Wednesday, June 11, 2008

[Sunlight] “The heart’s mirror has no limits”



The saints have polished their breasts until cleansed of
greed, cupidity, avarice, and hatred.
Without doubt the pure mirror is the heart acting as a
receptacle for infinite pictures.
The Moses-like saint possesses within his breast, in his
heart's mirror, the infinite, formless Form of the Unseen.
What does it matter if that Form is not contained by the
heavens, the divine Throne, the Footstool, or the Fish
supporting the earth?
These things are all delimited and defined, but the
heart's mirror has no limits - Know that!
Here the intellect must remain silent, or else lead us
astray. For the heart is with Him - indeed, the heart is He.

-- Mathnawi I, 3484-89
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
State University of New York Press, Albany, 1983




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