Share a song you recently realized you can't get enough of… no matter how many times you listen to it.
There are three ways to know something.
Take, for instance, a flame. One can be told of a flame, one can see a flame with one's own eyes, and finally one can reach out and be burned by the flame. In this way, we seek to be burned by God.
— Sufi saying
Sufism developed within Islam as the descendant of Zoroastrianism, and borrowed heavily from Hindu religious concepts. It is also likened to Buddhism, and I find it strangely akin to the Jain philosophy I grew up with. The Sufis strive to detach from the self through complete devotion and focus, and recognize the harmony of the universe as related through music, trying to recreate it through their chants and ritual songs. They strive to break the conditioned patterns of behavior which inhibit spiritual awakening. The Sufis isolate themselves from the material wants of society, and desire nothing but to know themselves and God.
This is my Valentine's day offering to you.