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Ibn Arabi: From my insufficiency to my perfection

Ibn Arabi: From my insufficiency to my perfection
Photo: Persian dervishes, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.


From my insufficiency to my perfection, and from my deviation to my equilibrium 
From my sublimity to my beauty, and from my splendor to my majesty 
From my scattering to my gathering, and from my rejection to my communion 
From my baseness to my preciousness, and from my stones to my pearls 
From my rising to my setting, and from my days to my nights 

From my luminosity to my darkness, and from my guidance to my straying 
From my perigee to my apogee, and from the base of my lance to its tip 
From my waxing to my waning, and from the void of my moon to its crescent 
From my pursuit to my flight, and from my steed to my gazelle 
From my breeze to my boughs, and from my boughs to my shade 
From my shade to my delight, and from my delight to my torment 
From my torment to my likeness, and from my likeness to my impossibility 
From my impossibility to my validity, and from my validity to my deficiency.

I am no one in existence but myself, so--
Whom do I treat as foe and whom do I treat as friend?
Whom do I call to aid my heart, pierced by a penetrating arrow,
When the one who shot the arrow is my eyelid, striking my heart without an archer?
Why defend my station? It matters little to me, what do I care?
For I am in love with none other than myself, and my very separation is my union.
Do not blame me for my passion. I am inconsolable over Him who has fled me.

(Ibn Arabi)

Source Quote and Recommended Reading:

'The Universal Tree and the Four Birds'
By Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Author), Angela Jaffray (Translator)

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Through the story of the universal tree, representing the complete human being, and the four birds, representing the four essential aspects of existence, Ibn 'Arabi explains his teaching on the nature and meaning of union with God. Providing an excellent initiation into the often complex works of Ibn 'Arabi, this brief, delightful tale is the first English translation of an important, early work, complete with Arabic text, commentary, and notes.
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