Adab & Devotion
This week turn from our exploration of
, to explore the closely related theme of devotion. This week’s
reading contains one reading from the Masnavi on the theme of adab, and another on the theme of devotion, alongside a short personal account. In working with these texts, we suggest this four step approach:
Read this selection, out loud if possible, seven times.
Dwell upon the phrase or sentence that touches you.
Ask yourself what relevance or application this has to yourself.
Finally, sit in the afterglow of these reflections and open yourself to whatever new insight or message the Divine might have for you.
Text 1: Adab
‘Even though you're not equipped,
keep searching: equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord. Whoever you see engaged in search, become her friend and cast your head in front of her, for choosing to be a neighbour of seekers, you become one yourself; protected by conquerors, you will yourself learn to conquer. If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon, don't smile contemptuously upon its quest. Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?’
Text 2: Devotion
‘Whatever it is you wish to marry,
go, absorb yourself in that beloved, assume its shape and qualities. If you wish for the light, prepare yourself to receive it; if you wish to be far from God, nourish your egoism and drive yourself away. If you wish to find a way out of this ruined prison, don't turn your head away from the Beloved, but
bow in worship and draw near