Sufi Love

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKAylJYBNb4] Youssou Ndour is a friend, fellow countryman, and one of the best ambassadors of Senegal, at least on the artistic front.  One of the things that it is important to understand about my country is that we are a deeply religious country, committed to our Sufism, which has allowed us to be one of only two African nations never to have experienced a coup or civil war since Independence.

What do I love so much about the man? He is serious about Peace, real Peace, Love, real Love, and a Better World For Women. I love the fact he decided to stay home, in Senegal and prove that it is definitely possible to be a gigantic international star, straight from Africa! Most of us in Senegal feel that we are blessed with a "gene" of Peace, Tolerance and Love, that preserved us throughout times.

This is one my favorite songs from him, and you guessed it, it is all about  LOVE. Part of the song goes like this:

"Love is so good

Trust Us

I love you, and no one can extinguish that fire

Love, Love, O Love

Love is the making of God

Love comes out of a heart and goes into another heart

Love: no one can sell it and no one can buy at the market

Any two people you see, love binds them and God puts its blessing on it

Love has no religion

Love has no color for in the world of Love, there is no black person, and no white person"

We Senegalese Sufis are consumed with Peace, Tolerance and Love, when it is all said and done.

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Mysticism, God and Belief

I am a religious person, and I am undoubtedly a mystic:

"Mysticism (from the Greek μυστικός, mystikos, an initiate of a mystery religion)[1] is the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate realitydivinityspiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. Mysticism usually centers on a practice or practices intended to nurture those experiences or awareness."

Mystics don't "believe in" God, we experience God, or "ultimate reality," or "divinity," or "spiritual truth" directly.  Thus it doesn't really make sense to ask if I "believe in God" or, when I know that someone is good, how I "know" that they are good.  I just do.  Can I be wrong?  Yes.  But my opinion is not based on arguments that can be stated; my opinion is a direct perception of reality, just as you directly perceive whether you like a color, a sound, or a taste.

Thus my emphasis on the importance of intuition as "the still small voice within" or God.  And I encourage you to develop your intuition, on the grounds that I believe that once you learn to hear the voice of God clearly on your own, you will be a very powerful mystic, and all your fears and doubts will disappear.

Sufism is the mystic branch of Islam.