Part 22 - How the vizier confused the ordinances of the Gospel

    463   He prepared a scroll in the name of (addressed to) each one, the (written) form of each scroll (of) a different tenor, 464   The ordinances of each (of) a diverse kind, this...


Part 22 - How the vizier confused the ordinances of the Gospel

 

 

463

 

He prepared a scroll in the name of (addressed to) each one, the (written) form of each scroll (of) a different tenor,

464

 

The ordinances of each (of) a diverse kind, this contradicting that from the end to the beginning.

465

 

In one he made the path of asceticism and hunger to be the basis of repentance and the condition (necessary) for conversion.

466

 

In one he said: “Asceticism profits naught: in this Way there is no place (means) of deliverance but generosity.”

467

 

In one he said: “Your hunger and generosity are (imply) association on your part (of other objects) with (Him who is) the object of your worship.

468

 

Excepting trust (in God) and complete resignation in sorrow and joy, all is a deceit and snare.”

469

 

In one he said: “It is incumbent (on you) to serve (God); else the thought of putting trust (in Him) is (a cause of) suspicion.”

470

 

In one he said: “There are (Divine) commands and prohibitions, (but they) are not for practice (observance): they are (only) to show our weakness (inability to fulfil them),

471

 

So that we may behold our weakness therein and at that time recognise the power of Him.”

472

 

In one he said: “Do not regard your weakness: that weakness is an act of ingratitude. Beware!

473

 

Regard your power, for this power is from Him: know that your power is the gift of Him who is Hú (the Absolute God).”

474

 

In one he said: “Leave both these (qualities) behind: whatsoever is contained in sight (regard for other than God) is an idol (something which involves dualism).”

475

 

In one he said: “Do not put out this candle (of sight), for this sight (perception) is like a candle (giving light) to the assembly.

476

 

When you relinquish sight and phantasy (too soon), you will have put out the candle of union at midnight.”

477

 

In one he said: “Put it out—have no fear—that you may see myriads of sights in exchange;

478

 

For by putting it out the candle of the spirit is increased: by your self-denial your Laylá (beloved) becomes your Majnún (lover).

479

 

If any one abandons the world by his own (act of) renunciation, the world comes to him (with homage) more and more.”

480

 

In one he said: “That which God hath given you He made sweet to you in (at the time of) bringing it into existence.

481

 

He made it easy (blessed) to you, and do you take it gladly: do not throw yourself into anguish.”

482

 

In one he said: “Let go all that belongs to self, for it is wrong and bad to comply with your nature.”

483

 

(Many) different roads have become easy (to follow): every one's religion has become (to him) as (dear) as life.

484

 

If God's making (religion) easy were the (right) road, every Jew and Zoroastrian would have knowledge of Him.

485

 

In one he said: “That (alone) is made easy (blessed) that (nothing but) spiritual food should be the life of the heart.”

486

 

When the enjoyments of the (sensual) nature are past, like brackish soil they raise no produce and crop.

487

 

The produce thereof is naught but penitence; the sale thereof yields only loss.

488

 

That is not “easy” in the end; its (true) name ultimately is “hard.”

489

 

Distinguish the hard from the easy: consider (what is) the goodliness of this and that in the end.

490

 

In one he said: “Seek a master (teacher): you will not find foresight as to the end among the qualities derived from ancestors.”

491

 

Every sort of religious sect foresaw the end (according to their own surmise): of necessity they fell captive to error.

492

 

To foresee the end is not (as simple as) a hand-loom; otherwise, how would there have been difference in religions?

493

 

In one he said: “You are the master, because you know the master.

494

 

Be a man and be not subject to men. Go, take your own head (choose your own way), and be not one whose head is turning (bewildered in search of a guide).”

495

 

In one he said: “All this (multiplicity) is one: whoever sees two is a squint-eyed manikin.”

496

 

In one he said: “How should a hundred be one? He who thinks this is surely mad.”

497

 

The doctrines, every one, are contrary to each other: how should they be one? Are poison and sugar one?

498

 

Until you pass beyond (the difference of) poison and sugar, how will you catch a scent from the garden of Unity?

499

 

Twelve scrolls of this style and fashion were drawn up in writing by that enemy to the religion of Jesus.

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