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“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.” ~ SUFI* PROVERB

*Sufi: From “Sufism”, the mystical tradition of the religion of Islam, with its fundamental teaching being universal love, inclusiveness, unconditional embrace of humanity regardless of any differences in external appearances and learned/taught dogmas. 

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  1. Please do not quote me on what I am about to share with you in terms of how I understood the phrases of your mention (my dissertational research was on the influence of Islamic mysticism, i.e. Sufism on the 19th and 20th century German literature, with the heaviest emphasis being on poetry. Back then, I had learned that the Sufi disciple has to “attain” (not learn but rather conceive) seven stages on the Sufi path, which has seven states of being. ‘The spirit laughs’ because it has achieved metaphysical death (fana)/died in Allah, and can therefore live forever. ‘The weeping heart was/is due to the yearning of the Sufi disciple on the path to this ultimate stage. I hope all this makes some sense. I leave you with my utmost appreciation for your learned interest, dear friend, but also with my sincerest thanks for having given me the opportunity to re-visit my research of ancient times ago. Best wishes!

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  2. Aside from the usual authoritative aspect and doctrinal beliefs of any religious or nationalistic dogma, with the words Sufism you choose to share on this post of yours, I can but agree and praise Sufi’s mystical tradition of his Islam tradition, one of which the whole world should live by, and without exception, remove and eliminating all existing forms of religions and their historic warring roots, as well as all nationalistic embraces and convictions, the two main causes for war, segregational issues, persecution, and destruction of man and property throughout our world as shown historically. Sufi’s “universal love, inclusiveness, unconditional embrace of humanity regardless of any differences in external appearances” what an inspiration and what a world we would finally have for all.

    I do, however, have difficulty and find somewhat ambiguous, Sufi’s words that composed the second part of his proverb, as in “the spirit laughs for what it has found,” expressed in the same breath as “the heart weeps for loss”. What might the spirit have found, that is cause for a weeping heart to laugh fort what it has found? A cultural thing perhaps, thus requiring enlightenment for we of simple minds… The beautiful mind of a beautiful man, be said Sufi.

    Jean-Jacques

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    • How keenly you have put into perspective the mystical teachings -may they originate from Zoroastrian traditions, Urdu-specific contemplations, or any other influential “movement” that has colored our world. Thank you for your most insightful elaborations. As for your commentary on the potential of culture-specific nuances, I can only say that your instinct is highly in harmony with the particulars I have studied for my dissertation and for a research book that ensued that phase of my life. Forgive me for not adding anything beyond this reassurance, for I cannot possibly do any justice to either one of the mystical traditions of our mention, let alone begin to make a dent on Sufism -which is still a research passion of mine. Yet, my remaining days will not suffice.

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