Upon whomever the gates of
this truth is opened for  and in the serene chambers of
existence and non-existence the self presides, and beholds one’s self
and the Beloved in the mirror of each other , no more travel, the voyage has
of the face from the attributes afar 
festal gala thrown by the face for the light 
Self cannot leave these serene
chambers behind. There is no estrangement possible ; the path ends here, no seeking
left, anxiety subsides , ambitions subdued , all metaphors and paradigms are
dissolved , there are no sides since there is
no beginning or end, and here the Owner of the serenity says all this:
what was not by us desired, alone
And if it
was other than I, its existence void
Yes! Indeed if after this
there is a voyage, it is within It and Its attributes. When Abu Yazid
heard this Koranic verse [19:85],” The day We shall resurrect/gather
the righteous to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, like a delegation/band
presented before a king for honors” and he screamed and asked, “How
can what was already with It be resurrected?”  Someone else said:”From the
attribute of Al-Jabbar (Strong Powerful) to Ar-Rahman (Beneficent) and
from Al-Qahar (Omnipotent and conqueror) to Ar-Rahim (Merciful)” 
 These gates are opened by Allah for
whom It desires so. Be not arrogant thinking that there is something you
are doing or saying or wearing or writing that shall cause the opening
 I assume still at this stage the
man is biologically alive and has reached a lofty position to be in such
serenity. For that reason of still being alive, Creator is still looked
upon from the reflection of a mirror i.e. no direct view or contact.
 Attributes are attributes of Allah
like Ar-Rahman meaning the Most Beneficent. We and all things around us
are a mirror for these attributes to reflect from. Araqi says the
mirror i.e. this world far from the Creator’s attributes.
 All this we see is a feast thrown
by the Face of Allah for Its own Light, so the Light would reflect off
the mirrors for us to see.
 You can not make yourself leave
these lofty chambers since there is no such feeling or capability to be
estranged from someone or something, while there. No such meaning.
 When you are stressed out and
crushed under the pressure, it is as if you are asked, “Don’t you want
to be in the serene chambers of your Creator alone, away from all this?”
That is what you are told via stress.
 No more ambitions, you are not
seeking anything and nothing seeks you. The best!
 No more words or imagery all gone
for the most part. They serve no purpose here.
 This is the bewilderment that is
necessary for a Sufi to exist, like the need for oxygen. I know it is
the case for people to be resurrected but how can that be if they are
already with Allah. In Farsi or Arabic this is not a question!? this is
a form of expressing one’s wonder about something or someone. This
verse from Koran is used to describe what Araqi means by voyage within
the Creator's attributes.
 Again bewilderment: How is It both
Most Beneficent and a Conqueror defeating all enemies and powers? This
is not a question the Sufi asked, this is an expression of admiration
and adoration for Allah.
Background: Neuron cells. A mirror upon which the
Light of Allah reflects and becomes our thoughts.
By Dara Shayda