40 Rules of Enlightenment · Poetry

Rule # 30- The True Sufi

Rule# 30 The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked, and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in… Continue reading Rule # 30- The True Sufi

40 Rules of Enlightenment · Poetry

Rule # 28- Living in the Present

Rule # 28 The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you… Continue reading Rule # 28- Living in the Present

40 Rules of Enlightenment · Poetry

Rule # 27- Just like an Echo

  Rule # 27 This world is like a snowy mountain that echoes your voice. Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbors ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a… Continue reading Rule # 27- Just like an Echo

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Rule # 26 – Story of the Universe

Rule # 26 The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do not harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back –not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that… Continue reading Rule # 26 – Story of the Universe

40 Rules of Enlightenment

Rule # 25 – Between Heaven and Hell

Rule # 25 Hell is the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we scend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell.… Continue reading Rule # 25 – Between Heaven and Hell