Two Tables Were Imparted To My Heart
(NOTE: About 25 years ago on Yusa Tepesi in Beykoz, Istanbul, when I had decided to renounce the world, several important friends came to call me back to the world and my former position. I told them to leave me till the following morning so I could seek Divine guidance. That morning the following two “Tables,” occurred to me. They resemble verse, but they are not. I have not changed them for the sake of that blessed memory. They are included here for they are appropriate.)
(A depiction of the true spirit of the heedless people’s world.)
Do not invite me to the world,
Heedlessness was a veil;
All things, the whole of creation—
Existence, indeed I put it on.
As for life, I experienced it;
Intellect became pure retribution;
Life was like a wind, it passed in whims;
Actions were only for show;
Union was in fact separation;
These lights became darkness;
These voices were announcements of death;
Knowledge changed into whim;
Pleasure became unmixed pain;
I have found the True Beloved;
(This table describes the true spirit of the world of the people of guidance and peace.)
Heedlessness has disappeared;
Existence is a proof of Divine Being.
Intellect has become the key to treasuries.
The spark of self-attainment has died.
Separation has become true union;
Life has become pure action.
Darkness is a thin membrane enclosing light.
All things have become familiar.
All the particles in creation:
I have found poverty to be a treasury of wealth.
If you have found God,
If you are a slave of the Owner of all things,
If you are egotist and claim self-ownership,
It is infinite torment, taste it,
If you are truly a slave of God, devoted to Him,
Taste its uncountable rewards,
By Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, also widely known as Bediuzzaman (the Wonder of the Age) was born in 1877 in eastern Turkey. Bediuzzaman displayed an extraordinary intelligence and ability to learn from an early age, completing the normal course of religious school education at the early age of fourteen, when he obtained his diploma. He became famous for both his prodigious memory and his unbeaten record in debating with other religious scholars. Another characteristic Bediuzzaman displayed from an early age was an instinctive dissatisfaction with the existing education system, which when older he formulated into comprehensive proposals for its reform.