“Between life and death the most important thing that can happen to a man and to a woman is love. And love has many manifestations: meditation is one of the manifestations of love.” Osho
Let us pray and meditate for love to come around again upon Palestine, For love is Freedom, and when Freedom was living between us in Palestine, life was different.
This is a photograph found online of Yafa Street in Haifa, Palestine before the 1948 Israeli occupation.
Once upon a time a Samurai goes to a Monk and says, “Monk, teach me about heaven & hell.” The Monk looks up at this huge Samurai and he says, “teach you all about heaven & hell? I suppose you think you are special? You’re dirty, you smell, your blade is rusty. Who would hire a Samurai like you? You’re ugly. You’re terrible. You’re stupid. I couldn’t teach you anything. Get away from me.”
The Samurai, with his neck muscles budging, his blood vessels almost bursting in fury & rage, whips out his sword to kill the monk. Just as he is about to cut off the monk’s head with his sword, the monk looks up at him and says, “This is hell.”
And the Samurai realizes that the monk has almost sacrificed his life to give him the teaching. He is so overwhelmed by the courage and compassion of the monk in doing what he had just done that he puts his sword back in its scabbard and bows in incredible appreciation of the beauty of that courage and compassion. He says to the monk, “I can’t believe you just did that, risked your life to teach me.”
The monk replies, “And that’s heaven.”
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi
Do not be astonished at anything. Reality has two faces and so do people. Amin Maalouf
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…. William Shakespeare
A Photograph from my travel in Tanzania, Zanzibar
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy
Photograph taken in Zanzibar
Photograph taken at a village in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
“We will return” those keys are symbolic to the Palestinian Nation … They represent houses in Palestine that once were left & locked and when returned to, locks were changed & strangers were living in the homes of ours. Those keys are symbolic to our hearts and souls, they represent the evasion of our homes, identity & land, those keys represent our rights of return… Those keys are the original keys to homes that we only left because we were forced to, because our ancestors feared the lives of their children who today are our grandparents who gave birth to our parents & to us with a lost identity. Those keys are our keys back in search of our identity .. The Palestinian identity the Palestinian culture… Thousands of homes that are stolen are still stolen today by the Israeli goverment… And we ‘the Palestinians’ are staying here, on earth, we are going nowhere and we will carry those keys around forever telling our stories over & over until our rights return. To a Free Palestine, a Free World💚
Today & Yesterday AlAqsa is under attack, and it should be headline news & the leaders should be doing something to stop it & the world should stop & pray for it to be protected & the Israelis need to find some sort of faith in them & stop their constant terror & violence. Al Aqsa is a holly mosque that has been situated in #oldjerusalem since 705CE it is a temple for muslims to go worship God in & must never be terrorized or attacked. Let us spread awareness today & let us all pray for Al Aqsa Jerusalem & for the Palestinians to be protected from the attack by Israel – May God & the Angels be there to protect you #alaqsaunderattack
Walking downtown Beirut on a protest day is like walking a ghosttown … When do we know the difference between obeying what the media shapes for us from believes to follow & when should we look at our own way out and walk towards it? It is so hard now a days to tell what is really going on!! But it is obvious to see that the Middle East needs love & pure attention.
“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well when a strong rope is in my hand?” Rumi
Stay where you are and move like a sheep or a robot or do something different… One thing different can change a fraction & too many fractions can change this world to a better place.