Understanding Of The Mystery Of Life
The First consists of making known to you all the varieties of all the bounties from the True Bestower, and causing you to offer Him thanks. Be aware of this and offer Him thanks and worship.
The Second is to make known to you by means of each of all the sorts of the manifestations of the Sacred Divine Names manifested in the world and to cause you to experience them. By recognizing them and experiencing them you should come to believe in them.
Man’s perfections develop through the achievement of these two basic aims. Through them, man becomes a true human being.
Be certain of this, that the highest aim of creation and its most important result are belief in the Supreme Being. The most exalted rank in humanity and its highest degree are the knowledge of the Supreme Being contained within belief in Him. The most radiant happiness and sweetest bounty for jinn and human beings are the love of Almighty contained within the knowledge of God. The purest joy for the human spirit and the sheerest delight for man’s heart are the rapture of the spirit contained within the love of God. All true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and untroubled pleasure lie in knowledge of God and love of Almighty; they cannot exist without them.
“The heavens and the earth contain me not; Yet, how strange! I am contained in the hearts of believers.”
One who knows and loves God Almighty is potentially able to receive endless bounties, happiness, lights, and mysteries. While one who does not truly know and love him is afflicted spiritually and materially by endless misery, pain, and fears. Even if such an impotent and miserable person owned the whole world, it would be worth nothing for him. It would seem to him that he was living a fruitless life among the vagrant human race in a wretched world without owner or protector. Everyone may understand just how wretched and bewildered is man among the vagrant human race in this bewildering fleeting world if he does not know his Owner, if he does not discover his Master. But if he does discover and know Him, he will seek refuge in His mercy and will rely on His power. The desolate world will turn into a place of recreation and pleasure; it will become a place of trade for the hereafter.
The only way to be able to obtain peace of mind and be at rest without going to extremes and being exposed to spiritual troubles and pains is that a man must aim for the love and good pleasure of God. A man must order his life around his aim.
‘A heart devoid of and not actively seeking out the Friend cannot be freed from troubles and pains. A head in which there is no love of the Friend has no meaning and value in it; for it consists only of bones and skin.’
By Bediuzzaman Said Nursi