Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion
This verse of Kabir deals with the concept of Illusion and Reality ... A lot has been written on this issue, yet an average person is trapped in the conflict of illusion and reality ... The only Truth, the One Inexpressible God, is obviously beyond expression ... In simple words, illusion is something that ismutable or changeable ... And, ignorance is to believe this illusion to be true.
Kabir in this verse affirms that only when one becomes aware and regulates one's affairs with awareness ... Only then one can be free from the pitfalls of illusion – (Rajender Krishan)
"Let the Lord judge the criminals" "Everybody's at war with different things...I'm at war with my own heart sometimes" "They got money for wars but they can't feed the poor" "The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams" "I believe that everything you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer for it. But in my heart, I believe what I'm doing... is right. So I feel like I 'm going to heaven. I think heaven is just when you sleep, you sleep with a good conscience, you don't have nightmares. Hell is when you sleep, the last thing you see is all the f*cked up things you did in your life and you just see it over and over again, cause you don't burn. If that's the case, it's hell on earth cause bullets burn" "My mama used to tell me if u can't find somethin to live for, you best find somethin to die for" "If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you're saying, it don't matter that you didn't make them die, it just matters that you didn't save them" “During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams”
“Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fight
Why am I trying to see, when there aint nothing in sight
Why am I trying to give, when no one gives me a try
Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die?
Someone tell me why?”
“I'd rather die like a man, than live like a coward”
“When I was alone, and had nothing
I asked for a friend to help me bear the pain
No one came, except God
When I needed a breath to rise, from my sleep
No one could help me.. except God
When all I saw was sadness, and I needed answers
No one heard me, except God
So when I'm asked.. who I give my unconditional love to?
How many men and women prepare themselves to live as a couple, as a family?
Some think about it, others are already committed to it. We hear of stories... and one is sometimes moved by the expectations and hopes of some, and sometimes saddened by the painful life experiences of others. Perhaps you are also, sisters and brothers, preparing yourselves to engage in this life experience of marriage, known as half of your faith. Or perhaps you have already started sharing your life with someone. In this, your expectations, thank God, were more than met but sometimes doubts have emerged. This... is not what you had expected.
Brothers and sisters, nothing should be idealized.
The perfect husband or the perfect wife only exists in your dreams. God has given you, as He has given others, noble qualities and intelligence. God has given you, as He has given others, faults and deficiencies. Perfection is not given to you or any human being.
It is not enough to share the same faith, the same principles and the same hopes to make an ideal couple. How many young couples have been under the illusion that their future life will be harmonious as if being Muslim was enough for a successful marriage? As if their union was based solely on the meeting of two worlds founded on the same principles that one respects or on the rules which one applies.
This illusion, which yesterday promised a small earthly paradise, today makes life a difficult struggle How many speak about "the principles of marriage in Islam" and actually live the reality of a torn, ravaged and frustrated existence?
Today, more than ever, living as a married couple has become a real challenge. Around us, men and women meet and leave each other in a modern society in which they confuse freedom and the absence of accountability as love and flexibility. Living as a couple is not without its challenges - preparing yourself, learning and constantly trying to reach out to the other with patience, depth and tenderness. Although it is true that the principles of Islam bring you together, or will bring you together, you must remember each day that the person with whom you share your life comes with his or her own history, wounds, sensitivities and hopes. Learn to listen, to understand, to observe, to accompany.
Living as a couple is the greatest of tests: a test of patience, of attention, of the ability to listen for unspoken words, of self-control, of mending one’s faults, of healing the wounds. In each of these tests, there are two parties. It isn’t easy. A meaningful effort has to be grounded in the deepest sense of spirituality, a jihad, in the most intense meaning of the term. The jihad of love which reminds that feelings have to be taken care of. They are maintained, deepened, rooted through your shared challenges and your patience.
Patience and attention to the hearts, in a couple, will lead them towards the light, God willing. Remember, brothers and sisters, the last of the Prophets (peace be on him), an example for eternity, so attentive, so tender, and so patient. He did not only remind the Umma of principles, he enlightened with his presence, his listening, and his love.
Before being the mother of his children, his wife was a woman, his spouse, a person he discovered each day, a person whom he accompanied and who accompanied him; subject of his attention, a testimony of his love. He knew the meaning of silence, the power of a touch, the complicity of a shared glance, the pleasure in a smile, and the kindness found in being attentive.
There are those who idealize the other so much they never really see their partners and those who leave each other too quickly without taking the time to know each other. We are reminded of the principles Islam, its depth, its spirituality, its essence. Living as a couple, forming a relationship, being patient in adversity, loving to the extent of enduring, grounding by way of reforming is an initiation to spirituality. Knowing how to be one with God assures greater comfort in being together as two. A challenge, a test, far from the ideal, close to reality.
Sisters and brothers, you must prepare yourselves to live one of the most beautiful tests of life. It requires all from you, your heart, your conscience, and your efforts. The road is long. One must learn to demand, to share, and to forgive...indefinitely.
Of the things permitted by God, divorce is the most detested. Living as a couple is difficult: remember that your wife is woman before being the mother of your children; remember that your husband is a man before being the father of your children. Know how to live as a couple, within your family...in front of God and in front of your children.
This meeting place, these efforts will result in a sense of protection: They are your garments and you are their garments. Know how to be patient, learn how to be affectionate, offer forgiveness, and you will attain the spirituality of the protected, the proximity of the ones that are close. Faith then becomes your source of light and "his or her" presence, becomes your source of protection; the test of your heart, the energy of your love, half of your faith.
I pray to God that this love be the school of your efforts and the light of your patience.
Question: What’s your message to all the people out there who are angered by what is happening to the Muslims ???
Answer: It is difficult for people who are angry to listen to a message ... Our message is for people of understanding who live amongst the angry masses ... Remind people about the root of the problem … And the root is our turning away from Allah ... The enemies of truth have been allowed to overpower us because of our sins and vices ... We have to remind ourselves that with the deep pain which tightens our breasts because of the suffering of our fellow Muslims ... We should feel an even greater pain for those who are being sacrificed on the knife edge of sins and disobedience of Allah's commands ... We need to shed even more tears for the Muslims who go to bed drunk and those who fill the dance floors ... As long as our community feels more pained by these fatalities than it does by these sins ... It will lag behind and not progress ... In our golden era the community feared falling into sin more than it did being killed in a conflict ... For a Muslim to die when he stands for the truth, is martyrdom and an honour by which he can draw near to Allah ...
What is more painful to my heart ??? Seeing a Muslim killed inside a mosque, hit by a missile, causing him to fall as a martyr ... Or seeing a Muslim male or female betray one another or their community ... People who bear false witness ... Or take or accept bribes ... Or cheat ... Or spend the night dancing in a night club and consuming alcohol ... I am not trying to belittle the magnitude of the disasters we are facing ... But we need to look at the reasons that have put us in this position ...
Endure difficulties when you walk on a divine path , and resist the temptation of worldly pleasures
Nothing is more disgraceful for old people than being slaves to their worldly desires
One who pursues a goal through sinful ways , will ironically distance himself from that goal , and will approach what he was afraid of
If the world is counted valuable; surely the house of God's rewards is higher and more worthy. If bodies were created for death; surely being killed with swords in the way of God is a more honorable death. If the share of daily sustenance, of each creature is provided by the Creator, surely it is not decent for man to be greedy for gaining and eating too much. If wealth is amassed for one day to be left, then why does a free man become such a miser on something he has to leave?
If you don't believe in any religion and don't fear the Resurrection Day, at least be free in this world
Those who worship God for the hope of gaining , they're not real worshippers ,they're merchants. Those who worship God out of fear ( of punishment ) , they're slaves. And those who worship God to be grateful towards their Creator , they are the free people , and their worship is a real one.
One who reveals your faults to you like a mirror is your true friend, and one who flatters you and covers up your faults is your enemy
Associating with corrupt people makes you subject to suspicion.
Avoid doing what makes you obliged to apologize for it. True believers never do anything for which they have to apologize. Fake believers , on the contrary , keep doing wrong and say they are sorry in the aftermath
The most merciful person is the one who forgives when he is able to revenge.
Your best relation is the one who comes to you and helps you when you have severed relations with him
Do not expect to be rewarded more than you deserve
People's secrets are properties held in trust with you
Good manner is (counted as) a worship
O son of Adam ! Your life comprises of passing days , with each day passing , a part of you goes away for good