Here is a funny anecdote I came across today. It was interesting and go me thinking on my way to church.
A Bektashi dervish apporached a certain bishop and said:
‘I have heard of a young man who harangues crowds,
advocating their breaking the law, claims supernatural
connetions, performs “miracles” and contradicts himself….”
‘Enough!’ said the bishop. ‘he shall be tired, charged
with blasphemy and upsetting public.If he does not recant, he
may be put to death as a heretic and corrupter. Just tell me
his name, and I shall arrange the rest!’
‘I wish you could realize how impressed I am by your
competence,’ said the Bektashi. ‘His name is Jesus.’
Some when I pass by church,or site for service, I never feel partof a community. It feels like a highschool reunion. We are all together for the same reason by expectations, ideas and prejudice keep us sequestered to the little niches where we have chosen to live. When we turn and give each other the sign of people its is only a formality. When someone really means with their heart a wish of peace upon you, it can change your life on many levels.
I had a lot of problems in my formative years going through 13 years of catholic education, there is a subtle denial of the freedom of spirit. I have to see that a religion is a unique seed or plant that can grow in any soul an takes on the mentality of the environment. It can be used as a tool to do great things. It came be used as a bridge into the mystery that is behind every manifesting act. The fact that mysticism is a historical fact in that from every religion we have had mystics claiming that there are ways to have a personal relationship with ‘The Friend’ makes me really think.
There is a saying I have heard recently. It said though man cannot drink up the entire ocean of Divine Consciousness, each man can at least drink to his fill. For some of us, mechanical rituals are what is needed. For other there is a inner correspondence to the thought behind these words by Ikbal Ali Shah, father of the late Idries and Omar Ali Shah.
“No understanding of the holy book is possible until it is actually revealed to the believer just as it was revealed to the Prophet” – Ikbal Ali Shah, in Islamic Sufism (1933).
Tell me what you think?