a need. It is needed and I have to be grateful. He looks after my needs so beautifully. He is really wonderful!'

This is an attitude that is unconcerned with the situation. The situation is not relevant.
Via Anand Zen.

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But where is this gathering?- I don't know, my little angel But do the others know?- No, they don't know either How can you go to a gathering without... knowing where it is?- It suffices to walk, just walk.Those who are invited will find the way

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Once it happened that a fish in the ocean heard somebody talking about ocean, and the fish heard for the first time that there exist something like ocean. She started to search, ask and inqiure, but nobody knew where the ocean w...as. they all said " Sometime in the past our ancestors knew it- it is written in scriptures. And the ocean was all around!. They were in the ocean ; they were talking , living in the ocean". Sometimes it happen that the closest, the nearest, is so obvious that you can forget it. The nearest is so near that you cannot look at it, because even to look at something a certain distance is needed. And there is no space between the fish and the ocean- no gap. the fish is the part of the ocean, just like a wave; or the ocean is just the infinite spread of the being of the fish. They are not two; they exist together, their being is joined together. Their bodies may appear different but their inner spirit is one, it is unitary. The same is the situation with us. We go on asking about existence of God. God cannot be an object of any search; he remains the very subjectivity. You are not going to find him somewhere else because he is everywhere. God just means the whole existence, the totality, the ocean that surrounds you, the ocean of life...

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