Part 16 - How the Christians followed the vizier

    371   The Christians all gave their hearts to him: what (how great), indeed, is the strength of the (blind) conformity of the vulgar! 372   They planted love of him within their breasts,...


Part 16 - How the Christians followed the vizier

 

 

371

 

The Christians all gave their hearts to him: what (how great), indeed, is the strength of the (blind) conformity of the vulgar!

372

 

They planted love of him within their breasts, they were regarding him as the vicar of Jesus.

373

 

He inwardly (in reality) was the accursed one-eyed Antichrist. O God, do Thou (hear and) answer the cry (of those in trouble) —what a good helper art Thou!

374

 

O God, there are myriads of snares and baits, and we are as greedy foodless birds.

375

 

From moment to moment we are caught in a fresh snare, though we become, each one, (like) a falcon or a Símurgh.

376

 

Every moment Thou art delivering us, and again we are going to a snare, O Thou who art without want!

377

 

We are putting corn in this barn, (and then) we are losing the corn that has been garnered.

378

 

(Why), after all, do not we consider with intelligent mind that this damage to the corn arises from the deceitfulness of the mouse?

379

 

Since the mouse has made a hole in our barn, and our barn has been ravaged by its guile,

380

 

O soul, in the first place avert the mischief of the mouse, and then show fervour (zeal) in garnering the corn.

381

 

Hear (one) of the sayings related from the Chiefest of the Chief (the Prophet): “No prayer is complete without ‘presence’ (concentration of the mind on God).”

382

 

If there is no thievish mouse in our barn, where is the corn of forty years' works (of devotion)?

383

 

Why is the daily sincerity (of our devotions) not being stored, bit by bit, in this barn of ours?

384

 

Many a star (spark) of fire shot forth from the iron (of good works), and that burning heart received (it) and drew (it) in;

385

 

But in the darkness a hidden thief is laying his finger upon the stars,

386

 

Extinguishing the stars one by one, that no lamp may shine from the (spiritual) sky.

387

 

Though there be thousands of snares at our feet, when Thou art with us there is not any trouble.

388

 

Every night Thou freest the spirits from the body's snare, and dost erase (the impressions on) the tablets (of the mind).

389

 

The spirits are set free every night from this cage, independent, neither ruling nor ruled by anyone.

390

 

At night prisoners are unconscious of their prison, at night governors are unconscious of their power.

391

 

There is no sorrow, no thought of gain or loss, no fancy of this person or that person.

392

 

This is the state of the ‘árif (gnostic), even without sleep: God said, (Thou wouldst deem them awake) whilst they slept. Shy not at this.

393

 

He is asleep, day and night, to the affairs of the world, like a pen in the hand of the Lord's control.

394

 

One who sees not the hand in the writing thinks (that) the act (of writing proceeds) from the pen by means of movement.

395

 

He (God) hath shown forth some part of this state of the ‘árif, (inasmuch as) the intellect too is carried off (overtaken) by sleep of the senses.

396

 

Their souls are gone into the desert that is without description: their spirits and bodies are at rest;

397

 

And with a whistle thou leadest them back to the snare, leadest them all (back) to justice and to the judge.

398

 

Like Isráfíl (Seraphiel), He (God) who causes the dawn to break brings them all from those lands (of spirit) into (the world of) form.

399

 

He embodies the spirits divested (of body), He makes each body pregnant (laden) again (with actions and works).

400

 

He makes the steed of the souls bare of saddle: this is the inner meaning of “Sleep is the brother of Death”;

401

 

But in order that they may return in the daytime, He puts a long tether on their leg,

402

 

So that in the daytime He may lead it back from that meadow and bring it from the pasture (to go) under the load.

403

 

Would that He had guarded this spirit as the Men of the Cave or as the Ark of Noah,

404

 

That this mind and eye and ear might be delivered from the Flood of wakefulness and consciousness!

405

 

Oh, in the world there is many a Man of the Cave beside you, before you, at this time:

406

 

The Friend is with him, the Cave is in converse with him; but your eyes and ears are sealed, (so) what does it avail?

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