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Sunday, February 22, 2004  

The Quest Even though you're not equipped, keep searching: equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Sustainer. Whoever you see engaged in search, become her friend and cast your head in front of her, for choosing to be a neighbor of seekers, you become one yourself; protected by conquerors, you will, yourself, learn to conquer. If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon, don't smile contemptuosly upon its quest. Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest? -Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi III, 1445-1449 By God, Don't Linger By God, don't linger in any spiritual benefit you have gained, but yearn for more - like one suffering from illness whose thirst for water is never quenched. This Divine Court is the Plane of the Infinite. Leave the seat of honor behind; let the Way be your seat of honor. -Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi III, 1960-1961

posted by SuFiSTiC | 2/22/2004 12:35:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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