July 24, 2009 Leave a comment
bismillah al-jamal al-majnun
To be an anarchist is to shatter and to rebuild; to be a mystic is to be shattered and rebuilt. Anarcho-Mysticism is glimpsing the potential of every atom of every molecule while grokking the Beauty (al-jamal) and the Chaos (al-majnun).
Sana’i said that there was a boy sent to study in a mosque, and when that boy was told to clean the mosque of all that was dirty, he was soon nowhere to be found: Later, he explained that he had removed that which was dirty–himself.
That is not Anarcho-Mysticism. The boy, if an Anarcho-Mystic, finding himself in a “dirty” mosque, would lose himself in the wonder of a single thread of dust. He would face qibla, touch his forehead to the ground in prayer and sing a hymn of love to the Earth his Mother.
When the Imam returned to check on the boy’s progress, what would the boy do then? Surely, he would offer the Imam a cup of wine and ask that he wash his feet.