Cardiff Sufi Group

Weekly Readings

Single-Minded Remembrance

With this week’s readings, we move to consider the theme of remembrance. We suggest this four step approach to working with this selection • • • • Read this selection, out loud if possible, seven times. !well upon the phrase or sentence that touches you. "sk yourself what relevance or application this has for you #inally, sit in the afterglow of these reflections and open yourself to whatever new insight or message the !ivine might have for you.

Text One $%he &eloved is all, the lover 'ust a veil %he &eloved is living, the lover with no life of its own. (f )ove withholds its strengthening care, %he lover is left like a bird without wings. *ow will ( be awake and aware (f the light of the &eloved is absent+ )ove wills that this Word be brought forth. (f you find the mirror of the heart is dull, %he rust has not been cleared from its face’ ,-. ./0 Text Two %he 1esus of your spirit is within you ask his aid, for he is a good helper. !on2t seek from your 1esus the comforts of the body. !on2t ask from your Moses the wish of a 3haroah. !on2t burden your heart with thoughts of livelihood4 livelihood will not fail. &e constant in attendance at the !ivine court ,5. /674 /6.--0

Cardiff Sufi Group

Single-Minded Remembrance from a Sufi perspective
" personal account by 8akiuddin Mc9ulty

In the name of God, the infinitely compassionate and infinitely merciful
%he Sufi saints, and Rumi in particular, continually point us back to :od. (t is a constant theme in the Sufi writings to emphasi;e :od’s omnipresence and our dependence upon the favor of :od for every manner of sustenance. (n the *oly <ur2an, :od says =Remember me, ( will remember you.> ?5 -65@. *ow are we to understand this advice and the reciprocity implied+ We all know how easy it is to be led astray by our outer circumstances and thoughts, living our days in what appears to be a benign state of preoccupation or in the grip of reactive, unhelpful patterns. Such thinking and behavior is governed by what Sufis call our lower self, in a 3haraoh-like desire to control and manipulate. :rowing up in an affluent society, moreover, we may have grown complacent through the eAcessive consumption of :od’s bounty, or dim in our awareness of the relationship we have with our Breator. Remembrance is calling out to :od. (t takes us back to our original covenant of acknowledgement, and re-establishes and affirms our primordial, intimate relationship with :od. Rumi often cites eAamples from the <ur2an and from the lives of 3rophets to show how :od is always watching out for us, and how paying attention is rewarded. %he nature of this reward is not 'ust in the hereafter, but in our immediate apprehension of reciprocity, that is, our potential knowing of :od as *e remembers us. :od’s remembrance, unlike ours, is ongoing. Such single-minded Remembrance is a central practice of the sufis, known as dhikr ,or zikr, in the %urkish pronunciation0. )ike ritual prayer, it is practiced both privately and in community. =La illaha il Allah” is typically translated =there is no god, but :od.C We can eApand this eAplanation by affirming that our world of manifestation and multiplicity has a Single Source of &eing, upon which it is utterly dependent. (n the practice of dhikr, all of our concerns become a single concern as we endeavor to stay aware of our connection to our Source. Remembering :od can keep us attuned to *is benevolence and other <ualities, seen and unseen, and can purify our motives and our deeds. Remembering :od single-mindedly implies abandoning every agenda for the sake of this return to our primary relationship, meeting with our Source face-to-face during our busy, short lives. (n so doing, we resume our special relationship as a most beloved creature, participating in the concert of 3raise that all of creation continually sings to its Breator. %his is perpetual communion, reciprocity, sustenance, and guidance of the created by a mostloving Breator =Dverything perishes eAcept *is #ace.> ?5E EE@. Remembrance can bring us face to face with our Breator, as in our beginning, and as in our end.