Monday, May 16, 2011


Below is a story of Rabiatul Adawiyah who one day sent Hasan al Basri three things—a piece of wax, a needle, and a hair.

“Be like wax,” she said. “Illumine the world, and yourself burn.

Be like a needle, always be working naked. When you have done these two things, a thousand years will be for you as a hair.”

“Do you desire for us to get married?” Hasan asked Rabiatul Adawiyah.

“The tie of marriage applies to those who have being,” she replied. “Here being has disappeared, for I have become naughted to self and exist only through Him. I belong wholly to Him. I live in the shadow of His control. You must ask my hand of Him, not of me.”

“How did you find this secret, Rabiatul Adawiyah ” Hasan asked.

I lost all ‘found’ things in Him,” She answered.

“How do you know Him?” Hasan enquired.

“You know the ‘how’; I know the ‘howless’,” Rabiatul Adawiyah said

Note to readers - During our journey to find our trueself, once we have reach certain level-meaning of the words uttered by Rabiatul Adawiyah would become clear to us -  until then it will remain a mystery to be discovered, understood and hopefully experience.

Hassan al Basri was trying to ask Rabiatul Adawiyah about the secret. What he got is only an indirect answer from her. It is a secret that she wanted him to discover himself!

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears - Glenn Clark