Come back.

August 20, 2015

My goal for you is for you to forget all goals

As long as you persist on the path of guidance,

For you to leave aside existence and not long for it

And grasp hold only of the cord of firm reliance.

How long will you neglect me while I always

Watch over you with love and diligence?

How long will you gaze upon what I’ve created

Wandering enraptured, entranced with each glance?

And never turn your attention toward my presence?

You’ll pass your life far from the mark in deviance!

My love is timeless- remember “Am I not your Lord”

On that day my uniqueness held you in a trance.

Do you have other than me another sustaining Lord

Who may save you from future disturbance?

You call upon others, the needy to the needy

For the entire cosmos is incapacity and impermanence.

Everything manifest by my will manifests

Through me alone existing thing have existence.

In this world that I create, command and possess

Is there anyone to face who claims self-persistence?

Look around with the open eyes of faith and you’ll see

Every being’s effectiveness depends upon my dominance.

On a journey from nothingness to nothingness

You’re headed for obliteration with no hope for permanence.

This is my gift decreed for you- don’t reject it,

So from others keep aloof your hope’s countenance!

All your plans are suspended at my doorway

So before my presence leave your baggage at a distance.

Accept your inherent quality of lowly humility

See my generosity match your willing compliance.

Be a servant to me, like a real servant, content

Accepting all the master’s demands with obedience.

Why hide your lowly qualities with qualities that are mine

And replace your ignorance with open defiance?

Will you make yourself my partner in ownership

And compete with me against wisdom’s radiance?

If you aim to reach my intimate presence, then beware!

Your self is raving, so oppose it with stridence.

Plunge into the ocean of obliteration- you might see me,

Prepare to meet me in the end with confidence.

Continually invoke me for blessings that you encounter

Apt actions of the master who gives without hindrance,

And spend not a day led by others in dalliance

For there is nobody else to turn to today for guidance.

~Ibn Ata’Alla as Sikandari (rahimullah).


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