Monday, February 06, 2017

Muslim Sufi Song to God that touches the heart

All religions, at their heart, profess great love for God and have beautiful songs to praise Him.  This is one of the most heartfelt ones from the Muslim religion -- from the Indian movie Jodhaa Akbar, which tells the story of the greatest Muslim emperor that ruled India -- and a fiery young Hindu princess, Jodhaa.  Set in the 16th century, their romance begins as a marriage of alliance between two cultures and religions, for political gain.  The alliance eventually turns into one of true love.  Akbar in Arabic means "great."  

I loved this epic movie, which has English subtitles and can be rented through Netflix.  Although it is the story of personal love between the Emperor and his wife, it is also a heart-touching story of love for God, in both the Hindu and Muslim religions.  The Christian, Jewish and Buddhist religions all have their own hymns and chants that evoke the same deep feeling that is evoked in the Sufi song and dance in this video.  It is my prayer that the entire world can be joined in love for God without all the fences of fear and hatred that now divide us. 

If you are Christian, please experience this video from your heart, seeing the obvious joy and devotion the singers have for God, just as Christians do when we sing our hymns.  The portions of the video that show the princess crying is because she thinks she will have to leave behind her Hindu religion in this marriage to a Muslim. She is wrong. The emperor has no intention of making her change her religion and even builds her a temple so she can worship God in her own way.  You can see in the video that he is overcome with a transcendent Divine love that draws him to dance with the dancers.  This implies he is enlightened, beyond the differences in religions -- to see clearly the true Oneness of all faiths.  His wife is eventually won over by his unconditional love for God -- and for her.

The video is only a few minutes long, but if you listen to it with an open heart and mind, the love for God that is obviously being expressed in the song will be felt in your own heart. Even though the words aren't in English, the heart can hear clearly the devotion they are expressing.  Wouldn't it be far better to speak to the world in devotional songs like this of every religion than in the words of fear and hate being Trumpeted out by the present White House?  With all my heart, I hope for the higher approach to be taken, to unite us, rather than to divide.