Tales of an Urban Sufi
Peace Ya’ll! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, “on the upper part” (9/1-14) of my page are three new Titles available through Platinum Pen Publishing along with ‘Da God’; A.S.I.A. Journal Vol 1 & A.S.I.A. Journal Vol 2 and Tales of an Urban Sufi!! -smile- You can also get these titles through Amazon!
As far as A.S.I.A. Journal Vol 1 & 2 goes, they’re a consolidation of some of my Articles that you’ll be able to walk with; instead of being ‘roped and bound in’ (4/1-14) to the Internet just to read em! LOL! Ultimately, these Mathemanuals will give my insights air to breathe; putting them smack dap in the middle of the (a)cultural Matrix I’m always building about. Although these Volumes have been finished for a few weeks now, I haven’t “Officially” launched them until today, meaning: Even though they’ve been available, I’m lettin ya’ll know they’re available on the E-Store and Amazon today. I wanna give a personal shout out to the person who googled me and ordered one of these Volumes through Amazon before I even made this knowledge born!!!! I really appreciate that. PEACE!
Now....., ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ is something very, very different. Those of you who haven’t delved into the Science of ‘Sufism’, take some time to study some of these Individuals I personally consider Sufi Masters: Hazarat Inayat Khan, Carlos Casteneda, Al Hallaj, Rabiyah, Saint Germain, Gibran, Rumi, Nasruddin, Bruce Lee, Idries Shah, Richard Pryor, Attar, etc... If you noticed, I listed certain Masters that would not be considered ‘Sufis’ in the so-called traditional sense of the word; I will explain in a moment. In short, ‘Sufism’ is often defined as the Mystical form of Islam (as well as other Religions/Philosophies) where an Adept comes into realization that they are the truth that they actually seek; AKA, “The True and Living God!” Obviously, this was -and still is- very controversial amongst people who view the Creator as an invisible entity strictly outside of themselves. Because of this -and the fact that these Masters embraced other “so-called” religious texts/philosophical ideas- many of them went underground; developing coded language, parable shrouded stories and social norms to identify, preserve and perpetuate these teachings “undetected by the naked eye” (8/1-40). One famous Sufi named Al Hallaj even got beheaded over this shit; he proclaimed "Ana al-haqq" which means "I am the Truth (God)!" The Father took seven bullets for the same proclamation. It was said that during the time of Muhammad, his closest Companions/Helpers (Ansars) received these secret teachings of Islam.
Like I said, I listed certain Masters that would not be considered ‘Sufis’ in the so-called traditional sense of the word. Although the ideas of God Consciousness “has no beginning nor ending” (9/1-10), the term ‘Sufi’ (Mystic) does find it’s literal origin amongst early Islam. This is to say that my usage of the word ‘Sufi’ is not binding to an Islamic Paradigm, because the nature/essence of this so-called Mysticism or ‘Higher Knowledge’ does not originate in the Arabic Language, Culture, Koran, Prophet Muhammad, etc... The essence of these God-Centered Teachings represent a common chronological thread that runs consistently from -and through- Ancient and Contemporary Worlds; dissolving all social, gender, ethnic, religious, cultural and geographical boundaries Man establishes. In a nutshell, ‘Sufism’ is Jeet Kune Doistic Thought.
Anyway, I’ve always looked at The Nation of Gods and Earths as an Urban Sufi Order, hence the Title of my book; ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’. Ya’ll I’ve been writing this scribe over the last 12 years; not that it’s 400 pages, or even that I had Writer’s block, it’s just that everything in ‘Tales’ was a precise moment in my Koran and some things took time for me to actually write about. Cee, ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ is personal; a very, very intimate journey into my Mind! It’s a Literary Montage of my Insights, Illustrations, Dreams I wrote down, Love Letters, Aspirations, Short Stories, Poems, Prison Correspondences, Essays and everything else that I’ve chosen not to share through A.S.I.A. Journal. In ‘Tales’ I speak candidly about everything from being homeless, dealing with racism, being in love, family dynamics, religion, going through depression, and “the science of everything -else- in life” (18/1-40)! Another reason it took me so much time to complete ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ is because I never felt it was complete or had literary closure. I always felt like I wasn’t ready to share the Inner Worlds that it allows people to cee b.u.t. now I think it’s time! Another interesting thing about ‘Tales’ is that I edited it myself; something that many Writers strictly warn against! At one point in this process I took part in this Writers Group and had an associate Writer edit the first page of ‘Tales’ b.u.t. when he was finished he ended up editing many things that were deliberately written a specific way for a specific reason. -shakes head- This experience confirmed for me that I only wanted these writings looked over, evaluated, critiqued and defined by people AFTER ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ is made available to them; perfect imperfections in all! -smile- Now don’t misunderstand me, an Editor is definitely important; I just didn’t want anyone involved in this Project because it would have “mixed, diluted or tampered with” (9/1-14) ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ on a fundamental level.
Well, to conclude Today’s Article I wanted to share with you a few of my writings from ‘Tales of an Urban Sufi’ to encourage ya’ll to pick it up if you wanna experience more of my Inner Worlds. -smile- Peace!:
A helpless leaf unguarded, subjected to the wind.
Lost while believing, paying homage to their weathermen.
The English language is very trifling. Within it exists several meanings for one word, which renders those indoctrinated with it as deceptively defined as it’s Dictionary.
The Unspoken Vows of a Divine Union
In the company of many I often felt alone.
My smiles were veils of idleness,
I’m speechless in my soul.
One day I met a traveler,
her eyes revealed her name.
Our silence spoke much more than words,
we walked our path the same.
Our hearts became so intertwined,
our souls became as one.
She married me beside the Nile,
beneath the setting Sun.
The Original Man spends most of his life toiling to see the face of his Creator when he dies. How sad it must be for him to die never realizing that his Creator actually spent his entire life looking back at him.
Make no mistakes about it!
I was once involved in a relationship with a women who gave me a birthday card which read, “To the Man in my life”. When I read it, I smiled and said, “I didn’t realize that it was your life and I was in it.” From that moment I realized that most of the conflicts that existed in our relationship derived from that fundamental idea; I never realized that she actually saw me as hers; a human accessory in “her” life!
Be very, very wary of encouraging children to engage in games of competition -especially when they are siblings. Competition promotes the idea of “me against you” or “you verses me”. This creates Division, and division sets an atmosphere of Tension. Tension gives birth to Conflict. Conflict leads to Chaos and Chaos is Disorder! I’ve seen a friendly game of UNO erupt into a shouting match, shoving session and name calling contest between children who were just playing together peacefully before “I” ignorantly handed them the cards!
(A letter addressed to my Love)
May this letter reach you in the greatest of spirits. I long and miss you much. It has seemed as if a century has passed since we shared each other’s company, yet you remain as close to me as the soundless echo of my thoughts. When I first laid eyes upon you, I felt as if I knew you. “You”, personified my dreams, and answered many questions that troubles a lonely heart. Nothing on Earth could have prepared me for your heavenly acquaintance....