The following piece comes from Media Lens. It combines the magic of legends with the reality of today. Perhaps it will help you look up from the rush to decadence and notice the paradise you can enjoy. To get a glimpse of paradise visit Ballin Temple where the air is fresh, the water clean and the people lend a hand …
This is most of David Edwards’ Cogitation: Imperial Ambition – Expanding Selves, Shrinking Planet. Enjoy!
Meeting With A Mystic Madman
The great emperor Bahramshah, the Sultan of Ghazna, was
moving with his army to conquer India; at his side, Hakim Sanai, the renowned
court poet. The army was in a hurry, as armies always are – the time was right,
but short, for conquest.
And yet, at some strange moment, riding past a great walled garden,
or ‘firdaus’ (the origin of the word ‘paradise’), something happened:
the Sultan stopped. It was impossible to do otherwise. The Indian mystic
and master story-teller Osho takes up the tale:
‘The sound of singing coming from
the garden caught the Sultan’s attention. He was a lover of music, but
he had never heard something like this. He had great musicians in his
court and great singers and dancers, but nothing to be compared with
this. The sound of singing and the music and the dance – he had only
heard it from outside, but he had to order the army to stop.
‘It was so ecstatic. The very
sound of the dance and the music and the singing was psychedelic, as if
wine was pouring into him: the Sultan became drunk. The phenomenon
appeared not to be of this world. Something of the beyond was certainly
in it: something of the sky trying to reach the earth, something from
the unknown trying to commune with the known. He had to stop to listen
to it.’ (‘Unio Mystica, Volume 1, Discourses on the Sufi Mystic, Hakim Sanai,’ talks given from 01/11/78 to 10/11/78)
We can imagine the scene: the enchanted emperor, his impatient army
stretching back as far as the eye can see. Throughout history, it has
always been the same story – huge effort expended on a cause that, at
the time, seemed so vital, so just, worth any cost.
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