Was there a way to back-pedal when reality began to cuddle me?
Last week, I spread my wings and soared into the sacredness of rhythm together with SOR (School of Oriental Religions) in Tagaytay City. As I swayed like a flame in another love’s fireplace, my human nature was overwhelmed by the sensitive hearts of a receptive audience, for they played different instruments, so to speak, that created a sensational rhythm: a relentless sense of Oneness.
To be united with different people of many different races is always an experience that could strengthen my faith. How lovely it is to meet people who embraced different creeds and cultures; who are blessed with different colours; who can give a warm smile that melt people’s hearts; who can look to one another as a source of wisdom and who sincerely spread love as well.
We are all players of different instruments and dancers of different tunes, so to speak. But the sacredness of our rhythms are one and the same: The Beloved has breathed His Spirit unto us and created us in His own Image. And the only tune that can shower us perfect harmony as we play with different instruments is nothing but His Perfect Rhythm. But often times we tend to ignore the sacredness or the beautiful tunes hidden in other instruments. We refuse to enjoy it as if we are the only ones who own a good piece and could play better.
As Chiara advises:
“Lose everything, even the attachment to holiness, so that you aim only at one thing: to love.”
Why do we cloud our heart’s eye when we need one another to perfect our tunes and better our states? Why do we love to create barriers and divisions when we want to walk on a straight path? Imagine if we can only play all the different instruments together, it would surely create an intricate but glorious harmony, like the melodious chants of the monks or the captivating voice of Bilal as he says the azan.
Since the All-Merciful created us all from a single soul and made us different nations and tribes in order to know and love one another, our refusal to discover spiritual wealth from one another or disbelieve in other faiths is akin to disbelieving in Him, for “God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another,” says Ibn Arabi. – JoyWadi
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