THE WISDOM OF IBN ATA'ALLAH
Translation and Commentary by Shaykh
The branches of
disgrace would not grow tall save from the seeds of avarice.
When the seeds of
envy and greed take root in the heart, then true abasement and
disgrace will result. Greed, hypocrisy and subsequently abasement
and deprivation are related. The opposite is contentment with His
Will and severance of expectations from creation whilst
contemplating divine mercy in all situations.
you like your illusion.
calculated expectations and assumptions are all a result of our
attaching certain values to situations or things. Because values
and experiences constantly change, we shall only be led to confused
struggle and uncertainty. Human illusions and values change all the
time and invariably drive us away for inner contentment and peace.
Truth is Ever-permanent and is the only source of joy while access
to that zone is through the subdued self.
You are free from
that which you despair of, and a slave to that which you covet.
Illumined life is
based on contentment and containment and that comes about when the
heart is free of emotional agitations or anxieties for worldly
satisfactions. Whatever we aspire to or desire, be it good or bad,
drives us by its power and will possess our heart. And whoever is
thus driven is not free. It is said that true nobility comes with
despair (from attaining worldly goals).