You may try a hundred things, but love alone will release you from yourself. So never flee from love—not even from love in an earthly guise—for it is a preparation for the supreme Truth.
“The mystical journey is the greatest undertaking we can ever make, a journey inward into the heart of hearts, the mysterious core of our own being. On this journey we will encounter the depths of the darkness within us, of our fears and failures, and then a light and a love beyond imagining. We are taken by love to love, into the pain, the tenderness and then the unbelievable bliss of oneness with the divine. This is humanity’s greatest secret, hidden within each of us.“
from “Within the Heart of Hearts”
“Strive to discover the mystery before life is taken from you.”
—Farid ud-Din ‘Altar, from Conference of the Birds
“We are loved, all of us. Love is the divine energy within us; love is the fuel for the journey, the beginning of the journey, the end of the journey. Love is the energy of the path, the fabric of the universe, the way God lets him(her)self be known in the world. Our longing to go home, our longing for God, our longing to be ourselves completely will guide love to us, will increase the love within us, and will allow love to transform us. But we know the tendency to turn away from love; there is always the danger that we don’t trust it.”
Listen, O dearly beloved!
I am the reality of the world,
the centre of the circumference,
I am the parts and the whole.
I have called you so often
and you have not heard me
I have shown myself to you so often
and you have not
I have made myself fragrance so often,
and you have not smelled me.
and you have not tasted me.
Why can you not reach me
through the object you touch
Or breathe me through sweet perfumes?
Why do you not see me?
Why do you not hear me?
Why? Why? Why?
Whether drifting through life on a boat
or climbing toward old age leading a horse,
each day is a journey and the journey itself is home.”