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    Dr. Majid M. Naini, world-renowned Rumi scholar, wishes all Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2014


    In the Name of the Beloved and Love


    On this wonderful occasion, a wishful time for love and peace on Earth, I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a wonderful, happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year in advance. In honor of this joyous occasion let me share with you one of my humble selections and translations of Rumi’s beautiful poetry about holy Jesus and his acts and message of love.


    The house of Jesus was the banquet of men of heart.
    People gathered from everywhere,
    Blind, sick, and poor.
    So Jesus every morning would cure them with his breath.
    Then he prayed and from God’s mercy, everyone’s wish and desire were granted.
    He spoke to them saying, "O stricken ones!
    All of your desires have been granted by God.
    Arise, walk without pain or affliction, acknowledge the mercy and beneficence of God!”
    All running happily and safely continually from his prayers.
    All with no pain, suffering, sorrow, and sadness; healthy, happy and upright.
    Going to their homes from the breath of that glorious one.
    Jesus had such a breath that from one prayer, revived the dead continuously.


    Let me share another beautiful story about holy Jesus from Rumi’s Masnavi


    A wise man asked holy Jesus,
    “What is the harshest thing in the universe?”
    Jesus said, “Oh my dear, the most severe thing is God’s wrath,
    From that, even hell trembles like us.”
    The man asked, “What shelters us from God’s wrath? “
    Jesus said, “Leaving your anger at the time (of anger).
    The origin of vengeance is hell,
    And your vengeance is a part of that whole and the enemy of your faith.
    If you are a part of heaven, your pleasure like heaven is everlasting.
    Bitter is joining bitters for certain;
    How can the breath of evil become a companion of the Truth (God)?
    Hell is the anger and needs an enemy,
    So it could live, otherwise a merciful one can terminate it.
    If there were no enemy and foe in the world,
    Then the anger would have died amongst people.
    How can it live since it dies from the light of the (love of) righteous ones?
    There are hundred thousands of darkness because of your anger,
    Calm your anger, open your eyes, be happy,
    Learn from your true friends and become a master (of love).”






    Unfortunately, in this current ending year our world was again plagued with wars, violence, hunger, corruption, and greed. Many people, including innocent children, women, and men have been killed or injured and have become homeless. Countless others suffer from insufficient food, water, medicine, and shelter. I truly hope in the coming New Year we all try to be kinder and more compassionate, tolerant, and generous towards each other and our environment. I wish a miraculous heavenly light of love, wisdom, and humanity will shine through the hearts of all people and their leaders to enlighten their hearts and souls to try for an everlasting peace on Earth. I truly hope that we all join our hands and hearts and pray to the Divine Supreme Creator, the beneficent God of love and grace, for a better New Year full of health, happiness, love, prosperity, tranquility, harmony, and peace for every living creature on our beautiful planet and the universe. May our prayers and good wishes become an ocean of love and light to permeate and soften the hearts and souls of all inhabitants of the world to come closer together to work and help in bringing about an everlasting worldwide just peace and harmony that we need so urgently right now in our unkind and turbulent world. Let me share with you another one of my humble selections and translations of Rumi’s message of love and peace:


    Who has arrived in the middle of night like the moonlight?
    It is the prophet of love who has come from eternity (paradise).
    He has brought a shining torch and has set fire to sleep,
    He has come from the sleepless majesty King of kings,
    Love has a key chain under its arm pit,
    It has arrived to open all the closed doors.


    Love is from the very beginning and lasts for eternity,
    The seekers of love will be countless.
    Tomorrow when the day of justice appears,
    Whatever heart that is not in love will be rejected (from paradise).


    My religion is to be alive from love,
    The animal side of my life is my mortification.
    Love is the flame that when it flares,
    Except the Beloved burns everything else.
    Love is the description of the needless God,
    Being in love with anything else is an illusion.
    Whatever is besides the love of the most graceful God,
    Even if it is eating sugar, it is really a tribulation.


    The religion of the lovers of God is separate from all other religions,
    God is the religion and nationality of the lovers.
    The cause of the lovers (of God) is separate form all causes,
    Love is the astrolabe of God’s mysteries.


    I sincerely wish that we all follow Rumi’s grand teachings and for 2014,


    Set a fire in your heart from love,
    Burn all ill thoughts & statements.
    God of love stayed and everything else left,
    Be happy, oh fierce love, the burner of all our ills.


    Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year,


    Majid M. Naini


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