Sunday, January 13, 2008

Ibn 'Ata'illah on Gratitude for Your Current Position in the World

Your desire for isloation,
even though God has put you in the world to gain a living,
is a hidden passion.
And your desire to gain a living in the world,
even though God has put you in isolation,
is a comedown from a lfty aspiration.
Rest yourself from self-direction,
for what Someone Else has carried out on your behalf
you must not yourself undertake to do it.
Hikam, Chapter 1, translated by Victor Danner

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