of every disobedience, indiﬀerence, and passion
of every obedience, vigilance, and virtue
is dissatisfaction with one’s self.
It is better for you to keep company with an ignorant man
dissatisﬁed with himself
than to keep company with a learned man
satisﬁed with himself.
For what knowledge is there in a self-satisﬁed scholar?
And what ignorance is there in an unlearned man
dissatisﬁed with himself?
Among the attributes of your human nature,
draw away from every one that is incompatible with your servanthood,
so that you may be responsive to the call of God
and near His Presence.
The Real is not veiled from you.
Rather, it is you who are veiled from seeing Him; for, were anything to veil Him, then that which veils Him would cover Him, But if there were a covering to Him, then that would be a limitation to His Being:
Every limitation to anything has power over it.
“And He is the Omnipotent, above His servants.”
Your being on the lookout for the vices hidden within you
is better than your being on the lookout for the
invisible realities veiled from you.