Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pearls of wisdom 335

1. If you wish for light, be ready to receive light.
Nourish your ego and be deprived of light.
If you wish to find a way out of this prison,
do not turn away;
bow down in worship and draw near.

2. "Unless You give no one gives.
O Creator, unlock the gates of Your bounty."
He turned his face to heaven and said,
"No one knows my devotion save You.
You put that prayer into my heart.
You raised a hundred hopes."

3. When you resolve to become pious, the devil
in your nature cries out at you: "Tread not
those paths, O confused one; distress and poverty
will overcome you. You will be despised, let down
by friends, you will regret it." Dread of the devil
has bound their souls; the cries of the devil are
the drover of the damned; the call of the Lord
is a guardian of the saints.

4. When we are ignorant we live in His prison;
when we become prudent we live in His palace;
when we fall asleep we become intoxicated;
when we are awakened we are in His hands.

5. Do not mourn the worldly loss;
ask for your soul to be saved.
Many delighted in what you hold dear.
In the end it left them and became mere wind.
Escape from its love before it escapes you. [Mawlana Rumi]

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