Nothing is more binding upon you than to seek God. If you go to market, seek Him. If you come home, seek Him. If you enter a tavern, seek Him. If the Angel of Death come to you, take care not to neglect the Seeking. Tell him, “Do thou thy work, I do mine.” . . . . If you be taken down to hell, you shall not neglect the Seeking. Say to the Angel of Hell, “Strike my useless personality with the whip of chastisement: I, on my part, tread the Path of Seeking”—so that the Work may go on. If you are taken up to Heaven, do not look to the hooris and palaces, but speed on the Way of Seeking. “Tho’ they offer me both the worlds, I will not have them without Thy Presence.”

The first stage on the Path of Seeking is Humility. The Great Ones say: ‘Humility is the messen­ger from God to man.’ Sown in the heart, it impels to God. Practised for some time, it turns into Courage. Masters unanimously hold that Love cannot put up save with the Courage of the Disciple. Practised for some time, Courage turns into Seek­ing. This Seeking is led by the Divine Will to the secrets of [the holy formula], “There is no God except Allah.” The drum of Seeking proclaims at the gate of the Divine Sanctuary, “He who seeks God obtains Him.” A cry resounds: “Let neither sky nor earth, heaven nor hell, hinder the Path of My Seekers, for they seek Me, and I am their Goal.” These are the steps on the ladder of human progress. Each pilgrim has his own stage, according to his aspiration.

The vigilant Seeker should kill out self-conceit and self-respect with asceticism and purification, transcend both the worlds, and be ready to lose his life. It is unlawful for him to aspire after anything in the universe. “One does not unite with the All, unless one parts with all.”

It is said:

When Adam was lodged in Paradise, the Law commanded him not to approach the Tree, while the Path dictated to him to turn away from all. Adam said unto himself. “This Paradise is full of wonders, and I am its lord. But my heart longs to visit the abode of sorrow: lordship will not serve my purpose.” A voice spoke to his spirit, “Adam, wilt thou remove to a foreign country?” “Yes,” answered Adam, “for I have something to do.” The voice said, “Do this work here.” Adam: “The other is more important.” The voice: “Here­tofore, Paradise and the angels have been thy ser­vants. Now thou shalt have to exchange the home of peace for the abode of condemnation, the crown for poverty, reputation for disgrace.” Adam: “I accept all these, and will proclaim my freedom throughout the universe.” So it cannot be said that Adam was deprived of Paradise, but rather that Paradise was deprived of Adam.—Letter 50.