Monthly Essential Practices of Mevlevi Spirituality for 2013

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January: In these days the breathings of God prevail. Turn your ear and mind toward these breathings. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

February: There are some true servants of God of whom the body is here but of whom the heart is above, under the Throne of God. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

March: The most intelligent of people are those who are most fastidious in matters of courtesy and friendship. . . ~Muhammad (a.s.)

April: None of you has faith until you love for your brother (or sister) what you love for yourself. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

May: Everyone sets out each day and trades his soul, either emancipating it or oppressing it. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

June: The first stage of worship is silence. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

July: Would you have me tell you about actions that are better than fasting, prayer, and charity? Bring goodness and high principles between people. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

August: Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving, good for you; if your kindness reaches the undeserving, take joy in your compassion. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

September: True wealth is not abundance in property but a generous heart. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

October: Two believers that lend support to each other are like a pair of hands that wash each other clean. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

November: Gnosis is my stock-in-trade; intellect is the basis of my religion; love is my foundation; longing is my vehicle; remembrance of God is my comfort; trust is my treasure. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

December: Sorrow is my friend; knowledge is my weapon; patience is my provision; contentment is my wealth; powerlessness is my pride; detachment is my trade; certainty is my strength. ~Muhammad (a.s.)

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