Thursday, November 14, 2013

IN THE DESERT


















                       THE DESERT AND SPIRITUALITY
 The desert has a strong relationship with spiritual quests. The desert itself invokes images of a vast expanse, where man may be alone to commune with the higher power and forces of nature. For the Sufi poet Rumi, poetry about the desert was an allegory for a spiritual quest of the Soul journeying into the infinite. The desert has inspired several religions and spiritual figures dating back to the ancient Egyptian religions and worship of the sun God Ra. According to the Bible Jesus Christ spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert where he forsook all earthly temptations. This trial in the desert was an important part of his spiritual training and spiritual mission. Mohammed the prophet of Islam loved the deserts and mountains and often spent time meditating and praying in the silence of the desert.

“In the Desert of the heart,
Let the healing start;
In the prison of his days,
Teach the free man to praise.”
 - W. H. Auden

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