The people (of the Lord) put into practice what they heard, so their practice brings them near to the Lord of Truth, for whose sake they make the effort. They hear His admonitions without intermediary, with the ears of their hearts. This happens when they are in a state of absence (ghaiba) and sleep in relation to creatures but of wakefulness with the Creator. When your heart is truly sound, you will always be in a state of absence and sleep in relation to creatures but of wakefulness with the Creator, for it will not be distracted from its privacy even when you are in a public situation. Thus you will never lose the intimations (mawarid) of the Lord of Truth and His wise advice (hikam) will reach you through the innermost being (sirr). The innermost being will inform the heart, the heart will inform the tranquil self (nafs mutmainna), the self will inform the tongue and the tongue will inform the people. One should either speak to the people in this manner or not speak at all.
Note: Extracts from lectures given by Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani in Ramadhan 545 A.H. Reference: The Sublime Revelation (Al-fath ar-Rabbani) Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland.