Ibn ‘Arabi-My Beloved

Although not a poem in Arabic, this moving account of Divine “pillow talk” or munājāt (intimate discourses) by Ibn ‘Arabi was beautifully translated by Henri Corbin in poetic form.

 

 

Translation:

Listen, O dearly beloved!
I am the reality of the world, the centre of the circumference,
I am the parts and the whole.
I am the will established between Heaven and Earth,
I have created perception in you only in order to be the object of My Perception.
If then you perceive Me, you perceive yourself.
But you cannot perceive Me through yourself.
It is through My Eyes that you see Me and see yourself,
Through your eyes you cannot see Me.

Dearly beloved!
I have called you so often and you have not heard Me.
I have shown Myself to you so often and you have not seen Me.
I have made Myself fragrance so often, and you have not smelled Me,
Savorous food, and you have not tasted Me.
Why can you not reach Me through the object you touch
Or breathe Me through sweet perfumes?
Why do you not see Me? Why do you not hear Me?
Why? Why? Why?

For you My delights surpass all other delights,
And the pleasure I procure you surpasses all other pleasures.
For you I am preferable to all other good things,
I am Beauty, I am Grace.

Love Me, love Me alone.
Love yourself in Me, in Me alone.
Attach yourself to Me,
No one is more inward than I.
Others love you for their own sakes,
I love you for yourself.
And you, you flee from Me.

Dearly beloved!
You cannot treat Me fairly,
For if you approach Me,
It is because I have approached you.
I am nearer to you than yourself,
Than your soul, than your breath.
Who among creatures
Would treat you as I do?

I am jealous of you, over you,
I want you to belong to no other,
Not even to yourself.
Be Mine, be for Me as you are in Me,
Though you are not even aware of it.

Dearly beloved!
Let us go toward Union.
And if we find the road
That leads to separation,
We will destroy separation.

Let us go hand in hand.
Let us enter the presence of Truth.
Let It be our judge
And imprint Its seal upon our union
For ever.

 

From: Henri Corbin. Creative Sufism ‘Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi, p. 174-75

 

Original:

!اسمع يا حبيبي
انا العين المقصودة في الكون
انا نقطة الدائرة ومحيطها
انا مركبها وبسيطها
انا الامر المنزل بين السماء والارض و السماء
ما خلفت لك الادراكات الا لتدركني بها
فاذا ادركتني ادركت نفسك
لا تطمع ان تدركني بادراكك نفسك
بعيني تراني ونفسك
لابعين نفسك تراني
!حبيبي
كم اناديك فلا تسمع؟
كم اتراءى لك فلا تبصر ؟
كم اندرج لك فى الروائح فلا تشم ؟
وفي الطعوم فلا تطعم لى ذوقا؟
ما لك لاتلمسني فى الملموسات ؟
ما لك لاتدركني فى المشمومات ؟
ما لك لاتبصرنى؟
ما لك لاتسمعني؟
ما لك مالك مالك ؟
انا الذ لك من كل ملذوذ
أنا اشهي لك من كل مشتهى
انا احسن لك من كل حسن
انا الجميل
انا المليح
! حبيبي
حبني لا تحب غيري
اعشقني هم في
لا تهم في سواي
ضمّني قبّلني
ما تجد وصولا مثلي
كل يريدك له
وانا اريدك لك
وانت تفر مني
يا حبيبي
ما تنصفني
ان تقربت اليّ
تقربت اليك اضعاف ما تقربت به اليّ
انا اقرب اليك من نفسك و نسفك
من يفعل معك ذلك غيري من المخلوقين
حبيبي
اغار عليك منك
لا احب ان اراك عند الغير
ولاعندك
كن عندى بي
اكن عندك
كما انت عندي
وانت لاتشعر
حبيبي
الوصال الوصال
!تعال
يدي و يدك
ندخل على الحق تعالى
…ليحكم بيننا حكم الابد

 

14 thoughts on “Ibn ‘Arabi-My Beloved

  1. In this beautiful piece ” Listen, O dearly beloved”
    – which is apparently God’s words to his creature –
    I’m always wondering what does Ibn Arabi mean by:

    “It is through my eyes that you see me and see yourself,
    Through your eyes you cannot see me.”

  2. This is a simple, yet a beautiful and elegant Web Page

    about one of the most eloquent pieces of writing,
    by one of the world’s greatest thinker of all time:
    “Ibn Arabi” (1165–1240 AD)

    The piece is called:” Listen, O dearly beloved “,
    which was translated into English by:
    “Henry Corbin” (14 April 1903 – 7 October 1978 AD)

    I personally believe, that Ibn Arabi has come as close
    to understanding the nature of the Creator of the Universe
    as humanly possible.
    But how?
    In the next post, you will see his explanations
    on how the revelations would come to him.

  3. ” In what I have written, I have never had a set purpose, as other writers.
    Flashes of divine inspiration used to come upon me and almost overwhelm me,
    so that I could only put them from my mind by
    committing to paper what they revealed to me.
    If my works evince any form of composition, that form was unintentional.
    Some works I wrote at the command of God,
    sent to me in sleep or through a mystical revelation…..”

  4. With the permission of the blog owner, I would like
    to share how my own revelations led me finally to the
    same sentiments expressed in :
    ” Listen, O dearly beloved ”

    >> Since childhood I have been desperately searching
    for the secrets of existence and creation.

    This search should actually be an instinct in every
    human being.

    My feelings were and still are, like those verbalised in
    the song: “My Sweet Lord” by “George Harrison” :

    ” I really want to see you
    Really want to be with you
    Really want to see you lord
    But it takes so long, O my lord
    ………..

    I really want to know you
    Really want to go with you

    ……….. ”

    -1-

  5. But I didn’t get to know the Creator of the Universe
    by religion. It was through science, that I came to just
    have a glimpse of God’s nature !

    It was then that I realised, only both together – science
    and religion – can answer my questions.

    Of course even in a million years science cannot find
    out the true nature of the Creator. Because God is in
    another realm, totally unknown to man.

    How can a fetus know anything about what awaits it
    outside the womb? This comparison is of course
    childish, when we are talking about God.

    The religions do not explain much about the
    nature of God. They only talk about the attributes of
    God, such as being:
    Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent etc.
    Nothing about who or what Entity ” It ” really is.

    -2-

  6. If somebody does not have a communication device
    (like mobile, telephone etc.), he or she can never
    send messages or receive remote answers!

    People who are not spiritual, and never contemplate
    about the creation and existence, they will never
    receive a message, an answer or a revelation either.

    Contemplation is the communication device with the
    spritual world. “Ask and you shall receive!”

    That was the reason that ancient philosophers and
    thinkers like Ibn Arabi were so insightful. They had
    time to contemplate!

    The “modern” man
    does not have even half an hour a year,
    time to marvel the night sky and the stars.

    -3-

  7. Once, as I was about 5 years old, and I was busy
    creating things with my “Lego” pieces, I asked
    my grandmother: “Grandma, What is God, who is God?”

    I remember her answer was:

    “God is a lonely Being, who created all you can see on
    Earth and in the sky, to entertain Itself.”

    Then she continued:
    …. the same way that you are entertaining yourself
    with your Lego bricks.

    Her simple explanation at that time was easy for me
    to understand.

    But decades later, by constant contemplations about
    the Creator, suddenly a sentence started echoing in my
    mind, again and again …

    -4-

  8. The echoed sentence was:

    “I was The Singularity,
    I became The Infinity and Eternity.”

    Was that finally a direct answer, after decades of
    contemplations and questions?
    … I will never know.

    If it is, the Creator has suddenly started to turn Itself
    into a universe. According to that sentence, the
    Creator is Its Creation. The Creator Is The Universe!

    There is a revelation going around the world right now.
    Namely, many constantly claim, that :

    “We are all One, Everything is just One!”

    How can that be?

    Only if the creator of the universe is also the universe
    itself, only then “Everything is just One”!

    -5-

  9. It is totally understandable that if there is a creator,
    that creator must be “omniscient and omnipotent”,
    as all religions claim. How otherwise could an Entity
    create such a marvellous universe?

    But how on Earth, the same creator could be at the
    same time Everywhere? In another words, be
    “omnipresent”? This is the case only if the Creator
    of the universe is also the universe itself.

    -6-

  10. All religions claim that the Creator is Everywhere – of
    course even in each one of us.
    __________________________

    Bible:
    Ye Are the Temple of God

    1 Corinthians 3:16

    ” Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that
    the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
    (New American Standard 1977:
    Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and
    that the Spirit of God dwells in you?) ”

    1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19‬

    ” Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
    Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye
    are not your own? ”

    __________
    Please note:
    There is difference of opinions regarding the meaning
    of “your body”. Some believe, it is meant as
    “the body of the Christianity”.
    __________________________

    Quran
    Verse (50:16):

    ” We verily created man and We know what his soul
    whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than
    his jugular vein.”

    __________
    Please note:
    Jugular vein is INside the neck (body.)
    Being nearer than jugular vein (and knowing
    whatever man is thinking) means being inside the
    body, as Spirit.
    __________________________

    The nature of a “Spirit” is never explained anywhere.
    What is a spirit “made” of? It can be interpreted as
    “Energy”.

    What if there exists no “matter” whatsoever, in
    the universe? What if everything is just a form of
    energy?

    -7-

  11. As I wrote earlier, it was through science, that I
    came to comprehend the Creator,
    not by any religion.

    Specifically two distinct subjects in science gave
    me the strongest logical reasoning that I needed,
    to:

    1. believe in the existence of the Creator, and
    2. comprehend Its Creation and how It works.

    Of course just as much, as a regular human would
    ever be able to.

    Those two scientific subjects are well known by
    almost any person with a high school diploma,
    but most people never really think about them deeply.

    Thinking DEEPLY about those two subjects may
    truly cause a stroke by any age group.
    And I am not kidding at all!

    -8-

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