Love All and Hate None – Muinuddin Chishti

Ajmer continues to enchant me…these lines from the last discourse of Khwaja Mu’inuddin Chishti  manifest the poignancy of Sufi ways (tareeqat).

“Love all and hate none.
Mere talk of peace will avail you naught.
Mere talk of God and religion will not take you far.
Bring out all the latent powers of your being
and reveal the full magnificence of your immortal self.

Be overflowing with peace and joy,
and scatter them wherever you are
and wherever you go.

Be a blazing fire of truth,
be a beauteous blossom of love
and be a soothing balm of peace.

With your spiritual light,
dispel the darkness of ignorance;
dissolve the clouds of discord and war
and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people.

This is your mission, to serve the people…..”

Full text can be accessed  here.

The image above depicts Mughal Emperor Akbar at the shrine – credit here.

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Published in: on November 13, 2006 at 2:01 pm  Comments (4)  

Ajmer – this Friday..

The saint of saints (Khawaje Khawaji-gaan) buried in Ajmer is a centre-point of Sufi thought and practice in the Indian subcontinent even today…

Pilgrims of all faiths, tribes and castes still pay homage on a daily basis seeking the Divine grace.

Ajmer is a true symbol of inter-faith harmony and the ocean where all streams mingle and merge..This is one of the places where wild roses are collected as an offering…

The main entrance to the shrine with the sign “Baab-i-Rahmat” inscribed above the front door.

You can sense the warmth and magnetism that pulls one towards the door..

The other entrance is also busy.

The architecture reflects the Mughal-Indian craftsmanship reflecting Khawaja’s native, ever-lasting ethos

This is a dreamy setting, with undulating hills and noisy settlements in the backdrop – and yet there is peace all around…