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If truly You were in need of nothing, then luring the hearts
Such demand teasing and seducing every heart and life
If Your beauty conquers not the dominion of hearts at last
Marching the militia of afflictions against the fiefdom of endurance
I have a problem I must ask You or perhaps from Your friends
Manifesting such splendid beauty while forbidding the gazes
Is the fault-finding for the lover allowed in the religion of goodness and purity?
Then what was the crime of our eyes and to block the Divine Beauty
Caused by Your designs and thus I am so potent with loving
While I am ridden with shortcomings blaming the scandals upon me
I am running after the startled deer hurriedly
No one may blame me for
constantly tracking the valley
If the companions were not always so rough with me
Then Wahshi reclusive in a corner all gloomy



I think Richard Feyman has already said the best commentary for this poem:
The next reason that you might think you do not understand what I am telling you is, while I am describing to you how Nature works, you won't understand why Nature works that way. But you see, nobody understands that. I can't explain why Nature behaves in this peculiar way. [1] 
What I am going to tell you about is what we teach our physics students in the third or fourth year of graduate school-and you think I'm going to explain it to you so you can understand it? No, you're not going to be able to understand it. Why, then, am I going to bother you with all this? Why are you going to sit here all this time, when you won't be able to understand what I am going to say? It is my task to convince you not to turn away because you don't understand it. You see, my physics students don't understand it either. That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does. [2]
It is not a question of whether a theory is philosophically delightful, or easy to understand, or perfectly reasonable from the point of view of common sense. The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. [3]

Excerpts from "QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter".

[1] The Creator gave Mankind the faculty of cognition for words such as WHY for the purposes of dealing with his daily life to deal with rudimentary activities. Feynman and Wahshi teach us no way you will understand WHY! If you cannot understand the WHY for the behavior of Electron then no way you comprehend WHY for the actions of our Beloved Creator.
[2] The best estimate the cosmologists and physicists have for the age of the universe is about 11 billion years. Tell me how can you comprehend and describe the Creator ITself and ITs actions in few years of your short life? Feynman tells us that even he does not understand what he is teaching the students of Physics. He means, perhaps we have a language capable of expressing words or equations or numbers, we can follow through and deducing some final results of how things are, but no way we comprehend most of what they mean.
[3] Sufism is not about making common sense, it is about describing WHAT IS in PRESENT in front of your face in great details. No Sufi master demands that you like what they said or make sense of what they said. What they asked of you was to describe with clarity HOW THINGS ARE IN YOUR LIFE! 

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