Two men stood on the pier and looked out to the sea.
One saw the "sea" and the "waves". And when the winds
subsided, said : "The waves have merged with the sea.."
The other saw a body of water that have acquired names
-"sea" and "waves". Essentially one, formally different.
And when the winds subsided, said : "The waves have
returned to their origin.."
Two expressions/observations, same phenomena.
The second, however, is closer to the sufic spirit.
Here's what Hamzah Fansuri, 16th century Malay Sufi,
said with regards to "merging" :
In the same manner as the sea and the waves are
not "separate", so [the Lord and His slave are
not separate]. This is the meaning of the Ocean
and the Waves are both intimate.
Fa'lam -At last to its depth the Waves will sink
That is to say, the waves subside into the Ocean.
The waves come from the ocean, and their return,
too, is to the ocean.
This is the meaning of [the text] irji'i ila asli
hi -return thou to thy origin-as said by God Most
Irji ila rabbika radiyatan mardiyyah that is
...return (thou) to thy Lord well pleased, well
The Lovers (meaning, Sufis) understand "return"
to mean that when the lover sees his self no more,
he returns to the depths of the ocean and becomes
the ocean. If he still sees his self, then he is
still not returning and he is not yet "drowned".
In the opinion of Lovers [the state of still
seeing their selves] is called "polytheism". This
is the meaning of "At last to its depths the Waves
- Syed Muhammad Naguib al Attas
The Mysticism of Hamzah Fansuri (University of
Malaya Press) Page 393
Any idea why old manuscripts use only black and red
ink ? Or were there other colours used ?
>From: kanagasaba <sabasaba@...>
>From what I undertsand - (which again some might agrue);
>"fana" or "fana fillah" is a state of reaching/approaching the absolute or
>the "state of being" eg. "shawq" - where an aspirant who experiences the
>state of beautitude does not remain in this realm forever but falls back to
>his human state of being.
>Contrary to it is the "baqa billah" - a state in which the aspirant does
>fall back to the gross state of being anymore but remains there forever -
>which I undertsand as mergence into the ocean - the Haq. One state which I
>can relate to this phenomenon is "a'jam".
>So fana should be a temporary state where else baqa a permenant one - the
>ultimate, dreamt by an ardent aspirant.
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