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SufiMystic@yahoogroups.com
Newcomer to Sufi Mystic Has Questions

Dear All,

I arrived in this spot of the “noosphere” through the power of Rumi and Hafiz.

I recall claiming that their power is vastly greater than that of Bush or Bin Laden.

I also wondered how many Americans would believe the beauty, tolerance, and love that constitutes the essence of these men of an Islamic tradition I’m told is called “Sufi.”

Can anyone tell me, for example, if there are lots of good souls in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and so forth, who love the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz?

Can anyone say if my friend was correct in stating that Sufi was very popular in Timbuktu in the 15th century, meaning that Rumi and Hafiz were widely read in Timbuktu of that era.

Can anyone send me their favorite verses from Rumi and Hafiz that speak to the issue of tolerance of other religions and a deep aversion to violence?

Clear sailing,

Godsil

P.S. I am hoping to bathe Milwaukee in Rumi and Hafiz, starting at Club Timbuktu, an African music and culture venue. See www.clubtimbuktu and

http://www.bucketworks.org/index.php/Godsil/MilwaukeeRenaissance once here do a search for “Sufi.”

To: SufiMystic@yahoogroups.com
From: “Steve Toth” <poetree1968@yahoo.com>
Subject: [SufiMystic] Re: Newcomer to Sufi Mystic Has Questions

Welcome Godsil. It sounds like you’re involved in w worthy cause.
Here’s a piece of poetry, I’ve always been partial to. Don’t know if
it fits your criteria.
Steve

Those who don’t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don’t drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don’t want to change

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way

sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you’re not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
version by Coleman Barks

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