“And thus He unites you to Himself…”
I’ve lately been pondering as to what would amount to the Almighty drawing us Near to His Proximity, and certainly what it might take to taste the fruits of paradise in this world. What if I have been precisely wrong the whole time, and thus sought Him with my (poor attempt at) deeds, and not allowing myself to be inhabited by the Almighty at the level of the heart/spirit.
Perhaps this takes, courage, determination, and perhaps even love… what say you?
Cling to the attributes of His Lordship
and realise the attributes of your servanthood!
He has prohibited you from claiming for yourself,
among the qualities of created beings,
that which does not belong to you;
so would He permit you to lay claim to His Attributes,
He who is the Lord of the Universe?
How can the laws of nature be ruptured for you
so that miracles result,
while you, for your part,
have yet to rupture your bad habits?
The point at issue
is not the fact of searching;
rather, the point at issue
is that you be prescribed with virtuous conduct.
Nothing pleads on your behalf like extreme need,
nor does anything speed gifts to you quicker
than lowliness and want.
If you were to be united with Him
only after the extinction of your vices
and the effacement of your pretensions,
you would never be united with Him!
Instead, when He wants you to unite you to Himself,
He covers your attribute with His Attribute
and hide you quality with His Quality.
And thus He unites you to Himself
by virtue of what comes from Him to you
not by virtue of what goes from you to Him.
Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah, The Book of Wisdom, 78-9
The Book of Wisdom / Intimate Conversations; Trans, Victor Danner/Wheeler M. Thackston (Paulist Press, New York: 1978)
Trans, Victor Danner/Wheeler M. Thackston
Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality