Nuggets of Gold: Sufi wisdom
Collected from Andrew Harvey’s 365 Prayers
O love, O pure deep love, be here, be now, Be all:
worlds dissolve into your stainless radiance,
Frail living leaves burn with you brighter than cold stars:
Make me your servant, your breath, your core.
Give me ecstasy, give me naked wonder, O my Creator!
Give birth to the Beloved in me, and let this lover die.
Let a thousand wrangling desires become one Love.
May I find the real, and give it endlessly away.
May I grow rich, and fling gold to all who ask.
May I live at the empty radiant heart of Paradox
And dance there always with you, cheek to cheek.
All my splendour is to burn in you
May I know this fire now devouring me is devouring itself ecstatically:
May I become this fire, dancing on my own bones.
Longing for you savages me each moment
Let the world be my killer, not you
Don’t kick the man you sent sprawling in the dust
Don’t kill him you made, for the first time, alive.
Beloved, grace me your endless lavishness
Make me like Your sun, pouring out life-giving splendour on good and evil alike.
Hammer this heart any way you like
For the right ringing sounds, spread like water
Over the dry listening dead.
The sea of bitterness, the sea of sweetness –
In this world there is a wall between them.
Yet both seas, I knew, flow from one origin:
May I cross both of them until I reach the shore.
May heartbreak for you, and reveal a treasure in my heart!
May my heart become ‘light upon light’
Mary with Jesus, leaping in her womb.
O Incomparable Giver of life, cut reason loose at last!
Let it wander grey-eyed vanity to vanity.
Shatter open my skull, pour in it the wine of madness!
Let me be mad, as You: mad with You, with us.
Beyond the sanity of fools is the burning desert where You sun is whirling in every atom:
Beloved, drag me there, let me roast in Perfection!
O God, Grace Me with the love Of You
O God, grace me love of You, and to love those who love You, and to love
Whatever brings me nearer to You.
O God, may your love more precious to me than cool water to the thirsty.
We have awakened and all of creation has awakened for God, Sustainer of all the worlds. God, I ask You for the best day has to offer, opening, support, light, blessings, , guidance, and I seek refuge in You from any harm in it and any harm that might come after it.
The Prophet Muhammad
O Lord, grant us to love Thee:
Grant that we may love those that love Thee;
Grant that we may do the deeds that win Thy love.
In the name of Allah; I place my trust in Allah!
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from being made to stumble,
From straying and from being made to stray,
For doing wrong to others and from being wronged by others,
And from misunderstanding and from being misunderstood.
For those who have come to grow
The whole world is a garden
For those who wish to remain in the ocean
The whole world is a stage.
For those who have come to learn
The whole world is an university.
Make me one of those, Lord, who come to know God
For whom the world becomes their prayer mat.
After Bawa Muhayiyadeen
O Lord, Give me a heart, I can pour out a thanksgiving.
Give me life So I can spend it working for the salvation of the world.
Help me, Lord
Lashed by desire, I roamed the streets of Good and Evil.
What did I gain? Nothing –
The fire of desire grew only fiercer:
As long as life goes on breathing in me. Help me, Lord –
You alone hear my prayer.
Lord, send me staggering with the wine of your love!
Ring my feet with the chains of Your slavery!
Empty me of everything but Your love
And in it destroy and resurrect me!
Any hunger You awaken can only end in Feast!
Lord, Let your mystery dawn in me
As an ecstasy of humility.
O Lord, may I always live in awe of You
And cleave to the company of those who are sincere.
On that day the mountains shall pass like clouds and the creation fold up like a fan
Let me rise from my grave singing Your name ablaze in the fire of Your mercy.
May I, more than all else,
Cherish at heart, that love that makes me to live
A limitless life in this world.
Beloved, drag me, I beg you into the gang of the crazy
For the ecstasy of drunkenness is far more precious to me
Than any sane sobriety
Do anything you need to me to drive me mad with Love and set me free.
O lord, make my heart present or accept my prayers, without my heart
Between me and You, there is only me.
Take away the me, so only You Remain.
If You were to place before me hellfire, with all it contains of torment,
I would think lightly of it in comparison with my state when You are hidden from me.
Forgive the people and do not forgive me.
Have mercy upon them and do not have mercy upon me.
I do not intercede with You for myself or beseech You for what is due to me.
Do with me what you will.
Al-Hallaj before his execution
Beloved Lord, Almighty God!
Through the rays of the sun, through the waves of the air,
Through the All-pervading Life in space,
Purify and revivify me, and, I pray,
Heal my body, heart and soul. Amen.
Hazrat Inayat Khan