|The Virgin and Child by a Mughal artist c 1630|
Welcome to the second day of
Twelve Days with Mary -
an annual meme hosted by
Rebecca of http://corazon.typepad.com/recuerda_mi_corazon/
All cultures and traditions have a wonderfully
rich heritage of the Great Mother, Mother of God,
Universal Mother, Mother of the Holy Son
and many other universal titles.
For twelve wonderful days from
1 to 12 December,
the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
the Blessed Woman
in her many many aspects,
and infinite depth of meaning
to each one of us.
I found this very fascinating piece written by
Andrew Harvey and Anne Baring
on Mary in Islam.
Another surprise that awaits anyone who studies the
Koran is the Koranic reverence for Mary, the mother of Christ.
Very few Christians know that Mary is
considered by the Prophet to be the very
greatest and highest adepts of all -
the most marvelous of all women.
She is considered, both in the Koran and
later in theological commentaries on it, to have reached the
very summit of 'servanthood' and to be the greatest possible
example to any believer of the transforming and life-giving
power of pure selfless adoration of the Divine.
In later Koranic commentaries, Mary emerges as the supreme veil
let down by Allah between himself and humankind,
the supreme veil of Allah's mercy, forgiveness, sweetness
and humility towards his creatures,
the supreme sign of the of the loving-kindness of God.
They continue to say that in Sufism, the esoteric tradition of
one way of imagining the Divine Feminine is to see it as the path of the lover -
the lover of human life, the lover of divine human love
and all its revelatory splendors,
the lover of so-called ordinary experience known and lived
in its divine ecstatic dimension.
or maybe join in yourself
by clicking on the image