Originally posted by vistesd
I frankly did not like the Klotz book.
Those are wonderful quotes.
I frankly did not like the Klotz book. All those 99 names! But I am lately realizing then when I get into the more complex streams, as opposed to Zen, I get myself entangled in the complexities--that can be fun, but it may not be efficient. This seems to be true for me vis-a-vis hasidism/kabbalah as well as that, "more intel ...[text shortened]... submit that Sufism is about realizing and dancing with "the rythms of emptiness and form."
Sadly, that makes two of us. I do, however, like some of the Sufi writings that Klotz presents:
"Majnun knocked on Leyla's door.
'It is I.'
'Go away. There is no room here for you and I.'
Majnun retreated to the forest, meditated for a long time, and then
'Who is it?'
'It is you.'
The door opened."
"If you wait until the end of time,
you will never smell love's perfume
until you kneel at the doorstep
of your heart's tavern and sweep it,
night after night, with your forehead.
Likewise, if you want to taste
the pure wine in this
jewel-encrusted cup of love,
you may have to bump
your head on its rim
before you get a sip."
"Neither sober nor drunk, sometimes I feel the joy of
my soul's eyes looking out through mine.
Other times I feel the curl of the Beloved's hair
and my life wobbles and staggers.
Sometime, the seasons of life turn and
I find myself back on the compost heap.
And sometimes, when her glance finds me again,
I am back in the Rose Garden."
"This moment is like a sword,
gentle to the touch,
but with a very sharp edge.
Handle the moment gently
and you go unharmed.
Handle it clumsily and you
feel its cutting edge."