Reason And Heart
|One day reason said to the heart:|
‘I am a guide for those who are lost.
|I live on earth, but I roam the skies—|
just see the vastness of my reach.
|My task in the world is to guide and lead,|
I am like Khizr of blessed steps.
|I interpret the book of life,|
And through me Divine Glory shines forth.
|You are no more than a drop of blood,|
While I am the envy of the priceless pearl!
|The heart listened, and then said: ‘This is all true,|
But now look at me, and see what I am.
|You penetrate the secret of existence,|
But 1 see it with my eyes.
|You deal With the outward aspect of things,|
I know what lies within.
|Knowledge comes from you, gnosis from me;|
You seek God, I reveal Him.
|Attaining the ultimate in knowledge only makes one restless—|
I am the cure for that malady.
|You are the candle of the Assembly of Truth;|
1 am the lamp of the Assembly of Beauty.
|You are hobbled by space and time,|
While I am the bird in the Lotus Tree.
|My status is so high—|
I am the throne of the God of Majesty!
Translated by: Mustansir Mir