What is figurative love or love for the worldly beloveds?
The worldly beloveds either do not care for you or belittle
you or do not accompany you
In short, those that you love either do not care for you or belittle you
or do not accompany you. Contrary to your desire, they leave you. Since this
is so, turn your fear and love toward such a One that your fear will be a
pleasant humility and your love, a happiness free of humiliation. Fearing
the All-Majestic Creator means finding a way to His Compassion and taking
refuge in Him. In fact, fear is a “whip” to stimulate one into the embrace
of His Compassion. As is known to everybody, a mother frightens her child
away from something or someone and attracts him into her arms. That fear is
very pleasurable for the child because it draws him into the arms of care
and compassion. However, the care and compassion shared by all the mothers
in the world is only a ray from the Compassion of God. That means, there is
a very great pleasure in fear of God. If there is such great pleasure in
fear of God, you can understand what infinite pleasure there is in love of
Him. Furthermore, the one who fears God is freed of the worrying,
troublesome fear of others, and his love of created beings in the Name of
God does not cause pain and separation.
O soul, if you have a sound mind, give all the love you
divide among beings to the One Who deserves it truly, and be saved from all
those pains and troubles.
Man’s first love, before all others, is his self. Then, he loves his
family and kin, his nation, living beings, the world, and the universe. He
has relations with each of these spheres. He takes pleasure in their
satisfaction and happiness, and feels pain at their pain. However, since
nothing remains in a fixed state in this tumultuous, ever-changing world,
the heart of helpless man is continuously wounded. The things he clings to
slip out of his hands, scratching, cutting them. He always remains in pain,
or throws himself into the drunkenness of heedlessness. Since this is so, O
soul, if you have a sound mind, give all the love you divide among beings to
the One Who deserves it truly, and be saved from all those pains and
troubles. Only One Who owns infinite perfection and beauty deserves infinite
love, and only when you are able to assign that love to its rightful owner,
then for His sake and in respect of their being mirrors to Him, you may love
all things without suffering any pains and troubles. That is, that love must
not directly be assigned to existence for the sake of existence itself.
Otherwise, while being a most pleasurable divine grace, love becomes a most
O soul! In the same way as darkness shows the strength of
light proportionally to its density, according to the rule of contrasts, you
should act, through those essential elements of your nature, as a mirror to
the All-Majestic Creator’s Perfection, Grace, Beauty, Power, and Mercy.
There is another aspect of the matter, which is this: O soul! You assign
your love to your self. You idolize yourself and see it as worthy of
adoration, which must be assigned to God only. You sacrifice everything for
your self, and revere it as though the Lord. Whereas, something is loved
either for its perfection—for perfection is loved because of itself—or for
its benefit or the pleasure it gives or the good it brings or something else
of a similar nature. Now, O soul! I have convincingly argued in some of the
Words that your nature is “kneaded together” out of defect and deficiency,
and destitution and impotence. In the same way as darkness shows the
strength of light proportionally to its density, according to the rule of
contrasts, you should act, through those essential elements of your nature,
as a mirror to the All-Majestic Creator’s Perfection, Grace, Beauty, Power,
So, O soul! You should cherish not love but enmity for your self [because
it tries all the time to seduce you] or have pity on it. Or after it has
attained to the rank of being a peaceful self due to its full conviction of
the truth of the principles of faith and satisfaction in worship, you should
show care and mercy to it.
O soul! If you love your (carnal) self, since it is addicted
to pleasure and always looks after its own interest, it means you have been
captivated by pleasure and self-interest.
If you love your (carnal) self, since it is addicted to pleasure and
always looks after its own interest, it means you have been captivated by
pleasure and self-interest. Do not prefer such pleasures and self-interest,
which are quite insignificant, over boundless true pleasures and advantages.
Do not be like a firefly! For it drowns all its friends and everything it
loves in the fright and solitude of darkness, and contents itself with a
tiny glow of its own. You should love the Eternally Beloved One in Whose
favor, together with your animal pleasures and interests, the interests of
all the beings with whom you have relations and from whom you receive
benefits and whose happiness makes you feel happy, originate. By doing that,
you may take pleasure in the happiness of all of them, and receive the same
infinite pleasure as that which you receive from the Absolutely Perfect One.
O soul! Your intense love for your self is, in fact, the
innate love for His Essence, which you unconsciously carry in yourself but
wrongly appropriate for your self.
Your intense love for your self is, in fact, the innate love for His
Essence, which you unconsciously carry in yourself but wrongly appropriate
for your self. That being the truth, tear apart the “I” in yourself and show
“He.” Also, all the instances of love which you share among the beings in
the universe are, in fact, the love implanted in your being for Him, because
of the misappropriation of which you suffer pains and troubles. For the
return of an “illicit” love cherished for those that are unworthy of it is
pitiless ailment. The Eternal, Beloved One, through His Names of Most
Merciful and Compassionate has created an abode like Paradise full of
houris, where you will be able to satisfy all of your bodily desires.
Through His other Names He has prepared for you in that Paradise eternal
favors with which to meet all the needs of all of your immaterial faculties
including your spirit, heart, intellect and innermost senses. In each of His
Names are numerous immaterial treasuries of favor and munificence. An atom
of love for the Eternal Beloved may compensate for the whole universe.
Rather, the whole universe cannot compensate for a single particular
manifestation of His love. If this is so, listen to the following eternal
decree which the Eternal, Beloved One made His beloved declare, and follow
“If you really love God, follow me that God may love you.”