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"Kaldi, noticing that when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush they became more energetic (jumping goats), chewed on the fruit himself. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to an Islamic monk in a nearby monastery, but the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed. The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world's first cup of coffee. "The myth of Kaldi the Ethiopian goatherd and his dancing goats, the coffee origin story most frequently encountered in Western literature, embellishes the credible tradition that the Sufi encounter with coffee occurred in Ethiopia, which lies just across the narrow passage of the Red Sea from Arabia's western coast."
According to legend, a local monk named Mullah (I am skeptical here because the term "mullah" is a title, not a name. A "Mullah" is a Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law. But, the title "Mullah" did not appear until the 17th century, 600 years after this story, so perhaps there was someone named "Mullah.") noticed this beverage and its effect upon both goats and humans and asked for a bag of the berries. He returned to his monastery and proceeded to plant and grow the trees/bushes around the religious center. The berries were highly valued by the monks because the drink they produced helped keep him and his fellow monks awake and attentive during their prayers.
"Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as "a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God". Alternatively, in the words of the Darqawi Sufi teacher Ahmad ibn Ajiba, "a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one's inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits" Muslims and mainstream scholars of Islam define Sufism as simply the name for the inner or esoteric dimension of Islam."
Coffee apparently went through some tough times, even being temporarily banned (similar to alcohol) before being passed on as a beneficial beverage for our delightful consumptious intake. Do you think it is kinda odd that it went through this tribulation only to triumph as a vigorous and energetic creation. So today I rejoice in this powerful liquid creation. I enjoyed the story of how it came about and the struggles it had of becoming. I feel for me that it can represent the struggles and hardships we all endure in our lives. So the next time I sip my good ole cup of mojo this is what I will be thinking about.
"a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one's inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits" Muslims and mainstream scholars of Islam define Sufism as simply the name for the inner or esoteric dimension of Islam."
The mystical root of all religion unifies them as one.
This diagram is meant to show that the common truth behind all world religion is the idea that everyone is God. In the outer sections of the circle we have the outer mysteries of religion. That is the rules, the rituals and regulations. In the inner part of the circle is depicted the mystical heart of each religion, the mystical practices and disciplines designed to bring people into union with God. Towards the centre we find God. The ultimate truth and ground of all being. Though God is given different names, the assertion here is that all the different labels are really referring to the same thing