The Second Table: indicating the reality of the world of the people of guidance, those with easy hearts.

THE SECOND TABLE

[The Table indicating the reality of the world of the people of guidance, those with easy hearts.]

Then the heedlessness passed, -- And I saw the light of truth clearly.

Existence became the proof of Allah; -- See, life is the mirror of Allah.

The mind became the key to treasuries. -- See, transience is the door to permanence.

The spark of perfection died, -- But, behold the Sun of Beauty!

Separation became true union; -- See, pain is pure pleasure.

Life became pure action; -- See, eternity is pure life.

Darkness became the container of light; -- See, there is true life in death.

All things became familiar; -- See, all sounds are the mentioning of Allah.

All the atoms in existence – -- See, each recites Allah’s praises and extols Him.

I found poverty to be a treasury of wealth; -- See, in impotence is perfect strength.

If you find Allah, -- See, all things are yours.

If you are the slave of the Owner of All Things, -- See, His property is yours.

If you are arrogant and claim to own yourself, -- See, it is trial and tribulation without end;

Experience its boundless torment; -- See, it is a calamity most crushing.

If you are a true slave of Allah, -- See, it is a limitless pleasure and ease.

Taste its uncountable rewards, -- Experience its infinite happiness...

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[Twenty-five years ago in Ramadan after the Afternoon Prayer, I read Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir Geylani’s composition in verse about the Most Beautiful Names. I felt a desire to write a supplication with the Divine Names, and at that time only this much was written. I wanted to write a supplication similar to that of my holy master, but, alas! I have no ability to write poetry and it remained deficient. Nevertheless, the supplication was added to the Thirty-Third Letter of the Thirty-Third Word, known as the Thirty-Three Windows, then was included here on account of its ‘station’.]

He is the Enduring One

The Wise Judge of affairs, we are under His decree;
He is the Just Arbiter; His are the heavens and the earth.

The One Knowing of the secrets and hidden matters in His dominions;
He is the All-Powerful, Self-Subsistent; His is all from the Throne to the ground.

The Perceiver of the fine points and embroideries in His art;
He is the Creator, the Loving One; His is the beauty and the splendour.

The Glorious One Whose attributes are reflected in the mirrors in His creation;
He is the Lord, the Most Holy; His is the might and the grandeur.

The Originator of creatures; we form the embroideries of His art;
He is the Constant, the Enduring One; His is the dominion and eternity.

The Munificent Bestower of gifts; we are the caravan of His guests;
He is the Provider, the Sufficer; His is the praise and laudation.

The Beauteous Granter of gifts; We are the weavings of His knowledge;
He is the Creator, the Faithful; His is the munificence, the giving.

The Hearer of plaints and supplications in His creation;
He is the Merciful, the Healer; His are the thanks and the praise.

The Pardoner of the faults and sins of His servants;
He is the Oft Forgiving, the Compassionate; His is forgiveness and acceptance.

O my soul! Together with my heart, weep and cry, and say:

I am ephemeral; I do not want one such as that.
I am impotent; I do not want one such as that.
I have surrendered my spirit to the Most Merciful; I do not want another.
I want one, but I want an eternal friend.
I am a mere speck, but I want an eternal sun.
I am nothing, but nothing, yet I want these beings, all of them.
 

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