A certain man was crying ‘Allah’ all night

A certain man was crying ‘Allah’ all night, til his lips grew sweet from praise of God. The devil said: “Oh, garrulous man, where is the reply –  ‘Here Am I’ to all this –  ‘Allah’ of thine? Not a single response is coming from the throne. How long will you cry ‘Allah’ with grim face?” He became broken hearted and lay down to sleep. In a dream he saw Elijah amidst the verdia who said: “Hark, you have held back from praising God. Why do you repent of having called unto Him?” He said: “No ‘Here Am I’ is coming in response, hence I fear I’m turned away from the door!” Elijah said: “Nay, God saeth that ‘Allah’ of thine is my ‘Here Am I’ And that grief and ardour and supplication of thine are my messenger to thee. Thy fear in love are the noose to catch my …

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Worship for Sceptics

The steps in yoga, says Patajali’s Yoga Sütra, are: Faith, Energy, Memory, Samādhi meditation, Prajñā-knowledge. That rules me out’, replies the sceptic; ‘one cannot believe to order. I don’t accept these things in the first place. You are not asked to believe’, replies yoga, ‘it is suggested only that you experiment.’ Yoga makes its own experiments. It investigates consciousness directly, and does not depend on inferences from experiments on material events. It gives methods which can, and must, be tried. Without actual trial, yoga would be no more than a rather unlikely theory. A few things are assumed for a time, as working ideas, but they have to be experienced directly before they are finally taken as true. One such assumption is that there is an all-powerful, unlimited, creator and controller, who projects himself in limited forms to help seekers to realize him. The forms may be human, such as …

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