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(Masnavi Book 4: 72) “Verily, I ask pardon of God seventy times every day”

Commentary on the Tradition, Verily, I ask pardon of God seventy times every day.”

3300. Like the Prophet, I repent seventy times daily of speaking and giving out (mysteries); But that intoxication becomes a breaker of (vows of) penitence: this intoxication of the body causes oblivion and tears the robe (of penitence).
The (Divine) purpose of making manifest the (things of) long ago (the eternal things) cast an intoxication upon the knower of the mystery,
(So that) with such drum and banner (conspicuousness) the hidden mystery has become water gushing from (the fountain of) “the Pen is dry.
The infinite Mercy is flowing continually: ye are asleep to the perception thereof, O men!

3305. The sleeper's garment drinks water from the river, (while) the sleeper is seeking the mirage in his dream.
He keeps running (to and fro), saying, “Yonder there is hope of water: by this (false) thought he
has barred the way against himself.
Because he said “yonder he became far from here (from the place where the water is): (through resting) in a vain imagination he was banished from a reality.
They (the worldly) are far-seeing (for their selfish ends) and very fast asleep spiritually: take some mercy upon them, O travellers on the Way!
I never saw thirst (eager desire) induce sleep: (only) the thirst of the unintelligent induces sleep.

3310. The (true) intelligence, indeed, is that which was fed by God, not the intelligence that was bestowed by (the planet) Mercury.

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