Discourse 16 (10.01.1998)
It is a way which is of God
It is a way which is of Muhammad Mustafa
One should think how serious , how pure that way is. God is so. Saints have an aim and purpose in all their affairs and enjoyment, in all their efforts and endeavours, in their intentions and attempts. What is their aim ? It is to be blessed with Gods gladness. How can our God be pleased with us? What must we do? They seek this. How can we enter into Gods gladness? For this reason whatever the people of the Truth (=ahlu haqiqat) do is to please God. In the course of time this noble and pure thought turns him into a man that displays politeness and elegance. He reaches the peak of modesty.. At the end God says to him,
O my servant! I am well pleased with you ( The Dinner Table, Verse 119 )
The servant says to God,
O my God! I am well pleased with you( The Dinner Table, Verse 119 )
If God is pleased with his servant, then the servant deserves to see the face of God.
Everything that comes from you- either a rose or a thorn- is pleasant
It can be a garment or shroud , both your sorrow and grace are pleasant for me
Why were these words said? It is because of mutual gladness. God is pleased with his servant and the servant is pleased with God. They both show gladness to each other and they love each other. In the end the lover and the beloved become One. God loves his servant and the servant loves God through the love that reflects from him. They become a monument of love . The angels become their servants. The sun and the moon are given under their command. God places the nights and the days , the earth and the sky at the disposal of them .
Neither their richness, nor their being sovereigns or being wise gives them a feeling of pride even a little bit. They are like the trees in autumn which reach perfection, become mature, nice smelling and delicious and whose branches bend downward. No matter how perfect they are, their sign is modesty and humility.
The only source that they are nourished and inspired is the reality of Muhammad. All the Prophets and Saints were inspired from there. The Prophet was sent as a mercy to all the world (Rahmat lil-'alamin). He is an eternal soul. If someone says, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) passed away 14 centuries ago. , I say to him, What is put into the grave is their dead bodies which belong to this world. Their soul is eternal.
Death is far from them. They die when they are still alive. They die before they die and they gain eternal life. Their life is different from the ordinary peoples life. Soul has nothing to do with earth. For this reason Hazrat Mawlana (k.s.) says, Dont cry. Blow nay (=reed flute) and play qudum (=a pair of small, hemispherical drums) .
The meaning of death is different for them and for the ordinary people. They all wait for death.
The death of the rinds ( = an independent thinkers ) is different.
As Turkoman Dervish Great Yunus says,
I am neither happy for having property
Nor sad for poverty
I comfort myself with your name
I need you , only you
Hazrat Niyazi has similar lines on that subject. Wed better tell them to our readers to help them better understand.
They lift the veil of this world and the other world
They renounce the joy of life- tawhid becomes their joy
Those who follow Misri have no trouble
Tawhid becomes the joy of the heart bird inside
The manners (=ahval), the actions (=efal) and thoughts of saints are so.
Hazrat Mawlana, the great and distinguished man, expresses this truth in Divan-i Kabir as follows,
The lovers who die being aware of the Truth, melt like sugar in the presence of the beloved. They sweetly die.
They drink the water of life from the Covenant of Alast so they die in a different way.
They are all lovers. They gather in the field of love. For this reason they dont die like ordinary people.
They left behind even the angels in elegance. Dying like humans is far from them.
Do you believe the lions die out of the door like the dogs?
When the lovers die into nothingness, the sultan of the heart greets them with pleasure.
Lovers achieve opening their third eye. Those who are not lovers die like the blind and deaf ones .
They become enlightened like the Sun. Because they die at the foot of the moon.
Lovers who truly love each other die with each others love.
There is water of love in their livers. They are like water. In fact they die in the water of love in their liver.
Lovers fly to the sky. However impious die at the bottom of hell.
They are afraid of sleeping at night during their lifetime. For this reason they die being sure of fear and danger.
However those who adore food have already become ox-like. Of course they die like donkeys.
Those who seek that look, sacrifice themselves for that look willingly with a smile.
The sultan take them up in his arms of grace. They dont die like poor fellows.
The lovers who have adopted the manners of Mustafa die like Abu Bakr or Omer.
The death is far from them but I say these words in case they die.
O the sovereign! O Shamsuddin! The impious whom you support die being unaware of the Truth even at the moment of death.