CLOSER THAN BREATH
FROM BEYOND MIND
WITH OR WITHOUT BREATHING
of the holy temple of my eternal being,
exploring the mystery of life
life the day in the morning dawn.
- Muhyi-din Ibn 'Arabi
sought in every sign,
gazed upon by every eye,
worshipped in every object of worship,
and pursued in the unseen and the visible.
Not a single one of His creatures
can fail to find Him in its
primordial and original nature.
Ibn 'Arabi, Futûhât al-Makkiyya
'I am coming, do not shout, do not tear your clothes,
speak no more.'
'O love!' I said: 'I am afraid of other things.'
'There is nothing else' it said: 'speak no more.
I shall whisper hidden words into your ear;
You just nod in approval!
except in secret speak no more!'