THE POEM (with commentary)
 

Do you see the world as an unenlightened place, 
still in need of you? It is not! 
You see it that way because you're still practicing. 
The masters do not see that. 
They see and know only God, and Surrender to His Will.

Does the world need you or do you need the world?
Admit it. You need the world and feel 
that in order to get what you want from the world
you must have something to contribute.
So you need the world to need you.
Now who is the cause of suffering?

I was told that there are indeed many seekers,
so joyously I went in search of them. I found none. 
No one is interested in what I have to offer,
and it makes quite good sense.
Why should one be in search of what one has?

So with no sense of mission left to me 
in this world, what then shall I do?
Simply what I have always done.
Surrender with joy to the Will 
of the one I love.


COMMENTARY!

Do you see the world as an unenlightened place, 
still in need of you? 
It is not!
You see it that way
because you're still practicing.
The masters do not see that.
They see and know only God
and Surrender to His Will.

The question of "His Will" is raised and covered at the end of the poem. 

Does the world need you?

Well, Yes and No! It needs you in that absolutely everything must exist in order for absolutely everything to exist, i.e. the integrity of the Universe depends upon every molecule. And it ALL exists Here and Now!

(Note. The Ancient idea that the world was flat may not have been a mere primitive misperception. It could have been a more expanded perception of the utmost reality in which all is eternally present and sustained on a level field in the infinite Unified Deific Perception.) 

But we deliberately limit our perception by focusing it on what we wish to consider ourselves.

Or do you need the world?
Admit it. You need the world and feel that
in order to get what you want from the world
you must have something to contribute.

There is nothing wrong with this state of awareness as long as it is recognized (as a state of awareness). We all must feel it in order to choose either to surrender to our fears or be brave enough to seek beyond them. 

So you need the world to need you.
Now who is the cause of suffering?

If everything is a manifestation of our perceptions, and our perceptions are tainted by and become expressions of our emotional needs, then living in a world of expressing emotional needs in an effort to have them met or gratified is a perpetuation of the problem state of victimization. This applies to both feeling oneself a victim (i.e. "not responsible", helpless, unable to effect change), and/or seeing the world as a place of victims and oppressors, (i.e. in need of change), when in reality all that is needed is a continued quest for deeper truth fueled by an unwillingness to abide in an unsatisfactory state of being. Which very unsatisfactory state is there for that very purpose. Will you accept it or will you reject it and keep struggling? The search and struggle for liberation from illusion and the pain of illusory concepts and perceptions is lauded in all spiritual ways as the "greater holy war". It is rightly referred to as "The End of All Suffering". 

This path is walked by many and all (but a very few) leave traces. These traces are sought like treasures, as clues, and even a library on the subject is as minuscule as a subtle, but awakening, tone of voice overheard in an unlikely place. 

I was told that there are indeed many seekers,
so joyously I went in search of them. I found none.
No one is interested in what I have to offer,
and it makes quite good sense.
Why should one be in search of what one has?

Another's knowing or not knowing of the reality of what one "has" or the fact that one "has" it is of no consequence here. The very quality of what is "had", i.e. God Himself, denies the necessity of "informing", for in reality, God is not "had", God is all there is. 

Realization of this fact is what causes the "mystics" to apparently "forsake" the world, for in truth they are only "forsaking" only their own personal illusion for a reality that is truth. 

Mystics are named such because in the perception of the people of the world, it is "mystical" to them why they behave in such manner. "Baqa", in the Sufi terminology,  means firmly established in the Reality of God, not in your illusion of the world. And  being firmly established in Allah, you are on level ground, and the "world" revolves around and serves your every need. It is there to serve your needs "for a time". "wa mata`un illa heen" (Qur`an). 

So with no sense of mission left to me
in this world, what then shall I do? 

Why, create problems, of course! 
For lack of better directions, let's find something wrong and fix it.

Simply what I have always done.
Surrender with joy to the Will
of the one I love. 

This necessitates a certain knowledge (or understanding) of Will, and ignorance is no excuse, because from before time, we have all had the knowledge from God. Life is a process not so much of awakening as remembering. This is why (in religions) disbelief is referred to as "infidelity". Not because one has taken vows (under persuasion) and then become untrue in unwillingness or incapacity to fulfill them (as in the Crusader concept), but because the soul has known from the beginning that its Lord would call upon it to Surrender. And those that do are referred to in Arabic as "Muslims" (Surrendered).  And those that refuse the heavenly urge to surrender to the love that's in their hearts, and choose to perpetuate the mischief of their isolated perception of the world, are called infidels, as they are considered unfaithful to their primordial vow to the creator to accept themselves and learn in a surrendered, joyous and peaceful manner. 

The result of this infidelity manifests as a "covering over", (Arabic: kufr - unbelief) a denial and rejection, and a feigned ignorance. But ignorance is never accepted by true healers, only by "informers" who feel that they know something that others do not and are still "needed" by the world, mentioned above as "still practicing". 

It also explains why, in Islamic psychology, it is often considered that there is no such thing as agnosticism. It is clearly recognizable that in the light of truth there are only two states, or camps, that of truth and self acceptance, (considered the Surrender, the Peace, al-Islam - the "Dar us-Salam" (eng. Jerusalem),  the State/Land/Place of Peace), or denial (a self rejection that is considered "untrue to their souls" a rejection of help, a "disbelief" that is really based upon the same knowing but manifesting as a preference to remain in the world of denial called the "Dar ul-Harb", or Land/Place/State of Conflict"). 

This is what in western Sufi psychology is referred to as "resistance", and the "Work" is the process of understanding it with the intent of getting beyond it. 

On "Knowledge of Will" and Willingness to behave accordingly. (Arabic: `Ilm - Science, and Himma - Yearning, a desire to Know.) Willingness should be there if for no other reason than that suffering is the alternative. The First knowledge of Will is to understand that "Islam" means "Surrender to God and follow the Divine Guidance of Love."

That's all for now.

Notice that the word "Will" is capitalized, but the word "one" is not. This is a profound statement of Unity, allowing for the "one" loved to be anyone, but the "Will" Divine. 

Now read the poem again. 

W/love
ali
5.27.01


top