Ibn Ata’llah

A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds

Your desire to withdraw from everything
when Allah has involved you in the world of means
is a hidden appetite

Your desire for involvement with the world of means
when Allah has withdrawn you from it
is a fall from a high aspiration

Give yourself a rest from managing!
When Someone Else is doing it for you,
don’t you start doing it for yourself!

Your striving for what is guaranteed
and your laxness in what is required
are evidence that your understanding is dull

Bury your existence in obscurity
If something sprouts before it is fully buried
it will never bear fruit

If you make demands on Him, you doubt Him
If you seek Him, you are absent from Him
If you seek other-than-Him, you are shameless before Him
If you make demands on other-than-Him, you are distant from Him

Better to keep company of an ignorant man
who seeks self-improvement
than a man of knowledge who is satisfied with himself

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