Last evening, I receiving a phone call from J.S. Paras, an extremely talented cousin of the one and only Daler Singh Mehndi. We recalled connecting through a series of events, where one of the best performances was by the Quawalli Singers - The Sabri Brothers from India. (What is a Quawalli?)
I searched YouTube for videos of them, and I found this great classic by their counterparts, the legendry Sabri Brothers from Pakistan. Instantly, the evening's agenda changed! I went into a 'sufi mode', leaving most of my already pending work, pending again! ;) The focus on talking, meeting and doing changed to reminiscing, imbibing and intuitive listening. Aloof as I sometimes get, I had forgotten that the month of Ramadan had begun. This spontaneous search was a sign, a reminder from my guardian angels.
If you wish to understand the significance of Ramadan, one of the most important messages is the following one:
"Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: If a person does not avoid false talk and false conduct during Siyam, then Allah does not care if he abstains from food and drink (Bukhari, Muslim)."
This further reaffirms my belief that talking rich is next to sacredness. Making 'small' talk, and backbiting to get ahead, can never bring you blessings of abundance. If you mistreat the children of this universe, don't always expect the universe to be nice to you.
Fortunate are those who are able to discern that their precious time and wealth should be spent in studying the scriptures, and living a meaningful human existence.
Abu- Huraira was a wise man. It truly does matter more what comes out of our mouth rather than what we put into our mouth. I studied many religions and saints from throughout the ages and many were so worried about adhering to almost starving themselves at times and strict diets depending on culture and my thought has always been........we were put into a body to enjoy life to the fullest ......the puritanical punitive practices of some religions work for many who feel comfortable with having guidelines to live by and I am happy it works well for them. As for me, I love everything except for kumquats and oysters so anything else is ok.
That is basically what Jesus taught as well. love and forgiveness. When we partake in talking about others, we are contributing to their demise..........love all ways.
thank you! eid mubarak to you and all!!