Thursday, May 12, 2005

Love of Dunya /Love of Allah.

Bismi'llah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim...for the sake of Prophet Muhammad saws and Sheikh Nazim may Allah protect his secret.

Now it's time to leave all that nonsense behind and get on with the 'Real' business..Thanks to az of yahoo group "Maulana40" for the following ...

Maulana Sheikh Nazim delivered the following talk in response to the question 'What is the best way to draw closer to God?'
It is your soul's 'love'. Your heart is like a container. If you use that container, filling it with water, you cannot put milk in that same container. If it is full of milk, you may not put oil in it. If it is filled with oil, you cannot put in it tea. The container can only be filled with one of these.
One of the bad characteristics of our physical material body is that we have an inherent love for this life and everything on earth. Mostly people are only interested in the things provided to them in this physical world. People have fully engrossed themselves in living this life to its fullest. Their love of this life has completely filled their hearts and there's no room left for the love of God. Even though they are saying 'God is love', they are liars. God is not love, and love is not God. However, there is love for God that can make you approach to His Divine Presence.
If you start cleaning your heart from the temporal love of this life, permanent love of God will enter your heart. That permanent love will increase your spiritual power and enable you to reach to Divine Presence. If you are able to do this, you will find true and lasting benefit.

Mischievously (because I am Uthman .. as Sheikh would say) ..I'll just add that,being English ("English like goats, Germans like sheep." Sheikh said.) I can tell you that one may also put tea mixed with a little milk and sugar and it's delicious! Too much milk or sugar however,and it's ruined..and (for me) none at all and yeuch! .. Each according to his own..though I'm sure we all understand the principle of what Sheikh is saying..
Maybe Sheikh..(who has reached the goal and whose job in life is to get us there too) would no doubt say that we will never reach the goal if we loiter on the way.Others may say that they believe the way..(the milk,the sugar,the tea,) is also Allah ..but I suspect that they would be just trying to be clever..like those who try to tell others of the delights of honey without actually having tasted it themselves.

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