O Lord, Look with Generosity on My Wounded Heart

May the foundations of both worlds’ felicities be made easy and may the secrets of clear-heartedness be endless and sempiternal! Praise belongs to God, Lord of the worlds, and may blessings be upon the master of the envoys, Muhammad, and all his household. (Musannafat 710-12)

Chapter 5: Writings on Practice, The Heart of Islamic Philosophy (the quest for self-knowledge in the teachings of Baba Afdal al-Din Kashani), William Chittick, Suhail Academy, Lahore, 2004, p.159

Quatrains

If You show Your bounty, I have no fear of the world,

If You use Your Force, I will perish at once.

Each day I say a thousand times – “O pure Artist,

I’m a handful of dust. What comes from a handful of dust?” (66)

….

O Lord, look with generosity on my wounded heart!

O You who are wealthy, look at poor me!

I know well that I don’t deserve Your court.

Don’t look at me, look at Your own munificence! (72)

….

Grief for You makes every soul happy,

unbelief for You gives freshness to faith.

May the heart not find comfort from You for a breath

should it seek the cure of pain for You. (5)

….

Not all the unaware are empty of Your love,

not all without insight are empty of Your pain –

As much as I look on the creatures of the world,

I see no head empty of madness for You. (47)

Baba Afdal al-Din Kashani

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