Beloved is a mirror for lover,
in It lover sees nothing but the self and lover is the mirror for
Beloved, in it other than the formed/shaped names, attributes and
uncovering of commands and edicts nothing else to be seen. And since
the lover discovers that these names and attributes are Its similitude,
beyond any doubt the lover says:
You bear witness for us that there is only
one of You
In spite of names and attributes in
And we bear witness that there is
abundant number of us
Likeness of one mirror to many
The beautiful ever-new face of Yours,
my looking glass
Although the real truth about I, am
also your looking glass
Sometimes this is the mirror
for that and sometimes vice-a-versa. When the Beloved is the mirror,
the lover browses, in It lover sees one’s inner face and meaning.
Perhaps lover may see something similar or identical to one’s
resemblance, in actuality lover has seen the self with clarity. And if
the lover’s eyes beholds a being shaped other than one’s self… has seen
the Beloved via the eyes of the Beloved.
However if the lover is the
mirror in physical form, a vessel, reflecting Its decree, edict and
commands: “The color of liquid is the color of dye”. And this
reflecting vessel is surrounded by, none other than, Beloved Itself:
“But Allah does encompasses them from behind”.
Once the lover steps beyond
the universe of this vessel/form, lover’s efforts yield only the
attributes of Beloved, no longer (mechanically) bows to the Beloved
since the shapes, designs and mechanisms of this vessel have dissolved
away and lover beholds the Beloved with no need in any intermediaries:
”Indeed the truth is made manifest once the shapes and forms dissolved
passage ways of shapes and forms
meanings manage to fit?
dwellings of beggars and vagabonds
business has the king?
ignorant shape-worshipper alas
meaning affords to grasp?
beautiful living lives, say:
business secrets have?
Dara O Shayda