Part 26 - How the vizier refused the request of the disciples

    565   He said: “Beware, O ye enslaved by words and talk, ye who seek admonition and discourse (conveyed) by the tongue and (through the) ear. 566   Put cotton-wool in the ear of...


Part 26 - How the vizier refused the request of the disciples

 

 

565

 

He said: “Beware, O ye enslaved by words and talk, ye who seek admonition and discourse (conveyed) by the tongue and (through the) ear.

566

 

Put cotton-wool in the ear of the low (physical) sense, take off the bandage of (that) sense from your eyes!

567

 

The ear of the head is the cotton-wool of the ear of the conscience: until the former becomes deaf, that inward (ear) is deaf.

568

 

Become without sense and without ear and without thought, that ye may hear the call (of God to the soul), ‘Return!’”

569

 

So long as thou art (engaged) in the conversation of wakefulness, how wilt thou catch any scent of the conversation of sleep?

570

 

Our speech and action is the exterior journey: the interior journey is above the sky.

571

 

The (physical) sense saw (only) dryness, because it was born of dryness (earth): the Jesus of the spirit set foot on the sea.

572

 

The journey of the dry body befell on dry land, (but) the journey of the spirit set foot (took place) in the heart of the sea.

573

 

Since thy life has passed in travelling on land, now mountain, now river, now desert,

574

 

Whence wilt thou gain the Water of Life? Where wilt thou cleave the waves of the Sea?

575

 

The waves of earth are our imagination and understanding and thought; the waves of water are (mystical) self-effacement and intoxication and death (faná).

576

 

Whilst thou art in this (sensual) intoxication, thou art far from that (mystical) intoxication; whilst thou art drunken with this, thou art blind to that cup.

577

 

Outward speech and talk is as dust: do thou for a time make a habit of silence. Take heed!

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