Discourses of Rumi -Discourse 69 – The Two Veils Betweeen Man and God

Between a man and God
there are just two veils, and all other veils manifest
out of these: they are health, and wealth. The man
who is well in body says, ‘Where is God? I do not
know, and I do not see.’ As soon as pain afflicts
him he begins to say, ‘O God! O God!’ communing
and conversing with God. So you see that health
was his veil, and Go was hidden under that pain.
As much as a man has wealth and resources, he procures
the means to gratifying his desires, and is preoccupied
night and day with that. The moment indigence, appears,
his spirit is weakened and he goes round about God.

   
Drunkenness and emptyhandedness brought Thee to
me;

   
I am the slave of Thy drunkenness and indigency!

God most High granted
to Pharaoh four hundred years of life and rule and
kinship and enjoyment. All that was a veil which
kept him far from the presence of God. He experienced
to a single day of disagreeableness and pain, lest
he should remember God. God said ‘Go on being preoccupied
with your own desire, and do not remember me. Goodnight!’

               
King Solomon grew weary of his reign,

               
But Job was never sated of his pain.

 

 

Notes:
‘King Solomon grew weary’: Rumi quotes himself,
see Divan,
p. 151

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