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.