Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sufism, on Love

Sufi Muslims - the mystic, esoteric sect of Islam from which the whirling dervishes come from -believe that the search for and your relationship with God can be explained as unrequited love. In fact, the love you have for God must be unrequited. You must give it completely and selflessly, expecting nothing in return, for that is true love. Unrequited love - the longing of the soul that completely overcomes all other emotions and sensations - is the height of religious devotion. Or so the Sufi saints say.

Maybe I'm selfish, but I'd rather not feel that for the rest of my life. It sounds lousy.

And that second to last sentence was a pretty great alliteration.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really not sure why I keep reading your blog. About every other word/analogy just goes right over my head...but I guess I still read it because somehow, you still make it sound good.