To Enter The Door -1, 2, 3
Some well-known Sufi verses on my favourite theme.
Salih, Sufi Saint of Qazwin
"When you come upon the door and see it locked,
start knocking on it, and the door will open."
Hazrat Rabiya Adawi of Basra
"O Salih, what are you talking about?
When was the door ever locked?
It was open all along."
Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
"I have lived on the lip of insanity,
wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.
I've been knocking from the inside!"
"Sometimes you hear a voice through the door
calling you, as fish out of water
hear the waves, or a hunting falcon
hears the drum's Come back. Come back.
This turning toward what you deeply love
saves you. Read the book of your life,
which has been given you.
A voice comes to your soul saying,
Lift your foot. Cross over.
Move into emptiness of question
and answer the question."
Traditional Sufi Teaching
Someone knocked on the door.
'Who is it?', asked a voice from inside.
'It is me, O Lord, please let me in', said the seeker.
'No, there is only room for one in here, go away',
replied the voice from inside.
Again there was knocking on the door,
'Who is it?', asked the voice from inside once again.
'It is You', said the seeker.
The door opened and the seeker could enter this time.