3. REDISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUALITY
“The goal of life is to have a life with a goal” – Rumi.
Here’s a thought. Rather for looking for something outside of yourself during your year out, why not look for something inside yourself...
THE SEARCH FOR AN INTERIOR GUIDE
1. SUFISM: LOVE OF THE OTHER
According to legend, every soul has a soul mate, a twin spirit somewhere out there. Today’s tendency is to think that this soul mate is the person with whom we should fall in love, but the Sufi poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi thought otherwise: his soul mate was a wandering dervish from Anatolia called Shams di Tabriz. The two were intellectual soul mates who enjoyed discussing and debating existential questions about God, Man and Divine love. Their friendship, in the 13th century transformed Rumi. Yes, it was love, but not the kind of love we expect to find in our other half.
Video. THE POET RUMI
Poetry of the heart. (Duration: 6 minutes)
2. THE SUFI RULES OF LOVE
The story of their fateful meeting, of their spiritual connection and of their tragic farewell is beautifully told in the novel “The Forty Rules of Love” by the Turkish writer Elif Shafak. If you are familiar with Rumi’s poetry, the book is a shortcut to understanding the complexity of his philosophy and his vision of love. Sufism’s vision of Islam – and the way in which it is drastically different to fundamentalist philosophies – is an important theme. Few may know that the meaning of the word “Islam” in the Coran is “peace”. As with other sacred scriptures, the path to inner peace is sought. The study of Rumi and Sufism could be a powerful tool to understanding the depths of one’s soul during a year out.
Video. SPINNING DERVISHES
Mysticism and seduction in a dance of love. (Duration: 1 and a half minutes)
3. THE PERCEPTION OF TRUTH THROUGH SUFISM
The definition of Sufism is “an experience and realization disconnected from reality”. A philosophy more than a religion: this school of Islam concentrates on the inner self, compared to many other schools of thought focusing solely on the external practice of religion.
Video. THE PATH TOWARDS INNER PEACE
The path of life explained beautifully in this video by Tina Petrova, a former student of the Dalai Lama. (Duration: 8 minutes)
4. A CABLE CAR TO PEACE
Where can one take a journey by cable car to one of the most peaceful places on earth? In Hong Kong or more precisely in Ngong Ping. Not surprisingly there is a very long queue at the cable car station for those waiting to go see the Great Buddha. Even if the journey in the glass cable car to get to the destination is very beautiful in itself, one will never forget the breathtaking beauty of your arrival; here you can breathe in the peace and serenity surrounding this giant statue, imbued by the positivism of this figure.
Video. AN EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY
Travel by cable car to visit the Great Buddha. (Duration: 2 minutes).
Thousands and thousands of books have been written about the Buddha’s life, as well as documentaries, films and so on. But sometimes the best way to convey the essence of Buddhism is to talk about it in very simple terms, as one would do when speaking to a child.
Video. THE BUDDHA’S LIFE
An animated film for young and old. (Duration: 3 minutes)