May 29, 2008

God is Love

Posted in spiritual, sufi at 12:18 pm by matapn

Life’s light is love; and when the heart is empty of love, a man is living and yet not living; from a spiritual point of view he is dead. When the heart is asleep, he is as though dead in this life, for one can only love through the heart. But love does not mean give and take. That is only a trade; it’s selfishness. To give sixpence and receive a shilling is not love. Love is when one loves for the sake of love, when one cannot help but love, cannot do anything but love. Then one is not forced to love; there is no virtue in that. One does not love because another does. It is simply there. It cannot be helped. It is the only thing that makes a person alive. If a person loves one and hates another, what can he know of love? Can you love one person fully if at the same time you cannot bestow a kind glance on some other person? Can you say you love one person fully when you cannot bear him to be loved by someone else as well? Can you hate a person when love is sprinkled like water in your heart? Love is like the water of the Ganges. It is itself a purification. As the Bible says, ‘God is love’. When love is awakened in the heart, God is awakened there. When a man has journeyed, he reaches the goal as soon as his heart has reached love.

The Sufi says, ‘The Kaba, the divine place, paradise, is the heart of the human being’. That is why he has respect for every heart. Every heart is his Kaba, his shrine. The human heart is the place toward which he bows, for in this heart is God.

from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_30.htm

Some object to Christ being called divine; but if divinity is not sought in man, then in what shall we seek God? Can divinity be found in the tree, in the plant, in the stone? Yes indeed, God is in all; but at the same time, it is in man that divinity is awakened, that God is awakened, that God can be seen.

from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/X/X_1.htm

May 19, 2008

get rid of ants cheaply and naturally

Posted in self-help at 8:30 am by matapn

read on.

May 16, 2008

Quick Study: Money and Happiness Under the Microscope

Posted in financial, self-help at 2:25 pm by matapn

read the article.

May 9, 2008

Ghazal Ki Ek Shaam- Mirza Ghalib ke Naam

Posted in events, Literature, Performances at 2:52 pm by matapn

The AMU Alumni Association of Michigan
Proudly Presents
“Ghazal Ki Ek Shaam- Mirza Ghalib ke Naam”
On Sunday, June 1st, 2008
Time: 4.00 PM Sharp*
Kresge Auditorium-Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, Michigan 48150

Donation: $20 per person (Sponsors $250 plus) All Donations tax Deductible : AMUAAMI Tax ID : 38-3631025
All proceeds support scholarship fund for deserving students at AMU irrespective of age, sex, race or religion

Program at a glance : This will be a wonderful evening of Ghazals and Light Music. Our main artist is Sanjay Lall from Toronto and his ensemble. Sanjay (voice of Jagjit) will thrill you with his favorite selection of Ghazals along with a couple of favorites from Jagjit’s eternal collection, « Mirza Ghalib ».
Act I : 4 to 4 30 PM, Introduction and Performance by Local Artists
Act II: 4 30 to 6 00 PM : Sanjay Lall and Ensemble
(6 00 to 6 30 PM, Intermission (light Snacks will be served)
Act III : 6 30 PM Dedication of the Evening to Mirza Ghalib and a word on our Scholarship program
Act IV : 7 to 9 PM More Ghazal and Music + Audience Request
9 PM : Adjourn and Vote of Thanks

For information and Tickets please call:
Jamil Ahmad (734) 578-5460, Masroor Ali 248-885 0767
Tanweer Mallick (734) 260-8806, Ranvir Singh (734) 663 0084
Habib Zuberi (734) 414-0059

May 7, 2008

Afghanistan Builds Its First National Park

Posted in Afghanistan, travel at 8:32 am by matapn

check out the audio slideshow from NPR on Afghanistan’s first National Park.