In early 1997 I posted a thread to alt.islam.sufism entitled blue rose,new moon mystics... . (However someone appears to have deleted that from the google groups archive and I will check the date of it later in my files.) Then not long after I had started that thread, at Branwen Books, a local bookstore, I thumbed at random and without looking, in a split-second, in an abridged version of the Koran, and it came open at the end of the section entitled Daybreak, which ends with the two lines
Join the company of My servants,
and enter into My Garden.
That was from p. 141 of The Essential Koran -- The Heart of Islam -- An Introductory Selection of Readings from the Qur'an, translated and presented by Thomas Cleary, HarperCollins paperback edition 1994, ISBN 0-06-250196-8 (cloth), ISBN 0-06-250198-4 (paberback).
There was no response to my post to alt.islam.sufism but I still believe that the rose or blue rose and thorn is important to Islam or at least to Sufis. Correct me if I am wrong, and I will do more library research to try and substantiate this. My blue rose vision and thorn hill climb (which I believe caused an acupuncture-like awakening of the hands and feet) is described in the sun stare section.
In Legends of the Rose it says "The ancient Persians explained the appearance of red roses with a legend of a nightingale who loved the white rose. When Allah named the rose the `Queen Flowers', the impulsive bird flew down to embrace her and was pierced by her thorns. From the drops of the nightingale's blood, red roses grew. " In a variant of that which I saw in The Complete Book of Roses, the Lotus was queen of the flowers in the day and during the night the blood of the nightingale on the thorns formed the rose. In another variant in Symbolism and Colors of the Rose before the nightingale met the rose he didn't sing, only croaked and chirped, but when he met the rose he was inspired to song.
Some comments on the rosary: 5 times the 33 rosary beads is about the time period from the onset of a pre-full-moon psychic test (such as that of the Buddha against the tree by Mara, or Jesus by Satan) with release/resurrection at full moon, to the onset of a pre-new-moon waning sickle mystic high. The blue rose in my vision might have been the blue lotus in others, perhaps the words for rose and lotus in some ancient or modern Indian language or Romany sound alike. There are 165 beads in the long Catholic rosary, or 5 (number of the rose) times that in the Islamic one. There are 108 beads in the Hindu mala rosary and 1.5 times that gives six rotations of the sun, or 5.5 lunar months, or 162 days. My personal onset to onset measurements have ranged from 160 to 164 days.
I have read very little on the life of Mohammed or earlier Arab pagan major mystics or the major Sufi mystics yet, just an hour of skimming in a university library, but will check out some more books soon and also do some web searching. Recommendations would be appreciated. I do note that he had some epilepsy type problems; I also had some fainting problems as a child and early teen and one major epileptic seizure at age 22.7 which has not recurred since. The book I looked at said Mohammed's main call was at age 40; however I believe he must have had an earlier, confusing to him (as mine was) call at age 27 or 28, then sorted out his call during and after the low years which began about five years later, then had an emergence from the low years around age 40. However I have yet to look for evidence of this. I believe now that he had an initial call at age 27.5 like me and then seven or eight years of low years beginning at age 32 and then a connected, productive, creative period (putting it all together) at age 39 or 40 resulting in the publication of the Koran when he was 40. I'll have to check the details in the library though.
The waning crescent on all mosques and many flags I think is from Mohammed having waning crescent highs like mine. Since Islam follows on to some extent from earlier monotheistic prophet/patriarch paths, the sections on Judaism and Christianity might also be of interest. In both I discuss the anointing by the horn of oil, which I relate to waning crescent inspiration. If Mohammed had such, that would mean, if I am right, that he was similar to Jesus and some major Jewish figures.
I think that the song Desert Rose on Sting's recording Brand New Day might refer to Mohammed having a blue rose vision like mine, and perhaps to some association of the blue rose with a woman.
Some more stories of the rose in Islam are, from Rose Trivia are first "In another legend, the Prophet Mohammed was away fighting a war when he began to long for his wife, Aisha. Mohammed was tormented by the idea she was being unfaithful and asked Gabriel for help. Gabriel suggested Mohammed give his wife a simple test. When he returned home he should ask Aisha to drop whatever she was carrying into the water. If she was faithful, it would stay the same colour and prove her unwavering love. Mohammed finally returned from his battle and Aisha rushed to greet him, carrying a huge bouquet of red roses. She was surprised when he commanded her to drop them into the river, but obeyed and the roses turned yellow. Eventually, Mohammed forgave his favorite wife but, for some, the yellow rose remains a symbol of infidelity." and second that "In Islam, the rose signifies the blood of Mohammed and his two sons."
Also according to Symbolism of the Rose in Alchemy a quote from Rumi is "In the driest whitest stretch of pain's infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose." That reminds me of me of when, while out of my mind, and after much pain on the thorns, I got some solace from my blue rose vision. Another quote, a Persian proverb, is "The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends." That reminds me of my association of the blue rose with the blue planet Earth.
Now here is a second story which is also recounted in the Thumbs section of the biography, even though it was a finger in this case and not a thumb.
Feb. 25, 2004: Last night in my room I grabbed my "The Essential Koran" (an abridged Koran, but I am not Muslim) and flipped to a page at random (completely random, but without thumbing this time, i.e. instead of a thumb on the long side I used my right index finger on the top) and read out
By the Recital, rich in wisdom,
you are surely one of the Messengers,
on a straight path.
It is a revelation sent down by the Mighty, the Merciful,
so you may warn a people whose ancestors had not been warned and so they were heedless"
"Alas for the servants: whenever a Messenger comes to them, they mock him."
So anyway I plan to read more on the life of Mohammed later and then would update this section and also will eventually read some of his messages and theories, which might influence the development of my own over time, and in some cases I might even believe his. If you have any contributions to make to this section, let me know and if I include them I would reference you and your sources.
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