The Little Children and the Kingdom of Heaven

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The Little Children and the Kingdom of Heaven

Hazrat Inayat Khan talks about
A Mystic’s struggle
I don’t like the word struggle
It sounds too much like work

You can say I’m lazy
But if one should be brave
And take someone’s bullet
That doesn’t mean

You should shoot yourself
And so I work when necessary
But I try to keep it
To a minimum

First I try to make things fun:
You know the younger
The person is the easier it is to
Consider things fun

I personally feel that’s what
Jesus meant about the
Little children
And the Kingdom of Heaven

~.~.~

Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Invocation:

“Towards the one, the perfection of love, harmony and beauty, the only being, united with all the illuminated souls who form the embodiment of the master, the spirit of guidance.”

~.~.~

Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Prescribed Daily Mantra:
“My thoughtful self: Reproach no one. Bear malice towards no one. Hold a grudge against no one. Be wise, tolerant, considerate, polite, and kind to all.”

~.~.~

Gentle Readers,
Today being Christmas,* (Since this is a Sufi blog) I believe it timely to point to the much esteem that Sufis have always shown for Jesus. Indeed, it is a little known fact that Muslims (Yes, Sufism started out most aligned with Islam) have not only a deep respect for Jesus, but also rank him as the equal of Mohammed. (them both being “Prophets of God” Now some Christians do quibble that the Muslims do not accept Jesus as the personification of God Himself. But they fail to allow that neither did they so acknowledge Mohammed, both Jesus and he being “mere” prophets.

Some people are just looking for an excuse to separate the various lovers of God.**

Inayat Khan very often quoted Jesus and retold Jesus stories.

Here’s one:

Our virtues are made of love, and our sins are caused by lack of it. Love turns sins into virtues, and its lack makes virtues meaningless. Christ said when a woman was brought before Him accused of sin, ‘Her sins are forgiven, for she loved much.’ Heaven is made so beautiful with love, and life becomes a hell through the lack of it. Love in reality creates harmony in one’s life on earth and peace in heaven.
Here’s another Christ reference:

The first sign of realization is tolerance towards others. There are the words of Christ: ‘In the house of my father are many mansions’ and those of the Prophet: ‘Each soul has its own religion’ This means that according to his evolution so man knows the truth and the more a man knows, the more he finds there is to learn.

And,
The great personalities who have descended on earth from time to time to awaken in man that love, which is his divine inheritance, have always found an echo in innocent souls rather than in great intellects. Man often confuses wisdom with cleverness, but a man can be clever and not wise, and by cleverness a person may strive and strive, and yet not reach God. It is a stream, the stream of love, which leads towards God. … Law has no power to stand before love; the stream of love sweeps it away. When the woman accused by everyone was brought before Christ, what arose from the heart of the master? The law? No, it was love in the form of mercy and compassion.

“Nuff said.

Merry Christmas and God be with you,
Eric Halliwell

*I do not discount rumors that indeed Jesus was not necessarily born on December 25, that date being suspiciously the same as the old Roman (irony: Bacchanalian) holiday called Saturnalia. This view is not as many have suspected, held as a means to denigrate Jesus. Indeed a famous Jesus loving poet, E. E. Cummings, posted a poem which I think debunks the December date:

“in dem daze kid Christmas meant sumpn youse knows what I refers ter Satter Nailyuh (comes but once er year)”

And lest you think Cummings didn’t respect Jesus I (who having read Cummings over and over and over many years–He was my favorite in high school) can assure you he made many honorific references to Jesus albeit from no doubt a Unitarian point of view (His father was a beloved Unitarian minister). But oddly it was like pulling teeth finding any in the internet and I haven’t the patience to reread the voluminous works of E. E. Cummings searching Jesus references. But I did find this quote from one of his poems:
“King Christ, this world is a leak; and life preservers there are none”

**Now Hazrat Khan the founder of my particular Sufi order was careful to define God like this in the prescribed invocation mentioned above:
“Toward the One, the perfection of love, harmony and beauty, the only being, united with all the illuminated souls who form the spirit of guidance, the embodiment of the master.”

As for quibbling which can only invite dissension, the enemy of harmony, I liked the spirit behind C. S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity. That Christians should not quibble among themselves be they Catholics or Protestant or whatever. He was against schisms which divided the lovers of God.

So they be Christians. But I fear he was one with Dante who had relegated Mohammed to a circle of hell.

Oh well.

About Eric Halliwell

I am the creator and sustainer of rumi-nations.com, a website which features (among a few other things, like interesting and inspiring quotes, and Sufi stories) my poetry and illustrative blog posts, about one 1000 word essay a month. It is Sufi-themed, probably because for seven years I was an officially initiated Sufi mureed, in San Francisco circa 1970’s. My poetry has appeared in these publications: Penwood Review, Ascent Aspirations, Umbrella Journal, wordcatalyst.com (since defunct), Shine Journal, Ashé Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Tipton Poetry Journal. I can be reached at estlin3@yahoo.com.

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