Thursday, November 26, 2009

Heart & Mind are independent

The Qalb is the heart. We use our minds to think but the Qalb can be used to assist it; and what a mighty assistance it is! Alhamdollilah!

Main Article:

The mind reasons, uses logic and grasps a new idea whenever it comes across one. It can also organize information and connect to previous knowledge we have so that one can make sense of it all. Thus the mind can be thought of as a unique tool that's very good at processing information and retaining knowledge.

This ability and power to process as reasoning engines is something that will Inshallah one day be matched by Grand computer softwares that can think it all. In specific domains such as chess there is already software that can out-think the best human players! [Remember: Chess is a game of the mind]

Our hearts on the other hand use a slightly different faculty to sense or [make sense of things]. They do so by 'feeling'; which is a non-thinking faculty that humans posses. Thus we know in our heart of hearts that peace is superior to war, which reason might calculate forever but our feeling & capability to empathize QUALITATIVELY with the loss involved would tell us it can't be any other way; And this is a processing computers can't do for they cannot feel.

[Even humans with closed hearts would surely prefer to debate over this endlessly thus generating a QUANTITATIVE by-product of the reasoning mind; which in itself is useless as far as 'acknowledging' the principle is concerned]

So the heart and mind each process differently; and both faculties which are independent must be used in complementarity to each other as we do our left and right hands to completely grip onto the matter at hand. So let's delve into this a little deeper and see how we can use them well.


The Interaction Between Them

Now the processing by our hearts is churned out as intuition.
Whereas the processing by our minds is reasoning.
Interestingly intuition leads reasoning! Let's see through an example:

The words I say during ordinary unprepared speech comes through intuition. Which is also how ideas for a formal speech could come! Once however the ideas have come; say I jot them down on paper I would then re-arrange, organize and sculpture them for eloquence using my reasoning. Hence, what came to me first as intuition was taken to the mind and consumed by it.

So when our hearts are at harmony: they sense -> churn out some intuition -> that is sent to the mind -> which through its ability to reason understand this intuition and spells it out->so you have a firm grip on the matter present before.

And that's how poetry happens; comes to life! for whatever you feel is put across by the heart and interpreted and given language by the mind.


Using the Heart
Section A

When we bring our attention to the present moment we engage it by coming out of whatever perpetual day dream we are otherwise a victim of.

To engage the moment is a matter of engaging the issue at hand in a way that we are able to use our hearts to sense around it.

Thus we are in a position to untangle the issue as one would a ball of wire.

We do this by discovering the complex of feelings we posses about the issue and untangle these feelings one at a time. Each time we untangle a feeling it is replaced by an answer that arrives by intuition.


Using the Heart
Section B

If we are willing to accept this answer, [which might at times be challenging for we will have to be open/vulnerable to whatever answer comes to us] our consciousness will rise.

If we aren't brave enough to acknowledge and accept this answer [when it is about a difficult matter] we return to the old status quo and the disturbance remains within - (locked up).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Love articulated

Love overwhelms us
there is an exterme of passion
joint with an extreme of discipline
a most delicate balance indeed
it empowers us
making us unconditional
it burns away our daemons
this true of mother and her babe

Monday, November 23, 2009

My view of the world at present

I think our world is in pretty good shape. This because there is at certain parts of the world competency that has been established and is rewarded by an economic reward system.

Within this economic system we have a subsystem where we may educate ourselves, pursue a career, marry, raise a family, build a house, fulfill our responsbilites as parents, then to our larger families, our society; each time being recongized for a job well done. [For it is in their interest to protect you!]

The one missing element however, in many lives, is spiritual education. This is something organized religion should be doing, but instead is taken up by Fakirs and Sufis who teach the basics such as perhaps 'Intro to Love 100'. [An important milestone being we must reach the switch from feeling victimized at all times, to - the universe is benign and we a welcome friend - that it is in fact in the interest of others to protect us!]

Many people who have worked very hard and accomplished much suffer distrubance because spiritual education did not enter into their life.

In conclusion I'd say that the world's current system does not include as a part of it spiritual education [in the main stream]. Put this piece and the puzzle seems complete!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ehsas

We survive on ehsas
but not a struggle for ehsas from others
but the ehsas within for others
-
the first is just a struggle
an expectation put forth in articulation
that scares the other
serves a stick to drive them away
but the latter
is an appreciation of the other
and a result of feeling,
from the pit of our hearts and core of being
felt, unarticulated, spontaneous!
-
this another of love's secrets

Ehsas is an Urdu word.
Description: A 'feeling', and an 'awareness' born out of this feeling.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Me and You

You are I
me in the mirror
this kaleidoscopic world
yet I hesitate you and I
our reflection
we one another
till we use this mirror
to see each other - and breakthrough
to find ourself

when I scare you
I scare myself
-
and to love myself
is a journey unto peace
that I give you your due
this the beginning of a love
I myself am due
that I recognize you

in you as child
I see myself of past
that looks at me now
the adult that till now
had remained a mystery

in my own thoughts
once silence
I know yours
a final testament we are one
look inside yourself
so you may hear mine

each new face
from however far a place
even times past
is me another mood
myself the grand mystery
that I discover more

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Her

Her company
teleports me into clouds
carried with an angelic grace,
her stunning innocence,
and breathtaking beauty,
it seems for my awe
that I behold and witness
the Rab has created
all this for HIS recognition
this mystery that speaks
a creature of the Garden
- Faraz Haider

*Rab: Arabic word connoting a caring, protecting, nurturing God.

if the morning breeze, a lock of yours, unloosens
a thousand lives prisoned, from their cares, are freed
- Ameer Khusro

@ Ameer Khusro:
Pretty obvious why Mr. Khusro!
A spectacle such as this would dissolve away the cares of me and many of my brothers!
Alhamdollilah.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pain

You imagine and entertain fear
But you experience and transcend it
Seeing the pain for what it is
It is bearable
It is always bearable
For spirits in flesh
Divine beings
Pain is but a play

In it we witness our vulnerability
And witness our beauty
For the flute when hollowed
Is prepared for music
Setting free our soul

Her yearning answered
She dances now the mystic dance
at the universe's center
Intoxicated in the trance
she whirls

For pain and its kind
She has left behind
To find her companions
In Peace Joy and Love
Guarding her they come to her aid

But pain and its kind
were aids sent for help
Her friends of old
They fill with gratitude
For a job well done

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Become free

you are not intimidating me,
but You are intimidating yourself,
do you not see the stress you feel,
stop now
become free

in lust you do not ruin me
you miss out,
you ruin yourself
stop now
become free

let's escape
there is a way
let's end the fight between us
let's do it together
for we are the same you and I
in every way

though it is a sentry
failure cannot stop us
for death has been sent
to our rescue

Friday, November 13, 2009

Intuition and our modern mind

The modern mind
It teaches you to hold objects
As when you were a toddler your hands did
But you must stop the juggle
You have to move on
You had an innate faculty to sense things
Revive it

Intuition leads reasoning. And is itself led by intent
One scientific measure of how highly conscious you are is the degree to which your faculty of intuition gives you insight into situations, people and everything else.

In the case of Prophets such as Hazrat Yousuf his power of intuition was highly developed so that he could predict the future based on an interpretation of his dreams [using I am certain an intuitive faculty]. How the dreams were revealed I still wonder.

As intuition works with us when we have an insight into a matter we use logic to fill in the gaps and build a concrete understanding of the matter.

It is perhaps connected that at the hight of its development with a power of intuition individuals who have found their way may have the ability to prophesize the future.

Lust - but why not?

Lust is bad
you sell yourself short
you may recover yourself
but you ruin the other
a person whose heart is open will settle for lust only after a jabbar on themselves
and this is akin to shooting your self in the foot
this is why

NOTES
1. Jabbar is an Arabic word that implies the object on which jabbar is being done is being antagonized and put through pain.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Video: After finding the Self



A stage in one's evolution should come where they become aware of their "self".

To do so would mean to enjoy interacting with the universe as a form of art through the use of our faculties of mind and heart jointly to interact with it.

In so doing we become the artists.



But there is a stage it seems that lies beyond finding the self.

It appears to be a higher form of consciousness, where we loose the 'self' we found, and hand over the brush of the artist to the universe as it demands from us. A complete form of submission it would seem.


NOTES
1. My use of the word 'self' may not be how others use it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The progress I have made

Read my posts a year ago @ http://usefulthought-s.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html and then read some of my recent posts.

Thanks to Blogspot I have had the opportunity to record my thoughts and I am myself in awe of the progress I have made.

There is a huge jump in the sophistication of the:
1. Kind of topics I am dealing with now
2. The increase in my consciousness
3. My ability to put 'feeling' in my words [Read this]
4. How lean my world view is [Read this]

And yes I can now write a poem! [Read here]

And God is kind to those who try. Alhamdolillah!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Affirmation - How to get God's help in an instant

Allah has said that HE is closer to us than our jugular vein. It is also said that HE loves us more many times over than our mother possibly can. Clearly HE is also a being of ultimate power who communicates to us through the universe. But the question arises in my mind: “if this is so how can I ask HIM for help?”

I have written below one answer I have found.

An Affirmation can be described as: When you think about something it happens.

Let’s think of humans as machines for a moment. In that sense the thoughts that go through our minds influence us. Eventually the actions we do are a reflection of the thoughts we keep. In fact each action we do is completely derived from the collection of thoughts that have brought it into creation [through interplay of our conscious and subconscious minds and the environment that brings to us the particular situation].

If this is so than by ‘invoking’ thoughts we should be able to create events in the future through our actions that we don’t know of.

But what thoughts should we ‘invoke’ to generate fortune, love, beauty, peace, power, healing, knowledge, etc.

And the best answer I have at present is to meditate on the 99 names of Allah. Each name is an attribute of HIS that exhibits itself as phenomena in the universe. You can find these names here.

Let’s take ‘Al-Shafi’ for example the ‘Healing’ attribute of God [I don't think it's in these 99 names...].

In my experience meditating on this attribute brings an immediate sense of peace in my heart and I begin to intuitively recognize the various ways in which the universe works to heal me. [One of these phenomena is the progress of medical science that we have seen. Then the kinds of music that have a healing effect, the song birds sing, the sound of a water-fall or even our ability to experience love.]

Thus through this meditation we begin to co-create [at a conscious and subconscious level] events in our future that will heal us and serve to heal others.

Thus invoking each of the 99 names of Allah has an immediate effect on our life.

NOTES
1. When we stall various Lateral Thinking tools [such as by Edward De Bono] serve to help us find ‘grasping points’ through which we can take further our thoughts on the situation at hand.