Category: Radiance

The Great Secret

God was full of Wine last night,
So full of Wine

That He let a great secret slip.

He said:

There is no man on this earth
Who needs a pardon from Me–

For there is really no such thing,
No such thing
As sin!

The Beloved has gone completely Wild–
He has poured Himself into me!

I am Blissful and Drunk and Overflowing.

Dear world,
Draw life from my Sweet Body.

Dear wayfaring souls,
Come drink your fill of liquid rubies,
For God has made my heart
An Eternal Fountain!

— Hafiz

Skinning Your Knees On God

Little by little,
You will turn into stars.

Even then, my dear,
You will only be
A crawling infant,
Still skinning your knees on God.

Little by little,
You will turn into
The whole sweet, amorous Universe
In heat
On a wild spring night,

And become so free
In a wonderful, secret
And pure Love
That flows
From a conscious,
One-pointed,
Infinite need for Light.

Even then, my dear,
The Beloved will have fulfilled
Just a fraction
Just a fraction!
Of a promise
He wrote upon your heart.

When your soul begins
To Ever bloom and laugh
And spin in Eternal Ecstasy–

O little by little,
You will turn into God.

— Hafiz

“To Do” Or “To Be” Love

As you begin to learn and grow in spiritual consciousness, your inner ear becomes more sensitive to the guidance and counsel of God’s indwelling Spirit, and you grow in attunement with the divine principle of love. Where your human way had been “to do” love, you find the Spirit is creating you into a “being” of love, “to be” love. “To do” love is ultimately contrived and inauthentic and therefore falls far short of love’s possibilities. Growing in the image of God is the process of inner heart opening, of movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness, and from control to trust.

— An excerpt from Reflection 84 in the Reflections of the Heart book by Donna F. Fletcher

I see this passage as moving from conditional love that is most predominant to unconditional love and unconditional acceptance as I have come to know the love of God to be, and that I am eager to emulate.

I Am So Glad

Start seeing everything as God,
But keep it a secret.

Become like a man who is Awestruck
And Nourished

Listening to a Golden Nightingale
Sing in a beautiful foreign language
While God invisibly nests
Upon its tongue.

Hafiz,
Who can you tell in this world
That when a dog runs up to you
Wagging its ecstatic tail,
You lean down and whisper in its ear,

“Beloved,
I am so glad You are happy to see me.

Beloved,
I am so glad,
So very glad You have come.”

— Hafiz

Laughter

What is laughter? What is laughter?
It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!
It is the sun poking its sweet head out
From behind a cloud
You have been carrying too long,
Veiling your eyes and heart.

It is Light breaking ground for a great Structure
That is your Real body–called Truth.

It is happiness applauding itself and then taking flight
To embrace everyone and everything in this world.

Laughter is the polestar
Held in the sky by our Beloved,
Who eternally says,

“Yes, dear ones, come this way,
Come this way toward Me and Love!

Come with your tender mouths moving
And your beautiful tongues conducting songs
And with your movements–your magic movements
Of hands and feet and glands and cells–Dancing!

Know that to God’s Eye,
All movement is a Wondrous Language,
And Music–such exquisite, wild Music!”

O what is laughter, Hafiz?
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our hearts?

It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!

— Hafiz

A Golden Compass

Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you

Because
An empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear

Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!

Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.

Come, join the honest company
Of the King’s beggars–
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.

Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
That indeed,
Indeed, God is Real.

I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues–
The ones you can trust for true guidance–
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.

Hafiz,
Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:

He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,

To show this dear world

That Everything,
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.

— Hafiz

The Gift Of Life – Part 2

There once was a moment when time ceased, when all the heavens rejoiced. This was a moment beyond all moments, a moment that had never existed before in this time and space, a moment exalted by the celestial bodies, a moment so auspicious that the world would never be the same again. A chord on the harp of life had been stroked, and the thrill was felt throughout Creation.

New life is born. Rejoice! A heavenly choir sings in exaltation for the infant seed of life. Hope, faith, and joy herald your birth. Hope is for the blossoming of the seed, faith is for the beauty of its love and joy is for the eternal song of life. There is rapture in the heavens.

Tiny and helpless though you are, you hold within your being the most powerful force of the universe. You breathe the breath of God! Your essence is the spark of life. The light of the universal God flows and illuminates you. You are of greatest value, the most precious gift of God. Your power is the energy of Creation. With this power, you will move mountains, build dreams, and touch stars.

You are given the divine Gift of Life, but for this gift to be realized and to have meaning, you must accept it. This gift, the essence of life, is a sacred trust from the Lord God. Humility and reverence come when you accept the gift as a covenant of love from the Giver, and you glorify the Giver by the full expression of the gift.

— Donna F. Fletcher
Reflections of the Heart

[Note: The bold italic of the last line is mine. I think that this is such a powerful and insightful thought and I absolutely love how it is crafted. We have no need to glorify God so to speak, but we glorify God as we are the expression of the Gift of Life.]

The Joy Of Service

When our Love
watches the morning’s birth,
allows a child to “be,”
touches a forgotten soul,
bakes a carrot cake,
we will know Joy.

When our Love
honors the other,
helps the helpless,
celebrates the birthing,
comforts the dying,
we will know Joy.

When our Love
plants roses,
shares our fullness,
writes a poem,
dreams a hope,
we will know Joy.

When our love dances with another,
sings to the angels,
whispers to a Beloved,
kneels in thanksgiving,
we will know Joy.

Joy is our birthright;
love is our purpose;
holiness is
God’s Light in us.

May our Joy be
as deep as the ocean;
our Love
as warm as the sun;
our Light
as radiant as the stars.

Donna F. Fletcher
Reflections of the Heart

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