"Raise your self-being to the stage where God, before writing your fate may ask you tell me my beloved what is your will?"
To reach this spiritual stage of a perfect man one need to go through these steps:
"O my son! Be free and break
away from your worldly ties.
For how long will silver and gold keep deceiving your eyes?
If you want to pour a sea into your single jar.
It shall hold the need of day, not to be carried far" (M.I/19-20)
"He who is awake (in this
world) is actually more asleep
His wakefulness is worse than his normal peaceful sleep
When our souls aren’t awake to God’s wonderful Presence
We are awake yet in prison, without an active essence.
Find the secret of your life
by drowning in your inner self
If you are heedless to me, let it be so at least think of yourself"
The real awakening is to discover your inner being which is the gift of God.
His holy spirit as God says in the Koran,
"I breathed into him of My spirit" (XV/29) is the "Amānah" (Trust) which man accepted from God, as the Koran says, "We indeed offered the Trust to the Heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to undertake it being afraid thereof. But man undertook it. He was indeed unjust and foolish". "Unjust and foolish" because man carries God’s spirit with him and yet ignores it (33/72).
The soul and the body are not
from each other concealed,
But to many an ear and eye this fact is not revealed"
Body is made out of clay (minerals); and earth attracts it. Because it is the part of earth; and the spirit of God in man is drawn towards God as Rumi reminds:
If anything from its origin
may ever fall away
It seeks a chance to find it in a better way"
Rumi explains this fact by the following parable:
One day Majnun decided to visit his beloved Leyli and for this he rode on a camel’s back. Soon Majnun lost himself by thinking of Leyli. He-camel had a beloved too in the village from where the journey started. When the camel found that his master was asleep he came back to his beloved. This happened two or three times. Majnun gave up and said, "Alright my dear camel! you go to your beloved I go to mine; and he walked on foot" In this story body is camel and the spirit is Majnun. There is a struggle between body and soul. They want to return to their origins. Dust to dust and spirit to Spirit. A worldly man is in love with his physical body.
He is like an embryo:-
Mercy of God wants to bring
Yet he runs back to his mother’s womb
With fear and doubt
For he is afraid to give up
his beloved station
And thinks that he will never reach the real salvation
A perfect man tends more and more towards God. He lives in this world but his soul is with God.
"He has a concealed attraction towards the sky (spiritual location); he is made of clay yet he is free from it"
This world of physical charms fails to cheat a perfect man:
As soon as man turns his attention to God the satanic powers begin to stop him. More worldly charms try to hamper his progress. Rumi and Iqbal warn man not to fall in such traps:
"Don’t be satisfied with the colours and smells of this world for there are many other gardens and nests"
"If you pas beyond these shapes and deceptive forms,
Then you begin to see rose gardens after rose gardens.
It is not wise to fall in love with traffic signs when you still have to go further.
Perfect man uses his divine knowledge to avoid temporary lures.
e) In order to attain hawkish flight one has to kill these four birds in him as Rumi suggests:
Cut these four birds, heads to gain your immortal bread
The duck is your greed and your ego is the crow
The cock is lust, and the peacock is your show
While Iqbal says:
"O nightengale begin to sing so that because of your songs a heart of hawk may be born in the bosom of a pigeon"
When hawkish spirit is born among the young
They see their abodes in the skies
Your nest is not on the domes of royal palaces
You are a hawk go and live on the high rocks
Hakim Sanā’ī also says the same thing:
"Let’s uproot partridge – like life from within us
And change it with an active life of a falcon"
III- Action and divine food:
He who eats husk and barley deserves to be slaughtered
He who consumes light of God becomes the Koran himself.
No one knows this secret that a believer (or lover of God) seems to be a reader although he is the Koran himself.
IV:- Love and action:
When love of God is filled in the heart of a man his selfhood melts away in the crucible of divine love. He has no fear of death, time or worldly worries as God says in the Koran" on the friends of God there is no fear, nor shall they grief" (X/62)
"Although in our life there are many a snare,
Since you are are with us then why should we care?"
"Love is a flame and when it begins to blaze,
It burns everything but the Beloved worthy of praise"
and Iqbal says:
"With the plectrum of love is born the music of life,
Love is heat of life and light of life"
Due to love this partial intellect surrenders to the universal intellect:
"Pass beyond this intellect for this light,
Is not the goal but a lamp for sight"?
A true lover of God cannot sit idle for the whole universe is in action due to divine love and God’s manifestation.
"Like the mill stone this universe
Day and night turns up and cries restlessly
Since it has no peace because of love of God
My heart! Seek no rest like a wandering star"
"Real life is hidden in searching
The essence of life is concealed under desires"
When the lover fails to posses any love-fire
He is like a bird without wings and desire.
Perfect man is like roses. There are white, red, pink roses but the smell is the same. Earth is full of filth and manure but rose-branches suck up only what is needed for the beautiful smell. This world is like the manure and a perfect man takes only what is required for his Beloved (God) by reaching maturity:
As long as you are raw you are only a heap of clay
When you are baked you become an un-rusted sword"
"For a lower man the stage of a perfect man is too high
So cut a long story short and say to him Goodbye"