Monday, December 31, 2012

The Sufi symbol

I found the meaning of the Sufi symbol, in the words of the person who designed it, Hazrat Inayat Khan, here .
The wings represent the spirit's urge to fly up, instead of landing down, in the world of matter. The star represents the enlightenment. The crescent represents the desire to receive it.
I particularly liked this bit: the principal teaching of Sufism is that of learning to become a pupil. For it is the pupil who has a chance of becoming a teacher. Once a person considers that he is a teacher his responsiveness is gone. The greatest teachers of the world have been the greatest pupils. And it is this principle which is represented by the crescent. 

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