Legend of Adam’s ‘Ishq [0]

Hearts in the markets buying nothing
Except the everlasting sorrow
Similar to what happened to Adam
The vastness of his knowledge ascends to Eden
But his ‘Ishq-filled heart descends to this dustbin
When stepped upon the path of knowledge a sultan he was
When stepped upon the path of heart stark-naked he was  [0.5]
Once the Graces of his Lord he beheld for certain
‘Ishq within his heart heard the Lord’s call aloud:
“Oh! The one your essence like a wise mind
Forsake not the ‘Ishq
Since it is as well from the Divine Hearth
The tricks of the monster and Adam’s ‘Ishq
Know that for sure you shall reach my pain”
Embrace the ‘Ishq and forsake the heart, else
Nothing from the heart shall ever come forward
‘Ishq everyman’s regal crown!
‘Ishq better than any fine art! 
‘Ishq unbound from the bondage of mind free
‘Ishq caused neither by the good nor the evil [1]
Adam’s ‘Ishq the cause for, “Get down from here[2]
Thus descended upon this world of the living
The mind tried hard to control him
But the envious ‘Ishq chased after him
Mind steps firm to discern good from evil
But talk about the flames of careless ‘Ishq blazing!
Mind’s falcon preying upon the sparrows
‘Ishq’s vulture preying upon the falcon
Children we are all upon the path of ‘Ishq
‘Asheqin (Lovers) are the purest and us the trash
Ripened minds many you might find
Ripened ‘Ishq seldom you shall find
In that universe where the ‘Ishq discloses the secrets
Mind is nothing but a moron making silly faces
If the mind is a hawk then you shall continue the same
But if the ‘Ishq is a hawk then you are the pheasant (dead)
The seekers of the Truth whose steps upon the path of heart
They find the mind nothing but a leftover rotten corps
What comparison between a transient moment and sempiternity?
What comparison between the blind darkness and effulgent dawn?
Life knows the bewilderment of ‘Ishq indeed
Like the lips knowing the sweetness of the honey
The face of ‘Ishq is the emptiness of hollow shells
‘Ishq is best when spelled with no letters whatsoever
There is no peace upon the path of ‘Ishq
All anxiety and no stability whatsoever
Ask me about the characteristics of the ‘Asheqin (lovers)
Believe me not!? Then go find and ask from It

Background: At a mission hospital in southern Africa, a patient with AIDS dies from kidney failure while surrounded by family members.

[0] ‘Ishq is the unbounded love that can hurt and trouble both the lover and beloved. This word is not used in conjunction with Mahboob or the Divine Beloved since there is no losing control and madness within the Beloved Creator. From Qoshairi Manifest:
“Ishq is love going beyond bounds therefore this word is not applied to Allah Almighty because It does not lose control and It has no bounds to be limited by. And even if all the love in the world is accumulate in one heart it cannot go beyond the limits for Divine Beloved since there are no limits of loving for It whatsoever. Therefore Ishq is not a suitable word to attribute to loving between the slave and the Master Creator”
[0.5] When Adam & Eve tasted the forbidden tree their Paradise garments fell off from them and they became naked: “So by deceit he (Satan) brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: "Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?" Koran [7:26] . Later on the word 'monster' refers to this verse i.e. the Satan.

[1] Love is independent of good and evil or anything else we have heard. It is out of this universe, it is the glue that keeps the universe together it is the fire than burns you and I.
[2] Exact Arabic phrase from Koran was used which is repeated twice with the Koran:
We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” Koran [2:38]
He said: "Get ye down, both of you,- all together, from the Garden, with enmity one to another: but if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from Me, whosoever follows My Guidance, will not lose his way, nor fall into misery” Koran[ 20:123]

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