Ya Hayy- O Life, O Allah the Living One
The Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, reports in his oral tradition, What is Paradise? It is the circles of divine remembrance.
Humble Lovers of Divine Love
enter the sacred circle
with upright mind and spirit purified.
This circle of encounter,
is a prodigious, storm-tossed sea,
a profusion of blessings in present time
from the mystic saints of all traditions—
powerful and living blessings
that emanate from the single Source,
the only One.
The practitioners of this global dance,
disciples trained in the liberty of love,
are forerunners of true humanity.
The green branches of their mystic Orders
bear precious golden fruit,
the vast inheritance of humankind.
The community of universal dance
contains the essential code of Truth.
This circle of encounter
is the rootedness of humanity,
this harmonious resonance
the Divine Conquest of humanity.
Now the dervish dancer,
who belongs only to Divine Love,
encounters the uncreated essence of the soul,
tasting the ease of Paradise.
Casting overboard the ballast
of all worlds, all self-love,
the circle becomes open space
without any horizons,
the goal of the spiritual journey—
establishment in Allah.
This life-giving circle is no game
but the dimension of sheer aliveness,
the consciousness that responds to Allah,
obeys Allah, salutes Allah—
the vocation of loving the Beloved.
These souls awake in Allah
drinking deeply from the cry
Allah Allah Allah
that comes forth from the amazement
surging in the circle,
this illumined heart
of the body of resurrection.
- Nur al-Jerrahi, from “Circle of Encounter” in Atom
For further study on the meanings of dhikrullah, please refer to this chapter.
May this circle of love be an unveiling.
May this circle of love be an ascension.
May this circle of love be the cup of wine pouring,
The four rivers of paradise flowing.
May this circle of love be healing for all humanity.
May this circle of love be gnosis, the station of marifat.
May this circle of love be the gathering of all the letters of Quran,
all the mystic meanings of Quran.
May this circle of love be pure mercy,
Pure light, returning into the Essence.
Amin, Ya Allah.