Thursday, October 05, 2006

which you desire to be?

dead leaves
and the dirty ground

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The loftiest rank for a Mystic is when Hu (Essence of Divine Being) glances upon him, when he and all that comes along with his existence matter not. The more the Divine Glance is upon him the more he fades away, like a beautiful ice-sculpture placed under the direct sunlight in a desert.

A falling leaf is the transition of a tree in its verdant acme of beauty and the moment when no one thought more beauty was possible the Divine Glance detached the leaf away: in its fall the beauty of the atmosphere and the Divine Design of the leaf rendered, in its landing upon the ground and sweeping away by the winds the Divine Force of the gravity rendered and when it withers and darkens returning into its original dust form, the Divine Beauty of the biochemical processes of the nature rendered.

Be Dervish a leaf under the observant glance of the Divine Eye but be not a man veiled by your own Self. Lament the sorrows of this life but not be veiled by the self-congratulatory jubilee of your worships.

Look upon this fallen leaf, which you desire to be? A mere leaf under the watchful Divine Eye or a man looked down upon by other men?

- Junayd, al-Baghdadi (c. 825–c. 910). He was an eminent Muslim mystic Sufi who advocated the integration of mysticism into ordinary life. May Allah bless his soul.

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