Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sufi Wisdom

After the Truth what is there but error (illusion)?
- Qur'an, 10:32

God says: I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known. So I created the creation so that I may be known.
- Hadith Qudsi

Allah possesses a drink which is reserved for his intimate friends [awliya']: when they drink they become intoxicated, when they become intoxicated they become joyful, when they become joyful they become sweet, when they become sweet they begin to melt, when they begin to melt they become free, when they become free they seek, when they seek they find, when they find they arrive, when they arrive they join, and when they join, there is no difference between them and their Beloved.
- ALI IBN ABU TALIB (600 - 661)

For thirty years I went in search of God, and when I opened my eyes at the end of this time, I discovered that it was really He who sought for me.
- ABU YAZID AL-BISTAMI (d. 875)

Someone asked the Holy Prophet – ‘What dost thou say concerning the things of the world?’
The Prophet said – ‘What can I say about them:
Things which are acquired with hard labor,
Preserved with watchfulness,
And left with regret.’
- JABIR IBN 'ABDULLAH AL-ANSARI (d. 1088)

God is Truth. All who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not.
- St. Teresa, Benedicta of the Cross

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