Friday, December 30, 2011

God speaks to each of us: Rainer Maria Rilke

1.
God speaks to each of us as He makes us,
        continuous,
then with us, silently out of the night,
         He walks.

These are the words we dimly hear:

         "You, sent out beyond your recall,
         go to the limits of your longing.
         walk to the furthest horizon
         of your yearning.

Embody Me.

         Flare up like flame
         and make big shadows I can veil Myself in.

         Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
         Just keep going. No feeling is final.
    
Don't let yourself lose Me.
Don't let yourself lose Me.

         Nearby is the country they call life.
         You will know it by its majestic seriousness.

Now, my friend,
Give Me your hand.

Hold the Hand of the only real Friend
You ever had."


- Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated reworked by Sadiq Alam



2.
In the Name of the Universal Lover, Your Exclusive Lover Who is Infinitely Loving

There can be no compulsion in the Path of Love. Reality manifests clearly from illusion. So let the lovers hear the call of Love and arrive at the Door of the Beloved. Whoever rejects falsehood and attain loving-faith in God has grasped the most trustworthy Hand that never let go.

For the Divine Love is always listening, always knowing every state of affair.

Behold! For those who attain the loving-faith in God, God is their Exclusive Friend, al-Wali.

- An untranslated meditative rendition of the Quranic verse 2:256
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