(This is my Persian Buttercup/Ranunculus Rose) that I am waiting for the snow(!) to stop falling so that I can plant it. Notice the heart in the middle of it from the angle from which I took the picture!)
I saw Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, a Sufi mystic, on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday last week and cannot stop thinking about his conversation with Oprah. So in case you missed it, here are the notes I took. (Yes, I am a nerd. ;0)
“Whoever walks towards
Him with his foot,
Until the beam of His love
Shines out to guide the soul
Since I learnt that He longs
for me, longing for Him
never leaves me
for an instant.”
(from the book: Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart)
***The Beloved/God is in your own heart, closer to you than your own breath.
***God is Love and we are servant to One (God/Beloved) and in service to many (our fellow people of the world).
***This world is God’s world (so we need to take care of it as it does not belong to us).
***The zen koan that changed the life of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee was: “The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection. The water has no mind to receive their image.”
The heart has to break open for the Sufi (it breaks the ego). The Beloved is with those whose hearts are broken for His sake. It’s not all about you/your ego. Live in alignment with God asking How can I serve?
***Wheresoever you turn, there is the face of God (in everyone).
Vaughan-Lee talked about the Oneness and being intimate within the heart and dissolving into the Oneness with God/The Beloved within your own heart. He said it is felt as Bliss, the nearest which he can compare is that of lovers meeting physically.
***There is so much love. We are made of love. There are oceans of love on the other side, waiting for us. We must die before we die and feel that and know that.
***We must listen to how God wants us to reconnect to God within us, whether through music, painting, service, etc.; we have to listen and respect the voice of God within ourselves.
“He who expects to change the world will be disappointed, he must first change his view, when this is done, then tolerance will come, forgiveness will come, and there will be nothing he cannot bear.”–Hazrat Inayat Khan
and then a week later I came upon this quote in Vaughan-Lee’s book “Traveling the Path of Love” –“When you think you have found Him, that very instant you have lost Him. And when you think you have lost Him, then you have found Him.”–Abu Sa’id Abi-L-Khyr