Monday, March 29, 2010

Its as if the Sun knew.


The weekend flew by at such a confounding speed, it made me doubt that today is actually Monday.The second year schedule has been extremely forgiving, I momentarily forgot what it was like to be busy once again.

In truth, I quite fancy being busy. It makes me feel like I am in control over the things I do and I am not wasting my time doing things that benefits no one, especially myself. We are after all, living on borrowed time. Yesterday I was on my feet all day and yet I still managed to sneak in an hour of baking, that is the only thing I did for myself yesterday.

Funny thing happened. Actually, its not funny at all, if it had to be something, it was annoying. So as usual, I went to the kitchen to preheat the oven and went back to my room to make the batter. So when I was done with that, I went to the kitchen with the mix, ready to be baked. So I opened to oven door when I saw A BIG FAT CHICKEN LYING ON A BED OF ONIONS AND POTATOES JUST SITTING THERE, ROASTING! Urh hello? Where did YOU come from?! I preheated the oven so that YOU can stuff your chicken in it? 50 minutes later, I went back to the kitchen to check on the cake when the culprit walked out, carrying his perfectly browned chicken with a smug expression on his face. Sankkyouuuuuu very machhhhh. Haha, ohwell. I'm glad I perfectly and exquisitely preheated the oven for you which resulted in a beeeyooooooootiful, golden, juicy (how would i know? well, sure looked it) roasted chicken.

Totally unrelated. ANYWAYS... (I have the attention span of a kangaroo, I'm sorry).


The two shocking metro bombings this morning (read here), got everyone thinking I bet. To me, it intelligibly reassured the fact that death is dogging you and I abidingly every second of everyday. It only takes one "GO" from God and detach we shall, from our mortal parts. Life, is definitely not ours to claim ownership to and it is merely a resting place along the road to sweet eternity. So, spend it wisely and spend it well.

Enclosed is one of my favourite poems, found underneath the pillow of Imam Al-Ghazali, one of the greatest thinkers of all time, upon his death. Don't skip it, read it!

"Say to my friends, when they look upon me, dead
Weeping for me and mourning me in sorrow
Do not believe that this corpse you see is myself
In the name of God, I tell you, it is not I,
I am a spirit, and this is naught but flesh
It was my abode and my garment for a time.
I am a treasure, by a talisman kept hid,
Fashioned of dust, which served me as a shrine,
I am a pearl, which has left it's shell deserted,
I am a bird, and this body was my cage
Whence I have now floron forth and it is left as a token
Praise to God, who hath now set me free
And prepared for me my place in the highest of the heaven,
Until today I was dead, though alive in your midst.
Now I live in truth, with the grave - clothes discarded.
Today I hold converse with the saints above,
With no veil between, I see God face to face.
I look upon "Loh-i-Mahfuz" and there in I read
Whatever was and is and all that is to be.
Let my house fall in ruins, lay my cage in the ground,
Cast away the talisman, it is a token, no more
Lay aside my cloak, it was but my outer garment.
Place them all in the grave, let them be forgotten,
I have passed on my way and you are left behind
Your place of abode was no dwelling place for me.
Think not that death is death, nay, it is life,
A life that surpasses all we could dream of here,
While in this world, here we are granted sleep,
Death is but sleep, sleep that shall be prolonged
Be not frightened when death draweth night,
It is but the departure for this blessed home
Think of the mercy and love of your Lord,
Give thanks for His Grace and come without fear.
What I am now, even so shall you be
For I know that you are even as I am
The souls of all men come forth from God
The bodies of all are compounded alike
Good and evil, alike it was ours
I give you now a message of good cheer
May God's peace and joy for evermore be yours."

-Imam Al-Ghazali 

I'm elated that Spring is finally here but I can't wait to be done with April.

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