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10:105 Set thy face to the religion.

In other words, “Purify your intention for the religion and disengage your heart from affirming anything touched by the severity of the bestowal of being.” He is saying, “Cleanse your religion from the contamination of eye service and fix your intention on seeking the alchemy of the Haqiqah—your heart cut off from attachments, your belt tightened, and the ring of service on the ear of loyalty. Let your wants be sacrificed to the beginningless want, your soul to approval, your heart to loyalty, your eyes to subsistence.”

From here the light of the Haqiqah begins, the falcon of love flies in the air of solitariness, and the divine attraction arrives. It takes the servant away from the hand of self-determination. None of the intrusive dust of hoping for paradise settles on his present moment, no dread of hell blocks his path. With the tongue of his state, he says, Up to this point, the servant was seeking, but now he is the sought. He was the lover, but now he is beloved. He was desiring, but now he is the desired. He saw the carpet of oneness and hurried until he found the proximity of the Friend. Reports turned into a face-to-face vision. The obscure became clear. The servant arrived at himself when he reached the Friend. He did not see himself, for he saw the Friend.

The Pir of the Tariqah said, “O God, when I learned what was to be learned, I burned all the learning. I overthrew the collected and collected the overthrown. I sold nonbeing to illuminate being. O God, when I recognized oneness, I melted in the hope of happiness. When will I be able to say, ‘I threw away the cup, I turned away from attachments, I gambled away all my being’?”

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