Strive as much as you can

Mountain Climbers

Even though union with Him is never given

as a reward for one’s efforts,

Nevertheless, O heart, strive as much as you can!

~ Khwaja Hafez of Shiraz

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9 thoughts on “Strive as much as you can

    • Dear Ranu,

      Thank you for your visit and comments. Glad you liked this from Khwaja Hafez.

      All good wishes,

      robert

  1. Robert, this quote has left me intrigued. What does he mean when he says union with Him is not given as a reward for efforts? I’m not sure as I felt that effort is always rewarded, whether success is the outcome or not. Or have I misunderstood?

    • Dear Sonya,

      Thank you for your visit and feedback. Well, I’m no expert here. I can only offer a perspective which automatically makes visible my limited perception :).

      My understanding is that he *may* be referring to how, while effort is very much required, what God grants is what God grants, and it can’t be coerced from Him by deeds, even if those deeds are good.

      All good wishes,

      robert

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