–by Satish Kumar (Dec 7, 2017)
There is a story about a musk deer, who has musk in his belly button. It is a delicious smell, and the deer wonders, where does this smell come from? He wants to find the source of this wonderful fragrance. He runs to the east and doesn’t find it. He runs and runs but cannot reach the source of the smell. Finally, exhausted and exasperated, he falls down. He curls up, his nose comes closer to his belly, and there he smells the sweet smell of musk, and sighs with relief and joy.
We need not run around the world to find our peace, our dignity, our freedom. It is within us. We should understand that peace is a state of mind, a way of being. The experience of peace is rooted within us.”
Maulana Wahiduddin is a Sufi. Like the Celts among Christians, the Kabbalists among the Jews, and the Bhaktas among the Hindus, the Sufis are the mystics of Islam. A long line of Sufi saints have nourished the souls of people through their poetry and songs, which emerge out of their passionate devotion to the Supreme. The presence of the Sacred, the Divine, the Holy, the Eternal is here and everywhere; is now and forever. The Sufis are in love with the Supreme. They seek and find Beloved in every moment of their lives. They drink the wine of love. They are intoxicated with love. They live in ecstasy. For them the Supreme appears in the blossoming flower, the flowing river, falling leaves and shining stars; these are the faces of the Beloved. […]
Sufism has always been a unifying force. The great Sufi master and poet Rumi, born in the part of the Earth we call Afghanistan and brought up in the part if the Planet we call Turkey, is the hero of Maulana Wahiduddin. It was Rumi who wrote:
The Sufi opens his hands to the Universe
and gives away each instant, free.
Unlike someone who begs on the street for money to survive,
a dervish begs to give you his life. […]
Inside the Great Mystery that is,
we don’t really own anything.
What is this competition we feel then,
before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?
–Satish Kumar form his book “You Are, Therefore I Am”.