Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) on Being with the Shaykh

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote:

“If you are a disciple, be as though dead like a corpse next to a corpse.
Bury the blindness of your eye in order to live forever.
When you have taken a master, lo! submit;
Go like Moses under the tutelage of Khidhr.
The master is a mirror for the soul in distress;
Rail not, O soul, at the mirror’s image.
Since you have taken a master, be not faint-hearted;
Be not weak like water and mud;
If you become resentful at every annoyance,
How will you ever become an untarnished mirror?
The Prophet said that whoever concealed secrets
Would quickly be joined with is heart’s desire;
Learning the secret of the Absent befits
Him who can seal his lips from speech.
Now that you have a tranquil heart, bind it to him;
Close your eyes to the whole world.
He who receives Revelation and Words from God
- Whatever He Decrees is exactly correct -
‘Slay that boy!’ Khidhr cut his throat.
Ordinary folk do not perceive the secret!
If Khidhr scuttles a boat in the sea -
There are a hundred truths in Khidhr’s deed.
Expose your inner secrets to your master and be relieved,
Just as one should not conceal one’s aches from the physician.”


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