Ibn Ata’illah : How utterly amazing!

For more about this 13th c. CE Sufi of Alexandria, see this earlier post.

How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
     to seek something that will not last!

“It is not the eyes that are blind,
     but the hearts in the breasts are blind.”

Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being.
You will be like the donkey going around at the mill.
     It travels to what it set out from.

Travel from phenomenal beings
          to the Maker of Being.

“And the final end is to your Lord.”

Translation Victor Danner

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