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2013 2013 2013 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sZSyVs-5fEc/UOygXwSu9aI/AAAAAAAAIr8/mwZSoufnNn4/s1600/Snapshot+28+%25281-8-2013+5-26+PM%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sZSyVs-5fEc/UOygXwSu9aI/AAAAAAAAIr8/mwZSoufnNn4/s400/Snapshot+28+%25281-8-2013+5-26+PM%2529.png" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b><i>Bishop Noel Jones &amp; The City Of Refuge</i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Isaiah 58<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><b>New King James Version (NKJV)<o:p></o:p></b></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12.5pt;"><br /></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12.5pt;">Fasting that Pleases God<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">1</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">2&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness,&nbsp;</span></b><b style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">and did not forsake the ordinance of their God.&nbsp; They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">3&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">‘Why have we fasted,’&nbsp;<i>they say,</i>&nbsp;‘and You have not seen?&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>Why</i>&nbsp;have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’</span></b></b><br /><b style="text-align: left;"></b></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">4&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness.&nbsp; You will not fast as&nbsp;<i>you do</i>&nbsp;this day, to make your voice heard on high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">5&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul?&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>Is it</i>&nbsp;to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?&nbsp; Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">6&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“<i>Is</i>&nbsp;this not the fast that I have chosen:&nbsp; to loose the bonds of wickedness, t</span></b><b style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">o undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">7&nbsp;</span></sup><i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Is it</span></i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">8&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;shall be your rear guard.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">9&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Then you shall call, and the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I&nbsp;<i>am.</i>’</span></b></b><br /><b style="text-align: left;"></b></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">10&nbsp;</span></sup><i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">If</span></i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall&nbsp;<i>be</i>&nbsp;as the noonday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">11&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">12&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">13&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, f<i>rom</i>&nbsp;doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy&nbsp;<i>day</i>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking&nbsp;<i>your own</i>&nbsp;words,&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">14&nbsp;</span></sup></b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>then you shall delight yourself in the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.&nbsp; The mouth of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;has spoken.”</b><o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://2.gvt0.com/vi/zlq5ilsfoSo/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zlq5ilsfoSo&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zlq5ilsfoSo&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>~~~~~</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>Tao Te Ching (The Way)</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>by Lao-tzu</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>translated by: &nbsp;J. Legge</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><h2 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">9</span></b></h2><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full. &nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.</b></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe.</span></b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When the work is done, and one's name is becoming</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>~~~~~</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8w5iD3WKGJM/US-UcSCGmmI/AAAAAAAALHQ/NrhA0KUseKM/s1600/pir+zia+inayat+khan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8w5iD3WKGJM/US-UcSCGmmI/AAAAAAAALHQ/NrhA0KUseKM/s320/pir+zia+inayat+khan.jpg" width="215" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b><i><a href="http://sufiorder.org/" target="_blank">Pir Zia Inayat-Khan</a></i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Commentaries on the “Silver Rules”&nbsp;</span></h3><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan</span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan</span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Silver Rule 9</span></h3><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>My conscientious self, meet your shortcomings with a sword of self-respect.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Shortcomings: we all have them. We are human. We are ephemeral and imperfect. And imperfection can be uncomfortable. One tries hard to repress the awareness of one's imperfections, trying to project a picture of perfection and infallibility, trying to push deep down the reality of our fragility and brokenness. But of course imperfection cannot be escaped, and the deception proves far more dangerous than the original limitation.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Another response is to succumb to one's shortcomings, to wallow in them, to hopelessly confess one's self low and ignoble. And this is just as dangerous and debilitating. But there is a third way. And this is what Murshid is pointing us to.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>The third way is to address our shortcomings with clarity, understanding, compassion, hope, and faith. It means seeing that we have been created imperfect, and that our very imperfection means that there is room in us for growth, change, and movement—room for transformation. Perfection is not a far-off, icy ideal. Perfection is the process of moving toward greater depth and fullness, a process that proceeds in increments. And each forward movement is a glowing act.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>A great Sufi once said that the instant of time is a sharp sword that cuts away the guilt and regret of the past and the avarice of the future. This means living fully present in the instant. A sword pierces the surface and cuts into the depth. A sword is straight, like the straightness of the spine, which is conducive to clarity. And the sword is polished steel, shimmering and bright. Can one meet one's limitations with acute sharpness of vision, and with compassion and hope?</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Pause for a moment and invoke if you will, inwardly, a limitation that you perceive in your life, an aspect of your life that does not match up with the perfect picture of who you feel that you should be. The word “should” raises a question. What is the basis of the compulsion that prompts you to be something other than what you are? Is it an unhealthy one? Is it from outside of yourself? Guilt and shame? Or is there, on the contrary, the sense of hearing the call of destiny: an urging emanating out of the fullness of one's total being, inspiring one with the image of capacities that are as yet latent and which are stirring within, seeking fuller expression? Then consider one's shortcomings, one’s imperfection in the light of this latent power, beauty and grace. Consider the state of an infant or egg or seedling as compared with the fully gown, fully realized adult of the species; perhaps one's imperfection is like this. And even in the awkwardness and perhaps distortion there is already the promise of what is to emerge. One sees one's self with the divine glance, the glance of beneficence.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>My conscientious self, meet your shortcomings with a sword of self-respect.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><b><i>Printed with permission of the Sufi Order International.</i></b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i>~~~~~</i></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i>Father, thank You for renewing our minds to Your way of thinking so we are no longer bound by the mores and conventions of the past. &nbsp;We are grateful that with You all things are possible. &nbsp;Thank You for being the source of revitalizing our cities in Jesus name, amen.</i></b></span></div></div></div></div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sZSyVs-5fEc/UOygXwSu9aI/AAAAAAAAIr8/mwZSoufnNn4/s1600/Snapshot+28+%25281-8-2013+5-26+PM%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sZSyVs-5fEc/UOygXwSu9aI/AAAAAAAAIr8/mwZSoufnNn4/s400/Snapshot+28+%25281-8-2013+5-26+PM%2529.png" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b><i>Bishop Noel Jones &amp; The City Of Refuge</i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Isaiah 58<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><b>New King James Version (NKJV)<o:p></o:p></b></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12.5pt;"><br /></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12.5pt;">Fasting that Pleases God<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">1</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">2&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness,&nbsp;</span></b><b style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">and did not forsake the ordinance of their God.&nbsp; They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">3&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">‘Why have we fasted,’&nbsp;<i>they say,</i>&nbsp;‘and You have not seen?&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>Why</i>&nbsp;have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’</span></b></b><br /><b style="text-align: left;"></b></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">4&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness.&nbsp; You will not fast as&nbsp;<i>you do</i>&nbsp;this day, to make your voice heard on high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">5&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul?&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>Is it</i>&nbsp;to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?&nbsp; Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">6&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“<i>Is</i>&nbsp;this not the fast that I have chosen:&nbsp; to loose the bonds of wickedness, t</span></b><b style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">o undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">7&nbsp;</span></sup><i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Is it</span></i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">8&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;shall be your rear guard.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">9&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Then you shall call, and the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I&nbsp;<i>am.</i>’</span></b></b><br /><b style="text-align: left;"></b></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">10&nbsp;</span></sup><i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">If</span></i><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall&nbsp;<i>be</i>&nbsp;as the noonday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">11&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">12&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.<o:p></o:p></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><br /></span></sup></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: clear; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">13&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, f<i>rom</i>&nbsp;doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy&nbsp;<i>day</i>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking&nbsp;<i>your own</i>&nbsp;words,&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">14&nbsp;</span></sup></b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>then you shall delight yourself in the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.&nbsp; The mouth of the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>&nbsp;has spoken.”</b><o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://2.gvt0.com/vi/zlq5ilsfoSo/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zlq5ilsfoSo&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zlq5ilsfoSo&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>~~~~~</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>Tao Te Ching (The Way)</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>by Lao-tzu</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>translated by: &nbsp;J. Legge</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><h2 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">9</span></b></h2><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full. &nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.</b></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe.</span></b></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When the work is done, and one's name is becoming</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>~~~~~</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8w5iD3WKGJM/US-UcSCGmmI/AAAAAAAALHQ/NrhA0KUseKM/s1600/pir+zia+inayat+khan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8w5iD3WKGJM/US-UcSCGmmI/AAAAAAAALHQ/NrhA0KUseKM/s320/pir+zia+inayat+khan.jpg" width="215" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b><i><a href="http://sufiorder.org/" target="_blank">Pir Zia Inayat-Khan</a></i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Commentaries on the “Silver Rules”&nbsp;</span></h3><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan</span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan</span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></h3><h3 style="background-color: clear; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Silver Rule 9</span></h3><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>My conscientious self, meet your shortcomings with a sword of self-respect.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Shortcomings: we all have them. We are human. We are ephemeral and imperfect. And imperfection can be uncomfortable. One tries hard to repress the awareness of one's imperfections, trying to project a picture of perfection and infallibility, trying to push deep down the reality of our fragility and brokenness. But of course imperfection cannot be escaped, and the deception proves far more dangerous than the original limitation.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Another response is to succumb to one's shortcomings, to wallow in them, to hopelessly confess one's self low and ignoble. And this is just as dangerous and debilitating. But there is a third way. And this is what Murshid is pointing us to.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>The third way is to address our shortcomings with clarity, understanding, compassion, hope, and faith. It means seeing that we have been created imperfect, and that our very imperfection means that there is room in us for growth, change, and movement—room for transformation. Perfection is not a far-off, icy ideal. Perfection is the process of moving toward greater depth and fullness, a process that proceeds in increments. And each forward movement is a glowing act.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>A great Sufi once said that the instant of time is a sharp sword that cuts away the guilt and regret of the past and the avarice of the future. This means living fully present in the instant. A sword pierces the surface and cuts into the depth. A sword is straight, like the straightness of the spine, which is conducive to clarity. And the sword is polished steel, shimmering and bright. Can one meet one's limitations with acute sharpness of vision, and with compassion and hope?</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Pause for a moment and invoke if you will, inwardly, a limitation that you perceive in your life, an aspect of your life that does not match up with the perfect picture of who you feel that you should be. The word “should” raises a question. What is the basis of the compulsion that prompts you to be something other than what you are? Is it an unhealthy one? Is it from outside of yourself? Guilt and shame? Or is there, on the contrary, the sense of hearing the call of destiny: an urging emanating out of the fullness of one's total being, inspiring one with the image of capacities that are as yet latent and which are stirring within, seeking fuller expression? Then consider one's shortcomings, one’s imperfection in the light of this latent power, beauty and grace. Consider the state of an infant or egg or seedling as compared with the fully gown, fully realized adult of the species; perhaps one's imperfection is like this. And even in the awkwardness and perhaps distortion there is already the promise of what is to emerge. One sees one's self with the divine glance, the glance of beneficence.</b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>My conscientious self, meet your shortcomings with a sword of self-respect.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><b><i>Printed with permission of the Sufi Order International.</i></b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div></div><div style="background-color: clear; margin-bottom: 0.08in; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i>~~~~~</i></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><i>Father, thank You for renewing our minds to Your way of thinking so we are no longer bound by the mores and conventions of the past. &nbsp;We are grateful that with You all things are possible. &nbsp;Thank You for being the source of revitalizing our cities in Jesus name, amen.</i></b></span></div></div></div></div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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