Only the Heart...
Subhan Allah! What a busy day it's been. Ya Rabb! Timetable's are a pain! Oh well, all part of the process I suppose. As promised, here's the final excerpt of the day from Rumi's Mathnawi.
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
'If a wealthy person brings a hundred sacks of
God will only say, "Bring the Heart, you who are bent
If the Heart is pleased with you, I am pleased;
and if the Heart is opposed to you, I am opposed.
I didn't pay attention to "you"; I look to the Heart:
bring it, poor soul, as a gift to My door!
Its relation to you is also mine:
Paradise is at the feet of the mothers".
The heart is the mother and father and origin
of all creatures:
the one who knows the heart from the skin is
You will say, "Look, I have brought a heart to You".
God will respond, "The world is full of these
Bring the heart that is the axis of the world
and the soul of the soul of the soul of Adam".
The Ruler of all hearts is waiting for a heart filled with light and goodness'
Ya Rabb! What else is there to say? A 'heart filled with light and goodness'! May Allah give us all the tawfiq (or 'grace') to develop such hearts.