There is One Path, the
annihilation of the false ego in the real, which raises the mortal to
immortality, in which resides all perfection.
'I passed away into
nothingness--I vanished; and lo! I was all living.' All who have
realized the secret of life understand that life is one, but that it
exists in two aspects. First as immortal, all-pervading and silent; and
secondly as mortal, active, and manifest in variety. The soul being of
the first aspect becomes deluded, helpless, and captive by experiencing
life in contact with the mind and body, which is of the next aspect.
The gratification of the desires of the body and the fancies of the
mind do not suffice for the purpose of the soul, which is undoubtedly
to experience its own phenomena in the seen and the unseen, though its
inclination is to be itself and not anything else. When delusion makes
it feel that it is helpless, mortal and captive, it finds itself out of
place. This is the tragedy of life, which keeps the strong and the
weak, the rich and poor, all dissatisfied, constantly looking for
something they do not know. The Sufi, realizing this, takes the path of
annihilation, and, by the guidance of a teacher on the path, finds at
the end of this journey that the destination was himself. As Iqbzl
I wandered in the pursuit of my own self; I was the traveller, and I am the destination.
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