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May 23rd, 2016

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There is a short poem i want to post by one of the Sufi poets.

It says, in substance:
If you have lost yourself,
but have not found the Friend,
don't worry.
He is walking beside you
as you search.

Wait!  i just found it.
i looked all morning and part of yesterday
on line and among my papers.
And here it is in  front of my nose.

Its by Khwaja Abdullah Ansari --yes! Ansari1
Its called "In Each Breath"

O you who have departed from your  own self,
and who have not yet reached the Friend,
do not be sad, for,
He is accompanying you in each of your breaths.

The Tao Is Tao (22) - Daily Tao

                                                   22
                                              True faith
                                                    is
                                            complete trust
                                      without understanding:
                                                                       It is to accept
                                                                             silence
                                                                             silently,

                                                                                 --Jos Stabbert



I cannot accept the first four lines without a clear understanding that they apply only with regard to the Tao:  not to what anyone says about the Tao or to anyone who claims to speak for the Tao.  Even the wisest sage must be rebuffed if he or she asks for blind faith (that is what is being described in the first four lines).  I think that blind faith is almost always bad faith and any human who asks for it is arrogant, presumptions, dangerous and unenlightened, no matter what her or his credentials may seem to be.

The poem is rescued by its last three lines: Faith is accepting silence silently.  Maybe not a total definition, but a good start.

Also posted at daily_tao The Tao Is Tao (22) - Daily Tao

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