The path to union is not as we assumed.
The world of the soul is not as we thought.
The source from which Khizr drank the water of life
Is in our own house, but we have buried it.
~ Shaykh Sadruddin Qunawi
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When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, “This is certainly not like we thought it was.”
~ Mawlana Rumi
Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
~ Teresa of Avila
A true seeker must transcend those joys and delights that are just the ray and reflection of the glory of God. He must not let himself grow content with such things, even though they are of God, come from God’s grace, and are of the radiance of God’s beauty, for they are not eternal; with reference to God they are eternal: with reference to man, they are not.
Think of the rays of the sun shining into houses. They are rays of the sun, and they are light, but they are attached to the sun and not the houses. When the sun sets, their light no more remains.
What we have to do, then, is to become the Sun itself, so all fear of separation can forever be ended.
~ Mawlana Jelalludin Rumi