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Rumi’nations contain annotations to various quotes of Rumi in a slim volume but gilded with secret wisdom of the East, from which all great religions of the world had drunk deeply and in turn changed the way we look at truth of human condition. 154 pages; available through lulu.com

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“Love is the fulcrum on which I hoist myself. Don’t catch me when I fall. I cannot but fall where love has spread my rest.”

This is a quote I just tweeted off the cuff.

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein

What greater mystery can we plumb than that of life? Is there any purpose or direction for which we have been programmed beforehand?

Life is a precious gift and every man and woman has the same gift to be used and it must make sense to our rational mind. So that window of opportunity to make yourself useful to you and others around you is narrow. Between birth and death is it not wisdom if you can throw light on or connect in some way to the mystery with the key you have? If we have been endowed with fine faculties to know ourselves why do we leave it to others? Do we make sense or make sense of what others tell as truth? Of what worth is the lamp of life it it were to be shown under the direction of others than to lead our own path? These are the questions I have covered in the Illustrated Omar Khayyam.

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Illustrated paper back and ebook

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Mysticism:’the expression of the innate tendency of the human spirit towards complete harmony with the transcendental order’. Evelyn Underhill

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Sensing divine presence in everyday at a mundane level is more accurate than “union”. But some try harder as Hertz.

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Some like St. Teresa of Avila spoke of union with God, and some have visions. Miracles are not necessary part of the equation.

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Underhill argues that we should speak of “consciousness” of God’s presence, mysticism I would add as consciousness that works.

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I consider myself a mystic since I am conscious and experience the presence. Experience of writing the Illustrated Omar Khayyam convinces me. Writing as though fully conscious ahead, of writing through to the end was a joyous experience. Even after reading third time I can discover shades of meaning that I had missed while writing.

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Soul must be energized for any satisfying experience to build on the Presence, not necessarily religious but for any positive outcome.

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Mysticism is the perception of the universe and all of its seemingly disparate entities are encompassed in a whole entity by love. Perception is more often is achieved by intuition or inspiration.

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In mysticism love has such a role it cannot be in physical objects per se but what the Presence may raise altogether to new level.

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‘Showing the other cheek’ as Jesus spoke of treating enemies is not about self-love but settling quarrel in altogether new manner.

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Taking the anger that struck the blow and showing its inadequacy to restore equipoise is love and it celebrates the presence.

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Transcendental order in conduct is as shown by Jesus. Is there not an order sought in thought as well in actions when one settles a quarrel in turning the other cheek though abused? One does it so because it is within his power to achieve order. How enemy wants to follow up by this peaceable action is not his concern.

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Mysticism is integrated life experience from sleep or wakeful states and the Presence being interior in these states natural or induced.

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Life of the senses robs one of the sleep state which is a dynamic mode for those conscious of the presence. It helps mysticism flower in them.

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Mysticism of St. Paul:whether we live …or die, we are the Lords.'(Rom.14:8) For a Christian this is integrated life experience.

benny

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Sunrise- water colour

This is one out of 50 illustrations I have proposed for a new version of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat

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Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you? ~Rumi

 

Eagles that soar far above cloud’s congested lanes

Seek once again their bondage,

Such is their wisdom and it goes to its very centre

of their ignorance;

Be not alarmed when the bugles sound

And the contagion of evil walks in smoke and wailing-

The victor’s price is blood and mother’s lament.

Every cleaving of the air merely

sweeps the dusty face of the earth

back and forth;

They shall too cease and wrap in the end

The disturber of earth and shaker of kingdoms.

Bid the minions of fearful factions

To lead the victor to his domain,

Into darkness and bind him to perpetual silence.

Brother what avails your search

To the depths of the farthest ocean swell

When the wind has turned

From a seizure to sleep?

If these oceans in relay swept round and round

Into a vortex without a center

Know for sure for all pother

End was not here or there

But down below laid in neat rows for timeless respite

By your father’s bier.

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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. ~Rumi


Moles that upturn clods of knowledge

Smell the air and hear the siren’s cry-

it swells in ever sweetening circles:

‘Freedom of the knowledge it warms

And passes one to another in toneless bliss’-

Oh they also hearken to another

Which calls the race of slaves to obey

will of the underworld.

 Leave  the unruly race that know

The unwritten law of the soul,

but will not hearken;

Freedom of ecstasy that pours measureless

Is for them pointless,- to those

Who go by rules and lines that weave a slave’s shroud.

These shall buy their bondage all too dearly .

benny

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