The mercy of God extends over all things. God offers tranquility to the anxious soul, calming the spirit with the balm of forgiveness. He consoles our grief and relieves our suffering, guiding whom He will to the abode of peace and leaving in confusion and misery whom He wills.
The depths of our consciousness harbor dormant thoughts filled with inherent wisdom and understanding, but there is a covering over them. They have been buried under pride, arrogance and egotism.
We avidly covet and greedily hunger for these precious thoughts of enlightenment, hoping they will lead us to fame, wealth and prominence. Our craving only buries them deeper.
We blind ourselves to God consciousness by following our own desires for personal recognition and material possessions. Our lust for the life of this world turns us away from the light of God, and veils us in the darkness of our passions.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. [1 John 2:16-17 (NIV)].
Much wisdom is hidden right under our own ego. We must first be stripped of illusions and fantasies, to uncover the truth within ourselves. We must remove the diseased crust of hubris that surrounds our mind to expose it to God’s light, where we can examine it, dissect it, and submit it to the will of God.
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. [Obadiah 3-4 (KJV)].
Only God can remove the veil to allow us to see what is clear to the enlightened soul. Realizing our total dependence on God makes us independent of the rest of creation. Acknowledging our petty stature next to God elevates us to eminence and glory.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! [Isaiah 5:21 (KJV)].
Our reliance on materiality hampers our search by inhibiting our consciousness of God. Trinkets and gadget, fads and fashions may be quickly discarded, but their remnants accumulate, on top of wisdom and understanding.
The ego must be trained, disciplined, mastered by spiritual diet and spiritual exercises. The appetite must learn to be satisfied by divine nourishment.
Turn not your cheek in scorn toward folk, nor walk with pertness in the land. Lo! God loves not each braggart boaster. Be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice. Lo! the harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass. [Quran 31:18-19].
Fun, games and sport must be relegated to sporadic desserts after a main course of spiritual nourishment. Tire yourself with spiritual exercise. Let the sweat of your prayers be tears of repentance and penance. Let the pounds that you lose be the burden of malice, selfishness and greed.
Abstinence Melts Hubris
The frailty of the body is spotlighted by fasting. When we, fast, our reliance on bodily strength and physical well-being is questioned. We become aware of our weaknesses, our misconceived vigor and our miscalculation powers.
Abstinence melts our hubris, dissolves the rust lining our heart and opens our consciousness to piety. It secretes powerful thoughts which act as caustic agents that decompose the debris accumulated by prodigal existence.
Abstinence a faucet for our reservoir of purity, a light switch for our storeroom of understanding and a key to the abode of wisdom. May God allow us to enter His Presence and enjoy His precious bounties.