Recommended reading Musa Askari’s reflection, “A Day Like Any Other” on the passing of his late mother Liaqat Begum.
“Do not say two, Say One!”: These were the words my late father and teacher Syed Hasan Askari uttered to me in a fading voice a few days before his passing from this life in Feb’2008.
“Do not say two, Say ONE!”
From where does peace descend? From what hidden depths of Light does sakina rise? Indirectly it comes, gently, unexpected. A bird approaching with caution to an open palm. Companion of Attar.
Awake! Awake! For if not now when? Awake! Awake! If hope for the “hereafter” why not here and now? Soul then and now, here and there, One Soul. Do not abandon this world.
Awake! Awake! For there is no then and now. No here or hereafter after body’s mode. Awake! Awake! We have slept a half sleep long enough through this life. Awake! Awake! O Soul.
Let us meet and speak facing one another with eyes closed. Speaking from and to our inner realities. Through our outer appearances of speech, name, histories, collective identities. Let us see to our indivisible, invisible, immaterial centre of Being. Our Soul. One Soul.
From that station known each other thus let us utter, “Peace be upon you”. What else is there to say? Is it not so we already know each other? Our source is One. Our return as soul to the One.
“Do not say two, Say One!”The One is above peace, it envelopes peace.
“Do not say two, Say One!”It is “That” to which peace looks before it knows itself as peace and is filled with peace.
“Do not say two, Say One!” First the “Word” – “Let there be Light!”
“Do not say two, Say One!” As like that advancing light before dawn.
“Do not say two, Say One!” Then, there is “Light!”. Blinding “Light!”
“Do not say two, Say One!” Fortunate it was we met with eyes closed.
“Do not say two, Say One!” O Soul had it not been so I fear we may have missed seeing one another in this life.
O Baba, O Baba, I hear you still, “Do not say two, Say One!”