Stages of Gnosis

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam al-Mugits Husayn ibn Manswur al-Hallaj (q.s.) said:

“Stillness, then silence, then random speech;
Then knowledge, intoxication, annihilation;
Earth, then fire, then light;
Coldness, then shade, then sunlight.
Thorny road, then a path, then the wilderness;
River, then ocean, then the shore;
Contentment, desire, then love
Closeness, union, intimacy.
Closing, then opening, then obliteration;
Separation, togetherness, then longing;
Signs for those of real understanding,
Who find this world of little value.”


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