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.
Those who are voyaging to Him
are guided by the lights of their orientation,
whereas those who are united to Him
have the lights of face-to-face confrontation.
The former belong to their lights,
whereas the lights belong to the latter,
for they belong to God and to nothing apart from Him.
“Say: Allah! Then leave them prattling in their vain talk.”
Those who have reached him:
“Let him who has abundance spent out of his abundance.”
Those who are voyaging toward Him:
“And whoever has his means of subsistence straitened….”
What a diﬀerence between one who proceeds from God
in his argumentation and one who proceeds inferentially to Him!
He who has Him as his starting-point knows the Real
as It is, and proves any matter by reference to the
Being of its Origin.
But inferential argumentation
comes from the absence of union with Him.
Otherwise, when was it that he became absent
that one has to proceed inferentially to Him?
Or when was it that He became distant
that created things themselves will unite us to Him?
Whatever is deposited in the invisible world
of innermost hearts
is manifested in the visible world
He who is illumined at the beginning
is illumined at the end.
Among the signs of success at the end
is the turning to God at the beginning.