Quotes and poetry from the lovely mystical tradition within Islam, namely Sufism! The three selected mystics are Rabia al-Basri, Bulleh Shah and Hafez.

“My Beloved is always with me.”
Rabia al-Basri

“O Allah! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell,
and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.
But if I worship You for Your Own sake,
grudge me not Your everlasting Beauty.”

“You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved!
You alone exist, I do not!
Like the shadow of a house in ruins,
I revolve in my own mind
If I speak, you speak with me:
If I am silent, you are in my mind
If I sleep, you sleep with me:
If I walk, you are along my path
Oh Bulleh, the spouse has come to my house:
My life is a sacrifice unto Him
You alone exist; I do not, O Beloved!”
Bulleh Shah

“For I have learned that
every heart will get
What it prays for

“I have two ways of loving You: a selfish one and another way that is worthy of You. In my selfish love, I remember You alone. In that other love, You lift the veil and let me feast my eyes on Your living face.”

“For a day, just for one day,
Talk about that which disturbs no one
And bring some peace into your
Beautiful eyes.”

“The sun has set, its flush only is left.
I’ll give my life for a glimpse of you.
My fault: I came not when when you bade
Your love has made me dance like mad.”
Bulleh Shah

Earth would die
If the sun stopped kissing her.”


Paintings & Images

“Violets, sweet violets” by John William Godward (1906)
“The Abbey in the Oakwood” by Caspar David Friedrich (1810)
“Prayer Image” From Pixabay
“Lady Caroline Lamb” by Eliza H. Trotter
“Dolce Far Niente” by John William Godward (1904)
“Sunset” from Pixabay

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"And I say to any man or woman, Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
Walt Whitman 
in Leaves of Grass (1855)


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