Man does not notice that he is like an infant in the hands of a nurse. Sometimes he is happy, sometimes sad, at what happens to him. The nurse sometimes chides the child, sometimes soothes him. At times she spanks him, at others shares his sorrow. The superficial person, the stranger passing by, may think that the nurse is unmindful of the child. How can he know that this is the way in which she must behave?
…the fast of truth, which is preventing the heart from worshiping any other than the essence of Allah. It is performed by rendering the eye of the heart blind to all that exists, even in the secret realms outside of this world, except the love of Allah. For although Allah has created all and everything for man, He has created man only for Himself, and He says ‘Man is My secret and I am his secret’. That secret is a light from the divine light of Allah. It is the center of the heart, made out of the finest of matter. It is the soul which knows all the secret truths; it is the secret connection between the created one and his Creator. That secret does not love nor lean towards anything other than Allah.
There is nothing worthy to wish for, there is no other goal, no other beloved in this world and in the hereafter, except Allah. If an atom of anything other than the love of Allah enters the heart, the fast of truth, the true fast, is broken. Then one has to make it up, to revive that wish and intention, to return back to His love, here and in the hereafter. For Allah says: ‘Fasting is only for me, and only I give its reward’.
Secret of Secrets – Ghous Pak Syed Abd al-Qadir Jilani
Ah Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits — and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!
Wonder what he means…
The Water said to the dirty one, “Come here.”
The dirty one said, “I am too ashamed.”
The water replied, “How will your shame be washed away without me?”
Eventually we all have to return to the stream of His mercy, no matter how stained our souls. For only there can we be purified and made whole again.
So why delay, why let it fester, why stay away…
“And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for those astray?”
Surah Al-Hijr 56
“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”