When once the seeker hath ascended unto this station, he will enter the

City of Love and Rapture, whereupon the winds of love will blow and the

breezes of the spirit will waft. In this station the seeker is so overcome

by the ecstasies of yearning and the fragrances of longing that he

discerneth not his left from his right, nor doth he distinguish land from

sea or desert from mountain. At every moment he burneth with the fire of

longing and is consumed by the onslaught of separation in this world. He

speedeth through the Paran of love and traverseth the Horeb of rapture.

Now he laugheth, now he weepeth sore; now he reposeth in peace, now he

trembleth in fear. Nothing can alarm him, naught can thwart his purpose,

and no law can restrain him. He standeth ready to obey whatsoever His Lord

should please to decree as to his beginning and his end. With every breath

he layeth down his life and offereth up his soul. He bareth his breast to

meet the darts of the enemy and raiseth his head to greet the sword of

destiny; nay rather, he kisseth the hand of his would-be murderer and

surrendereth his all. He yieldeth up spirit, soul, and body in the path of

his Lord, and yet he doeth so by the leave of his Beloved and not of his

own whim and desire. Thou findest him chill in the fire and dry in the

sea, abiding in every land and treading every path. Whosoever toucheth him

in this state will perceive the heat of his love. He walketh the heights

of detachment and traverseth the vale of renunciation. His eyes are ever

expectant to witness the wonders of God's mercy and eager to behold the

splendours of His beauty. Blessed indeed are they that have attained unto

such a station, for this is the station of the ardent lovers and the

enraptured souls.

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