A feeling of discouragement when you slip upby Ibn Ata' Illah
English version by Victor Danner
Original Language Arabic
A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds.
Your desire to withdraw from everything
when Allah has involved you in the world of means
is a hidden appetite.
Your desire for involvement with the world of means
when Allah has withdrawn you from it
is a fall from high aspiration.
Aspiration which rushes on ahead
cannot break through the walls of destiny.
Give yourself a rest from managing!
When Someone Else is doing it for you,
don't you start doing it for yourself!
|-- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston|