Sufi Stories and Poetry

Acceptance

The Sufi Greeting

The ancient Sufi’s believed that the only way to really know someone is to connect at the soul level. This greeting was their way of doing that.

Done in Silence with complete focus on each other.

  • Approach each other, looking into the eyes, with open hands – Nothing to hide.
  • Touch palms together, still looking directly into the eyes.
  • Think: “I greet you with perfect love and trust.”
  • Holding arms 90° from body, palms touching (eyes locked)
  • Think: “I crucify the ego.”
  • Make a triangle with thumbs and forefingers, and “look in the eyes of God.”
  • The right hand grasps the left hand of your partner, and presses it into the heart.
  • Think: “I cherish you and connect with you in my heart.”
  • Big inhale and raise/stretch arms above the head, sending energy to the universe and rejoicing with the love.
  • Embrace, heart to heart, with right arm passing over left shoulder of partner, left arm around the back.
  • Be grateful feel the joy of the true communion of human/divine spirit.

~Roving Reiki Master as taught by Mari Hall, RM

Welcome Your Guests

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi

A Sufi Dandelion Story

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Mulla Nasrudin decided to start a flower garden. He prepared the soil and planted the seeds of many beautiful flowers. But when they came up, his garden was filled not just with his chosen flowers but also overrun by dandelions.

He sought out advice from gardeners all over and tried every method known to get rid of them but to no avail. Finally he walked all the way to the capital to speak to the royal gardener at the sheik’s palace.

The wise old man had counseled many gardeners before and suggested a variety of remedies to expel the dandelions but Mulla had tried them all. They sat together in silence for some time and finally the gardener looked at Nasrudin and said, “Well, then I suggest you learn to love them.”

~Neil Douglas-Klotz

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