The reed flute represents the human being— cut from the primordial spiritual realm, from communion with our Source in the river of pure peace, light, and gnosis. After a time before time in the divine presence, witnessing and communing with the Ultimate Reality, we were brought out from the riverbed and placed in the here-below. We have come to this realm, according to the Sufis, to witness, remember and awaken to our original state. At the core of our beings we all yearn for this return. For we are the Reedbed Diaspora.
she said, “To the timeless One each moment is eternally present.
Be in this world like you know each moment is eternal."
Baraka Blue is a poet, emcee, and educator born in Seattle, Washington. He is known for his unique blend of the American traditions of Hip-Hop and Spoken Word poetry with the Islamic tradition of mystical poetry exemplified by Rumi, Hafiz, and others. He has performed across North America and internationally, in countries such as the U.K., Turkey, the Gambia, Senegal, Egypt and Morocco.
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"Mawlana Rumi’s son once lamented that some people read Sufi poetry as if these narratives are taking place outside of us, instead of recognizing that they are in reality tendencies and faculties inside our own spirit. Baraka Blue’s Reedbed Diaspora is a brilliant and profound contemporary reflection on the very best of Sufi poetry, and itself an extension of that tradition. A thousand years ago, Sufi poetry found sublime expressions in Persian, and then Urdu and Turkish among other languages. Today, we are witnessing the emergence of Sufi poetry in English. What a joy to witness this birth, or to pick the metaphor that Baraka Blue uses (following a millennia of Sufi poetry) a pouring: “I must return to preparing my cup for all that you pour.”
- OMID SAFI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor of Islamic Studies specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam.
"In these moving lines the call of the eternal reverberates in the rhythms of the present. In Baraka Blue one hears the teachings of Rumi, Ibn Ata'allah and others in a form that echoes the voice of Walt Whitman. It is truly an American Islamic poetry."
- JOSEPH LUMBARD, Brandeis University
Professor of Classical Islam in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Islamic and Middle East Studies Program
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