Modern Day Sufis

In the early centuries of Islam, Christians and Zoroastrians in the community would run secret drinking dens, where muslim poets celebrated the love of Allah with colourful imagery of wine and beautiful young men. Hafiz, Abu Niwas, Rumi are among the poets who used intoxication and homoeroticism in their words to conjure the experience of heavenly embrace. Throughout history, acts of celebration, intoxication and revelry have served to feed human souls with the joy of connection, communion and intimacy, the antidote to the attitudes of religious madmen have always railed against such activity. Whenever the world rails and wails, the people in the Alehouse continue to laugh, love and dance.

THE WORLD IS FULL OF WAILING AND WEEPING

BUT IN THE ALEHOUSE PEOPLE ARE STILL DREAMING

THAT JOY AND PLEASURE CAN SAVE US ALL.

When will the wailing cease?

we wonder as we raise our toast

and the world once more respond

TO DIONYSUS’ CALL?

Why are people stuck in judgement?

Why are people stuck in hate?

THE PEOPLE IN THE ALEHOUSE

CAN IMAGINE A DIFFERENT A FATE.

ONLY JOY CAN SAVE THE WORLD

AND ONLY LOVE CAN GIVE BIRTH TO JOY:

Love connects all beings in a web of immortality

but same-sex love was forbidden, named as immorality –

where love does not flow, spirit cannot go:

division and fear burst forth when love is met with NO.

Pleasure is a Goddess – the Ancients knew

Pleasure dissolves the boundaries between Me and You.

Published by shokti

i am shokti, lovestar of the eurofaeries, aka marco queer magician of london town. i explore the links between our sexual-physical nature and our spirits, running gatherings, rituals and Queer Spirit Festival. i woke up to my part in the accelerating awakening of light love and awareness on planet earth during a shamanic death-and-rebirth process lasting from January 1995 to the year 2000, and offer here my insights and observations on the ongoing transformation of human consciousness, how to navigate the waves of change, and especially focusing on the role of queer people at this time.

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