On a hill, there is a tree
Extending its boughs towards the sea
The agony sculpted her tortured
On a hill, there is a tree
Extending its boughs towards the sea
The agony sculpted her tortured
The years went by
And my heart was turned away
From feeling the sun rays
And hearing the birds in the sky.
More years gone by and my heart
Was still numb.
It was yet bumping, beating, and
Making me alive but not living.
The only thing I can feel is the pain.
The only memory I have of him
Is of a phantom in my dream
Visiting me one last time
before he was gone.
What was reality is now no more.
Illusion, a trap, don’t be fooled
By the delusion of this life.
Soon I will be gone too.
The road was winding
Curves and Bushes
Playing hide and seek
With the seashore.
I heard the ocean’s call
Alluring me to sit and talk,
As I used to talk with him
Every time we meet.
The Ocean and I have always
been close friends. Something
About the sea makes you want
To pour your soul out knowing
It will go deep and safe, and he
I parked the car away at the nearby
Street. Climbing the hill to the
Shore. The hill was steep,
I looked around, and looked down
To the slippery sand beneath my feet.
The path laid in front of me
Was a maze of Bushes and sand dunes.
I reached a fork in the road. Paths and
Trails right and left. I was lost.
I still can hear the calls of the sea,
But where is he?
Something about the sea, makes you trust him.
As old friends, he greets me
With wide open heart and
Generous giving spirit, he
Greets me with waves of
Cheers and laughter of
The gulls…even when he
Is angry or grim. “Welcome back,
You are home, you are here.” He always said.
I was near, but not there yet.
At the twilight time when
Not many were on the trails.
I got up and stood there and
Contemplated at life choices.
How many trails we got to choose,
And how many got us lost.
Only then I heard others approaching,
Laughing and calling on each other. Giggling
Trying to find each others through the maze.
Trying to reach the sea…like me. I heard a girl
Calling. “I found the sea!” “I found the sea!”
She said: “Go towards the light.”!
We are all riding
On a bridge made of glass
Mountains of circumstance
We spend our lives
Choices that we make
Set us free, or maybe
It could be that we
Are stuck in a trance;
Yet we have to be
Where we are.
Don’t look down
To the ground,
Don’t bother collecting
Things that would weigh you down…
Or you’ll fall while
Thinking that you
Have made it,
A break through?! Doomed!
A journey that we have to take;
Look around, lend a hand,
Share and care, help around
Other fellow travelers,
Remember the purpose
Of the trip, don’t slip!
Be aware of who you are.
The goal is reaching
Over to the other side
Going back to where we
Belong, paying dues
To our Maker, full submission
That is the mission…accomplished.
Looking back satisfied
At that thin Bridge made of Glass
And say…”What a ride?”
Keep it positive. Keep it real. At times of uncertainty and troubles, we tend to overcome by anxiety of all the things that might happen-the what ifs. People tend to tangle themselves of scenarios that are created out of worries and projected fear.
I am not talking about real and immediate danger; but rather I am talking about times of upcoming difficulties-such as separation or divorce, financial troubles, upcoming surgeries, big project or event, new job or retirement, etc. During these times, no matter how the situation is, it really helps if one live the Now.
Take a deep breath and look around at this particular moment, one will see that he/she still breathing, there is a roof above his head, food that would sustain him/her, and he/she is safe and sound. Staying calm and focus will enable the person to better deal with the real situation rather than wasting time and energy worrying about things that may or may not happen. In any case, never ever act, or take decision based on projected fear.
The Messenger Mohammad (peace & blessings be upon him and all the prophets and messengers of God) says: “”When someone is secure in his property, healthy in his body and has his food for the day, it is as if he owned the entire world”.
Again, keep it positive. Keep it real.
Once upon a time, Through all times,
In a special town, live people who
Are going through their days in illusion.
Pass by in a haze. Bewitched,
Bedazzled, and bemused by the
Life they have created. Down by
The river, in a faraway valley,
People live and play aimlessly-
Void of purpose in spite of death, and
In spite of sorrow. Moment by moment,
Passing the days in a trance. Evil lurks in
The distance, seers are warning, of plots
brewing in the dark. The people still ride upon
Their high horse, listening not to reason,
Using not their heads. Like the headless rider
Wondering aimlessly through the night,Heedless of
What to come. Eyes they have that cannot see,
Ears they have that cannot hear, and
minds that cannot think. In self indulgence
they seem to drown-with no remorse or consequence.
No wonder we call that place-Sleepy Hollow. Do you live there?
We should check the reality of who we really are by honestly looking deep within, and seek the Truth about everything else by searching, unbiased, outward-not from inward out, but rather from the outward in.
Remember that Truth is impartial to perception of reality. Reality various, but Truth is autonomous, absolute.
Think about it.
The second component that constitute Man is the ego. In the first part of this article we discussed the first component, the body.
We may investigate the example of a computer’s components in relation to the component of Man. The screen and the outer cover of the hard drive, along with the speakers and the keyboard- as an example of the body-the outer shell along with it’s faculties ( the senses and other body mechanical functions). The Ego is the hard drive. While the power, or the energy,that brings all that to life is the spirit or the soul.
The ego consists of: The mind, the consciousness, and the self.
Personality, desires, preferences, habits, wants, fears, ideas and opinions are all under the category of the mind.
The simple mind is made to follow the instinct, the raw desire that feed the body and tend to it. Human share this simple layer of the mind with animals and beasts. Those who follow their desires without discipline or moral compass act like animals void of their humanity. They indulge in their desires and live for the moment regardless of the consequences. Those may eat indiscriminately regardless of the nature or the source of the food. They follow their lust and greed, again indiscriminately regardless of the consequences or the legality. Extreme cases of those who are at the same level with the beasts and animals are criminals who may cheat, steal, lie, hurt, or even kill to gain what they want.
The moral compass or GPS programing, the innate that is inclined (or programmed) towards Goodness & Righteousness; yet (if corrupted) is capable to give reason and justification to evil and wrong doing.
The personal entity, the individual stamp that is responsible to follow right or wrong based on discipline to do what is right not what feels right. The self is the collective composition of the mind and the consciousness, it has the free will to wield them towards goodness or be corrupted by them to do harm or evil.
The Self is the porter or the link to the soul. The soul takes the form of the kind of self that inhibits. If the Self is purified through discipline and righteousness- the soul will remain in its original form of purity and light.
On the other hand, if the self is corrupted and inclined towards only feeding the desires of the body, the Light energy of the soul will be diminished according to the level and the degree of corruption.
Understanding and being aware of the composition of our existence, we can easily identify where the problem or weakness come from. People who are indulged in material objects that fulfill the needs of one layer of their being while neglecting the other components-are often left unfulfilled and lead an imbalance existence. People who do not discipline the mind and act only on mere instincts and habits…they tend to have a distorted reality, corrupt moral compass, false reasoning of right and wrong, and suffer from media and other sources of manipulation and fear mongering politicians.
Our Maker hath granted us the choice that is free and bestowed upon us Humanity. Living without recognizing the One who Hath Created us is an aimless existence and an unfulfilled life. Identifying the Maker lead us to understand the component of our being and realizing our rights and responsibilities in this vast world. I pray that my words will lead others to think, reflect, and ponder. Let us all recognize our humanity and act responsibly with goodness towards each other and towards the world that we live in.
The interact layers
Of life, the versatile
In colors and varieties
Of nature of existence-
The various depths,
Desires, possibilities, and
Choices make its seeker
Twirl and whirl like a dervish
Around it in useless circles.
Our vision is blurred and
Confused- we make poor
Choices…and take the wrong
Turns. Vanity and delusion
Is the reality we live in…
That we create for our selves.
A quest that never ends,
A thirst that is never quenched,
A fire that consumes all.
One taste is never enough,
One look asks for more,
And one step leads to another;
Until we are tossed far from
The road. No one takes it
Home, and everyone leaves
It behind-alone accompanied by no other.
Only when we look beyond
The blinding glitters of life
Beyond to the Light-
Then, one can see clear-
Only then one can
Feel centered, focused, and
Every speck in the universe floats for a purpose.
Motion is the illusion of life.
But, life goes on and goes by.
The body that we feed to create such an illusion,
Is temporary. It disintegrates in time and space.
Only the effect of the motion stays and generates
a train of other effects. The effect is the part of ourselves
That we leave behind, and we are responsible for.
I wander and wonder for the perfect and rightful effect.
That is my purpose.