Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Mansur al-Hallaj, Diwan al-Hallaj. “On the roof, under His moon and exploding stars, Your Spirit mixed with my Spirit little by little, by turns, through reunions and . I got up and for some reason felt an urge to read from the Diwan of Hallaj. I opened up the book and came upon a selection that moved my heart in a very deep.

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Underlying his fearsome courage was a beautiful tenderness that was forgiving, loving, and filled with wisdom. His deep spirituality was expressed in the most exquisitely poetic way that at the same time is filled with powerfully raw and naked power. His words were imbued with the perplexity that overwhelm dowan heart drowned in the ocean of love.

He spoke in ways that shocked ordinary people but awakened and were understood and cherished by his fellow travelers. A friend of my daughter, Nedda, wanted to meet me. He was a young seeker, very interested in the Sufi Path.

I picked Justin up at the train station and we spent the afternoon together talking. Then he attended a talk by Andrew Harvey at Omega and what he heard lit the fire of longing in his heart to communicate with the Divine.

The night before I met Justin I was unable to sleep. I got up and for some reason felt an urge to read from the Diwan of Hallaj. I opened up the book and came upon a selection that moved my heart in a very deep way and I felt I needed to translate it.

Then I came upon another selection that was also very moving and I diaan it. Now as I sat listening to Justin it became clear to me what had happened last night. So I got up with tears welling up in my eyes and flowing freely down my face, and went to get my laptop amazed at how Love works and awed and humbled by how we are placed in service gallaj Divine Decree.

Hussein ibn Mansur was born in the second half of the 9 th century in Persia.

His father was a cotton carder and he learned the same skill, hence his nickname Al Hallaj. His family moved to Wasit in Iraq when he was a child. From his early teens he was drawn to learning and spirituality. In addition to being a spiritual seeker, Al Hlalaj was also a devoted activist, publicly supporting the oppressed people of his society and siding openly with rebellions against the tyrannical rule of the Abbasid State at the time.


2 Poems by Mansur Al Hallaj – Baraka Institute

These rebellions were deeply rooted to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and this connected Al Hallaj to the profound mystical teachings of the Prophet and his descendents. The Abbasid State was gripped in the throes of highly threatening political rebellions and saw the loss of its western dominions to the newly-emerged Fatimid State in Egypt that basically split the Caliphate into two empires. Al Hallaj was fearless in his actions, unswerving in his commitment to truth, and welcoming of his own death, repeatedly asking people to kill him for his infidelity few understood what he really meant, for they saw a pious devoted man dedicated to long acts of worship and spiritual work.

The expressions of his intimate moments with the Beloved are like a powerful thunderstorm that sweeps the heart with terrifying power and yet brings serenity, life-giving water, freshness, and renewal to the heart, and occasionally a rainbow upon the horizon. Al Hallaj often expressed his understanding of Oneness in paradoxical and beautifully poetic ways.

And here are the two selections that our Master, Al Hallaj, gifted to our young seeker, Justin so that his heart may know…. Is this you or is it I in two deities? Far be it from you, far be it from confirming duality Forever there is Hu -ness for you in my La -ness Over all, my pain is the confusion of two faces Where is your essence from me where I used to see?

Diwan e Mansur al-Hallaj

Between you and me is an I-ness interfering with me Take away then with your I-ness my I-ness from between us! And here are the two selections that our Master, Al Hallaj, gifted to our young seeker, Justin so that his heart may know… Here I am at your command, here I am! You are my secrecy and my intimacy Here I am at your command, here I am!

You are my purpose and my meaning I call you, but it is you who calls me to you Did I call out to you or did you call out to me? You are the essence of halllaj source of my existence, you are the reach of my resolve You who are my logic, and my expressions, and my gestures You are all of me entirely, you are my hearing and my seeing You are my whole, and some of me, and my parts You are all of me entirely, and all of it is entirely obscured And all of you entirely are covered in my meaning My soul clings to you with intense love until it is spent in ecstasy And I become a hostage to my longing I cry over my sorrow, over separation voluntarily from my homeland And my adversaries please me with my own wailing I approach but my fear sets me back, and I am anxious from a longing That takes hold of my deeply hidden insides What shall I do about an hallqj that I am in such love with?


Mansur Al-Hallaj – Wikipedia

My healers have despaired of my affliction They say: And I say to them: O people, is the affliction hallam by the affliction? You are the purpose of my seeking! You are what I hoped ddiwan You are my stillness! You are the life of my soul! You are my faith and my world! Tell me, upon my life, you who are my hearing and my seeing, Why this going back and forth in my farness and exile? If you are veiled from my eye in the unseen This heart still keeps you in farness and in nearness.

I saw my Rabb with the eye of my heart I said: In my annihilation my annihilation perished And in my annihilation I found you In the effacement of my name and the outline of my form I asked about me so I said: You encompass everything with knowledge All that I see is you So grant forgiveness my God For there is nothing I wish for other than dlwan.

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