Is there a prescription for the diseases of the carnal self?
This consists of Five Paragraphs which contain prescriptions for truth to
which the rebellious, and arrogant carnal self has to yield.
Since things exist and have been made with skill, then a Supreme Maker
must exist. If the existence of everything is ascribed to One Being only,
then the creation of everything is as easy as the creation of one thing
alone, which would not be the case if we imagine other creators. When we
confess the creation of the earth and the heavens to be the work of a sole
Creator, we cannot help concluding that a Wise and Skilful Creator would not
allow disorder to arise by al-lowing others to administer living beings. He
would not reduce to absurdity His Divine purpose in causing the existence of
all creation by allowing that power to any other than Himself, and He would
not allow creation to worship and be thankful to someone else.
O my haughty carnal soul! You are like a grape vine. Someone else, not
yourself, has made you wear bunches of grapes like a garment, do not be
O arrogant carnal soul! Do not be proud of your services to Godís
religion. As has been stated in a Prophetic tradition, Surely God may also
strengthen this religion by means of a disso-lute man. You are not pure, so
you should regard yourself as that dissolute man. Purge yourself of
self-admiration and pride by considering your service and worship as
thanksgiving for Godís past favors to you, and a duty required by your
humanity, and a consequence of your being Godís work of art.
If you desire to acquire knowledge of the truth and true wisdom, try to
attain the knowledge of God and know that the realities of creation consist
in the rays of the Divine Name of Truth and the manifestations of His Names
and Attributes. The reality of each human being, and of every existence,
whether material or spiritual, substantial or accidental, originates in the
light of one of His Names.
O my carnal soul, if you are attached to this temporary worldly life, and
you want to flee from death, know that life is the moment of Ďnowí, while
you are living. All preceding time, together with the things which existed
therein, have all passed away, and future time together with what is to come
is non-existent. This means that your material life upon which you rely is
of momentary duration, moreover, some scholars who know the truth say it has
the term of an instant only. Some saints have concluded in consequence that
the world does not exist by itself at all. Now, this is the reality, so
abandon the materialistic life and try to live on a spiritual level, and
discover how complete life can be.
Although the past and the future are dead for you, they are living for
the people of sainthood who lead their life in the realm of the spirit. Now
that this is the true reality, shed tears with all your heart, O my carnal
soul, and cry out in pain:
I am mortal but I do not want the mortal.
I am impotent so I do not desire the impotent.
I surrendered my spirit to the All-Merciful One, so I desire
no one else.
I want someone who will remain my friend forever.
I am but an insignificant particle, but I desire an
I am nothing in essence but I wish for the whole of