” O you who desire the spiritual abodes of the Substitutes (Abdal),

without aspiring to the requsite actions,

Do not hanker after them in vain, for you cannot be one of

them without emulating their spiritual states.

Silence your heart, seclude yourself from all that brings you

down to other than the Beloved Master,

Be wakeful and hunger. Thus shall you be given their station

and their company, in all your coming and going.

The House of Sainthood has various pillars, and our

masters who live there are the Sustitrues.

Amidst silence and seclusion unceasing, hunger and

vigilance, live those of pure virtue and noble eminence!”


Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyiddin Muhammad Ibn al-Arabi (ra)

trans by Stephen Hirtenstein.