There is one more idol to break
That poem comes from Ali Ansari's 'Sufism and Beyond'. Ali Ansari, who was born in India and now lives in the States, is a writer, poet and engineer. His though-provoking book, which is subtitled 'Sufi Thought in the Light of Late 20th Century Science', explores the neglected borderlands between spirituality and science by fusing Ibn 'Arabi's concept of waḥdat al-wujūd - oneness of being - with the Buddhist teaching of anattā - no self. It focuses on the danger of applying scientific reductionism to incorporeal states, a salutary warning as binary technologies are the ultimate expression of Cartesian reductionism. As long as you exist as a selfie, there is one more idol to break...Let the tired, roving caravanThat's going nowhere, stop.It's time to become absent, become bereft
It's time to receive the one who never left.
Clouds upon clouds of thoughts and sensationsArise from the minds of numberless menFilling the air like puffs of dustStricken, frightened humanityChoking on its own polluted breath
The world is a temple teeming with idolsSo many gods, so many selvesSo many idols for us to breakBut, break as many idols as you may breakAs long as you exist as a selfThere is one more idol to break
Suggested listening is the album 'Nothingness' from composer and setar (Persian lute) virtuoso Masoud Rezaei, who was exiled from Iran and now lives in Los Angeles. In the sleeve essay Masoud Rezaei explains how its "musical outlook... is an observation free from the restrictive elements so as to create a liberated and fluid atmosphere". In other words he asked that vital question - does it serve the music or does it serve the ego?
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