That You May Be Delivered From Your Own Contrivance

Peace, one and all…

Some much needed advice from beloved Mevlana:

Do not weave plots in vain imagination and cunning;
for the Self-sufficient One does not give way to the contriver.
Contrive, in the way of one who serves God well,
that you may gain the position of a prophet in a religious community.
Contrive that you may be delivered from your own contrivance;
contrive that you may become detached from the body.
Contrive that you may become the meanest slave:
if you enter into meanness, you will become lordly.
Never, O old wolf, practise foxiness
and perform service with the purpose of lordship;
But rush into the fire like a moth:
do not hoard up that, play for love!
Renounce power and adopt piteous supplication:
mercy comes towards piteous supplication, O dervish.
The piteous supplication of one sorely distressed and athirst is real;
the piteous cold supplication of falsehood is proper to the miscreant.
The weeping of Joseph’s brethren is a trick,
for their hearts are full of envy and infirmity.

Masmavi 5.468-476

One thought on “That You May Be Delivered From Your Own Contrivance

  1. Peace be upon you…Thank you Abdur Rahman for a most timely reminder, may peace and blessings be upon you & your family and company, this message was just what I needed to read at this juncture, thank you for your kind consideration, may Allah Most Kind Compassionate and Most Merciful reward you, peace be upon you from annaiza aka Layla

    Sent from my iPad

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