Friday, February 12, 2010

Finding the state of gnosis


The venerated Shaykh al-Akbar Shaykh Muyhiddin Ibn al-Arabi, (may God be pleased with his soul, may we obtain barakah from his high station, may God increase his holiness and consequently ours);
Shaykh Ibn al-Arabi has said:

"A gnostic and a man who is ripe, when he says 'He', he becomes 'He' and if he pronounces this in the state of Perfection, the speaker himself does not remain in between, but completely becomes 'He'. This is one of the mysteries of finding the state of gnosis. Everybody does not know this, and there has not been anybody who has pointed this out, for the reason either they are reluctant or they are afraid, for there is a possibility of falling into danger. This is because in this station the quality of immanencing manifests from the servant. Because at the time the servant said 'He' that which was speaking through the tongue of the servant is the Divine Strength and Power." 

"The Prophet (s.a.w) always used the following sentence in his prayer, which he gave us, to lead us towards maturity:
'My God, please make me into Light.'
Doubtless he was Light, but the prayer is in that form to teach us, because
the person who gives himself up to He,
is Light."

Give being to God;
let being be God's at once.
Withdraw yourself from in-between;
let that which remains be the friend.

From: Lubbul Lubb (Kernel of the Kernel) translated by Ismail Hakki Bursevi
O son, again, our mawla Shaykh al-Akbar has made a profound revelation. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. I consider this as a gift after having gone through a bout of spiritual drought. On this blessed Friday, I pray so that Allah grants us gnosis and enjoin us with the righteous. Ameen Allahumma ameen.

p/s Read another profound revelation by Shaykh Ibn al-Arabi in
The One Alone/Kitab al-Ahadiyyah
Pic credit: Dr. Zameer (May God grant you bounties as much as the snow in NY city!)

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