Posted by: samandal | November 20, 2010

Zikr’u’lláh, VI: The Imám of the Heart, the Path of the Sálik

Universal Children’s Day

Meditation is the art by which a person becomes one with the beauty that is reflected in nature, in bodies and in persons; to meditate is to pass from the reflection to the source.

Close your eyes. It is good to close the eyes in order to remove distractions and focus the attention on the heart.

Still your body. Be neither rigid nor limp, but restful and vigilant. The stillness of the body facilitates interior stillness.

Silence your mind. In silence one approaches the infinite silence in the presence of the eternal Word.

Calm your breath. To breathe deeply and gently is to draw near the breath of God, to feel oneself inhaled and exhaled by God.

Tend your heart. Be on guard against the images that the mind produces; pay them no heed, nor let your mind fabricate them. The desert of emptiness must be free of mirages.

Invoke the Name. The ancients attributed great importance to the Name, through which God could transform a person.

To tend the heart is to live from the center and to leave behind the fragmented self. The heart integrates the personality; it brings the intellect down into the heart, and it raises the vital and sexual energies into the heart and transforms their blind rush into the energy of love. The animal dimension of the person is not denied or transcended but affirmed and personalized.

The path of the sálik, the way of the darvísh, is not opposed to the desire for social justice and equality of status and opportunity; it simply reminds us that social change with no change of heart is in the long run condemned to failure. The human heart can never change unless it feels, at least once, that it is deeply, infinitely, unconditionally loved.