The Remembrance (Zikr)
Remembering (the Creator) is
the fruits of deep muse and the
lofty hearth of bewilderment. 
me because of the sorrow of others
inflicting your Self with infinite cruelty always [1.5]
There are three forms of
- On the tongue
- Within the heart
- Saving Life (from Self & Mankind)
Remembrance on the tongue is a
form of habit and Remembrance
within the heart is the worship and Remembrance by rescuing (from Self)
rapture and jubilation. The one in the realm of physical world
habitually and the one in the realm of Sifat  (attributes of the Creator)
remembers It by means of worship and for the one who is drowned in the
Essence (Zhaat) Remembrance of It is like a rescue effort to save one’s
(from the Mankind and from one’s own Self).
The true Remembrance is
pointed out by the ancient scripture
(Koran) on the Prophetic luminous tongue: “Remember your Lord once you
forgot” (Koran [18:24]).
Forget completely the attributes of Mankind and pierce
your ears with the earrings of non-existence , thus drink the wine  of
Its Remembrance. The Remembrance of the Beloved is forgotten upon the
of the lover and dissolved within the Remembrance of one’s self. To
the one’s Self while remembering the Beloved is Shirk  (association of other
deities). Once you truly remembered the Beloved you have emancipated
(from Self and this world). Once Remembered (the Creator) your
ancient and forgotten, indeed the attributes of your existence
you are without a trace:
of Your love sometimes humiliated and sometimes
of Your Remembrance sometimes no more and sometimes
humiliation and drunkenness if you not hold my hand
Beloved completely dozing off drunken and selfless I am
 Remembrance is the act of repeated
mention and recalling
the Lord like counting rosaries/tasbih/beads or saying praises/Sobhans.
when you have a momentary awakening and you have no idea where all
around you came from and you may not even know who and what you are.
are amazing and shocking to you since you no longer belong to this
though it is the first time you have seen this world.
[1.5] The poem is speaking on behalf of
the Beloved. Beloved
says, “you Mankind constantly complaining about the pain and sorrow
inflicted upon you but your Self has cruelly harmed you perpetually
and you complain not about your Self and still keep it company every
This poem is the prelude for the discussion to follow on cutting one’s
 Relam of Sifat is the universe
where you see all things
an outward manifestation of the Creator. Events, objects, love &
laws, and sciences… You are no longer traveling point to point in
you are traveling within the attributes (Sifat) of the Creator.
are feeding a hungry poor person, It is the Razzaq (the sustainer)
the Creator feeding the needy creation created by Khaleq (the Creator)
was given to you by Wahhab (the giver) you are merely entangled in
these Sifat like a traveler traversing from one to the other.
 In ancient times the slaves’ ears
were pierced to indicate
the brand of bondage. Ansaari making a poetic gesture saying, make
slave voluntarily to non-existence i.e. be perpetually absent and gone
 Why the term wine:
- Once you drink a sip you want to drink
again and again. Once you truly remember the Creator you want to go
back and remember again like a drunk.
- If you stop drinking you get hangovers
i.e. once you stop remembering the Beloved all your problems come to
- You drink to forget your troubles, you
remember the Creator to forget all this world and its troubles and more
importantly your Self
- Wine is manufactured and served in
proper manner and due time, you cannot just go to a river and drink
wine! Same way you cannot just remember the Beloved you must be
prepared and place yourself in situations and people to make it due.
- People drink wine to be with their
loved one man or woman, so Sufis drink this wine of Remembrance to be
with their ONLY love the Beloved of heavens and earth.
 Shirk in Arabic/Koranic terms
means to associate a peer
to something. An idol is an associated peer to Allah therefore the act
considered Shirk. Same way if you are conscious of your Self and your
desires when you remember the Beloved then you are committing an act of
associating the idol of Self with the Almighty.
 Lowercase ‘you’ is the person himself. In other
words, if you i.e. myself do NOT hold my hand then I am free from you
therefore I am fully drunken with my Beloved.
Fossilized Bacteria, click on the image.
2003-2002, Dara Shayda