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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. I have had that kind of experience - but I'm not schizophrenic - on one occasion a force came over me and was choking me - I couldn't breathe - but in my mind I was crying out to Jesus to help me and suddenly the power left me. In my tradition we would consider that an attack by a demon. This type thing happened to me a few times over the years.
  2. Thank you for this - sad . . . and yet, hopeful as you observed - it is said that Rumi missed Shams of Tabriz after he disappeared - perhaps the longing felt thru the poem is that of his own soul for his lost friend?
  3. I have read the poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi for a while now and have read of Rumi's friend Shams of Tabriz - what is your favorite poem by Rumi? I have several - but one is a short poem titled 'Red Shirt' in The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks: Has anyone seen the boy who used to come here? Round-face troublemaker, quick to find a joke, Slow to be serious . . . Red shirt, perfect coordination, sly, strong muscles, with things always in his pockets: reed flute, ivory pick, polished for his talent. You know, that one! Have you heard stories about him? Pharaoh and the whole
  4. My brother was in the hospital for two weeks with COVID - he recovered finally. I will pray for your aunt that she recover well, and quickly
  5. I have already taken the vaccine - I wan't going to do so but then my brother caught COVID and nearly died - so I decided to take it. I know many who will not - but I did - trusting God that in HIs wisdom He allowed the vaccines to be developed for the good of people created in His image - for He gives us all good things to enjoy, including things like vaccines.
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