Friday, July 15, 2005

"Trailing clouds of Glory ..."

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

"Even before accomplishing enlightenment a person knows that everything attests to the existence of God. But these virtuous feelings of innocence disappear as he begins to mingle with corrupt society, because worldly affairs hinder him from swimming in the vast ocean of insight."

-Al-Ghazzali, "Ihya Ulum Id-Din"
Translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

These words of Al Ghazzali reminded me of some lines from Wordsworth..

"Trailing clouds of glory do we come from God who is our home."..... and then, later on;

"Shades of the prison house close in upon the growing boy."

I seem to remember it was from the Intimations Ode.

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