Love is for All
Ishq is for the Elect
Panting; we rush to the ocean
Our standard; Tsunami
She sets in
We enter like mad men
We dive, swim above and beneath
Float in peace
We enter a motionless world
A REAL utopia
Pin drop silence
Waves no more
No trace of I
The Sun handsomely arrives
Seated upon His throne he shines
We turn to vapor
An awesome feat
A vanishing act
Vapors traverse up to heaven
Fill clouds with droplets of Love
Love falls as rain
You prayed for rain?
[Poetry: Qudra Healing]
Annihilation of the self, I, is attained through Ishq, fervent love for any object, person or God among other ways. Here we are speaking in reference to Mortal Love as the Way to Divine Love.
Love came to your feet in the guise of a mortal. The message she brought was a heavenly love letter drenched in wine. In false pride, you claimed piety and rejected her message. My foolish sweetheart, Love came as a teacher unto you! You decided to build an iron wall around your heart and proclaimed, ‘No need have I for mortal love, I only seek Divine!” As Love drifted away, her parting words, ‘Did you think you could reach Divine without Me? By heavens, no! Not even in a million years! Rather, if you choose me as your Path, I’ll take you to your destination. All you have to do is embrace and reciprocate.
To further elaborate, we present one of our favourite stories highlighting this subject as taught by the famed mystic and guide, Jami.
A man once came to the Spiritual Master Jami and asked to become his disciple. He had studied all the scriptures in depth and was surprised when the master asked him: ‘Have you ever been in love?’ He answered, ‘No.’ The master said, ‘Go and fall in love and suffer, then come back.” The man went into the world and acted upon Jami’s advice. When he returned, he eventually became Jami’s successor.
The Path actually begins in Fana for one’s mother. Ishq is the first lesson taught to a baby and the subject of Ishq is the mother. Then later as the child matures, the subjects change and vary. Love, a teacher in multiple forms, imparts lessons that are essential to the Path of Love. Whether one consciously signed up or not to learn these lessons, Love teaches life lessons to all. Mortal love is the Way to Divine Love. Love is the Guru.
Stages of Fana [annihilation] Goal being Divine Presence and Path Entailing Levels of Fana in Sufic Context
[Divine] ALLAH ——–> Fana in Muhammed [S] ———> Fana in Ali & Fatima [AS] ——–> Fana in Imams of Ahlul Beit* ———>Fana in Awliah [AS] ———-> Fana in Authorized Ones
The above, starting from the last progressing upwards, is basically the formula entailing the Path of the Elect in the Way of Ihsan.