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The Sunnah and the congregation are that you accept the verses and reports about the unperceived attributes with spirit and heart. You come forward with assent and surrender and you stand with the name and the outwardness. You do not wander around it with imagination. You avoid self-exertion, interpretation, and reflective thinking about it. You stipulate it in its entirety, without addition or subtraction, without judgment, declaring similarity, or concealment. And you convey it exactly as you received it.

6:161 Say: “As for me, my Lord has guided me to a straight path.”

“Everyone who enters by the door of surrender and assent is given one of three drinks: Either he is given the drink of recognition, so his heart comes to life through the Real, or he is given poison through which the commanding soul is slain beneath his own severity, or he is given warmth through the finding of which the spirit becomes perplexed. From here begins the finding of the Haqiqah and the closeness of companionship. He finds the pleasure of service and the sweetness of obedience. He joins with the joy of recognition and reaches the repose of whispered prayer. Then he falls into an occupation that cannot be expressed until he becomes all life in that.”

6:162 Say: “My prayer and my sacrifice, my life and my death, belong to God.”

He who knows that he is in God knows that he belongs to God. When he knows that his soul belongs to God, no portion of him remains for other than God. He surrenders to God’s decree, he does not protest against God’s predetermination, he does not oppose God’s chosen ones, and he does not turn away from embracing God’s command. This verse about Muṣṭafā alludes to the station of a union. Union is joining with the Real and being released from oneself. The mark of this work is a heart alive through meditation and a tongue loosed in remembrance. One becomes a loan to the creatures, a stranger to oneself, at ease from attachment, at rest with the Real.

“O God, ever since You called me, I have been alone in the crowd. When You said ‘Come!,’ my seven bodily parts heard. What comes forth from the Adamite? The Adamite’s worth is clear: His purse is empty, he treads on air. “This work was before Adam and Eve, a bestowal before fear and hope, but the Adamite undergoes trials because of seeing. He alone is joyful who is free of seeing causes and disloyal toward his own self. Though the millwheel of the states is turning, so what? The pivot of His will is in place.”

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