Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Look For Me... I heard God whisper - the hidden and apparent nature of God

Sailing a sea of me to find Him

The Hidden God
If God is hiding,
It only means He wants to be found.
If you have found Him,
It only means He wants not to be found.

If God is hiding, it only means He wants to be found... Because He does. After all, He created all of Creation, you, me, Johnnie and the cat named Moses, simply because He desired to be known. As the old sufi saying goes - God was a Hidden Jewel, and He wanted to be known. So do not despair if for some time or moment, you do not feel Him near. Because the truth is, He is always near us... Thus speaks God in the Holy Quran.

We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, 
and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (translation by Marmaduke Pickthall)

And if for some quirky reason, you cannot sense Him within you, look for God in the heart of others - in the hearts of your kin, your family, your friend and even your enemy. For sometimes, the Lord hides in the most unlikely of places. He is, after all the absolutely Unique One, and I think He likes to surprise us this way... and He absolutely adores bringing people together in Mercy and Love. Making brothers forgive one another, making a sister forgive a sister for past slights. And making Jews forgive Christians, making Muslims forgive Jews, making Christians forgive Muslims, making Sikhs forgive Hindus, making Buddhists forgive Muslims... you get the drift of what God is saying, yes?

Look for Me - I heard God whisper.

If you have found Him, it only means He wants not to be found... Because God is that way. He says He is - He is the First, but He is also the Last. He is the Hidden One, but He is also the Apparent. Thus I think the only thing of God that we can assure ourselves in certainty is that He will certainly not break His promises, and that He certainly loves us and will forgive us for our mistakes and error. In between these points of lights, and how our lives will actually pan out, how each of our moment and breath is created differently, I think God is essentially saying - Leave it to Me. Trust Me.

So the moment you think you have found Him, I think He will be musing, "Hmm... Taufiq thinks he KNOWS Me. Hehehe, we will soon see about that!" But this Divine 'change' of our understanding of God and forced 'separation' is not done to us out of malice. Even here God does it purely out of love, and this is why... Because only God understands us completely. So He very well knows just how far the horizon of our soul can travel to perceive Him. While we are limited by our current human condition, God truly comprehends the Ocean of Love that is us. And in this life, He wants us to sail ever closer towards to Him, to Love and to Mercy, in a Sea that is all us...

I kid you not, sunshine... How blessed are you in so many ways.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

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