Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Us (on our knees).
The manual's meditations were intended for oral transmission in an
encounter called sina-ba-sina in Persian, which depending on
the translation, is either from “breast to breast” or “heart to
heart.” The teacher and his student—the lover and his beloved—are
on the floor, seated as if in prayer on their knees. But rather
than facing Mecca, the arched mihrabs in their shared prayer
rug (if there was one) point toward each other. The also manual
offers instructions for those ‘seekers’ who are ‘simpleminded and
inexperienced,’ which will include us:
Sitting knee to knee
The seeker lowers his chin
Draws his abdomen inward
Holds his chest out full, closes his eyes.
The Other begins feeling the Seeker's breath
As the Seeker exhales, the Other inhales for him.
(The force of the scream should result in blood oozing from the
nose and ears).
A variation on this meditation can be performed knee to knee
following the model of the twelfth-century poet Ahmad, who would
extend his hand towards his favorite pupil while holding a flower,
superimposing its petals over the youth’s face ‘…contemplating now
the rose, now the beloved…’
who as his mirror image was ‘more he than he.’