Friday, November 17, 2006

Polishing the Heart

Sufis describe the heart as a mirror which the wayfarer polishes and polishes with aspiration and inner work, until no imperfection remains. then mirror of the heart can reflect the true light of the God.

By means of the Divine Lights, the heart becomes polished so that it shines like a polished mirror. When it becomes a mirror one can see in it the reflection of all existing things and the reflection of the Kingdom of God as they really are.

- Al-Hakim At Tirmidhi

Whether your lot be glory or disgrace, be pure of both hatred and love of self. Polish your mirror, and perhaps that sublime beauty from the regions of mystery will shine in your breat - just as it did for the prophets. And then, with you heart illuminated by that splendor, the secret of the Beloved will no longer be concealed from you.

- Jami

from the Book: Travelling the Path of Love edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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