Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Who plans love? - The Prince Part 14

1. I did not plan
Wealth took me into his arms,
And I replied, "Peace be upon you",
Poverty shook my hand,
And I replied, "Peace be upon you",
Envy then appeared to greet me,
And I replied, "I want nothing to do with you,"
Jealousy lit a fire under my feet,
And I replied, "It is a hateful thing that you do,"

I look to the Sun but I receive no answer,
I look to the Moon and he is silent to me,
Then I look within, and finally I could see,
The spring of truth, the fountain of peace
The strange yet familiar face that seems
To look like me, but is more than me.

If you find me pleasant, then blessed is me,
If you find me rude, then accursed is me,
But in the shadow of the looming storm,
And in the eye of a rising cyclone,
Never am I alone.

I did not plan my journey
Knowing what awaits
Me around the corner,
Through the valley of life,
With leafs and flowers left
Wet with morning kisses
The path takes me forward
Wherever God pleases.

I did not plan to fall for you
Knowing what awaits me in
Your secret embrace,
Only that love came,
Then love called,
Mysterious and
Masked in her
Many beguiling

Religion without love is like having a cask of wine empty of any wine. It is like having a map, but never making the journey. It is like learning the art of life, but never living. It is like having a ship, forever in the harbour, it is like having a horse, forever in the stable. Never to be sailed, never to be ridden.

I wonder whether there is anyone among the many friends, admirers and groupies of Al Marhum Shaykh Raja Ashman Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah (Ku Ash), who at any time prior to meeting him, had an inkling that they would one day meet a royal prince of a reigning sultan, who happens to also be a Sufi shaykh and to have their lives amended in many beautiful and thoughtful ways? I for one certainly didn't. Like many, I didn't particularly go out of my way searching for 'the truth'. I sort of blundered into Love. Love disguised in an easy smile, a courtly manner, humility and a zest for life. Ku Ash never tried to be different, never tried to be above the ordinary. But somehow, that was what made him extraordinary to many.

Cyprus (for a wedding)

May the Lord light his path in the Hereafter, walking by the Shore of the Sea of Mercy, taking pleasure in the company of the Prophet.

And I would dream the same dream for you too, sunshine. God bless.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way


Anonymous said...

Thanks bro

Milky Tea said...

you are very welcomed, mon ami...