Yesterday my family had dinner in an outdoor restaurant, celebrating my nephew’s birthday.
On our way out, suddenly there was this four year old kid tagging along. So my brothers and sister started asking, where was your mom and dad? The kid did not say a word and there was no adult part from my family.
So my family stopped. My brother returned to backtrack our route, trying to find the kid’s family. He did not return until he found it while the rest of us waiting patiently with the kid.
The kid was returned to his family. We went home.
Happy birthday, ji. You have a good loving family.
A friend asked. Let’s call this friend A him and the other B her, for the sake of this conversation. A and B used to be friend, but not anymore. It was a heated separation. (and I am being modest in my use of words).
Basically A thinks B is a snake, and the feeling is mutual. Different animal but on par. So friend A said to me, “How can you call yourself good when you are still friend with her?”
Good question, I thought. Well, first of all, I never call myself good. Second, is it wrong to make friend with those who are considered to be snake by more than one person (to say the least)?
I actually discussed this with the snake herself, I mean, B, without refering specifically to A. I said, “perhaps that is because I believe that you will not bite me”
She responded, “You should not say that. That is called arrogance. Instead, you should say because you don’t have any bad intension against me.”
She was right. I don’t have any bad intension and therefore, God’s willing, it is safe to play with the snake. Even the snake has its wisdom.
I received an sms today. A cousin of mine, his child died in the womb, before birth.
I don’t know what to say. I remember once a friend ask what would be one of the things that I fear most and I answered, “to see my children die before I do.”
I don’t know why I said such thing. I don’t have a child yet. I can only imagine. Actually, I probably cannot. And I hope I will not. Ever.
.hope you are well.
And without further ado, the second one:
The King Inside
There are people with their eyes open
Those hearts are shuts. What do they see? Matter.
But someone whose love is alert,
Even if the eyes go to sleep,
He or she will be walkng up thousands of others.
If you are not one of those light-filled lovers,
Restrain your desire-body’s intensity.
Put limits on how much you eat
And how long you lie down.
But if you are awake here in the chest,
Sleep long and soundly.
Your spirit will be out roaming and working,
Even on the seventh level.
Muhammed says, I close my eyes and rest in sleep,
But my love never needs to rest.
The guard at the gate drowses.
The king stays awake. You have a king inside
Who listens for what delights the soul.
That king’s wakefulness
Cannot be described in a poem.
Taken from Coleman Bark’s A year with Rumi, daily readings, June 17th, p195.
The first of the two Rumi’s poets. For those who observe the fasting of Ramadhan. And those who walk a similar path of cleansing the soul.
May we obtain more than just hunger and thirst.
Beyond Love stories (2)
You risk your life to feed desires,
Yet you give your soul only short grazing spans,
And those grudgingly.
You borrow ten and repay fourteen.
Most of your decisions can be traced back
To cuisine and sex.
The fuel basket goes from one stokehole
To the next. Six friends hoist
Your handsomeness and carry it
To the cemetary.
Food changes going from table to latrine.
You live between deaths,
Thinking this is right enough.
Close these eyes to open the other.
Let the center brighten your sight.
Taken from Coleman Bark’s A year with Rumi, daily readings, June 16th, Page 194.
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The note was made during Pak Arif’s speech in the comemoration of my sis’s mother-in-law’s passing.
Pak Arif opened his speech by stating the usual “Assalamu alaikum wr wb. Shawalat and salam..“ and followed by saying “prayers and peace be upon all of us, especially to the host of this event and to our teachers.”
A verse in Al Qur’an urged us to fast so that we can become the person of faith (takwa). Takwa should be the end, the destination of our journey.
That is why we are given clues, a key to heaven named Al Qur’an, whose first verse contains an order for all of us to read (iqra). Not just plain reading, read to understand, to do, to make it part of our personality and a tool for all of us to live in harmony.
This state of harmony is something that we should work on. There are five pearls to living in peace, in harmony:
1. Remember Allah, in every second of our lives.
2. Conduct everything without expecting anything in return, ikhlas. Pak Arif said that if we want to learn the word “ikhlas”, the best teacher is our mother.
3. Shalat. Pray. In shalat, we are reminded of our mission in life, in the prayer “indeed, my shalat, my life, my death is only for God.”
4. Be patient. Patience that is accompanied by our obidience to God, a lot of good conducts and night prayers to ask for forgiveness.
5. Be thankful. Pak Arif said that nowadays people are much better in complaining. Endlessly. Where in fact, our complaints can close the door to what He wants to open for us.
Complete note (in Indonesian language) can be downloaded here.