The Journey

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
- Mary Oliver

A mans deepest yearning

There lies a deep longing in every man. A longing to discover the secrets and mystery of his masculine world.

To find his own unique way of belonging to this world. To find his sacred true nature. To yearn for the personal meaning takes him into the wild nature and into the dark earth of his deepest yearning.

The yearning is to seek the treasure that he was born to bring to this world and to experience the world by being in its service.

Along side the yearning lives an equally great fear of finding the very thing he seeks, the thing that will irreversibly shake up his life, sense of belonging and the relationships he hold familiar and dear.

Deep within he knows that saying No to his deepest desire will mean self imprisonment in a life too small.

A far off small inner voice within insists that the inner treasure is well worth any sacrifice and difficulty and he ventures into the dark mysteries of his inner world to find his treasure. A call to Adventure.

- The Vision Quest - A mans journey to his real self. - Diyanat Ali

The Right of the Mother.

The right of your mother is that you should appreciate that she carried you [in her womb] as nobody carries anybody, and fed you the fruits of her heart which nobody feeds anybody, and protected you [during pregnancy] with her ears, eyes, hands, legs, hair, limbs, and with her whole being, gladly, cheerfully and carefully; suffering patiently all the worries, pains, difficulties and sorrows [of pregnancy], till she gave you birth.

Then she was most happy feeding you forgetting her own hunger; clothing you, even if she herself had no clothes; giving you milk and water, not caring for her own thirst; keeping you in the shade, even if she had to suffer from the heat of the sun; giving you every comfort with her own hardships; lulling you to sleep while keeping herself awake.
And [remember that] her womb was your abode, and her lap your refuge, and her breast your feeder, and her whole existence your protection; it was she, not you, who was braving the heat and cold of this world for your safety.

Therefore, you must remain thankful to her accordingly, and you cannot do so except by the help and assistance from Allah.

Risalat ul Huqooq - The Treatise On Rights. - Imam Zainulabedin(A.S)

What a Man can learn from rocks in the wilderness.

What can a man learn from rocks in the wilderness.
A man can learn from a rock to stand his ground, be confident, unshakable and concrete in his deep authenticity. Be his true self and create his own destiny. Be wild, open, down to earth, humble and free. Grow into being the magnificent boulder of any shape or size he wants to be. Learn to be self-reliant, seek no approval or permission of others to be himself. Be complete and enough by himself with no need to impress others. Learn to be resilient, courageous, passionate and persevere in the face of life's challenges just like how the rocks bear the wind, the sun, the rain.

Explore his own primal experience with other men to define, know, and claim who he is just like how rocks are always found to be around together.
A man can learn to live his deepest, fullest wholehearted and sacred self, just like how the rocks are themselves forever.
Excerpt from the upcoming Vision Quest - A Mans Journey to his Real Self. - Diyanat Ali.

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