“What you seek is seeking you”. [Rumi]
Some things cannot be explained in words. Like love, longing, passion, fear, anxiety, expectation, etc. That’s why they are categorized with respect to emotional states.
In “Al-Chemist”, the author describes a different fact, which goes like: when your heart wishes for something, the whole universe conspires and works for you to achieve it.
And that’s true, beyond any doubt.
We are what we think, feel, want and desire. We end up into what we actually want to. Our performance limitations are what we have defined for ourselves. Want to see what a person wants to do? See what he/she is doing right now….
To me, “passion” is a word which encompasses this whole thing. There’s a quote by Bernard Byer: “If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.”….. And this is amongst the biggest facts.
Whatever (yes, whateva!) thing, person or activity we are passionate about, is evident from our actions and reactions, dress, persona, attitude and behaviour. The concept may be explained in context of religious pursuits, educational / career scenarios, business visions, nationalist dreams and even romantic fantasies. Certain type of energy is generated (proportionate to the passion), which changes its form and colour on the way, connects links, overcomes odds and make things possible at the end.
Dua + (essentially) the effort in the direction of Dua is something we have been taught when we were kids. So its not only Dua that makes things possible at our end.
It involves the conscious efforts, tangible steps and visible / hardware factors as well.
What we really want to achieve is what we end up into, or at least fall close to. The question is, do we really want to achieve it? The answer hence lies in our own passion, the degree of longing, the temperature of desire, the sincerity of our efforts and the magnitude of on-ground realities involved.
Then, there’s the most important factor: God’s plan.
It is possible, that whatever we wish, we do not get it despite all the passion, energy and effort. This means, God has a better plan, product or person for us.
There is a Hadees e Qudsi which says: Allah (SWT) says: “And My men keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection, I will protect him; and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him. [Al Jami’ As-Saheeh by Bukhari]
Another famous saying from a similar Hadees e Qudsi says, “Allah banday kay gumaan ka naam hai”.
Iqbal puts it as: ~ Haath hai Allah ka, Banda e Momin ka haath…… Ghaalib o kar-aafreen, kaar-kusha, kaar-saaz….
Conversely, “What you seek is seeking you” might appear to be unrealistic to some. But then, not everything is for everyone to have, digest, remember or understand… 🙂
[This post was contributed to Writer’s Haven blog, and was published there as comments on this post, as part of Rumi’s Legacy – a subject which connects us back to the direction we’ve lost over the decades and centuries. A commendable effort by Samana Syed.
My gratitude all the way for reading it through…..]