To be drawn into the Light of Allah and not be blinded,
O brothers and sisters, repeat with longing and with love:
as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Rasulallah
as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Habiballah
Heartfelt and profound greetings to your sublime soul,
O incomparable Prophet and uniquely beloved one of Allah.
—Atom from the Sun of Knowledge
To illustrate the plurality of spiritual moods or sacred traditions, RamaKrishna told this parable. The Hindus call that which quenches our thirst ‘jal’, Muslims call it ‘pani’, the English call it ‘water’. Similarly, each brings a container that is a product of a different culture, and yet they all draw from exactly the same source of refreshment. The clear water of Consciousness, with no shape of its own, perfectly fills the cultural receptacles. Even this analogy could mislead, however, if we concluded that Consciousness is a substance separate from us or from various receptacles. All is Consciousness. As RamaKrishna expresses it:”God alone is.”
Lex Hixon, Coming Home:The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions, 36
This conscious turning toward your own True Source is the way to learn purity of heart and compassionate action. Turn ceaselessly toward Allah Most High…..
from The Heart of the Qurʼan: An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality, by Lex Hixon)
Wherever there is Shiva, sheer transcendent awareness, there is Shakti, the compassionate energy of manifestation. Shiva and Shakti are always together in mystic union. As the master teaches, one cannot consider the Absolute without the relative or the relative without the Absolute….This is all the play of God.
(from Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna, by Lex Hixon)