In The Name Of God The Merciful The Compassionate
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his is the Book o the Masnavi, which is the roots o the roots o the roots o the Way in respect o unveiling the mysteries o attainment and o certainty; and which is the greatest science o God and the clearest wayo God and the most maniest evidence o God.
he likeness o the light thereo is
as a niche in which is a candle
shining with radiance brighter than the dawn.
t is the heart’s Paradise, having ountains and boughs, one o them a ountain called Salsabil amongst thetravellers on this Path; and in the view o the possessors o stations and graces, and it
is best as a station and most excellent as a resting-place
here the righteous eat and drink, and there the ree are gladdened and rejoiced; andlike the Nile o Egypt it is a drink to them that endure patiently, but a grie to the people o Pharaoh and theunbelievers, even as God has said,
He lets many be misled thereby and He lets many be guided thereby.
t is thecure or breasts, and the purge o sorrows, and the expounder o the Qur’an, and the abundance o gis, and thecleansing dispositions ;
by the hands o noble righteous scribes
None shall touch it except the puried.
alsehood does not approach it either om beore or behind,
since God observes it and watches over it,
and He isthe best guardian and He is the most merciul o them that show mercy.
nd it has other titles o honour whichGod has bestowed upon it.
e have conned ourselves to this little, or the little is an index to the much, and a mouthul is an index tothe pool, and a handul is an index to a great threshing-oor.
he eeble slave who has need o the mercy o God most High, Muhammad son o Muhammad son o al-Husayn o Balkh—may God accept rom him says : “ I have exerted mysel to give length to the Poem inRhymed Couplets, which comprises strange tales and rare sayings and excellent discourses and precious indica-tions, and the path o the ascetics and the garden o the devotees-- brie in expression but maniold in meaning—at the request o my master and stay and support, the place o the spirit in my body, and the treasure o my to-dayand my to-morrow, namely, the Shaykh, the exemplar or them that know God and the leader o them that possess right guidance and certainty, the helper o humankind, the trusted keeper o hearts and consciences, thecharge deposited by God amongst His creatures, and His choice amongst His creation, and His injunctions toHis Prophet and His secrets to His chosen one, the key o the treasuries o the empyrean, the trustee o the richesstored in the earth, the ather o virtues, the Sword o the ruth and Religion, Hasan son o Muhammad son o al-Hasan, generally known as Ibn Akhi urk, the Abu Yazid o the time, the Junayd o the age, the entirely vera-cious son o an entirely veracious sire and grandsire—may God be well-pleased with him and with them !—a na-tive o Urmiya, tracing his descent to the Shaykh who is honoured or having said, ‘In the evening I was a Kurd,and in the morning I was an Arab.’
ay God sanctiy his soul and the souls o his successors! How goodly is theancestor and how goodly the successor!
is is a lineage upon which the sun has cast its mantle, and a renown o ancestry beore which the stars havedimmed their beams.
heir courtyard has ever been Fortune’s gibla, wherever the sons o the rulers turn ,and Hope’s Ka`ba which is circumambulated by deputations o the suitors or bounty; and may it never cease tobe thus, so long as a star rises and an orient sun appears above the horizon, to the end that it may be a astness orthe godly, spiritual, heavenly, super-celestial, illuminated ones who possess insight, the silent ones who behold,the absent ones who are present, the kings beneath threadbare garments, the nobles o the nations, the owners o excellences, the luminaries who display the evidences. Amen, O Lord o all created beings!
nd this is a prayerthat will not be rejected, or it is a prayer that includes all classes o the creation.
lory be to God, the Lord o all created beings, and God bless the best o His creatures, ‘Mohammed, and his kin, the noble, the pure!”