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4/8/18 The Tree Growing from a Stone "Oh God of mine, the water of your favor reached a stone, and the stone was impregnated. The stone brought forth a tree. A tree laden with fruit whose load is all happiness, whose tasting is all intimacy, whose fragrance is liberation. A tree rooted in sincerities soil. Branches spreading in the air of contentment, laden with the fruit of gnosis and purity, whose harvest is in seeing and meeting God."
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3/25/18 Rumi on the Nature of Self-Purification Ustad Robert Darr translates and explains the meaning of this Rumi poem on the nature of self-purification.
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2/25/18 Meaning and Context in Qur'an We need to understand scripture correctly and a lot of the scripture is about our lived experience. For example isn't it true that there are different descriptions of the "heavens and the earth" in Qur'an?
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2/25/18 Names of Beauty and Majesty The rose happens to be a combination of beauty and majesty. It is used as a symbol of the Divine Names because it has the rose and thorns. The Divine Names are an indication of God's unlimited nature. They solve not just a theological problem, they solve a philosophical and an existentialist problem in terms of speculation about good and evil.
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1/28/18 Turning To The Lord Of Beauty Parts 1 & 2 A continuation on the topic of beauty and the understanding that one can turn towards the Lord of beauty. A related Quranic verse would be "To Allah belongs the East and the West and in any direction you turn is the face of Allah."
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