Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Inevitability of Your Choice


So, you see. Having the gift of prophecy does not mean we own the Universe.

Picture yourself the perforated-design covering of a very bright lamp. What you manage at best is the shape and size of the perforation, which happens to be dynamic, and delegated to your will. What you do not own and control is the Light of the Lamp.

Picture further that the perforations are covered in glass, and the glass is covered in dust and grime. Your task is to find your own beauty by clearing away the dust and grime - such that you do not scratch and damage the delicate glass of your Self in the process.

Prophecy, it doesn't matter what dist flies in the air around that Lamp. The Lamp lit up to banish the darkness. That is the project of the Lamp. You - you only design your own perforations, clean your own glass, feel the ache and the joy of the process, and realize that the Truth is deeper than this.

That, Prophecy, is the only choice you have. Meddling with the Source of Light, agonizing at the darkness around is an intellectual engagement of the creativity that was created to do what you can do, not what you cannot do - which is, to agonize your self. Here is your choice, limited as it seems, but a great, endless, never-ending task within itself. And herein lies your liberation, for you now know what your commitment is.

Your choice was always inevitable, what mattered was whether you perceived it or not.

To your Self, remind this:

The blind and the seeing are not equal,
nor are darkness and the light, nor the shade and the heat,
nor are the living and the dead equal.
God can make anyone Hu* pleases hear;
but you cannot make hear those who are in graves.
You are nothing but a warner.
35.19 - 35.23

* God's pronoun "He" is terribly misleading. So I have chosen to use Hu instead, following an interesting practice I found in a Turkish Sufi text. Hu, of course, is the name of Allah.

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