“The Path of Heart implies embracing
the principles of Love and Quietness."
poetry of Rumi. Sufism expresses great love for and surrender to the
Sufis use music, poetry, whirling dance, chanting and mantra as forms of
meditation. all this has contributed to its appeal. But there is another
dimension not so well known. The path of the contemplative. It purports to
come from one of the very founders of the path, called here Great Sufi
Master. The excerpt below is from a conversation with him. It is expressed
with great beauty and a translucent light shines thru it. I love it. It is also a
simple practice that anyone can do.
the principles of Love and Quietness.
“… He (Allah) taught Me to listen to the quietness…
of the wind, the lapping of waves, the calls of birds, the crackle of
"After that, one can start listening to the quietness.
“I came to know that all various sounds are local and transient,
while the quietness is omnipresent and eternal. Beneath all
sounds existing in the universe, there spreads infinitely the Great
“For hours I could listen to the sounds of the world — beautiful
and diverse, and then I would ‘release’ Myself and ‘sink’ into it —
into the quietness.
silence. I could freely and easily swim in it, submerge to the very
Depths of it… Gradually the Great Quietness became My home…
From there, I saw that all sounds of the worlds are as if created by
the Great Quietness. I saw how its breathing fills from within all
forms of life — and they sound as a well-trained choir of various
musical instruments. Like flowers, sounds unfold for a moment in
the eternity of the Great Quietness…
By the way, for beginners it is more beneficial to listen to the
space around. By listening, you can embrace a much larger
volume of space; you can even hear that which you cannot see.
He who has learned to listen can become the Master of Quietness.
The quietness gives you calm.
The peculiar feature of the quietness is that it gets filled with you.
The quietness — as a result of studying and cognizing it —
becomes filled with you and with God…
Allah suggests cognizing Him through this method.”
“But You have missed an essential point: one has to listen to the
quietness not with the ears which are on the head, but with the
hearing of the spiritual heart…”
“… But the most confidential thing which I taught and which alone
opens the gate to the Allah's Abode is what the anahata chakra
(heart center) is, how to develop oneself through it, how to learn
to go outside of it in order to settle and live in the new Home — in
the Abode of Allah."
Vladimir Antonov "Grand Sufi Master", as well as with many other mystics
and masters of the past -- all who seemingly just appear to him. It is quoted
with his kind permission. Read more.
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