Friday, December 11, 2009

The heart's mirror


The saints have polished their breasts until cleansed of greed, cupidity, avarice and hatred.
Without doubt the pure mirror is the heart acting as a receptacle for infinite pictures.
The Moses-like saint possesses within his breast, in his heart's mirror, the infinite, formless Form of the Unseen.
What does it matter if that Form is not contained by the heavens, the divine Throne, the Footstool or the Fish supporting the earth?
These things are all delimited and defined, but the heart's mirror has no limits - know that!
Here the intellect must remain silent, or else lead us astray.
For the heart is with Him - indeed, the heart is He.
- Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi in Mathnawi

O son, we are in the business of heart-polishing and hence we sit with the Sufi saints for we believe "whoever desires to sit with God, let him sit with the people of Sufism."
Today, I shall travel a great distant to meet one such person. May Allah keep me enjoined with the righteous for the rest of my life. And you too. InshaAllah.

Reference: The Sufi Path of Love - William C. Chittick

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