Our first and foremost duty is to discover ourselves and then turn toward God through the illuminated prism of our nature. People who remain unaware of their true nature, and who therefore cannot establish any contact with their Creator, spend their lives like coolies who are ignorant of the treasure they are carrying on their backs.
Listen to the verse: Do they not look at the heaven above them, how We have built it and adorned it? (50:6)
While watching on a mountain top the awe-inspiring forms of the pine cedar and juniper trees and the tremendous spectacle they made, a gentle breeze blew. Since it transformed the scene into a magnificent, delightful and noisy display of dancing and a rapturous performance of praise and glorification of God, the enjoyment of watching it changed into watching for instruction and listening for wisdom. I suddenly recalled these lines of:
There are many ways leading to Almighty God; all of these true ways have been derived from the Holy Book, but some of them are safer, and more comprehensive and lead to the destination more directly than others. The way I have derived from the Holy Book by my own defective understanding, depends upon a man’s perception and confession of his helplessness and poverty before God’s Might and Riches, and upon affection and reflection.
The practice of meditation is of prehistoric origin, and is found throughout history, especially in religious contexts.