Cardiff Sufi Group: The Spiritual Journey, Week 9

Weekly Readings

The Passion of the Way

Welcome to the Cardiff Sufi group, part of the Threshold Society. This week’s readings urge us to surpass our conventional notions of ourselves. We suggest this four step approach to working with this selection: • • • • Read this selection, out loud if possible, seven times. Dwell upon the phrase or sentence that touches you. Ask yourself what relevance or application this has to yourself. Finally, sit in the afterglow of these reflections and open yourself to whatever new insight or message the Divine might have for you.

Text One
Don’t strive so much to complete your worldly affairs; don’t strive in any affair that’s not sacred. Otherwise at the end, you’ll leave incomplete, your spiritual affairs damaged and your bread unbaked. The beautifying of your grave isn’t done by means of wood and stone and plaster; no, but by digging your grave in spiritual purity and burying your own selfhood in His, and becoming His dust, buried in love of Him, so that from His breath, yours may be replenished (3. 128-132)

Text Two

Someone says, ‘I can’t help feeding my family. I have to work so hard to earn a living’. He can do without God, but not without food; he can do without religion, but not without idols. Where is one who’ll say, ‘If I eat bread without awareness of God, I will choke’ (2.3071-3079)

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