If you do not give up the crowds you won't find your way to Oneness. If you do not drop your self you won't find your true worth. If you do not offer all you have to the Beloved, you will live this life free of that sweet pain which makes it worth living. ~ If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved, love everyone. Whether in their presence or absence, see only their good. If you want to be as clear and refreshing as the breath of the morning breeze, like the sun, have nothing but warmth and light for everyone. ~ Be humble. Only fools take pride in their station here, trapped in a cage of dust, moisture, heat and air. No need to complain of calamities, this illusion of a life lasts but a moment. ~ Suppose you can recite a thousand holy verses from memory. What are you going to do with your ego self, the true mark of the heretic? ~ To your mind feed understanding, to your heart, tolerance and compassion. The simpler your life, the more meaningful. The less you desire of the world, the more room you will have in it to fill with the Beloved. ~ The best use of your tongue is to repeat the Beloved's Name in devotion. The best prayers are those in the solitude of the night. The shortest way to the Friend is through selfless service and generosity to His creatures. ~ Those with no sense of honor and dignity are best avoided. Those who change colors constantly are best forgotten. The best way to be with those bereft of the Beloved's qualities, is to forget them in the joy of silence in one's corner of solitude. ~ Let sorrowful longing dwell in your heart, never give up, never losing hope. The Beloved says, "The broken ones are My darlings." Crush your heart, be broken. ~ Beloved, show me the way out of this prison. Make me needless of both worlds. Pray, erase from mind all that is not You. ~ Have mercy Beloved, though I am nothing but forgetfulness, You are the essence of forgiveness. Make me needless of all but You. ~ Every time your head touches the ground in prayer, remember, it is to remind you to put down that load of ego which bars you from entering the chamber of the Beloved.